Today's News

  • Sub-sectional defeat sends Eagles home for the season

    Ethan Simpson and Ethan Miller turned in spectacular performances Friday night during their final basketball game for Jacksboro Middle School.

    Simpson poured in 20 points and Miller had 15 in a 64-53 sub-sectional loss to Union Grove, formerly known as William Blount Middle.

    The loss eliminated the third-seeded Eagles (13-9 overall) from the tournament.

    Eagles’ guard Jordan Kindred was injured during the game and finished with six points.

  • Preschools could be hit in budget cuts

    Some very small people may become the victims of a large budget cut.

    With the State of Tennessee reporting an unprecedented budget shortfall, preschoolers across the state may soon fall victim to cuts in funding.

    According to Dr. Karen Bundren, federal programs director for the school system, there is a very real possibility legislators will decide to trim the budget by reducing funding in preschool programs.

  • Bowman shot twice; suspects remain at large

    LaFollette Police officers didn’t have to go far to find the victim of a shooting Monday evening.

    According to an offense report, Anthony Meade Bowman, 21, entered the lobby of the police department just before 8 p.m. with “what appeared to be a gunshot wound from a small caliber weapon.”

    Bowman told Officer Josh Vann the suspects were in a newer model burgundy Honda Accord, but stated he was unable to identify them.

  • Murder trial will not be moved from county

    From appearing in a bright pink jail jumpsuit to vomiting in the floor, things just didn’t go well for Travis Gaylor on Monday.

    Gaylor was in court for a hearing on a series of motions filed by his attorney Steve Sams. Gaylor is the second of three defendants to appear in court for the 2006 death of Jonathan Pierce.

    His trial is scheduled for later this month.

    Among the many motions filed by Sams was one asking for a change of venue in the first-degree murder case.

  • Jury will not see results of polygraph

    Murder suspect Travis Gaylor recently discovered first hand that while polygraph tests are not admissible in court, police still use them

    As police investigated the 2006 death of Jonathan Pierce, Gaylor underwent a polygraph.

    In the course of the investigation, Gaylor was interviewed multiple times in late 2006. During one of those interrogations Gaylor underwent a polygraph examination according to information revealed in a hearing Monday.

  • Council attempts balance

    With two additions to the agenda, the LaFollette Council meeting was quickly underway on Tuesday night. Councilmen Hansford Hatmaker and Wayne Kitts both added items to the agenda at the start of the meeting, but did not state the nature of the items.

    As the council addressed new business, Mayor Mike Stanfield motioned to Hatmaker, saying, “Don’t you have something about part-time help?”

    Stanfield was referring to the item Hatmaker added to the agenda

  • Pediatric Consultants moves to keep growing

    The growing process can be painful at times. However, it can also open new doors.

    That is what it has done for Pediatric Consultants. In fact, the recent growth of the clinic has opened five new doors- to additional exam rooms.

    Earlier this week, the clinic celebrated its first day of business at its new location. Over the weekend, Dr. Shahid Hasnain and his staff worked to transfer equipment, records, and other items to their new home located at 136 Mountain Perkins Lane, Suite 2, Jacksboro.

    Their efforts were a labor of love.

  • Ten years given for arson crime

    A man charged with burning a barn and the liability for physical injuries the owner suffered has been sentenced to prison.

    In December 2007, David Gross went into a barn belonging to J.C. Williams. As he went into the wooden structure that was filled with hay, he was smoking, previous reports said.

    Later, as he exited the barn, Gross turned and noticed a blaze has started in the spot he was standing in.

    Within minutes, Williams received a call from his neighbor with news that his barn was on fire.

  • Huckaby sentenced to prison for meth crimes

    It only took Michael Todd Huckaby four months to rack up nearly 20 meth related charges late last year. However, it is going to take him over 20 times longer to pay for those crimes.

    On Monday Huckaby, who was still being held in jail after his last arrest, appeared in court.

    After entering his guilty plea to a majority of the crimes Huckaby waived the opportunity for a presentencing investigation to be conducted on his behalf.

  • Jeffers twin sentenced for day of crime

    Twins Ronnie and Donnie Jeffers now have more than a birthday in common- they have matching sentences after Monday’s session of criminal court.

    Appearing in court on theft and burglary charges, the duo was sentenced to four months in jail along with four years probation.

    They were also ordered by Judge Shayne Sexton to pay court costs, $75 fines and $1,250 in restitution each, the plea agreements said.