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  • Driver and passenger net drug charges during traffic stop

    An outstanding warrant led to a long list of charges for a LaFollette woman last week.

    On Friday Officer Tony Rucker pulled Victoria Gail Rigney, 24, of 315 West Walden Street, over for a traffic violation.

    During the stop Rucker discovered Rigney was wanted by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department on an attachment for child support.

    Rigney’s passenger Samantha D. Wallace, 20, of 1714 Chestnut Stump Road, also found herself in hot water during the stop.

  • Robinson charged with trespassing and public intoxication

    A LaFollette man gave new meaning to the phrase “get a room” last Monday night.

    LaFollette Police Officer Justin Lowe was dispatched to South Tennessee Avenue on a report of a man sleeping a car that was not his.

    When he arrived Lowe discovered that the man had left the scene.  

    After obtaining a physical description the officer was able to locate Edward J. Robinson, 24, of 209 Cherry Street walking on Claiborne Road.  

  • Flat Hollow Marina will host movie premiere later this month

    Campbell County will mark a first later this month.

    A movie will be premiered at Flat Hollow Marina, where the film was shot nearly a year ago.

    Fish Bait-The Movie stars actors from the Einstein Simplified Comedy Troupe, and other actors from the Knoxville area. The film is a cross between Deliverance and Jaws, with the improvisation acting technique of Blair Witch, said co-director Jeff Joslin.

    Joslin also wrote, co-produced the movie.

  • Water/sewer increase and library project tops agenda at council meeting

    A water rate increase topped the agenda once more at the LaFollette City Council meeting on Tuesday night. Though much was discussed on the issue, a decision has yet to be made.

  • Gaylor arrested on drug charges

    A public intoxication call led to the arrest of Elmus Gaylor, 47, of 249 Hill Lane, Caryville on drug charges.

    On Sept. 28, Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker was dispatched to Scotties Restaurant on the report a man was allegedly drunk with two small children in his care, a Caryville Police report said.

  • Jellico Police Captain under investigation by TBI

    Jellico Police Captain Jeff Partin is under investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation (TBI), according to TBI authorities. But he remains on the town payroll after being placed on paid leave.

    The investigation is centered around an incident, which allegedly occurred in June.

    The issue first came to light at the Sept. 17 mayor and aldermen meeting, when the board, along with the town attorney and the chief of police went into executive session.

  • Man face extortion charges

    After committing a crime nearly four months ago, a Pioneer man helped himself get caught after parking in a tow away zone.

    On Sept. 29, Jellico Police Officer Jeff Ivey was dispatched to Baptist Street to check on a vehicle parked in a tow away zone, according to a Jellico Police report.

    Ivey was preparing to have the vehicle towed, when he ran a check on the license plates and it came back registered to Tommy G Worley, 22, of 6836 Highway 297, Pioneer.

  • Young terminated after having job reinstated by judge

    Barely 24 hours had passed since Chancellor Billy Joe White reinstated David Young as the city administrator for LaFollette.

    On Wednesday White ruled the city’s termination of Young had been illegal. But before Young could return to work, the LaFollette City Council met Thursday morning, voting to terminate him once again.

  • Chancellor agrees Ogg was victim of age discrimination

    Sometimes the less said is not always better.

    At least that was the view taken by Chancellor Billy Joe White when he drafted an opinion in former teacher Jess Ogg’s age discrimination case last week.

    Ogg had claimed that when then Director of Schools Dr. Judy Blevins had dismissed him as an occupational instructor in 2008 it was because of his age.

  • BOE agrees to payment for injuries

    Through a compromise a Campbell County teacher is going to receive $50,000 after suffering from a job related illness and on the job injuries.

    Rita C. Patterson will be paid the money in a lump sump, with $10,000 going to attorney fees, according to circuit court records.

    Last week, the agreement between Patterson, her attorney David Dunaway and the Campbell County Board of Education was signed by Circuit Court Judge John McAfee.

    It is the resolution of ongoing litigation.