Local News

  • ‘Bubbling’ lab discovered

    Officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department discovered an active meth lab on Monday night.

    Responding to a tip that meth was being made at a Sugar Hollow home officers went there just before 7 p.m.

  • Public Records

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    July 11 – July 15


    Charles Scoby Asbury, Kyle Asbury, Walter Asbury and Louise Alice Asbury, Estate to Tom Leach, Dist. 3, $30,000.

    Anna F. Cline to Alma R. McCreary, Dist. 3, $33,000.

    Alma R. Woodward to Allen Timothy Thompson and Charlene Thompson, Dist. 3, $52,000.

  • Indictments returned

    The following indictments were returned July 14; arraignments are set for July 25 at 8:30 a.m.

    •Anthony M. Bowman, burglary, theft of property over $1,000, vandalism.

    •Steven D. Austin, promotion meth manufacture.

    •Nicholas D. Baird, no true bill.

    •Margaret A. Riggs and Ralph E. Marlow, two counts meth manufacture (Riggs only), initiation of process to manufacture meth (Marlow only).

    •Andy Brad Jones, ten counts obtaining controlled substance by fraud, FTA.

  • The punch that saved her life

    This past spring Katelyn Norman was walking on the Jacksboro Middle School football track with a friend. During mild horseplay, Norman received a friendly punch to her right arm, which began to swell.

    Norman had suffered a two or three fracture break.

    “I was feeling fine,” she said. “I got punched in the arm and it hurt really bad.”

  • Commission debates ambulance service management

    Issues regarding the county’s ambulance service continued to be a source of debate during Monday’s commission meeting.

    Commissioner Alvin Evans kicked off the discussion asking for his colleagues to choose from one of four options presented establishing who would be responsible for supervising the ambulance service director.

  • Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office No. 2 in state for getting money to veterans

    For each of the past five years, the Veterans Affairs Office in Campbell County has topped the previous year’s incoming monetary benefits.

    In 2010 the office received $14.69 million for veterans and their families this year.

    In 2006, Campbell County veterans received $4.2 million dollars. Over the past five years, this has increased by around 250-percent, director of the Campbell County Veterans Affairs Office Kevin Walden said.

  • Traffic stop nets two active meth labs

    Out of date tags and an inoperable brake light led to more serious charges for a Jacksboro pair last week.

    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Thomas Richey was patrolling when spotted a vehicle on traveling west on Highway 116 in Caryville with a couple of infractions.

    While conducting a traffic stop Richey allegedly learned the driver, Daryl R. Overbay, 41, of 353 Cedar Circle, Jacksboro, had a revoked license.

  • Silcox and Miller arrested

    Sue Ellen Silcox was driving on South Avenue when she allegedly crossed the centerline last Thursday morning. When LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur initiated a traffic stop Silcox, 29, of 386 McGhee Lane, Jacksboro, allegedly could not produce a driver’s license or proof of insurance and the tags on the 2001 Lincoln Town Car belonged to another vehicle.

  • LaFollette Press brings home state journalism awards

      The staff at the LaFollette Press was honored by their peers across the state last week in Nashville.

    The Tennessee Press Association celebrated the occasion during a lunchtime ceremony.

    With nearly 1,500 entries from 76 newspapers in Tennessee the competition to walk away with honors was tight.

    In all the Press was honored four times for the work it produced in 2010.

  • National Night Out slated for Aug. 2

    For the second time in as many years Campbell County is celebrating crime prevention awareness. And organizers plan to have fun doing.

    Aug. 2 will mark the second annual National Night Out. On this night municipalities across the country will host events to promote safety, fun, and crime prevention in an effort to take neighborhoods back from criminal activity.

    According to Billie Russell, administrative assistant for the county mayor’s office, this year’s event is a function of the Anti-Drug Coalition.