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  • Parents charged after smuggling drugs to inmate son via road crew

    CARYVILLE—A monitored phone conversation between a jail inmate and his parents lead to drug charges against all three.
    At the end of August, county jail inmate Dallas Wilson told his parents to place narcotics inside a rubber glove, place the glove inside a cigarette carton and throw the carton into the bed of the work crew’s pickup while they were stopped at the Qwik Mart in Caryville, according to reports from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. A member of the work crew was allegedly then supposed to take the narcotics to Wilson in jail.

  • Allegedly drunken man arrested while skinny dipping

    JACKSBORO—Around 10:30 p.m. on Sept. 8 Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy James McCall was dispatched to an area of Norris Lake near Indian River Boat Dock.
    Upon arrival and after several minutes of searching, officers found David Charles Dockery, 60, 4236 Conner Drive, Pigeon Forge, swimming.
    After pulling Dockery from the water, officers found him to be naked and unclothed, records indicated.
    McCall also reported a strong smell of alcohol coming from Dockery.
    According to reports, Dockery became very belligerent and irate with officers.

  • Stolen, vandalized property lands LaFollette man in jail

    RED ASH—A months-long investigation has landed Bryan Keith Ivey, 505 Knox Hollow Rd., LaFollette, in the Campbell County Jail for the fourth time.
    A thick packet of warrants outlines Ivey’s offenses beginning last August.

  • COLD CASES: Unsolved mysteries examined

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Cold cases.
    Unsolved mysteries.
    Murder.
    Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Captain Brandon Elkins has cleared almost all the cold cases in his time as a detective with the sheriff’s department, but the four bodies that remain have investigators stumped.
    Three involve women discarded near I-75 at Stinking Creek. Two of the victims are unidentified. One has a name, but there are few clues as to who killed her — or why.

  • Former cop charged with child sex abuse loses appeal

    CAMPBELL COUNTY—Disgraced former Campbell County Deputy Daniel Ward saw one of his child-sex charges dropped, but his 54-year sentence remained unchanged.
    The Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals released a 15-page opinion last week after reviewing Ward’s appeal for crimes he pleaded guilty to in 2011. At that time, he was sentenced on 10 counts of aggravated sexual battery for his abuse of a juvenile female family member.

  • Ash me no questions: Few answers given about proposed ash fly dumping site

    George Hyfantis

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  • 'Snake Salvation' reality show debuts Tuesday

     CAMPBELL COUNTY—”Snake Salvation” — a 16-episode reality series, starring local serpent-handling preacher Andrew Hamblin, is set to debut  9 p.m. Tuesday on the National Geographic Channel.

    The series will feature Hamblin of Tabernacle Church of God in LaFollette  and Jamie Coots of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name church of Middlesboro, Ky.

    The series is expected to feature scenes from church services where worshipers handle snakes as well as the day-to-day struggle to live out their faith.

  • Blight site a bit brighter

     LaFOLLETTE—City officials are aggressively targeting blighted businesses, residences and other sites they believe are hotbeds for prostitution, drug dealing and code violations. 

    On Aug. 28, city code enforcement officers — along with a work crew of county inmates — condemned and cleaned the former Miracle Machine Shop at 305 N. Indiana Ave, near Aspen Street.