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  • Family sues school for 700K over heavy door

    By NATASHA LAFAYETTE Natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    Joshua and Alicia Harding, the parents of a minor child, have filed a lawsuit against the Campbell County Board of Education for an alleged negligent act on its behalf, court records report.

    According to Campbell County Circuit Court records, the Hardings are seeking damages in the amount of $700,000 for injuries their son allegedly sustained while opening a heavy door at Caryville Elementary.

  • Traffic stop led to mobile meth lab find

    By NATASHA LAFAYETTE natasha@lafollettepress.com  

    During a traffic stop last week, Jacksboro Police Officer Jeremy Goins recovered several meth-making items, charging two with meth manufacturing, according to the Jacksboro Police Department arrest report.

    Goins was given information about two people making methamphetamine related  purchases from a large retail store.

    “I was given the vehicle description,” said Goins of the gray Buick he identified and later stopped on Appalachian Highway in Jacksboro.

  • Missing camera led to aggravated burglary charge



    The Campbell County Sheriff's Department recently made an arrest for a stolen video camera.

    On Dec. 11, Charles Andrew Chapman, 18, from 126 Tyson Lane in LaFollette was charged with aggravated burglary and theft of property $500 to $999.

    According to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department arrest report, officer James Elkins investigated a burglary and theft at a LaFollette residence.

  • Early morning traffic stop led to multiple drug charges



    A woman stopped not far from her residence, is now calling jail home after being arrested on multiple drug charges.

    Amy Renea Matlock, 32, of 190 Butter and Egg Road in Jacksboro was stopped by the Jacksboro Police Department at 1:10 a.m. Sunday night.

    According to the arrest report, Officer Zachary Graves made the traffic stop on Butter and Egg Road.

    Matlock was driving a blue Ford Bronco with the driver’s side headlight out, said Graves about the reason she was stopped.

  • Woman arrested after altercation at nursing home



    A confrontation at Beach Tree Manor in Jellico has led to a woman’s arrest for simple assault.

    On Dec. 10, Jellico Police Department Assistant Chief Ronnie Lewis drafted a warrant for the arrest of Thelma Alsip due to allegations made by the victim of the reported altercation.

  • Tree stand theft lands Jellico man in jail


    Jeffrey L. King was charged with theft last month and recently arrested when evidence showed him as the alleged thief of a tree stand.

    According to the Jellico Police Department complaint report, an off duty Jellico officer observed a tree stand missing from the back of his pick up truck when he returned to his vehicle in the parking lot of First Volunteer Bank on 5th Street.

  • Wanted man is caught in Kentucky

    A chase of a wanted man ended without an arrest when the culprit fled on foot in July.

    But the luck of Charles Robert Smith, 38, of Williamsburg, KY., ran out. He was apprehended in Pulaski County, Ky on Dec. 17 and transferred to Campbell County to face multiple charges acquired during his flee from police.

    Smith was allegedly wanted for theft in July. When his silver Ford Explorer was observed driving in Jellico in July, Detective J.J. Hatmaker and Police Chief Chris Anderson initiated a stop.

  • Jellico Police Department announces safety checkpoints



    The Jellico Police Department has released a notice to the public regarding safety checkpoints from Dec. 31 through Jan. 11.

    The JPD will conduct the checkpoints through the New Year’s holiday and into 2009 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

  • Caryville's first meeting without Heatherly a difficult one

    The mood at Monday night’s board of mayor and aldermen meeting in Caryville was somber.

    It was the first meeting since Alderman Joe Heatherly passed away several weeks ago.

    “This is probably the hardest meeting I’ve ever had to share with you all,” said Mayor Bobby Stooksbury quietly.

    “It’s real hard to sit here and not look over and see Joe,” Stooksbury continued asking everyone continue to keep Joe’s wife, Vickie, in their prayers.

  • Jellico amends budget for Christmas bonuses

    This year’s Christmas came a little early for Jellico city employees when the board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a budget amendment granting Christmas bonuses for full and part-time city employees on Wednesday night.

    The board unanimously agreed to the budget amendment granting full-time employees $500 and part-time employees $150 each.

    With 20 full-time and seven part-time employees on staff, this equals out to $11,050 added onto the budget.