Local News

  • LaFollette Officers discover large meth operation

    Officers put the skids on what is being called the largest shake and bake meth operation ever discovered in LaFollette.

    On Monday the LaFollette Police Department received information regarding a possible meth lab in progress at 328 Camp Ridge Road.  According to Lt. Jeff Allen, the area has a history of drug activity.

    As the officers went to investigate the lab, Darryl Willard Riggs, Sr., who resides at the Camp Ridge Road address, was picked up during a traffic stop on an outstanding warrant.

  • Program to focus on faith

    Today’s children are tomorrow’s leaders.  

    It is with that reality in mind that Mayor William Baird and his staff are working to secure programming that will provide Campbell County’s youth with training to help them realize their leadership potential.

    Baird is currently working with the Emerald Youth Foundation in Knoxville to launch Just Lead, a program that will target area middle school students.

  • LaFollette facing lawsuit

    Last week, the city of LaFollette and one of its citizens were jointly sued by Tommye and Jess Ogg.

    The Ogges are alleging negligence on the part of the city and Amanda Lawson for a traffic accident Tommye Ogge was involved in earlier this year.

    They are asking for $100,000 in damages.

    Tommye Ogge and Lawson were both traveling on Hemlock Street in LaFollette when the two were involved in a traffic accident.

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  • Franklin arrested for cheating on drug test


    Tampering with a drug screen cost a Jamestown man his freedom last Thursday.

    Aric Whitney Franklin, 31, of 750 Bea Road, Jamestown, arrived at the courthouse to submit to drug testing prior to an appearance in drug court.

    LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett reported that Franklin allegedly attempted to conceal a plastic device containing urine belonging to someone else. According to Jarrett’s report, the device was allegedly meant to falsify the results of a drug test.

  • Board discusses fire alarm repairs at CCHS


     Board members made quick work of their agenda during the last meeting of 2009. With only a few items to discuss the most lively debate surrounded funding for repairs to the fire alarm system at Campbell County High School.

    When Jeff Marlow, county finance director, presented a budget amendment that would reduce funding in a number of accounts to come up with the $284,000 needed to begin work on the project, Board member Mark A. Wells balked.

  • Johnson charged with vandalism


     Joshua Adam Johnson found himself on the wrong side of the law when he decided to help out with the holiday decorating at a LaFollette home.

    LaFollette Police Officers Tony Rucker, William Owens, Odell Bailey and Josh Vann responded to a Shoreline Circle residence last Wednesday to investigate a report of vandalism.

    At the home officers discovered that someone had driven through the victim’s yard and repeatedly ran over trees and Christmas lights on the property.

  • 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.