Author Archives: Patrick Pebley

Cougar Middle School Soccer Picks Up Big WIn

Cougar Soccer has had some early success on the high school level. Now it is the turn of their younger ounterparts to bask in the spotlight of victory.

Claiborne County Soccer made the trek down the valley to take on the Cougars at Ken Snodderly Park. They went back to Tazewell with a loss as the Cougars defeated them 7-1.

Caleb Dabney had the hat trick with three goals. Landon York had a pair of goals of his own. The scoring was rounded out by Caden Bostic and Colton Robertson with a goal each.

Comer Indicted In Rocky Top Murder


Last summer the body of octogenarian J.C. Copeland was found on the porch of his Jacksboro Avenue home in Rocky Top. An investigation revealed that he had been strangled to death. A rope was found around his neck, wrists, and ankles. The interior of his home showed signs of a struggle and his car was missing.

Authorities located the stolen vehicle and Christy Comer, 38 years of age, on Knoxville’s North Broadway. This is an area known for its high crime rate. The report on the investigation stated that Comer had traded property stolen from Copeland for meth.

The Anderson County Grand Jury ha now indicted Comer on charges of first degree murder, aggravated robbery, and aggravated burglary. Comer is currently in custody and housed at the Anderson County Jail. She is due in couort on March 29th.

Tip Leads to LaFollette Drug Bust.

After receiving a tip, officers with the LaFollette Police Department along with members of the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force have been conducting surveillance on an apartment located at 400 West Walden Street in LaFollette. Today 3/19/19 LPD and The 8th DTF conducted what we call a knock and talk on that residence. After gaining consent to search the residence officers located large amounts of narcotics including 166 grams of THC Edibles, hydrocodone, Xanax and over 1 pound of Marijuana. Terence Dewey Hatfield age 62 of LaFollette was taken into custody and charged with manufacturing, selling and delivering of schedule II, schedule IV, and Schedule VI

Trio Indicted For Murder Of Lawson

In ealry February the body of Billy Lawson was found dead from stab wounds. The investigation led to James Muse, Jamie Muse, and Jordan Miracle. The three were arrested and charged in Lawson’s death.

Now a Whitley County Grand Jury has indicted the trio. The indictment alleges that the Muses and Miracle entered the game room owned by Lawson and robbed him. It also alleges that during the course of the aforementioned robbery that they stabbed Lawson to death. They are indicted on charges of murder, first-degree robbery and tampering with physical evidence. They all appeared in court this Monday and entered not guilty pleas.

Their pre trial hearing is slated for April 1st.

Bluegrass Breakdown A Huge Success For CASA

The Court Appointed Special Advocates are a group of people who work hard to change lives in a positive fashion for abused and neglected children. They are appointed by Judge Amanda Sammons and are empowered to obtain detailed information related to a child’s case, to prepare a written report with recommendations for the judge and to speak for the child’s best interests in court.

While this is a worthy cause it is not a cheap one. Over the weekend supporters of the organization and lovers of bluegrass music gathered at the Ball Farm Event Center for the 18th Annual Bluegrass Breakdown. Bands such as New River Rising and the local favorites The Birdsongs entertained a large crowd that also feasted on Eddie Ray’s BBQ.

Thanks to the crowd that showed up CASA was able to raise much needed money for their operating expenses.