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  • Drinking beer without paying ends with arrest

    A LaFollette woman is facing theft of property under $500, filing a false police report, driving on a revoked license and using false identification charges after drinking beer in gas station restroom and then lying to police.

  • Courthouse works on tree tradition

    It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas.

    Or at least it will next week at the county courthouse after a group of Jacksboro Elementary second graders are done.

    Next Friday, the second county Christmas tree will be placed and decorated, according to Campbell County Mayor William Baird.

  • Wilson facing indecent exposure charge

    When temperatures drop, people typically begin to layer their clothes.

    But not Wayne J. Wilson.

    As the area saw a dip in temperatures on Nov. 29, Wilson was found half-naked on North First Street in LaFollette, according to his arrest report.

  • Jacksboro drug arrest nets large amount of confiscated money

    Stopping to buy a pack of cigarettes ended up costing a Jellico man nearly $14,000 plus a trip to jail last week.

    On Nov. 19, Eddie Joe Whitaker, 41, of 2215 Highway 297, Jellico, stopped in Jacksboro at a local tobacco outlet’s drive through to purchase a pack of cigarettes, the arrest report said.

    When the sales attendant turned back around, Whitaker was allegedly passed out at the wheel of his car, the Jacksboro Police report said.

    Jacksboro Police Officers Josh Carroll and James Skeans arrived on the scene after being called by the sales attendant.

  • Attempt at shoplifting leads to drug arrest

    Michael D. Sharpe, 38, of Drinnen Road, Knoxville, was arrested on Nov. 24 on drug charges after he was allegedly suspected of shoplifting from Wal-Mart.

    Jacksboro Police Officer James Skeans was inside Wal-Mart when a manager approached him about Sharpe allegedly attempting to shoplift, the arrest report said.

  • Harvell works to find homes for abandoned animals

    His green eyes looked imploringly and he wore the most sincere look as he silently begged for a home.

    His name is Fred the plumber, and he is just one of the many adoptable animals at Jinny’s Pet Rescue that need a home.

    Every year, millions of animals are euthanized because loving and caring families do not adopt them.

    Virginia Harvell, founder of Jinny’s Pet Rescue, has partnered with Iams Home 4 the Holidays pet rescue program in an effort to place 1.5 million pets this holiday season.

  • Foundation awards grants in excess of $225k

    Seven area groups have something to be thankful for this holiday season.

    Combined they were the recipients of $246,142 in grant dollars.

    The money was awarded last Tuesday when the LaFollette Medical Board Foundation reviewed funding requests.

    With over $436,000 in requests, the board listened to presentations and spent nearly four hours reading them. However, prior to the meeting, some board members had already done their homework.

  • 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.