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Today's News

  • Alleged sex offender turns self in to authorities

    Registered sex offender Jonathan Tackett, 31, believed to be of LaFollette, turned himself in on Tuesday morning after spending a week hiding out from the police. Last week the Caryville Police Department issued a warrant for him on an aggravated sexual abuse charge. It was alleged Tackett had been physically inappropriate with a young girl.

    On Oct. 23, Tackett allegedly touched a 5-year old girl while she was visiting at a Caryville residence, according to the Caryville incident report.

  • Rhoades arrested on DUI and reckless endangerment charges

    Driving in the wrong direction led a Caryville man straight to jail on Sunday.

    On Nov. 1, Caryville Officer Ben Marlow and Jacksboro Officer Zack Graves observed a 1997 Dodge Caravan traveling westbound on Main Street from Jacksboro. The driver merged onto Veteran’s Memorial Highway without braking, driving westbound in the eastbound lanes, the arrest report said.

    Several vehicles, including two large dump trucks, had to take evasive action in order to avoid a collision with the van, according to Marlow’s report.

  • Council says no to sewer/water rate increase and city administrator

    Though a water/sewer rate increase and the hiring of a city administrator topped the agenda at Tuesday night’s LaFollette City Council Meeting, no decisions were actually made on these issues for lack of votes.

  • Employees chase alleged thief

    Employees at a local auto parts store went the extra mile, literally, to make sure an alleged thief didn’t get away.

    When Cody Evans, 32, of 904 Pleasant Ridge, allegedly attempted to make off with merchandise from Auto Zone, employees along with LaFollette Police Det. Lt. Monty Miller were able to chase him down near Mac Daddy’s Barbeque last Tuesday.

    When Officer Stephen Wallen arrived at Auto Zone it was determined that Evans had a approximately $89 in stolen items belonging to the store in his possession, Wallen’s report said.

  • Garren arrested on multiple charges

    Running a red light meant big trouble for a LaFollette man on Sunday.

    LaFollette Police Officer Odell Bailey was on patrol when he observed Scott A. Garren, 45, of 307 North 16th Street allegedly run a red light as he was traveling east on Central Avenue.

    Upon making contact with Garren, Bailey observed him to have a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, the arrest report said.  A battery of field sobriety tests was administered, which he was unable to perform to satisfaction.

  • Peoples get unwanted remodel

    Saturday afternoon a Jacksboro driver gave new meaning to drive through banking.

    On Saturday afternoon while much of the town was preparing for Halloween activities, LaFollette Police Officers were attempting to sort out an accident that ended with one car inside the newly renovated bank.

    According to the LPD accident report, David P. Spradlin, 26, of 161 East Street, Apartment 107, Jacksboro, was traveling east in the turning lane at the intersection of Jacksboro Pike and Ridenour Lane.

  • Domestic disturbance leads to drug arrest

    A domestic disturbance took police to a South Tennessee address last week.

    On Wednesday LaFollette Police Officer Daniel Smith was dispatched to 511 South Tennessee Avenue in response to a domestic incident.

    At the scene the victim reported that her boyfriend, Andrew Robert Womble, 42, of 511 South Tennessee Avenue, had allegedly come into the house and threatened her before leaving on foot.

  • Hopkins charged with burglary

     

  • Carringer Arrested

     

  • CCHS sweeps Cove Lake meet

    It wasn’t her best time on the home course, but Carlie Childress ran just fast enough Thursday afternoon to beat her closest rival and win a third consecutive Cove Lake Cross-Country Invitational championship.

    Childress, a Campbell County High School senior, completed the wooded 3.1 course in 21 minutes, 39 seconds. That was 28 seconds slower than the pace she set the past two seasons while running against Cumberland Gap standout Courtney Crowder, whom she also defeated to earn the previous two titles.