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  • Gaylor gets nearly three decades behind bars

    Last February Travis Gaylor agreed he was guilty of killing Jonathan Pierce on top of Caryville Mountain in June 2006.

    On Monday he learned his fate for that act. By the end of the hearing, the judge had told Gaylor that his actions on that warm June night had been “cruel” and that evidence previously presented in the case was “quite shocking.” Ultimately, Gaylor was given the maximum sentence in the case, 28 years behind bars.

  • Point in Time Count reveals large number of homeless in the county

    While most people were snug in their houses, still sound asleep in their beds last Thursday morning, volunteers were searching the county in an effort to locate the homeless.

     Beginning at 5 a.m., teams of volunteers and law enforcement officials were dispatched in all four municipalities and to other areas around the county to participate in a county wide Point in Time Count of all area homeless as part of the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness.

  • Relay for Life kicks off

    This year’s Relay for Life kickoff event began with a whole lot of hope and record attendance.

    The promise is that this year is going to be even bigger and better than ever.

    With many new faces as well as old, excitement was in the air as friends and strangers gathered together with one goal in mind-to fight the battle against cancer.

    Team leaders wearing  ‘Fight Like a Girl’ t-shirts stood around and discussed strategies to wage war against their common nemesis, while others spread inspiration just by being there and being survivors.

  • Duo headed to grand jury for abuse charges

    Details are beginning to emerge in a child abuse case that put a 13-month-old girl in a Georgia burn center.

    On Tuesday, the girl’s mother, Lindsay Norris, and David Thomas, her co- defendant, in the matter were bound over to the grand jury following a lengthy hearing.

    Detective Mike Perkins of the sheriff’s department, testified at the duo’s preliminary hearing that he had observed Kayla Norris with multiple burns and bruises on Jan 22.

  • Pierce arrested for assault

    The father of a murder victim has been arrested following the sentencing hearing for one of his son’s killers

    On Monday Otis Pierce, father of the late Jonathon Pierce, was leaving the courthouse when he became involved in an altercation with one of the officers of the court.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Michael Caudill’s report,  Pierce became agitated when Officer Vienneau tried to have him walk through the metal detector.

  • No changes for Douglas

    Michelle Douglas had two goals on Monday.

    She wanted a new attorney and she wanted out of jail. But neither one panned out for her.

    Approaching the bench, David Pollard, Douglas’ court appointed attorney, said he been made aware that his client wasn’t happy with his approach to her criminal charges.

    “She has expressed some disappointment with my handling of the case,” Pollard told Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton. It soon became evident that Douglas had sent Sexton a letter asking for a new counsel in her case.

  • Relay for Life kick off celebration; plans for record year

    This year’s Relay for Life kickoff event began with a whole lot of hope and record attendance.

    The promise is that this year is going to be even bigger and better than ever.

    With many new faces as well as old, excitement was in the air as friends and strangers gathered together with one goal in mind-to fight the battle against cancer.

    Team leaders wearing ‘Fight Like a Girl’ t-shirts stood around and discussed strategies to wage war against their common nemesis, while others spread inspiration just by being there and being survivors.

  • Heavy snows shut down county roads; causes minor electrical outages

    One of the largest snowfalls in years dumped roughly six to eight inches of snow on Campbell County, leaving schools closed, while county road employees scrambled to spread gravel and plow roads.

    Even though the road department began preparing a week in advance for the storm, the large amount of snow that fell was just too much to keep up with, according to Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter.

  • Nolan doesn't receive rose on The Bachelor; 'would do it all again'

    Ella Nolan may not have received a rose, but the experience she has taken away from her time on The Bachelor has forever changed her life.

    A single mom, real estate agent and hair stylist from LaFollette, Nolan has recently captured the attention of the nation with her showing on the ABC reality series.

    “I would definitely do it again; it was one of the greatest experiences of my life,” Nolan said in a conference interview on Friday.

  • Bunch facing four counts aggravated sexual battery