Local News

  • Law enforcement plans to fight crime with texting

     Because text messaging is a primary means for communicating among young people, law enforcement in Campbell County is looking to implement it into its war on crime.

  • Votes to decide on sales tax

    Commissioners have been wrangling with the issue of how to fix the county’s aging infrastructure for years.

    And with no end to the steady stream of residents lobbying the group for road improvements in sight, the commission has decided to let the voters determine if they are willing to shell out more money at the cash register for smoother driving conditions.

  • Children’s center to host open house

    The Campbell County Children’s Center is opening its doors to the public. On Friday the center will host an open house to show off it’s new digs.

    “This has been a community project so we just want everybody to come out an see what they have been involved in,” Tracie Davis, CEO of the children’s center, said.

     In October 2011 the center moved its operation from the house they had been operating in since March 2001 to a new 4,000 square foot building on Independence Lane.

  • Two arrested following high-speed chase

    A high-speed chase on Stinking Creek Road ended with two arrests last week.

     On Jan. 19 just after 1 a.m., Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Ty Daugherty was on a routine patrol when he noticed a 2004 Chevy Cavalier cross the double yellow line three times on Stinking Creek Road.

    Records indicate a check of the license plate on the car came back that the vehicle was stolen. When Daugherty attempted to make a stop by activating his lights and sirens, but the driver allegedly refused to stop.

  • Phillips attempts to get new trial at appellate level

    Jerry Phillips is no stranger to legal wrangling. On Tuesday the convicted pedophile’s attorney Keith Hatfield took another stab at getting him a new trial.

    Standing before a panel in the Tennessee Criminal Court of Appeals Hatfield’s argument in Phillips’ bid for a new trial hinged on one element- the victim’s testimony was inconsistent.

    “Given the inconsistent nature of the (victim’s) testimony the decision of the jury cannot be sustained and the verdict should be reversed,” Hatfield told the three justice panel.

  • Marlow picks up multiple charges

    An alleged shoplifting incident at a local grocery store resulted in a foot pursuit and laundry list of charges for a LaFollette man.

    On Jan. 21 LaFollette Police Officer Steve Wallen went to Food Lion to investigate reports of a shoplifting incident at the store. Witnesses reported seeing a male wearing jeans and a fleece jacket leave the store with items he did not purchase.

  • Jacksboro man charged with attempted murder

    An ongoing feud between two men reached a boiling point last week. The events that unfolded on Pony Drive nearly cost one his life and sent the other to jail on attempted murder charges.

  • Criminal court plea agreements

     The following cases were resolved with plea agreements in criminal court:

    •Randy A. Partin- manufacturing meth; three years judicial diversion, $1,000 fine, $1,500 contribution to LaFollette Police Drug Fund

    •Michael Wayne Miracle- felony possession of drug paraphernalia; three years judicial diversion, three years probation, court costs, $1,500 fine

    •Donald Vaughn- promotion of meth manufacture; sentencing to occur Feb. 6

  • Public Records Jan. 26, 2012

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



    JAN. 16 – JAN. 20

     Suanne Oliver to Roger Osborne, Dist. 3, $150,000.

    Scottie Sharp and Heather Myers Sharp to Jerry C. Shepherd and Patricia L. Shepherd, Dist. 3, $234,800.

    Joann S. Chapman and Martha S. Smith to Michael Phillips, Dist. 3, $50,000.

    Michael Phillips to Jeanie Rosemary Gorman, Dist. 1, $81,000.

  • Wilhoit charged with snatching purse

    A LaFollette woman was arrested after she allegedly helped herself to a purse that didn’t belong to her.

    On Jan. 15, a woman who had been shopping at Food Lion reported her purse had been stolen out of her shopping cart. The victim told LaFollette Police Officer Homer Herrell a man had stopped her in the ice cream aisle to inquire about what kind of ice cream she liked.