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  • Pioneer man charged in Jellico and Campbell County



    A robbery at a Jellico store led allegedly Jellico police to arrest Michael Allen Schmidt, 28, of Pioneer, who was wanted for more charges by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.

    According to Jellico Police Chief Chris Anderson, the suspect had been staying with an employee of the store.

  • Caryville man charged with second-degree murder



    A mysterious feud led to a shooting and the subsequent serious injury of a man currently hospitalized.

    According to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Bruce Thomas Bradley, 54, of 1653 Shady Cove Road in Caryville, allegedly caused a severe wound to the neck of the victim after firing a weapon.

  • Young man nets theft charges



    Joshua A. Humphrey, 18, of LaFollette, gave a wide grin in his intake photograph taken at the county jail. However, some may feel he has nothing to smile about since he faces charges of theft and burglary.

  • Wilson charged with coercion of witness



    Recently charged with coercion of a witness, Jarrod Andrew Wilson, 26, has a compilation of evidence that accuses him of verbally abusing and threatening an ex-girlfriend.

  • Stolen checks from local business net theft charges for Martin



    The break in of a local business led the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department to charge Faith Renee Martin, 43, of Knoxville with theft, vandalism and burglary charges.

    According to the sheriff’s department warrant, Martin allegedly gained entrance into a local business by breaking a window.

  • Stranded missionaries slated to return home


    Some believe coming home again is the hardest thing to do.

    That has certainly proved true for seven church missionaries who found themselves stranded in Thailand due to political upheaval last week.

    The missionary group from First Baptist Church of Jacksboro (FBCJ) consists of Rev. Bill Morris, Marc and Paula LeJeune, Ben and Renee Bennett, Brian Tanis and Delynn Boshears.

  • Arrest made in Love murder case


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    For the family of Jayne Love, the pieces of her final moments have started to fall into place.

    Last Wednesday the two men officials believe bear responsibility for her death were arrested.

    Russell Leon Pack, 37, and his brother Phillip M. Pack, 23, were arrested on a sealed indictment for second-degree murder in the case.

    The indictment was handed down at the beginning of the month by the grand jury.

  • When it rains it pours- Toys from heaven



    The frosty Saturday morning air brought people close together for the annual Toys from Heaven event hosted by Faithway Assembly in LaFollette.

    Faithway Assembly members raised money through fundraisers to buy toys for 165 local children.

    As children and adults gathered outside the double glass doors of the church each child was given a balloon to release. The colorful balloons represented the children present and those who would be without a Christmas.

  • Debate on new justice center continues



    To build or not to build- that remains the question for Campbell County officials who continue to debate the possible construction of justice center.

    While the project has been halted and restarted several times, it is currently at a standstill. This is despite a meeting with the County Technical Assistance Service (CTAS) held Tuesday afternoon.

  • Group planning Best of Times III



    It may be over a year away but plans are in the works for the Best of Times 2010.

    “We are really excited about it,” said Gail Stout Herrin one of the event’s organizers.

    What began in 1998 as a dream to have a large scale class reunion has been realized and relived every five years for graduates of LaFollette High School (LHS).

    The first Best of Times was held in 2000. “It went so well we all decided to do it again,” Herrin said.