Local News

  • Officers get promotion; city votes to borrow money

    Proposed promotions within the LaFollette Police Department was a source of controversy during Tuesday evening’s city council meeting.
    At last week’s workshop Councilman Hansford Hatmaker cited a personal gripe with Officer William Owens as the reason he was opposed to the officer receiving the raise.

  • Fourteen years of probation handed down in meth cases

    With a multitude of charges to answer for, Jamie Brent McCarty appeared in criminal court on Tuesday.
    His charges dated back a year and included multiple crimes related to methamphetamine.
    After admitting his guilt to the crimes McCarty was placed on probation for 14 years. He was also ordered to pay $4,810.50 in court costs. Along with this there was a $7,500 forfeiture entered in his case, according to court records.

  • Medina charged with leaving accident; pleads guilty to other charges

    A LaFollette man added to his list of charges when he was involved in an alleged hit and run accident last Tuesday.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Kenneth Daugherty responded to a motor vehicle accident on McDeerman Road at around 2:30 a.m.
    Records indicate Juan Manuel Medina, 30, of 207 Cave Springs, left the scene of the accident and was later found behind Las Combres on Jacksboro Pike.  

  • Traffic issue reaches agreement

    On Thursday night the Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen began its meeting on a somber note. Mayor Jack Cannon opened the meeting with a moment of silence for Ronnie Weaver a former planning commission member with the town.

  • Hubbard receives new court date

    After being indicted for one count of rape in late August, Paul K. Hubbard appeared in criminal court on Tuesday.
    Appearing in shackles wearing a jail jumpsuit, Hubbard was instructed by Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton to return on Sept. 27 with an attorney to represent him.
    Hubbard’s crime allegedly occurred in June at a Caryville home, according to police reports. It was then that he allegedly sexually assaulted a 17-year old female. According to her, she was on the back porch of the home when Hubbard allegedly committed the crime.

  • Bazan gets 90 days for actions

    Less than a month after fleeing from police leaving a trail of items in his wake, Robert F. Bazan resolved his case on Tuesday.
    Appearing in criminal court Bazan agreed he was guilty of reckless endangerment, evading arrest, aggravated assault and vandalism.
    As a result of his plea, Bazan was sentenced to 90 days in jail with credit for time served. After serving his sentence, he will spend six years on probation, according to court records. Bazan is also responsible for reimbursing the Jacksboro Police Department for damage he caused to a patrol car as he fled.

  • Byrge charged with burglary

    An investigation into a recent burglary led to the arrest of a Scott County man last week.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Detective Brandon Elkins was called to investigate a theft and burglary case at a Clinchmore Road address in Caryville.
    Elkins was informed by the victim that Joby Ray Byrge, 26, of 111Virgil Cecil Road, Helenwood, had allegedly come into his home without permission and took firearms and a wood splitter valued at $4,600.

  • Escapee appears in court

    After escaping the long arm of the law, Adam Wayne Steakley now knows it has a hold on him.
    In December 2009, Steakley was arrested for allegedly stealing a variety of items that included guns and a gaming system. Once in police custody he confessed to his crimes, even taking police to the home where he had stashed the stolen items, police reports said.
    Then he escaped.
    However, on Tuesday Steakley appeared in Campbell County Criminal Court. He was shackled and pleading guilty.

  • Dillard arrested for disorderly conduct

    Pam Dillard gave new meaning to the phrase waking up the neighborhood on Sunday.
    At around 11 p.m. that evening officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department responded to a second 911 call related to a disturbance involving Dillard, 51, of 714 Queener Road, Apartment E-7, Jacksboro, and her son.
    At the scene Deputy Dustin Hatfield and Sgt. Pete Hatfield spoke with several neighbors who reported Dillard had been pounding on their doors demanding to know who had called authorities.

  • Miner's Mile sees many race finishers

    Both the young and young at heart tied up their running shoes for the Labor Day Miners Mile in Jellico.

    The event had about 290 participants, including 90-year-old Betty Hausman who finished the 5K with her son.

    The relief of crossing the finish line was evident on each face as they pushed forward just a little bit more. The cool clear morning was the perfect temperature for racers as they started off at Indian Mountain State Park and continued through town to complete the 10K race.