Local News

  • 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.

  • Progress Report: Goins pleased with new direction of department

    Ninety days into a four- year term, Sheriff Robbie Goins likes where his department is headed.

    Coming into an office with a nearly depleted drug fund, not enough deputies and little public trust, Goins knew the road ahead would be difficult.

    But with the initiatives he has implemented, the sheriff is confident the worst part is over.

    Within days of taking office, Goins reinstated the DARE program. Yesterday, 200 students graduated from the program designed to educate youth about the dangers of drug abuse.

  • Former director of schools and federal programs supervisor arrested

    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.

    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.  They bonded out of jail on $5,000 signature bonds at 4:30 p.m.

  • motorcycle crash causes one fatality

    A motorcycle rider lost his life on Thanksgiving Day.

    Last Thursday, at approximately 9:09 p.m., Donald L. Heck of LaFollette died in a motorcycle accident. Heck was driving a 1980 Harley Davidson northbound on Demory Road, according to the Tennessee Highway Patrol fatality report.

    Heck lost control of the motorcycle on a right hand curve, based on the report. The vehicle veered off the roadway on the left side and struck a guardrail.

    THP Trooper Larry Skeen investigated the crash. There were no other injuries reported. Heck, 50, was wearing a helmet.

  • Medical foundation provides end of year grants

    With the end of the year in sight, the LaFollette Medical Foundation made its final disbursements last week.

    St. Mary’s Medical Center of Campbell County was awarded $110,000 for a digital mammography unit. This is one-half of the estimated cost for the equipment. In August representatives from the hospital appeared before the board and asked for the $220,000 to fund the purchase. However, at that meeting the foundation didn’t allot the money to the hospital. But last Tuesday, the foundation took action.

  • A hundred signs with a hundred anti-meth messages

    Toby Young’s sister has been using drugs for years. It started as prescription drug abuse and eventually led to more accessible, cheaper substances like methamphetamine.

    “It affects me more and more, every time I talk to my sister,” said Young about the impact meth use has on an entire family.

    This is one of the reasons Young and Jonathan LuAllen founded the I Hate Meth organization.

    In two weeks LuAllen and Young have worked harder than ever before.

  • Town of Jellico offers coat drive

    A box in the lobby of Jellico town hall is quickly filling up with warm jackets.

    It’s for a coat drive- a project that has never been done by the municipality. But a project Mayor Les Stiers said is needed in the Jellico community.

    On Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., the donated coats will hang on racks for people in need to come and choose from.

    Stiers said the coats have been outgrown and discarded. They have been cleaned and prepared for the coat drive by several women in the community.

  • 'Tis the season for holiday activities

    Following a hefty lineup of Christmas events is another round of cheerful activity being offered next weekend. From Jellico to LaFollette, two scheduled events are being offered.

    Christmas in the City at Seargeant Park in LaFollette will be held on Dec. 11 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Crafters and food vendors will line the street of South Tennessee Avenue.

    Beginning at 6 p.m. there will be a Christmas tree lighting and music. A community choir will lead Christmas carols during the festivities. James Freeman has offered to emcee The Christmas Story for the audience.

  • Rucker target of TBI investigation

    A LaFollette Police Officer has been suspended without pay as the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation looks into his alleged conduct.

    Tony Rucker, a seven year veteran of the department was placed on unpaid leave last week pending the outcome of the investigation, said LPD Captain Jack Widener.

    Rucker stands accused of possibly taking bribe, according to Widener.

  • DUI and drugs keep officers busy