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  • Arnett facing first degree murder

    Authorities have determined when Robert Brian Arnett murdered Billy Mardis, Jr. last month it is probable the killing was an intentional one.

    On Monday, a Campbell County Grand Jury handed down the sole count indictment charging Arnett with first-degree murder in the matter, according to the court record. Under state law, first degree murder is the charging offense when there is an element of premeditation to the crime.

    While LaFollette Police are not disclosing the exact details of the crime, it does appear to have a domestic element to it.

  • Trimming of memorial tree causes sadness for victim’s mother

    For 10 years a tree has stood as a memorial at East LaFollette Elementary School in honor of Michael Reneman, a LaFollette student whose life was cut short due to a tragic accident.

    A Bradford Pear tree and plaque are both firmly rooted in the ground to memorialize the son, brother, friend and student who passed away on June 4, 1998.

    Last week, Michael’s mother, Gina Reneman, was faced with a multitude of emotion when the tree was cut low to the trunk without an explanation.  

  • Siler filed appeal with state

    It has been almost five years since Jenny Siler was charged with narcotics violations.

    In that time, she pled guilty and had her sentencing delayed numerous times. However, once it was handed down, she and her attorneys immediately began fighting it through the appeals process.

    Last month, they formalized Siler’s appeal by filing a 105 page brief with state appellate court.

    In it, Siler enumerates points her attorneys attempted to argue at her sentencing held in March.

  • Council and Mayor eliminate themselves from policy to hire relatives

    The LaFollette City Council’s decision to eliminate the nepotism policy only as it pertains to them came as a surprise to many on Tuesday night.

    A workshop was held prior to the meeting to discuss the policy, yet no alternatives or decisions on the policy were discussed.

    The workshop ended with Councilman Hansford Hatmaker saying the council should just vote on it.

    And the council did vote when Hatmaker made a motion to exclude only the council and mayor from the policy, leaving the policy intact for department heads and the city administrator.

  • Grand jury indicts Ellison on 10 charges

    A Jacksboro man is facing extensive charges, all which occurred in less than 60 days, following Monday’s convening of the grand jury.

    After the grand jury’s session Gerard Shawn Ellison has 10 charges he must answer for.

    Among those is a five count indictment related to the confiscation of a meth lab by LaFollette Police.

  • Huckaby to appear in court again

    Michael Todd Huckaby is becoming a familiar name with local law enforcement and courts.

    Last month, a Campbell County Grand Jury handed down an 11 count narcotics indictment against him. On Monday, another one was filed charging the 29 year old with numerous drug offenses.

    In this one Huckaby faces 10 counts, all relating to narcotics.

    Shortly after his last indictment Huckaby and two others were stopped by LaFollette Police because of a broken taillight, the arrest report said.

  • Grand jury returns indictments on Monday

    The following indictments were handed down by the Campbell County Grand Jury on Monday:

    Daryl Frazier, Mitchell Swygert, Roger Wilson, Micheal Goins- aggravated kidnapping, aggravated robbery, aggravated assault, aggravated burglary, theft over $1,000

    Kevin Kurtis Potter- promotion to manufacture meth, evading arrest

  • Potter indicted for meth narcotics crimes

    Kevin Kurtis Potter may have been able to hide from police for a month after they raided a home where a meth lab was found, but he couldn’t escape the grand jury.

    After it met on Monday, he was indicted on eight counts in two separate indictments.

    One was in relation to an investigation conducted by LaFollette Police when suspicious activity at a River Drive home was reported, the complaint filed at that time said.