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  • LaFollette Utilities Board accepts tree trimming bids

    Though it came at the end of the LUB meeting on Monday night, board member Mark Hoskins asked a question that showed the water/sewer rate increase issue is still causing a stink with some members of the LaFollette City Council.

    Right before the meetings close, Hoskins questioned LUB attorney Mike Hatmaker regarding the LaFollette City Council’s decision to grant the utility the ability to set its own water/sewer rates.

  • Pair arrested on child abuse charges in Jellico

    A call from child protective services instigated an investigation into the alleged abuse of a child in Jellico, resulting in the arrest of the parents.

    Jellico Police Officer Joe Hopson was dispatched to 880 South Main Street in Jellico on the allegations of a possible child abuse case, the arrest report said.

    After arriving at the house, Hopson learned that the young boy was staying at his aunt’s house in Newcomb, according to the report.

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions as August draws closer

    As August draws nearer, those hoping to win an elected office are continuing to file their petitions one by one.

    The race for sheriff is now up to a field of five candidates. The incumbent sheriff, Gary Perkins, Robbie Goins, a one-time sheriff’s deputy, and Robert Higginbotham, a LaFollette city police officer, have submitted petitions, as have two others, election commission records said.

    Jacksboro Detective Mike Starrett and former Caryville Police Officer Freddie Stagnolia have officially joined the race.

  • Caryville gas station robbed at gunpoint

    An unknown man wearing a black ski mask robbed a Caryville gas station at gunpoint last week. The suspect is still at large.

    On Feb. 16, Caryville Police Officer James Wilson was dispatched to the Rocky Top Shell station on the complaint of an armed robbery, according to the police report.

  • Duo charged with abuse set to appear in March

    Appearing in criminal court on Monday Suzanne Douglas and Adam Hayes plead not guilty to allegations they had harmed Douglas’ daughter just before Christmas.

    The couple was given a March 22 date to return to court. The judicial path of their case will be determined at that time.

    Hayes remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Douglas left jail on Jan. 23 after making her $50,000 bond.

    It was just before midnight on Christmas Eve when Jellico Police were notified of the child’s injuries by her grandmother, the arrest warrant said.

  • Bunch gets trial date

    When the judge asked if James Bunch’s sexual battery case needed to be set for trial, all sides said yes simultaneously.

    This was Monday in criminal court, just days after a Campbell County grand jury had indicted the 53 –year- old on four counts of sexual battery on a child under the age of 13.

    “Is it the state’s intention to try all of these cases together,” asked Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton.

    Leif Jeffers, the prosecuting attorney, told the court all of the offenses had occurred within a 24 hour time period.

  • Bond reduction granted in child abuse case

    A duo accused of burning a child now has a May trial date.

    After being indicted by the grand jury last week on aggravated child abuse charges, Lindsay M. Norris and David C. Thomas appeared in criminal court on Monday.

    While Thomas had his bond reduced by $50,000, making it $200,000, at his preliminary hearing last month, he had remained in jail. Norris, who had a $250,000 bond, was also still in jail.

  • Trio will serve time in jail for cooking meth

    Three people convicted last month of cooking meth, found themselves in the hot seat again Monday.

    That is when Steven Q. Stanford, David D. Allen and Tamara L. Rasnick faced the judge to learn their punishments at their sentencing hearing in criminal court.

    For Stanford, he learned that crime truly doesn’t pay.

    After prosecutors detailed his extensive criminal history, Judge Shayne Sexton sentenced him as persistent offender. This meant Stanford was sentenced at the maximum end of the time range for his crimes.

  • Candidates show the money on first disclosure filing

    With politicos from around the county filing petitions to qualify for the August election, they were recently met with another batch of paperwork.

    The office seekers who had previously given notice to the election commission who would serve as their treasurer filed campaign financial disclosure statements at the end of January.

    This meant 21 candidates had to declare the finances of their campaigns along with expenditures if those totals exceeded $1,000. They were also to report any financial obligations, in excess of $1,000, they had made but yet to pay.

  • Snow days bring changes to school schedule

    Campbell County students may have been celebrating the recent run of snow days. But the unscheduled days off have come at a price they will likely not be happy to pay.

    Thanks to snow, ice and treacherous road conditions the first week of June will see area pupils heading to the classroom rather than the swimming pool.

    In order for county schools to meet the 180 day instruction requirement set forth by the state, the school year will be forced to be extended by one week, according to Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools.