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  • Jeffers twin sentenced for day of crime

    Twins Ronnie and Donnie Jeffers now have more than a birthday in common- they have matching sentences after Monday’s session of criminal court.

    Appearing in court on theft and burglary charges, the duo was sentenced to four months in jail along with four years probation.

    They were also ordered by Judge Shayne Sexton to pay court costs, $75 fines and $1,250 in restitution each, the plea agreements said.

  • Kennedy doesn’t see break; will serve time consecutively

    After serving less than two weeks, Robert Kennedy is asking his sentence for criminally negligent homicide be amended.

    In January, he was sentenced to serve 109 days behind bars for the death of his stepdaughter, Brittany Gardener.

    The girl died when she fell from a vehicle being driven by Kennedy.

    She was 9- years- old at the time.

    Appearing in court Monday, shackled at his feet and hands, Kennedy asked the court to let him serve his sentence on weekends.

    His reason was he had a job and needed to be there during the week.

  • New LaFollette Library looms on the horizon

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    It may be cramped quarters, but LaFollette Library Director Nancy Green has made space available for over 100 patrons on a daily basis at the city facility.

    Now, according to Green, plans for a new library have been set in motion.

  • Nepotism policy is shared by many municipalities

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    A nepotism ordinance passed by the city of LaFollette with three votes has been changed to exclude the mayor and council.

    At the Tuesday night meeting Mayor Mike Stanfield read the ordinance, with the change.

    “We discussed changing the policy to delete mayor and council,” said Stanfield prior to reading the ordinance.

  • White sends official grievance to mayor and council

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    In a official grievance dated Jan. 27, LaFollette City Recorder Linda White has outlined several issues concerning her job requirements and made several allegations toward City Administrator David Young.

  • Homeless results show increase from last year

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    In 24 hours last Thursday, Phyllis Clingner estimated the homeless population in Campbell County to be just under 100 people.

    With the help of churches, charitable organizations and the LaFollette Housing Authority the estimated homeless is 97 men, woman and children without a place to call home.

  • Wilson arrested after siphoning money from employer

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    A slow depletion of funds from a local construction company led supervisors to question bookkeeper Tracey Lynn Tackett-Wilson, 23, of LaFollette.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins, the supervisors of the construction company brought the case to the sheriff’s department seeking action.

  • WalMart employee arrested for theft

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    An employee of Wal-Mart arrested for theft, netted additional charges when pills were found in his socks.

    According to Jacksboro Officer James Skeans, he was dispatched to the large retail store in reference to a theft.

  • Jacksboro police arrest woman for vehicle theft

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    Selling a vehicle for $75 netted charges of theft of property over $1000 for Amy Renae Matlock, 33, from Jacksboro.

    Jacksboro Detective Mike Starrett investigated the theft of the vehicle, taken from the father of Matlock’s ex-boyfriend, the report indicates.

  • PAW clinic reaches out to Campbell County

    A not-for-profit spay and neuter clinic in Greenback has extended a helping paw to Campbell County.

    The PAW clinic is currently offering a big dog special, which is a free spay and neuter to dogs over 30 pounds. The special is offered based on income and aimed at helping those who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford the surgeries.

    “Our whole mission is to prevent euthanasia by keeping these animals from being killed in shelters, run over on the streets and dumped off,” said Clinic Director Debbie Searfoss.