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  • Branam indicted, leaves teaching profession

    Following a two-week investigation by police, a 30-year education veteran has been indicted by a grand jury.

    Last week Jackboro Police Chief Danny Chapman sat before the 12 person panel outlining the case against Harolyn Dean Branam, a Jacksboro Middle School teacher.

    Afterwards the jury returned a 10 count sealed indictment charging Branam with three counts of sexual battery and seven counts of assault, the record said.

  • Baird vetoes jail addition again

    The county commission is not taking no for answer.

    On the heels of County Mayor William Baird vetoing the addition of a $1.3 million kitchen and laundry facility to the county’s jail, commissioners are planning a special called meeting to possibly overturn  the veto.

    Today at 5 p.m. the commission will convene in a special called budget and finance session to discuss the vetoed resolutions.  

    Baird’s veto can be overturned with a simple majority vote by commissioners.

  • LaFollette Council discusses process for police chief applicants

    Sifting  through the multiple applications for LaFollette Police chief position the council narrowed the field on Monday night.

    City Administrator David Young requested guidelines from the council regarding qualifications and number of applicants to be interviewed.

    Councilman Hansford Hatmaker said all the officers with the city who applied should be considered for the position.

    Young said when applicants from the far reaches of the United States are made aware of the salary range they may withdrawal themselves from the process.

  • Schneider family trys to recover after fire

    There is no manual that tells someone how to bury a child and deal with a tragedy that critically injures your  wife and baby.

    Just ask William Schneider- he is living it.

    In has been 20 days since he lost his 3 –year- old son, Jacob while his wife Crystal and six-month old daughter Cynthia were critically injured in the West Cherry Street house fire.

    William Schneider was notified of the tragic fire, but by this time his wife and daughter were already on their way to Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville.

  • Eyes on LaFollette returns

    Smile LaFollette.  No it’s not candid camera, but it is that time of year again.

    Lawn mowers emerging from hibernation and blooming Dogwoods can only mean one thing, eyes are on LaFollette. More specifically the eyes of Rob Heller’s advanced photo journalism class.

    This Friday and Saturday 17 University of Tennessee students will converge on the city in an attempt to capture images of the people and places that make LaFollette beautiful and unique.

  • Ayers to be roasted by club

    The South Campbell County Rotary Club is known for many things. Among these is its naming the citizen of the year.

    However, this year the club is breaking with tradition choosing not honor someone but roast one its own.

    On April 16 the club will pay tribute, with tongue in cheek, to Haskel “Hack” Ayers, a long time Rotarian and native Campbell Countian.

  • Grand jury returns numerous indictments

    The following indictments were handed down last week by the grand jury:

    •Newton Martin IV- aggravated assault

    •Hollie Minton- auto burglary, theft over $500

    •Jimmy Pitman- three counts rape, three counts aggravated rape, three counts contributing to the delinquency of a minor

    •Michael J, Kennedy- auto burglary, theft over $1,000

    •Eddie Lemarr- promotion of manufacture of meth, felony possession of drug paraphernalia

    •Roger D. Barker- DUI, violation of the implied consent law, speeding

  • Criminal cases settled in court

    The following criminal cases were resolved last week by using plea agreements:

    Lavinda Romines- tampering with evidence, driving on a suspended license; two years supervised probation, two years judicial diversion, court costs

    Joshua George Kelly- filing a false report; unsupervised probation, court costs, $75 to Economic Crime Fund (ECF)

    Misty D. Cobb- theft over $500; no contact with victim, supervised probation, court costs, $75 to ECF, $1,700 restitution

  • Pitman charged with rape, contributing

    On Friday the Campbell County Grand Jury indicted Jimmy L. Pitman on multiple sex crimes.

    The indictment charges Pitman with three counts of rape, three counts of aggravated statutory rape and three counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

  • Animal shelter working to discover, solve problems

    With six months under her belt as the director of the county animal shelter, Betty Crumley believes she has pinpointed some key issues.

    “Most of the calls are for dogs running at large,” she said.

    Otis Poore, the newly certified county animal control officer said most people weren’t aware they were breaking the law allowing their dogs to roam.

    “There is a leash law,” said Poore who was certified by the National Animal Control Association in January.