Local News

  • Grand juy indicts Owens and Winnie


      The grand jury returned indictments on two LaFollette men for meth related charges.

    The seven count indictment is the result of a June incident in which Anthony C. Winnie and Dale O. Chapman were arrested on meth related charges.

    In the indictment the grand jury found that Winnie and Chapmen had unlawfully, feloniously, intentionally, knowingly and recklessly purchased items that could be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • Area churches plan Christmas celebrations


      Christmas music will be filling the air in the coming days.

    And while it may not be performed by a heavenly host, choirs at a number of area churches have spent countless hours in recent months preparing to present their own proclamation of the Savior’s birth.

    For Missy Marlow, First Baptist Church of LaFollette’s choir director, the use of music to celebrate the season is the perfect vehicle for tying the knowledge of Jesus’ birth to the emotion of what it (Christ’s birth) means.

  • Terry’s has another successful can drive


    For years Terry’s Pharmacy has been known as a popular, locally owned drug store. But Rissa Pryse wants her business to be remembered as one that cares about the community it serves.

    For the second year Pryse and her staff challenged themselves and their customers to make the holidays a little brighter for those who need a helping hand. In an effort to boost the inventory at Food Life Services, Terry’s customers were asked to bring in canned food, which the pharmacy pledged to match can for can.

  • Indictments returned


  • Mother, boyfriend indicted for abuse

    A Campbell County Grand Jury has indicted a duo accused of inflicting severe harm on a 17-month-old child.

    Last week Michelle Ann Mae Douglas and her one time paramour, Joseph Michael Smith, were indicted on aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.

    The child at the center of the case is Douglas’ son Peyton.

  • Construction is in full swing on Habitat’s 26th house

    The holidays are in full swing. And while many are focused on the decorating, shopping and feasting associated with this time of year, Campbell County Habitat for Humanity volunteers are on a mission of a different kind.

    Despite celebrating the completion of construction on the organization’s 25 th house in August, the group took little time to rest before moving on to its next project.

  • Tackett indicted for battery

    A registered sex offender is facing additional charges of the same nature after being indicted by a grand jury.

    Jonathan R. “Johnny” Tackett was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual battery last week.  He stands accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a five-year-old girl, the court record said.

  • LaFollette Council sees third legal challenge

    After being fired a third time, David Young has amended a petition he previously filed in hopes getting his job back.

    Last week, the LaFollette City Council ratified its October decision to terminate Young. This came despite a court ruling to the contrary just the day before that restored Young to his job.

    Days after the council moved to terminate Young for the third time, he filed the amendment that again asks for its actions to be deemed null and void by the court.

  • Tiller sues LaFollette for discrimination

    A man who was refused employment with the city of LaFollette in August is now suing it.

    Last Thursday, Brian M. Tiller filed the $100,000 lawsuit claiming he was not hired as police officer because he is handicapped.

    The suit, filed in circuit court, says Tiller had previously worked for the city as a police officer. At the time he applied to rejoin the force, he was still qualified to work in that capacity. But city officials denied him employment because of his disability, he alleges.

  • Troxell indicted for assault

    Following last week’s convening of the grand jury a Jellico man has been indicted for three counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery

    James R. Troxell is accused of allegedly and repeatedly sexually assaulting a young girl. It is believed the child was living in the same home with him from 2000 until 2002, Det. Jami Hall of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department said after his initial arrest.

    The child who was six to seven years old at the time the rapes are believed to have occurred was related to the duo by marriage, Hall said.