Local News

  • Wiley charged with child endangerment

    An unusual call led to serious charges for a LaFollette woman last week.
    On Jan. 14 LaFollette Police Officer Jason Marlow responded to reports of a snake being under a bed where a four-year-old child was sleeping in a residence on South 12th Street.

  • White and Partin arrested on meth charges

    When  purchases at a local hardware store allegedly resembled items used to make meth a shopping trip turned into a trip to jail.
    On Monday afternoon LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur received a report that John Nathaniel White, 28, of 233 Campbell Lane, and Charles A. Partin, 34, of 593 Catula Road, Duff, had allegedly purchased meth components at Ace Hardware.

  • Lowe arrested following chase

    Alleged failure to heed police warnings resulted in a high speed chase and subsequent arrest of a LaFollette man.
    In the early hours of Tuesday morning LaFollette Police Sgt. William Owens reported seeing Lawrence Anthony Lowe, 36, of 409 River Drive, sitting behind the wheel of his vehicle in downtown LaFollette.
    According to Owens’ report, he had prior knowledge that Lowe’s license was revoked.  When confronted by Owens, Lowe allegedly told the officer he hadn’t been driving.

  • Public Records Jan. 20, 2011

     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

    Jan. 10 – Jan. 14


    Stephen H. Black and Karen A. Black to Stephen H. Black TR, Karen A. Black TR, Stephen H. Black Family Living Trust and Karen A. Black Family Living Trust, Dist. 3, $0.

  • Pleas resolve criminal court cases


    The following criminal cases were resolved last week with the use of plea agreements:

    •Jonathan Michael Nipper- four counts theft of property over $1,000, four counts aggravated burglary, two counts, promotion manufacture of methamphetamine, theft of property under $500, burglary, criminal trespassing; split confinement of one year with a jail credit from Nov. 2, 2010, eight years  supervised probation, court costs, $375 to ECF, restitution to be announced on Jan. 31.

  • Veterans affairs office hours discussed; proposed gas tax shot down

    The hours of operation for the county’s veterans affairs office created controversy at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
    Kevin Walden, director of veterans affairs, appeared before commissioners to request his office be exempt from the policy that requires all county offices to maintain business hours of 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

  • Citizen questions Adkins over bus contracts

    Criticism often goes with the territory of being a local politician. And one commissioner got his fair share when a resident aired his concerns at Tuesday’s commission meeting.
    When County Mayor William Baird gave citizens the opportunity to address the commission Jerry Chadwell took his turn at the microphone.

  • Meth lab explosion leads to apartment fire; one injured

    What appeared to be only an apartment fire turned into much more on Thursday night.

    Around 7 p.m. crews responded to a fire at Rick's Apartments at 850 Pinecrest Road, according to Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins. As firemen fought to contain the blaze they found David Williams, badly burned. After being transported to the St. Mary's Medical Center of Campbell County Williams was questioned by CCSD detectives. It was then he confessed that a  meth lab had exploded causing the blaze that destroyed half the apartments.

  • Kirby wants reprieve from life sentence


    Crystal Kirby still has some fight left in her.

    From the women’s prison in Memphis, she is asking the criminal court in Campbell County to take another look at her murder conviction. Currently, Kirby is serving a life sentence for the murder of Jonathon Pierce and for crimes relating to his death.

    Last week, acting as her own attorney Kirby filed a motion in Campbell County Criminal Court outlining what she believed was in part the reason she was convicted.

  • Wrongful arrest lawsuit dismissed by federal judge

    An arrest, two indictments and a not guilty verdict later, a federal court judge says police still had probable cause to arrest Joseph Meadors.

    In 2006, Meadors was arrested on a narcotics charge by Mike Starrett, who was employed at the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department at that time. Three years later a jury decided Meadors wasn’t guilty of the crime he faced. Before the end of the year, he had filed a lawsuit alleging his arrest was without merit.