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  • 'Shield and sword'- Role of the grand jury in justice system

    Words like grand jury and indictment often cause people to take notice. However, take notice is the most they can do because this group is the exception to the open court rule.

    Grand juries, who are impaneled by criminal court judges in Tennessee, conduct business behind closed doors. These bodies exist to uncover if crimes have been committed. They are the first stop for defendants who could eventually face a jury.

    What goes on in a grand jury room is meant to stay there. The public is not allowed and state prosecutors can be asked to leave.

  • Park dedication to be held in honor of Ken Snodderly

    Ken Snodderly was a man who loved both the city of LaFollette and children.

    So it is only fitting that a park be dedicated in his honor, his wife Betty Snodderly said.

    The City of LaFollette Parks and Recreation is dedicating a new soccer field as the Ken Snodderly Park tomorrow at 10 a.m.

    “It’s long overdue,” said LaFollette Parks and Recreation Director Johnny Byrge.

    He said Snodderly was instrumental in getting the park started.

  • Press staff earns recognition for work

    Adding seven more journalism awards to the ones already garnered this year, staffers at the LaFollette Press were among those honored on Friday at the Tennessee Press Association’s annual conference.

    The Press brought home a first place award in editorial writing as well as in the sports writing category.

  • Traffic stop led to arrests in Caryville

    A routine traffic stop left two Jacksboro men behind bars for unlawful possession of a firearm on Sunday.

    Caryville Police Officer Freddy Walker was on routine patrol when he allegedly noticed two children believed to be around 10-years-old, riding in the bed of a pickup truck. Walker stopped the truck based on the violation of the child restraint law, according to a Caryville Police report.

  • Jellico Utilities passed 2009-10 budget

    At Monday night’s special called meeting, the Jellico Utility Board passed the 2009-10 budget.

    The budget proposed to the board by Jellico Utility General Manager Mike Bethurem was based mostly on last year’s budget, with only slight changes being made in various departments.

    Changes to the budget for the water department include additional funding allotted for chemicals.

    “The chemical costs have been increasing,” said Bethurem.

  • Jellico sets budget workshop; discusses paving projects

    When the Jellico Mayor and Aldermen met last Thursday night, it was to discuss the town’s upcoming budget issues, as well as paving projects.

    After a brief discussion, the mayor and aldermen voted on a resolution to continue the operations of the town government based on the budget for the current fiscal year.

  • Caryville budget passed on second reading

    At Monday night’s special called meeting in Caryville, the mayor and board of aldermen passed the 2009-10 budget on its second reading.

    The proposed budget takes into account the $114,000 deficit of the town and includes ordinance amendments meant to increase revenues, which have been down due to a slow economy and a lack of travel.

    The two main changes were to employee insurance costs and the garbage pick up fee.

  • Jacksboro and Caryville police make drug arrest

    William Scott Lobertini, 32, of 409 Fourth Street, LaFollette, was arrested Saturday night, after a Caryville Police Officer witnessed his illegal activities.

    Caryville Officer Wes Mongar said he received a call from the maintenance man of a local motel, reporting that he smelled marijuana. When Mongar went to Loberttini’s motel room he said he smelled marijuana as well. He then allegedly observed Lobertini heating up a substance on a spoon, through the motel window, according to Mongar’s report.

  • Williamsburg man arrested on meth and evading arrest charges

    A Williamsburg man found he could run but not hide from the Jellico Police.

    Danny Ray Osborne, 36, of 25 Kensee Hollow Road, Williamsburg, Ky., was arrested on June 15, as a result of a concerned citizen informing Jellico Police Officer Susan Sowders that he was allegedly selling meth in the area, according to the police report.

    When Sowders approached Osborne to speak with him, he ran and was eventually found hiding in Garden Apartments, according to the police report.

  • Brown nets probation for crimes

    Madonna Brown may have eluded police for two months, but she didn’t dodge the consequences for that in court Monday.

    Appearing in criminal court, Brown plead guilty to six crimes that spanned a two month period from earlier this year.

    Brown agreed she was guilty of three counts of forgery, theft under $500, felony evading arrest and driving on a revoked license.

    For this she was placed on probation for four years. Brown was also ordered by the court to pay court costs, along with fines and restitution totaling over $1,800, the plea agreement said.