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  • A Haunting in the East Tennessee Hollows

    Cold wind rattles the colorful fall leaves as mist drifts into the hollows like the smoke that it is akin to here in these East Tennessee hills. It blankets the fields that have already been burned gold by the sun and made brittle by the year’s first frost. Harvest time is over and corn shocks and carved pumpkins placed in yards mean one thing; it is almost Halloween. It is the time here in East Tennessee when the ghosts roam and the haunted hollows beckon; the witching hour is near.

  • Coopers set for trial in theft case

    After months of being shuffled around the docket, the trio accused of pilfering thousands of dollars from an elderly man they befriended has a trial date. Greta Cooper, Bonnie Cooper and Tamara Harness are set to face a jury on Feb. 24, 2010. This move came on Monday when the case was called for a status check during criminal court.

  • Plea in sexual battery case hits obstacle

     In most cases by the time a plea agreement gets before a judge, the problems have been worked out. However, that was not the case for Raymond Gibbs on Monday. Agreeing he would plead guilty to indecent exposure and sexual battery, Gibbs stood before Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton. But, before the judge could sign off on what prosecutors and Gibbs’ attorney had agreed to, Assistant District Attorney General Scarlet Ellis interjected. “The mother (of the victim) wishes to address the court,” Ellis said.

  • Judge denies suppression motion; sets bail for Siler

     Regardless of whom the drugs allegedly found in Jenny Siler’s purse belonged to when she was arrested in June, it is evidence in the case now. In August, Siler’s attorney Herb Moncier had argued the drugs were the fruit of an illegal search. He said that his client had not given consent for LaFollette Police to search her handbag after she and her boyfriend, Jamie Jones, fought that night. During that hearing, Jones recanted his admission that the meth found in the floorboard of his vehicle and marijuana in her purse belonged to Siler.

  • Supreme court rejects Bartley’s bid to be heard

    After years of court battles, Kenneth S. Bartley may have just come to the end of his legal road.

    On Monday, the Tennessee Supreme Court rejected Bartley’s application to have his case heard by it.

  • Beauty and the Beast- Three women and how they beat Breast Cancer

    When thinking of survival, reality TV shows and sandy beaches often come to mind.

    But what about the everyday survivors? The ones who never stand in the spotlight, yet their stories far outshine anything cooked up by Hollywood.

    What about the people who are our friends, neighbors and family members?

    And what about the hundreds of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer each year?

    In February 2007, Shawna Hunley was diagnosed with breast cancer. She said the first thing she thought was that death was imminent.

  • Number of commissioners will remain at three per district

    Despite a history of flip-flopping on the number of commissioners to be seated per district it was again put to a vote on Monday.

    The group voted to uphold last month’s decision during Monday evening’s commission meeting.

    While he was not successful, Commissioner Adrion Baird’s motion to rescind last month’s action, which bumped the number of commissioners representing each district back to three, created the fourth vote on the issue.

  • Drug court recognized by state

    When members of the Eighth Judicial Drug Court traveled to Nashville earlier this month, it was to accept their state certification. However, it was more than just a training trip and accepting a plaque. For the 14-member team it was confirmation that they are making a difference in the lives of people battling substance abuse.

    Becoming certified as a state recognized drug court means two things, according to Jonathan Finley, director for drug court.

  • Toy run rolls on for a good cause

    With a chill in the air almost 50 motorcyclists took off on Saturday in an effort to raise money to help others have Christmas.

    The Caryville Civil War Council’s annual toy run has become the signature fundraiser for the all volunteer group who has made it their mission to help others during the holidays.

    Each year riders decked out in their gear with their shiny bikes depart from the Backdoor Café for an afternoon of camaraderie and goodwill. This year’s event was no different from years past, even with the unseasonably cold weather.

  • Owens receives court settlement following GPA related request

    A Campbell County guidance counselor has made a case for mental anguish receiving $22,000 through a court settlement in the process.

    On Monday, Campbell County High School Guidance Counselor Ken Owens’ complaint and agreed settlement were filed in Campbell County Circuit Court.

    The total award granted to Owens by Circuit Court Judge John McAfee was $28,603.74, around $5,700 of that will go to Owens’ attorney, David Dunaway for legal fees, court records said.