Local News

  • Franklin arrested for cheating on drug test


    Tampering with a drug screen cost a Jamestown man his freedom last Thursday.

    Aric Whitney Franklin, 31, of 750 Bea Road, Jamestown, arrived at the courthouse to submit to drug testing prior to an appearance in drug court.

    LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett reported that Franklin allegedly attempted to conceal a plastic device containing urine belonging to someone else. According to Jarrett’s report, the device was allegedly meant to falsify the results of a drug test.

  • Board discusses fire alarm repairs at CCHS


     Board members made quick work of their agenda during the last meeting of 2009. With only a few items to discuss the most lively debate surrounded funding for repairs to the fire alarm system at Campbell County High School.

    When Jeff Marlow, county finance director, presented a budget amendment that would reduce funding in a number of accounts to come up with the $284,000 needed to begin work on the project, Board member Mark A. Wells balked.

  • Johnson charged with vandalism


     Joshua Adam Johnson found himself on the wrong side of the law when he decided to help out with the holiday decorating at a LaFollette home.

    LaFollette Police Officers Tony Rucker, William Owens, Odell Bailey and Josh Vann responded to a Shoreline Circle residence last Wednesday to investigate a report of vandalism.

    At the home officers discovered that someone had driven through the victim’s yard and repeatedly ran over trees and Christmas lights on the property.

  • Grand juy indicts Owens and Winnie


      The grand jury returned indictments on two LaFollette men for meth related charges.

    The seven count indictment is the result of a June incident in which Anthony C. Winnie and Dale O. Chapman were arrested on meth related charges.

    In the indictment the grand jury found that Winnie and Chapmen had unlawfully, feloniously, intentionally, knowingly and recklessly purchased items that could be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine.

  • Area churches plan Christmas celebrations


      Christmas music will be filling the air in the coming days.

    And while it may not be performed by a heavenly host, choirs at a number of area churches have spent countless hours in recent months preparing to present their own proclamation of the Savior’s birth.

    For Missy Marlow, First Baptist Church of LaFollette’s choir director, the use of music to celebrate the season is the perfect vehicle for tying the knowledge of Jesus’ birth to the emotion of what it (Christ’s birth) means.

  • Terry’s has another successful can drive


    For years Terry’s Pharmacy has been known as a popular, locally owned drug store. But Rissa Pryse wants her business to be remembered as one that cares about the community it serves.

    For the second year Pryse and her staff challenged themselves and their customers to make the holidays a little brighter for those who need a helping hand. In an effort to boost the inventory at Food Life Services, Terry’s customers were asked to bring in canned food, which the pharmacy pledged to match can for can.

  • Indictments returned


  • Mother, boyfriend indicted for abuse

    A Campbell County Grand Jury has indicted a duo accused of inflicting severe harm on a 17-month-old child.

    Last week Michelle Ann Mae Douglas and her one time paramour, Joseph Michael Smith, were indicted on aggravated child abuse and aggravated child neglect or endangerment.

    The child at the center of the case is Douglas’ son Peyton.

  • Construction is in full swing on Habitat’s 26th house

    The holidays are in full swing. And while many are focused on the decorating, shopping and feasting associated with this time of year, Campbell County Habitat for Humanity volunteers are on a mission of a different kind.

    Despite celebrating the completion of construction on the organization’s 25 th house in August, the group took little time to rest before moving on to its next project.

  • Tackett indicted for battery

    A registered sex offender is facing additional charges of the same nature after being indicted by a grand jury.

    Jonathan R. “Johnny” Tackett was indicted on two counts of aggravated sexual battery last week.  He stands accused of having inappropriate sexual contact with a five-year-old girl, the court record said.