Local News

  • Hill arrested for theft

    Rule one of renter’s etiquette could be “do not steal from the landlord.” But it is a rule Marsha Hill, 37, of 117 Michael Ave., allegedly didn’t keep.

    On Oct. 27 Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy John Wallen went to a residence on Butter and Egg Road to investigate a theft. The victim stated on Oct. 25 Hill came to her residence to retrieve a television she had pawned. The landlord reported after Hill left she discovered gold jewelry missing from the home.

  • Chase arrested on drug charges

    Having naptime at Judy’s Grocery earned a LaFollette woman a trip to jail last week.

    On Oct. 29, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy John Wallen was called to the store after business hours to investigate reports of a female who was unresponsive and slumped over the steering wheel of her vehicle.

    Wallen reported he rushed to the car to determine whether the woman was breathing. She awoke from what the officer described as a deep sleep, appearing startled.

  • Social media reveals school situation

    The social media acted as a sort of double-edged sword in a situation that occurred at Jacksboro Middle School last week.

    While the widely used site Facebook site made administrators and law enforcement aware of a potential threat at the school it also invoked a level of panic that may have been unnecessary for students.

  • Cieslak charged in son's death

    While most children are wrapped in a blanket after they are born, Wanda Kay Cieslak’s child wasn’t.

    Instead, the baby boy was wrapped in a garbage bag and left on the front porch of a home, according to a warrant filed on Tuesday.

    Cieslak has since been charged with first degree murder and aggravated child abuse. On Tuesday she was arraigned on these charges and given a $500,000 bond. Her next court date is Nov. 1.

  • Crimes spurs use of task force

    While the death of Wanda Cieslak’s child led to a search for her and subsequent felony charges, it also marked a first for the area.

    The Campbell County Major Crimes Task Force was activated to pursue her and investigate the infant’s death. Created in June, the task force had yet to be activated until last week.

  • Trunk or treat

     In LaFollette and Jellico, kids can experience the fun of costumes, friends and candy in a safe environment at trunk or treat.

    For trunk of treat, people decorate their cars and pass out candy from trunks as kids pass from car to car in a parking lot.

    In LaFollette, the First Apostolic Church and the city of LaFollette are sponsoring a trunk or treat in the parking lot behind city hall from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.

  • Cooper continues to fight for new trial

    The fate of Greta Cooper is now in the hands of the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals.

    On Tuesday morning Cooper’s attorney Brent Gray appeared before three justices to argue the merits of giving his client a new trial.

    In November 2010 Cooper was sentenced to six months of jail time for bilking thousands from an elderly man she was charged with caring for. While initially facing over 65 counts of theft and forgery, Cooper was only convicted on 24 of them.

  • Montclair having trouble coming up with money

     Montclair Technologies, who has been working with the county and Jellico to put an oil refinery in the Taylor Machine Shop, is being delayed by problems raising money.

  • Public Records for the week of OCtober 27, 2011

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


  • Chamber of Commerce to host annual pig roast si

    Tonight the chamber will host a night of food, music and fun at its annual community pig roast.

    The chamber has already sold 200 tickets and had 50 commitments to come to the door, Campbell County Chamber of Commerce director E. L. Morton said.

    “The crowd’s building, so is our momentum,” Morton said.

    The pig roast is one of two fundraisers the chamber conducts throughout the year. Morton described it as a chamber team effort with all of the chamber members invited.