Local News

  • Weapon found during traffic stop

    When LaFollette Police Officer Justin Lowe made a traffic stop for speeding he discovered more than he bargained for.

    Early Saturday morning Lowe stopped a Chevy Tahoe driven by Randall Dewayne Chiarini, 23, of 119 Jessica Lane, as he was traveling east on Jacksboro Pike near Hunters Branch Road.  Prior to the stop Chiarini was driving 56 miles per hour in the posted 40 mile per hour zone, the arrest warran said.

  • Children’s Center receives federal funding

    News of additional funding brings the Campbell County Children’s Center’s plans for an improved facility one step closer to reality.

    The September announcement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s office that the advocacy center will receive $100,000 in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding as well as the opportunity to borrow up to $215,000 in low interest loan dollars has the project moving full steam ahead.

  • Ivey arrested for allegedly concealing evidence

    A recent traffic stop had a passenger in the vehicle scrambling.

    While executing a traffic stop last Monday LaFollette Police Officer John Baker observed Mark Mitchell Ivey, 28, of 148 Davenport Road, allegedly attempting to conceal items underneath a child seat in the vehicle.

    When Ivey was asked to step out of the car, Baker spotted a pack of cigarettes in his hand. The cigarette pack allegedly contained a marijuana cigarette inside the cellophane wrapper on the pack, the LPD report said.

    Ivey was placed under arrest.  

  • Expired tags lead to drug arrest

    Expired tags were the least of the legal problems a Speedwell woman experienced recently.

    LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown stopped a vehicle with expired tags near the downtown Shell station early last Thursday morning.

    According to Brown’s report, the driver of the vehicle, Jody Star Paul, 28, of 3220 Old Highway 63, Speedwell, appeared to be very nervous and kept putting her hand under the driver’s seat when he made contact with her.

  • Reynolds arrested for reckless driving among other charges

    Reckless driving was one in a list of charges levied against a LaFollette man last week.

    On Sept. 22 LaFollette Police Officer Tony Rucker was dispatched to look for a motorcycle that had allegedly been spotted driving recklessly.  

    When Rucker spotted the motorcycle driven by Roger Lee Reynolds, 18, of 122 Brooke Place Lane, Apartment 3, traveling north on South Avenue at a high rate of speed.

    After losing sight of Reynolds temporarily, Rucker was able to locate him on Old Jacksboro Highway as he continued to drive at excessive speeds.

  • Transistion home for women slated to open next month

    Desperate times call for desperate measures.  

    And so it goes for First Baptist Church of Jacksboro.

    In a time when addiction seems to run rampant in Campbell County, members of the downtown Jacksboro congregation have found themselves desperately wanting to help desperate people.

    Now in it’s third year of facilitating the flourishing Celebrate Recovery program, which offers spiritual direction and healing for those with “hurts, habits and hang-ups” of all kinds the church is taking on a new challenge.

  • Steering committee seeks community input

    Area leaders are ready to see some positive changes in the city of LaFollette. But they are aware that without buy-in from local residents those attempts at making the community a better place to live will be futile.

  • Domestic calls keep authorities busy

    Domestic calls led to two drug related arrests for the LaFollette Police Department last week.

    Last Monday Officer Pam Jarrett responded to a domestic disturbance at 807 Cherry Street.  

    During the investigation Jarrett was able to determine that Samantha Lee, 22, of 807 Cherry Street, allegedly became angry as a result of an infant in her room.

    When Lee was confronted by the victim she allegedly became irate and pushed the victim causing her to fall on the infant, according to Jarrett’s report.

  • Council discusses severance pay for Young, water rate hike

    It was a full agenda at Monday night’s LaFollette City Council workshop, with the library project, the water/sewer rate increase and severance pay for David Young receiving the most discussion.

    Council members briefly discussed whether or not to grant former city administrator Young severance pay.

    “You have a letter there from Reid, from where he talked with John Roach and both attorneys recommend to go ahead and pay it,” said acting city administrator Terry Sweat.

  • Search on meth lab deemed legal by court

    With his client facing trial today on meth manufacturing charges and reckless endangerment David Pollard attempted to have evidence in the case tossed out.

    Arguing that Joann Williamson had been subjected to an illegal search on the night of Feb.3 Pollard said she never gave police permission, verbal or otherwise, to search her home.