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Today's News

  • Brooks trial begins

    As the attempted murder trial of Rodney Brooks got underway on Wednesday morning, the victim made a surprising admission.

    “I wanted to go toe to toe with him,” said Anthony Potter.

    In October 2008, Brooks allegedly shot Potter at point blank range when the two argued over Potter’s mother, according to court testimony.

    Barbara Kellogg, who is at the center of the case said she met Brooks while he was in prison. After corresponding through letters, he moved in with her upon his release.

  • Truckers take plea in rape case

    Opting to take a plea instead of face a jury, Primus Byrd and Melinda Morris saw a reduction in their charges.

    The pair stood accused of raping a woman in the cab of an 18-wheeler while it was parked at the Caryville exit.

    Byrd also known Wes McKinney and Morris, who also goes by Melinda Franklin were facing multiple charges from the spring 2008 crime.

    Under the terms of their pleas both will serve lengthy probationary terms when released from jail.

  • Jacksboro board to remain the same

    Following Saturday’s election, the Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen will remain the same.

    Jack Cannon, who was running opposed for the mayor’s seat, garnered 160 complementary votes.

    In the race for alderman, incumbents Avery Burden and June Gwin Forstner retained their seats. They were challenged by Tommy Higdon. With the two seats going to the highest vote getters Burden and Forstner won by a wide margin.

    Burden captured 146 votes with Forstner getting 137. Higdon saw 42 people vote for him.

  • Broyles receives probation following trial

    It took two attempts but Oscar Broyles finally had his day in court.

    On Monday, he was sentenced in a case involving his neighbors, a gun and their dog.

    In June 2007, 69 -year-old Broyles was indicted on two counts of aggravated assault and one of animal cruelty, according to court records.

    But last April prosecutors in the case were forced to drop those charges after officers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department lost the case file.

    A short time later prosecutors were able to reindict Broyles gaining a conviction at trial.

  • Monday pleads; goes to jail following drug screen

    After entering her guilty plea to felony possession of drug paraphernalia and simple possession of drug paraphernalia charges Charlisa Buffy Monday’s day in court should have been over.

    However, after she failed a drug screen within minutes of the plea, Monday was back before the judge.

    Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton was informed during Monday afternoon’s court session she had tested positive for four substances.

    Methamphetamine, amphetamine, oxycontin and methadone were found in her system, according to state probation officials.

  • Horner travels across Tennessee by bicycle

    When faced with mid-life, some men buy fancy sports cars, while others dye their hair or don toupees.

    Not Bill Horner.

    Instead he climbed onto his Diamondback Crestview bicycle and pedaled across Tennessee.

    He began the journey last September, embarking from the North Carolina border in a drizzling rain.

  • Charley's Pizza Parlor to celebrate 33 years

    April 15 may be an unwelcome day for some, but for well known establishment Charley’s Pizza Parlor the 15th will be a happy occasion.

    The long-time restaurant has seen many changes over the years since it opened in 1976. But the good food and family atmosphere remains the same, according to owner Jerry Partin. Though Partin has only owned the establishment for two years, he has been with the business since 1981.

  • Pregnancy Center has grand opening

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    A small office space is all the Catholic Charities Pregnancy Center of Campbell

    County needs to make a big difference for mothers.

    The walls of the office and counseling area are painted a soft green; all the storage space is filled with necessities for pregnant women and new mothers.

  • Bruce killed in I-75 accident

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    A late night accident on Tuesday claimed the life of Ashley K. Bruce, 19, of Jellico.

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol responded to the scene shortly after the accident occurred at 11:19 p.m.

    Traffic was stopped in the right lane of I-75 northbound due to a previous accident just being cleared, according to the THP fatality report.

    Bruce was traveling in the right lane going northbound and did not see the traffic stopped ahead.

  • Deputy follows trail for arrest

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    Forget bread crumbs, an alleged thief recently left a trail of stolen items in his tracks. 

    Building materials stolen from the Shady Cove area were easily traceable when a sheriff’s deputy followed a trail of materials that had fallen off the trailer. It led all the way to the house of the alleged thief.

    On April 4, deputy Darrell Mongar investigated the burglary and theft in the Shady Cove area, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.