Today's News

  • LaFollette City Council to consider consequences of West Tennessee wreck

    The LaFollette City Council will consider possible consequences of the West Tennessee accident that occurred Jan. 4 involving interim city administrator Cade Sexton and city council member Hansford Hatmaker.

    “I’m friends with everybody involved,” LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield said. “We’re not trying to cover up anything.”

    Stanfield met with Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Lori Phillips-Jones Tuesday.

  • Board votes down extension to Poston’s contract

    The Campbell County Board of Education could be searching for a new director of schools.

    On Tuesday, the board voted 4-4 against extending Director of School’s Donnie Poston’s contract. Board Chairman Josh Parker, and board members Scott Hill, Mike Orick and Danny Wilson voted in favor of the extension. Johnny Creekmore, Johnny Byrge, Eugene Lawson and Rector Miller cast dissenting votes. J.L. “Sarge” Collins abstained, and Homer Rutherford was absent.

    The motion would have needed a supermajority of seven to pass.

  • Sills brothers face charges

    Last week, the LaFollette Police Department arrested a man for rape of a child.

    Last Thursday, his brother was arrested on similar charges.

    LPD Detective Monty Miller arrested Jerry Wayne Sills, 44, 209 W. Chestnut St. Apt. 304, LaFollette, on a 2 year old warrant, according to reports.

    In 2010, Jerry Sills allegedly had inappropriate physical contact with a 12 year old female, police records indicated.

    After doing this, Jerry Sills allegedly attempted to engage the child in further inappropriate contact, the report said.

  • County to sell solar energy to TVA

    Clean energy may soon come to Campbell County.

    Monday night, members of the budget and finance committee discussed plans to harness solar energy at 18 buildings in Campbell County. The energy could be sold back to the Tennessee Valley Authority.

    “We now have the ability to do solar panel projects,” Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow said.

  • Sexton pleads guilty in death of friend

    Following a plea agreement in criminal court Jonathan Sexton will serve six months in jail for voluntary manslaughter.

    It was the charge officials levied soon after he was arrested.

    On Monday, Sexton stood in Campbell County Criminal Court and admitted he was guilty in the death of his friend Rocky Gibson.

    The two had spent an evening in early December drinking when an argument erupted, according to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Capt. Brandon Elkins.

  • Sharp and Ellison receive new court date

    Two men accused of crimes against children now have March court dates.

    On Monday Michael Sharp and Lonnie Ellison appeared in criminal court to determine the status of their cases.

    Sharp’s and Ellison’s cases are not connected.

    Ellison has been in jail since his arrest in July 2012.

    His arrest came at the end of an eight-month investigation that involved the local district attorney’s office and the Internet Crimes Against Children (I.C.A.C.) office in Knoxville.

  • public Records -Jan. 17, 2013

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



    JAN. 7 – JAN. 11

    Clara Opal Goodman to Mike Malicote and Debi Malicote, Dist. 1, $4,000.

    Clara Opal Goodman to Jacob Finstad and Meredith Finstad, Dist. 1, $4,000.

    Clara Opal Goodman to Michael Malicote and Amy Malicote, Dist. 1, $4,000.

    Vacation Home Support Group to Lawrence N. Stewart and Diane Stewart, Dist. 2, $312,500.

  • Tennessee House of Reps to consider 10-bill limit

    A rule change is being considered that may limit Tennessee representatives to filing only 10 bills each session.
    “I think it’s a great idea,” state Rep. Dennis Powers said. “We’ve got plenty of laws. We’ve just got to enforce the ones we’ve got. We don’t need to keep making new laws and regulations.”
    Powers recognizes the purpose behind every bill filed isn’t to create a new law or regulation. Some are actually intended to update existing laws.

  • New legislative session begins in Nashville

    Legislators from across Tennessee gathered in Nashville to begin the 2013 legislative session on Jan. 8.
    “We’re sworn in that day,” Rep. Dennis Powers said.
    Powers and Senator Ken Yager were elected from Campbell County and surrounding areas.
    “The budget is the big thing,” Powers said. “Our state is in great shape. It’s just a matter of allocating the monies we take in.”
    The General Assembly has been able to cut the budget two years in a row, Powers said.

  • Meth Task Force may shut down due to lack of funding

    The war on meth as we know it is in jeopardy.
    Methamphetamine plagues Tennessee, including areas such as Campbell County. Over the past 12 years, the Tennessee Meth and Pharmaceutical Task Force has equipped local law enforcement to clean up meth labs. However, due to a lack of federal funding, the TMPTF might not be able to provide services after this year.