Author Archives: Patrick Pebley

Missing Greene County Child Found Safe

Young Zella Linklater has been found safe. On Friday night the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation announced that the missing three year old was found safe and her abductor was in custody. Officials said Zella was “alert and conscious” at the time of her discovery.

Her grandmother, 54 year old Belinda Wilson, is now in custody. According to the TBI they were discovered in a wooded area Wilson is currently charged with custodial interference and child neglect/endangerment.

An alert was issued by the TBI on Thanksgiving when Zella disappeared from a home in Chuckey.

Bartley Arrested On Assaulting An Officer Charges

Kenneth Bartley, Jr was arrested at his home in LaFollette this evening. Officers arrived at the residence after a complaint was filed at a local business.

According to the report Bartley had an altercation with a couple at a local vape shop. The couple reports that they got in an argument with Bartley and they allege he broke out the back window of their car with his fist before leaving the scene.

When officers arrived reports indicate that Bartley spat at the officers and struck an officer in the face with his fists. The officers deployed their pepper spray on Bartley. A ambulance was called to the scene where Bartley was treated for both the pepper spray and hand injuries. He was then transported to the Tennova LaFollette Medical Center for a further examination.

He is facing charges of assaulting a police officer and vandalism.

Campbell County Middle School Fishing Team Shows Spirit Of Thanksgiving

The Campbell County Middle School Fishing Team accomplishes much to be proud of. Week in and week out they have successful tournaments. Often the team will take the majority of the top places in whatever tournament they are fishing.

Now as the holiday season truly kicks off they have done something even more special for the citizens of our county to be proud of them for. Each set of fishermen on the team went out and raised enough money to sponsor a family in need’s Thanksgiving meal. That means several families will have a happy Thanksgiving that otherwise may not have had one.

Times Movie Review: The Hike

One of the all time great movies of the horror genre, Evil Dead, was shot in East Tennessee. Now a group of talented local entertainers are looking to be the next great horror movie mavens.

Big and Funky Productions has written, produced, filmed and scored The Hike. It is based on male lead Vinnie Vineyard’s brother’s experience while hiking in the Great Smoky Mountains and a Cherokee legend they first encountered during the filming of their show Wrestling With Ghosts.

Full disclosure I know and am friends most of the folks involved with The Hike so I tried to watch it and review it as unbiasedly as I can. There will be some very minor spoilers here but nothing that I feel ruins the plot.

It starts out with a couple that are transplants to East Tennessee that plan to explore their new home by taking a three day hike in the nation’s most visited national park. They soon start to find bits and pieces on the trail that makes it seem something sinister is afoot.

The dialog between the protagonists played by the aforementioned Vineyard and female lead Kandi Thompson flows very naturally and does not put you in mind that this is a horror film at all. But as the story progresses it spirals from humor to horror in short order. There are a couple of scenes I found particularly unsettling.

Two scenes particularly stand out. The encounter with the park ranger played by Billy Parrott is the hidden gem of this movie. He needs to be in more movies/TV shows. The fight scene in the end is over the top goodness. If you have ever seen the John Carpenter classic They Live and the fight scene between Keith David and Roddy Piper you will get a similar vibe here. You can see the pro wrestling backgrounds of the actors in a good way.

All in all this is like a fun version of Deliverance with a hint of the supernatural as well.

From a technical standpoint they had good camera effects. More importantly the score of this flick is one of my favorite background parts. I was able to watch this and get into the characters as the characters despite the fact I know almost every male character in this movie on a personal level.

I give this movie a seek out and watch recommendation. It is a fun way to send a couple of hours and I look forward to watching a truly completed copy.

Cedar Creek Stabbing Victim Identified

Last week a body was discovered in the Cedar Creek area near the former Fast Freddy’s. After the Campbell County Rural Fire Services retrieved the body, that was down an embankment, it was discovered that it had multiple stab wounds.

The body has been identified as Donnie Bryant. The death is still under investigation by both the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and TBI. More details will be released when they become available