Local News

  • Outstanding warrant brings meth components to light

    On Feb. 28 Deputy Dennis Chadwell of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was called to Room 152 at Jellico Motel. The caller said they believed the individual who had rented the room had active warrants and was making meth.

    When Chadwell arrived he found the curtains of the room were closed and someone turned off the light as Chadwell approached, according to a report from the sheriff’s department.

  • Store falls victim to shoplifting

    A rash of shoplifting incidents at Wal-Mart kept Jacksboro Police officers busy recently.

    Last Thursday Officer Josh Carroll was called to the store on a report of a shoplifter.

    At the scene Carroll was informed that a store employee had attempted to stop Curtis Lee Green, of 156 Abilene Circle, Caryville, as he was leaving the store.

    Green fled on foot with Carroll in pursued him in his patrol vehicle.

    Records indicated Carroll got out of his car and engaged in a brief foot pursuit before apprehending Green.

  • Woman allegedly steals items while inquiring about a job

    Note to self...stealing while inquiring about a job will likely only lead to an interview with police.

    And so was the case of Heather R. Gross and her brush with the LaFollette Police Department on Monday.

    According to Officer Robert Higginbotham’s report, Gross, 27, of 1020 Rose Hill Drive, allegedly went into Kelly’s Corner to ask about a job.

  • Arrests made in boot store burglary

    Caryville Police were able to close the books last week on a crime that occurred on nearly two week before.

    On Feb. 12 Det. Stephanie Smith responded to a breaking and entering call at Owen Boot Store.

    An employee reported when she arrived at the store that morning she discovered the glass in the back door had been shattered. She immediately went to the business next door to phone authorities.

  • Domestic assault complaint leads to drug charges for victim

    A domestic assault led to the arrest of the defendant and the victim last week.

    When LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker arrived at Village Apartments last Saturday Jessica Brandenburg stated that Wayne Curtis Coker, 23, of 1180 Whitman Hollow Road, had come to the residence and accused her of infidelity. Brandenburg then reported that Coker allegedly hit her in the back of the head with an unopened beer can before striking her in the face several times with a pair of nunchucks.

  • Two of three defendants in arson scheme face the judge

    Parents teach their children how to do many things in life.

    They teach their children how to tie their shoes, cook a meal, essentially the needed skills to get by in life. However, Anna M. Phillips added something to that list. She taught her daughter to drive, not run, away after you set a fire.

    That bit of information was revealed as Phillips’, Kristy Brandenburg and Benjamin Brandenburg’s criminal cases moved through the judicial system recently.

  • Five individuals arrested on meth charges in Caryville

    Five people found out that crime doesn’t pay last Saturday, when they were arrested for manufacturing meth in Caryville.

  • Steakley arrested on drug charges in LaFollette

    Sitting in a parked car at 4 a.m. led to drug charges for a LaFollette man on Tuesday.

    LaFollette Police Officer William Owens observed a suspicious vehicle parked at a residence with no lights on. When Owens approached the car to investigate Adam W. Steakley, 25, of 601 Sudini Lane, quickly exited the vehicle.

    Records indicate Owens knew Steakley from a previous arrest. When asked how he was doing Steakley allegedly responded “clean” before providing Owens with consent to search the car.

  • LaFollete Fire Chief catches heat at meeting

    It appeared to be open season on the LaFollette Fire Department Tuesday night as citizens kicked off the city council meeting with complaints.

    When Mayor Mike Stanfield asked if any citizens wished to address the council Terri Coffey stood to her feet in hesitation.

    Coffey and her daughter, Brandi Muse, were on hand to protest the proposed action of the council to hire Chief Gary Byrd’s recommendation for an assistant fire chief.

  • BOE hosts town hall meeting; Martin says tough road ahead

    Parents, school system staffers and a number of county officials packed into the Jacksboro Middle School library last Thursday evening for a town hall meeting hosted by the Campbell County Board of Education.

    In lieu of flowery introductions that are often reserved for such meetings Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, wasted little time before delivering a state of the district address of sorts.