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  • Old film may contain footage about Jellico’s past

     Two copies of an old film entitled, “Jellico: Rebirth of a Community” have sparked curiosity in Jellico. 

    Both copies are currently at the Jellico Public Library under the care of library director Mark Tidwell.

    Jan Newson brought one copy of the film to the planning commission at the July 7 meeting. She found it when she was cleaning out the local planning office.

    Mayor Les Stiers gave this to Tidwell to take care of.

    Tidwell then found another copy of this film at the library.

  • Fifteen dogs picked up by animal control at a residence in Jacksboro

    Around 20 dogs were left by themselves at a residence in Jacksboro, along with the former owner’s additional possessions deemed rubbish. When the dogs were discovered on Monday, no food had been left for them.

    The former owners of the house had been evicted on July 11 because they had not been paying their mortgage, Kyle McDowell of McDowell Real Estate said.

  • LaFollette aims to make business cheaper and easier

     Until now, the city of LaFollette has not accepted credit cards for transactions, such as property taxes, but the LaFollette Police Department has.

    For around three years, people have been able to pay their fines for traffic citations with credit cards, debit cards and electronic checks. 

  • Campbell County receives federal money

     Campbell County has been approved to receive $19,340 from the emergency food and shelter national board program.

    Campbell County receives FEMA money each year. Last year the county received around $30,000. This amount is determined based on unemployment in the county.

  • Arrests begin in warrants round up

    Rome wasn’t built in a day. And neither are strong criminal cases ready for prosecution.

    That is why officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department have spent the last several months investigating a number of people believed to be active in the drug trade and other illegal activities within the county.

    On Monday afternoon, one of those suspects saw his investigation end.

  • CCSD arrests alleged child pornographer

    A computer program designed to track child pornography led investigators to a Jacksboro home.

    It also led them to Blaine Steven Covert, 21, 151 Mercury Lane, Jacksboro.

    On Monday afternoon Covert was among the first of several suspects arrested in a warrants round up being conducted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department this week.

    He is facing 24 counts of aggravated sexual exploitation of a minor and three counts of sexual exploitation of a minor.

  • Prosecutors appealing Bartley ruling

    In what has become a legal version of one upsmanship prosecutors are hoping to undo the ruling that wiped the slate clean for Kenneth S. Bartley.

    Last week, Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley filed a notice of appeal on the last legal move that occurred in the case. The hope is to have Judge Jon K. Blackwood’s verdict that set aside Bartley’s 2007 guilty plea reversed. This would leave the now 19-year-old man to serve out his 45-year prison sentence. Currently he has reverted back to pre trial status.

  • Troxell given 56 years in rape case

    Following a May conviction for rape and aggravated sexual battery, James Troxell was wheeled into the courtroom for sentencing on Monday.

    Spilling out of his red metal wheelchair Troxell never glanced at his accuser and former step granddaughter who sat just feet from him.

  • Three arrested on meth charges

    Stopping a car in the middle of the road proved to be costly for a trio last Thursday morning.

    Around 8 a.m. LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur reported seeing Charles Franklin Pittman, Jr., 27, of 103 East Central Avenue, Apt. 205, stop in the middle of Cherry Street after traveling for some distance on the roadway.

    While in the process of issuing a citation Sandefur determined that a passenger in Pittman’s vehicle, Samantha Kathleen Rogers, 22, of 612 Cherry Street, had outstanding warrants,

  • Attorney argues Pack entitled to new trial

    Calling the case a “quintessential murder mystery” attorney Greg Isaacs began his argument in hopes of Phillip Pack receiving a new trial on Monday.

    Last year Pack was convicted of second-degree murder in the death of Jayne Love.

    During his argument Isaacs said his client had been convicted at a trial where there wasn’t any forensic evidence presented. Noting that only skeletal remains were all that was left of the body later identified as Love, he said there was not a way to conclude her exact manner of death.