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  • Jury says 'guilty'

    After nearly two years of legal wrangling the first half of the duo charged in Jayne Love’s death faced a jury last week. It took less than two full days of court for a guilty verdict to be returned in the second-degree murder case.

    While prosecutors wrapped up witness testimony on Wednesday afternoon regarding Phillip Pack’s involvement in Love’s murder, jurors expected to hear from defense witnesses first thing Thursday morning.

  • Humane Society receives funds; designates April as pet adoption month

    Thanks to an anonymous donor, the Campbell County Humane Society has received enough funds to spay/neuter approximately 50 animals. This will make it easier and more affordable for those animals to be adopted out, according to Betty Crumley, director of the Campbell County Humane Society.

    With the economy the way it is, these funds are coming just in time, Crumley said.

    She said that as the economy decreased, the number of pets being left at the shelter increased. Many people just could not afford to keep pets any longer.

  • Mother facing attempted murder charge

    Last week, a Campbell County Grand Jury indicted yet another mother for intentionally placing her children at risk.

    This time an attempted second-degree murder charged was levied on Amanda C. Snell. She is also charged with attempted felony murder, attempted aggravated child abuse in a child under 8 years of age and attempted aggravated child abuse.

    Authorities believe that Snell purposely drove her 1996 Honda into the lake in October of last year. Her children, ages 4 and 9 with her at the time, according to police.

  • Caryville's Hampton Inn is among the nation's top performers

    Hard work, pride and a little Southern charm have earned Hampton Inn of Caryville the national honor of the Lighthouse Award.

    “It’s really an honor for us to get this award,” said Hampton Inn General Manager Sherry Muse.

    She explained that out of more than 1,600 Hampton Inns, Caryville’s was in the top 5-percent, making it number six in the nation.

    “For us being a little place in East Tennessee it’s an honor; we’re real tickled with the results,” Muse said.

  • Cupp arrested on child abuse and drug charges

    A child abuse investigation led to additional drug charges being filed on a Caryville woman last week.

    On March 17, Department of Children’s Services Case Manager Kelli French contacted Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith regarding an alleged child abuse and neglect/molestation incident, which occurred at 156 Flamingo Drive, the arrest report said.

    During an interview, the victim allegedly told Smith and French her mother and stepfather were selling and using drugs, the report said.

  • Knoxville man arrested on theft in Jacksboro

    A stolen vehicle left a Knoxville man in Campbell County Jail last week.

    On March 22, Jacksboro Police Officer Zachary Graves observed a yellow Nissan Xterra sitting on the shoulder of the road of Main Street, just off of Highway 25W, the arrest report said.

    As Graves approached the vehicle, he noticed the driver’s side window was busted out, glass in the driver’s seat, a shirt was over the window and the other windows were fogged up, the arrest report said. It was at this point that Graves noticed someone was lying in the back seat of the vehicle.

  • Michigan woman arrested on drug charges

    A speeding violation left a Michigan woman in jail after drugs were found inside the vehicle she was a passenger in.

    On March 17, Jellico Police Officer J. Hopson clocked a 2008 Dodge Magnum traveling at 79 miles per hour in a 70 MPH zone on Interstate 75, the arrest report said.

    After stopping the vehicle, Hopson allegedly smelled a strong odor of what appeared to be marijuana, the arrest report said.

  • Miller arrested for aggravated criminal trespassing and possession of a prohibited weapon

    A LaFollette man garnered multiple charges after trespassing at a Caryville residence.

    On March 18, Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow arrived at Bruce Gap Road to check on the report of a prowler, according to the police report.

    After arriving on the scene, Marlow learned that Lewis Henry Miller Jr., 26, of 107 Wheeler Lane, LaFollette, had allegedly knocked on the door of a Bruce Gap resident, screaming and shouting as well, the arrest report said.

  • Big plans being made for upcoming Louie Bluie Festival

    Spring is only faintly in the air, yet preparations for this year’s Louie Bluie Music and Arts Festival are well underway.

    Louie Bluie Festival Organizers are projecting a large turnout of locals and visitors alike as the festival celebrates its fourth year and commemorates the life of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong.

    A native of LaFollette, Armstrong grew up during the coal boom days, learning the musical traditions of the many ethnicities striving to carve out an existence in the east Tennessee hills.

  • Multiple agenda items discussed at Jellico Mayor and Aldermen meeting

    Rules of the road, court summons from the town-building inspector and taxpayers topped the agenda at Thursday’s mayor and aldermen meeting in Jellico.

    Assistant Police Chief J.J Hatmaker informed the board that every city in Tennessee needed to have something passed by ordinance or resolution to enforce the rules of the road on the interstate if it went through the town’s jurisdiction.

    “This is to allow us to go up and assist or if we see anything that is in violation we can act on it,” Hatmaker explained.