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  • Terry sentenced for threats

    On the same day his sister’s killer was sentenced, Paul Terry learned his fate for a charge he acquired as her murder case moved through the courts.

    Terry was charged with multiple counts of retaliation against the judicial system and unlawful possession of a weapon with intent to go armed in late January. These charges came after Terry’s mental health therapist contacted law enforcement because of threats he had made.

  • Phillips going to jail for solicitation

    A man convicted of attempting to solicit sex from a minor will spend six months in county jail for his crimes.

    On Monday, Denny Phillips was sentenced to jail time and a four-year probation stint for his June 2009 crime.

    Assistant District Attorney General Scarlet Ellis asked the court to consider a five year probation term while Charles Herman, Phillips’ attorney countered with a probation term of four years with no jail time. Imposing jail time would jeopardize his client’s job, Herman said.

  • Relay for Life event raises funds for American Cancer Society

    Umbrellas, rain ponchos and tarps were as prevalent at this year’s Relay for Life as the event’s signature color of purple. But participants and survivors didn’t let the weather dampen their spirits as funds were raised in the community wide event.

    Home cooked BBQ, hotdogs, and all the fixings along with some down home Bluegrass music made for a fun time despite the rainy weather. People tried their hand at games, put -put golf, climbing a rock wall and other various activities all aimed at raising money for cancer.

  • Financially strapped Caryville hit with lawsuit

    The town of Caryville is facing a $1million lawsuit as a result of an undercover drug sting last May.

    Uless Joe Arnold filed the action last week claiming that when he was arrested in May 2009 it was without probable cause. Along with this, Arnold says the multiple narcotics charges filed against him because of that arrest were later dismissed.

    He has named the town and Caryville Police Detective Stephanie Smith as defendants in the filing.

  • Sneel to undergo testing

    Serving notice his client may have an insanity defense for her attempted murder charges, David Stewart asked the court on Monday to postpone a trial date.

    Stewart, who represents Amanda Sneel, said initial testing had shown the young mother was more than likely to have been suffering from “a serious mental health disease or defect” when she drove her vehicle into Cove Lake with her children in it.

    Further testing should be completed, he said.

  • Former officer cops a plea

    A former LaFollette City Police officer has plead guilty to narcotics and weapons charges.

    On Monday, Dustin C. Ward agreed he was guilty of possession of a schedule II controlled substance and illegally possessing a gun on a wildlife management area.

  • Buckert pleads to neglect; has children returned

    Less than a month after Erica Buckert plead guilty in a child abuse case, her husband at the time, Joshua Buckert entered his plea.

    Dressed neatly in a shirt and tie Buckert told Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton he was guilty of child neglect/ endangerment.

    The charge stemmed from a May 2007 incident. It was then that the Buckerts took their then 11-month-old son to an emergency room. Once there, medical personnel discovered the infant had multiple broken bones, police said at the time.

  • Arrests made in LUB burglary

    Less than a week after thieves walked off from LaFollette Utilities with several thousand dollars in copper wire and tools two men have been arrested in the case.

  • Tale of school drop out has happy ending

    Dropping out of high school often means the end of the educational road.  But for Stephen Houston it proved to be just the beginning.

    Born in LaFollette in 1956, Houston started his school career at the LaFollette Colored High School in a time when segregation was still around.  

    Although LaFollette schools became integrated during his early elementary school years, Houston said he never could find his niche.

  • Auto theft leads to drug arrest

    A report of a stolen car led to drug arrest last week.

    On April 27 LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens received instruction to be on the look out for a stolen vehicle.  

    Owens reported that during a traffic stop related to the stolen vehicle he asked Cliff Justin Ayers, 26, of 2149 Pine Mountain Road for his identification, but Ayers allegedly claimed that he had none.