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  • Ten years given for arson crime

    A man charged with burning a barn and the liability for physical injuries the owner suffered has been sentenced to prison.

    In December 2007, David Gross went into a barn belonging to J.C. Williams. As he went into the wooden structure that was filled with hay, he was smoking, previous reports said.

    Later, as he exited the barn, Gross turned and noticed a blaze has started in the spot he was standing in.

    Within minutes, Williams received a call from his neighbor with news that his barn was on fire.

  • Huckaby sentenced to prison for meth crimes

    It only took Michael Todd Huckaby four months to rack up nearly 20 meth related charges late last year. However, it is going to take him over 20 times longer to pay for those crimes.

    On Monday Huckaby, who was still being held in jail after his last arrest, appeared in court.

    After entering his guilty plea to a majority of the crimes Huckaby waived the opportunity for a presentencing investigation to be conducted on his behalf.

  • Jeffers twin sentenced for day of crime

    Twins Ronnie and Donnie Jeffers now have more than a birthday in common- they have matching sentences after Monday’s session of criminal court.

    Appearing in court on theft and burglary charges, the duo was sentenced to four months in jail along with four years probation.

    They were also ordered by Judge Shayne Sexton to pay court costs, $75 fines and $1,250 in restitution each, the plea agreements said.

  • Kennedy doesn’t see break; will serve time consecutively

    After serving less than two weeks, Robert Kennedy is asking his sentence for criminally negligent homicide be amended.

    In January, he was sentenced to serve 109 days behind bars for the death of his stepdaughter, Brittany Gardener.

    The girl died when she fell from a vehicle being driven by Kennedy.

    She was 9- years- old at the time.

    Appearing in court Monday, shackled at his feet and hands, Kennedy asked the court to let him serve his sentence on weekends.

    His reason was he had a job and needed to be there during the week.

  • New LaFollette Library looms on the horizon

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    It may be cramped quarters, but LaFollette Library Director Nancy Green has made space available for over 100 patrons on a daily basis at the city facility.

    Now, according to Green, plans for a new library have been set in motion.

  • Nepotism policy is shared by many municipalities

    natasha@lafollettepress.com

     

    A nepotism ordinance passed by the city of LaFollette with three votes has been changed to exclude the mayor and council.

    At the Tuesday night meeting Mayor Mike Stanfield read the ordinance, with the change.

    “We discussed changing the policy to delete mayor and council,” said Stanfield prior to reading the ordinance.

  • White sends official grievance to mayor and council

    natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    In a official grievance dated Jan. 27, LaFollette City Recorder Linda White has outlined several issues concerning her job requirements and made several allegations toward City Administrator David Young.

  • Homeless results show increase from last year

    natasha@lafollettepress.com

     

    In 24 hours last Thursday, Phyllis Clingner estimated the homeless population in Campbell County to be just under 100 people.

    With the help of churches, charitable organizations and the LaFollette Housing Authority the estimated homeless is 97 men, woman and children without a place to call home.

  • Wilson arrested after siphoning money from employer

    natasha@lafollettepress.com

     

    A slow depletion of funds from a local construction company led supervisors to question bookkeeper Tracey Lynn Tackett-Wilson, 23, of LaFollette.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins, the supervisors of the construction company brought the case to the sheriff’s department seeking action.

  • WalMart employee arrested for theft

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    An employee of Wal-Mart arrested for theft, netted additional charges when pills were found in his socks.

    According to Jacksboro Officer James Skeans, he was dispatched to the large retail store in reference to a theft.