Local News

  • Neace arrested on 28 counts

     Heather Nicole Neace was arrested on Jan. 16 after allegedly stealing a check book from a residence in Coolidge. She was also charged with taking $1,100 worth of property from a car, including identification, according to Detective Brandon Elkins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

  • Complaint leads to arrest


  • Branam pleads; charges reduced

    With disgruntled parents just a few feet away and against the advice of his attorney, Dean Branam admitted he was guilty of assault on Monday.

    When he was indicted last year, the then middle school teacher was charged with three counts of sexual battery and seven counts of assault, court records said. While sexual battery is a felony under state law, by the end of his hearing, Branam had plead guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of assault by offensive touching.

    However, Branam’s attorney, Michael Hatmaker, was not the only one who disagreed with the plea.

  • Board votes yes to teaching the Bible

    After years of the Bible being banned from the classroom, the Campbell County Board of Education is brining it back; at least from a historical perspective.

    At Tuesday’s meeting the group made the unprecedented move.  After doing some research into curriculum the board voted to introduce a new elective course at the high schools that will allow the Bible to be examined as a historical document as well as a piece of literature.

    Chairman Eugene Lawson touted the benefits of the course, but also offered a warning about choosing teachers for the class with care.

  • LUB supports council's decision; signs resolution

    After many months of waiting on a water/sewer rate increase, the LaFollette Utility Board (LUB) is finally closer to a solution which would aid in the water department’s deficit.

    At Monday night’s special called LUB meeting, board members briefly discussed and signed a resolution supporting a recent decision made by the LaFollette City Council, which gave the board the authority to set its own water/sewer rates.

  • Caryville applies for CDBG grant; hires new street employee

    Caryville’s monthly mayor and aldermen meeting was short and sweet, with only two items on the agenda.

    The board briefly discussed and passed a resolution allowing the town of Caryville to apply for a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) at Monday night’s meeting. The CDBG program is a state program, which offers grants to local jurisdictions to fund housing rehab. The grant funds will not exceed $500,000 and there is no match required by the town.

  • Report of possible meth lab leads to drug arrest in Caryville

    A tip of a possible meth lab left a LaFollette man in jail on drug charges on New Year’s Day.

    On Jan. 1, Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith was dispatched to a Caryville motel in reference to a possible meth lab, the police report said. After arriving on the scene, Officer Ben Marlow, Deputy Freddy White, and Assistant Chief Johnny Jones approached the room, knocking on the door.

  • Jones facing shoplifting; drug charges

    A Caryville man got a little more than he bargained for after shoplifting magazines and candy from a local gas station last week.

    On Jan. 3, Caryville Police Officer James Wilson was dispatched to the Rocky Top gas station in reference to a shoplifting report, the Caryville Police report said.

    After arriving on the scene, Wilson learned from store employees that Joseph Ray Jones, 51, of 130 Hickory Lane, Caryville, had entered the store and allegedly been observed stuffing merchandise under his shirt, according to the police report.

  • Reynolds charged with vandalism

    When breaking into a home, it’s best not to leave evidence behind; especially when it has your name on it.

    Justin Scott Reynolds, 18, of Thelma Circle, Jacksboro, was arrested after he allegedly admitted to breaking into a Jacksboro residence.

    On Jan. 1, Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Spring Street on the report of a burglary and vandalism, the Jacksboro Police report said.

  • Winter storm left schools closed and county roads slippery

    Slick roads and closed schools were the result of a brief winter storm in Campbell County last week.  Despite the efforts of county road workers, many secondary roads and even main roads were left nearly impassable when the flakes had settled.

    The snow fell quick and it fell countywide, which created a problem for road workers, according to Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter.

    “The road conditions were terrible; my guys said it was the slickest they had ever seen it,” Potter said.