Local News

  • County pays out thousands to settle two-year old law suit

    A lawsuit filed by a one time county employee has been settled ending with an award for him of over $85,000.

    In April 2008 Richard Cox, an ambulance service employee, lodged a suit against the county. In the federal court, filing Cox claimed he had been deprived of compensation during his tenure with the ambulance service.

    Cox alleged that he had worked 2,700 hours of overtime in a three-year time span and hadn’t been paid for any of it, the lawsuit said.

  • Mansour hit with malpractice suit

    A Campbell County doctor recently found himself accused of malpractice, according to a suit filed last Wednesday in circuit court.

    In the complaint filed by Susan K. Johnson, she alleges that Dr. Ellie Mansour was negligent when he failed to diagnose her condition of “severely active chronic hepatitis.”

    According to the filing, Johnson began seeing Mansour as her personal physician in 2004 and remained under his care until 2008. In October 2008 Johnson’s condition was discovered by another physician.

  • West found sleeping in car; arrested on drug charges

    A report of a suspicious vehicle led to an arrest last Friday afternoon.

    After observing a vehicle sitting at the intersection of North 12th Street and East Central Avenue for approximately half an hour, LaFollette Police Officer Dallas Frazier stopped to investigate.

    Upon approaching the car Frazier found the driver Samuel Kenton West, Jr., 38 of 125 Perry Smith Lane, Caryville, allegedly passed out inside the vehicle.

  • Wrong way driver goes to jail

    Traveling in the wrong lane landed two men in jail over the weekend.

  • Disturbance call leads to arrest

    A disturbance call and complaints from the drug hotline led to the arrest of a Jacksboro resident over the weekend.

    On Feb. 13, Jacksboro Police Officer Jeremy Goins was dispatched to 229 Water Street on the report of a disturbance, the arrest report said. After arriving, Goins spoke with the homeowner, Jamshid Wayne Nikzad, 27, of Jacksboro.

  • Reckless driving leads to drug arrest in Caryville

    Reckless driving without a license, tags or registration landed a LaFollette man in jail on Saturday.

    On Feb. 13, Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker responded to a reckless driver call on Veteran’s Memorial Highway, the Caryville Police report said.

  • CCSD inmate escapes into ceiling duct at hospital

    A Campbell County Sheriff’s Department inmate enjoyed some freedom last week, albeit short lived.

    Inmate Christopher Wilhoit was taken to St. Mary’s of Campbell County for treatment on Feb. 7, when he allegedly used a trip to the bathroom as means to orchestrate an escape from custody.

    According to LaFollette Police spokesperson Det. Lt. Jeff Allen, Officer William Owens was called to the hospital on a report of the inmate attempting to leave the scene.

  • Teacher suspended for alleged misconduct

    A Jellico High School teacher has been placed on leave pending an inquiry into his alleged misconduct with a student.

    Allegations of the male teacher’s improper relations with a 17- year- old female student surfaced when the girl’s mother met with Clayton Ray, secondary supervisor, on Monday, according to Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools.

    During the meeting the concerned parent produced phone records, which allegedly included text messages of an inappropriate nature between the two, Martin said.

  • Commissioners plan final attempt at reducing commission seats

    With the county election just months away a debate that has waged on in commission meetings for nearly two years will likely be put to rest- at least for another term.

  • Martin reports snow day shortage; board discusses calendar

    Campbell County students have enjoyed several unscheduled days off recently thanks to Mother Nature. But the cheers will likely be replaced with sighs as the students face the almost certain possibility of still being in school in June.