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  • Deputy follows trail for arrest

    natasha@lafollettepress.com

    Forget bread crumbs, an alleged thief recently left a trail of stolen items in his tracks. 

    Building materials stolen from the Shady Cove area were easily traceable when a sheriff’s deputy followed a trail of materials that had fallen off the trailer. It led all the way to the house of the alleged thief.

    On April 4, deputy Darrell Mongar investigated the burglary and theft in the Shady Cove area, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

  • Two dead in separate traffic accidents

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    The Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) responded to two traffic accidents with fatalities in the past week.

    On April 3, at approximately 4:09 p.m., Edgar E. Kidwell drove off Towe String Road at an excessive speed and died after being ejected from the vehicle, according to the THP fatality report.

    Kidwell, 43, Jacksboro, was negotiating a left hand curve, but due to excessive speed left the road on the right side, the report indicates.

  • CCHS Greenhouse is open for business

    It’s planting time in Campbell County. This year the Campbell County High School Greenhouse is more ready than ever to meet the local gardening demands.

    The greenhouse will officially open for business on Monday, April 13.

    “We moved the date up because of how good the plants have been growing and how large they are,” said CCHS Agriculture Teacher Eric Reynolds.

  • Knoxville man arrested on theft and forgery charges

    A Knoxville man thought he could run, but he couldn’t hide from the long arm of the law.

    Shane Edward Russell, 31, was arrested in late March and charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, fraudulent use of a credit card, forgery and extortion which he allegedly committed in July of 2008, according to a Caryville police report.

    Russell was in a relationship with the victim under false pretenses, according to the report.

  • Fashion show is successful fundraiser

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    Over $2,000 was raised at the LaFollette Middle School Fashion show last Thursday for Relay for Life. The show, sponsored by Judy Gardner of the Silk Purse in Knoxville and the school, had about 150 people in attendance.

  • Shoplifting call leads to drug arrest in Jacksboro

    A Clinton man was arrested for shoplifting a cell phone charger from a local store on Saturday.

    Archie Powers, 40, of Clinton was charged with theft under $500 and possession of schedule II controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to a Jacksboro Police report.

    Jacksboro Police Officer Josh Carroll was dispatched to the Dollar General after an employee reported that Powers had shoplifted a cell phone charger, valued at $7, according to the police report.

  • King arrested on multiple assault charges

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    As sheriff’s deputy Jeremy Myers interviewed a victim of domestic violence at the hospital, a dispatch call to a suspicious person led Myers straight to the woman’s alleged perpetrator.

    On April 4, Myers left the hospital in route to Sugar Hollow Road in response to a suspicious person, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

    During Myer’s conversation with Joseph Crockett King, 26, of LaFollette, he realized King was the same person believed to have assaulted the woman at the hospital, he said.

  • The Red Cross continues in Campbell County

    The Red Cross continues in Campbell County, despite a lack of volunteers.

    “Anyone interested in an awesome opportunity to serve the weary?” asked Campbell County Red Cross Representative Derek Brown.

    A Jellico native, Brown took over the duties as the Campbell County representative around a year ago, after long time Red Cross advocate Glen? Petree became ill.

  • LaFollette council debates bridge cost, library hours

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    The LaFollette City Council continued with discussion on the Pleasant Ridge Bridge on Tuesday night. County Road Superintendant Dennis Potter approached the council about the estimated amount of the project. He said a previous bid for the bridge was $108,000, and the county is willing to match the city with half of the cost.

    “The way the economy is right now, every project is coming under what was proposed,” said Potter.

  • Traffic stop leads to meth arrest

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    When Camille Lynn Allen allegedly told Jellico officers the meth in her possession was not hers, that she was simply trafficking the illegal substance, it didn’t help her avoid an arrest. Allen was still arrested and charged with possession on March 27.

    Allen, 23, 232 Fall Creek Lane, Caryville, was observed driving an Oldsmobile at a high rate of speed through Jellico, according to Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson.