Today's News

  • Office seekers continue to file petitions as August draws closer

    As August draws nearer, those hoping to win an elected office are continuing to file their petitions one by one.

    The race for sheriff is now up to a field of five candidates. The incumbent sheriff, Gary Perkins, Robbie Goins, a one-time sheriff’s deputy, and Robert Higginbotham, a LaFollette city police officer, have submitted petitions, as have two others, election commission records said.

    Jacksboro Detective Mike Starrett and former Caryville Police Officer Freddie Stagnolia have officially joined the race.

  • Caryville gas station robbed at gunpoint

    An unknown man wearing a black ski mask robbed a Caryville gas station at gunpoint last week. The suspect is still at large.

    On Feb. 16, Caryville Police Officer James Wilson was dispatched to the Rocky Top Shell station on the complaint of an armed robbery, according to the police report.

  • Duo charged with abuse set to appear in March

    Appearing in criminal court on Monday Suzanne Douglas and Adam Hayes plead not guilty to allegations they had harmed Douglas’ daughter just before Christmas.

    The couple was given a March 22 date to return to court. The judicial path of their case will be determined at that time.

    Hayes remains in jail on a $50,000 bond. Douglas left jail on Jan. 23 after making her $50,000 bond.

    It was just before midnight on Christmas Eve when Jellico Police were notified of the child’s injuries by her grandmother, the arrest warrant said.

  • Bunch gets trial date

    When the judge asked if James Bunch’s sexual battery case needed to be set for trial, all sides said yes simultaneously.

    This was Monday in criminal court, just days after a Campbell County grand jury had indicted the 53 –year- old on four counts of sexual battery on a child under the age of 13.

    “Is it the state’s intention to try all of these cases together,” asked Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton.

    Leif Jeffers, the prosecuting attorney, told the court all of the offenses had occurred within a 24 hour time period.

  • Bond reduction granted in child abuse case

    A duo accused of burning a child now has a May trial date.

    After being indicted by the grand jury last week on aggravated child abuse charges, Lindsay M. Norris and David C. Thomas appeared in criminal court on Monday.

    While Thomas had his bond reduced by $50,000, making it $200,000, at his preliminary hearing last month, he had remained in jail. Norris, who had a $250,000 bond, was also still in jail.

  • Trio will serve time in jail for cooking meth

    Three people convicted last month of cooking meth, found themselves in the hot seat again Monday.

    That is when Steven Q. Stanford, David D. Allen and Tamara L. Rasnick faced the judge to learn their punishments at their sentencing hearing in criminal court.

    For Stanford, he learned that crime truly doesn’t pay.

    After prosecutors detailed his extensive criminal history, Judge Shayne Sexton sentenced him as persistent offender. This meant Stanford was sentenced at the maximum end of the time range for his crimes.

  • Candidates show the money on first disclosure filing

    With politicos from around the county filing petitions to qualify for the August election, they were recently met with another batch of paperwork.

    The office seekers who had previously given notice to the election commission who would serve as their treasurer filed campaign financial disclosure statements at the end of January.

    This meant 21 candidates had to declare the finances of their campaigns along with expenditures if those totals exceeded $1,000. They were also to report any financial obligations, in excess of $1,000, they had made but yet to pay.

  • News Notes


    Relay for Life will have a team meeting Feb. 18 at 5:30 p.m. at Jacksboro Middle School.   The Friends of Norris Lake will meet Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. at the LaFollette Community Center to review the results of a public survey on lake control measures.

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