Local News

  • Library grant given to city of LaFollette

    After 10 years of waiting the city of LaFollette is well on its way to a new library.

    The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) recently announced the city is going to receive $200,000 in federal funding to construct a new library.

    LaFollette was the only city in Tennessee qualifying for significant grant funding, according to the USDA.

    This money is a great start to building a new library and comes with a $1 million loan with a low interest rate, said LaFollette Library Director Nancy Green.

  • Plea agreements settle criminal cases

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

    •Adam McKenzie Hayes- aggravated assault, child neglect; split confinement of one year with a jail credit of time served from Dec. 25, 2009 to Dec. 25, 2010, 10 years supervised probation, court costs.

    •Bobby Lee Heatherly- sexual battery, aggravated assault; split confinement of four months 17 days with a jail credit since May 10, six years probation, court costs.

  • Public Records Sept. 30

     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

    Sept. 20 – Sept. 24


    Marsha L. Helton to Robert C. Owen and Janine H. Owen, Dist. 2, $1,000.

    David Goins to Mink Creek Investments LLC, Dist. 1, $112,000.

    Ayers LP to Nina Martin and Richard Martin, Dist. 2, $8,950.

  • Motorcycle stolen from storage building

    Missing door hinges signaled a crime had taken place earlier this month in Jellico.

    The victim reported  to police his 2008 Yamaha motorcycle, valued at over $6,000, had been taken on Sept. 5. After a weeklong investigation, the Jellico Police Department discovered the bike had been moved several times by following a paper trail.

    Timothy Chad King, 33, and Sheena R. Price, 25, were arrested on Sept. 13 for theft and burglary.

  • Jellico police arrest burglary suspect

    The Jellico Police Department arrested John Wayne Mefford, 35, last week for aggravated burglary.

    The JPD investigated the alleged break in of a Jellico residence on Aug. 1, according to the arrest report. Mefford allegedly opened the garage door of a residence and exited through a side door of the house, according to witness statements.

    While the victim was out of home, a neighbor reported the burglary to police, the report said. When the victim returned home she identified several items taken from the house.

  • Bruce escapes police

    Last month, Chad A. Bruce, 31, allegedly escaped from a patrol car following his arrest on several warrant charges.

    The Jellico Police Department detained Bruce when they discovered he had outstanding warrants for possession of schedule II and possession of drug paraphernalia.

    Bruce was placed in the back seat of a patrol car and taken to the Jellico Police Department. When officers advised Bruce that he was under arrest they opened the patrol car to handcuff him.

  • LaFollette is staffing up departments this month

    As the LaFollette City Council convened Tuesday night, hiring new employees was the focus.

    The council has consecutively hired employees at nearly every meeting in the last few months, with acting city administrator Cade Sexton saying the salaries are included in the current budget.

    LaFollette Fire Chief Gary Byrd requested two full time firefighters and received the recommendation from Sexton for those positions. These two positions and one captain position will be voted on at the coming meeting.

  • Wife gives kidney to save husband’s life

    A miracle.

    That is the description Melinda Jordan uses to describe how she saved her husband’s life. With tears in her eyes Melinda Jordan explained that after 36 years of marriage with Keaton Jordan she would have done whatever she could to help restore his health.

    About 15 years ago Keaton Jordan was diagnosed with Renal Failure. Treatment and medication kept his kidneys functioning for 12 years. Two years ago he was placed on dialysis.

  • Pack of rolling papers get the search started

    Routine patrol led to a traffic stop and ended with possession charges last Friday, according to Sgt. Freddy Walker with the Caryville Police Department.

    While the suspects inside the vehicle allegedly willingly handed over a pack of rolling papers, a more in depth search led officers to find a container with marijuana, said Walker.

    The driver of the vehicle, Carl Aubrey Cook, gave Walker consent to search. In addition to finding the papers and marijuana, Walker discovered a white round pill and a pair of metal knuckles, he said.

  • Judge doesn’t buy Blakenship’s excuses

    Walking into the courtroom wearing a blue blazer and khakis Billy Blankenship didn’t fit the stereotype of a bank robber.

    However, on Monday that is why he was in Campbell County Criminal Court. In July 2009, he held up the Jellico branch of First Volunteer Bank. Taking the stand to testify at his sentencing hearing, Blankenship admitted his crimes. “First of all are you guilty,” his attorney, Michael Hatmaker asked him.

    “Yes I am,” Blankenship said shifting in the witness chair.