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Convicted child rapist dies in prison


A LaFollette man convicted of raping a 7-year-old has died in prison.

According to jail officials in Clifton, Tennessee, a prison guard found Jeffery Sills face down in his cell.

Medical staff tried to revive Sills but could not. Doctors pronounced him dead at the hospital just before 7 Friday morning.

In October 2012, investigators say Sills raped a 7-year-old and sexually assaulted a 10-year-old.

Prison investigators have not said what may have killed him.


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Three arrested for making meth in cemetery


(WBIR) The Whitley County Sheriff's Department arrested three people for manufacturing methamphetamine in a cemetery.

Deputies found the meth lab in a cemetery in Rockholds, Ky just after 6:15 Thursday, including an HCL generator, which WCSD says is used to make meth. Deputies also found coffee filters, liquid and powdered Drano, salt, lye and several hypodermic needles.

Morgan Co. looking for home invasion & sexual assault suspect


The Morgan County Sheriff's Office is asking for the public's help in identifying a man who broke into a home and sexually assaulted someone inside.

The home invasion happened on March 16 around 3 pm near Wartburg. Officials are not releasing any further details.

They are working with the TBI on the investigation, and have released a composite sketch of the suspect. The suspect has brown hair and brown eyes and is in his mid to late 20's.

Campbell County woman who shot boyfriend now charged with murder


An East Tennessee woman who authorities said shot and killed her boyfriend last month is now facing murder charges.

Documents show a grand jury indicted Lisa Estelle Elliott, 47, late last week on one count of second degree murder. Prosecutors originally charged her with criminal homicide.

According to authorities, Elliott shot and killed her boyfriend, Larry D. Champlin, 53, during an alcohol-related domestic disturbance in their home in the Elk Valley Community.

Champlin died from a gunshot wound to his upper body.

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Driver wasn't wearing seat belt in fatal Oakland crash


(WBIR) State troopers said a man was killed in an accident in Morgan County Friday morning.

Tennessee Highway Patrol said a truck hit a culvert on Airport Road in Oakdale and went airborne, landing in a ditch shortly before 11:30 a.m.

The crash killed the driver George Beach, 37, of Oakdale. Officials said Beach wasn't wearing a seat belt.


Schools feel crunch after snow days as testing deadlines loom


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(WBIR-Jacksboro) Winter is close to ending, but its effects are still felt in school districts across Tennessee.

Morgan Co. Sheriff's Office gives new life to old military vehicles


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(WBIR-Wartburg) Military humvees, boats, and dunebuggies are just some of the latest equipment sitting on a parking lot at the Morgan County Sheriff's Office.