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  • Skelley arrested on multiple charges

    On May 20 while Lt. Stephanie Smith of the Caryville Police Department was on routine patrol in the Abilene Circle area, she noticed three people standing outside of a residence. When she approached them and found out that Patrick Chitwood was staying at 178 Abilene Circle, Smith knew that Chitwood had active warrants, according to the police report.

  • Creation of Major Crimes Task Force is first for county

    When outnumbered there is only one thing left to do- ban together. That is a portion of the thinking behind the creation of the Major Crimes Task Force.

    With only 11 detectives to investigate all major crimes in the county, three towns and one city, law enforcement knew something needed to change.

    “We wanted to find a way to combine all of our resources,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins. “We can get better results (solving crimes) when all of the departments work together.”

  • Appeals court reverses Young decision

    The upper hand in a legal grudge match that has spanned more than two years has changed again.

    In March 2010 Chancellor Billy Joe White agreed that former LaFollette City Administrator David G. Young was entitled to discretionary costs stemming from the legal battle with the city that ensued following his ouster in September 2009.

    Last Friday the Tennessee Court of Appeals handed down an opinion to the contrary.

  • Starvation case gets September trial date

    Everybody agreed they needed more time to prepare for John Lowe’s murder case. It was setting the next court date that brought debate.

    Lowe, who stands accused of starving his aging uncle to death, was set for trial this month.

    However, in recent days prosecutors and Lowe’s attorney had filed motions to continue to the case.

  • Class of 2011 bids high school farewell this weekend

    This weekend the Jellico High School and Campbell County High School's Class of 2011will make the jump from high school senior to alumni.

    While closing the book on this chapter is bittersweet for parents and students alike there will be no mistaking the sense of accomplishment this group feels when Pomp and Circumstance plays, diplomas are awarded and the journey into the world of endless possibilities is at hand.

    On Friday evening Jellico High School will kick off graduation festivities at 7 p.m. at the Church of God Mountain Assembly.

  • Ward granted bond

    After sitting in jail for three months, Daniel Ward was granted bail on Monday.

    He had been behind bars since he withdrew his guilty plea at the last minute leaving his attorney not prepared for trial. That was in February.

    Now as Ward’s trial for 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery, two counts of attempted sexual battery by an authority figure and two counts of sexual battery looms his attorney, Wes Hatmaker, asked for the bail his client once had be reinstated.

  • Memorial Day events scheduled for this weekend

    This weekend veterans across the country will be remembered for their service. And those that hail from Campbell County will be no exception.

    In keeping with the tradition that dates back to the Civil War the county will host a number of events to pay tribute the living as well as the soldiers that paid the ultimate price for defending this nation’s freedom.

  • Climbing utility bills leads to lawsuit

    In the summer of 2010, Terry and Karen Carroll began having excessive utility bills, according to a lawsuit filed in the Circuit Court of Campbell County.

    The couple allegedly inquired at LaFollette Utilities as to why their electric bills were climbing. The Carrolls allege they were told the problem was the amount they were using, according to the lawsuit.

  • Jury says ‘guilty’ on all counts

    Through obvious embarrassment and tears, a 17-year-old girl told 12 strangers on Tuesday that her step grandfather had molested her.

    They didn’t have to believe her.

    However, the jury chose to and convicted James Troxell of two counts of rape of a child and one count of aggravated sexual battery.

    As the trial got underway, the young girl testified the assaults had happened nearly 10 years ago, when she was living with her mother, grandmother and Troxell, who was married to her grandmother. Another family has since adopted her.

  • 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

    May 9 – May 13


    Union Bank of Jellico to Tommy Ray Wood and Mary Ann Wood, Dist. 5, $25,000.

    David Paul Taylor to Michael L. Miller and Debra L. Miller, Dist. 1, $72,000.

    David A. Jimenez to Carolyn M. Jimenez, Dist. 2, $0.