Today's News

  • Family sues for $3.5 million after son dies



    The father of the boy who died in accident this past summer has filed suit against two people and the city of LaFollette.

    Garry Goins filed the suit last week in Campbell County Circuit Court asking for $3.5 million in damages.

    In it, he names Charles L. Hutson, Charles Eldridge and the city of LaFollette as defendants.

    In July Goins’ son, Garry White was riding his bicycle in LaFollette when he collided with Hutson’s vehicle, police reports from the incident said at the time.

  • Four net aggravated burglary and kidnapping charges

    By NATASHA LAFAYETTE natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    Four men are facing charges of aggravated kidnapping among other allegations for an incident on Dec. 5.

    According to Campbell County Sheriff's Department warrants, Det. Brandon Elkins learned the four men had entered into the victim's home, tied up the victim and locked him in a closet.

    The warrant further indicates the men allegedly took medication and money from the victim's house.

  • Two young men involved in single car accident, one killed



    On Sunday, the Tennessee Highway Patrol (THP) responded to the scene of a one-car accident on Highway 90 in Claifield.

  • Family sues school for 700K over heavy door

    By NATASHA LAFAYETTE Natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    Joshua and Alicia Harding, the parents of a minor child, have filed a lawsuit against the Campbell County Board of Education for an alleged negligent act on its behalf, court records report.

    According to Campbell County Circuit Court records, the Hardings are seeking damages in the amount of $700,000 for injuries their son allegedly sustained while opening a heavy door at Caryville Elementary.

  • Traffic stop led to mobile meth lab find

    By NATASHA LAFAYETTE natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    During a traffic stop last week, Jacksboro Police Officer Jeremy Goins recovered several meth-making items, charging two with meth manufacturing, according to the Jacksboro Police Department arrest report.

    Goins was given information about two people making methamphetamine related  purchases from a large retail store.

    “I was given the vehicle description,” said Goins of the gray Buick he identified and later stopped on Appalachian Highway in Jacksboro.

  • Missing camera led to aggravated burglary charge



    The Campbell County Sheriff's Department recently made an arrest for a stolen video camera.

    On Dec. 11, Charles Andrew Chapman, 18, from 126 Tyson Lane in LaFollette was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property $500 to $999.

    According to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrest report, officer James Elkins investigated a burglary and theft at a LaFollette residence.

  • Early morning traffic stop led to multiple drug charges



    A woman stopped not far from her residence, is now calling jail home after being arrested on multiple drug charges.

    Amy Renea Matlock, 32, of 190 Butter and Egg Road in Jacksboro was stopped by the Jacksboro Police Department at 1:10 a.m. Sunday night.

    According to the arrest report, Officer Zachary Graves made the traffic stop on Butter and Egg Road.

    Matlock was driving a blue Ford Bronco with the driver’s side headlight out, said Graves about the reason she was stopped.

  • Woman arrested after altercation at nursing home



    A confrontation at Beach Tree Manor in Jellico has led to a woman’s arrest for simple assault.

    On Dec. 10, Jellico Police Department Assistant Chief Ronnie Lewis drafted a warrant for the arrest of Thelma Alsip due to allegations made by the victim of the reported altercation.

  • Tree stand theft lands Jellico man in jail


    Jeffrey L. King was charged with theft last month and recently arrested when evidence showed him as the alleged thief of a tree stand.

    According to the Jellico Police Department complaint report, an off duty Jellico officer observed a tree stand missing from the back of his pick up truck when he returned to his vehicle in the parking lot of First Volunteer Bank on 5th Street.

  • Wanted man is caught in Kentucky

    A chase of a wanted man ended without an arrest when the culprit fled on foot in July.

    But the luck of Charles Robert Smith, 38, of Williamsburg, KY., ran out. He was apprehended in Pulaski County, Ky on Dec. 17 and transferred to Campbell County to face multiple charges acquired during his flee from police.

    Smith was allegedly wanted for theft in July. When his silver Ford Explorer was observed driving in Jellico in July, Detective J.J. Hatmaker and Police Chief Chris Anderson initiated a stop.