Local News

  • East LaFollette to open



    The Youth Basketball League will have its first basketball games in the gym at East LaFollette this weekend. 

    The LaFollette Recreation Department finished renovations Friday. 

  • Cieslak remains in jail

       Wanda Kay Cieslak has logged another leg on her legal journey.

    On Tuesday she appeared in Campbell County Criminal Court to face an indictment that alleges she killed her newborn son.

    Still being held without bond, Cieslak shuffled into court in the jail issued pink jumpsuit. This time her head was up, a change from previous court appearances in which Cieslak’s head was down.

  • Brother faced brother 150 years ago at Battle of Mill Springs

     The Civil War wasn’t as clear-cut as north verses south, Confederate states verses Union states or abolitionists against slave owners. The conflict that divided the nation also drove wedges between neighbors. This conflict pitted Tennesseans against each other on the battlefield 150 years ago at Mill Springs, Ky. on Jan. 19, 1862.

  • Lloyd appears in criminal court

      James Lloyd probably won’t be getting any babysitting jobs.

    On Tuesday he was arraigned for child neglect, simple possession of marijuana, simple possession of drug paraphernalia.

    He will appear in court again next month.

    Lloyd’s legal issues arose in early December 2011. Just weeks before Christmas, a child that was to be under his supervision was found wandering the downtown LaFollette streets.

  • January 2012 Indictments

    The following indictments were returned last week by the Campbell County Grand Jury:

    *Brandon Lobertini, violation of financial responsibility, two counts unlawful possession of a weapon with intent to go armed, possession of a prohibited weapon, speeding.

    *Whitney Walden, no true bill.

    *Brandon Lobertini, Russell McGhee, aggravated burglary, theft $1,000-$10,000, vandalism $1,000-$10,000, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance (McGhee), making a false report (Lobertini), initiating a false report (Lobertini).

  • Shubert says ‘not guilty’ to attempted murder

       A woman claiming she was going to stop her alleged attacker from hurting other women has wound up in court.

  • Public Records Jan. 19, 2012

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


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Jan. 9 – Jan. 13

    Martin J Freeman and Nona K Freeman to Doris J Collier, Dist. 1, $99,900.

    Big Creek Enterprises, Inc. to Steve Grimm, Dist. 3, $100,000.

    Randal Wayne Chapman and Heather Nicole Millsaps to Harris Wes Griffith and Elizabeth Leah Griffith, Dist. 3, $209,000.

  • Public Records for week of January 12, 2012

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


  • Authorities looking at new drug

    There is a new drug in town. People who smoke it can experience hallucinations. It can cause increased blood pressure, cardiac arrest and brain hemorrhaging. Law enforcement describes it as highly addictive. Yet until Friday it could be purchased at a local convenience store in Jacksboro.

    Naphthoylindole is extracted from the salvia plant through chemical processes. Then it is laced with household products such as dried leaves or chopped celery stalks and sold as herbal essence or potpourri.

  • Jellico moving ahead with annexation

    Jellico’s planning commission has given planner Chad Davis the nod to craft an ordinance establishing an agricultural zone in preparation for annexation. Before becoming official, this ordinance will need approval from Jellico’s board of mayor and aldermen.

    Jellico currently doesn’t have an agricultural zone.

    There aren’t any farms within the town limits, Mayor Les Stiers said.