Local News

  • 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

  • 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

    Feb. 21 – Feb. 25


    Clarence Abbott and Shirley Abbott to CMH Homes Inc., Dist. 2, $14,000.

    Joseph P. Godfrey Jr. and Doris H. Godfrey to Joseph P. Godfrey Jr. Living Trust, Dist. 2, $0.

  • Williamson’s appeal dismissed

    After months of waiting for the Tennessee Court of Appeals to hand down a ruling in her case a local woman has an answer. But it is unlikely the one she was hoping for.
    In August 2010 Joann Williamson’s attorney David Pollard appeared before a panel of three justices to make his argument for having evidence gained by officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department during a search suppressed. As a result of what Pollard contended was an improperly executed search Williamson pled guilty to manufacturing meth as well as child abuse.

  • Funds now available to help prevent foreclosures

    Unemployment is one of the harsh realities of an economy that has been slow to rebound.  Now faced with less money and the same amount of debt many families across the state are facing the prospect of losing their homes.
    But thanks to money now available through a new federal program labeled The Hardest Hit Fund Tennessee residents may be able to escape foreclosure.