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  • State Senator Introduces Minimum Wage Bill. 01/23/2020 Senator Jeff Yarbro introduced the Tennessee Minimum Wage Act in Nashville this week. The minimum wage would become 15 dollars per hour starting July 1st, 2020 if SB 1788 is passed. Yarbro also filed SB1797, which would move the minimum wage for state employees to $15 as well. The minimum wage is in its 11th year without ...
  • Samperi And Chamber Promotes Campbell County At Retirement Show 01/23/2020 Over 600+ couples attended the Ideal-Living Resort & Retirement Show in Schaumburg, IL over the past weekend. These attendees were looking to escape the ever increasing tax burden shared by residents from many states across the northeast and mid-west. Campbell County has participated in the Retire TN Program through the TN Department of Tourist Development ...
  • Former Deputies Enter Plea At Arraignment 01/22/2020 Back in December the Campbell County Grand Jury indicted a trio of deputies in connection with an alleged assault at the Campbell County Jail. On Tuesday Justin Crabtree, Dakota Williams, and Sean Brown enter pleas of not guilty at their arraignment hearing. An investigation by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation led to the indictment after 8th ...
  • Senator Yager Invites Local Youth To Serve As Pages 01/21/2020 State Senator Ken Yager (R-Kingston) today invited local students in grades 6 – 12 in the 12th senatorial district to experience the legislature in action as a page in the State Senate. Pages, who perform a wide variety of duties, report to the Chief Clerk of the Senate when the General Assembly is in ...
  • 3.6 Quake Shakes Campbell Co and Surrounding Communities. 01/20/2020 According to the USGS a 3.6 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 35.4 kilometers shook homes this afternoon in Campbell and surrounding communities. It was centered in the Valley area just East of Fincastle. This is the second earthquake in the same area in as many days, with a 2.8 quake hitting yesterday morning at ...
  • TN Promise FAFSA Filing Deadline February 1, 2020 01/13/2020 The TN Promise Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing deadline is quickly approaching. Saturday, February 1, 2020 is the final day for both TN Promise high school and college students to complete the 2020-2021 FAFSA to retain scholarship eligibility. The FAFSA, a federal application, is the primary financial aid application that any student ...
  • Authorities Search For Missing Claiborne County Teen 01/13/2020
  • Traffic Stop Leads To Drug Charges 01/13/2020 On January 12th, 2020 Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office initiated a traffic stop on a white Ford Edge leaving a residence on Oak Village Circle. Deputies discovered Michael Hensley, age 34, in possession of several firearms, bags of marijuana, and a bag containing approximately forty-four Gabapentin. Mr. Hensley was taken into custody and ...
  • Campbell County Man Indicted On Sexual Exploitation Charges 01/10/2020 An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the arrest of a Campbell County man on solicitation and exploitation charges involving a minor. In April, at the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Agents began investigating allegations against Kenneth Ray Powers (DOB 12/01/80). During the course of ...
  • Governor Lee Awards Major Grant To TCAT 01/10/2020 Good things are happening at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Jacksboro. With construction already underway on the building that will house their new HVAC program the school got a big boost to their machine shop today. Governor Bill Lee arrived in town this morning to award a $750,000 GIVE Grant to the school. A large ...
  • One Week Later, Castle Still Missing. 01/10/2020 The family of Emily Castle is still asking for help from the Campbell County community in locating their family member. After speaking with a family member, there have been few updates in the past several days. The family did say they had additional information in the last 72 hours that further makes them believe Emily was ...
  • Pigg Arrested For Heroin 01/08/2020 Deputy Corey Laxton was on patrol Sunday when he observed a vehicle with no license plate drivng on Indian River Road. Deputy Laxton also recognized the driver, Mark Pigg, 37 of LaFollette. Deputy Laxton had prior knowledge that Pigg’s driver’s license was suspended. Deputy Laxton attempted to initiate a traffic stop but Pigg sped up and ...
  • Satanic Ministry Eyes Campbell County 01/03/2020 When the Knox County School Board was considering voting for release time Bible education a group known as the Satanic Children’s Ministry of Tennessee made it clear they were going to pursue equal time to promote their beliefs. Knox County voted down the measure and the point became moot in Knox County. Now it seems the ...
  • Doney Charged With Killing Elk 01/03/2020 A Caryville man has been charged with violations related to illegally killing an elk on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management Area in Campbell Co. On Dec. 30, TWRA Wildlife Officer Brenden Marlow charged Sean Doney, 33, of Caryville, with five violations after he admitted to illegally killing a cow elk on the North Cumberland Wildlife Management ...
  • Father And Son Duo Arrested For Domestic Assault 01/03/2020 As the Christmas season was reaching its peak Deputy Courtney Charles was dispatched to Little Cove Creek Road on a domestic disturbance. Upon arrival at the scene she made contact with the victim, Etta Mechelle Dolin. Deputy Charles noted that the victim had red marks on her neck. When she questioned the victim she ...
  • Statement Issued On Indicted Officers 12/19/2019 On June 2nd 2019 at approximately 12:15am, deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to the Wildwood Circle area of Lafollette on a suspicious person/vehicle call. Upon arriving at the location deputies encountered Mr. Nathan Ling, who immediately fled on foot and ignored deputies’ orders to stop and comply. Mr. Ling was only taken ...
  • Trio Indicted In Alleged Jail Assault 12/19/2019 On Wednesday the Campbell County Grand Jury indicted three men in connection to an alleged assault at the Campbell County Jail. In early summer 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler asked the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to investigate the alleged assault. The investigation revealed an alleged assault but Justin Crabtree against a person being booked into ...
  • TBI Announces Suspect in Campbell Co Coldcase Murder. Man Had Died in Prison 12/19/2019 An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in a grand jury finding implicating a convicted felon in a more than 30-year old cold case. On January 1, 1985, TBI Special Agents were requested to investigate the homicide of a female whose bound body was found along Interstate 75 in ...
  • Chambers Arrested For Assault and Stalking 12/19/2019 On Monday Deputy John Minor responded to a call from Tiffany Chambers. Chambers told Minor that Joshua Chambers, 31 of LaFollette, had been following her on Highway 25w and had threatened her with a baseball bat. The victim stated that when she got to Stinking Creek that Joshua Chambers exited the vehicle ...
  • $1000 REWARD! Help Police Locate Who Shot Local Pup & Assist in Finding Recovering “Holly the Christmas Puppy” a Home 12/18/2019 The pup who is now known as Holly was brought to the shelter last week as a stray who was believed at the time to be hit by a car. The Campbell County Animal Shelter staff took her to UT for evaluation. It was determined there that she wasn’t hit by a car and the ...
  • Earley Charged With Rape Of A Child And Incest 12/17/2019 Royce Scott Earley, 42, of Clinton was arrested last night on three charges of Rape of a Child and Incest. Anderson County Sheriff’s Office detective, Darrell Slater, was dispatched to the victim’s home in Clinton to investigate a sexual offence. After obtaining a statement from the witness, Slater turned his attention to finding Earley. He ...
  • Plea Deals End A Baker’s Dozen Cases 12/17/2019 The following outstanding criminal cases were resolved last week. Brett Elkins- burglary; seven days to serve with credit for time served, two years judicial diversion, two years supervised probation, barred from the LaFollette Public Library, court costs, $300 fine, $900 restitution Adam Shane Blankenblicker- DUI; two days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 ...
  • Five Headed To Prison After Terms Of Release Revoked 12/17/2019 On Mon, Dec. 9, five Campbell Countians were found in violation of their supervised release and remanded to Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) custody. Those five individuals are: Noah Lee Hatfield, of La Follette, had previously pleaded guilty to Possession of a Prohibited Weapon, and Possession of less than .5 grams of Methamphetamine with the intent to ...
  • Ward Arrested On Assault Charges 12/11/2019 On December 5th Deputy Zach Daugherty was dispatched to Shady Cove Road after reports of a disturbance. He made contact with Tommy Allen Ward, 55 of Caryville. Ward told Deputy Daugherty that the victim’s dog had caused a wreck in which his mailbox was struck. Ward then claimed that the victim threatened him with ...
  • Ivey Sentenced On Multiple Theft Counts 12/11/2019 On December 9, 2019, Eighth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge E. Shayne Sexton sentenced Vernon Lee Ivey of LaFollette, TN to thirty-six (36) years to be served in the custody of the Tennessee Department of Correction. The sentence stemmed from Vernon Lee Ivey being convicted of two (2) counts Theft > $2500; two (2) counts ...
  • Claiborne County Deputies Seize Drugs, Guns, And Cash In Raid 12/06/2019 On Thursday December 5th, 2019 Detectives and Deputies with the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office arrived at a residence on Whitaker Road in Tazewell in an attempt to serve arrest warrants on Jonathan David Goins. Upon contact with the resident, Lance R. Carter, permission to search was granted. During the search of the residence approximately 5 ...
  • Oneida Nutrition Supervisor Convicted In Misappropriation Case 12/05/2019 On December 4, 2019, a Scott County jury found Verna Rose Wright, of Oneida, Tennessee, guilty of Theft over $10,000 and Official Misconduct. Ms. Wright misappropriated more than $49,000 dollars from the Oneida School Cafeteria account while working as the School Nutrition Supervisor for the Oneida Special School District. Scott County Criminal Court Judge Shayne ...
  • Former National Guard Facing Statutory Rape Charges 12/05/2019 A Knoxville man, who was working as a recruiter for the Tennessee Army National Guard has been indicted on charges that he had sexual contact with a trio of juvenile females in Claiborne County. Matthew Franklin, 32 years of age, six counts of Statutory Rape by an Authority Figure following a months long ...
  • Threat at LMS Deemed Hoax. 3 to Face Charges. 12/04/2019 At Approximately 8:53 A.M., The Principal at LaFollette Middle School contacted the School Resource Officer in regards to a threat of an impending shooting at LaFollette Middle School. Central Office staff was notified of the incident and a joint investigation began with Investigators from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office as well as Administrators with the ...
  • Claiborne Dou Arrested On Drug Charges 12/04/2019 On December 4th, 2019 the Claiborne County Sheriff’s Office SWAT Team executed a search warrant at a residence on Coleman Street in Harrogate TN. Detectives with the Claiborne County Narcotics Division and Criminal Investigation Division executed the search of the property, the residence of Charles Lewis Langford JR AKA “Red”, in response to the sale ...