Local News

  • 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.

  • Mailbox massacres will likely end with charges

     A pre-Thanksgiving prank will likely lead to charges for a Caryville man.

    On Nov. 23, Campbell County Sheriff’s deputies were called out to look for suspects in a black Chevrolet car. Occupants of the car were allegedly seen taking mail out of residential boxes and scattering it along the road.

    While patrolling Deputy Josh Vann discovered mail tossed along Mt. Paran Loop, Mt. Paran Road, Wheeler Landing, Sunset Village, Stone Mill, Patty Hill Road and in the Mtn. Perkins subdivision.

  • Former inmate files suit against county and jail employees

     The county and two employees of the Campbell County Jail were recently named as defendants in a federal lawsuit seeking thousands in damages.

    On Oct. 20 John Eldridge filed suit on behalf of his client Linda Green in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Tennessee.

    In the filing Green alleges while she was incarcerated in April 2011 the actions of Sandy Farley and Penny Hicks, both members of the medical staff at the jail, violated her constitutional rights.

  • Campbell and Davis net burglary charges

     Two LaFollette men were arrested on burglary charges twice within minutes last week.

    On Nov. 25, LaFollette Police Officer Matthew Sandefur was flagged down by a resident on Nevada Avenue who reported seeing Eric Brandon Campbell, 24, of 118 Alexander Circle, and Derick Billy Davis, 19, of 409 W. Walden, coming out of an abandoned house at 124 Nevada Ave. The witness told Sandefur the two men allegedly exited house together and one was carrying a blue Adidas sports bag with copper wires sticking out of the top.

  • Cattlemen will have the chance to vote on increase

     Trading cattle is big business for Tennessee farmers. So are the research, promotion and education behind it.

    Currently, cattlemen pay $1 a head when the bovines are sold at market in order to finance the behind the scenes work on national and state levels. This is known as the Beef Check Off program. For the last 20 years cattlemen have taken part in this and the program has been successful, according to Steve Edwards, extension director for the UT Extension office in Campbell County.

  • Program offers healthy start for moms-to-be

     Being a first time mother can be scary at any age. But a program recently rolled out in Campbell County is hoping to make that transition a little easier.

    Child and Family Tennessee began the Nurse-Family Partnership program in Knoxville in July 2010 and after seeing a year of positive results it has expanded the services to Campbell and Blount Counties.

  • Heavy rains force schools to dismiss early

     As a deluge of rain fell across East Tennessee Monday officials with Campbell County Schools were keeping their eyes on the roads.

    “Based on what I have heard today (Tuesday) I think we made the right decision,” Donnie Poston, director of schools, said of Monday’s early dismissal.

  • Personnel policy dominates discussion only to be tabled

     At the LaFollette Utilities Board meeting and workshop Monday night, a possible policy change was tabled after much discussion.

    This policy’s purpose was to define LUB’s employee classifications. The three classifications are regular, part-time and temporary.

  • Alleged DUI in Caryville

     Caryville Police Officer Jim Wilson arrested Roger Derrick Byrge, 32, 286 Woodvine Street, Jacksboro, for driving under the influence, on Black Friday.

    Around 5 p.m., Wilson went to Veteran’s Memorial Drive in response to a complaint about a drunk driver. Once there, he allegedly saw a gray Chevrolet Tahoe leave the road several times before stopping it.