Local News

  • Financially strapped Caryville hit with lawsuit

    The town of Caryville is facing a $1million lawsuit as a result of an undercover drug sting last May.

    Uless Joe Arnold filed the action last week claiming that when he was arrested in May 2009 it was without probable cause. Along with this, Arnold says the multiple narcotics charges filed against him because of that arrest were later dismissed.

    He has named the town and Caryville Police Detective Stephanie Smith as defendants in the filing.

  • Sneel to undergo testing

    Serving notice his client may have an insanity defense for her attempted murder charges, David Stewart asked the court on Monday to postpone a trial date.

    Stewart, who represents Amanda Sneel, said initial testing had shown the young mother was more than likely to have been suffering from “a serious mental health disease or defect” when she drove her vehicle into Cove Lake with her children in it.

    Further testing should be completed, he said.

  • Former officer cops a plea

    A former LaFollette City Police officer has plead guilty to narcotics and weapons charges.

    On Monday, Dustin C. Ward agreed he was guilty of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and illegally possessing a gun on a wildlife management area.

  • Buckert pleads to neglect; has children returned

    Less than a month after Erica Buckert plead guilty in a child abuse case, her husband at the time, Joshua Buckert entered his plea.

    Dressed neatly in a shirt and tie Buckert told Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton he was guilty of child neglect/ endangerment.

    The charge stemmed from a May 2007 incident. It was then that the Buckerts took their then 11-month-old son to an emergency room. Once there, medical personnel discovered the infant had multiple broken bones, police said at the time.

  • Arrests made in LUB burglary

    Less than a week after thieves walked off from LaFollette Utilities with several thousand dollars in copper wire and tools two men have been arrested in the case.

  • Tale of school drop out has happy ending

    Dropping out of high school often means the end of the educational road.  But for Stephen Houston it proved to be just the beginning.

    Born in LaFollette in 1956, Houston started his school career at the LaFollette Colored High School in a time when segregation was still around.  

    Although LaFollette schools became integrated during his early elementary school years, Houston said he never could find his niche.

  • Auto theft leads to drug arrest

    A report of a stolen car led to drug arrest last week.

    On April 27 LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens received instruction to be on the look out for a stolen vehicle.  

    Owens reported that during a traffic stop related to the stolen vehicle he asked Cliff Justin Ayers, 26, of 2149 Pine Mountain Road for his identification, but Ayers allegedly claimed that he had none.

  • Wells file answer in harassment suit

    Months after being named as a defendant in a sexual harassment suit, school board member Mark A. Wells fired back with an answer and counter-complaint of his own.

    In March school system employee Alexis Keiser filed a lawsuit in the United States District Court alleging that she was the victim of sexual harassment perpetrated by Wells.

    According to the March filing, the suit is being brought as a result of Wells’ attempt to date Keiser and his subsequent retaliation once he learned she was in a relationship with someone else.

  • Mining project in county affects streams; reclaims mined lands

    A section of Campbell County near Smokey Junction is slated to be remined by Davis Creek Energy, LLC, according to an April 29 Army Corps of Engineers (ACE) press release. As a result of this mining activity, a federally threatened species of minnow may suffer as a result of the mining. Because the species has a short life span, any habitat disturbance significantly impacts this fish.

  • McKinney and Patterson arrested on theft charges

    Leaving evidence lying about after a robbery landed two men in jail on Sunday.

    On May 2, Campbell County Sheriff’s Officer Matt Wasson was dispatched to Chadwell’s Market and Deli on Long Hollow Road to find the front glass door completely busted out, according to the arrest warrant. The only item missing from the store was the cash register with approximately $12 in change, the police report said.