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  • LaFollette V Foundation- debts incurred

    For more than 10 years and through numerous legal actions the city of LaFollette has continued to attempt to gain control of proceeds from the sale of the LaFollette Community Hospital.

    The city continued its efforts even after the LaFollette Medical Foundation was formed. The foundation and its board were established to not only oversee the nearly $10 million in proceeds from the sale but to administer a portion of the funds for indigent health care to Campbell County citizens.

  • Jury finds Phillips guilty on abuse charges

    Playing in your grandmother’s backyard tossing things found on the ground that had fallen from a tree is a memory most children would treasure.

    However, for a LaFollette girl that was 8-years-old that late summer day, her memory is tarnished by what happened next.

    Sitting on the witness stand, the top of her head only a few inches above the microphone, the now 10 -year -old girl, described how her grandmother’s boyfriend at the time violated her.

  • Outstanding warrant ends with drug arrest

    An outstanding warrant led to the arrest of a LaFollette man.

    Jackie Carroll Smith, 45, of East Fir Street LaFollette, was arrested on Thursday on drug charges, the Jacksboro Police report said.

    On Nov. 19, Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Wal-Mart parking lot on the report that Smith was there and had a warrant issued for his arrest, the Jacksboro Police report said.

  • Shoplifting leads to multiple drug charges for Maddry

    A LaFollette man got more than he bargained for after shoplifting at Wal-Mart on Sunday.

    On Nov. 21, Jacksboro Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Walmart on the report of a shoplifter. Ryan Maddry, 19, of Whitman Hollow Road, LaFollette, was arrested for stealing $6 worth of merchandise from the large retail store, according to the Jacksboro Police report.

  • Two Campbell County residents perish in crash

    An early morning crash between a car and a train last Thursday left two Campbell County residents dead and a third with serious injuries in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

    Connie Hamblin, 44, of LaFollette, was driving a 1996 Toyota Camry eastbound in the 800 block on West Commercial Boulevard in Fort Lauderdale. She was approaching the CSX Railroad crossing, according to a Fort Lauderdale Police incident report.

  • Traffic violation leads to drug arrest of a Lake City woman

    A traffic violation led to the drug arrest of a Lake City woman on Thursday.

    On Nov. 19, Caryville Police Officer Ben Marlow conducted a traffic stop on 1998 Ford Taurus, whose driver had allegedly violated the move over law, the Caryville Police report said. Upon stopping the vehicle, he found Jessica R. McMillan,25, of 314 Third Street, Lake City, also listed as Jessica Elliott in the police report, to be driving on a suspended license as well as in violation of the move over law, the police report said.

  • Campbell County-A look back at the beginning: Jacksboro after the turn of the century

    It was at the turn of the century that Jacksboro briefly lost its title as the county seat. With all the activity of a new city, LaFollette had grown in size and prominence. There was an effort made by Campbell Countians to designate LaFollette as the county seat and after much debate, a referendum was put forth to the people in March 1903, according to Miller McDonald’s history of Campbell County. After the votes were tallied, there were 3,000 for relocating the seat to LaFollette and under 1,200 for it to stay in Jacksboro.

  • Branam case delayed; family upset over possible plea

    On the eve of a trial where a guilty verdict could have made Dean Branam a registered sex offender, the case has been continued until January 2010.

    Earlier this year Branam was indicted on three counts of sexual battery and seven counts of assault, court records said.

    Of those charges, four of them alleged Branam used his position of authority, as a teacher, “to accomplish the sexual contact,” according to the indictment records read.

    In all, there were seven underage female victims, the indictment said.

  • Bond revoked in murder case

     Freedom was short lived for two men accused of second-degree murder. In September, Russell Pack and Phillip Pack had their bonds reduced from $100,000 to $50,000. For the brothers, who are believed to have murdered Jayne Love, this was the difference between jail and being on the outside. However, following a hearing in criminal court on Monday, the duo is headed back to jail.

  • Voting machine returns; commission still at 15

    After a nearly two year hiatus the source of numerous discussions and as many jokes returned to the commission meeting room on Monday evening.  

    While it was not used as the official means for tabulating votes the machine that went missing without a trace during former mayor Jerry Cross’ tenure made a trial run during the group’s regular monthly meeting.

    While commissioners like Whit Goins, who has been a long time proponent for reinstating the voting machine seemed pleased with its return, others were not as enthusiastic.