Local News

  • Vandagriff arrested on multiple drug charges

        Despite alleged attempts to send evidence down the tubes a LaFollette man still took a trip to jail Sunday afternoon. In response to a domestic altercation LaFollette Police Officer John Baker paid a visit to a Wheeler Lane apartment. At the scene Baker was advised by a witness that Bobby Vandagriff, 33, of 107 Wheeler Lane, Apartment E-2 had locked himself into the bathroom.  According to Baker’s report, while behind the locked door Vandagriff allegedly flushed the toilet several times and ran water in the sink b

  • Radio station knocked off the air; employee allegedly to blame

      A local radio station temporarily lost transmission last week thanks to an alleged disgruntled employee. WTNQ station owner Jeff Alpert said when he spoke with then station employee Linda K. Rippy, 40, of 904 East Ash, at 5:35 p.m. last Friday he requested she not come onto radio station property until the Monday morning meeting that was scheduled to discuss performance issues. Although Rippy had been given no indication she would be dismissed, Alpert said he suspects Rippy believed she would be fired during the scheduled meeting.

  • Jury votes for lesser included offense in Mays’ trial

    Was it attempted murder, a reckless act or self-defense?

  • One of state's largest marijuana crops found in Jellico

    It has long been a tradition that in the fall, people would harvest their crops.

    But a group of marijuana growers in Jellico recently found that someone had done it for them.

    Last Wednesday, their crops were found and harvested for them by the Marijuana Eradication Task Force. The task force harvested 151,250 plants in two days last week in the Jellico area. The plants averaged about five feet in height, according to the task force.

  • Free flu shots available for students and community residents

    Flu season has arrived early and with a vengeance.  

    With illnesses, including the flu, to blame for high numbers of staff and student absences as well as a one day vacation for Campbell County Schools, taking a proactive approach to preventing future outbreaks is imperative.

  • Historic society antique fair a success

    People showed up in force, carrying heirlooms and other treasures to be appraised at Saturday’s Antique Fair.

    The event, held by the Campbell County Historic Society, will directly benefit the society through the maintenance and upkeep of the Campbell County Museum.

    Antique appraiser John Coker was on-site at the LaFollette Middle School Auditorium to appraise anything and everything brought in by the public.

    Coker brought with him, 37-years of appraisal experience. He is the owner of John Coker, Ltd. in New Market.

  • McAfee restores citizenship rights for Young

    If a paperwork error was the only obstacle in the complete restoration of David Young’s full citizenship rights, that matter was taken care of Monday. In a brief circuit court hearing on Monday Judge John McAfee signed off on the order that reinstated Young’s rights entirely. In April Young had filed a petition asking for just that. He contended his rights had been given back to him shortly after his release from federal prison and this was a technicality.

  • Campbell County- A look at the county from the beginning

    Campbell County is a land full of historical learning opportunities.  But the funny thing about history is that it can easily be forgotten.  

    People say they will never forget and they may even convince themselves traditions won’t die out, not on their watch.  But life has an odd way of providing just the right distraction at just the right time to induce a good case of amnesia.  

  • Ford arrested on drug charges

    Drugs were allegedly found at a Jellico residence, when Jellico Police Officer Jeffrey Ivey was dispatched to 1133 5th Street in Jellico on Sept. 8.

    Upon arriving at the residence, Ivey spoke with the homeowner, asking to see proof of residence, according to the police report.  Ivey also obtained permission to enter the home.  Upon following the homeowner into a bedroom, Ivey was shown the contents of a drawer by the homeowner, which allegedly belonged to Crit Henderson Ford, 54, of 1133 5th Street, Jellico.  Ford is allegedly also a resident of the home.

  • Ivey arrested for robbery

    Jacksboro Police picked up Eric Brandon Ivey, 24, of 401 North Cumberland Avenue, LaFollette, on an outstanding warrant on Sept. 8.

    The warrant for Ivey was issued by the LaFollette Police Department because of  a robbery Ivey allegedly committed a week earlier, the arrest warrant said.

    On Sept. 1, LaFollette Police Officer Stephen Wallen made contact with the victim in Arby’s parking lot, which is where Ivey allegedly stole the victim’s purse by force and left the scene, the arrest report said.