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  • Pleas resolve criminal court cases


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

    •Jonathan Michael Nipper- four counts theft of property over $1,000, four counts aggravated burglary, two counts, promotion manufacture of methamphetamine, theft of property under $500, burglary, criminal trespassing; split confinement of one year with a jail credit from Nov. 2, 2010, eight years  supervised probation, court costs, $375 to ECF, restitution to be announced on Jan. 31.

  • Veterans affairs office hours discussed; proposed gas tax shot down

    The hours of operation for the county’s veterans affairs office created controversy at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
    Kevin Walden, director of veterans affairs, appeared before commissioners to request his office be exempt from the policy that requires all county offices to maintain business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Citizen questions Adkins over bus contracts

    Criticism often goes with the territory of being a local politician. And one commissioner got his fair share when a resident aired his concerns at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
    When County Mayor William Baird gave citizens the opportunity to address the commission Jerry Chadwell took his turn at the microphone.

  • Meth lab explosion leads to apartment fire; one injured

    What appeared to be only an apartment fire turned into much more on Thursday night.

    Around 7 p.m. crews responded to a fire at Rick's Apartments at 850 Pinecrest Road, according to Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins. As firemen fought to contain the blaze they found David Williams, badly burned. After being transported to the St. Mary's Medical Center of Campbell County Williams was questioned by CCSD detectives. It was then he confessed that a  meth lab had exploded causing the blaze that destroyed half the apartments.

  • Kirby wants reprieve from life sentence


    Crystal Kirby still has some fight left in her.

    From the women’s prison in Memphis, she is asking the criminal court in Campbell County to take another look at her murder conviction. Currently, Kirby is serving a life sentence for the murder of Jonathon Pierce and for crimes relating to his death.

    Last week, acting as her own attorney Kirby filed a motion in Campbell County Criminal Court outlining what she believed was in part the reason she was convicted.

  • Wrongful arrest lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

    An arrest, two indictments and a not guilty verdict later, a federal court judge says police still had probable cause to arrest Joseph Meadors.

    In 2006, Meadors was arrested on a narcotics charge by Mike Starrett, who was employed at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department at that time. Three years later a jury decided Meadors wasn’t guilty of the crime he faced. Before the end of the year, he had filed a lawsuit alleging his arrest was without merit.

  • Pack arraigned in drug cases

    Russell Pack was back in familiar territory on Monday.

    He was sitting cuffed and shackled waiting to go before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton.

    Pack was in court Monday on multiple narcotics charges. He was arrested in early December 2010 just weeks after being found not guilty on a second-degree murder indictment charging he had a hand in the death of Jayne Love.

    Shuffling to the bench, Pack entered a not guilty plea in his latest cases.

  • Phillips to serve 60 days for statutory rape

    A woman just barely of legal age herself has plead guilty to two counts of statutory rape.

    On Monday morning Rebecca Mae Phillips agreed that on at least three occasions she had sex with a 15-year-old male.

  • Rucker says 'not guilty' of charges

    Entering a not guilty plea on Monday, one time LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker made his initial appearance in criminal court.

    In December 2010, Rucker was indicted by a Campbell County Grand Jury for two counts of official misconduct, bribing a witness and filing a false report.

    The indictment came after the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looked into allegations Rucker had broken the law while on duty. After being indicted Rucker turned himself into authorities and was later released on a $10,000 bond.

  • Director search committee holds first meeting


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