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  • Coat drive offers warmth in time for snow

    The Jellico Coat Drive came just in time for the cold weather.

    Leaving town hall on Friday wearing layers of warm jackets and carrying a bag full of coats for family members, many Jellico citizens were prepared for the dip in temperature.

    If someone came to get a jacket for their brother, they left with two for everyone in their family. Some coats were in such good condition, people questioned if they were really free.

  • Pack hit with drug charges

    With the ink on his second-degree murder acquittal barely dry, Russell Pack was arrested Monday night.

    In November, Pack walked away a free man after a jury said he had played no part in the 2008 death of Jayne Love.

    But with a sealed indictment for multiple narcotics crimes, Detective John Long of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, arrested Pack at a Jacksboro home on Monday night.

  • Grand Jury Indictments - Dec. 9

     The following indictments were returned Dec. 6.

    •Jonathan R. Tackett- FTA.

    •Karen Bundren and Michael Martin- theft over $1,000, two counts official misconduct, two counts forgery, two counts tampering w/government records, two counts falsifying of educational and academic records.

    •Donny Burris- aggravated assault, three counts reckless endangerment.

    •Freddie Violet- theft over $1,000.

    •Freddie Violet- theft over $500.

    •Jacent Jones- theft over $500.

  • Public Records Dec. 9

     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

    Nov. 29 – Dec. 3


    Daniel E. Kempf and Shari E. Kempf to Daniel Kempf Tr and Daniel Kempf Revocable Trust, Dist. 2, $0.

    Gerald L. Cooney, Miles L. Owens and Janice L. Owens to Julia L. Brookbank and Eric L. Brookbank, Dist.  3, $150,000.

  • Couple dies after collision with logging truck

    A couple has died following a traffic accident last Thursday.

    Mina Cole, 73, and Robert Lee Cole, 80, both of LaFollette died as a result of their injuries at UT Medical Center. The pair died four days after the crash.

    A 2005 Ford F350 pickup was pulling a trailer loaded with timber in the eastbound lane of  Highway 63, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol.

    Based on the report, the driver of the truck failed to maintain control of the trailer and veered into the westbound lane.

  • Rural fire department recruiting new members

    The Campbell County Rural Fire Service has been available in Campbell County for about 25 years. But the bond among fire fighters has been alive for much longer, according to Rural Fire Service Assistant Chief Joe Herrell.

    “Come join a brotherhood of individuals spanning the globe that prides themselves on service and tradition,” said Herrell. “True strength lies in submission, which permits one to dedicate their life to something beyond themselves.”

  • Lynch steps down as chief

    Appointments of department heads were visited one by one during the LaFollette Council meeting Tuesday night.

    All the current city department heads remained the same, except one.

    Mayor Mike Stanfield told the audience police chief James Lynch was stepping down.

    “I have a letter here from Chief Lynch. He is actually going back as a lieutenant,” said Stanfield. “I take his recommendation to go back to a Lieutenant.”

  • Council divided on several city issues

    The LaFollette City Council started the Tuesday night meeting by electing a new vice mayor.

    Councilman Joe Bolinger nominated Councilman Hansford Hatmaker for the position. After a brief pause, Hatmaker made a second motion for his appointment. During the roll call, both Councilmembers Wayne Kitts and Stephanie Grimm voted against Hatmaker. Mayor Mike Stanfield broke the tie, making Hatmaker the vice-mayor and beer board chairman.

  • Grand jury returns indictments for Martin and Bundren

    Nearly two months after resigning from their posts with the Campbell County Board of Education under a cloud of suspicion, Dr. Michael Martin, former director of schools, and Karen Bundren are now facing criminal charges.

    On Friday afternoon officials with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department confirmed that Martin and Bundren turned themselves in to authorities around 2:40 p.m. The pair is charged with theft over $1,000, forgery, official misconduct, tampering with governmental records and falsifying educational and academic records. 

  • Petition filed to euthanize pit bulldog

    When a dog’s bite proved worse than its bark recently, state prosecutors intervened.

    On Monday, John Galloway, deputy district attorney for the Eighth Judicial District, filed a petition in circuit court to have a female pit bulldog destroyed.

    “This dog constitutes a hazard to members of the public,” District Attorney General Paul Phillips said Tuesday.