Today's News

  • One of two plead on Monday

    On Monday one of two brothers charged with similar crimes plead guilty in criminal court.

    Jerry Wayne Sills agreed he was guilty of sexual battery and resisting arrest. These were the crimes he was initially charged with last month.

    Following his plea he was placed on probation for two years and ordered to register as a sexual offender, according to the plea form. Jerry Sills was also prohibited from having contact the victim.

  • Church vandal goes to prison

    The lone adult member of a trio that vandalized Campbell County churches last fall has been sentenced to prison.

    On Monday, Walter John Meachum plead guilty to four counts of burglary, one count of attempted burglary, two counts of theft over $1,000, one count of desecrating a venerated object, three counts of aggravated burglary, one count of vandalism over $1,000 and two counts of auto burglary.

    He was sentenced to six years in prison and assessed court costs along with restitution and other fines.

  • Hatmaker loses right to make bonds

    It was a question of legalities on Monday when Phillip Hatmaker had his license as a bail bondsman revoked.

    The question at the core of the case was if Phillip Hatmaker had the ability to issue bonds given his status as a convicted felon.

    His attorney, Wes Hatmaker contended that because his client had his citizenship rights restored the issue was irrelevant.

    Senior Assistant District Attorney General Mike Ripley disagreed.

  • Students list other concerns about Ivey’s classroom

    Documents detailing student accounts of their days in Jason Ivey’s class have been released by the Campbell County Board of Education. Ivey resigned last week amid allegations of using inappropriate language in the classroom.

  • Special call meeting ends after agenda approval fails

    A discussion of the search process for a new director of schools ended before it began at a special called meeting by the board of education last Thursday.

    The meeting, requested by board members Johnny Byrge, Johnny Creekmore, J.L. “Sarge” Collins, Eugene Lawson, Rector Miller and Danny Wilson, was slated to begin at 6 p.m., though the courtroom was overflowing by 5:25.

  • Suspect arrested in Jellico High School bomb threat case

    Police now know who scrawled a bomb threat on a bathroom wall at Jellico High School on Jan. 28.

    The suspect is a 15-year-old female student who reportedly wanted to get out of school.

    The student was allegedly skipping her auto body class and hiding in the restroom when she remembered hearing that bomb threats cause school to be cancelled, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Brandon Elkins.

  • Building evacuated after city raises questions about its structural integrity

    A LaFollette building used for mental heath consumers was evacuated last week when the city had questions about its structural integrity.

    “Somebody from the city noticed there was a brace on the outside wall,” Ridgeview Psychiatric Hospital and Center, Inc. CEO Bob Benning said. “The brace was placed there by Mr. Senn.”

    Ridgeview rents space in the first floor for outpatient and rehabilitation services.

    There was a small crack where the bricks meet the window on the side of the building.

  • Pleas settled with criminal court cases

     The following cases were resolved during criminal court with the use of plea agreements:

    •Keith W. Pittman- theft of property $500-$1,000; split confinement with a credit of time served, one year supervised probation, court costs, and $75 to ECF.

    •Amanda K. Sparks- DUI; split confinement of seven days with credit of two days, to report on Feb. 15 to serve balance, court costs, $350 fine.

  • Public Records -Feb. 7, 2013

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as or similar to other members of the community.


    JAN. 28 – FEB. 1

    Cleda Marie McNew to Fincastle United Methodist Church, Dist. 1, $450.

    Joe M. Thornton to Larry D. Kessler and Constance Kessler, Dist. 3, $17,000.

    Mark Arwood and Carla Arwood to Margaret Dykes and Darrell Dykes, Dist. 5, $65,000.

    Tommy Cupp and Tilda Cupp to Wesley Dupuy, Dist. 1, $12,000.

  • Seiber's Saver


    Michael Jordan couldn’t have done it better himself.

    The Jacksboro Eagles found themselves down, 27-25, with only 3.7 seconds and a full-court length to go.

    MaKenzie Seiber took the ball, finding a path down the far sideline.

    From two-feet behind the half-court line, Seiber heaved the ball at the goal, banking it squarely off the backboard and into the hoop.

    Pandemonium erupted.