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  • Williford, Johnson going to trial

    Two firefighters facing arson and official misconduct charges are opting for a trial in the matter.

    Joseph A. Johnson and James B. Williford were indicted last fall on the charges, quickly pleading not guilty in the matter.

    Reports indicate the two men were on duty at the Jacksboro Fire Department in October 2008, when they drove a Jacksboro owned truck to a Cove Street home and allegedly set the fire, according to Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman. They then returned to the fire department and waited to be dispatched out, he said.

  • Herron pleads not guilty to all charges

    Pleading not guilty to charges stemming from an alleged bar fight, Anthony Herron appeared in Campbell County Criminal Court on Monday.

    A grand jury had indicted Herron last week on aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, theft under $500, evading and resisting arrest along with simple possession of a schedule III controlled substance.

    In November 2008 Herron was arrested by Caryville Police after he and another man allegedly fought in the parking lot of a bar.

  • Brooks receives April trial date in shooting

    Appearing in criminal court Monday Rodney Brooks entered a not guilty plea in the shooting of 24-year-old Anthony Potter.

    Potter is the son of Brooks’ one time girlfriend, LaFollette Police said shortly after the shooting last year.

    Last month, a grand jury indicted Brooks for attempted second-degree murder in the case.

    Showing up in court Monday shackled, Brooks entered his plea garnering the public defender’s office as his legal counsel.

    After a brief discussion, it was indicated Brooks wanted to bypass any talks of a plea agreement.

  • Rape trial scheduled for April

    A man and woman accused of raping another female in the cab of tractor-trailer are slated to stand trial on April 7.

    Wes McKinney and Melinda Morris are facing multiple charges from the spring 2008 crime that is alleged to have occurred at the Caryville interstate exit.

    McKinney is facing multiple charges that include aggravated rape, sexual battery and felony reckless endangerment. Morris faces similar charges including one of criminal facilitation of the alleged crimes.

  • Gibbs opts for trial in exposure case

    An Ohio man indicted by a Campbell County Grand Jury for indecent exposure and aggravated sexual battery plead not guilty in court Monday.

    Raymond Gibbs, of Dayton, Oh, had been a no show at his preliminary hearing in general sessions court, said Assistant District Attorney Scarlet Ellis. When he failed to appear, the case was presented to the grand jury. It in turn indicted him.

    “He was in custody in another state,” said Michael Hatmaker, who represents Gibbs, attempting to excuse his client’s absence.

  • The East Tennessee Foundation awards grants to local agencies



    Recently, the East Tennessee Foundation (ETF) awarded grants to local agencies as well as agencies that serve local people.

    Year-end grants were made to 19 East Tennessee agencies that serve people in all of the ETFs 25 county service area.

    Among the 19 agencies provided funding was REACHS, now known as Community Health of East Tennessee.

  • Caryville finds three meth labs in one day, two arrested



    The Caryville Police Department discovered three meth labs on Jan. 7. Two people were arrested in connection with the first lab discovery.

    According to the offense report, Police Chief Bill Widener contacted Det. Stephanie Smith about a meth lab seizure at the EconoLodge.

  • Jacksboro board addresses upcoming projects


    Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon began the monthly meeting of the board of mayor and aldermen, stating the Shop with a Cop program recently had no eligible person in the city to sign over money.

    “No one in the town of Jacksboro is authorized to sign it,” said Cannon about spending money from the shop with a cop fund. “We need to get the signatures changed on the cards.”

  • Jellico police arrest Perkins for assault


  • Board discusses tenure and Caryville property