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  • Attempt at shoplifting leads to drug arrest

    Michael D. Sharpe, 38, of Drinnen Road, Knoxville, was arrested on Nov. 24 on drug charges after he was allegedly suspected of shoplifting from Wal-Mart.

    Jacksboro Police Officer James Skeans was inside Wal-Mart when a manager approached him about Sharpe allegedly attempting to shoplift, the arrest report said.

  • Harvell works to find homes for abandoned animals

    His green eyes looked imploringly and he wore the most sincere look as he silently begged for a home.

    His name is Fred the plumber, and he is just one of the many adoptable animals at Jinny’s Pet Rescue that need a home.

    Every year, millions of animals are euthanized because loving and caring families do not adopt them.

    Virginia Harvell, founder of Jinny’s Pet Rescue, has partnered with Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet rescue program in an effort to place 1.5 million pets this holiday season.

  • Foundation awards grants in excess of $225k

    Seven area groups have something to be thankful for this holiday season.

    Combined they were the recipients of $246,142 in grant dollars.

    The money was awarded last Tuesday when the LaFollette Medical Board Foundation reviewed funding requests.

    With over $436,000 in requests, the board listened to presentations and spent nearly four hours reading them. However, prior to the meeting, some board members had already done their homework.

  • LaFollette V Foundation- debts incurred

    For more than 10 years and through numerous legal actions the city of LaFollette has continued to attempt to gain control of proceeds from the sale of the LaFollette Community Hospital.

    The city continued its efforts even after the LaFollette Medical Foundation was formed. The foundation and its board were established to not only oversee the nearly $10 million in proceeds from the sale but to administer a portion of the funds for indigent health care to Campbell County citizens.

  • Jury finds Phillips guilty on abuse charges

    Playing in your grandmother’s backyard tossing things found on the ground that had fallen from a tree is a memory most children would treasure.

    However, for a LaFollette girl that was 8-years-old that late summer day, her memory is tarnished by what happened next.

    Sitting on the witness stand, the top of her head only a few inches above the microphone, the now 10 -year -old girl, described how her grandmother’s boyfriend at the time violated her.

  • Outstanding warrant ends with drug arrest

    An outstanding warrant led to the arrest of a LaFollette man.

    Jackie Carroll Smith, 45, of East Fir Street LaFollette, was arrested on Thursday on drug charges, the Jacksboro Police report said.

    On Nov. 19, Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Wal-Mart parking lot on the report that Smith was there and had a warrant issued for his arrest, the Jacksboro Police report said.

  • Shoplifting leads to multiple drug charges for Maddry

    A LaFollette man got more than he bargained for after shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Sunday.

    On Nov. 21, Jacksboro Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Walmart on the report of a shoplifter. Ryan Maddry, 19, of Whitman Hollow Road, LaFollette, was arrested for stealing $6 worth of merchandise from the large retail store, according to the Jacksboro Police report.

  • Two Campbell County residents perish in crash

    An early morning crash between a car and a train last Thursday left two Campbell County residents dead and a third with serious injuries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Connie Hamblin, 44, of LaFollette, was driving a 1996 Toyota Camry eastbound in the 800 block on West Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. She was approaching the CSX Railroad crossing, according to a Fort Lauderdale Police incident report.

  • Traffic violation leads to drug arrest of a Lake City woman

    A traffic violation led to the drug arrest of a Lake City woman on Thursday.

    On Nov. 19, Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow conducted a traffic stop on 1998 Ford Taurus, whose driver had allegedly violated the move over law, the Caryville Police report said. Upon stopping the vehicle, he found Jessica R. McMillan,25, of 314 Third Street, Lake City, also listed as Jessica Elliott in the police report, to be driving on a suspended license as well as in violation of the move over law, the police report said.

  • Campbell County-A look back at the beginning: Jacksboro after the turn of the century

    It was at the turn of the century that Jacksboro briefly lost its title as the county seat. With all the activity of a new city, LaFollette had grown in size and prominence. There was an effort made by Campbell Countians to designate LaFollette as the county seat and after much debate, a referendum was put forth to the people in March 1903, according to Miller McDonald’s history of Campbell County. After the votes were tallied, there were 3,000 for relocating the seat to LaFollette and under 1,200 for it to stay in Jacksboro.