Local News

  • 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.

  • For 50 years the McCullochs have been valentines

    Fifty years ago, a young couple in love walked arm in arm across the bridge at Cove Lake. The young man turned to the girl and said “I wish we could just keep on going.”

    That young couple has done exactly that. Fifty years later, Bob and Delores McCulloch are still walking side by side through life.

    “Side by Side was our favorite song while we were dating,” Delores said. But it was Stand by Your Man that she pantomimed to Bob on Feb. 6, when they renewed their wedding vows.

  • Suit filed claiming malicious prosecution, unfair practices

    A long-standing community bank, local auto dealership and employees of the two entities have been served with a $13 million lawsuit that alleges unfair banking practices, negligence and malicious prosecution.

    Within the circuit court filing Fred Birdsall claims that when he purchased a truck from Rainbow Chevrolet and financed it through People’s Bank of the South in Oct. 2008, the bank didn’t include itself in the necessary paperwork in order to obtain the title.