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  • Armed robbers sought

    Police are asking for help in solving a series of attempted and armed robberies.

    On June 10, a 74-year-old woman told investigators she putting her groceries in the vehicle at Food City when a man, using a white shirt to cover his face, approached her, asking for money. When the victim said she didn’t have any money, the would be robber allegedly grabbed her purse and ran, the LaFollette Police report said. The handbag was later located at Walgreen’s pharmacy with $200 being the only item missing, the report said.

  • Police investigate death of infant

    LaFollette Police are currently investigating the death of a 6- month-old female.

    On Saturday morning, just after 6 a.m., officers along with emergency crews were dispatched to a home on Rose Hill Drive. There they found an unresponsive infant with her parents, police said.

    Information gathered at the scene indicated the infant was sleeping on a couch with her mother as her father slept in the floor on a mattress, said Detective Sgt. Jason Henegar of the LPD. Initial reports indicate that at some point the little girl fell from the couch, he said.

  • Pyro Shows stays busy with shows around the country

    Independence Day is just days away and employees with Pyro Shows, Inc. are in overdrive making ready to light up the skies across the nation.

    “We are in full swing right now and it’s kind of crazy around here,” Mike Walden, vice president of operations said.

    According to Walden, the LaFollette based company is booked for an estimated 150 shows to taking place as far north as the nation’s capitol, down to Orlando, Fl, over to the Outer Banks and Houston, Tx and everywhere in between.

  • Jellico honors dedicated employees

    The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen is honoring past employees who have loyally served the town of Jellico for over 20 years or more.

    Previous Jellico Police Chief Ned Smiddy and assistant police chief Ronnie Lewis were presented with plaques at the June board meeting.

    Smiddy retired after 26 years from police chief in 2004 and Lewis retired in 2009 after 29 years.

    Both employees served the town of Jellico with service and dedication, according to Jellico Mayor Forster Baird who presented them with plaques.

  • Caryville welcomes new police chief

    Johnny E. Jones is living his dream.

    From a seven-year-old boy in a police uniform pretending to arrest his friends to the soon to be new police chief in Caryville, Jones said he always wanted to be a police officer.

    And with 34 years of experience, he may be one of the few to fill a lifetime with a career he loves.

    “My father was a police officer, and I always wanted to be an officer ever since I was little,” said Jones. “I am living my dream and following in my father’s footsteps.”

  • Commission approves building codes referendum

    Rumblings that building codes would make the agenda attracted a crowd to Monday’s county commission meeting. And Commissioner Lynn Letner did not disappoint when he made a motion to put a referendum on the November ballot and let the voters decide whether or not the county should enforce building codes.

    According to Letner, he has spoken with a number of residents both for and against building codes and feels that the public needs to be given the opportunity to vote on the issue.

  • Controversy continues over finance department job

    Despite a lengthy discussion at last week’s commission workshop the controversy over former fifth district commissioner Stan Marlow’s appointment to a post with the finance department waged on Monday night.

    During the workshop meeting Paul Harrell took the opportunity to air objections to what he called the unfair hiring practices used by Jeff Marlow, finance director, in naming Stan Marlow to the position titled assistant purchasing agent/project manager within his office.

  • Caryville woman arrested for dangerous fire

    A fire containing methamphetamine components released toxic fumes into the air in Caryville on Sunday, according to the Caryville Police Department.

    The illegal burn netted manufacturing of methamphetamine and reckless endangerment charges for Sherri Ann Love-Elliott, 48, of 151 Woods Circle apartment complex.

    Caryville officers were dispatched to the fire and found Love-Elliott allegedly burning bottles and hoses once used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • King charged for robbery

    When Jeremy King allegedly attempted to rob two men at knife point he was the one that ended up at the emergency room.

    At around 3 p.m. on Friday LaFollette Police Office Tony Rucker was flagged down by two men who stated that King, 23, of 132 Apple Tree Lane, had approached them asking for money.

    According to Rucker’s report, when the victims refused to give King any money he allegedly pulled out a knife and “threatened to cut them.”  

  • Board of Education talks demolition

    A recent theft at the former East LaFollette Elementary School building may have a silver lining.

    When Jeff Marlow, finance director, asked for action on a resolution involving the sale of the old Caryville Elementary School property, board of education member Mark A. Wells informed the group that getting the property ready for sale may require more time than first expected.

    Wells said he was confident that the proposed revisions to the property will not take longer than the 12 month time line.