Local News

  • Mine rescue contest hosted at Cove Lake State Park

    Last week, 19 teams from across the nation gathered at Cove Lake State Park to compete in the local Mine Rescue Contest.
    The Tennessee State Mine Inspectors hosted the contest.
    From Tuesday to Thursday, teams from West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee and Alabama competed in a variety of competitions. These contests included the bench, pre-shift and first aid competitions, which were held on Tuesday.

  • Jacksboro Middle to host fall festival

    On Oct. 19, Jacksboro Middle School will host a fall festival at 6 p.m. The fall festival will revolve around storytelling, with the literacy-based theme “Fall into Reading.”
    “What we’re hoping to do, we’re going to have a little story telling festival that’s open to the public,” Assistant Principal Nikki Bumgardner said. “We’re going to try to keep it outside as much as possible.”

  • LaFollette city judge arrested

    An attorney who also serves as a traffic court judge has been arrested for driving offenses.

    Wes Hatmaker, a long time Jacksboro attorney, was arrested last Wednesday by Jacksboro Police Officer Keith Ducharme.

    Ducharme stopped Hatmaker on Main Street in Jacksboro just after 8 p.m.

    “He crossed the double yellow line twice,” Ducharme said of his reason for stopping Hatmaker. When asked about this Hatmaker allegedly said “he was reaching for his phone,” the officer said.

  • Former officer charged with sex crimes turns self in

    Former LaFollette Police Department officer Michael Shane Baker is behind bars. He turned himself into Claiborne County Deputies early Monday morning. He was the target of a multi-agency, two-month manhunt that landed him on the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation 10 most-wanted list.

    Baker,39, of 802 W. Jacksboro Road in New Tazewell, contacted a captain at the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Department to say he was tired of running, according to Claiborne County Sheriff David Ray.

  • Haslam in town

    This afternoon Gov. Bill Haslam will be in town.

    Haslam will swear in new District Attorney General Lori Phillips- Jones at 2:45 p.m. on the courthouse lawn.

    Phillips- Jones’ staff will also be sworn in during the ceremony. And while her staff will be taking an oath of office, two of them will play a part in the program itself.

    Investigator Johnny Vanover will say the opening prayer while child support attorney Todd Longmire will offer the closing prayer.

  • Emerson Properties owner feels tax break given by board of equalizations too small

    Emerson Properties recently received a tax break amounting to just under $42,500 after the Campbell County Board of Equalizations reassessed 241 pieces of its properties. Emerson Properties owner Boog Potter feels this reduction still isn’t enough.

    “It’s still too high,” Potter said. “I bought the property in 2009 for less than $1 million.”

    Potter believes the property was appraised too high by the property assessor’s office.

  • Lowe receives 15 years in starvation case

    A single black-eyed pea.

    That was the contents of Paul Cox’s stomach when he was autopsied.

    Cox died from malnutrition while in the care of his nephew John Lowe in 2010.

    On Friday, Lowe entered a no contest plea to criminally negligent homicide and gross neglect of an impaired adult. Despite Lowe pleading no contest to the charges Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton ruled he was guilty of the crimes.

  • Public Records Oct. 4, 2012

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.




    Claus A. Reinhardt and Faye Reinhardt to Richard Callicoat and Pamela Callicoat, Dist. 2, $40,000.

    Brenda Venable, Dorwood Heck, James Dorwood Heck, and Peggy Heck to Orby Greene and Linda Greene, Dist. 1, $82,900.

    Dale Dalton and Sally Davis to Bobby Goins and Margaret Goins, Dist. 1, $17,000.

  • LaFollette to accept bids for roofing projects

    The LaFollette City Council will accept bids for three roofing projects at its meeting Tuesday. These projects involve repairing the roofs of three city buildings: fire hall three, the West LaFollette Community Center and the East LaFollette Community Center.
    At the meeting Sept. 4, the city council decided to rebid the roofing project because the bids that were opened on Aug. 23 didn’t conform to the minutes of the Aug. 7 meeting. While on Aug. 7, the council decided to bid the three projects separately, the bids were advertised as a package.

  • Jacksboro Elementary School kicks off new reading program

    Friday morning, Jacksboro Elementary School kicked off the accelerated reader program with a parade that celebrated reading.
    “We thought it would be a good day to have a parade since the high school’s having a parade today,” Principal Joan Crutchfield said. “Our theme is ‘elect to read’ since it’s election year.”