Local News

  • Keathley continues to circumvent the court

    If a “continued refusal” on Howard Frank Keathley’s part to acknowledge responsibility for his crimes was the driving factor behind a 90-day jail sentence recommendation in November, odds are he is looking at more time now.

    Keathley was scheduled to appear in court this week on a narcotics charge but failed to show up.

    This has become a pattern for the convicted narcotics trafficker.

    There has been an outstanding warrant for his arrest since January.

    Before that, there was a court order revoking his bail.

  • Duo pleads guilty to meth crimes

    Samuel Duran Chapman and Angel Satina Bailey now know their fate for a February meth arrest.

    On Monday the pair appeared in criminal court clad in their jail attire and shackles. It is a look Chapman will have to get use to.

    After admitting his guilt to the attempted initiation to manufacture meth, Chapman was sentenced to spend six years behind bars. Throughout the proceedings, he grinned often.

    Bailey, who plead guilty next, received probation.

  • Middle school teacher suspended

    An investigation into the actions of a Jacksboro Middle School teacher is underway.

    On Wednesday Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, was forced to suspend a male faculty member with pay while questions concerning his contact with a student are being investigated.

    “I made the decision to suspend a staff member due to allegations of improper conduct with a student,” Martin explained on Thursday morning.

  • Celebrate Recovery draws awareness at Friday breakfast


    Celebrate Recovery has been helping people with hurts and hang-ups for years. 

    But with recent efforts by the Leadership Class of Campbell County a new kind of awareness will be paid to the volunteer’s efforts.

    The leadership class, established by the chamber of commerce, is comprised of 11 individuals from various businesses in the county.

  • St. Mary’s CEO attends US Senate panel


    A Campbell County executive recently had his voice heard in Washington, DC., speaking out on medical care for veterans in rural areas.

    On Feb. 26 St. Mary’s CEO Alan Watson participated as a representative at a United States Senate Committee Panel discussion speaking from a rural hospital perspective.

    “We spoke of the challenges with no veteran’s hospitals in the area,” said Watson.

  • Parrott charged with aggravated assault



    Charles Andrew Parrott is no stranger to violent crimes. And he has the convictions to prove it.

    After serving time in prison for a knife attack, Parrott was again arrested last week

    Arrested on March 12, Parrott, 308 Carr Wynn Road, LaFollette, was charged with multiple offenses.

  • Rape suspect arrested Tuesday



    Leslie Kenny, 51, of Jacksboro, is facing a rape of a child charge after his wife allegedly observed him acting in an obscene manner. The incident is reported to have occurred on Christmas Day 2008.

    A forensic interview was conducted with the five-year-old victim, said Campbell County Sheriff Gary Perkins.

  • Jellico Utility gloomy over financial state


    A discussion on finances left the Jellico Electric and Water System Board of Directors feeling sullen about the water system’s financial situation.

    General Manager for Jellico utility Mike Bethurem addressed the vehicle depreciation funds for both the water and electric systems. While the electric system is in good standing, the water system is preparing to pay out large amounts of money for construction  improvements.

  • Two arrested at Graveyard point



    Last Friday, two people sitting in a vehicle at the boat ramp at Grave Yard Point were soon in sheriff’s department custody for drug possession when deputy Jeremy Myers noticed something suspicious.

    Myers was patrolling the area around 1 p.m. when he noticed the suspicious behavior of two people in a red jeep with Georgia tags.

  • Two people net burglary and theft charges



    Lesson one: when stealing from family members, don’t leave pawn receipts in their  vehicle with your name on it.

    In late February, the alleged victim of a truck burglary reported the incident to the sheriff’s office, according to the Campbell County Sheriff’s offense report.