Local News

  • PCUD under judicial investigation

    A luxury trip may end costing a group of public employees more than they bargained for.

    In late 2010 the State of Tennessee Comptroller’s Office launched an investigation into allegations that employees from the Powell Clinch Utility District had taken a trip to Central America using PCUD funds. At the close of the comptroller’s audit a finding of improper management at the utility was issued.

  • Police investigating nursing home assault claim

    LaFollette Police are investigating allegations that an employee of Cumberland Village Nursing Home sexually assaulted a resident.

    In late February police were asked to come to the facility because staff believed that a female resident had been sexually assaulted, according to LPD records. The patient, a woman in her late 40s, is immobile and unable to speak, police said.

  • Four children removed when meth lab is discovered

    Last Wednesday morning the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was asked to investigate a claim of child abuse. Within hours, officers also received information of a possible meth lab.

    Both callers asked the CCSD to go to the same address- 109 Beals Lane, LaFollette.

  • Massengill arrested for sex crimes

    A man wanted for aggravated sexual battery and sexual battery has turned himself into authorities.

    Last week, Jonathon A. Massengill, 29, 110 Pat Massengill Lane, Jacksboro, was arrested after he appeared at the county jail.

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department had been searching for Massengill since the warrant was filed on Feb. 14. Within that warrant, he is charged with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter on two occasions. He is also accused of providing the girl with alcohol, specifically tequila, according to the warrant.

  • Bullock sues over arrest

    A Campbell County man is claiming he was wrongly accused of a crime and falsely imprisoned in Feb. 2010.

    Now he wants to be compensated to the tune of at least $60,000 for those acts. The county, the sheriff and Deputy Jason Heatherly are named as defendants in the matter.

    Clifford Bullock has filed a circuit court lawsuit alleging that on Feb. 26 of last year, he was “wrongly and falsely accused” of assault by domestic violence. Bullock also says he was wrongfully detained in the case.

  • Livingston arrested on multiple charges

    An alleged sexual assault led to drug charges and seizure of property for William Penn Livingston.
     On Saturday LaFollette Police Officer Susan Sowder spoke with a victim in the lobby of the LaFollette Police Department who reported Livingston, 72, of 1226 Byrnes Avenue, Cookeville, had attempted to rape her. According to the victim, Livingston allegedly grabbed areas of her body inappropriately. And when she refused his advances he punched her in the side.

  • Old post office makes endangered list

    Campbell County is marked with a number of historical spots. And this week one of the locations was officially recognized.
    On Monday the East Tennessee Preservation Alliance announced its 2011 East Tennessee’s Endangered Heritage list of endangered historic buildings and places in the 16 county region.
    The old LaFollette Post Office building was among the 18 buildings located in Jefferson, Hamblen, Sevier, Union, Anderson, Blount, Claiborne, Cocke, Grainger, Loudon, Monroe and Morgan counties.

  • Board revists retiree insurance issue

    Members of the Campbell County Board of Education revisited the issue providing retiree medical insurance to classified employees.
    In December 2010 the board adopted a resolution requesting the county commission to fund the $200,000 it will cost to provide the program for non-certified school system employees. Although commissioners supported the idea of making the insurance available to retirees, the group responded to the board's resolution by deciding the school system needed to find money in its own budget to offer the insurance plan.

  • Stolen TV returned; alleged burglar charged

    Turning a quick buck resulted in an arrest for Danny Ray Adkins last week.

    The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was called to investigate a home invasion on Springfield Drive in LaFollette on Feb. 25. When they arrived it was discovered a back door had been kicked in not only allowing access to the home but also causing around $400 worth of damage to the residence, the report said.

    Once inside officers learned that a 42” LCD television with an approximate value of $800 had been taken from the home, the report said.

  • Four children removed following discovery of meth lab