Local News

  • Domestic calls keep authorities busy

    Domestic calls led to two drug related arrests for the LaFollette Police Department last week.

    Last Monday Officer Pam Jarrett responded to a domestic disturbance at 807 Cherry Street.  

    During the investigation Jarrett was able to determine that Samantha Lee, 22, of 807 Cherry Street, allegedly became angry as a result of an infant in her room.

    When Lee was confronted by the victim she allegedly became irate and pushed the victim causing her to fall on the infant, according to Jarrett’s report.

  • Council discusses severance pay for Young, water rate hike

    It was a full agenda at Monday night’s LaFollette City Council workshop, with the library project, the water/sewer rate increase and severance pay for David Young receiving the most discussion.

    Council members briefly discussed whether or not to grant former city administrator Young severance pay.

    “You have a letter there from Reid, from where he talked with John Roach and both attorneys recommend to go ahead and pay it,” said acting city administrator Terry Sweat.

  • Search on meth lab deemed legal by court

    With his client facing trial today on meth manufacturing charges and reckless endangerment David Pollard attempted to have evidence in the case tossed out.

    Arguing that Joann Williamson had been subjected to an illegal search on the night of Feb.3 Pollard said she never gave police permission, verbal or otherwise, to search her home.

  • Hill arrested on theft charges

    A Lake City man was arrested on theft charges after he was caught in a stolen car on Main Street in Jacksboro.

    On Sept. 23, Jacksboro Officer James Skeans received a be on the look out call for a stolen 2001 blue Toyota Camry, the Jacksboro Police report said.

  • LUB discusses water, sewer rate

    A water and sewer rate increase was the main topic of discussion once again at Monday night’s LaFollette Utility workshop and board meeting.

    The utility board members and LUB General Manager Kenny Baird recently met with the LaFollette City Council in a joint workshop on Sept. 17 to discuss the need for a water/sewer rate increase. They now seem to be waiting on the council’s decision.

  • Speedwell man arrested on drug charges

    A Speedwell man landed himself in jail after being caught with a controlled substance while taking his girlfriend to the probation office last Thursday.

    On Sept. 24, Jacksboro Officer James Skeans was dispatched to the probation office to arrest a woman for violation of probation, the Jacksboro Police report said.

    Upon arriving at the probation office, Skeans asked the woman who brought her to the office. She pointed outside, naming David Wayne Bennett, 27, of 975 Water Street, Speedwell, as her boyfriend. She told the police he had brought her, the report said.

  • Ohio man arrested on theft and drug charges

    A routine patrol of the Wal-Mart parking led to the arrest of an Ohio man on theft and drug charges.

    Jacksboro Officer Greg Cox was patrolling the parking lot when a security guard pointed out a particular vehicle parked on the sidewalk, according to the Jacksboro Police report. Cox ran the tag number on the red 1993 Pontiac Grand-Am; the car came back stolen out of Ohio, the report said.

  • Campbell County-A look back at the beginning

    People driving through Caryville today see a modern town with hotels, gas stations, convenience stores and a beautiful state park.

    But that wasn’t the way it always looked.

    If projected back in time to the late 1700s, visitors would see a much different picture.

  • Packs see delay in trial; court grants second bond reduction

    Russell Pack and his brother Phillip Pack were scheduled to stand trial for the 2008 murder of Jayne Love this week.

    However, a delay in the processing of forensic evidence has bumped the brothers from this year’s trial docket.

    Calling them as the first case on Monday’s docket, Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton had the district attorney’s office outline the latest turn of events.

  • Town gets painted at festival despite weather

    Despite a heavy steady rain falling throughout the day people still turned out at LaFollette’s first Paint the Town street festival, making it a success in the eyes of many.

    “Paint the town is a keeper as an annual event,” said festival co-organizer Jo Anne Myers, President of the Campbell Culture Coalition (CCC).

    The day’s events and the rain began early, but Coach Barry Jones and the Cougars basketball players showed up before daybreak to set up signs and help direct traffic.