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Zupancic Snatches Title At Arnold Classic

Last weekend Timmy Zupancic traveled to Columbus, Ohio to compete on one of the biggest stages in the world. Zupancic competed in Olympic weight lifting at the Arnold Sports Festival. This event features 22,000 athletes from 60 nations competing in a 80 sports and events.

Zupancic snatched 205 pounds and then clean and jerked 260 pounds. The combined 465 pounds was and inmpressive feat at Zupnacic’s body weight of 164 pounds. This was also good enough to win him first overall in the juniors division.

Zupancic is a multi sport athlete at CCHS. He has played baseball and football and will now try his hand in the tennis court this spring. He is also signed to compete with the ETSU Buccaneer Weightlifting Team.

K-9 Santo Catches Fleeing Suspect


Yesterday a call came in to central dispatch that there was a vehicle driving in reckless manner on I-75. At about the same time the car in question sped past Deputy Wayne Barton. Barton began pursuit but the car slammed into the back of a transfer truck and the driver fled on foot at the Stinking Creek exit.

At this point Deputy Travis Bostic and his K-9 partner Santo arrived. After tracking the suspect for roughly 1,000 yards he was found hiding under a rock by Santo.

The man was identified as William Riley, of 2031 Roosevelt Boulevard Middletown, OH. He was taken into custody and transported to Jellico Hospital for medical care due to injuries he sustained when he hit the truck.

Riley is now facing charges of leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report accident, no driver’s license, reckless driving and theft of property $10,000 – $59,999.

Matlock Arrested For Drugs And Evading Arrest

Over the weekend Deputy Justin Crabtree was dispatched to remove a subject, Patrick Matlock, from 172 College Hill Road. Upon arrival Crabtree saw Matlock slam the door to the residence and heard a woman’s screams from inside. When the woman opened the door she told deputy Crabtree that Matlock was fleeing the home via a back side window.

Deputy Crabtree ordered Matlock to stop. An order that Matlock refused to comply with. Crabtree eventually chased down and subdued Matlock. A search discovered unidentified pills and what is reported to be marijuana. Matlock was placed into custody and booked into the Campbell County Jail for the 24th time.

Matlock, of 100 West Hill Street in LaFollette, is charged with possession of a schedule VI controlled substance, possession of a schedule V controlled substance, resisting arrest and evading arrest.

Morton To Be Inducted In Knoxville Track And Field Club Hall Of Fame

Morton poses with the Lady Cougars on the day of her retirement from teaching

Marsha Morton is known as many things. She is known as a teacher, a coach, a runner, and the person that taught many local folks to swim. She is about to get a new title and that is hall of famer. Morton is part of the 2019 class of the Knoxville Track and Field Club Hall Of Fame.

According to the statement issued by the KTC on her induction, “Marsha holds one of the premier running histories in the Knoxville Track Club. Marsha is without question one of the most prolific, durable KTC racers of the last twenty years. Marsha finished in the top-3 overall in more than 100 KTC races, winning nearly half of those outright. Today, she still holds nine Tennessee single-age state records in distances between one mile and the 30k.”

Her records are even more impressive than the release states. KTC has a yearly Grand Prix title which indicates how a runner did in all of their competitions year round. Morton has ten first place finishes, four second place finishes, and a third place finish between 1996 and 2012. She holds more of these Grand Prix titles than any other runner in the club’s history by a wide margin.

Morton recently retired as an educator with the Campbell County School System.

Nelson Arrested Again At Bo’s Place

Travis Nelson

Recently Travis Nelson, 38 of 154 Leroy Day Lane LaFollette, was arrested at Bo’s Place after reportedly drunkenly disrupting the lunch of a pair of deputies and even telling them that he had “Jew babies in his belly”. On Monday and once again at Bo’s Place Nelson found himself in custody yet again.

A pair of deputies were dispatched to the Demory eatery in the early evening Monday where a woman claimed Nelson came in the establishment and told her, and anyone else that would listen, that someone was taking his money and that everyone was out to get him. This is when the victim claims things tookm a dangerous turn as Nelson pulled out a sharpened piece of wood and said, “I could stab myself in the neck but no I could just stab you in the face.” Then Nelson leaned in towards the victim. The victim told authorities that she feared Nelson would return and kill her. The deputies spoke with a pair of witnesses that confirmed these details.

Nelson was located shortly thereafter on Pecan Lane and submitted quietly into custody. He is now booked into the Campbell County Jail for the fourth time. He is charged with aggravated assault, possession of a schedule VI controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.