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  • LaFollette makes quick decisions Tuesday night

     The LaFollette City Council didn’t waste any time at the meeting Tuesday night as it plowed through the agenda in less than 10 minutes.

    Four items filled the agenda, which the council had discussed in its workshop last week.

  • Grand jury returns not true bill on Finley and Henegar

    Early reports from the final 2011 session of the Campbell County Grand Jury indicate former Campbell County Sheriff's Department officers Jonathan Finley and Jason Henegar will not face charges for a Labor Day accident and the subsequent events.

    Lawyers with the Eighth Judicial District District Attorney's office presented the case this morning. Reports indicate testimony went on for three hours. It appears that officials were hoping to charge Finley with official misconduct and Henegar with a variety of traffic offenses possibly including DUI.

  • Plea Agreements for week of December 1, 2011

      The following cases were resolved in criminal court by using plea agreements:

    Christopher M Daughtery – sale counterfeit controlled substance; sale schedule II; court cost, three years supervised probation.

  • Public Records for week of December 1, 2011

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


  • Weekend marks start of Christmas festivities

    Thanksgiving leftovers may still be in the fridge, but that won’t stop the Christmas festivities from getting into full swing this weekend.

    On Dec. 3 at 2 p.m. the annual Campbell County Christmas Parade will kick off the season. The line up for this year’s parade will be at LaFollette Elementary School with a parade official stationed at the front gate by 10 a.m. to assist individuals with locating their spaces.

  • Veterans sound off on need for clinic

    James Aiken served in the Army during World War II. Now 91 years old, he suffers from heart and prostate problems and has high blood pressure. James Aiken takes over 20 medications. He has a broken femur and can’t walk. His wife, Virginia Aiken, takes care of him.

    “We have to go to Knoxville or Johnson City to get anything done,” Virginia Aiken said. “It is unreal what we have to go through to get him help. To have to drive to Johnson City is something else.”

  • Henderson sees more charges

    Kenneth Joey Henderson was arrested three weeks ago in connection with a string of burglaries in the Big Creek and Fox Lake communities. Although he is sitting in jail, he continues to rack up charges.

  • Pursuit ends with arrest

     A Newcomb man hit the skids after running from the law last week.

    When Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Franklin Ayers and Cody Chapmen saw a black Ford F-150 fail to signal a turn onto Standard Hollow Road from Highway 297 on Nov. 23 they attempted to stop it.

    Despite the blue lights and siren the truck driven by Billy W. Green, 61, of 272 Old Standard Hollow Lane, Newcomb allegedly turned into a field and drove for some distance before stopping, the arrest report said.

  • Case could go to grand jury

     As the investigation into the actions of two former sheriff’s department employees reaches the 90 day mark it appears the end is in sight.

    “We are far into the investigation, District Attorney General Paul Phillips said on Tuesday. “We would expect charges to follow.” Those charges could come in the form of a presentation to the grand jury.

    Phillips did say if the two are indicted the charges would be felonies.

  • K-9 sweep find contraband but no illegal drugs

     A sweep at Campbell County High School yielded no surprises for officers last week.

    On Nov. 22, K-9 units from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and the Clinton Police department performed a search at the school.

    While students were not individually checked the building was searched with a sweep that included the locker sections of the building.

    “This sweep was done at the request of parents and teachers as a proactive part of the drug prevention program,” Chief Deputy Aaron Evans said of the search.