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Tinidad Arrested For Aggravated Assault

On Sunday Deputy Dakota Williams was dispatched to 2445 Highway 116 in Caryville on response to an assault call. Upon arrival he interviewed a victim and a witness in relation to the reported assault. The victim stated that he picked up 22 year old Mary Trinidad, who is listed as homeless, from her job at KFC in Rocky Top. The report indicates that some time after returning to the residence that the victim went into a room with Trinidad where she began chocking the victim. The witness stated that they entered the room and screamed at Trinidad who stopped the alleged attack and left the residence.

Deputy Williams observed red marks on both sides of the victim’s neck. The victim refused any medical treatment. The witness told Deputy Williams that he heard screaming from the room when he entered it and observed Trinidad choking the victim.

When questioned about the incident Trinidad stated that this was a set up and that she had done nothing. Trinidad further stated that the witness had thrown a suitcase at her and struck her in the back. Trinidad had no observable injuries.

Trindad was arrested and transported to the Campbell County Jail. She is charged with Aggravated Assault.

Nelson Arrested Following Disorderly Lunch

A peaceful lunch at Bo’s Place in Demory turned into quite a moment for a pair of deputies. As the officers were enjoying their lunch a man, later identified as 38 year old Travis Nelson of LaFollette, entered the establishment and purchased an Angry Orchard Apple Cider (a malt alcohol beverage).

Nelson then reportedly slammed a chair down at the table the deputies were eating at. Nelson, who according to the report smelled strongly of alcohol, then asked Deputy Joe Hopson, “if he were a Christian and if he liked Jews.” He further went on to tell Deputy Hopson that he “loved eating little Jew babies” and told him that he had “some Jew babies in his belly” Nelson then grabbed Deputy Hopson’s drink and poured his malt beverage into the cup and drank it.

Deputy Hopson escorted Nelson from the building where he continued his slurred and outrageous speech. As Nelson had been behaving in a disorderly manner inside the business and continued when escorted out Deputy Hopson placed him under arrest and transported him to the Campbell County Jail. Nelson was charged with Public Intoxication and Disorderly Conduct. This is his third booking in Campbell County.

Trio Charged In Murder Near Kentucky Line

A body discovered on the Kentucky side of Jellico has led to the arrest of three men by Kentucky State Police. The body was identified as 45-year-old Billy R. Lawson of Williamsburg was pronounced dead at the scene and shipped to Frankfort for an autopsy by the Kentucky State Medical Examiner. Lawson died of multiple stab wounds, according to the report.

Kentucky State Police arrested Jordan Miracle (22 of Pine Knot), James Muse (27 of Williamsburg), and Jamie Muse (27 of Jellico). They are charged with Murder, Robbery 1st Degree, and Tampering With Physical Evidence. The three are all in custody in the Whitley County Detention Center.

The case remains under investigation.

James Muse

Jamie Muse

Jordan Miracle

Jacksboro Man Arrested In Clinton Robbery


Last week a man robbed Lee’s Travel Center North Charles Seivers Boulevard at knife point. This week Clinton police arrested two men in conjunction with that robbery.

Reports indicate that a masked man wielding a blade forced his way in as the clerk, Justin Pennington of Jacksboro, unlocked the door that he had locked so he could use the restroom. The alleged assailant, Jacob Maiden of Rocky Top,ordered Pennington to open the register or he would stab him. In the original report Pennington identified Maiden and even told the investigating officer that he said, “Sorry I have to rob you, Justin.”

Upon reviewing the footage and investigating the case the officers looking into the robbery found some issues with Pennington’s statement. The reports state that the video shows the robber taking the money form the register but also leaving a pair bags of what is suspected to be narcotics on the counter prior to fleeing of the scene. The report indicates the video also shows Pennington pocketing the baggies when Maiden left the store.

Both men have been arrested. Pennington is charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Theft of Property Up To $1,000, and Possession of a schedule II Controlled Substance. Maiden is charged with Criminal Conspiracy, Theft of Property Up To $1,000, and manufacture/delivery/sale/possession of meth. Both men are currently incarcerated at the Anderson County Jail.


Scouting in LaFollette in the 1970s: Dedicated Volunteer Adult Leaders = Eagle Scouts

Since it’s been two-plus years since the passing of three LaFollette Boy Scout “alumni” — Leader Lee White, and Scouts Kim “CJ” Russell, and Jimmy Arnold — a reflection of Scouting for the area makes sense. All were former members of Boy Scout Troop 435, sponsored by the LaFollette United Methodist Church. The troop was active for many years: it’s leadership in the 1970s helped develop a number of Eagle Scouts, Boy Scouting’s highest award. Feb. 8 was National Boy Scouts Day; Feb. is also Boy Scout month.

Volunteer Leaders
Many dedicated adult volunteers helped crank out a large number of Scouts who earned their Eagle:
Robert “Bob” Kibler, longtime Scoutmaster. Bob’s professional career included many years as an officer at First Federal Savings & Loan in LaFollette.
Lee White, Assistant Scoutmaster. Lee served as the Purchasing Manager for the then-LaFollette Community Hospital, and on the hospital’s EMT service.
James “Jim” Meredith, Assistant Scoutmaster. Jim ran his own construction company.
William “Bill” Russell, Assistant Scoutmaster, Troop 435. Bill was a biology teacher at LaFollette High School.

Eagle Scouts from Troop 435
The young men who earned their Eagle Scout under these leaders in the 1970s included (starting with oldest): Gordon Sneed, Kirby Berry, Tim Couch, Tommy Overton, Chuck Taylor*, Dan Freeman, William Neal, John Troutman, Tim “TR” Carson, David Reynolds, Kim “CJ” Russell*, Walter “Scooter” Cox, Mike “Bug” Cox, Johnny Sutton*, Rob Kibler, and Doug Kibler (* indicates deceased). In addition, these Scouts were members of the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s honor-camper society, as were Troop 435 leaders Bob Kibler and Jim Meredith.

Camping & Hiking
These Eagle Scouts and others in Troop 435 held many camping trips at Camp Sequoyah on Norris Lake near LaFollette; and during the summers went for a week to Camp Pellissippi on Norris Lake near Andersonville. Other activities for several members of this group of 1970s Scouts included a 12-day hiking trip to Philmont Scout Ranch in 1975. (See photos). Six LaFollette Scouts: Chuck Taylor, Dan Freeman, William Neal, John Troutman, Kim “CJ” Russell, and Walter “Scooter” Cox hiked 82 miles through the rugged wilderness of 140,177 acres in the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico. For more photos, see Facebook: LaFollette, TN Boy Scout Leaders & Eagle Scouts in 1970s.

Want More Info on Scouting?
LaFollette-area youth and adults interested in participating in Scouting can contact Logan Hickman, Boy Scout’s Great Smoky Mountain Council Commissioner, at 423-562-4921. Logan, who earned his Eagle as a youth, is currently the EVP at Peoples Bank of the South in LaFollette. Coming from a family of Eagle Scouts, Logan pinned the Eagle Scout badge on his sons David and Andy in 2010.

The Boy Scouts of America was founded in 1910, and soon thereafter, Scouting took hold in LaFollette as the B.S.A.’s LaFollette Council was chartered in the city between 1921 and 1923. That council later merged into the Great Smoky Mountain Council (based in Knoxville).

LaFollette Scout Leaders & Eagle Scouts (mid-1970s):
Left photo: from left: John Troutman at his Eagle Scout Award Ceremony with Scoutmaster Bob Kibler in 1975.
Right photo: top from left: David Reynolds, Asst. Scoutmaster Lee White, Kim “CJ” Russell, Daniel Freeman. Bottom row from left: Chuck Taylor, John Troutman, and Johnny Sutton, in an Eagle Scout Award ceremony for Reynolds and Russell in 1978.

Double Eagle Ceremony in 1978: Assistant Scoutmaster Lee White (center) congratulates new Eagle Scouts David Reynolds (left) and Kim “CJ” Russell during their Eagle Scout Award Ceremony in 1978

Six LaFollete Eagle Scouts tackle Rocky Mountains: From left, then clockwise: John Troutman, Chuck Taylor, Walter “Scooter” Cox (partially hidden), William Neal, Kim “CJ” Russell, and Dan Freeman hiked 82 miles at Philmont Scout Ranch near Cimarron, N.M., in 1975. All six Scouts earned their Eagle as members of LaFollette’s Troop 435. For more photos, see Facebook: LaFollette, TN Boy Scout Leaders & Eagle Scouts in 1970s.