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  • Council to consider police hires

    LaFollette Police Department hires and bid changes for the city’s new library topped Monday night’s council meeting workshop agenda.

    Police Chief Jimmie Jeffries appeared before the group to get the green light to place part-time officer Brian Tiller into an open full- time position.

  • Pleas

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    •Rebecca Leigh Lorenz- two counts reckless aggravated assault; judicial diversion for six years, six years supervised probation, court costs, restitution to victims to be determined on Sept. 26.

    •Samantha D. Hargis- three counts theft over $500, three counts aggravated criminal trespassing; judicial diversion for three years, three years supervised probation, restitution to victims to be determined on May 2, court costs, $225 to ECF.

  • Public Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    April 11 – April 15


    TN Land Partners LLC to Jeffrey Powers and Kathi Powers, Dist. 1, $82,000.

    Phyllis Wilder and Anthony Wilder to Aaron Bass and Keisha Lynn Bass, Dist. 3, $144,000.

  • JMS named among top schools in the state for value-added achievement

    Jacksboro Middle School is making a name for itself across the state.

    Jamie Wheeler, JMS principal, was recently notified by the Education Consumers Foundation that her school has been recognized as one of the most effective schools in Tennessee. The award is based on value-added achievement. According to Wheeler, value-added scores are based on the gains students make on the TCAP test from one year to the next.

  • Poston begins work as the new director of schools

    April 15 is traditionally tax day. But this year it marked a different milestone for Donnie Poston.

    It was his first day at a new job. Last Thursday, Poston got the collective nod to become the next director of schools for Campbell County.

    This was his second attempt at obtaining the position. 

  • People's hit by robber Monday

    It was not just another Monday morning at People's Bank of the South.

    According to information released by the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Knoxville office, a man wearing a hooded camouflage jacket with a dark colored baseball cap, black pants, boots and jacket entered the bank's 2300 Jacksboro Pike branch at around 9:30 a.m. and demanded an undisclosed sum of money.

    The white male, who is described to be approximately six feet tall and 150 pounds displayed a black semi-automatic pistol as he verbally demanded staff turn over cash.

  • Marina moving on to next phase

    The proposed marina at Heatherly’s Point appears to moving forward.

    Details of a Corps of Engineers draft environmental assessment for construction of a proposed marina project on Norris Lake became available to the public this week.

    Local businessman Mark Hoskins applied for a permit to build a 799-slip marina at Heathery’s Point in 2009, and 62 written public comments were collected the same year.

  • Mock crash makes consequences real

    As the students gathered around the mangled cars and saw blood on their classmates it was evident they were moved. Blank stares and looks of fear were painted across the faces of the students standing near the crash site.

    When a white sheet was draped over a young man the teens grew silent.

    Even though the events were a carefully choreographed demonstration designed to show Campbell County High School students the dangers of drinking and driving the impact appeared to resonate with the students.

  • Rains arrested on theft charges

    A trip to a local retail store ended with a trip to jail for Stephanie Ann Rains.

    On April 16, Jacksboro Officer Josh Carroll was called to an area retail store where an employee notice Rains allegedly concealing merchandise and attempting to leave the store without paying for the merchandise, according to Carroll’s report. The merchandise has a value of $223.19.  Also found on Rains were three round white pills believed to be schedule II.

  • Pair arrested on multiple charges

    A call from a concerned business owner led to the arrest of two people on Saturday.

    An employee at a downtown LaFollette business contacted authorities after observing a woman that appeared to be intoxicated holding a child. When Sgt. Jason Marlow arrived on the scene he learned the woman and a man had left the area in a maroon Ford Crown Victoria.