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  • Two of three defendants in arson scheme face the judge

    Parents teach their children how to do many things in life.

    They teach their children how to tie their shoes, cook a meal, essentially the needed skills to get by in life. However, Anna M. Phillips added something to that list. She taught her daughter to drive, not run, away after you set a fire.

    That bit of information was revealed as Phillips’, Kristy Brandenburg and Benjamin Brandenburg’s criminal cases moved through the judicial system recently.

  • Five individuals arrested on meth charges in Caryville

    Five people found out that crime doesn’t pay last Saturday, when they were arrested for manufacturing meth in Caryville.

  • Steakley arrested on drug charges in LaFollette

    Sitting in a parked car at 4 a.m. led to drug charges for a LaFollette man on Tuesday.

    LaFollette Police Officer William Owens observed a suspicious vehicle parked at a residence with no lights on. When Owens approached the car to investigate Adam W. Steakley, 25, of 601 Sudini Lane, quickly exited the vehicle.

    Records indicate Owens knew Steakley from a previous arrest. When asked how he was doing Steakley allegedly responded “clean” before providing Owens with consent to search the car.

  • LaFollete Fire Chief catches heat at meeting

    It appeared to be open season on the LaFollette Fire Department Tuesday night as citizens kicked off the city council meeting with complaints.

    When Mayor Mike Stanfield asked if any citizens wished to address the council Terri Coffey stood to her feet in hesitation.

    Coffey and her daughter, Brandi Muse, were on hand to protest the proposed action of the council to hire Chief Gary Byrd’s recommendation for an assistant fire chief.

  • BOE hosts town hall meeting; Martin says tough road ahead

    Parents, school system staffers and a number of county officials packed into the Jacksboro Middle School library last Thursday evening for a town hall meeting hosted by the Campbell County Board of Education.

    In lieu of flowery introductions that are often reserved for such meetings Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, wasted little time before delivering a state of the district address of sorts.

  • Book brings complaint

    Following complaints from a vocal parent regarding a book written by the Campbell County varsity boy’s basketball coach, Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, said he saw absolutely nothing wrong with the book written Barry Jones.

    In fact, he liked it.

    “I thought it was good,” said Martin on Wednesday afternoon.

    The book is basically an autobiography that details the childhood of Jones, his struggle to adulthood and beyond. In a nutshell, it’s a story about how God’s grace can change the life of one man.

  • Suspect remains at large after meth lab found


  • Convicted pedophile gets life behind bars

    Was it a crime of convenience or one of opportunity when Jerry Phillips molested his girlfriend’s granddaughter?

    According to Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton, when the chance to abuse the then 7-year-old girl presented itself, Phillips took it.

  • School day extended to make up days

    Last week it was determined that extending the school year by five days was the most feasible route to make up days missed as a result of inclement weather. However, it seems school system personnel have changed their strategy.

    While students were groaning at the thought of spending an extra week in class, central office staff and building principals were putting their heads together to come up with a better plan.

  • Court says city owes Young severance pay and discretionary costs

    David Dunaway declared another victory for his client David Young following the battle against City of LaFollette that continued to wage on in chancery court on Monday morning.

    In the most recent of court appearances related to Young’s ouster from his city administrator post Dunaway and Jon Roach, attorney for the City of LaFollette, engaged in a verbal grudge match over myriad of legal issues.