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  • Missing teen found in Kentucky

    While most parents fear a middle of the night phone call from police, B.J. and Susan Bowman found relief in theirs.

    It was around 1 a.m. Tuesday morning when Susan Bowman received her phone call from police in London, Ky.

    Officers had located the Bowmans’ 16- year-old daughter, Tabitha, who had been missing eight days.

    “We just ran up there and picked her up,” Susan Bowman said Tuesday afternoon.

  • Domestic call leads to long list of charges

    LaFollette Police officers got a run for their money when they encountered a suicidal woman.

    On June 11 Officers John Baker Pam Jarrett, Susan Sowder, Det. Lt. Jeff Allen and Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar responded to a call of a domestic disturbance at a West Chestnut address.

    The complainant informed officers Doris Kay Brooks, 45 of 114 West Chestnut Street, had allegedly become enraged when she couldn’t find some papers at the home and threatened to kill residents of the home as well as the family dog.

  • Two month old forgery case resolved

    LaFollette police were able to close the books on a two month old forgery case.

    On April 23 Det. Lt. Jeff Allen began an investigation into a check forgery at First National Bank.

    According to Allen’s report, Samantha S. Clark, 31, of 1123 Pinecrest Road, went to First National Bank and deposited a check in the amount of $3,750 into her personal checking account. The check was allegedly issued from a business called Solutions Tech Staffing but came back as fraudulent from Wachovia Bank.  

  • Jellico leases ball field to BOE; hires part-time police officer

    In a special called meeting Monday night, the Jellico Mayor and Board of Aldermen approved a lease contract between the town of Jellico and the Campbell County Board of Education (BOE).  In the terms of the lease, the BOE has full access to Jellico’s ball field during baseball and softball season.

    During a previous board meeting, Alderman Mike Smith contested the wording of the original contract and asked that certain issues be clarified.

  • Tire shop raid uncovers drugs, guns and fake cash

    Several months of investigating tips and doing leg work paid off for the LaFollette Police Department (LPD) in the form of a raid complete with narcotics, firearms and counterfeit cash.

    Last Thursday members of the LPD Narcotics Strike Force executed a search warrant at Kitt’s Tire Shop located at 1833 Old Jacksboro Pike.

    The warrant came after an exhaustive investigation into the activities of business owner Joseph Ted Kitts, 24, according to Police Chief James Lynch.

  • LaFollette man garners theft charges over a year after crime was committed

    Over a year after the crime was committed, a LaFollette man is finally facing the consequences for his actions.

    Robert W. Cheel, 28, of 539 Wild Wood Circle, LaFollette, was picked up on an outstanding warrant in Jellico on Sunday.

    In April 2008, Cheel allegedly stole five air-conditioning units from a Jellico motel that he was employed at and then sold them to a recycling center in Corbin, Ky, according to the arrest warrant.

    The motel owner valued the air conditioning units at $2,045.

  • WTNQ-FM embraces upgrades

        WTNQ-FM has undergone a complete transformation that involves a new location with a new operating process. The station has been in transition for the past week hitting the air again on Wednesday morning.

    The staff left the old way of playing music with the old station. Previously a song was chosen from a CD but with the new building comes a new procedure. An automation system now allows the DJ’s to make their selections from a stream of songs on the computer’s hard drive.

  • LUB adopts electrical budget; defers on water budget

    The LaFollette Utility Board met last Thursday night to discuss its 2009-10 electric and water budget.

    This fiscal year’s projected budget is based largely on spending and revenue trends from last year, with some exceptions.

    LUB General Manager Kenny Baird said he forecasts a conservative $650,000 net income for next year.

    “I’ve probably projected revenues at less and expenses at higher,” said Baird of his projection.

  • Moses claims wrongful termination; seeks $1 million

    Former Campbell County Animal Control Officer George Moses may have lost his job, but he is not going quietly.

    On Friday, Moses filed a $1 million lawsuit against the county and County Mayor William Baird.

    Moses is claiming he was unjustly terminated in mid- June because he is a “whistleblower.”

  • Owens arrested for burglary and theft

    An alleged would be burglar was caught in the act thanks to the help of concerned citizens.

    When witnesses observed a man enter a Loop Road address they were suspicious.  The suspicions were based on the resident’s request to watch the home while she was gone for the day, according to LaFollette John Baker’s report.

    As Baker and Officers Daniel Terry and Pamela Jarrett responded to the burglary in progress call they observed David W. Owens, 29, of 1308 Loop Road, Apartment 139, exit through the front door.