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  • Commission approves additional bond for proposed justice center

    After taking a lengthy hiatus from the commission’s agenda, discussion of plans and funding for the proposed justice center were back on the table Monday night.

    That is when commissioners were asked to vote on a $2.6 million bond issue for the proposed facility.

    During the previous commission’s tenure the group voted in favor of issuing an $8.4 million bond for the building that will house additional prisoners as well as courtrooms and office space. However, it was later determined the addition would require more money than first anticipated.

  • Cooper going to jail for theft convictions

    A woman claiming she only wants to help the elderly has been sentenced to jail for six months for pilfering one of her charges.

    On Monday Greta Cooper took the stand at her sentencing hearing in criminal court, something she chose not to do at her trial.

    Attempting to explain the money the jury convicted her of stealing was actually a gift from a friend, Cooper insisted she had done nothing wrong.

  • Two young men found anti-meth organization

    It started with a t-shirt.

    The ‘I Hate Meth’ message on clothing has since spread to bracelets and car decals. But what started as a message on a shirt has expanded to mean something greater for Hate Meth founders Jonathan LuAllen and Toby Young.

    In early summer LuAllen and Young envisioned a cause to believe in based on the message printed on the shirt. Their cause produces a meth free Campbell County and a community proud of where they come from, according to Young.

  • Probation handed down in Terry case

    In court Monday, one time LaFollette Police Officer Daniel Terry pled guilty to criminal charges.

    For the former lawman, it was a switch of circumstances.

    After admitting he was guilty of statutory rape and official misconduct the 26-year- old was given his sentence. For the statutory rape charge, Terry was sentenced to two years judicial diversion while the other charge netted him two years supervised probation.

  • Snell sentenced for attempted child abuse




    A woman who drove into Cove Lake with her children strapped in the backseat of her car has pled guilty to felony charges.

    On Monday Amanda Snell agreed that in October 2009, she committed attempted aggravated child abuse and attempted aggravated child abuse with a child less than eight years of age.

  • Public Records Nov. 18

     Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.



    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Nov. 8 – Nov. 12


    Mary Elizabeth Chapman and Elizabeth Chapman to JR Kitts and J R Kitts, Dist. 1, $58,300.

    David Escalante and Regina Escalante to John W. Leach, Dist. 5, $8,000.

  • Pill bottles spark investigation

    Caryville Police Department responded to a report about several trash bags full of pill bottles last Friday.

    Police Chief Johnny Jones went to the Holiday Inn in response to the complaint about the suspicious items.

    The hotel manager advised Jones t an employee was weed eating the property and discovered a garbage bag. The bag allegedly contained an abundance of pill bottles, according to the report.

    “I observed the garbage bag containing several pull bottles,” said Jones.

  • Inmate transfered to face charges in Campbell

    Arrested in Jackson, Amy L. Bothe, 27, was transferred to the Campbell County Jail on Sunday to face outstanding charges.

    Bothe was being sought for the illegal tattooing of a minor in February. Bothe and another suspect were gone when officers went to arrest them, according to the report filed by Caryville Police Lt. Stephanie Smith.

    A warrant was filed for Bothe for child abuse and neglect. Based on the original report, the minor received a two-inch tattoo of a cross on his upper back thigh.

  • Caryville hosts Christmas lights contest for residents

    The holidays have arrived.

    The recent cold weather has most people anticipating Christmas. But in Caryville, the Christmas season starts early with a contest for the best home decoration.

    “We have people down here that do a fantastic job decorating,” said alderman and tourism director Chris Stanley. “They really embrace the holidays.”

    Starting this week and continuing through Dec. 13, citizens of Caryville are being encouraged to decorate their homes for Christmas.

  • Veterans honored at services around county

    Last Thursday was a busy day for veterans in Campbell County.

    Two services were held in their honor.

    Veterans Affairs Officer Kevin Walden officiated the ceremonies in Jacksboro and Jellico honoring service men and women. The services in Jacksboro started in the late morning with the sun casting deep shadows from the veteran monuments.

    A large crowd gathered at the veteran’s memorial next to the Campbell County Court House for the service. At the close of the program, two local men were honored for their service.