Today's News

  • LaFollete Fire Chief catches heat at meeting

    It appeared to be open season on the LaFollette Fire Department Tuesday night as citizens kicked off the city council meeting with complaints.

    When Mayor Mike Stanfield asked if any citizens wished to address the council Terri Coffey stood to her feet in hesitation.

    Coffey and her daughter, Brandi Muse, were on hand to protest the proposed action of the council to hire Chief Gary Byrd’s recommendation for an assistant fire chief.

  • BOE hosts town hall meeting; Martin says tough road ahead

    Parents, school system staffers and a number of county officials packed into the Jacksboro Middle School library last Thursday evening for a town hall meeting hosted by the Campbell County Board of Education.

    In lieu of flowery introductions that are often reserved for such meetings Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, wasted little time before delivering a state of the district address of sorts.

  • Walgreen's pharmacy robbed

    For the second time in less than a month a LaFollette pharmacy had fallen victim to armed robbery.

    Last Thursday afternoon LaFollette Police Officer Pam Jarrett received the call of an armed robbery in progress at Walgreens.

    Records indicate that Rachel D. Thomson, 34, of 5015 Cabbage Patch Lane, Conway, SC, entered the store just after 1 p.m. and pulled a small caliber handgun on the pharmacist while demanding Oxycontin.

  • ATV ride to benefit Campbell County Cancer Society

    The Royal Blue Rangers are on the move.

    And once again it’s for a good cause.

    After seeing the fruits of their labor come to fulfillment with the distribution of toys to many of Campbell County’s needy children during the Christmas season through the Toy’s for Tots initiative the group has turned their attention to another of the county’s community service organizations.

  • Three in custody after break-in

    When a LaFollette man went to check his barn he found things were different from the last time he was there.

    On Feb. 8 the man noticed that someone had taken two chainsaws, two tillers, a battery charger and some gasoline from the barn, according to Detective Brandon Elkins.

    While investigating the theft Elkins allegdly discovered Codi Ellison, Steven Richardson and Tyler Bradley had planned and carried out the burglary. The trio had driven a car to the barn loading its contents into the vehicle.

  • Trio charged with meth crimes receives probation

    What began as a significant meth bust nearly a year ago ended last week with pleas.

    Robert Evans, Amy Vincent and Christopher Powell plead guilty last week in criminal court. Following their pleas each one saw a reduction in their charges.

    Evans agreed he was guilty of possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to court records. This resulted in a three year supervised probation sentence along with a $400 fine. Evans was also ordered to pay $1,859 in court costs.

  • Drug arrest made after suspect attempts to flush evidence

    Going mobile took on a new meaning when two individuals were arrested on drug related charges.

  • Outstanding warrant brings meth components to light

    On Feb. 28 Deputy Dennis Chadwell of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was called to Room 152 at Jellico Motel. The caller said they believed the individual who had rented the room had active warrants and was making meth.

    When Chadwell arrived he found the curtains of the room were closed and someone turned off the light as Chadwell approached, according to a report from the sheriff’s department.

  • Store falls victim to shoplifting

    A rash of shoplifting incidents at Wal-Mart kept Jacksboro Police officers busy recently.

    Last Thursday Officer Josh Carroll was called to the store on a report of a shoplifter.

    At the scene Carroll was informed that a store employee had attempted to stop Curtis Lee Green, of 156 Abilene Circle, Caryville, as he was leaving the store.

    Green fled on foot with Carroll in pursued him in his patrol vehicle.

    Records indicated Carroll got out of his car and engaged in a brief foot pursuit before apprehending Green.

  • Woman allegedly steals items while inquiring about a job

    Note to self...stealing while inquiring about a job will likely only lead to an interview with police.

    And so was the case of Heather R. Gross and her brush with the LaFollette Police Department on Monday.

    According to Officer Robert Higginbotham’s report, Gross, 27, of 1020 Rose Hill Drive, allegedly went into Kelly’s Corner to ask about a job.