Local News

  • Caryville hires new police officer

     The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen hired a new police officer at the October meeting Monday night.

    Last month the board decided to advertise for a position in the police department after officer Thomas Gentry left. The department received 23 applications and conducted six interviews to fill the position. Monday night, on Chief Johnny Jones’ recommendation, the board approved hiring officer Albert Kidwell.

  • K-9 aids in catching suspect

    K-9 Officer Dano showed his skills when he aided in stopping a fleeing suspect.

    Michael Ryan Bruce, 33, of 262 Bill Brown Lane, was served with an order of protection on Oct. 10. According to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department reports, Bruce allegedly disregarded the order and went to the residence he was barred from a short time later. Bruce allegedly started beating on the back door.

  • Being proactive can make a difference

    With the onset of October pink ribbons can be seen everywhere.

    The ribbons are a reminder that it is breast cancer awareness month. A reminder that one in every eight women is affected by the disease that can not only attack a body it can attack the essence of femininity.

    And while those are the grim realties of the silent disease, there is a much more more optimistic side.

  • Domestic call leads to drug charges

    A domestic disturbance led to meth charges for a Jacksboro man last week.

    On Oct. 5 LaFollette Police Officers Charles Duff, Brian Tiller and Police Chief Jimmy Jeffries were dispatched to East Fir Street on reports of an escalating domestic situation.

    At the scene Clyde Dwane Turner, 43, of 641 Elkins Road, was allegedly outside a residence arguing with a female who had an active restraining order against him.

  • Federal indictment issued for Osborne

    A man who caused the evacuation of a neighborhood in August has since been indicted by a federal grand jury.

    Randel Lynn Osborne was indicted on the sole count of possessing stolen explosives. This included commercial blasting caps and blasting wire, according to federal court records. At the time, Osborne told police he intended to remove tree stumps from his property on 445 Miller Fork Lane with the explosives.

  • Cox arrested for evading officers

    Officers got a little more than they bargained for when they stopped to investigate a suspicious vehicle.

    On Oct. 4 LaFollette Police Officer Joshua Hill noticed a car sitting in the parking lot of Terry’s Pharmacy with three men standing around it at around 9:45 p.m.

    The group allegedly reported they were talking when one of them had walked up to ask for a ride.

    Records indicate Hill took the names of the males including Alberto W. Cox, 22, of 212 Giles Lane, who allegedly told the officer his name was Albert Wilkins.

  • October Indictments

    The following indictments were returned last week by the Campbell County Grand Jury:

    Stacy I. Paul – two counts promotion meth manufacture

    Kennifer Wilson Smith and Mark Anthony Smith – sale of schedule II in drug free zone, delivery of schedule II in drug free zone, felony evading arrest, two counts aggravated assault, felony possession drug paraphernalia (Kennifer Wilson Smith), mitigates criminal littering (Kennifer).

  • Public Records Oct. 13, 2011

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


    Campbell County Property Transfers

    Oct 3 – Oct 7


    Tammy Sheridan to Jimmy Shade Snodgrass and Wendy Ann Snodgrass, Dist. 1, $63,000.

    Darrell Hicks and Flora Mae Hicks to Timothy D. Hembree, Dist. 3, $122,000. 

    Tiffany Depellegrini to Mark A. Fosnight, Dist. 5, $79,900.

  • Phillips says investigation will wrap up 'in near future'

    The investigation into the actions of two former sheriff’s department employees  should be completed in the near future.

  • Louie Bluie’s Economic Impact

    For the first time in the Louie Bluie Music and Art Festival’s five-year history, sales tax forms were distributed to vendors at the festival grounds.

    The Campbell Culture Coalition was contacted by the Knoxville office for the Tennessee Department of Revenue prior to the event, and asked to submit the names and addresses of arts and crafts as well as food vendors.

    Because the TDR has no employees available to work on the weekends, the CCC, who organized the festival, was asked to pass out the forms.