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  • People's Bank robbed at gunpoint; police still searching

    Just after 9 am this morning a man wearing a black ski mask armed with a handgun walked into the Jacksboro branch of People's National Bank and demanded money.

    At the moment local law enforcement is searching for the man who got away with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    Helicopters from the Tennessee Highway Patrol and the Knox County Sheriff's Department are active in the search.

  • Poston named new director of schools

    After months of anticipation about who would replace the embattled Dr. Michael Martin as the next director of schools, the wait is finally over.

    At tonight's special called board meeting Chairman Mike Orick explained to the packed courtroom that each candidate would be voted on separately and the first one to receive seven votes would be Campbell County's next director of schools. Donnie Poston was the first of the three candidates to be voted on.

  • Public Records

    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

    April 4- April 8


    Dr. Richard Kaufmann and Betsy Kaufmann to George B. Wright and Tammy Joanne Wright, Dist. 1, $237,000.

  • Gibbs plea doesn’t go unnoticed

    Raymond Gibbs found himself in familiar territory on Monday.

    He was standing before a judge, ready to plead guilty to a sex crime with the victim’s mother declaring he would offend again.

    In October 2009, this same scenario played out but Gibbs wasn’t allowed to plead then. Instead, his case was set for trial. Then it was rescheduled.

    Gibbs was to face a jury this week on charges he molested a six- year-old girl.

  • Caryville makes history

    Glasses will soon be clinking all over town after Caryville granted its first two liquor licenses.

    On Monday evening the board of mayor and aldermen made history when it awarded Mark Hoskins and Jeff Hoskins, along with John Davenport permission to open package stores within the town’s borders.

    The decision came after a lengthy meeting where each candidate’s application was reviewed and scored.

  • Former school officials reject plea

    Dr. Michael Martin and Karen Bundren have opted to face a jury of Campbell Countians to resolve their legal woes.

    While the case has been shuffled around on the docket since the two were indicted late last year, that all ended on Monday. Senior Assistant District Attorney Mike Ripley told Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton an offer for a plea had been extended to both defendants but he had yet to get a response from them.

  • Ridenour sits for round two of interviews

      Board members wrapped up a week of interviews with the third and final candidate vying for the director of schools post last Thursday.

    Seated before the board in the Jacksboro Middle School library Sharon Ridenour, interim director of schools, exuded confidence in her ability to continue to perform the job she has been doing since October.

  • Rucker admits guilt

    Having once sworn to uphold the law, Tony Rucker admitted on Monday he was guilty of breaking it.

    The one time LaFollette Police Officer appeared in Campbell County Criminal Court agreeing he was guilty of official misconduct, bribery of a witness and filing a false report.

  • Nance sentenced to more time

    What began as a suspected arson case that evolved into child rape has now ended.

    Appearing older and gaunt Joseph Nance pled guilty to sexual battery on Monday. It was one of three charges still outstanding in the case. For the final count he was sentenced to two additional years in prison. Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton said Nance would serve these years concurrent to the 64 years he was sentenced to in October 2009.

    The remaining two counts were dropped.

  • Murray and Bowman arrested on theft charges

    Answering a call to give a friend a ride turned out to be quite costly for a LaFollette man that was already on parole.

    Detective Lt. Brandon Elkins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was investigating the burglary of a storage building on South Chapman Road that happened on April 1 when he learned that Anthony Meade Bowman, 23, of 523 Shoreline Circle, had allegedly been the individual that broke into the building.