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  • Maples arrested in Caryville for using counterfeit money

    Gary Maples may have been searching for a comedy, but his money was no laughing matter.

  • Florida man arrested on drug charges by THP

    Illegal narcotics hidden inside a child’s teddy bear resulted in an unhappy ending for a Florida man.

    Last Thursday, Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Kelly Smith stopped a vehicle for speeding. After speaking with the driver and issuing a warning citation, Smith then spoke with the passenger, Brian Fox, 30, of Bradenton Fla., the THP report said. Smith noted in his report that the two men’s travel itineraries differed from one another. Smith then asked Fox if there were any drugs inside the vehicle, he said no.

  • Neace arrested on 28 counts

     Heather Nicole Neace was arrested on Jan. 16 after allegedly stealing a check book from a residence in Coolidge. She was also charged with taking $1,100 worth of property from a car, including identification, according to Detective Brandon Elkins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

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  • Branam pleads; charges reduced

    With disgruntled parents just a few feet away and against the advice of his attorney, Dean Branam admitted he was guilty of assault on Monday.

    When he was indicted last year, the then middle school teacher was charged with three counts of sexual battery and seven counts of assault, court records said. While sexual battery is a felony under state law, by the end of his hearing, Branam had plead guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of assault by offensive touching.

    However, Branam’s attorney, Michael Hatmaker, was not the only one who disagreed with the plea.

  • Board votes yes to teaching the Bible

    After years of the Bible being banned from the classroom, the Campbell County Board of Education is brining it back; at least from a historical perspective.

    At Tuesday’s meeting the group made the unprecedented move.  After doing some research into curriculum the board voted to introduce a new elective course at the high schools that will allow the Bible to be examined as a historical document as well as a piece of literature.

    Chairman Eugene Lawson touted the benefits of the course, but also offered a warning about choosing teachers for the class with care.

  • LUB supports council's decision; signs resolution

    After many months of waiting on a water/sewer rate increase, the LaFollette Utility Board (LUB) is finally closer to a solution which would aid in the water department’s deficit.

    At Monday night’s special called LUB meeting, board members briefly discussed and signed a resolution supporting a recent decision made by the LaFollette City Council, which gave the board the authority to set its own water/sewer rates.

  • Caryville applies for CDBG grant; hires new street employee

    Caryville’s monthly mayor and aldermen meeting was short and sweet, with only two items on the agenda.

    The board briefly discussed and passed a resolution allowing the town of Caryville to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at Monday night’s meeting. The CDBG program is a state program, which offers grants to local jurisdictions to fund housing rehab. The grant funds will not exceed $500,000 and there is no match required by the town.

  • Report of possible meth lab leads to drug arrest in Caryville

    A tip of a possible meth lab left a LaFollette man in jail on drug charges on New Year’s Day.

    On Jan. 1, Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith was dispatched to a Caryville motel in reference to a possible meth lab, the police report said. After arriving on the scene, Officer Ben Marlow, Deputy Freddy White, and Assistant Chief Johnny Jones approached the room, knocking on the door.

  • Jones facing shoplifting; drug charges

    A Caryville man got a little more than he bargained for after shoplifting magazines and candy from a local gas station last week.

    On Jan. 3, Caryville Police Officer James Wilson was dispatched to the Rocky Top gas station in reference to a shoplifting report, the Caryville Police report said.

    After arriving on the scene, Wilson learned from store employees that Joseph Ray Jones, 51, of 130 Hickory Lane, Caryville, had entered the store and allegedly been observed stuffing merchandise under his shirt, according to the police report.