Local News

  • New approach to law enforcement may be on the way for LaFollette

    Crime is an evident and growing problem for Campbell County.  With limited numbers of law enforcement officers and even more limited resources, getting a handle on the high number of offenders is seemingly out of reach.

    In an effort to fill in some of the gaps, Campbell County Mayor William Baird and his staff have begun the process of seeking grant monies that will focus on reducing crime in the area.

  • Car accident leads to charges

    Leaving the scene of an accident causes problems every time.

    When Eric Houp, 33, of 332 Tremont Street, Chattanooga, slammed into a vehicle in the Hardee’s parking lot on Aug. 6 he should have stuck around to hash things out. Instead he allegedly chose to leave the scene of the accident.

    Upon LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown’s arrival at the scene the victim informed him that she had obtained the license plate number of the car that had hit her.

    After checking the plates, Brown located the owner of the vehicle.

  • Sanchez charged with child neglect for leaving children in car alone

    Leaving children in the car unsupervised proved to be a costly mistake for a LaFollette woman.

    LaFollette Police Officer Daniel Terry was on a routine foot patrol at LaFollette Elementary School last Tuesday when he heard the sound of crying coming from a parked vehicle.

    Terry secured supervision for the children before leaving to locate the parents, his report said.

    Upon further investigation Terry found Shayla Sanchez, 21, of 109 Pleasant Ridge, Apartment 503, inside the building.

  • Reckless driving leads to drug arrest

    Running a stop sign led to bigger charges for a LaFollette man last Friday.

    LaFollette Police Officer William Owens was called to East Walden Street to investigate a possible drunk driver when he observed a vehicle driven by Kyle R. Shively, 20, of 502 East Walden Street run a stop sign at a high rate of speed.

    According to Owens’ report Shively continued across Central Avenue into Armstrong Alley allegedly driving recklessly nearly hitting a fence and Owens’ patrol car before coming to a stop.

  • Marlow and Perkins hit impasse; court to rule

    While standoffs can be common in law enforcement, they usually occur between police and criminals not between police and the people who cut their paychecks.

    However, a Friday chancery court filing has revealed that Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins and Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow are at odds.

    The lightning rod issue is what defines an administrative employee versus a non- administrative employee and who gets to decide the classification.

    That is an issue Joe Coker, county attorney, has asked the court to rule on in the petition he filed.

  • Proposed lake restrictions spark debate

    There is little doubt Norris Lake is the jewel in Campbell County’s crown.

     Surrounded by scenic mountain vistas, its waters have become a tourist destination for many from the north as well as the south.

    And while visitors often choose the spot for its tranquil setting the peace has too often been marred by tragedy, many of which some feel were preventable.

    Although it is apparent that some steps should be taken to reduce the number of boater related injuries and fatalities, there appears to be no simple solution to the dilemma.

  • Town hall meeting draws a big crowd

    In the capacity crowd Knoxville resident Rob Flowers was able to share perhaps the most unique perspective of any who stepped to the microphone for a word with Congressman Lincoln Davis at last Friday’s town hall meeting.

    Originally from Canada, but now a naturalized United States citizen, Flowers told Davis he had recently seen the result of government imposed healthcare in the treatment of his grandparents.

  • Young files petition to return to work

    David Young is claiming city officials violated their own procedures manual when they placed him on administrative leave earlier this month.

    On Friday, he filed a petition in chancery court asking Chancellor Billy Joe White to return him to his position as LaFollette City Administrator.

    In the petition, Young, through his attorney, David Dunaway, says Mayor Mike Stanfield and the four-man council didn’t follow the guidelines of LaFollette’s personnel policy when they suspended him.

  • Coopers, Harness to appear in court next month

    It appears three women charged with taking thousands of dollars from a man they befriended won’t see a resolution in their case yet.

    Last week, prosecutors and attorneys agreed that for Bonnie Cooper, Greta Cooper and Tamara Harness a trial held the best solution to resolving the case.

    “This could be very difficult to resolve in any reasonable amount of time without a fixed trial date,” Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley said.

  • Catholic Church remodeled : dedication for addition to be held

    Our Lady of Perpetual Help has seen a complete remodel thanks to the help and dedication of its parishioners.

    The church began as 3,700 square feet. The addition has added another 9,100 for a total of 12, 800 square feet, according to building chair LaQuita Ingle.

    Since the groundbreaking in October 2008, church members have spent around 20,000 hours laboring on the addition. Even more amazing is that the average age of the parishioner working on the remodel fell between 65 and 75.