Local News

  • Traffic stop leads to meth charges

    An early morning traffic stop led to drug charges for a LaFollette man last Saturday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Bill Owens stopped Jamey McCarty at the intersection of South Cumberland Avenue and East Fir Street for having the wrong tags on his vehicle.

    During the stop McCarty, 32, of 687 Coolidge Road, gave Owens consent to search his vehicle.

  • UT Extension Office offers Girl Talk classes

    Girls love to talk.  But when it comes to the issues of sexuality, family values and responsibility they may not be talking to the right people.

    In an effort to enhance communication between preteen girls and their mothers the University of Tennessee Extension and the Tennessee Department of Health is sponsoring Girl Talk classes.

  • Domestic situation leads to drug charges

    A domestic dispute on Jacksboro Pike resulted in drug charges for a couple last week.

    LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett was called to investigate a domestic situation in the center median of Jacksboro Pike near Wendy’s last Thursday.

  • Myracle arrested for counterfeit bills

    An alleged attempt to pass phony bills landed a LaFollette man in jail last week.

    Reports of a male subject attempting to pass counterfeit money at the Cumberland Crossing BP surfaced last Friday evening.

    During his investigation LaFollette Police Officer Joseph Brown located Robert Allan Myracle, 51, of 127 Ridenour Lane, Apartment 201, at his home.

    According to Brown’s report, when confronted about the incident at the convenience store Myracle advised that the money was counterfeit.  Records indicate Myracle was in possession of $700 in fake money.

  • Pack murder trial starts

    Between coming to court five minutes late and appearing to nod off as potential jurors were questioned, Phillip Pack was seemingly taking his second degree murder charge in stride.

    Yesterday Pack's trial for the 2008 murder of Jayne Love began.

    Prosecutors believe Pack furnished Love with the meth that led to her death.

    But Keith Hatfield, Pack's court appointed attorney said while that was the state's theory they could not prove it.

    “At the end of the day Mr. Pack will be entitled to an acquittal,” Hatfield said.

  • Judge allows DNA evidence at trial; reserves right to revisit decision

    With the start of Phillip Pack’s second-degree murder trial less than 48 hours away, a last ditch attempt to exclude DNA evidence was made on Monday.

    With Pack’s court appointed attorney, Keith Hatfield, unexplainably absent from court, Wes Hatmaker agreed to argue the motion asking to have the evidence tossed.

    That was the first hurtle to be crossed.

    With Hatmaker’s agreement to stand in, Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley objected asking if Pack was aware of this substitution. Pack was not in court to answer that question.

  • Board member named in sexual harassment suit

    The Campbell County Board of Education and more specifically one of its board members was dealt a blow with the recent filing of a lawsuit in federal court.

    In a complaint filed in the United States District Court school system employee Alexis R. Keiser, alleges she is the victim of sexual harassment perpetrated by veteran board member Mark A. Wells.

    According to the filing, the suit is being brought as a result of Wells’ attempt to date Keiser and his subsequent retaliation once he learned she was in a relationship with someone else.

  • CASA Bluegrass Breakdown raises funds

    The ninth annual CASA Bluegrass Breakdown not only raised funds for area children, but awareness for the issues they face.

    The Saturday evening event went well, raising around $8,000 including corporate sponsors, according to CASA Director Renee Tackett.

    The Department of Children’s Services had a foster/ adoption booth set up to provide information for anyone who was interested.

    “I feel that it did raise awareness. The community effort was strong and the response was big,” Tackett said.

  • Proposed marina issue remains unresolved

    Despite the fact that a year has passed since a proposed 799 slip marina disrupted the calm waters of Norris Lake, a decision has still not been made by the Army Corps of Engineers and Tennessee Valley Authority.

    On March 19 of last year, an application was sent to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Tennessee Valley Authority proposing a commercial marina on Norris Lake, near Heatherly’s Point.  

    This location just happened to lie directly across from the portion of the lake where Camp Galilee laid down its roots over 50 years ago.

  • Old LPO could be deemed historical

    Thanks to efforts and hard work of local representatives, the old LaFollette Post Office has been placed on a list of endangered historic buildings in East Tennessee.

    On Feb. 27, ETPA members announced the 2010 East Tennessee Endangered Heritage list of endangered historic buildings and places in the 16 county region.

    “Each county has something that reflects the culture and heritage of that area and we have so many things here in Campbell County that should be considered for preservation; this organization is a good start,” Myers said.