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  • Taser ends chase of alleged assailant

    While many people were enjoying the July 4 fireworks, David E. Ball Jr., 27, of Jellico, was allegedly trying to flee police on foot.

    Last week, Jellico Police Officer Joseph Hopson responded to a disturbance at the apartments near Logans Street. Upon arrival Hopson could hear the voices of a male and female arguing, he said.

  • Bernie Gagne arrested for sexual battery

    Bernie Nicholas Gagne, 30, of 707 Grantsboro Road, LaFollette, was arrested for aggravated sexual battery following an incident that allegedly took place on Saturday.

    The 11-year-old victim informed the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department at approximately 4:30 a.m. on Sunday she was the victim of an alleged sexual assault.

  • Lawson charged for burglary

    Shattered glass at the NAPA front entrance alarmed Jellico Police Officer Wayne Barton during patrol earlier this month.

    “Upon approaching the broken door I observed broken glass inside and out and a rock approximately the size of a gallon milk jug inside the building,” said Barton about his first observations at the scene.

  • Fannon raises concern over mayor's spending account

    Councilman Bob Fannon made an addition to the agenda at the start of the LaFollette Council meeting Tuesday night.

    For lack of a second motion the minutes for the June meeting, where the council overturned LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield’s veto and passed the budget, were not approved. This prompted Fannon to bring a budget concern to the council’s attention.

    In the history of LaFollette, the mayor has never been given a budgeted amount of money for gas, nor a vehicle for personal use, said Fannon.

  • LaFollette Council overrides mayor's veto

    LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield openly expressed his opposition to a charter change at Tuesday night’s council meeting.

    Stanfield exerted his power of veto to stop the council from allowing LaFollette Utilities to set rate increases for the water and sewer system after the last council meeting.

    However, during the in-session meeting to pass the new budget in the final reading the council again passed the charter revision.

  • Police find lab while investigating other crimes

    Three people were arrested last week after allegedly breaking into their neighbor’s home. However, that was only the beginning of their legal problems.

  • Boat sinks, jet ski crashes over holiday weekend

    While many people were enjoying the holiday weekend, officials with the Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency had a busy three days.

    From investigating a sinking boat to responding to a serious jet ski accident TWRA authorities saw had a frantic 72 hours. However, they were not the only ones responding to calls for help.

  • Owner of Family Inn in Caryville cited for violations

    The town of Caryville has been put in a difficult position trying to secure the old Christmas Tree Inn from vandals. But the most recent fire inside the hotel was cause for concern when fire fighters found that battling the flames was more dangerous because of the inn’s conditions.

    Pictures of fire damage were presented to the Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen at the June meeting. The photos prompted the board to take action.

  • Jacksboro discusses revenue

    The Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Alderman made fast work of its recent meeting. The board voted on several expenditures beginning with the police department. The board approved the purchase of uniforms for seven officers at $100 per set, the purchase of a hand held radar gun at the cost of $495, as well as approved spending $350 for the purchase of a shotgun, according to city recorder Emma Caldwell.

  • Woman recaptures the last year of her father's life

    The death of a parent is always difficult, but Rebecca Loyd relived the last year of her father’s life for five years as she wrote a book about his final journey battling leukemia.

    Reverend Jimmie Ray Loyd was pastor of Pioneer Baptist Church for over 25 years. Being diagnosed with leukemia and realizing he only had a short time left in this world, he requested his daughter recapture the spiritual journey up until his death.