Local News

  • Appeals court says no diversion for Siler

    Three years, numerous court hearings and another narcotics charge later, Jenny Siler has been told she will have to abide by the ruling of the local criminal court.

    The state court of criminal appeals has ruled that Siler is not eligible for judicial diversion and her four-month jail sentence along with eight years of probation will stand.

  • Couple arrested Christmas Day for child abuse

    A woman and her boyfriend have been charged with abusing her 2- year old- daughter allegedly leaving numerous marks on the child and dislocating one of her arms.

    Suzanne Douglas, 29, 174 Mahan Street, Jellico and Adam Hayes, 20, 1439 South Highway 92 West, Williamsburg, Ky are each facing aggravated child abuse and neglect charges following their Christmas Day arrests.

    Just before midnight on Dec. 24, Jellico Police were notified of the child’s injuries by her grandmother, the arrest warrant said.

  • Traffic stop leads to drug arrest

    Erratic driving and failing to stop at a red light led to more serious charges for a Jacksboro man last week.

    On Dec. 22 LaFollette Police Officer Robert Higginbotham observed a white Mercury Sable crossing lanes of traffic on East Central Avenue. The driver, Floyd W. Coleman, 31, 250 Hatmaker Road, Jacksboro, also ran through a red light at the intersection of East Central Avenue and Tennessee Avenue.

    Higginbotham reported smelling a strong odor of marijuana as he approached the vehicle. Records indicate that Coleman reported he had smoked marijuana the day before.

  • Clinton man charged in robbery

    A Clinton man found himself with criminal charges after an alleged armed robbery incident.

    LaFollette Police Officer Corey Taylor was dispatched to a South 4th Street address on a robbery call last Monday.

    The victim told Taylor that A.J. Gunter, 18, of 1303 Block House Valley Road, Clinton, and an accomplice had robbed the victim at gunpoint.  

  • Hopper arrested for trespassing

    A report of an alleged break-in kept LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann busy last week.

    On Dec. 22 Vann was called to Manor West Apartments to investigate the report of an intruder.

    Upon arriving at the scene Vann reported encountering Charles Jack Hopper, II, 35, of 4712 Back Valley Road, exiting the apartment. During his investigation Vann found that Hopper had allegedly entered the apartment without the resident’s permission causing the occupants to fear for their safety.

  • Jones arrested on drug charges

    A traffic stop cut a Caryville man’s Christmas celebration short.

    On Dec. 26 Jacksboro Police Officer Greg Cox stopped a vehicle that was traveling north on Eagle Bluff Road with no taillights.

    When the car stopped Cox observed the driver, Joseph Ray Jones, 51, of 130 Hickory Lane, Caryville, get out and place an object in front of the parked vehicle.

    Upon further investigation Cox discovered a box that allegedly contained a small amount of marijuana as well as three pills identified as a legend drug.

  • City council considers repairs; retiree insurance

    With only a few agenda items for consideration and even fewer onlookers, LaFollette city council members plowed through Monday evening’s workshop agenda in short order.

    Issues including insurance for retirees and roof repairs to a LaFollette Fire Department building required the most discussion during the meeting.

  • Wilbanks arrested for DUI

    A LaFollette woman finished out her Christmas holiday in jail after a run in with police last Friday afternoon.

    Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker was advised to be on the look out for a black Dodge pick-up truck being driven by a possible drunk driver. According to Walker’s report, dispatchers stated that the truck was exiting I-75 North at Exit 134. As the truck came off the exit ramp, Walker reported observing the driver pass through a yellow light and turn onto Veteran’s Memorial Highway.

  • Area landmark lost to fire

    When Edward and Trena Smiddy’s phone rang at 4:30 Tuesday morning they didn’t know the upset that call would bring.

    The 911 operator on the phone told Trena Smiddy the couple’s barn was on fire. But this was not just any barn. It was a barn that had become an area landmark.

    In November the Smiddys purchased “The Party Barn” from Hack and Tommy Ayers. During the last 16 years the site had become known not only for its unique atmosphere but for the many antiques and county artifcats housed there.

  • Snow keeps crews busy throughout weekend

    While Friday’s snow caught many people off guard, county service workers were prepared.

    “We saw the snow coming we just didn’t know how much we would get,” said Dennis Potter, county road superintendent. When the snow began accumulating, Potter said crews hit the roads and started clearing them. “It was a good snow to push,” he said of the method used to clear the county’s 700 miles of road. With the use of snowplows and graders, most of Campbell County’s roads remained passable.