Local News

  • Colwell arrested for alleged fraud

    Tammy Renee Colwell is not a nurse. She doesn’t even play one on T.V. So when she phoned prescriptions into a local pharmacy for a number of medications while posing as someone authorized to do so she found herself with an emergency of her own.

    LaFollette Police Det. Sgt. Jason Henegar conducted an investigation into offenses allegedly committed by Colwell, 37, of 216 Sunrise Lane, during the month of December 2009.

  • LUB discusses county water line extension project

    A county water line extension project was the main and lengthy topic of discussion at Monday night’s LaFollette Utility Board (LUB) workshop and meeting. County Mayor William Baird, First District Commissioner David Goins and Civil/Environmental Engineer Bob Colvin were present at the meeting to discuss the need for the line extension with the LUB.

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions to run for office

    As the weeks to the August election tick by the number of politicos eager to nab an office continue to increase.

    Joining incumbent county mayor William Baird and current county commissioner Scott Kitts in hopes of garnering the county’s highest elected position is Ronnie Murray.

  • One weekend wreck claims life; another injures juvenile

    A two-vehicle crash, which occurred near the Campbell/Claiborne County line last Saturday, claimed the life of a LaFollette man.

    Around 2:48 p.m., Fayetta Hopper, 42, of Speedwell, was traveling eastbound on state Highway 63 in her 1999 Chevrolet Blazer, when Herman Branson, 69, of LaFollette, crossed the center divider line, striking Hopper’s vehicle, the Tennessee Highway Patrol report said. Branson was driving a 1999 Mercury Sable.

    Branson was killed, while Hopper was injured in the accident.

  • Adult World heads back to court

    Less than 10 days after his free speech complaint was dismissed, Adult World owner Steve Hale filed another chancery court claim.

    On Jan. 11, Chancellor Billy Joe White shelved Hale’s assertion that his business was being infringed on by the town of Caryville ordinance that governed adult orientated establishments within the town. In the first filing, Hale claimed that nude dancing was protected speech and should be allowed at the exit 141 business.

    However, days later, Michael Hatmaker was back filing another lawsuit for Hale.

  • One car accident leads to drug charges

    A single vehicle accident led to drug charges for a Caryville man on Saturday.

    When LaFollette Police Officer Josh Vann arrived at 400 North Indiana Avenue to investigate a report of a single vehicle accident he allegedly found Joseph Ray Jones, 51, of 130 Hickory Lane, Caryville, passed out behind the wheel of his 1999 Nissan Altima.

    As Vann approached the vehicle he observed Jones to have slurred speech and poor motor skills. Records indicate that Jones was allegedly unable to follow simple instruction.

  • Jellico municipal court system up and running

    Jellico’s town court system now has nearly eight months under its judicial belt.

    The town court system had previously been out of commission because a legal issue between former Jellico Judge Don Moses and the town of Jellico. The two were squared off over Moses’ contract.

    In January 2008, Moses filed an appeal in the Tennessee Court of Appeals after the abolishment of the town court. This left Jellico to play a waiting game until the issue could be settled by the appeals court.

  • Husband and wife arrested for burglary, filing false report

    A LaFollette couple found themselves in trouble recently. On Jan. 18 Detective Brandon Elkins of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department began investigating a burglary in the Lynch Hollow area where an individual reported the theft of a generator from their garage, according to the arrest warrant.

  • Braden charged with aggravated sexual battery

    A police investigation revealed that Joshua Braden should not be left to supervise children.

    Through his investigation LaFollette Police Lt. Jeff Allen discovered that Braden, 33, of 208 Sunshine Circle, had been living at the residence with a woman and her two sons.

    According to Allen’s report, the two juveniles were left in Braden’s care while the mother went to the store. During the time Braden was alone with the boys he took off his own clothing and forced the children to remove theirs as well.

  • Cold weather results in higher heating costs

    Cold temperatures may have many area citizens digging deeper into their pockets to cover the costs of rising utility bills.

    Campbell County, like the rest of the south, recently experienced some of the coldest temperatures in decades.

    The New Year kicked off with bone-chilling weather that seemed to last. It went on for around 10 days to be exact, making it among the coldest and longest cold weather snaps to visit the south in decades.