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  • Siler claims she never consented to a search, wants evidence tossed

    In a hearing that lasted nearly four hours, Jenny Siler refuted having given police permission to conduct the search that landed her back in jail.

    But that was about all she said.

    Instead of answering the questions posed by Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley, Siler repeatedly invoked her Fifth Amendment Right.

    With the first question Ripley asked, Herb Moncier, Siler’s attorney, rose to his feet with an objection.

  • Fatal ATV accident leaves one dead and another injured

    An ATV wreck in Stinking Creek left one young man dead and another severely injured on the 13.

    Michael L. Lindsey Jr., 18, of LaFollette and Christopher S. Ayers, 19, of Stinking Creek were riding a 1999 Honda TRX four-wheeler on private property in the Stinking Creek area, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol report.  The two young men allegedly left private property and traveled onto Stinking Creek Road into the path of a 2002 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup truck being driven by Leslia Tracy Bolton, 42, of LaFollette, the report said.

  • Roof collapse claims life



    Just after 3 p.m. last Thursday, emergency crews were sent to assist a man pinned under a collapsed roof, 911 records have reported.

    The man, identified by officials as Glen Nelson, was working on removing the trailer when the roof gave way.

    “It was a very hectic scene,” said Daniel Lawson, a member of the LaFollette Rescue Squad.

    After a preliminary survey of the situation, Lawson said the decision was made to remove the debris Nelson was trapped under a section at a time.  

  • Second stalking offense ups probation term

    A man accused of looking in windows must now look through bars for that offense.

    Homer Morgan appeared in criminal court Monday agreeing he was guilty of aggravated stalking, aggravated criminal trespass and observation by consent.

    As a result of the plea Morgan was sentenced to spend a year in jail but was given credit for 10 months he has already served.

    After his release in October, Morgan will begin a three-year probation term, which will run consecutive with his prior cases, the plea form said.

  • Philpot pays fees for drug, guns charges

    A man accused of possessing multiple handguns and drugs has plead guilty to those charges.

    On Monday, Don Philpot agreed he was guilty of the unlawful possession of a handgun and three counts of possessing various controlled substances.

    For these offenses, Philpot was ordered to pay a $2,500 fine for four of the counts he plead guilty to. He was further assessed court costs.

    The plea form said Philpot was to pay the financial obligations in full on Monday.

  • Tribble to serve six months

    Kathleen Tribble is not only facing probation after appearing in court on Monday, she will also spend some time behind bars.

    In a late afternoon court session, Tribble plead guilty to aggravated assault on a viable fetus, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud, possession of a scheduled III controlled substance for resale and forgery.

    The charges stem from two separate incidents but have resulted in Tribble spending the next six months in jail.

  • Car accident on I-75 claims life, leaves others injured

    A fatal car crash on I-75 outside of Jellico left one child dead and several others injured last Thursday.

    Crystal P. Smith, 38, of Atlanta, Ga., was traveling on I-75 North, in the left lane, near mile marker 159 when the vehicle traveled sharply to the right, according to a Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) report.

    Smith allegedly overcorrected, causing the 1996 Isuzu Rodeo SUV to overturn and strike the median barrier wall, according to THP Trooper Mathew Chitwood’s report.

  • Fourth annual tractor and engine show returns to Jellico

    It’s time once again for the fourth annual tractor and engine show in Jellico.

    The show starts at 10 a.m., this Saturday in the grass parking area at the stage in Veteran’s Park in downtown Jellico.

    People are invited to bring any unit that may be of interest to spectators, according to Jellico Tourism Director Jake Bennett.

    “It doesn’t have to be an old unit, just something interesting. If you’ve got one (tractor or engine) at home that you’re proud of then bring it on down,” Bennett said.

  • Jacksboro man arrested twice in one week

    One trip to jail apparently wasn’t enough for a Jacksboro man who was arrested twice in a week on unrelated incidents.

    Granville Joseph Day, 20, of 187 School Street, Jacksboro, was arrested on Aug. 11 by Campbell County Sheriff’s Officer Jaymi Sammons for possession of schedule VI controlled substance and drug paraphernalia, according to the sheriff’s report.

  • Weavers donated winch to aid in county cleanup efforts

    Mike and Jody Weaver, owners of the White Oak rock racing course and Rocky Top OHV Park, donated a winch to the county in an effort to aid Environmental Officers Glennis Monday and Roger Byrge in cleaning the area up.

    “We’ve been to 49 of the states and this is probably the most beautiful area of them all; anything we can do to help keep it beautiful is worth the effort,” Mike Weaver said.

    He, along with his wife, have assisted Monday in the past on some of his county cleanups so they knew just how much the county needed a winch.