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  • Jellico detective denies allegations of using excessive force

    A Nov. 3 incident has left one man dead and a Jellico detective denying allegations he used unneeded force.

    Last Tuesday, Jimmy Smith, of Jellico, allegedly lost control of his vehicle and drove into an air conditioning unit outside of Billy’s Motel, according to Jellico Detective J.J. Hatmaker. Hatmaker is also the detective being accused using excessive force when responding to the incident.

    The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the issue.

  • Public intoxication leads to drug arrest

    Suspicion of public intoxication led to the drug arrest of Chuckie Dewayne Elkins, 35, of 506 E. Fir Street, LaFollette on Halloween.

    Jellico Police Officer Joe Hopson saw Elkins exit the Jellico Community Hospital allegedly appearing to be under the influence of drugs or alcohol as he staggered to the parking lot, the Jellico Police report said.

  • O'dell arrested on auto burglary charges

    Stealing a pack of cigarettes may end up costing a LaFollette man more than he bargained for.

    On Nov. 2, Jacksboro Officer Daniel Terry was dispatched to the Wal-Mart parking lot on the report of a theft, the Jacksboro Police report said. Upon arrival, Terry made contact with the victim who told him that she had allegedly witnessed Christopher Scott O’dell, 20, of N. First Street, LaFollette, steal a pack of cigarettes from her car.

    Terry then spoke with O’dell who verbally admitted to stealing the cigarettes, the report said.

  • Field trip gives insight into old west

    Students from Valley View will get a special treat on Nov. 19.

    Next Thursday, they will go on a field trip to The Stables to see a wild west history show put on by Marshal Andy.

    The 270 first through fourth graders will make the short trip to The Stables to be treated to Marshal Andy’s show.

    “It’s a great thing,” said Valley View Principal Steve Rutherford. The only cost to the school will be the cost of bus transportation, which will be covered by a small $1 fee.

  • Shelton faces drug charges

    Losing control of his vehicle in school traffic garnered drug charges for a Jacksboro man after police searched his vehicle and found pills.

    Marcus Keith Shelton, 36, of Island Ford Road, Jacksboro, was arrested on Nov. 6 after he lost control of his GMC sport utility vehicle and slid through the median while traveling in school traffic, the Jacksboro arrest report said.

    When Shelton’s vehicle was searched, seven blue pills believed to be schedule IV was allegedly found inside the cup holder of the SUV, the report said.

  • Campbell County-A look back at the beginning: Jacksboro

    Designated as the county seat for Campbell County in 1808, Jacksboro has a long and illustrious history. It was once known as Walnut Cove for the vast number of Black Walnut trees that grew in the area.

    Before white settlers moved into the area, the land was used by the Native Americans for hunting and camping purposes. Attracted by the multitude of wild game and fresh water, the pre-Cherokee race traveled and hunted extensively throughout the county. It was these same characteristics which also made the area popular with early white settlers.

  • Tag sale of historical significance to take place on Saturday

    The attempt to close a chapter in the Saulsberry family’s life means more than moving forward for them.

    It is a chance for others to purchase pieces of local history.

    “I was just so tired of it setting empty,” said Sylvia Saulsberry Charton.

    Charton is organizing the tag sale for her mother, Helen Margaret Carr Saulsberry.

    The Saulsberry family of LaFollette was among some of its early settlers.

  • Crabtree to speak at Lincoln Memorial in DC

    A local woman will soon be speaking at the same podium as Warren G. Harding, Calvin Coolidge and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Gayle D'Ambrosio Crabtree will be delivering the opening invocation at an event organized by the foundation of Family and Friends Fighting Against Child Sexual Assault at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington D.C. this Saturday.

    The FACSA event also includes other participating organizations, such as Hope for Healing.Org. Speaking Out Against Child Abuse, and Stop the Silence.

  • CCHS grad crowned UT queen

    A Campbell County native is proving that a small town education can lead to big city excellence.

    Courtney Holder, a graduate of Campbell County High School, was crowned the 93rd homecoming queen of the University of Tennessee on Saturday.

    But being honored with such a prestigious title at a university with over 25,000 students was not easy.

    “It was a process,” said Holder, emphasizing the effort it took. “It's based on campus involvement, as well as your community involvement.”

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