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Today's News

  • Duo pleads guilty to drug charges

    A Caryville couple has pled guilty to narcotics and endangerment charges resolving their lengthy court cases.

    Last week, April Roberts agreed she was guilty of two counts of reckless endangerment, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and felony possession of a schedule II controlled substance. She was placed on three years probation, assessed court costs, and fined $250, the agreements said. Roberts must also pay a $1,000 forfeiture.

  • Domestic shooting results in death

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    An apparent skirmish over a woman has left one man dead and another facing criminal charges.

    LaFollette Police officers responded to a call of shots fired at 615 East Central Avenue on Monday afternoon at approximately 3 p.m.

    When officers arrived at the scene it was determined that during an altercation between Robert Brian Arnett, 39, of LaFollette, and Billy Reed Mardis, Jr., 40, of LaFollette, Mardis was shot by Arnett, said Det. Jason Henegar.

  • Positive screen prompts bail revocation

    By SUSAN SHARP

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    When Frank Keathley appeared in criminal court for sentencing in November, his case encountered a delay.

    A drug screen had indicated Keathley had trace evidence of narcotics use in his system, court testimony revealed. This prompted Judge Shayne Sexton to postpone Keathley’s sentencing for a drug conviction pending a more comprehensive screen.

    “If I see any signs of methamphetamine use you will pay with the revocation of your bail,” Sexton warned.

  • Groups gear up for holidays

    With Christmas only weeks away, the Caryville Civil War Council (CCWC) is stepping up efforts to provide a holiday for others.

    The CCWC has partnered with Lyk-Nu Body Shop for the cause.

    “We wanted to do something that would stay in this community,” said Phillip McCulley, one of the shop’s four owners. He said the holiday bug usually hits the staff at the shop and this year was no different. “We have had a decent year,” McCulley said of the business and the hope to give back.

  • JPD working to raise Christmas funds

    The Jacksboro Police Department is continuing a holiday tradition – shopping. However, officers are not shopping for themselves.

    Officers with the JPD are in the process of collecting funds to provide underprivileged children with the opportunity to “shop with a cop,” JPD Chief Danny Chapman said.

    It is the tenth year the department has sponsored the event.

    Obtaining names of children from school guidance counselors, the JPD raises money to allow each child to spend $75 at Wal- Mart.

  • Archery Lane ownership debated

     A two year old land dispute made its way back to the county commission during a workshop Monday evening. Normal 0 false false false MicrosoftInt

  • McHenry arrested for shoplifting and driving under the influence

     A LaFollette man proved his driving was not the only thing impaired when he decided to lift some merchandise from a local auto parts store. Normal 0 false false false

  • Martin moves forward with schedule changes

    By JENNIFER CALDWELL

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    After months of laying out his case for the necessity of changing both local high schools from block scheduling to a period class schedule, Dr. Michael Martin, director of schools, was prepared to take action on the matter at Tuesday’s Campbell County Board of Education meeting.

    Before Martin addressed the board audience member and teacher Bob Holder took his five minutes at the microphone to argue the value of block scheduling.

  • Church news for the week of 12-18-08

    The Long Hollow Baptist Church will present its annual Christmas play on Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. The children’s play is entitled An Old Fashioned Christmas. The adults will present a play entitled Love So Amazing.

    New Canaan Church in Elk Valley presents He Shall Be Called Wonderful, including a choir medley, children's program, and a musical span of Jesus’ Life on Dec. 19 at 7 p.m.

    Macedonia Baptist Church will be presenting The Christmas Guest on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.

  • News notes for the week 12-18-08

    Jellico City Council will meet Dec. 18 at 6:30 p.m.

    Community Health, formerly REACHS, Clothes Closet will be open on Dec. 19 from 10 a.m. until 2p.m.

    The Senior Citizens Center will host its Christmas covered dish party on Dec. 20.

    The Historic Speedwell Academy will host an old fashioned Christmas open house on Dec. 20 and 21 from 1 to 5 p.m. Free hot apple cider, hot chocolate and cookies will be served. There is no charge for admission. For directions or information call 566-4533.