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  • The year in review- Looking back at 2008

    January

    Campbell County ushered in 2008 with treacherous roads and freezing temperatures. The combination of snow and 18 degree temperatures kept a crew of more than 20 highway department employees busy through the night on Jan. 1.

    A footlocker purchased at a Union County auction was discovered to have a history tied to LaFollette. The locker, which contained the address of Private Earl Roach, Rt. 2 LaFollette, also contained an American flag, a Purple Heart in its original case and a bronze star among other Army possessions.

  • Shop with a Cop turns 10; has largest year yet

    Christmas came a few days early for a group of Campbell County children.

    This past weekend over 180 children were treated to a shopping trip courtesy of the Jacksboro Police Department. It was also the tenth year of the department’s Shop with a Cop program.

    “This never gets old. I enjoy every minute of it,” said JPD Chief Danny Chapman.

    As the line to check out wound through the store, Chapman wore a smile. “This is our biggest year yet,” he said.

  • Plans to build new library in progress

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    Library Director Nancy Green is excited at the possibility of having a new library in as soon as two years.

  • Pioneer man charged in Jellico and Campbell County

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    A robbery at a Jellico store led allegedly Jellico police to arrest Michael Allen Schmidt, 28, of Pioneer, who was wanted for more charges by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

    According to Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson, the suspect had been staying with an employee of the store.

  • Caryville man charged with second-degree murder

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    A mysterious feud led to a shooting and the subsequent serious injury of a man currently hospitalized.

    According to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Bruce Thomas Bradley, 54, of 1653 Shady Cove Road in Caryville, allegedly caused a severe wound to the neck of the victim after firing a weapon.

  • Young man nets theft charges

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    Joshua A. Humphrey, 18, of LaFollette, gave a wide grin in his intake photograph taken at the county jail. However, some may feel he has nothing to smile about since he faces charges of theft and burglary.

  • Wilson charged with coercion of witness

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    Recently charged with coercion of a witness, Jarrod Andrew Wilson, 26, has a compilation of evidence that accuses him of verbally abusing and threatening an ex-girlfriend.

  • Stolen checks from local business net theft charges for Martin

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    The break in of a local business led the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department to charge Faith Renee Martin, 43, of Knoxville with theft, vandalism and burglary charges.

    According to the sheriff’s department warrant, Martin allegedly gained entrance into a local business by breaking a window.

  • Stranded missionaries slated to return home

    charlotte@lafollettepress.com

    Some believe coming home again is the hardest thing to do.

    That has certainly proved true for seven church missionaries who found themselves stranded in Thailand due to political upheaval last week.

    The missionary group from First Baptist Church of Jacksboro (FBCJ) consists of Rev. Bill Morris, Marc and Paula LeJeune, Ben and Renee Bennett, Brian Tanis and Delynn Boshears.

  • Arrest made in Love murder case

    By SUSAN SHARP and NATASHA LAFAYETTE

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    For the family of Jayne Love, the pieces of her final moments have started to fall into place.

    Last Wednesday the two men officials believe bear responsibility for her death were arrested.

    Russell Leon Pack, 37, and his brother Phillip M. Pack, 23, were arrested on a sealed indictment for second-degree murder in the case.

    The indictment was handed down at the beginning of the month by the grand jury.