Local News

  • Report of possible meth lab leads to drug arrest in Caryville

    A tip of a possible meth lab left a LaFollette man in jail on drug charges on New Year’s Day.

    On Jan. 1, Caryville Detective Stephanie Smith was dispatched to a Caryville motel in reference to a possible meth lab, the police report said. After arriving on the scene, Officer Ben Marlow, Deputy Freddy White, and Assistant Chief Johnny Jones approached the room, knocking on the door.

  • Jones facing shoplifting; drug charges

    A Caryville man got a little more than he bargained for after shoplifting magazines and candy from a local gas station last week.

    On Jan. 3, Caryville Police Officer James Wilson was dispatched to the Rocky Top gas station in reference to a shoplifting report, the Caryville Police report said.

    After arriving on the scene, Wilson learned from store employees that Joseph Ray Jones, 51, of 130 Hickory Lane, Caryville, had entered the store and allegedly been observed stuffing merchandise under his shirt, according to the police report.

  • Reynolds charged with vandalism

    When breaking into a home, it’s best not to leave evidence behind; especially when it has your name on it.

    Justin Scott Reynolds, 18, of Thelma Circle, Jacksboro, was arrested after he allegedly admitted to breaking into a Jacksboro residence.

    On Jan. 1, Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to Spring Street on the report of a burglary and vandalism, the Jacksboro Police report said.

  • Winter storm left schools closed and county roads slippery

    Slick roads and closed schools were the result of a brief winter storm in Campbell County last week.  Despite the efforts of county road workers, many secondary roads and even main roads were left nearly impassable when the flakes had settled.

    The snow fell quick and it fell countywide, which created a problem for road workers, according to Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter.

    “The road conditions were terrible; my guys said it was the slickest they had ever seen it,” Potter said.

  • Pack bond in limbo

    On Monday the Pack brothers appeared in court to again answer questions regarding their ever changing bond situation.

    Senior Assistant District Attorney Mike Ripley announced he had amended his bond revocation motion because of problems with the supporting documents filed in the case.

    Referring to the title paperwork that had been filed as a guarantee in their case Ripley said it was “gibberish.”

  • Trial date set for Douglas and Smith

    After the pair plead not guilty to the felony charges, Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton asked the attorneys if they wanted time to discuss the case or did it need to be set for trial.

    “Set it,” Douglas’ attorney Michael Hatmaker quickly said. When a March trial date was suggested this received a veto from Hatmaker.

    “No, your honor, this will involve a lot of discovery,” he said. Senior Assistant District Attorney Mike Ripley then suggested June 16, which was met with approval.

  • Ward pleads not guilty to sex crimes

    After being released on a $25,000 bond former lawman Daniel Ward appeared in court Monday.

    Dressed in dark suit and tie, Ward plead not guilty to 16 criminal counts that included 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery of a person less than 13 years of age, two counts of attempted aggravated sexual battery of a person less than 13 years of age, two counts of sexual battery by an authority figure and two counts of sexual battery. Ward is accused of sexually molesting the victim on a number of occasions between October 2003 and March 2009, court records said.

  • Budget and finance mull over costs

    Budget amendments related to the school department took center stage for a second month during Monday’s budget and finance committee meeting.

    A major overhaul of the fire alarm system at Campbell County High School continued to spark interest as Jeff Marlow, finance director, presented the resolution that would allow the school board to borrow no more an amount not to exceed $750,000 for the project.

    In December the board voted to take $250,000 from its undesignated fund balance to start work on the fire alarm.

  • Coker hide from police; gets trespassing charges

    A game of hide and seek sent Wayne Curtis Coker to jail last week.

    On Jan. 4 LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker responded to a disturbance call at 1308 Loop Road.  At the scene the victim advised that he had heard the dogs barking behind his apartment, and when he went to investigate Coker, 24, of 1180 Whitman Hollow Road, rushed in the residence stating he was hiding from the police.

    Coker was soon arrested and charged with aggravated criminal trespassing.  He is scheduled to appear in court next Friday.


  • Appeals court decision reverses fees for Fannon

    When the state appeals court issued an opinion this week in the Bob Fannon and city of LaFollette case from 2007 not only did Fannon come out on the short end, the justices used another case where he was party in their ruling.

    In 2007, Fannon lodged a complaint in circuit court that his fellow council members had violated the Tennessee Open Meetings Act. His accusation was that Councilmen Mike Stanfield and Hansford Hatmaker had held discussions with various city employees and enacted raises based on those talks.

    This prompted Fannon to seek judicial intervention.