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Today's News

  • Alleged drug deal in progress foiled by police

    The element of surprise proved to be advantageous when LaFollette Police Officer Justin Lowe happened upon what appeared to be a drug deal in progress last Tuesday.

    Lowe was on patrol in the Village Apartments area when he observed Paul E. Cowans, 23, of 243 Lake Drive Lane standing at the window of a vehicle.

    According to Lowe’s report, the driver of the vehicle and Cowans were attempting a hand to hand narcotics exchange when they spotted his patrol car.

  • Stabbing send one to hospital; emergency surgery required

    A stabbing incident sent one man to the hospital and another to jail on Monday night.

    LaFollette Police Sgt. Rick Ford along with Officers Daniel Smith and Dennis Chadwell responded to a report of a stabbing at 502 East Walden Street around 11 p.m. on Aug. 24.

    At the scene the officers found Kyle Shively had been stabbed an undetermined about of times.

    Lt. Jeff Allen became involved in the investigation and was able to determine Shively’s wounds had allegedly been inflicted by David Nelson, of 313 East Hemlock Street, a LPD press release said.

  • New approach to law enforcement may be on the way for LaFollette

    Crime is an evident and growing problem for Campbell County.  With limited numbers of law enforcement officers and even more limited resources, getting a handle on the high number of offenders is seemingly out of reach.

    In an effort to fill in some of the gaps, Campbell County Mayor William Baird and his staff have begun the process of seeking grant monies that will focus on reducing crime in the area.

  • Car accident leads to charges

    Leaving the scene of an accident causes problems every time.

    When Eric Houp, 33, of 332 Tremont Street, Chattanooga, slammed into a vehicle in the Hardee’s parking lot on Aug. 6 he should have stuck around to hash things out. Instead he allegedly chose to leave the scene of the accident.

    Upon LaFollette Police Officer Joe Brown’s arrival at the scene the victim informed him that she had obtained the license plate number of the car that had hit her.

    After checking the plates, Brown located the owner of the vehicle.

  • Sanchez charged with child neglect for leaving children in car alone

    Leaving children in the car unsupervised proved to be a costly mistake for a LaFollette woman.

    LaFollette Police Officer Daniel Terry was on a routine foot patrol at LaFollette Elementary School last Tuesday when he heard the sound of crying coming from a parked vehicle.

    Terry secured supervision for the children before leaving to locate the parents, his report said.

    Upon further investigation Terry found Shayla Sanchez, 21, of 109 Pleasant Ridge, Apartment 503, inside the building.

  • Reckless driving leads to drug arrest

    Running a stop sign led to bigger charges for a LaFollette man last Friday.

    LaFollette Police Officer William Owens was called to East Walden Street to investigate a possible drunk driver when he observed a vehicle driven by Kyle R. Shively, 20, of 502 East Walden Street run a stop sign at a high rate of speed.

    According to Owens’ report Shively continued across Central Avenue into Armstrong Alley allegedly driving recklessly nearly hitting a fence and Owens’ patrol car before coming to a stop.

  • Pre-season Prep Performance Ratings for Tennessee high school football

    The 2009 17th annual Pre-season Prep Performance Ratings for Tennessee high school football have been released.  

    Pre-season number one teams are:  

    1A - South Pittsburg

    2A - Trousdale County

    3A - Alcoa

    4A - David Lipscomb

    5A - Henry County

    6A - Oakland

    Div II A - Knox Webb

    Div II AA - MUS

    Complete ratings can be found at http://earlnall.com

  • Cougars use jamboree as tune-up for opener

    Cougar football fans will definitely need a program this season to identify all the new faces on the Campbell County High School roster.

    Fewer than half a dozen starters return from a team that set school scoring and rushing records and made back-to-back appearances in the state playoffs.

    But even though the Cougars are in a rebuilding mode, that doesn’t mean expectations aren’t as high for this year’s team.

    “I think we’ll get better as the season goes on,” said Campbell County coach Dewayne Wells.

  • Jellico puts up fight in jamboree

    A jamboree tune-up against a tough opponent may have been exactly what the Jellico High School football team needed going into tomorrow (Fri.) night’s season opener at arch rival Williamsburg, Ky.

    The Blue Devils lost 21-7 to Cumberland Gap in a very competitive jamboree scrimmage Friday night.

    “We made a lot of mistakes early in the scrimmage, but our effort was great,” said Jellico coach Danny Oakes.

    The Blue Devils scored their touchdown on an 18-yard pass play from junior quarterback Tyler Brummett to senior wideout Michael Douglas.

  • Potter taking his baseball skills to UC

    Campbell County High School shortstop Blake Potter announced on Tuesday his decision to continue his baseball career as a student at the University of the Cumberlands.

    Potter, an honorable mention all-district candidate last spring, plans to pursue a degree in engineering.

    He excelled on the field, despite playing for four different head coaches throughout his high school career.

    Potter’s best season was in 2008, when he hit .447 and was named first-team All-District 3-AAA.