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  • Hopper arrested for trespassing

    A report of an alleged break-in kept LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann busy last week.

    On Dec. 22 Vann was called to Manor West Apartments to investigate the report of an intruder.

    Upon arriving at the scene Vann reported encountering Charles Jack Hopper, II, 35, of 4712 Back Valley Road, exiting the apartment. During his investigation Vann found that Hopper had allegedly entered the apartment without the resident’s permission causing the occupants to fear for their safety.

  • Jones arrested on drug charges

    A traffic stop cut a Caryville man’s Christmas celebration short.

    On Dec. 26 Jacksboro Police Officer Greg Cox stopped a vehicle that was traveling north on Eagle Bluff Road with no taillights.

    When the car stopped Cox observed the driver, Joseph Ray Jones, 51, of 130 Hickory Lane, Caryville, get out and place an object in front of the parked vehicle.

    Upon further investigation Cox discovered a box that allegedly contained a small amount of marijuana as well as three pills identified as a legend drug.

  • City council considers repairs; retiree insurance

    With only a few agenda items for consideration and even fewer onlookers, LaFollette city council members plowed through Monday evening’s workshop agenda in short order.

    Issues including insurance for retirees and roof repairs to a LaFollette Fire Department building required the most discussion during the meeting.

  • Wilbanks arrested for DUI

    A LaFollette woman finished out her Christmas holiday in jail after a run in with police last Friday afternoon.

    Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker was advised to be on the look out for a black Dodge pick-up truck being driven by a possible drunk driver. According to Walker’s report, dispatchers stated that the truck was exiting I-75 North at Exit 134. As the truck came off the exit ramp, Walker reported observing the driver pass through a yellow light and turn onto Veteran’s Memorial Highway.

  • Area landmark lost to fire

    When Edward and Trena Smiddy’s phone rang at 4:30 Tuesday morning they didn’t know the upset that call would bring.

    The 911 operator on the phone told Trena Smiddy the couple’s barn was on fire. But this was not just any barn. It was a barn that had become an area landmark.

    In November the Smiddys purchased “The Party Barn” from Hack and Tommy Ayers. During the last 16 years the site had become known not only for its unique atmosphere but for the many antiques and county artifcats housed there.

  • Snow keeps crews busy throughout weekend

    While Friday’s snow caught many people off guard, county service workers were prepared.

    “We saw the snow coming we just didn’t know how much we would get,” said Dennis Potter, county road superintendent. When the snow began accumulating, Potter said crews hit the roads and started clearing them. “It was a good snow to push,” he said of the method used to clear the county’s 700 miles of road. With the use of snowplows and graders, most of Campbell County’s roads remained passable.

  • Cress given prison in battery case

    Following a brief hearing last Thursday, Jeffery Cress was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

    During the morning proceedings, Cress agreed he was guilty of sexual battery and aggravated assault, both of which are felonies. However, while Cress was willing to take the deal offered by prosecutors in the case, his attorney Michael Hatmaker did not agree.

    “The plea is not my recommendation,” Hatmaker said. He went on to tell Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton that Cress could continue and accept the plea but it was “absent my recommendation.”

  • Commission makes quick work of agenda

    Commissioners showed a little Christmas spirit on Monday evening. The group proved they were ready to move into holiday mode by keeping their usual marathon style meeting under two hours.

    As the meeting got underway Commissioner Stan Marlow made an attempt to ensure that the meeting and all future meetings are completed in a reasonable time frame.

    Marlow wasted not time making a motion proposing a change to the standard order of the agenda. Prior to introducing the action Marlow provided commissioners with a written outline of the suggested changes.

  • Gregg sues; claims discrimination

    A one time city of LaFollette employee has filed suit claiming he is the victim of discrimination.

    On Monday, Gary “Wayne” Gregg filed the $500,000 lawsuit in circuit court claiming that when he attempted to return to work following his medical leave, he no longer had a job. Gregg is alleging the city discriminated against him because of his age and handicap. In the course of his employment with the city, Gregg says he has incurred injuries to his legs, back, other extremities and his hearing.

  • Police are looking for an escapee