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Director of School application deadline passes

Three candidates have applied

   The Campbell County Board of Education’s Director of Schools application deadline was this afternoon at 4 pm.  The three candidates WLAF announced to you over the past few weeks remain the only names in the pool.  They are Joan Crutchfield, Jennifer Fields, and Donna Singley.

   Crutchfield, retired as the principal at Jacksboro Elementary School, is currently working in the Central Office while Fields and Singley are principals; Fields at Jacksboro Middle and Singley at Jellico High.

   Current DOS Larry Nidiffer plans to retire next spring and his replacement will be voted upon in early 2018.  WLAF will announce on Thursday the date, time, and venue of when the BOE will vote on its new director of schools.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/15/2017-4:30PM)


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Shop local.  It helps all of us.    


   For a kid who loves Nerf guns, last night’s Shop with a Cop was a quite a night for 12-year old Mark Wolkotte.  Behind him is “his cop,” Campbell County Sheriff’s Sergeant Cody Chapman.  Their story on last night’s fun run through the Jacksboro Walmart and more photos are further down this page.

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Comers granted dismissal

   The duo accused of accused of threatening witnesses in the Gabby Orton murder case had their charges dismissed on Wednesday.

   James Carl Comer, 69, and Joshua Aaron Comer, 19, were arrested just outside the court room in September at the pretrial hearing in Josh Comer’s case. The two were alleged to have threatened two witnesses who were about to testify they saw Josh Comer abuse Gabby Orton. The two witnesses were Josh Comer’s other sons ages 14 and 17.

  As the court broke for lunch, the two older Comers followed the juveniles to the parking lot of the courthouse. It was there they allegedly told the boys that testifying against their father would result in physical injury. They also called them names, the arrest reports said.

  James Comer saw both of his coercion of a witness counts dismissed and Joshua Comer’s two counts of coercion along with an assault charge were also dismissed. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/15/2017-6AM)



Mayor Morton visits Washington, D.C.

   Campbell County Mayor EL Morton visited Washington D.C. last week as a guest of the Interlocal Government Agency, which is a division of the White House. During a conference conducted at the Eisenhower Building, Cabinet Members and their staff addressed the more than 20, by invitation only, county representatives.


County Mayor E.L. Morton (R) was one of a few officials invited to Washington

    The conference provided county mayors and commissioners an opportunity to discuss issues with top ranking national officials. On Morton’s agenda was obtaining reimbursement for Medicaid patients transported by the ambulance service and reapplication for the Brownfield grant. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/15/2017-6AM)

Island Ford Road railroad crossing closes at 9 am this morning

Closed for 24-hours

   If you travel Island Ford Road, near the National Guard Armory, you’ve seen the signs.  Beginning this morning at 9 am, CSX is closing its railroad crossing there for construction.  It is expected to reopen by 9 am Saturday at the latest. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/15/2017-6AM)


Pine Park is renamed today

La Follette honors Ron Murray

   The old coach is getting his day today.  And rightfully so.  Mayor Mike Stanfield proclaims today “Coach Ron Murray Day in La Follette.”

   Murray coached the La Follette Owls basketball teams over two different stints in the 1960s and recorded some milestone wins including a regional tournament win at the University of Tennessee’s Alumni Gym over state power the South Rockets.  The nearly 90-year old Murray starred in football and basketball as an LHS Owl.  He played on the legendary John R.W. Brown’s first La Follette basketball team in 1948-49.

   Former Campbell Head Basketball Coach Len Pierce (L) caught up with his high school coach, former La Follette Coach Ron Murray, at a Cougar basketball game in January 2015.

   At 2 pm this afternoon at City Hall, a ceremony takes place to honor Murray.  According to the proclamation, Pine Park will be officially named Ron Murray Park.  The park sits inside a city block surrounded by West Walden, North 17th, North 19th, and West Prospect Streets in west La Follette. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/15/2017-6AM)


Campbell County Basketball heads into tournaments

Cougars play next week, the Lady Cougars the week after

   Campbell County basketball fans like me will miss not having a couple of games to follow tonight.  The Cougars don’t swing back into action until Wednesday.  And it’ll be December 27 before the Lady Cougars take the court for a game.

   Click on the following tournaments to see the brackets and where Campbell County is seeded in each.

   Cougars:  Heritage Pre-Christmas Tournament – December 20-22 at Heritage High School

   Lady Cougars:  Maryville Christmas Tournament – December 27-29 at Maryville High School

   Cougars:  “In the Game Innisfree Hotels” Tournament – December 28-30 at Gulf Breeze, Florida

    The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network will send you coverage from each tournament.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/15/2017-6AM)


Friendship ends in arrest 

Cody Sexton may need a new friend.

The 27- year-old man has been charged with aggravated assault after he allegedly stabbed his friend who was giving him a ride.

On Sunday, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Williams was on routine patrol when he was contacted by Caryville Police Officer Billy Lowe. Lowe said he was out with a male victim on Loop Road (in Caryville). who said he had been stabbed by his friend, Cody Sexton, the report said.

 The victim alleged he had gotten into a fight with Sexton somewhere on Elkins Road in Caryville while he was driving him home. Sexton had become irate and attempted to stab him with a black pocket knife, the victim allegedly told police. This led to the victim pulling the car over on Roach Lane and the two men getting into a fight. The victim was able to get the knife away from Sexton at which time he continued to fight with Sexton by striking him in the face several times until he was able to get away. Williams assessed the man’s injuries and determined them to be minor cuts on the left side of his stomach, but the victim refused medical treatment. Williams then went to look for Sexton. Williams was told by dispatch that a man matching Sexton’s description was knocking on multiple apartment doors in Caryville. Sexton was located by police; he had a black eye and a broken nose. As Williams and Lowe further investigated the incident, they made contact with the witness who called 911. The witness said they noticed a silver pick-up truck driving at a high rate of speed down Roach Lane. The truck had stayed at the bottom of Roach Lane for a few minutes then came back up the road parking in front of a house. Soon, Sexton came running up the road and the victim could be heard yelling and cursing asking why Sexton had stabbed him, the report said. The witness said he heard someone yell “knife” at which time the witness had someone call 911. The witness saw the victim drive away. Sexton was transported to LaFollette Medical Center by emergency medical services for his injuries and placed into custody.

Sexton, 27, 604 Michigan Avenue, Oak Ridge was arrested and charged with aggravated assault. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/15/2017-6AM)

Shop with a Cop brings out the best in everyone

Special night for a 5th grade boy

   Everyone playing a part in last night’s Shop with a Cop event at the Jacksboro Walmart had their reasons.  All those reasons made for a very special and most memorable night for a bunch of Campbell County youngsters.

Mark Wolkotte (R) with his brother, Ethan, were first in line at Thursday night’s Shop with a Cop

   Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman enjoys seeing the legacy of his best friend, late JPD Detective Mike Starrett, carried on through what was Starrett’s passion, Shop with a Cop.  Chapman, along with JPD Sergeant Pam Jarrett, expressed appreciation to all those who made donations to make this 19th Shop with a Cop a reality.  The chief also points to all the police, fire, rescue, EMTs, and others who came out to spend a few hours of their personal time last night to help the little ones shop.

Jacksboro Police Chief Danny Chapman and late Detective Mike Starrett’s widow, Jerri, joined with Santa to start off the evening

   Jacksboro Elementary School fifth grader Mark Wolkotte did the best he could to contain his excitement.  But he couldn’t.  And his lack of containment added to the evening as he and “his cop,” Campbell County Sheriff’s Sergeant Cody Chapman, made their way around the store shopping for the 12-year old.  The brown eyed boy didn’t take long to find what he wanted, a Nerf gun and Poke Man.

CCSD Sergeant Cody Chapman keeps a tally for Mark Wolkotte as he shops

   Starrett’s widow, Jerri, was on hand to help.  She says, “This was his (Mike) time of year.  He loved this better than anything.  I just wanna keep on what he’s been doing.”  With her voice slightly breaking, she added, “Mike would be proud.”

   And in the end, there were 400 reasons this season for the community to come together.  Chapman says that’s a hundred kids (reasons) more than last year. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/15/2017-6AM)



   L-R:  Leigh Shepherd,  Alaynah Carney and Olivia Muse are the ladies at the Common Ground reminding you to shop local.  The story is further down this page.  Thanks to “Mocha” Charlie for the photo – WLAF’s Charlie Hutson.

THP traffic stop results in drug and money laundering charges  

A California woman is facing multiple charges following a Tennessee Highway Patrol Traffic stop.

Late Friday, THP Trooper Matt Raines noticed a Dodge Charger with multiple traffic violations that included window tint that was too dark and too low on the windshield. This prompted him to stop the vehicle traveling south on I-75 in Campbell County.

When he spoke to the driver, Amanda Laird, 32, of Apple Valley, California, Raines noticed immediately that she was nervous. She also refused to make eye contact, according to the report. Questioning of Laird revealed her actions to be even more suspicious. While questioning her, Raines noticed a number of items that seemed out of place in the car. She also failed to answer seemingly simple questions. Laird claimed she had been visiting her mother in Kentucky, yet, she couldn’t provide Raines with the city where her mother lived.

 The 32-year old Amanda Laird, of Apple Valley, California, remains housed in the county jail this morning on a $300,000 bond.

A request by Raines to search to the car led to Laird becoming more nervous and handing items over. She instantly handed the trooper a black bag that contained two handguns. Along with the bag, Laird also gave Raines a story about a Hispanic male forcing her to take the bag when she stopped at the 141 exit at Caryville. Had she not taken the bag, he said he would kill her, Laird allegedly said.  As Laird was crying, Raines saw a locked box in the car; Laird said that also belonged to the same Hispanic male.

Opening the box, Raines found another gun, drug paraphernalia and 5.7 ounces of methamphetamine, the report said.

After Laird was arrested and the Dodge Charger was fully searched, police found over $1,200 in cash, multiple money transfers from Michigan to California, a laptop, GPS, 11 cell phones and prescriptions for a man that wasn’t in the car.

Laird, 11081 Craviou Ave, Apple Valley, CA, is facing charges of money laundering, multiple drug and weapons charges along with a string of traffic violations. She remains housed in the county jail this morning on a $300,000 bond.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/14/2017-6AM)

Cumberland Gap Medical is open in its new location

At Stop Light # 10

   Cumberland Gap Medical officially opens in its new location this morning at 8 am.  The family owned and operated medical facility is now located at the corner of East Central and North Cumberland Avenues.  You can’t miss it.  It’s across from the County Annex building at Stop Light 10.

Cumberland Gap Medical was located in the big Riggs before moving to its new corner offices.

   APRN and owner Amanda Brown, along with members of her staff, was busy getting last minute chores finished up yesterday.  Brown said, with a laugh, that she’d be there all night, if need be, to be ready to open this morning.

   Cumberland Gap Medical was located in the big Riggs before moving to its new corner offices.  Brown points out that there is plenty of parking right next to the building, and that the phone number is still the same; 423.201.9799.  She adds that walk-ins are welcome, and that they are now accepting new patients.

CLICK HERE to see all the services Amanda Brown and her staff provide.

   Office hours at Cumberland Gap Medical are Monday through Friday, 8 am until 4:30 pm.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/14/2017-6AM)

“Booze It or Lose It” in La Follette

LPD joins with the THSO this holiday season

   The La Follette Police Department is partnering with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) to increase impaired-driving enforcement through December 31st, surrounding the holiday season. The THSO’s statewide Booze It and Lose It campaign is part of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over nationwide mobilization.
   Increased state and national messaging about the dangers of drunk driving, coupled with increased sobriety checkpoints and high visibility enforcement, aim to drastically reduce the number of drunk-driving crashes, injuries, and fatalities this year. 

   La Follette Police Chief Bill Roehl requests that you please drive responsibly this Holiday Season. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/14/2017-6AM)

Disturbance leads to arrest

A reported disturbance on Saturday, ended with Joey Ray Duncan, 39, 262 Wright Lane, Pioneer being arrested. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy White was dispatched to Hwy 63 to a disturbance between a family and their son. Allegedly, Duncan was intoxicated and driving, according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. The father had jumped in the son’s car to try to get him to stop. While White was en route, Caryville Police Officer Billy Lowe had made contact with the family in the parking lot of the Pioneer Post Office and told White that Duncan had exited the vehicle and ran down Hwy 297. White made contact with Duncan who had a strong smell of alcoholic beverage coming from him, his speech was slurred, and he was very unsteady on his feet, the report said. Duncan told White that he only had two beers, but, his pupils were extremely constricted, and his movements were lethargic. The family told White that no assault had occurred between them.

Duncan was arrested and charged with public intoxication. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/14/2017-6AM)

Jones arrested for trespassing

A LaFollette property owner found a surprise guest recently.  On Saturday, the man came home and allegedly found Randall Lee Jones, 23, 1107 Long Hollow Rd, inside his home.

The property owner told Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Hopson that when he had entered his house he heard someone inside. That someone was allegedly Jones. When Hopson arrived he found the property owner and Jones standing inside the residence. Hopson saw two No Trespassing signs next to the driveway and walkway to the residence.

Jones was arrested and charged with criminal trespassing. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/14/2017-6AM)


Shop local.  It helps all of us.

Helps strengthen our local economy

   Do you know that small businesses donate more than twice as much per sales dollar to local non-profits, events, schools, and teams compared to big businesses?  They do!  And that’s just one of many reasons we here at WLAF encourage you to shop local this holiday season and year round.

   Research also indicates that for each dollar you spend at a local Campbell County business returns three times more money to our local .economy than one spent at a chain.

   When you shop local, please tell them that WLAF encouraged you to do so.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/14/2017-6AM)

   Gracie Norman was crowned homecoming queen last night at La Follette Middle School.  The queen is escorted by Johnathon Long.

   Seven Campbell County non-profit organizations share this big check you see Zach Sheets, Deborah Pemberton, and Nelsie Wooden holding.  The story on the Campbell County Enhancement Fund awardees is further down this page.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF SAMANTHA AMICK)

Late morning fire at Campbell County home

Started around 11 am Wednesday

   Neighbors say the man who lives at 290 Bill Brown Lane had just left when fire soon broke out this morning.  Firefighters were soon on the scene of the frame home on Coolidge Ridge at the Hunley Cattle Farm around 11 am today.

Veteran firefighter Shannon Carroll (L) pulls on her gear at the scene while an unidentified fellow firefighter tends to the pump panel.  Carroll has been with the CCRFS going on 20-years.

   Five units with the Campbell County Rural Fire Service and a unit from the La Follette Fire Department responded.  CCRFS Chief Daniel Lawson describes the home being in the Coolidge area off of Long Hollow.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/13/2017-12:15PM)

School board holds brief meeting to conclude end of year business 

Crutchfield joins DOS candidates Fields and Singley

“Silent Night” might well define the monthly meeting of the Campbell County Board of Education on Tuesday night. With both board chairman Clint Bane and former chairman Mike Orick forced to miss the meeting, the board spent as much time meeting behind closed doors in an executive session with attorney Dail Cantrell as they spent concluding routine business in public.

According to Director Larry Nidiffer, the executive session was a briefing by Cantrell about state law involving cannabis oil, which can be either legal, legal by prescription only or totally illegal, depending on the percentage of THC contained in the product.

Nidiffer said that the school system has received some reports of cannabis oil showing up in local schools and discussed with Cantrell legal options for controlling the substance.

During the rest of the meeting, the board approved all reports and executive actions involving school trips and formerly approved the list of questions to direct at the candidates for Director of Schools. That list was finalized at a workshop on Saturday and three applications have been received for the position. Applicants are Joan Crutchfield, Jennifer Fields, and Donna Singley.

Joan Crutchfield joined the field of director of schools candidates this week.

Two items that were to be advertised for bids, the track at Campbell County High School and tennis courts at Jellico High School, were both postponed and removed from the agenda.

The meeting ended with a round of holiday best wishes as the board concluded business for the year, with the exception of interviews and workshops involving the hiring process for a new Director of Schools.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/13/2017-6AM)

Jacksboro Metals turns your scrap metal into cash

Ideal place to earn some Christmas cash

  Jacksboro Metals has been serving Campbell County since 2012 by taking in all kinds of metal and aluminum.

Jacksboro Metals customer Clarence Daugherty (R) watches as pop cans are unloaded from his pick-up truck.  Daugherty says he saved up these cans for about a year, and that he stops by Jacksboro Metals once in a while. 

   The locally owned and operated business is open Monday through Friday 9 am to 5 pm and on Saturdays from 8 am until noon.  Jacksboro Metals is managed by Fred Cole and is located on the hill in the bend of Towe String Road between the railroad tracks and the convenience center. 

   Today is “Winner Wednesday” at Jacksboro Metals.  The 20th customer wins $20.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/13/2017-6AM)

Lady Cougars dispatch Karns in first quarter

Strong finish carries Karns past the Cougars

   It was 30 to nothing at the end of the first quarter.  Campbell County went ahead 32 to nothing before Karns scratched the scoreboard with its first point to make it 32 to one early in the second quarter.  It was 43 to 4 at the half.  The game that looked like it could be a real run-a-way on paper was playing out on John Brown Court.  The Lady Cougars led 57 to 5 after the third quarter and went on to post a 65 to 10 victory.

   Heading into a 15-day break, Campbell is riding a seven game winning streak and is 8 & 4 in all games.  The win over Karns pushes the Lady Cougars to 5 & 0 in District 3-AAA.  Campbell next plays on Wednesday, December 27, at Maryville.  The Lady Cougars and Fulton play in a 7 pm match-up in the 2017 Renasant Bank Christmas Tournament, and WLAF will bring you the action over the B & M Tires Sports Network. 

   Lady Cougar Junior Skylar Boshears was recognized at halftime with a plaque presentation.  She recently scored her 1,000th point as a varsity player.  It only took her 72 games to reach the milestone.  Boshears parents, Kim Ledford Boshears and Doug Boshears, also starred during their playing careers at CCHS.

   In the boys varsity game, Campbell gave Karns all it wanted through three quarters.  But it was Cougar turnovers and easy buckets by the Beavers that sent Karns on to a 22-14 fourth quarter and eventually the 77 to 53 win. 

   Though the third quarter belonged to Campbell as the Cougars outscored Karns 20 to 14 as it carved well into what was once a double-digit lead.  Junior Carter Wells finished the quarter on a three-point play, and the Cougars had Karns right where they wanted them at 45 to 39.  That impressive run ended with the quarter and Karns owned the final quarter.

   Despite the loss, Cougar post players John Porter and Elijah Phillips dominated up front.  Porter led all Cougars with 23 points while Phillips poured through 14 points.  Wells wound up with seven followed by two-points apiece from Devlin Dukes, Bryce Duncan, Drew Jordan, and Jake Lane while one point came from Landon Addington.

   Entering a week away from live game action, the Cougars are now 4 & 5 overall and 1 and 4 in league games.  CCHS plays at Heritage in its Pre-Christmas Tournament beginning one week from today.  CAK, Christian Academy of Knoxville, is Campbell’s first opponent in the three-day tourney.  Tip time is 10:30 am on Wednesday, December 20, with the coverage over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/13/2017-6AM)

Roane State announces holiday schedule

All campuses close beginning this weekend

   Roane State College in La Follette officially begins its holiday break this Saturday, December 16.  In fact, all Roane State campuses are on the same schedule.  The break runs through Monday, January 1.  All RSCC campuses reopen Tuesday, January 2, 2018, with classes starting back up on Tuesday, January 16. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/13/2017-6AM)

Campbell County Enhancement Fund awards grants

Seven non-profit groups benefit

   Tuesday was a special day at the La Follette United Methodist.  During the South Campbell County Rotary Club’s weekly luncheon, grants from the Campbell County Enhancement Fund (CCEF) were awarded to seven non-profit organizations.  What made the mid-day event extra special is that the grant awards were presented in memory of Tommy C. Stiner.  In addition to all Stiner meant to Campbell County and did for the county, he was also a member of the CCEF Advisory Board.

   A total of $11,000 was shared among yesterday’s awardees.  The 2017 Grant Awards were presented to CHET (Community Health of East Tennessee), Food Life Services, the Great Smoky Mountain Council – Boy Scouts, Postmark La Follette, Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service, Spay Campbell County Tennessee Pets, and Tennessee State Parks Conservancy.

Attendees enjoy lunch before Tuesday’s grant awards program

   CHET’s grant is earmarked for the Imagination Library and covers one month’s expenses for the successful reading program.  The grant awarded to Food Life Services will be used to buy food for FLS’s 500 households it serves.  Nearly 50 boys in the Caryville and White Oak Boy Scout Troups will benefit from the grant presented to the Great Smoky Mountain Council – Boy Scouts with those dollars helping to buy uniforms, hand books and other scout necessities.  Postmark La Follette’s funds benefit its Open Session Studio for adults and children.  Helping further its cause of assisting senior citizens is where grant dollars will go for Senior Citizen Home Assistance.  Spay Campbell County Tennessee Pets grant will help this non-profit group continue its mission of helping offer assistance to families that might not otherwise be able to afford to have their pets spayed.  The CCEF grant for the Tennessee State Parks Conservancy is planned to cover transportation expenses to send Campbell County students to the county’s state parks for an introduction to the parks.

   In addition to Stiner being honored, certificates were also presented to the Campbell County Lions Club and the Joint Economic and Community Development Council.  These two organizations have made significant contributions to the CCEF.

   Zach Sheets chairs the Campbell County Enhancement Fund Advisory Board and is joined by Vice-Chair Teresa Dabney and Secretary/Treasurer Karen Cumorich along with board members Katherine Ayers, Johnnie Hickman, Lansden Hill, Rissa Pryse, Deborah Purcell, and Jerry Sharp.  The CCEF was founded in 1999 and has received more than $84,000 through 260 gifts received while awarding 67 grants totaling more than $66,000.  The endowed balance sits at nearly $77,000.  To learn more about future grant opportunities and how to grow your Campbell Enhancement Fund, contact Sheets at (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/13/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF SAMANTHA AMICK)



   L-R Peter Reis, Mike Mikels, Goldie Cox, Gerald Rehkugler, Charles Roth, Anthony Kirby, Jennifer Isfort-Selm, Charles Wilson, Shirley Ogg, Floyd Miles, Pat Madding, Kim Rains, Carmin Golden, Bobbie Archer, Craig Madding, Dixie Hausser, Judy Leach, Margaret Ayers, and Donna Hawkins.  The story of the La Follette Medical Center volunteers is further down this page.

Mayor, Commissioner Davis in heated exchange over sanitation

‘Cut to it, you want me to fire Walt Sutton’ – Mayor E.L. Morton

Mayor E. L. Morton and Commissioner Ralph Davis exchanged heated words at Monday night’s commission workshop. The subject, as has often been the case lately with Davis, was the Department of Environmental Services.

Davis announced that he intends to ask for a “confidential vote” at next week’s meeting on the sanitation department, asking commissioners how they feel about the management.

“Cut to it,” Morton replied. “You want me to fire Walt (Environmental Director Walt Sutton). I’m not going to do it. Despite your complaints, miraculously, the garbage always gets to the landfill.”

“You can take your vote. I’m the only one with the authority to change and I’m not going to change it,” Morton added.

“We could vote to change the system and take some of the power from the mayor,” Davis suggested. “We need to help you straighten it out.”

“We’ve asked for several items that haven’t been implemented,” Marie Ayers cut in.

Cliff Jennings then added his own opinion, pointing out that the budget problems with sanitation services are due to the county accepting commercial garbage.

“The first question I asked when I came on the commission was why we take commercial trash. No other counties do it,” Jennings argued.

This exchange followed Davis offering a list of six problems he wants to see resolved, most of them involving sanitation. Davis complained that new higher rates were supposed to go into effect at the landfill on December 1 but Sutton had delayed the new charges until January 1, costing the county money.

He also complained that the county is in violation of OSHA regulations and state law by failing to have a safety director. Stan Marlow had held that position until shortly after Morton and the new commission took office three years ago and Marlow was fired. Nobody was appointed to fill that position.

Davis also complained that the commission had voted to hire a full time mechanic for the sanitation department but one had not yet been hired. Morton replied that he didn’t yet have the money in the sanitation budget to afford hiring an additional mechanic.

Davis also accused Sutton of violating county policies and state law when he had an accident involving damage to a county vehicle.

“You were supposed to submit for drug testing within 24 hours of having an accident. Did you get drug tested?” Davis asked Sutton.

That led to a discussion over exactly what the county’s policy regarding accidents includes. Davis complained that county employees don’t have all of the policies that are in place, but Morton explained that each employee is provided with an employee handbook listing personnel policies.

With the exception of Davis’ list of complaints, the remainder of the workshop moved along with little discussion. The only person asking to address the commission was an attorney who the county is considering to sign with to join other states pursuing federal lawsuits against manufacturers and distributors of opioids.

He gave the commission an update on the progress of pending lawsuits from several other states and added that he wanted Campbell County to be the first county from Tennessee to join the lawsuits because of the serious problem prescription drugs pose in the county.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/12/2017-6AM)

School board to finalize DOS interview questions

BOE meets tonight at 6 pm at the courthouse

   The Campbell County Board of Education held a workshop on Saturday morning to review questions to ask its director of schools candidates.  Eight board members were present with six community members to review a 12-page packet of some 40 questions.  What the candidates, two, so far, Jennifer Fields and Donna Singley, will be asked will be finalized tonight.  Candidates will be provided the questions prior to the interviews.  Application deadline to apply is this Friday.  Current DOS Larry Nidiffer is retiring early next year.

   Elsewhere on tonight’s agenda, there is a request for permission to advertise for bids on a couple of sports related topics; resurfacing the track at Campbell High and constructing three tennis courts at Jellico High.

   WLAF brings you the story from tonight’s meeting first thing in the morning right here.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/12/2017-6AM)

Remains from Speedwell discovery identified

Belong to a Knoxville woman

  On May 30, 2017, the Knoxville Police Department received a call of a missing person at 1411 Nolan Avenue in Knoxville.  Nakisha Scott was reported missing by her family. With the help of the family and public, the Knoxville Police Department had been following numerous leads to the case.
   On Saturday, December 2, 2017, at approximately 2:17 pm Campbell County Sheriff’s Office deputies were dispatched to an address in the Speedwell community on a call in regards to discovery of human remains. With the assistance from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, the sheriff’s office processed the scene and transferred the remains to the Knox County Regional Forensics Center to be identified.
   Last week, the forensic team positively identified the remains as those of Scott. The family was immediately notified upon this discovery.
   The investigation continues in regards to this case and when complete will be referred to the Knox County District Attorney’s office. The Knoxville Police Department would like to thank the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office, the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation and the Knox County Forensics Center for their assistance in this case. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/12/2017-6AM)

Caryville to purchase IPad’s

Patrolman Adam Southern is recognized

The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will be spending approximately $3,600 to purchase 13 IPad’s. Alderman Patrick Pebley introduced the topic to the board. He said that in the long run it would save the town money. Pebley said that ordinances and resolutions could be downloaded to the device and it would help to reduce paper usage. The devices will streamline the process of finding documents, Pebley said.

Caryville Police Chief Brian Keeton recognized Patrolman Adam Southern with a certificate for his dedication since he began working for Caryville 10 months ago. In that time, he has answered 649 calls, made 81 arrests and has written 163 citations. On June 23, Southern assisted the Tennessee Highway Patrol with an attempted suicide on I-75. Southern was able to pull the individual from the fence and back to safety from the Vasper train trestle that crosses the interstate. 

The Board approved Resolution #2017-02 that will authorize the town to apply for the 2018 Community Development Block Grant Fund, proceeds would be used to purchase a new fire truck.  

In other business, the board continued the discussion of a possible conflict of the Home Grant to a city employee. Kathy Parrott, town attorney, said she had checked with MTAS and they have said there is not a conflict, but, that a notice will need to be published in the local newspaper. The notice will invite written comments from the public about the possible conflict with the Home Grant. 

Pebley requested permission from the board to speak with Manuel Mesa about having him to coordinate artwork by local children to hang in the lobby. 

The Beer Board met and renewed eight beer permits. Those permits are El Rey Azteca, PFJ Southeast LLC dba Pilot Travel Center #224, TA Operating LLC dba Minit Mart, Dunne Manning Stores Inc. (Rocky Top Market), PFJ Southeast LLC dba Pilot Travel Center #1577, Pioneer Shell and Dollar General. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/12/2017-6AM)


Service Loan and Tax is newest C of C member

List of chamber members is growing

   The folks at Service Tax and Loan snipped the ribbon Monday morning at its east La Follette office to signal joining the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce.  Manager Ivy Burgess and Assistant Manager Aaron Lawson welcomed a good turnout for the 11 am event.

Aaron Lawson carried out the quickest and sharpest snip of a ribbon we’ve seen at Chamber of Commerce ribbon cutting

   Burgess explains that Service Tax and Loan makes loans up to $785 and offers advance refunds of up to $1,750 on tax returns when certain criteria is met.  The office is open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am until 6 pm and Saturdays from 8:30 am to 1 pm.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/12/2017-6AM)

La Follette Medical Center Volunteers pushing 2,800 hours for 2017

Carmin Golden receives 4,500-hours pin

   “Our volunteers are so valuable to helping us with the loving and caring touch we want to provide all patients,” said Mark Cain, CEO of Tennova – La Follette Medical Center.  Cain’s comments come after LMC volunteers recently celebrated with their annual Christmas luncheon and recognition of volunteers.

   Seven volunteers were recognized for their cumulative hours of service over the years.  Receiving pins were Pat Madding for 500-hours, Dixie Hausser and 1,000-hours, Craig Madding 2,000 hours, a 3,000-hours pin went to Judy Leach, Bobbie Archer and Margaret Ayers each received 3,500 hour-pins.  A 4,500-hour pin was awarded to Carmin Golden.

   Cain adds, “They make our lives richer and certainly make our patients lives richer. We enjoy every minute that we have of their time. We deeply appreciate all they do for us and our patients.”

   Volunteers work in various departments of the hospital, nursing home, and rehabilitation center.  So far in 2017, the volunteers have logged more than 2,500-hours and are on target for 2,800-hours by the end of the month. That's an average of 54 volunteer hours a week.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/12/2017-6AM)




   Lori Adkins (L), principal at Caryville Elementary School, and Candice McQueen, Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner listened as a story was read to a group of first graders.  Why did McQueen visit Caryville Elementary School on Friday morning?  The story and more photos are further down this page.

Appeals court says 24 years is fitting for Greca

Dale Greca, the man convicted of carjacking a LaFollette City employee in 2015, has been told by the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals (CCA) that his 24 year sentence fits his crimes.

On Thursday, the CCA released its seven-page opinion that confirmed the rulings and sentence handed down in Jacksboro in Greca’s case.

Greca was convicted by a jury for especially aggravated kidnapping, robbery, unlawfully carrying a firearm in a public place and second offense driving on a license.

At his trial, Greca declined testifying on his own behalf and had no witnesses called to his defense, the CCA opinion said. His sentencing came in the form of a plea agreement that also resolved an outstanding case Greca had.

In the plea, Greca accepted 20 years for the especially aggravated kidnapping, four years for the robbery and 11 months, 29 days for the unlawful carrying charge and the driving on the suspended charge. This netted his 24 year sentence.

However, he appealed the especially aggravated kidnapping charge alleging there wasn’t sufficient evidence to support the conviction. In his argument, Greca claimed that when he commandeered the city truck and forced the city employee to drive him around the county for about 30 minutes, that it didn’t “interfere with victim’s liberty” and the captivity of the victim was simply a byproduct of the robbery. He also asserted there wasn’t enough evidence to support the kidnapping was accomplished with a deadly weapon, because the jury found him guilty of robbery, a lesser included charge given to the jury at the time of deliberation.

On both allegations, the CCA upheld the original convictions.

When Greca was arrested that day, police found a loaded .38 Smith and Wesson revolver in his possession, the CCA said.

It also said of the especially aggravated kidnapping charge that a “specific distance” or “any particular length” isn’t indicated under the law as an element of that crime. It is the “knowing removal or confinement” of another person illegally in a way that interferes with their ability to move around as they wish.

Greca’s crimes occurred in May 2015 when he jumped in a city of LaFollette vehicle and ordered the employee driving the truck to take him to a variety of locations in the county. When the employee stopped the truck at the Woodson Mall red light, he took his opportunity to get away jumping out of the truck. Greca was arrested shortly after that.

Greca is being housed at the Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville. He is eligible for parole in 2037, according to the Tennessee Department of Corrections website. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/11/2017-6AM)

Lady Cougars win key district game

Hold Powell without a FG for half the game

   Campbell threw water on Powell’s fire Friday night at Hunter Gym.  The home standing Lady Panthers hot 7 – oh start and early 10 to 2 lead were short-lived.  The Campbell Lady Cougars sent Powell to the deep freeze by holding the Lady Panthers scoreless through the entire second quarter and for a couple of minutes into the third quarter.  After the slow start, the Lady Cougars put together a 17 to 4 run to lead 19 to 14 at intermission.

   Campbell County went ahead for good when Haley Comer’s three-point bucket swished through to give the Lady Cougars a 15 – 14 lead in quarter number two.  From the last couple of minutes of the first quarter through the first five minutes of the third quarter, CCHS held Powell without a field goal.  That defensive stretch for the Lady Cougars help vault them to the critical district road win by a final of 54 to 40.  The Lady Cougars enjoyed a 19-point lead late in the game.

   Despite committing 22 turnovers and three starters nursing fouls, the Lady Cougars dominated after their sluggish start.  Junior Haley Comer shined with 20 points and six boards and was followed by 10 points from Madison Brady and nine each from Emily Ellison and Skylar Boshears.  Blair Medley added six.  Lexy Richardson returned from injury for her first action in weeks.

   The Lady Cougars have reeled off six wins in-a-row to improve to 4 & 0 in District 3-AAA and 7 & 4 in all games.  Powell drops to 2 & 2 in the district.  The Lady Cougars host district foe Karns on Tuesday at Brown Gym.  Coverage begins at 6 pm on the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/11/2017-6AM)

Strong second-half propels Powell to win over CCHS

Panthers score 38 of the last 48 points

   Powell jumped on top six to nothing before Evan Jackson drained a three for Campbell County.   The Panthers never trailed.  However, the Cougars scored the first five points of the second half to carve into Powell’s lead making the score 30 to 24.  But that’s when the game turned.  The Panthers proceeded to outscore the Cougars 38 to 10.  The impressive run sent Powell on to a 68-34 district win.

   Evan Jackson led the Cougars with 13-points.  Elijah Phillips added nine.  Bryce Duncan rang up four-points.  Carter Wells and John Porter scored three each.  Porter pulled down 11 rebounds.  Stretch Bailey chipped in two points.

   Campbell’s record in all games is now 4 & 4.  The Cougars are 1 & 3 in District 3-AAA and host Karns in a district match-up on tomorrow night at Brown Gym.  Coverage begins at 7:30 pm on the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/11/2017-6AM)

 Education commissioner visits Caryville Elementary School

Dr. Candice McQueen, the Tennessee Department of Education Commissioner, visited Caryville Elementary School on Friday. The visit was part of her Classroom Chronicles Tour that began shortly after she was sworn in 2015. To date, McQueen has been in nearly all of the state’s 146 school districts, she said. She has roughly 20 left to visit in order to complete the tour. The focus of the Classroom Chronicles tour is to observe teachers as they help students learn to read.

McQueen has been visiting state schools to gauge the implementation and effectives of the state’s “Ready to Read” program.

Under the state’s “Ready to Read” initiative, teachers should be selecting a “rigorous” text building knowledge and ensuring there is interaction as the book is read, according to McQueen. What she noted from her visit to three Caryville classrooms was the teachers were performing the interactive part well.

Adkins and McQueen watched as students responded to a reading of “How the Grinch Stole Christmas.

   She encouraged the teachers to build on and integrate other areas of learning, such as science, into the “Ready to Read” program. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/11/2017-6AM)


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Made possible on WLAF by:  Aaron Evans, C & L Furniture, Shepherd's Home Thrift Store, Tom Hatmaker, Litho-Craft, City of La Follette, & Wender Furniture

See Charlie Hutson and Lindsey Hutson photos HERE

Lifestar flies out hunter who fell from tree

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   A hunter fell from a tree stand today soon after noon.  According to an official with E-911, the man was in a tree on top of Caryville Mountain.  The man was able to call for help on his mobile telephone.


First Responders prepare to load the injured hunter onto the med chopper


   Crews from the La Follette Rescue Squad and the Caryville Fire Department located the man and took him to an open field.  That’s where they were able to set up the landing zone for Lifestar to land.  Initial reports were that there was not a nearby place to land, and that the victim would need to be transported by ground ambulance to meet the med chopper at the Caryville ball field at the bottom of the mountain.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/09/2017-6PM-PHOTO COURTESY OF LFD CAPTAIN CHARLES HUTSON)


Cougars don’t get older … Former Cougar and loyal CCHS Booster Bill Snodgrass wishes a happy birthday to the Price twins at last night’s Cougar basketball game with Jellico at Brown Gym.  CCHS Head Football Coach Justin Price (L) and his brother Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator Matt Price (R) celebrate their birthday today.  (PHOTO COURTESY OF JOHNNY BYRGE)

Bust on Beech

La Follette Police raid a home and make arrests

   La Follette Police and the department's tactical unit served warrants at a home on West Beech Street in the lunch hour this afternoon. More details on the bust that took place at a home across the street from the Co-op in La Follette are forthcoming.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 12/-8/2017-12:45PM)

Last December snow was in 2010

Charlie’s “chilling us”

   With snow in the weather forecast, WLAF’s Charlie Hutson reminds us the last time we had snow in December.  It was December 13, 2010.  C-Hut says, “We’re due for some December snow.”

Snow covers what is now Maynard’s Wrecker Service

If you attended the old Caryville Elementary School, this photo just might bring back a fun memory. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/08/2017-6AM)

County to receive “enhancement” windfall for ambulance service

Amounts to nearly a quarter-of-a-million dollars annually

You receive an email – “Send me $9.09 and I’ll mail you a check for $140.30!  You can submit as many $9.09 payments as you want, up to $70,000!”

If any of us receive an offer like this, our first reaction would likely be that somebody in Nigeria is trying to pull off another of those infamous scam jobs. However, that is precisely the offer that the Campbell County Commission has received, and not from Nigeria but the State of Tennessee.

Finance Director Jeff Marlow informed commissioners last week that the state has received approval for the “Enhanced Medicaid Reimbursement Project.” Under that program, local ambulance services can receive supplemental grants to improve service to Medicaid recipients from the federal government.

Marlow informed commissioners at an EMS Committee meeting on Tuesday that under the terms of the program, the county must pay into the program $9.09 for each Medicaid run performed by the ambulance service in 2016. That totals $72,030 to meet the local share of a matching grant.

In return, Campbell County will receive $140.30 for each Medicaid run performed in 2017. According to Marlow, the county will receive $236,465 from the program each year to be used to improve (enhance) services.

“What this means,” Marlow explained, “is that the county EMS will have the funds necessary to buy badly-needed new ambulances instead of having to take the money from capital projects funds.

The financial windfall can only be used to upgrade or replace equipment or other expenses that supplement existing services, Marlow added. “The commission will still have to come up with the $243,000 each year that we have to apply to regular operating costs of the ambulance service above what we receive from Medicare and TennCare,” he pointed out.

Still, this is good news for a commission that was facing not only using taxpayer dollars to fund regular services, but also the costs of replacing an aging fleet of ambulances.

The EMS Committee approved the resolution accepting the program, which will be on the agenda for this month’s meeting of the full commission. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/08/2017-6AM)

Jacksboro officials grant themselves raises

JPD Officer earns statewide DUI award

   The Jacksboro Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved its own raises at last night’s regular meeting. A budget amendment provided for the $4,823 yearly increase in payroll for mayor and aldermen. The proposed increase was brought before the board last month. Mayor June Forstner had opposed the raises at that time. The remainder of the board was clearly in favor of the move.

Fire Department

   A bid for turn out gear for the fire department was approved. Mid-South was the lowest bid received at $6,765.

   Dylan Leach and Noah LeMaster were hired as full-time firemen after completing their probationary period. The board agreed to approve the purchase of four sections of 50’ x 1 ¾” hose at the cost of approximately $125-$150 per section.

Police Department

   Jacksboro Police Officer Franklin Ayers will receive a statewide DUI award in Nashville on Dec. 15. The board agreed to pay his expenses for the trip.

Street Department

   The mayor discussed issues the street department is facing with some of its older equipment. The brush truck is undergoing repairs.  Forstner said they hope to have the repairs made soon. But in the interim, the street department can’t pick up brush for town residents. Another one of the street department trucks is out of service, and currently there is an issue with locating parts to make the repairs. The two-ton truck is used with the leaf vacuum, and during inclement weather it is used for salting and scraping.

   In final business, the board agreed to purchase five trash can liners for the garbage cans on the street. The total purchase amount is $625. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/08/2017-6AM)

   Win WLAF’s “World’s Smallest Christmas Stocking”

Registration is now going on at local businesses

   Who wouldn’t want to win $500 cash?  Right.  WLAF’s “World’s Smallest Stocking” contest is in full swing at Bowman Jewelers, Doyle’s Tire Shop, Gifts from Above, Jacksboro GNC, Litho-Craft Printing & Office Supplies, Pierce Furniture Gallery, Radio Shack, Common Ground, and United Cumberland Bank.  The stocking is stuffed with $500 cash.  All you need to do is stop by these local businesses and register, and you’ll have a chance to win. 

   A drawing will be held at each business next week.  That’s on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, with the name being announced live over WLAF.  The next day, Thursday, December 21, 2017, one name will be drawn from the eight finalists at noon live over WLAF, and that person will win the “World’s Smallest Christmas Stocking” stuffed with $500 cash.

   No purchase is necessary.  You must be at least 18-years old to sign-up.  And we request that you only sign-up once per visit to a participating sponsor. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/08/2017-6AM)

Cougars click on all cylinders

Improve to 4 & 3

   It’s not easy to point out just one highlight from last night’s Cougar win over a very young Jellico basketball team.  Nor is it easy to note all the highlights.  You can see them all by CLICKING HERE.

   Campbell opened up a 17 to nothing lead to start the game behind Evan Jackson’s 11 first-quarter points and led 25 to nine at the end of the first juncture.  The Cougars put up the final 20-points of the half to lead 46 to 16 at mid-game.  It was 56 to 32 after three-quarters of play.  Fast forward to the end of the game.  CCHS closed the in-county rivalry by scoring the final 15-points of the night.  All-in-all, Campbell held Jellico scoreless for 18 and a half minutes of the 32-minute contest to win 78 to 44.

   Jackson was one of three Cougars hitting double-figures.  On a career best 13-points, Cougar big man Bryce Duncan led the game followed by a dozen from Elijah Phillips and Jackson’s 11.  Phillips had six in each half.  John Porter tallied eight points.  Carter Wells and Drew Jordan finished with seven each while Logan Berry, who was everywhere defensively, had six along with six from Zach Rutherford.  Landon Addington totaled five for the night.  Devlin Dukes had two to go along with Jake Lane’s one point.   No Blue Devil made it to double-digits.

   Campbell improves to 4 & 3 while Jellico falls to oh and nine.  Both teams return to district action on Friday.  The Cougars play at Powell tonight while Jellico hosts the Clinch Wildcats out of Sneedville.

   Tip-off is 6 pm tonight at Hunter Gym for Campbell visiting Powell.  Broadcast coverage begins at 5:50 pm over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  Josh Parker, Noah Smith, and Aaron Hopkins have the live action over radio AM 1450 and FM 100.9 to go along with the live telecast on and WLAF-TV 12.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/08/2017-6AM)


Sheriff Goins releases name of man in tree fatality

Had likely been dead since Saturday

Sheriff Robbie Goins reports that his deputies were dispatched to Sugar Hollow Road on Wednesday, December 6, 2017, at approximately 9:30 investigate the discovery of a deceased body. 

Deputies learned that on Saturday, December 2, 2017, William "Bill" Freeman, age 68, of 366 Sugar Hollow Road in La Follette had been cutting firewood on his property.  A neighbor had heard a chainsaw in the woods last Saturday. No one had heard from him since then leading neighbors to look where they heard the chainsaw.  They discovered Freeman and called for the Sheriff's office.

Deputies concluded that Freeman had been cutting a tree down, and it struck him. There was no autopsy required by the county medical examiner. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/07/2017-12:30PM)


Yates garners seven charges

Homeless woman held on $250,000 bond

   On November 29 at 10:01 pm, the Campbell County 911 Communications Center dispatched Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Tosha Tackett to a residence on Longmire Lane in LaFollette about a disturbance. When Tackett arrived, she was assisted by LaFollette Police Officer Cory Lawson in search of Brittney Marie Yates. Lawson said that Yates had a knife in her hand when he arrived, and he was able to take the knife away from Yates, according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. The victim said that Yates had entered the home without permission making her presence known to thee victim. The victim said they did not know Yates, but had seen her walking by their house. The victim said that they told Yates to get out, but she refused to leave. Moments later, Yates left and proceeded to the victim’s vehicle. Yates then locked herself inside the vehicle. That prompted the victim to call 911.

Brittney Yates is being held in the county jail this morning on a $250,000 bond

   When Yates was being processed at the county jail, Suboxene was found in her bra under her arm.

   Yates age 27, who is homeless, was arrested and charged with public intoxication, auto burglary, aggravated assault, possession of schedule III controlled substance, intro contraband in a penal institution, aggravated burglary and unlawful carrying or possession of a weapon.  She remains housed this morning in the county jail on a $250,000 bond. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/07/2017-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

Deadly drug mixtures alarm law enforcement

‘Latest example of why no illicit street drug is safe’ – the TBI’s T.J. Jordan

A toxic combination of drugs confiscated during two crimes has authorities concerned.

Special Agents with the Drug Investigation Division of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation were alarmed with recent evidence submissions to the TBI crime lab. Two different pieces of evidence from ongoing drug cases contained a deadly combination of drugs, and agents are worried there are more lethal blends of drugs being sold and used that will have deadly consequences.

 This a toxic mix of drugs that forensic scientists in the TBI labs have rarely, if ever, seen in evidence submissions. One evidence sample submitted contained a combination of ketamine, tramadol, cocaine, heroin, and fentanyl.  Another sample was powder that tested positive for a mixture of methamphetamine, acrylfentanyl, and methoxyacetylfentanyl. 

 “These are combinations of drugs that don’t even make sense, and they are combinations that are lethal,” said T.J. Jordan, assistant director of the TBI’s Drug Investigation Division. “It’s the latest example of why no illicit street drug is safe. And with combinations of these extremely toxic drugs being mixed with each other, it’s a cocktail that has us very concerned. We need to remind the public again that these already-dangerous drugs are becoming more and more deadly.”

 The TBI has joined other partner state and law enforcement agencies in recent months in issuing warnings about the powerful narcotic painkiller fentanyl being identified in samples of heroin, or in clandestine pills compounded to resemble legitimate prescription opioids. And more recently, evidence submitted to the TBI crime lab has shown that samples of cocaine have tested positive for fentanyl. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/07/2017-6AM)

Roberts arrested on PI charges

Officer says he was scaring customers at a gas station

   Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Williams encountered Nathan Ray Roberts on December 3 at approximately 3:43 am at the Rocky Top Shell in Caryville. Roberts approached Williams and said that he needed to talk to him about something, according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. Roberts stated that he was scared and running from someone trying to hurt him. He then asked Williams to do a welfare check on his sister at room 26 of the Budget Host Inn at Caryville. Williams contacted Roberts sister who said that Roberts was high, and that he had taken meth a couple of hours earlier. The sister said that she was fine and hadn’t been in danger.

Nathan Ray Roberts told police that he was coming off a high. 

   Williams went back to Rocky Top Shell where Roberts was scaring customers and the attendant, by causing a scene.  Williams, along with Caryville Police Department Officer Billy Lowe, removed Roberts from the store and asked him what narcotics he had taken. Roberts said he was coming off a high.

   The 29-year old Roberts of 264 Rain Valley Road in LaFollette was arrested and charged with public intoxication.  He was charged and released. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/07/2017-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

State’s highest court rules on question of marital funds

A Tennessee Supreme Court ruling has clarified the law surrounding the withdrawal of funds from a joint bank held by spouses.

On Tuesday the court has unanimously ruled that, when one spouse unilaterally withdraws money from a married couple’s joint bank account and places the funds in a certificate of deposit, the funds are no longer joint property and belong to the spouse to whom the certificate of deposit was issued.

The question was put before the court after a married couple placed $100,000 in a joint checking account designated with a right of survivorship. The joint account card required only one signature to withdraw funds. Later, the husband withdrew $100,000 from the account and deposited the money in a certificate of deposit held only in his name. After he died, a dispute arose between the widow and children from the husband’s previous marriage regarding ownership of the certificate of deposit. The Putnam County Probate Court ruled that the funds belonged to the husband’s estate because the funds ceased to be joint property when withdrawn from the joint account. The wife appealed, and the Court of Appeals ruled in her favor saying the funds belonged to her because the money could be directly traced to the joint account.

When the case reached the state supreme court, it reviewed cases from Tennessee and other states.  The Supreme Court held that, once a husband or wife withdraws funds from a joint bank account held as tenants by the entirety, the funds cease to be held by the entirety. The Supreme Court found this approach provides the clarity and finality needed in the current banking environment, noting it would be difficult for a third party receiving funds to know the source of the money and if someone else has an ownership interest in the funds.

In the court’s opinion, it said the certificate of deposit issued to the husband from money withdrawn from the couple’s joint bank account was owned by him at his death and as a result, the widow had no claim to the funds. It became a part of the husband’s estate and passed under the terms of his will.



   Assistant District Attorney General Tessa Lunceford received a prestigious award on Monday.  The story is further down this page.

 City of LaFollette to kick-off safe driver campaign

CLICK HERE to watch the meeting

   The City of LaFollette completed their monthly agenda in less than 20 minutes, last night.  The Council worked quickly on the agenda.  In the administration area, the council agreed to approve the contract for the Cannon and Cannon ADA transition plan.  The transition plan is necessary for the city to be in compliance by 2019 or they could loose TDOT funding for non-compliance.

   The next items discussed were reducing the speed limit on Regan Lane from 30 mph to 20 mph and on Claiborne Road from 30 mph to 20 mph. Council member Ann Thompson again made the motion to approve the items, but the motion died for lack of a second. Mayor Mike Stanfield requested that Police Chief Bill Roehl add extra patrols to those two areas to address the speed concerns.

   In December 2016, The City of LaFollette Police Department and Mayor Mike Stanfield partnered with area businesses to reward safe drivers in the City of LaFollette.  Drivers who are caught wearing their seatbelt, maintaining the correct speed limit, using turn signals properly and other traffic laws were pulled over and given gift cards to thank them for following the traffic laws.  This year the city will start looking for driver’s doing the right things on December 13.  This event will last for two weeks.

   The Beer Board met after the Council Meeting to approve the 2018 Beer Board Licenses.  All total there were 19 licenses approved.  Those licenses were Campbell Tobacco and Beer, China Town Café, CVS Pharmacy, Dollar Corp/Dollar General Store, El Pueblito, Food City, Food Lion, GPM Southeast/Bread Box, Houchens Food Group/IGA #55, Red Roof Market, Murphy Oil, Ninja Hibachi, Quick Shop, Quick Stop, Shell Gas Station, The Back Door, Tobacco Mercantile, Walgreens and Weigel’s. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/06/2017-6AM)

Robbins is Chamber’s newest member

Snipped the ribbon yesterday morning

   A room full of family and friends was on hand Tuesday morning inside the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Office.  Megan Mikesell Robbins joined the chamber.

The Campbell County native is the local real estate representative for Realty Network

 (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/06/2017-6AM)

Tuesday morning crash causes delays

La Follette-bound traffic was snarled

Around 9 am Tuesday is when this wreck occurred on the four lane at the El Pueblito end of Woodson Mall

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/06/2017-6AM)

Coffee with the Chief

Tuesday morning

   La Follette Police Chief Bill Roehl hosted another in a series of his “Coffee with the Chief” events on Tuesday morning.  It was held at Common Ground Coffee Shop in downtown La Follette.  The goal of the event is to allow folks to visit one-on-one with Roehl to express concerns, issues, and support.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/06/2017-6AM)


Lady Cougars keep winning.  Cougars get back to winning.

CCHS sweeps at Halls Tuesday night

   The Campbell Lady Cougars ran their record to 6 & 4 with a 63 to 51 win over the Red Devils at Halls last night.  That’s their fifth win in a row pushing their District 3-AAA record to 3 & 0.

   Coach Brad Honeycutt felt his team started flat and took a while to shake off the Devils.  However, he told WLAF’s Josh Parker, “I’m very thankful for the win, obviously, and I’m never gonna turn down a win.  We did a lot of good things in the second half, but there’s not much good you can take from the first half.  We did finish the game well.”  The Lady Cougars 17 turnovers and 50% free-throw shooting were sore spots for their head coach.

   Skylar Boshears scored 19 of her game high 23 points in the second half after Blair Medley scored all nine of her points and Madison Brady had 10 of her 16 points to keep Campbell County ahead in the first half.  Brady finished with another double-double, 16 points and 10 rebounds.  Haley Comer added another nine while Emily Ellison knocked down five points as Myra Sexton scored one-point.

   The Lady Cougars next play on Friday at Powell.  Honeycutt says his team has some things to work on before it takes on the Panthers.

   Campbell dominated the second half to whip Halls in the boys game.  The Cougars used a 19 to 7 third quarter to distance themselves from the Devils after a 24-24 deadlock at halftime.  Halls led 10 to 9 after one quarter and was outscored 15 to 14 in the second quarter.  Campbell scored 13 points to Halls 6 in the final frame. 

   The 52 to 37 win snapped a two-game skid and put Campbell into the district win column for the first time through three league games.  The Cougars are now 3 & 3 overall and 1 & 2 in District 3-AAA games.

   Eight Cougars scored with Evan Jackson’s 12 points and John Porter’s nine leading the way.  All of Jackson’s points came in the second-half from behind the arc.  Elijah Phillips, on his first night back from injury, and Landon Addington scored eight each with Carter Wells chipping in seven.  Logan Berry had four while Stretch Bailey and Bryce Duncan had two-a-piece.

   Coach Matt Housley said on the Cougar Wrap It Up Construction Wrap Up Show, “We needed this win right now.”  Halls Jordan Corvette was coming off a 56-point game on Monday in a win over Northview Academy at Kodak.  But Housley points to the defensive effort of Logan Berry that made the difference in holding Corvette to just 19 points, only five in the second-half.

   The Cougars host Jellico on Thursday at Brown Gym.  CCHS beat the Blue Devils 69-52 three weeks ago at Lindsay Gym.  Broadcast coverage begins at 7:20 pm over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  Josh Parker, Noah Smith, and Aaron Hopkins have the action over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 to go along with the live telecast on  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/06/2017-6AM)

Lunceford honored as DUI Prosecutor of the Year

Tops in East Tennessee

   On Monday, Assistant District Attorney General Tessa Lunceford received the Tennessee Highway Safety Office, East Tennessee DUI Prosecutor of the Year Award. This award recognized Tessa's excellent work in prosecution, officer training and victim advocacy. District Attorney General Jared Effler stated, "I'm extremely proud of General Lunceford for her service to the citizens of the 8th Judicial District. This award affirms Tessa's commitment, and that of our entire staff, to improve public safety in our communities."  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/06/2017-6AM)

TOP PHOTO:  Chief Deputy Aaron Evans, Corporal Joe Hopson, Deputy Travis Bostic and Sheriff Robbie Goins on Monday at the annual Tennessee Highway Safety Office and Children’s Hospital of East Tennessee Banquet.

BOTTOM PHOTO:   La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield, LPD Sergeant Noah Riggs, Officer Danielle Massengill, Sergeant Leslie Bruce, and Chief Bill Roehl were on hand to congratulate their award winning staff on Monday at the annual Tennessee Highway Safety Office and Children’s Hospital of East Tennessee Banquet.  The stories and more photos are further down this page.

Two apply for DOS job

Application window closes next week

With less than two weeks left for applicants to apply for the Campbell County Director of Schools position, only two people have expressed an interest in the job.

Donna Singley, principal at Jellico High School, and Jennifer Fields, principal at Jacksboro Middle School, have had their transcripts forwarded to the search committee, according to Clint Bane, board of education chairman. College transcripts are a part of the packet candidates need to submit in order to be considered for the position.


Jennifer Fields is principal at Jacksboro Middle School

Principal of Jellico High School is Donna Singley

A workshop is scheduled for Saturday at 9 am to begin forming interview questions for the applicants.

The current qualifications for the new director include:

-        Must be a Campbell County resident or property owner

-        An Ed.S is preferred

-        Minimum of five years in school administration

-        Minimum of 10 years classroom experience

In order to apply for the position, applicants must provide five professional references, a list of any bankruptcies, and foreclosures along with a history of any or closed litigation for the past 10 years.

The submission window for the application packets will be open until Friday, Dec. 15.

   The projected start date for the new director of schools is March 2, 2018.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/05/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF SCHOOL WEBSITES)

Car fire this morning

No injuries

   The Campbell County Rural Fire Service responded to a car fire this morning.  At 2 am is when firefighters fought a car fire on Towe String Road in front of the rock quarry.  There were no injuries.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/05/2017-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF CCRFS CHIEF DANIEL LAWSON)

Food City’s Holiday Open House is Saturday

10 am until 4 pm

   This weekend, Food City is hosting its annual Holiday Open House at its La Follette store and at the rest of its area locations.  That’s this Saturday, December 9th from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m.

   Open House events consist of a variety of exciting activities, including live entertainment, crafts, door prizes, cake show, displays of holiday fruit baskets, floral centerpieces, wreaths, in-store made candies and gift items, sampling stations featuring candies, cheeseballs, specialty cheese and new and traditional holiday favorites throughout the store.

   Food City is also featuring:

·        $5 off any party tray purchase totaling $15 or more ordered during the open house event.

·        Prepared Holiday Meals - choose from a savory selection of fully prepared meals you can order ahead of time and pick up at the store.

·        Receive 10x the bonus ValuPoints with the purchase of select spiral hams this holiday season.

·        Special holiday pricing throughout the store.

   You are encouraged to bring the entire family and enjoy these tasty treats and special events throughout the store.  Your friends at Food City invite you to come as their guest and celebrate the magic of the holidays.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/05/2017-6AM)

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LPD’s Massengill is named “Municipal Officer of the Year”

Riggs and Bruce are also honored

   La Follette Chief of Police Bill Roehl congratulates La Follette Police Officer Danielle Massengill.  Massengill received the Tennessee Highway Safety Office "Municipal Officer of the Year" award.  Roehl also congratulates Sergeant Noah Riggs and Sergeant Leslie Bruce.  Riggs and Bruce were awarded the "Beyond the Traffic Stop" award for going above and beyond on a recent traffic stop that led to multiple charges and apprehension of a wanted fugitive out of Knoxville.   


L-R Honorees Noah Riggs, Danielle Massengill, and Leslie Bruce of the La Follette Police Department

    The chief expresses that, “We are proud of these Officers and honored to have them as part of the La Follette Police Department.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/05/2017-6AM)

Bostic and Hopson receive “Officer of the Year” awards

Five CCSD deputies are recognized

   On Monday morning, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and Children’s Hospital of East Tennessee recognized Campbell County Sheriff’s Office deputies at its yearly banquet.  At west Knoxville is where law enforcement officers and their actions throughout East Tennessee were showcased.  THSO Law Enforcement Liaison Steve Dillard presented DUI Enforcement Officer of the Year to Deputy Travis Bostic while the Officer of the Year award was received by Corporal Joe Hopson. Both were recognized for their outstanding dedication to law Enforcement and productivity, as well as, their commitment to keeping Campbell County citizens and roadways safe. Children’s Hospital of East Tennessee Injury Prevention Coordinator Lexi Keiser also presented safety awards for the hard work done by deputies in child seat safety. SRO’s Corporal Wayne Barton and Deputy John Minor were recognized for their commitment to child seat safety and child seat inspections this year and their full commitment to keeping children safe. Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said, “We are proud of all of them and so appreciative of their hard work and dedication to this office and our county. These awards are more than well deserved. We are also thankful to our partners in the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and Children’s Hospital of East Tennessee for taking their time and resources to honor ours.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/05/2017-6AM)

Chief Deputy Evans, Corporal Wayne Barton, Deputy John Minor, Sheriff Goins


Corporal Joe Hopson, Sergeant Cody Chapman, and Deputy Travis Bostic

Corporal Wayne Barton, Sergeant Josh Vann, and Deputy John Minor

One person is dead following a morning house fire

Three house fires in less than 24-hours

   One person is dead this afternoon following a morning house fire at Sugar Hollow.  This is just one of three fires since 10:30 pm last night.

   Campbell County Rural Fire Service Chief Daniel Lawson tells WLAF that CCRFS Crews along with firefighters from the La Follette Fire Department responded at 5:38 am this morning to 148 Sugar Hollow Road.  An unoccupied house, a car, and a camper were fully involved when firefighters made it to the scene in well under ten-minutes.

   Lawson explains that state protocol calls for the TBI and the Bomb and Arson to Investigate fatal fires.  He says that it’s not been determined if the deceased is male or female. 

   Neighbors reported being awakened to the sound of explosions.  Lawson says that two fuel tanks and several inflated tires account for the explosions at the site which is a couple of houses behind the Demory Mart.

   About an hour and a half after the Sugar Hollow fire, there was a fire call at 180 Moody Lane at 6:57 am.  The chief says the occupants of that home were lucky to get out with their lives.  They did not have a working smoke alarm, and the fire was well underway once they awakened.  He says the home was too far involved when firefighters made it there; even though it was within a handful of minutes.

  Crews remained on the Moody Lane scene until 9 am and the Sugar Hollow site 'til 1 pm.  Lawson expresses appreciation to the Demory Mart and Bo’s Place for taking care of crew members with food and water.

   La Follette Fire Department Firefighters fought a fire at a home in the 700 block of West Forrest Street last night just before 11 pm.  The home is near Pine Park.

   Chief Lawson reminds you that you need a working smoke alarm in your home.  The CCRFS will install a free alarm in your home.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-2PM)


   Darryl Chapman shares this photo of the Moody Lane blaze. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-7:30AM)

   What a fun day and night.  There was no rain or snow.  The temps weren’t too hateful.  The Santa Trot 5-K started the day, and Saturday night, the parade entrants put on quite a show for the hundreds and hundreds that watched along Central Avenue in La Follette. 

   TOP PHOTO: Christmas Parade Grand Marshal Faye Bowman Heatherly smiles for the WLAF camera.

   BOTTOM PHOTO:  Kenny Baird practices his tape breaking pose at the Santa Trot 5-K.

   If you missed the Christmas Parade, WATCH IT right here.  More Charlie and Lindsay Hutson’s picture parade of the 5-K and the Christmas Parade are further down this page.

Human remains discovered Saturday

Remains are not thought to be of someone local

   On Saturday December 2, 2017, at approximately 2:17 pm, deputies were dispatched to 2013 Flat Hollow Road in the Speedwell area to investigate the apparent recovery of human remains.  A person happened upon the remains in a wooded area.  Campbell County Sheriff’s Officials were led to the location in the mountainous area where they located badly deteriorated human remains. Investigators were immediately dispatched to the location to investigate the area and scene.
   It’s important to note that the preliminary investigation has revealed that it is unlikely that these recovered remains are consistent with any active missing persons investigations within the CCSD’s jurisdiction.
   As customary, Sheriff Robbie Goins reported the findings to 8th Judicial District Attorney General Jared Effler and asked for the assistance and resources of the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. Agents quickly responded to the scene and are active in the investigation with sheriff’s investigators.
   The gender, race or approximate age of the remains have not yet been medically confirmed. It’s likely to take a good amount of time as the remains will be sent to the medical examiner for autopsy.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-6AM)

A dozen plead guilty in criminal court

The following criminal cases were resolved last week in court with the use of plea agreements:

-Amy Garnetta Bolton- attempted sale of schedule II controlled substance; one day to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs, $500 contribution to the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force

-Michael Alan Chesney- vehicular homicide; 15 years to serve with credit for time served, loss of driver’s license for eight years

-Christy Lee Rollow- attempted aggravated burglary; four months jail credit, two years supervised probation, court costs, no contact with the victims

-Carol Lee Longmire- third offense DUI with a child under 18 years of age; 150 days with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days supervised probation, court costs, $2,100 fine, attend one MADD Impact Panel, loss of driver’s license for six years, attend  an alcohol and drug assessment and follow all recommendations

-Michelle Imogene Johnson- attempted aggravated burglary; 93 days to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs, no contact with the victims

-Donna Kay Johnson- DUI; two days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days unsupervised probation, court costs, $350 fine, attend one MADD Impact Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year

-Terry Lynn Delk- two counts of identity theft; three days to serve with credit for time serve, four years supervised probation, court costs, $350 fine, no contact with the victim

-Dennis James Jones, Jr.,- burglary, theft over $1,000; jail credit, four years supervised probation, court costs, $125 fine, no contact with the victim

-Charles Austin Parker- six counts of aggravated assault, aggravated domestic assault, attempted aggravated burglary; 11 years to serve

-Josh Cox- attempted theft over $1,000; 60 days to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs, $75 fine, $1,000 restitution

-Mary Lavonne Sammons- possession of schedule IV controlled substance with intent to sell, possession of drug paraphernalia; three years supervised probation, court costs, $2,150 fine

-Sam Porter Jones, IV- aggravated burglary; seven days to serve with credit for time served, five years judicial diversion, five years supervised probation, court costs, $75 fine, $750 restitution, no contact with the victim   (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-6AM)


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Campbell splits with Clinton

Lady Cougars have won four-straight

   Arch-rival Clinton came to town on Friday.  Campbell split with the Dragons winning the girls game falling in the boys match-up.

   The Lady Cougars won 58 to 41.  CCHS has won its last four games and five of the past six contests to improve to 5 & 4 and 2 & 0 in District 3-AAA games.

   Here’s how the scoring adds up for the Lady Cougars.  Skylar Boshears led all scorers with 21-points as Madison Brady tallied 19.  Emily Ellison chipped in five followed by four from Macy Monday then three from Blair Medley.  Alyssa Brown, Myra Sexton, and Kayleigh Jordan scored two points each.

   Clinton’s Dragons outscored the Cougars 52 to 43.  Campbell is now 2 & 3 in all games with a 0 & 2 record in the district.

   Scoring-wise, Campbell was led by Evan Jackson and John Porter.  Both put up 14-points.  Logan Berry scored six, Carter Wells tallied five, and Stretch Bailey added four-points.

   A busy week is ahead.  The Cougars have three games and the Lady Cougars will play a couple.  Each team plays at Halls on Tuesday and at Powell on Friday.  The Cougars host Jellico on Thursday.  Watch and listen to all three nights of action over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.

   Josh Parker, Noah Smith, and Aaron Hopkins have the coverage of Campbell at Halls beginning Tuesday at 5:50 pm.  Listen live on AM 1450 and FM 100.9 WLAF Radio and watch the games live over  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-6AM)

Violators have probation revoked

Sentenced to prison

On Nov. 27, Eighth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton found the following individuals in violation of their supervised release and remanded them to Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) custody:

Kurt Albertelli Jr., Caryville, had previously pled guilty to two counts of exploitation of minor by electronic means, and received a suspended sentence of four years supervised by TDOC. He was found guilty of violating the terms of his release and was sentenced to serve his four year sentence in TDOC custody.

David Everett Lloyd, LaFollette, had previously pled guilty to aggravated domestic assault and driving on a revoked license, and received a suspended sentence of four years supervised by TDOC. He was found guilty of violating the terms of his release and was sentenced to serve his four year sentence in TDOC custody.

Joshua Michael Luallen, Jacksboro, had previously pled guilty to evading arrest, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, driving on a revoked license, and carjacking, and received a suspended sentence of two years supervised by TDOC. He was found guilty of violating the terms of his release and was sentenced to serve his two year sentence in TDOC custody.

Ronnie Anthony Walker, LaFollette, had previously pled guilty to aggravated burglary, and received a suspended sentence of four years supervised by TDOC. She was found guilty of violating the terms of her release and was sentenced to serve her four year sentence in TDOC custody.

The above violators were prosecuted by the Office of District Attorney General Jared Effler. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-6AM)

Former Lady Cougar Sarah Cain has career day

Leads Bryan to big win

   DAYTON, Tenn. – The freshman guard from Jacksboro, Sarah Cain, put the Bryan College women's basketball team on the board first in Saturday's afternoon Appalachian Athletic Conference game versus the Knights of St. Andrews University (N.C.) with a deep swish from behind the three-point line. Cain would go on to knock down five more from the perimeter, finishing 7-of-11 from the floor to lead the Lions with a team-high 22 points en route to the convincing 82-50 victory over the Knights. The mark is now a career-best for Cain, while she also aided with five rebounds and a pair of assists.

   Former Lady Cougar Sarah Cain (L) drives to the bucket for Bryan

   Bryan improved its overall record to 7-3 and AAC record to 4-2, while St. Andrews fell to 4-4 overall and 3-4 in conference action.

Bryan got off to a quick start, using an 8-0 run to begin the opening quarter and wouldn't allow St. Andrews even a glimpse of the lead for the duration of the game. With 2:26 to go in the first period, Combs found Ludy locked and loaded from downtown where she cashed in the trey to give the Lions a double-digit advantage, 19-9. Leann Scharberg (FR/Johnson City, Tenn.) corralled a pass from Levi with 45 seconds remaining and capitalized in the paint to give Bryan their largest lead of the quarter at 23-9, but a last-second make by St. Andrews dropped the deficit back to 12 points, 23-11, when quarter number one came to a close.

   The Lions have proven to be deadly from the perimeter, and against the Knights they wouldn't disappoint as they made 15-of-35 for 42.9 percent in the contest. Combs continues to establish herself as the most elite three-point shooter in the AAC and helped Bryan add to their lead with back-to-back three's to begin the second quarter. On the next possession, St. Andrews hoped to respond and quiet the Lions with a made three-pointer, but Combs dropped in another long ball just seconds later. The trey train put Bryan on top 32-16 with seven minutes before the break. At the six-minute mark, Combs kept them coming as if she couldn't miss. She drained one from behind the arc, allowing the Lions a 20-point edge at 36-16. Bryan would go up by as much as 22 points but ended the first half with an 18-point lead, 43-25.

   Cain started the second half just as she did the first, dropping in one from outside. Each time the Knights attempted to charge ahead and slim the margin, the Lions would claw back with a three-pointer. Levi got hers in at 7:28, Combs followed at 6:08, and then Levi came back at 5:18 with another make from three-point range for a 57-34 Bryan advantage. Before the third period came to an end, Cain dealt one more trey, while Ludy came away with a steal and looked up court where Allen received the pass and made the layup for a 30-point difference, 66-36. With 12 seconds, St. Andrews made it a 28-point game as the third quarter wrapped up.

   Levi scored the first basket of the final frame to help the Lions gain a 30-point lead, which would only grow as the quarter went on. Makes by Ludy and Allen at the six-minute mark and 3:20 provided Bryan with their largest leads of the game, 36 points. The gap would prove too large for St. Andrews as the Lions captured the 82-50 win.

   Bryan will take a shot at the No. 18 team in the nation, Reinhardt University (Ga.), in the AAC outing scheduled for Wednesday, Dec. 6 at home with tipoff slated for 5:30pm.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-6AM)

Night Christmas Parade was a hit

Santa Trot 5-K tops 100 - SEE RACE PHOTOS HERE

   If numbers mean anything, then Saturday’s Christmas themed events were a smashing success.  The 4th annual Santa Trot 5-K was at 9 am, and the umpteenth Christmas Parade kicked off at 6 pm.

Clarence Lowe (M) and Bill Roehl staying on Santa's good side while Logan Hickman (9146) gets going in the Santa Trot 5-K

   One hundred and two runners took part in the Trot.  Timmy Rutherford took first place with a time of 20:06 while Laura Foster was the first place female finisher in a time of 23:36.  Both are from Knoxville.

   CLICK HERE to see the entire results. 

   Parade enthusiasts began claiming their spots as early as 2 pm on Saturday.  And it was worth the effort.  The first night parade since 2014 was a smashing success.  Parade Director Kelli Jo Wright and her committee out did themselves.  Again.  Thank y’all.

   Upwards of 100 entrants took part.  Hundreds and hundreds and hundreds lined the streets of La Follette to take it all in. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-6AM)

   Jacksboro Middle School sixth-grader Bailey Sommers is pictured with Contest Chairperson Lion Carol McDonald (L).  See Sommers winning artwork photo and her story from Brandon Johnson further down this page.

 Lady Cougars win third-straight

Defeat Pigeon Forge on its home court

   Last week, Pigeon Forge sent the Campbell Lady Cougars reeling.  The Lady Tigers dispatched Campbell 62-52 in the Carter Thanksgiving Classic.  It was an afternoon of frustration for CCHS players, coaches, and fans.  It left the Lady Cougars with one win and four losses.  That prompted a team meeting.

   Fast forward to this week.  A double-overtime win over Cleveland at Farragut and a smothering home win over Anderson set the stage for last night’s game at Pigeon Forge.

   CCHS Head Coach Brad Honeycutt called last night’s rematch with PF a “barometer game.”  His Lady Cougars left little doubt that they’d come a long way since the last meeting with the Lady Tigers.

   A nip and tuck first quarter included two lead changes and five ties.  Kayleigh Jordan’s three broke the game’s final tie and put Campbell ahead for good at 16 to 13 as the first quarter ended.  Jordan’s only points of the night became the “Went to the Well” play of the game sponsored by Chuck Wells and Riggs Drug Jacksboro.

   The Lady Cougars scored nine-straight points to take a 24 to 15 lead mid-way through the second quarter only to see Pigeon Forge run-off seven unanswered points to make it a 24-22 game at the half. 

   An 11 to 3 start to the third quarter proved to be the turning point of the game.  After CCHS built a 35 to 25 lead, the game was never the same, and PF did not get any closer than four (35-31).  From there, CCHS outpaced the Lady Tigers 21-10 while building its largest lead (17) of the game.  The Lady Cougars won 56 to 41.

   The Lady Cougars poured through 17 Bo’s Place (your home for Citgo) baskets to go along with four Travis Thompson Treys (Norris Lake Insurance).  All the while, Campbell limited Pigeon Forge to five three-pointers compared to nine in the first game on November 21.

   For Campbell and the game, Junior Skylar Boshears poured through 18 points (15 in the second-half).  She nursed four fouls for the entire fourth quarter.  Madison Brady was recovering from a turned ankle to post another double-double; 14-points and 13 rebounds.  Emily Ellison added nine with seven of those coming in the third quarter.  Blair Medley and Haley Comer finished with six-points apiece.  Jordan nailed a first-quarter three.

   The Lady Cougar JVs won in their first game of the season 35 to 24 over Pigeon Forge.  Raley Snodgrass led the way with 11-points as Macy Monday and Alyssa Brown chipped in eight-points each.  Kayleigh Jordan knocked down two treys to go along with Carly Walp’s two-point field goal.

   Campbell will have a shoot around and preview ahead of tonight’s home district game with Clinton.  The girls JV game starts at 4:30 pm followed by the Lady Cougars (4 & 4 - 1 & 0) and Clinton at 6 pm and the 7:30 pm nightcap of the CCHS Cougars (2 & 2 - 0 & 1) and the Dragons.

   The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network has the coverage beginning at 5:50 pm from John R.W. Brown Gym.  Josh Parker, Voice of the Cougars, along with Noah Smith and Aaron Hopkins have the live radio, television, and internet broadcast.  That’s radio over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 to go along with the live telecast on and WLAF 12.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/01/2017-NOON)

Duncan arrested for theft

Stolen trailer changed hands multiple times

Bobby Baird owner of Baird Tree Company returned from a job out of state on October 25 to find that he was missing a box trailer.  In a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department the trailer was believed to have been stolen sometime between October 16 and October 25. Baird told Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Joe Hopson that the trailer was a custom built Hurst trailer that was white in color with paint damage on the left side and roof. The trailer also had a company logo on the inside left wall. Hopson received a call from Captain Eric Jones at the Sheriff’s Department who said he thought he had located the trailer at a residence in Jacksboro. Hopson went to the location and spoke with the property owner who gave permission for Hopson to check the trailer. Hopson found paint damage that was consistent with the initial report. He then looked inside the trailer and found the company logo. Hopson was able to confirm that the trailer was the one reported stolen. The individual who was in possession of the trailer at the time it was located, said that he had purchased the trailer two weeks earlier from an individual (who is listed as a co-defendant) and supplied Hopson with the name of the individual the trailer was purchased from.  The individual in possession of the trailer said they had paid $600 for the trailer, and that the suspect at the time had given him back $200 to buy paint and wood for repairing the trailer. The individual stated he paid a total of $400 for the trailer. Hopson was given a copy of the check written to the co-defendant that listed his name, date of birth and driver’s license number on the back of the check. Hopson interviewed the co-defendant who said that he did know the trailer was stolen but did not steal the trailer. The co-defendant said that Everett Bradley Duncan had sold him the trailer for $600. The co-defendant said that Duncan later told him the trailer was stolen and where it was stolen from allegedly.  Duncan admitted to advising the co-defendant and his wife that he would come to the Campbell County Jail and admit to the theft.  Duncan, however, admitted that he was lying to them, and that he would not have done that.   On Tuesday, (November 28) Hopson found out that Duncan was working at a job site located on Patty Hill at Caryville hanging siding.  Duncan was arrested and transported to the Campbell County Jail.  While Duncan’s warrants were being reviewed a warrant for a violation of the Sex Offender Registry was located out of Roane County.  Duncan had failed to notify Hopson that he was a sex offender and failed to provide proper identification. Hopson found that the job site where Duncan was employed was less than 1,000 feet away from Cove Lake State Park.  Further investigation revealed that it was within 800 feet of the park.  A record check revealed that Duncan had also failed to notify Law Enforcement in the area that he was working.

Everett Bradley Duncan


Duncan, 57, 798 Dickey Valley Road, Harriman was charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule III controlled substance, theft of property under $9,999, violation of sexual offender registry and hold for another agency.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/01/2017-NOON) 

Babb arrested on theft charges

Walmart security camera helps solve crime

On November 9, City of Jacksboro Patrolman Franklin Ayers was investigating a theft that had happened inside the arcade at Wal-Mart. It was alleged that a Samsung Chrome Book laptop, battery pods and a cellphone totaling $505 had been stolen from an individual. The individual said that he had gone inside the store to get something to drink and noticed the item missing from the arcade. The individual chased a male and a female who he alleged had stolen the items and saw them get into an older model red Ford Explorer. Ayers was able to watch the store security camera and saw the individual leave the arcade and go inside the store. At that time Ayers, noticed an unknown male and female both wearing Camo Tennessee hoodie’s. The male went into the arcade and exited the arcade with items under his hoodie. Ayers also noticed the unknown female to be watching out for the individual, according to a report from the Jacksboro Police Department.  Ayers was able to identify the male as J.R. Babb Jr., 39, 105 Alexander Circle, LaFollette and the female as Portia Renee Ivey, 35, 105 Alexander Circle, LaFollette. Babb is charged with theft under $1,000 and Ivey is charged with criminal conspiracy.   (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/01/2017-NOON)


LFD gets the big tree ready for the parade

La Follette Fire Department Captain Eddie Hatmaker puts the finishing touches on the big tree at State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith’s office where North 5th Street and Nevada Avenue meet.


Santa Around the World highlights weekend

Event resumes Friday

   “Santa Around the World” runs again Friday at 5pm (until 8 pm) at the old La Follette Post Office on South Tennessee Avenue.  See how other countries, and the USA, celebrate Christmas.  The program runs Saturday from 11 am until 5 pm.  Admission is free.

     (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2017-NOON)

A reception was held Thursday night for Christmas Parade Grand Marshall Faye Heatherly at Hillcrest Baptist Church (PHOTOS COURTESY OF PAM WEBB)

Sommers wins Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

JMS 6th grader

By Brandon Johnson

LaFollette, Tenn. – A Jacksboro Middle School Student is this year’s annual Campbell County Lions Club Peace Poster Winner.  Sixth-grader Bailey Sommers impressed the local Lions Club with her peace poster’s originality and artistic creativity.  The poster was inspired by a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, saying that “peace cannot be attained, it must be earned.” 


For the last 30 years, Lions Clubs around the world have proudly sponsored the International Peace Poster Contest in local schools.  This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. 


A photo of Bailey’s winning submission


Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit, and expression of the theme.  Posters advance through several judging levels:  local, district, state, and then finally to the international level.  At the international level, judges from the artistic communities select one grand prize winner – who will receive $5,000 and a trip to the Lions Clubs International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada.  The Campbell County Lions believe Bailey’s creation to have what it takes to compete at higher levels, and have submitted her artwork to the next level of the competition. 


About the Lions Club
For more than 100 years, Lions Clubs International has been serving those in need.  With more than 1.4 million members, Lions are the global leader in humanitarian service.  The local affiliate of this international organization has been chartered since 2006, and prides itself on serving the local community.  For information on the club, please call (423) 494-4894. 






KNOXVILLE – An investigation by Special Agents with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation into an officer-involved shooting in Pioneer has resulted in the arrest of a Campbell County man.

At the request of 8th District Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Special Agents began investigating an officer-involved shooting incident that occurred Wednesday evening in Pioneer. The investigation revealed that deputies with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office received a report that a man driving a four-wheeler was firing a weapon at vehicles along Elk Main Street. Upon arrival, deputies encountered the subject, identified as Wayne Arnold Moore, in the middle of the roadway. Moore fired shots at deputies, and one of them returned fire. No one was struck. Moore then fled the scene and barricaded himself inside an abandoned house. The Campbell County SWAT team responded to the location and began negotiating with Moore. After approximately four hours, Moore came out of the house and was taken into custody without further incident.

Wayne Arnold Moore

This morning, TBI Special Agents charged Moore (DOB 7-24-61) with two counts of Attempted Second Degree Murder. He is being held in the Campbell County Jail. At the time of this release, a bond amount had not been determined. The investigation remains active and ongoing, and additional charges are pending.

As is our policy, the TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of incidents and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 11/30/2017-11AM)

Pioneer man shoots at deputies

Eight-hour ordeal finally ends

   It was a long night and morning for Campbell County Authorities.  According to reports from E-911 Dispatch, a call of a man pulling a gun on people and blocking a road came in just after 9 pm last night.  But that was just the beginning.

   Deputies answered a call to a home at 246 Elk Main Street in Elk Valley.  The home, not far from Elk Valley Elementary School, is where officials say 56-year old Wayne Moore barricaded himself inside the home and fired gun shots at officers.

   Reports are that the bizarre incident began when Moore pulled a gun on some people and then blocked Elk Main Street with a four-wheeler.  It was reported that he then locked himself away inside the home and fired shots at deputies a little before 9:30 pm Wednesday night. 

   The Campbell County Sheriff’s SWAT Team responded surrounding the home.  Negotiations with Moore began at 11:21 pm and lingered into this morning.  The tense situation ended without incident at 1:58 am today.

   One report indicates that Moore, of Pioneer, possibly suffered some glass cuts when he was inside the home.  He was taken to the La Follette Medical Center for treatment.  He entered the Campbell County Jail at 5:14 am this morning.

   One official with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department tells WLAF that Moore has been arrested once before.  That was in 2007 on aggravated assault and weapons charges.

   The TBI is handling the investigation.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/30/2017-7AM)


Jacksboro man arrested on habitual motor vehicle charges

   On Sunday, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Hopson was assisting the Jacksboro Police Department with an accident on Highway 25W at Wal-Mart.  Hopson noticed a white 2002 Saturn traveling at a higher rate of speed than the vehicle in front of the Saturn.  Hopson saw the vehicle lock up the brakes causing the vehicles tires to squeal and smoke to come from the tires as the car then veered off the road to the left.  The driver of the vehicle, Glenn Tyrone Howard, 59, 119 Island Ford Road, Jacksboro then accelerated and pulled back onto Highway 25W and was headed toward a second crash scene.  Hopson turned on his lights and siren behind the vehicle, and Howard accelerated and turned onto Sharp and Perkins Road without signaling his turn.  According to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Howard then turned into the Wal-Mart parking lot without signaling and again accelerated across the center of the road and almost struck a vehicle that was pulling out from behind the Goodwill store. Howard then turned in behind the Goodwill and accelerated, Hopson pulled around the vehicle and blocked him from continuing into the Wal-Mart parking lot.  When Hopson made contact with Howard, he discovered that Howard had only a Tennessee ID.  Hopson checked Howard’s drivers license and found out it that he had a revoked drivers license for a prior DUI and three prior convictions of the Habitual Motor Vehicle Offender Law.  Howard could not find proof of insurance or registration.  Hopson also found that the vehicles tags had expired last month. When Hopson inventoried the vehicle, he discovered two syringes, a spoon with residue and burn marks, a set of scales and a clear container with what appeared to be a white powdery substance.

   Howard was arrested and charged with felony evading arrest, reckless driving, violation registration law, habitual motor vehicle offender, failure to give a signal, possession of drug paraphernalia and drivers to exercise due care. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/30/2017-6AM)

Pair arrested for trespassing

   Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Corporal Gary Jeffers was dispatched to a burglary in progress on Saturday.  Jeffers was advised that the suspects were pulled in behind a home in a white truck.  Jeffers arrived and found a white Toyota Tacoma parked in the woods adjacent to the home, according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.  Jeffers observed two men who were later identified as Bobby Lee Heatherly, 54, 239 Minton Road, Jellico and Jonathan James Kilgore, 52, 176 Moon View Drive, Tazewell picking up large stones at the property and loading them into the bed of the truck.  Kilgore told Jeffers that they had permission from the property owner to be collecting the rocks.  Once the property owner arrived, he said he did not give them permission to be on his property.  He also told Jeffers he believed the pair had been on the property recently committing theft, and he had even attempted to block the trail they were using by placing large rocks in the way.  The trail the Tacoma was located on had the rocks removed from the path, so they could access the property.  The rock was returned to the owner which is believed to be valued at $200.  While Jeffers was speaking with Heatherly, he noticed the strong smell of alcohol, and that Heatherly was having problems following simple commands such as keeping his hands out of his pockets.

   Heatherly was arrested and is charged with criminal trespassing, theft of property under $999.99 and public intoxication. Kilgore was arrested and is charged with criminal trespassing and theft of property under $999.99.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/30/2017-6AM)

Terry’s Christmas Food Drive for Food Life Services continues

Your donation will be matched

   Your chance to help make someone’s Christmas a little brighter is here.  Terry’s Pharmacy in La Follette and Jacksboro is accepting your non-perishable food and monetary donations.  Rissa Pryse with Terry’s will match your food and cash donations can-for-can, dollar-for-dollar.  All food will be distributed through Food Life Services.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/30/2017-6AM)

“Coffee with the Chief” is next week

LPD Chief Bill Roehl welcomes you

   Tuesday is your next chance to have coffee with the chief.  La Follette Police Chief Bill Roehl welcomes you to enjoy coffee and conversation with him on Tuesday, December 5, from 7:30 am until 8:30 am at Common Ground Coffee Shop in downtown La Follette.  Roehl will be there to discuss any areas of concerns, suggestions for improvements, or simply to acknowledge support for the department.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/30/2017-6AM)

Many businesses make 2017 Christmas Parade donations

First night parade since 2014

   Saturday at 6 pm is parade time for the annual Campbell County Christmas Parade.  You have a choice on just how to take it all in.  You can watch it in person or watch it live on WLAF-TV 12 or  WLAF Radio also has live coverage over AM 1450 and FM 100.9.

   Parade Director Kelli Jo Wright speaks for the entire community expressing thanks and appreciation to all of the sponsors who are helping make this year’s parade a reality.

   Terry’s Pharmacy is once again the Premier Christmas Parade Sponsor while Imagine Dance Studio is the Santa Float Sponsor.  Gold Sponsors are Peoples Bank of the South and Pyro Shows.

   Here is a list of the parade’s Silver Sponsors: 

Charley's Pizza

Short-Redmond Ford

Rick and Gail Parks - Cars

La Follette Housing

First Volunteer Bank

Big O’s Market & Deli

Holston Gas


Quick Shop –  Food and Candy

PL Market - Food and Candy

United Cumberland Bank

La Follette Utilities Board

Dixie Ready Mix

Maynard Sweat Wrecker Service

Home Federal Bank

Woodson’s Cash Store,Inc.

Linda Kilgore State Farm Insurance

Whit Goins

Citizens Bank

Sweats Wreaker Service

Woodmen of the World

Kash & Karry Building

Norris Lake Boat Center

Liquor Barn (John Davenport)

Community Trust Bank

Cross-Smith Funeral Home

Wender’s Furniture

Rice Oil

WLAF-AM, FM, TV, and Dotcom

   These businesses also made significant donations to help make the 2017:

Larry Byrge Printing

Litho-Craft Printing & Office Supplies

Deerfield Resort

E.E. Hill & Son Inc.

McCloud Mountain Restaurant

Reid Troutman Attorney At Law

Ellison Supply

Classic Sign & Trophy

ORNL Federal Credit Union

La Follette Eye Clinic

Tabatha Smith State Farm Insurance

Bowman Jewelers

Lyk-Nu Auto Collision and Service Center

C & C Concrete

Quality Outdoor Power Equipment

Ideal Florist

Gray Insurance - Nationwide

Anchor Marine- Speedwell

Animal Shelter and Friends of Campbell County Animals          

Lindsay’s Carpet and Paint Center

Asbury Law

Steakhouse BBQ

Judy’s Grocery

Royal Pool Room

   Those donating candy are:

Hollingsworth’s Meat Market

Holiday Inn Express



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State wants to know if Smith planning insanity defense

Nearly two years have passed since Jodi Smith allegedly killed her grandmother.  In court Monday, prosecutors asked for deadlines to be set for the March trial.

The state would like to know in advance if the public defender’s office plans to pursue an insanity defense, according to conversations in court.

If the defense intends to use that argument, they are obligated to inform prosecutors, and if they don’t, it can’t be used, Eighth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton said.

The public defender’s office, who represents Smith, said it was in the process of gathering Smith’s mental health records and has “no way of knowing” what those records will reveal Dale Potter, public defender, said.  Many of Smith’s records are in other states and stringent privacy laws have made it difficult to obtain the records, Potter said.

The judge said he planned to enforce the law regarding deadlines and didn’t intend to reset Smith’s first degree murder case.

District Attorney General Jared Effler expressed concern over a possible eleventh hour insanity defense.

“We would need time to get an independent evaluation,” Effler said.

“Are you asking me to order something contrary to the law,” Sexton asked.

Effler said his office simply wanted equality preparing its case.

Potter noted that when his office knew something about Smith’s mental state, he would let prosecutors know as well.

Smith’s case was placed on the Jan. 16 docket for an update.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/29/2017-6AM)

Campbell throttles Anderson for first district win

Brady bunches together big night of points and rebounds

   Underdog Campbell County quickly became top dog in its district opener last night at “The Brown.”  On paper, you almost had to figure that Anderson was the favorite when it came to town Tuesday night to play the Lady Cougars.  But you’d never know it after seeing the scoreboard at the end of the game with Campbell on top 62 to 21.

   From Skylar Boshears finger roll bucket for the opening points to Madison Brady’s first-half double-double, Campbell County dominated the now 5 & 2 Lady Mavericks.  Early threes from Emily Ellison and Blair Medley along with a rare trey from Brady helped jump start the Lady Cougar’s to perhaps their biggest win ever over Anderson County.

   Brady made it to double-digit points (11) and rebounds (13) long before the second-quarter ended.  The 6-foot sophomore finished with 17 points and 16 boards.

   It was a night of first-points as a varsity player for Lady Cougars Alyssa Brown (4), Raley Snodgrass (3), and Megan Asher (2).  Ten of Coach Brad Honeytcutt’s players found the scoring column on a night when everyone who suited up saw action.

   Brady led all scorers for CCHS as only three Lady Mavericks scored.  For Campbell, Boshears finished with 13-points followed by seven from Ellison, Haley Comer’s six, five from Kayleigh Jordan, a trey by Medley, and two-points from Myra Sexton.

   About the only thing the Lady Cougars and their head coach could not do last night was contain their excitement at game’s end.  Honeycutt told the Voice of the Cougars Josh Parker on the Wrap It Up Construction Lady Cougar Wrap Up Show, “We defended, boxed out, and shared the ball.”  Showing each other how much they cared for each other was ‘Cutt’s request in pregame, and the Lady Cougars came through.  The 4th year coach was quick to point out that last night’s win was no reason to hang a banner, but it was a reason to keep what started in Saturday’s double overtime win over Cleveland going; a team effort.

   The 3 & 4 Lady Cougars play a single-game tomorrow night at Pigeon Forge, a team that handily dispatched Campbell last week at Carter.  The measuring stick game tips at 6 pm with live radio coverage over AM 1450, FM 100.9, and, the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/29/2017-6AM)

Comer asks court to set aside his guilty plea

Josh Comer wants to withdraw his second degree murder plea less than three months after he entered it.

The plea wasn’t voluntary, and he didn’t know what he was agreeing to, according to court records.

Comer’s intentions came to light Monday during criminal court.

District Attorney General Jared Effler wasted no time in asking Eighth Judicial District Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton to dismiss the request.

The motion wasn’t filed within the required 30 day timeframe, Effler said.

Bill Jones, of the public defender’s office and part of Comer’s legal team leading up to the plea, further weighed in on the issue.

“He wants out,” Jones said of Comer. Explaining how Comer had contacted his office asking for the motion to be heard, Jones said under normal circumstances, he would have gone to see the inmate, but because “time was of the essence,” he filed the motion despite its late arrival.

Sexton’s first ruling was to grant a motion the public defender’s office filed asking to be removed as Comer’s attorneys.

“I am going to let the public defender’s office out of the case,” the judge said. Comer will no longer have any lawyers “at his beck and call.”

Next, the judge dismissed the request to vacate Comer’s plea. It wasn’t filed within the deadline and there is no proof to substantiate Comer’s claim that he was coerced into the plea that netted him 30 years.

“There was a herculean effort on the part of trial counsel,” Sexton said of the work leading up to the trial that turned into a plea before a jury was even seated.

In September, Comer plead guilty in the death of then three- year-old Gabby Orton. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of child abuse.

With Comer’s motion denied, the ensuing move will be for his case to move to the post-conviction relief phase.

“We need to get ready for the next step,” Sexton said. “There was ample evidence of a knowing plea.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/29/2017-6AM)

Anderson hangs on for win over Cougars

Hit its free throws down the stretch

   The Cougars clawed their way back into the thick of the battle last night at John R.W. Brown Gymnasium.  But it was Anderson County’s accuracy at the free throw line that proved to be the difference in the closing seconds.  The Mavericks defeated Campbell 58 to 50.

   Anderson scored the first 10-points of the second-half to build a 14-point lead only to see the Cougars carve into that lead and make it a tight finish.  With 49-seconds left in the game, the Mavericks clung to a 52 to 50 lead, converted their free throws, and claimed their first district win of the young season.

   Cougar Head Coach Matt Housley calls the Cougars woes fixable mental mistakes.  He explained that CCHS didn’t carry out its three every game tasks; take pride in defense, take care of the ball, and play in the paint.

   Ty Seiber left the game with a knee injury while Evan Jackson played through an injury sustained during last night’s game.  The Cougars were already without the injured Jared Bane, Drew Jordan, and Elijah Phillips.

   Jackson led CCHS with 13-points followed by a dozen markers from John Porter.  Logan Berry and Landon Addington each tallied eight while Carter Wells, who fouled out, finished with seven-points.  Jake Lane tallied two points.

   The Cougars, who had not seen game action since Monday, November 20, fall to 2 & 2 and 0 & 1 in the District 3-AAA.  The next outing for Campbell is Friday at home with district foe and arch-rival Clinton.  Josh Parker, Noah Smith, and Aaron Hopkins bring you the live radio, television, and internet coverage beginning with the Lady Cougars and Lady Dragons at 5:50 pm over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  That’s over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 on radio with the live telecast on, and the telecast is joined in progress at 8 pm on WLAF-TV 12.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/29/2017-6AM)

Annual Food City Pet Hunger Drive starts tomorrow 

The Food City Pet Club is gearing up for their annual Pet Hunger Drive.  This year’s drive will take place beginning tomorrow, November 29th, and running through January 2nd throughout the entire supermarket chain. 

During the drive, shoppers are invited to purchase pre-packaged pet food bags for only $10.  Once purchased, the bags can be deposited in the special collection bins located inside the store.  100% of the food donated benefits local animal shelters throughout Food City’s market area. 

With every $10 pre-packaged bag purchase, customers using their ValuCard are also electronically entered for a chance to win a $500 contribution to the shelter of their choice. 

“Our local animal shelters are dedicated to providing rescue, rehabilitation and adoptive placement for abused and abandoned animals.  Food City is excited to partner with our valued customers to provide area shelters with much needed food supplies to help meet the needs of the animals in their care,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer.   

Last year’s campaign raised a record breaking $91,920 in much needed food donations, which were presented to a number of area animal shelters and  hunger relief organizations.   

“With the assistance of our loyal customers, we hope to set a new record this year to help feed animals in need throughout our region,” adds Smith.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/29/2017-6AM)

Cougars land nine football players on All-Region First Team

Announce 2018 schedule

   The names change from season-to-season.  Though the tradition started by, as many call them, the Price twins began a few years ago.  And that is winning seasons and developing players.  The 2017 football season was no exception.  Campbell posted 8 wins, made it to a school-record fifth-straight playoffs, and landed more players on the All-Region First Team.

   Cougars Zach Rutherford, Offensive Player of the Year, Elijah Phillips, the Tight End of the Year, and Shawn Marcum, the Wide Receiver of the Year, led the way during Honors Week.  The trio is joined by nine other teammates who were tabbed All-Region First Team.

   Cougars Gary Seibers, Bryce Trentham, Drew Jordan, Christian England, Javan McCulley, Zack Phillips, Logan Berry, Eric Hopper; Preston Bowman (academic) were named to the first team.

   Head Coach Justin Price released the Cougars 2018 football schedule:

08-17 at Cherokee

08-24 David Crockett

08-31 at Oak Ridge

09-7 Mo East

09-14 at Gibbs

09-21 BYE

09-28 at Powell

10-5 Karns

10-12 at Fulton

10-19 Clinton

10-26 West

11-2 Round 1 of the Playoffs

   A tradition that also began when the Price twins arrived is live telecasts of Campbell County Cougar Football.  The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network, with Les Martin and Brent Allen behind the mics, brings you all the coverage beginning on Friday, August 17, 2018, over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 on radio and the telecast on and WLAF-TV 12.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/29/2017-6AM)

Chesney pleads guilty in Leach’s death

Sentenced to 15 years

A year after Michael Chesney drove his 1999 Pontiac Firebird into a utility pole killing his passenger, Kristian Leach, he pleaded guilty to that crime.

Chesney, a man with a prior criminal record, was driving the car in LaFollette last October when he fell asleep at the wheel, according to police reports.

Leach, who was the only person in the accident to be injured, died later from injuries sustained in the crash.

On Monday, wearing a green jail issued outfit and shackled at his hands, feet and waist, Chesney agreed that he was guilty of vehicular homicide. He was given 15 years as a Range II offender and lost his driver’s license for eight years.

The heavily tattooed, 29- year- old man sat at the defense table showing little emotion as District Attorney General Jared Effler read the facts of the case.

The first detail Effler recited was that the state had two witnesses to the fatal crash, one of which was riding in the car when it crashed.

Samuel Welch was prepared to testify that he saw Chesney fall asleep at the wheel in Oct. 2016, Effler said. Another witness, who was in the car behind the Pontiac saw it strike the utility and roll over multiple times.

As part of the state’s evidence, Effler said they would have shown the jury the crash report, a photo of the wrecked car and a toxicology report.

That toxicology report would have proven that Chesney had a “toxic level of methamphetamine” in his system when he drove the car into the utility pole, Effler said.

The last piece of evidence Effler said he would show to the jury was picture of Leach- a picture of the young woman smiling. When the photo crossed over the judge’s bench the rest of the courtroom saw a brief glimpse of it. Chesney began to rapidly tap his foot at that point.

Before Eighth Judicial Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton gave Chesney his sentence, Tessa Lunceford, assistant district attorney general, read a statement prepared by Greg and Amy Leach, parents of the victim. The statement was directed at Chesney.

“You took a part of us we will never get back,” Lunceford read. As she spoke the words prepared by the grieving parents, they sat in the courtroom just rows away from Chesney. The couple wrote of their struggle to accept their oldest daughter was dead and that she had left behind two younger sisters who would miss her at milestones in their lives.

The statement went on to describe the pain Chesney had caused not just in the Leach’s immediate family, but, in the extended family. The couple told him that because of “his need to get high” there would forever be an empty seat at the table.

“Your callousness is appalling,” Lunceford read on their behalf. “You have caused a hurt that will never go away.”

The ire felt by the Leach’s was palpable in the courtroom when Lunceford read that they wished Chesney nothing but misery for the pain he had inflicted.

Throughout Lunceford’s narration Chesney sat, looking down at the table in front of him.

Chesney was sentenced as a Range II offender after prosecutors filed a motion earlier this year seeking an enhanced punishment.

In order to be sentenced as a Range II offender, a person must have at least two prior felonies of the same, higher, or within the next two lower classifications of felonies.

In 2012, Chesney was convicted of promotion to manufacture methamphetamine in Anderson County while in 2016, he was convicted of conspiracy to commit robbery in Claiborne County. .  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/28/2017-6AM)

Crawford denied bail reduction

‘At its absolute worst it’s bruising’- Michael Clement, Crawford’s attorney on the injuries discovered on child

Zachary Chase Crawford and Danielle Hale are still in jail following a plea for a bail reduction yesterday.

Crawford, who faces 17 counts of child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age and aggravated child abuse in a child under eight years of age, currently has a $500,000 bail. His attorney, Michael Clement, cried foul at the discrepancy in Crawford’s bail and that of his co-defendant, Hale.

Hale, the mother of the alleged victim, faces aggravated child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age and three counts of neglect of a child under eight years of age. Her bail is set at $100,000.

In court, Clement, who presented no proof to validate his reduction request, said “the proof would show” his client “was of low intelligence” with his IQ being in “the 60s range.” Crawford is also a local resident, with no priors and no history of running, Clements added.

Crawford’s bail should match that of Hale, Clement argued. He then added that he would “love to ask” for his client to be released on his own recognizance but knew the court needed “leverage” to assure an appearance.

Meredith Slemp, assistant district attorney, objected to Clément’s request noting the severity of the five- year- old girl’s injuries as justification for the $500,000 bail.

Seeking information, Eighth Judicial Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton asked why there was a difference in the bails. Slemp said the district attorney’s office had requested the same bail for the two, but, General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons set the bails as they currently stood.

While the charges are the same, Crawford’s are the actionable offenses, while Hale’s are the passive ones, Lindsay Cadle, assistant district attorney, added to the conversation.

“This is bruising. There was no death, no sexual abuse,” Clement said prompting many in the courtroom to look stunned. “At its absolute worst it’s bruising.”

Following his August arrest, Crawford allegedly admitted to police he had used “discipline” on the little girl that included hitting her with an open palm, striking her with a horse’s riding crop and that he also “disciplined” her with his “mouth by using his teeth.” Crawford allegedly went on tell police he “strangled” the child “around her neck using his legs.” He allegedly applied so much force around the neck, petechiae resulted. Petechiae is a condition that occurs when capillaries rupture leaving blood spots in the eyes.

Police determined that Crawford used “a dangerous weapon” on the little girl during the course of the abuse that is estimated to have happened over seven days.

Responding to the reduction request, Sexton said he had “heard no proof” and that Sammons had the benefit of sworn testimony when she set the bails.

“Most of that testimony was the words of the defendant,” Cadle said.

Changing strategy, Clement asked that the hearing be reset.

The judge then circled back to the issue of Crawford’s intelligence noting that he wanted that question explored.

“That is the first we have heard of that (the IQ),” Cadle told the court.

Sexton ordered that the forensic process was to start and reset the case for Jan. 16.

The question of Hale’s bail wasn’t heard.

During the initial investigation, police learned Hale was allegedly aware what her boyfriend was doing to her child, the arrest report said.

The Jacksboro Police Department reported that Hale left her daughter alone with Crawford despite having knowledge of the abuse, police records indicate.

On at least three separate occasions in the course of a week, Hale said she “observed injuries” on her child. According to her arrest report, Hale said she spoke with Crawford telling him to stop “as each incident got worse.”

Crawford and Hale have been charged under Haley’s Law, which means, they are facing stiff penalties if convicted of the Class A felonies. Specifically, if convicted, the pair could face 15- 60 years in prison each. They would not be eligible for early release leaving Crawford and Hale to serve their sentences at 100 percent.  .  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/28/2017-6AM)

City Council Prepares for the Holidays

LaFollette City Councilman Joe Bolinger opened a discussion at last night’s City Council Workshop about a Vietnam Memorial to honor LaFollette High School Alumni. The Memorial would be erected near the Old West LaFollette School. Funds for the memorial are being raised by the LaFollette High School Alumni and are requesting permission only from the city to use the site.  Council members were each given plans that have been drawn up for the memorial to review.

In Administration matters, the 2018 Beer Renewals will be discussed at next week’s regular council meeting. There are 19 permits to be discussed for renewal at that time. The December workshop was scheduled for Wednesday, December 27. The approval of a contract with Cannon and Cannon ADA Transition Plan will be on the agenda for discussion, the plan is necessary for the city to be in compliance by 2019 or they could loose TDOT funding for non-compliance.

Mayor Mike Stanfield shared with the council that he had been approached by an individual requesting the council discuss reducing the speed limit on Regan Lane from 30 mph to 20 mph. Councilmember Ann Thompson requested that they also discuss lowering the speed limit on Claiborne Road.  Chief Bill Roehl said that he would have the officers enforce the speed limit that the council decides on.  Thompson ask City Codes Officer Daniel Smith if anything can be done about a storage container being used as a storage shed at a residence on Claiborne Road. Smith said he was looking for an ordinance on the issue and would let her know when he found something.

Stanfield turned the conversation to a holiday related topic of conversation. Last year Roehl and Stanfield partnered with area business to reward safe drivers in the City of LaFollette.  Drivers who are caught wearing their seatbelt, maintaining the correct speed limit, using turn signals properly and other traffic laws were pulled over and given gift cards to thank them for following the traffic laws.  Stanfield requested to add this to the agenda for next week.  Librarian Nancy Green reminded the council that the Grand Marshall reception will be held on Thursday night at 6 p.m. at Hillcrest Baptist Church to honor Faye Heatherly, this year’s Christmas Parade Grand Marshall. The parade will be held on Saturday night at 6 p.m.  Cooster Smith will be honored as Mr. New Year 2018 in recognition of his contributions to the LaFollette area.  Stanfield pointed out to Public Works Director Jim Mullens that some of the Christmas lights were not working, Mullens said crews were working to correct the issue.

In final business, Stanfield reminded the department heads of the Employee Christmas Dinner that will be held on December 14 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the West LaFollette Community Center. Stanfield requested the department heads contact the retired employees and extend to an invitation to them as well.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/28/2017-6AM)

Anticipation grows for Saturday’s Christmas Parade

6 pm in downtown La Follette

   Saturday’s annual Campbell County Christmas Parade begins at 6 pm in La Follette.  Parade Director Kelli Jo Wright says, “As with every night parade, the anticipation of that atmosphere lends to a higher turnout for both spectators and participants.  This year proves to be no different.”  Wright notes, “ By this point, we’ll usually have 50 or so entries, but we have already exceeded the 65-entry mark.”

   Wright and Campbell County Deputy Mayor Andy Wallace host the event to the crowd and to a WLAF Radio, Television, and Web audience.  Wright’s trying to firm up a third host for Saturday’s event.

   The coverage begins at 6 pm on WLAF with Aaron Evans, Wender Furniture, Litho-Craft, Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store, Tom Hatmaker, C & L Furniture, and the City of La Follette making the live broadcast possible.

   “We’re expecting a spectacular event this year,” said Wright.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/28/2017-6AM)

CCHS’s Rutherford #12 is Player of the Year

2017 All-Region 3-5A Team - Coaches & Players of the Year

Coach of the year- Joe Gaddis (Oak Ridge)

Offensive Assistant of the year- Justin Long (Fulton)

Defensive Assistant of the year- Jeff Miner (Oak Ridge)

Co-POY- Zach Rutherford # 12 (Campbell County); Johnny Stewart (Oak Ridge)

Offensive POY- Xavier Malone (Fulton)

Defensive POY- Zach Stokes (West)

Quarterback- Walker Trusley (Powell)

Runningback- Tee Hodge-Harper (Karns)

Fullback- Deshawn Page (Fulton)

Tight End- Elijah Phillips # 15 (Campbell County)

Wide Receiver- Shawn Marcum # 9 (Campbell County)

Offensive Lineman- Bryson Garrett (Karns)

Defensive Lineman- Tyreece Edwards (West)

Linebacker- Rob Quan Thomas (Fulton)

Defensive Back- Kai’reese Pendegrass (Oak Ridge)

Punter- Isaac Quick (Oak Ridge)

Place Kicker- Logan Bowers (West)

Returner- Dorian Williamson (Fulton

Specialist- Jashaun Fenderson (Fulton)

Sophomore of the year- Drew Francis (West) (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2017-11AM)


Caryville’s Christmas Light Contest is underway

If you live in the Town of Caryville, get your name on the list today

   Once again, the Town of Caryville is sponsoring its annual Christmas Light Contest for its residents.  Cash prizes will be awarded.

   Anyone who live inside the Town of Caryville wanting to participate needs to call Caryville City Hall and get your name and address on the list.  The number to call is 423.562.9478.  Deadline to get on the list is Wednesday, December 20, 2017.

   Winning Christmas Lights will be selected by a majority of the committee that will view all entries from Caryville residents.  First Place wins $300 with second place taking $200 and the third place light contestant gets $100.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2017-NOON)


Busy weekend for CCRFS

Answered several calls

   Friday night, crews with the Campbell County Rural Fire Service were extra busy.  They answered two fire calls.

Two ATVs were on fire on a trailer in the Davis Chapel area on Friday night


Later Friday night, there was a non-injury car wreck on Davis Chapel Road.  However, the car caught on fire.

    The CCRFS also worked two car accidents, fought a brush fire, and assisted EMS.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2017-7AM – PHOTOS COURTESY OF CCRFS CHIEF DANIEL LAWSON)

Sunday night rollover accident

In front of Zaxby’s at Jacksboro

   WLAF’s Noah Smith snapped this photo of a Sunday evening accident.  It was a rollover mishap near Zaxby’s Restaurant that happened just after 6 pm.  There was no life threatening injuries.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2017-6AM)

Goins fired after being arrested

WLAF broke the story on November 17

   A LaFollette Elementary School Teacher has been terminated according to Director of Schools Larry Nidiffer, after being arrested on November 15. LaFollette Elementary School staff notified Shaneil Ayers with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department about the possibility of an intoxicated teacher at the school. School staff requested Stephanie Goins, 49, 113 Indian Creek Road, Jacksboro to come into the main office of the school where Campbell County Sherriff Corporal Ty Daugherty asked Goins if she had taken any prescription medications. Goins said she had taken one milligram Neurontin and one 75 milligram Effexor in the morning according to a report from the Campbell County Sherriff’s Department. Daugherty then performed field sobriety tests on Goins in which she performed poorly. Goins was arrested and charged with public intoxication, consuming alcoholic beverages of school property and possession of alcohol on school property.  While being booked into the Campbell County Jail, Deputy Courtney Larson found an unopened can of Bud Light Lime-A-Rita Classic Margarita in Goins purse that had been taken from her classroom at the school. Goins was arrested in February 2014 for charges of driving under the influence and violation of the implied consent law.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2017-6AM)

Sneak peak at downtown light show

WLAF’s Charlie Hutson snapped these photos Friday night

A Campbell County man continues recovering

Crash happened early Thanksgiving day

   A La Follette man remains hospitalized this morning.  He continues recovering from injuries sustained in a Thanksgiving morning crash. 

Thanksgiving morning's pre-dawn crash sent one man to the hospital via med chopper

   The Tennessee Highway Patrol has released details of that Thanksgiving morning wreck.  The THP reports that 27-year old Anthony Chambers was heading into La Follette on Highway 25W just before 6:30 am Thursday morning.  Chambers 2002 Dodge Dakota pick-up truck crossed over in to the center turn lane and both eastbound lanes.  The pick-up continued traveling west off the roadway until it struck a parked big rig and came to rest under the semi-trailer that did not have a tractor attached.

   Chambers was extricated from his truck and was airlifted to a Knoxville hospital where he remains this morning.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2017-6AM)

Lady Cougars win a nail biter

Face Anderson Tuesday at home

By Jim Freeman

   A determined Lady Cougar squad willed its way to a win on Saturday at Farragut’s Thanksgiving Classic.  On Saturday, November 18, Cleveland ran up a big lead on Campbell at Huntsville in the United Cumberland Bank Classic and held on for a 74-71 win.  The story played out quite differently this past Saturday when the two young basketball teams met up again.

   Cleveland raced out to a five-oh lead, and it appeared a repeat of the November 18, meeting was developing.  Then Lady Cougar Haley Comer hit a lay-in two minutes into the game.  And then a baseline jumper.    Seconds later, the junior nailed a deep corner three.  Campbell was ahead 7 to 5.  From there it was either a one-point difference or tied the rest of the opening quarter.  Junior Skylar Boshears swished a jumper as the first quarter closed to put CCHS up 15 to 14.

Lady Cougar Junior Haley Comer puts through Campbell’s first points of the game against Cleveland on Saturday

   The Lady Cougars built their largest lead at 27 to 21 with three-minutes left before halftime and led 29-26 at the break.  But it was Cleveland’s Lady Blue Raiders scoring 18 of the next 23-points to take their biggest lead of seven at 39 to 32 with four-minutes remaining in the third quarter.  However, the turning point of the game was when Campbell reeled off the next ten-points to hold a 42-39 edge at the end of three.

   Cleveland outscored the Lady Cougars 14 to 11 in the fourth quarter.  Campbell tied the game at 53 with 1:50 to go, and it stayed tied until the end of regulation and on through the first overtime.  In the overtime, the Lady Cougars won the tip, missed a shot, Cleveland rebounded and held the ball the final 3:30 of the four-minute extra session but it could not get a bucket to drop.

   Campbell grabbed the lead for good on a Macy Monday jump shot in the second overtime.  Another Monday basket and a Madison Brady free throw proved to be the offensive difference.  However, with CCHS clinging to a single-point lead, it was Skylar Boshears block of a Lady Blue Raider potential game winning shot to be the defensive difference.  Campbell won 58-57 in two overtimes.

CCHS Sophomore Madison Brady positions for a rebound on Saturday at Farragut’s Thanksgiving Classic

   There was one Travis Thompson trey (Norris Lake Insurance), 17 Bo’s Place, your home for Citgo, baskets, and two Went to the Well(s) plays of the game.  The “Went to the Well” plays of the game, sponsored by Chuck Wells and Riggs Drug Jacksboro are the Brady game winning free-throw and the Boshears game saving blocked shot.

   Brady led all scorers with 17-points followed by Comer’s 16.  Monday came off the bench to post double-digits on a career day with 11 points while Boshears added seven to go along with five from Emily Ellison and two from Blair Medley.  Six of the eight Lady Cougars that suited up scored.  Kayleigh Jordan and Myra Sexton also saw action.  Medley was saddled with fouls much of the game and eventually fouled out with 4:19 left in regulation.  Boshears played with four fouls the final 13:21.

   The Cougars swing back into action with the Lady Cougars as district play begins tomorrow night at John R.W. Brown Gym.  CCHS hosts the Anderson Mavericks.  Josh Parker, Noah Smith, and Aaron Hopkins bring you the live radio coverage over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 FM with the live telecast on  Air time is 5:50 pm over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/27/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF LA FOLLETTE PRESS SPORTS EDITOR ROBBY O’DANIEL)


Win WLAF’s “World’s Smallest Christmas Stocking”

Registration begins today at local businesses

   Who wouldn’t want to win $500 cash?  Right.  WLAF’s “World’s Smallest Stocking” contest starts this morning at Bowman Jewelers, Doyle’s Tire Shop, Gifts from Above, Jacksboro GNC, Litho-Craft Printing & Office Supplies (closed today), Pierce Furniture Gallery, Radio Shack, and United Cumberland Bank.  The stocking is stuffed with $500 cash.  All you need to do is stop by these local businesses and register, and you’ll have a chance to win. 

   A drawing will be held at each business on Wednesday, December 20, 2017, with the name being announced live over WLAF.  The next day, Thursday, December 21, 2017, one name will be drawn from the eight finalists at noon live over WLAF, and that person will win the “World’s Smallest Christmas Stocking” stuffed with $500 cash.

   No purchase is necessary.  You must be at least 18-years old to sign-up.  And we request that you only sign-up once per visit to a participating sponsor. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2017-6AM)


Two arrested in Bell’s death

LaFollette man killed on Monday night

Two men have been arrested in connection with the death of a LaFollette man.

James Kevin Bell, 36- year-old was found dead just before midnight on Monday at 2315 Fisher Place, a street in South Knoxville not far from the Island Home area, authorities said. They added that the shooting didn’t appear to be random.

Late Tuesday, Lamone Price Simmons, 35, and Tykemien Stewart, 18, both of Knoxville were charged with one count of first degree murder in the shooting death of Bell, according to Knoxville Police Public Information Officer Darrell Debusk. Both suspects are being held on a $500,000 bond in the Roger D. Wilson Detention Facility in Knoxville, Debusk said.      Knoxville police said Bell had been living with a relative for several weeks in the Fisher Place home where the shooting took place.

Bell, whose last listed address was in Demory, had been arrested several times here in Campbell County for charges ranging from DUI to criminal trespassing. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2017-6AM)

Holiday season starts now

Your chance to Shop Local, Win Local

After the turkeys are gone and the pumpkin pie is a memory, thoughts often turn to shopping. With Black Friday seemingly to start earlier each year, the busiest shopping day of the year has upped its game with some stores opening late on Thanksgiving Day.

The holiday season, which is traditionally started on Black Friday, is crucial for the economy because around 30 percent of annual retail sales occur between Black Friday and Christmas.

Area stores will be offering a multitude of sales this year and opening early.

Experts at recommend staying away from certain items such as:


Toys are one of the seasonal purchase staples, but waiting until closer to Christmas to purchase dolls, action figures and play sets may pay off. You run the risk that certain items will sell out, but you may also be able to find bigger savings on what’s left.

Christmas decorations

Post-Christmas clearance sales are every year on Dec. 26. That’s when Christmas decorations, wrapping paper, tinsel and other seasonal trimmings reach their lowest prices.

Winter clothing

Fall and winter clothing generally isn’t the best value on Black Friday. Jeans, for instance, see big sales in October, and retailers frequently offer big clearance sales on jackets when winter gives way to spring. does recommend buying the following items on a Black Friday shopping trip:

Apple products

Traditionally, major retail stores discount Apple products each year on Black Friday, and previous-generation models usually see the most dramatic deals. This year, look for deals on MacBooks, iMacs, iPhones, iPads, Apple Watches and Apple TVs.

Gaming system bundles

Look for savings on video games and video game systems from retailers such as  Walmart and GameStop. Traditionally, these include the game console plus a combination of games and accessories.


Electronics deals are a Black Friday staple.

No matter where you choose to shop on Black Friday it’s almost guaranteed TV and tablet doorbusters will be part of the offering. Another electronics deal to keep an eye out for is smartphones.

This weekend is also the Shop Local, Shop Small event.

During the Shop Local Weekend residents are encouraged to visit local retailers for holiday gifts and then to save their receipts for the Shop Local, Win Local drawing.

Receipts should be brought to the chamber beginning Nov. 27 to take place in the drawing.

Gifts from the drawing will come from chamber businesses, said Christie Elkins, executive director of the chamber.

“This was the idea of our retail committee,” Elkins said.  “We asked shoppers put their names and contact information on the back of the receipt and then give it to us to enter into the drawing,” she said. “On Friday, Dec. 1, at noon, we will have a drawing on Facebook Live and we are going to draw as long as we have prizes.”

Businesses that have donated thus far are Woodson's Cash Stores, Home Federal Bank, and United Cumberland Bank.

Receipts can also be dropped off at Alco Builders and Realty, Badcock Furniture, Chamber, Home Federal Bank, Powell Clinch Utility District, United Cumberland Bank, and Woodson’s Cash Stores.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2017-6AM)

Traffic stop ends in arrest

   On November 14, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Nathaniel Bostic was traveling on Hwy 116 in Caryville. When Bostic passed an oncoming vehicle, he saw a passenger in the rear seat of the car was not wearing a seatbelt and that the vehicles lights were not on prior to dark, according to a report released from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. Bostic noticed several occupants in the vehicle were nervous as they passed Bostic and were continuously looking back.

Travis Wayne Diller, 30, 296 Island Cove Road, Rocky Top

The front passenger in the vehicle was recognized by Bostic as having an active arrest warrant as well. Bostic initiated a traffic stop with the vehicle and noticed Travis Wayne Diller, 30, 296 Island Cove Road, Rocky Top, who was seated in the right rear passenger seat of the vehicle and acting nervous. Bostic requested Diller to exit the vehicle, once out of the vehicle, deputies conducted a pat of Diller and a syringe fell from his pant pocket. Bostic also saw a pill bottle fall from Diller’s left pant leg with a small baggy with a clear crystal-like substance inside. Bostic also observed that there were green color pills inside the pill bottle believed to be a schedule II narcotic inside with two straws that were folded. Diller was arrested and charged with possession of drug paraphernalia and two counts of possession of schedule II controlled substance. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2017-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

Elliott arrested for failure to obey

   Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Gary Jeffers was assisting with traffic control on Hwy 297 at the Creekmore Housley Intersection due to a traffic accident on November 14. During this time, Jeffers noticed a white GMC Sonoma with James Perry Jr., sitting in the passenger seat allegedly attempting to conceal his face behind his hands.

Charlie Ray Elliott, 35, 353 Brick Plant Drive, Jellico

Jeffers had prior knowledge that Perry had active arrest warrants and had been actively searching for him in the weeks prior, according to a report from the Campbell County Sherriff’s Department. Jeffers yelled for the driver of the truck, Charlie Ray Elliott, 35, 353 Brick Plant Drive, Jellico, to stop. Elliott briefly stopped and then continued to go forward about 10 yards while Jeffers was continually yelling for him to stop the vehicle. Once the vehicle stopped, Perry was taken into custody for his active arrest warrants. Jeffers asked Elliot to consent to a search of the vehicle and Elliot agreed. Jellico Police Chief J.J. Hatmaker assisted in the search where an unopened suboxone package was found underneath the driver seat of the vehicle. Elliot was arrested and charged with failure to obey police officer and possession of schedule III controlled substance. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2017-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

Great turnout for turkey at Poor Boyz

Free Thanksgiving lunch was a hit

   The announcement started airing Tuesday on WLAF that Poor Boyz Restaurant would serve a free Thanksgiving lunch yesterday.  And the response was “great” according to one of the PB’s waitresses.  Upwards of 100 people came out for the delicious meal that was served up beginning at noon.  She went on to say that Poor Boyz is glad to be a part of the community, and that it was a wonderful thing seeing the turnout.  Poor Boyz Restaurant is on South Avenue across from Gamble Motors in La Follette.   (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2017-6AM)

The Campbell County Highway Department wishes you a great holiday

“A safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend to you” from Campbell County Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck and staff.

Pick-up truck slams up under big rig trailer

‘He must’a fallen asleep’ – Eyewitness

   Seeing this morning’s crash scene where a small pick-up truck jammed itself up under the trailer of an 18-wheeler was surreal.  Across from Valley Roofing and IGA is where the La Follette-bound red pick-up veered off the road slamming into the parked trailer shutting down both west side lanes and the turn lane.

   There was one eyewitness.  He spoke to WLAF News saying that he was driving toward Jacksboro on the four lane in front of Gray Insurance when he saw the truck “coming in hot” appearing as if it was going to pull over to park.  Instead, it rammed up under the trailer with most of the pick-up ending up under the big rig.

   The eyewitness was able to get the passenger side door open and talk to the driver.  He said the driver did talk to him as he saw that his seat was broken from the floor board and pushed back from the force.  The witness said, “There were no skid marks, no indication that the pick-up was intending to stop, and that he felt like the man must’ve been asleep.”

   The accident happened just before 6:30 am.  Highway 25W in front of IGA was temporarily closed so Lifestar 4 could land.

    One of the technicians aboard Lifestar 4 described the man as being 28-years old and fully alert.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/23/2017-7:30AM)



   Crews were getting lights ready yesterday in Freeman Park in La Follette.  WLAF’s Charlie Hutson snapped this photo and shares a few more snapshots further down this page.

Scam warning from Don McGuire

 Do NOT give permission

   Don McGuire is the president of the Campbell County Fireman’s Association.  And he’s warning you about a scam this Thanksgiving holiday weekend.  McGuire explains that a bogus organization is calling folks saying they are with the Volunteer Fireman’s Association and requesting a donation.  They ask a question to record your voice to use for permission to scam money from you.

   McGuire emphasizes, “This organization does not exist.  It is a scam.”

   He cautions to not send these people money or even talk to them.

   McGuire advises that if you want to make a donation to one of the local fire departments to just contact them directly.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/22/2017-4PM)

LaFollette man shot, authorities expect arrest soon

   A LaFollette man is dead following a Knoxville shooting.  Authorities don’t believe the shooting that killed 36- year-old James Kevin Bell was random, according to reports.

Bell was found dead just before midnight on Monday at 2315 Fisher Place, a street in South Knoxville not far from the Island Home area.

   Knoxville police said Bell had been living with a relative for several weeks in the Fisher Place home where the shooting took place.

 Investigators are interviewing persons of interest in the fatal shooting.  KPD expects charges to be filed in connection to Bell's death "in the near future."

 Bell’s last known address in LaFollette was on Demory Road.(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/22/2017-6AM)

Webb receives new court date

Michael Cody Webb, a onetime school employee, has seen his court date reset again.

Yesterday, Webb, 25, appeared in general sessions court to answer to six charges of contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

His appearance was rescheduled for Jan. 23, 2018.

Webb, who was employed as a janitor in the Campbell County School system until this incident came to light, is accused buying alcohol for six juveniles and allowing them to drink it in his home; he faces one count per child.

Webb’s father is one of the assistant football coaches for Jacksboro Middle School and his brother is on the team. It appears that Webb made contact with the juveniles through football practice.

Webb was terminated “as soon as we heard about the incident,” Campbell County Director of Schools Larry Nidiffer said.

The charges are based on allegations, which were later confirmed by the six children involved, that Webb picked them up from school grounds on July 28 and purchased alcohol for them. Webb allegedly took the students to a local gas station where they gave him money to buy the alcohol, the report said.

According to the arrest warrant, Webb then took the juveniles back to his home, where they consumed the beverages and spent the night.

Ten days later, a parent came forward to Brent Peel, the Jacksboro Middle School Football coach, and reported the drinking.

Contributing to the delinquency of a minor is a Class A misdemeanor that carries a possible 11 months and 29 days in jail and/ or a $2,500 fine per charge. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/22/2017-6AM)

Lady Cougars fall to Pigeon Forge

Threes and fouls do-in CCHS

   Campbell County had its inside game going against Pigeon Forge.  Going until Madison Brady picked up her third foul in the second quarter last night at Carter High School.  Sharp shooter Emily Ellison also fell prey to fouls being tagged with her third also in the second frame.  Brady had 11 first-half points to lead all scorers.

   The Lady Cougars, playing in the Carter Thanksgiving Classic, trailed the Lady Tigers by nine, PF’s largest lead, before Haley Comer nailed a top of the key three as the first quarter horn sounded.  The Lady Cougars carved into the Tigers lead to make it a four-point game at the break and then on down to a 31-29 game early in the third quarter.  But that was as close as Campbell would get the rest of the way.

   CCHS kept dangling hope in front of its fans as Ellison drained a three as the third quarter closed to make it 46 to 40.  Then, in the fourth, Skylar Boshears awakened after a scoreless first half to post back-to-back buckets and stirred hope among the Cougar faithful again.  But that was short-lived. 

   Pigeon Forge, hitting nine threes to Campbell’s three on the night, made its free throws down the stretch and won 62 to 52.

   Brady led all scorers with 16 followed by ten from Bo and nine from Comer.  Ellison finished with seven while Blair Medley chipped in two treys.  Myra Sexton came off the bench to score three.  All eight Lady Cougars that suited up scored while PF went nine deep with all nine ringing up points including sub Karli Roach who hit four threes to finish with 16 points.

   PF improves to 3 & 1 while Campbell falls to 1 & 4.  The Lady Cougars play the Cleveland Blue Raiders Saturday at noon at Farragut High in the Admirals’ Thanksgiving Holiday Tournament.  The Raiders won 74-71 over Campbell last Saturday at Huntsville in the United Cumberland Bank Classic.  The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network has the radio only coverage over AM 1450, FM 100.9, and  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/22/2017-6AM)

Twenty-one people involved in Monday’s round-up

“Operation Thanksgiving Harvest”

   A year-long undercover narcotics investigation yielded indictments.  By daybreak on Monday, law enforcement was on the ground arresting and actively seeking nearly 40 of Campbell County's alleged drug offenders and probation violators.
   Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins explains to WLAF that, “Evidence had been gathered for nearly a year in this investigation.  Drugs, money, vehicles and property have been collected in several search warrants and presented as evidence to a Campbell County Grand Jury.  Dubbed "Operation Thanksgiving Harvest,” this was a nearly year-long undercover drug investigation by the Sheriff's drug investigators and the District Attorney's 8th Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force.  A Campbell County Grand Jury convened days ago, hearing criminal evidence against these individuals and returned true bill indictments demanding their arrest.

  Here is a list of those individuals from the CCSD who were picked up on Monday:  James Addington, Jean S Hurst, Chad Profitt, Diane Daniel, Buffy Perkins, Tommye Ogg, Clifford D. Cox, Amanda Morris, David W. Perkins, Wendall F. Malone (in custody Whitley County Sheriif’s Office in Kentucky), Natasha Fox, Patrica Malicoat, Glenn R. Sampsel, Dexter Fitzpatrick, Robert Rookard, Deron Ausmus (in custody in Campbell County Jail) – Other:  Jimmy Presnell, Nicole Marlow, Daniel Lambdin, Cheyenne Jackson, and Nicole Marlow.

  The sheriff goes on to say, "These investigations, indictments and arrests are products of citizen concerns, undercover investigations and a committed decision by law enforcement to hold these people accountable as many times as it takes, for as long as it takes. Some folks haven’t lived long enough to celebrate another holiday because of drugs and our goal is to keep these alleged drug dealers in jail through the Thanksgiving Holiday.”

   The following names and charges come from Tuesday’s Campbell County Sheriff’s Report.  The report outlines the details involving the arrest of these people in Monday’s “Operation Thanksgiving Harvest.”

Addington, James Thomas age 40 of 712 East Ash Street – La Follette for possession of schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) in a drug free school zone, possession of schedule VI controlled substance in a drug free school zone and possession of unlawful drug paraphernalia.

Cox, Clifford Daryl age 52 of 1035 South Main Street – Jellico for the manufacture, delivery and sale of schedule II controlled substance (2 counts) and possession of schedule II controlled substance (cocaine) (2 counts).

Daniel, Diane Charlene age 30 of 253 Pleasant Drive – La Follette for violation of a drug free school zone.

Fitzpatrick, Dexter Lawrence age 29 of 339 Coal Street – Jellico for the manufacture, delivery and sale of schedule II controlled substance.

Fox, Natasha Ann age 30 of 419 Logan Street – Jellico for possession of imitation controlled substance and the manufacture, delivery and sale and possession of schedule II controlled substance (meth) with intent.

Hurst, Jean Sue age 54 of 585 Carr Wynn Road – La Follette for possession of a schedule II controlled substance in a drug free school zone.

Jackson, Cheyenne Nichole age 27 (homeless) of TN for capias/bench warrant.

Lambdin, Daniel Lee age 37 of 197 Sled Creek Road – Duff for evading arrest, resist stop frisk halt search and resisting arrest.

Malicoat, Patricia Ann age 40 (homeless) of TN for possession of schedule III controlled substance in a drug free school zone.

Marlow, Nichole Larae age 42 of 5703 White Oak Road – Duff for burglary; other than habitation, theft of property $2,500 - $9,999, filing a false report or bomb threat, criminal impersonation and evading arrest.

Morris, Amanda Lynn age 31 of 772 Twin Hills Lane – Jacksboro for the manufacture, delivery and sale of schedule IV controlled substance and the manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of schedule II controlled substance.

Ogg, Tommye Burress age 53 of 711 West Virginia Avenue – La Follette for the manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of schedule II controlled substance.

Perkins, Davis Wayne age 41 of 128 Depot Lane – Pioneer for possession of schedule II controlled substance in a drug free school zone, and the manufacture, delivery and sale of schedule II controlled substance.

Presnell, Jimmy Lee age 31 of 227 South Myrtle Avenue – Jellico for violation of probation (criminal court), resist stop frisk halt search and hold for Anderson County for child support.

Proffitt, Chad Mitchell age 43 of 223 Hillside Drive – La Follette for possession of schedule VI controlled substance (3 counts), the manufacture, delivery and sale of schedule III controlled substance, the manufacture, delivery, sale and possession of schedule II controlled substance (meth), unlawful possession of felony paraphernalia and possession of a firearm with intent to go armed.

Rookard, Robert Dewayne age 53 of 222 Broad Street – Jellico for official misconduct and simple possession of marijuana.

Sampsel, Glenn Ray age 71 of 2014 South 14th Street – La Follette for possession of schedule II controlled substance in a drug free school zone.

   “Special appreciation and thanks to the partners in law enforcement: District Attorney's 8th Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Tennessee Highway Patrol, LaFollette Police Department, Caryville Police Department, Jacksboro Police Department and the Jellico Police Department for their assistance, resources, manpower and continual concern." concluded Sheriff Goins.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/22/2017-6AM)

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Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store starts blowout sale

   The La Follette Press continues its tradition of a Wednesday edition during the week of Thanksgiving.  And for Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store shoppers, there’s something extra special for you in today’s Press.  Every item in the Shepherd’s Home Thrift Store in Woodson Mall at Food City Center is selling for 50% off the original price.  However, there is a catch.  Store manager Jeff Hassler says that you must have a coupon.  He says you can buy a paper, clip the coupon, and present it when you check out.  You’ll then receive the 50% discount.  The sale runs through December 23, 2017.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/22/2017-6AM)

Planning Commission meets next week

Last day of the month

   The City of La Follette Regional Planning Commission meets next week.  The meeting will be Thursday, November 30 at 4:30 pm at City Hall.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/22/2017-6AM)

Here are some of Charlie Hutson’s snapshots from Tuesday at Freeman Park


Common Ground reopens this morning at 7 am

‘Blessed for the early alert of the fire’ – Joey St. John

   Common Ground Coffee Shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays.  However, for a while on Monday, it looked like opening today might not be happening.  At 7:37 am yesterday, a fire call from the coffee shop came in to the La Follette 9-1-1 Dispatch Center.  Joey St. John with Common Ground credits that early alert of the fire and the quick response from La Follette’s Police and Fire Departments as the difference.  He described yesterday’s event as a “small fire” and felt then that “we should be OK.”

   St. John tells WLAF, “I’m glad to be open on Tuesday and continue to serve our community.”

   The shop opened in mid-October and has been abuzz since at the corner of East Central and First in the heart of La Follette.  Hours of operation are 7 am to 7 pm Tuesday through Saturday.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/21/2017-6AM)

Cedar Creek ‘Jumping Bridge’ now off-limits to swimmers

Norris Lake thrill seekers may have to look somewhere besides the infamous “Jumping Bridge” next summer to get their kicks if the Campbell County Commission has its way. The commission voted unanimously Monday night to erect “No Jumping” signs on all county bridges crossing the lake along with fencing to prevent people from easily accessing those bridges.

The motion came following a discussion at last week’s workshop where citizens complained about the large number of people who gather daily at the bridge to party, swim and leap from the bridge. Dr. Gary Peevley, who owns property on both sides of the Cedar Creek Bridge, told commissioners that during summer months dozens of people jump from the bridge, many of them drinking, and he was concerned about safety and potential liability.

“I’ve even seen a person go off the bridge in a kayak,” Peevley pointed out, voicing his concerns about jumpers impeding traffic. The bridge is also festooned with graffiti, Peevley added, much of it profane.

Another speaker complained about the many swimmers she said were under the influence and added that beer cans and even syringes littered the area around the bridge.

“Somebody is going to get killed out there,” area resident Phyllis Clingner said, ‘I’m surprised it hasn’t happened by now.”

Peevley added that a “No Jumping” sign had been erected at the White Bridge and he felt the same care should be shown at Cedar Creek, long christened the “Jumping Bridge” among tourists and summer residents.

At the workshop, County Attorney Joe Coker informed commissioners that although violations of county ordinances can be prosecuted for a misdemeanor and $50 fine, there is currently no ordinance concerning jumping from bridges. Following Monday’s vote, that is no longer the case.

In a surprisingly brief monthly meeting, the commission also voted to add the county’s endorsement to a plan to develop a lodge, golf course and indoor water park on property owned by Norris Dam State Park.

Commissioners voted unanimously to endorse the so-called Rocky Top Project after being assured by Mayor E. L. Morton that funding for the development is all private and will not be another version of the Lighthouse Lodge proposal that the commission refused to support several years ago.

The difference, Morton pointed out, is that Campbell County was being asked to underwrite the Lighthouse Lodge, which would have negatively impacted the county’s bond rating and left the county liable if the project failed. In the case of the current project, the county is not being asked for anything except an endorsement with no fiscal risk.

The commission began the meeting by recognizing another long-time local business, this time Jellico’s UBank, formerly Union Bank, along with the McClary family that has been affiliated with the bank for decades.

Current bank president Alan McClary thanked the commission for recognizing the bank’s 99 years of service to Campbell County. Unable to attend the meeting, owners of LaFollette Machine & Tool were presented with a similar certificate of appreciation at their business earlier in the day.

In addition to approving reports and other routine business, the commission also voted to approve Sheriff Robbie Goins’ request to surplus-out county property in the form of K-9 dog Dano. Having reached advanced age, Dano will be retired and transferred to its handler, Darrell Mongar, for new ownership and responsibility. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/21/2017-6AM)

‘Sixty-one’ gets it done for CCHS

Cougars and Lady Cougars win Monday night

   On Monday night, Campbell County won its first home basketball games of the season.  Scott County fell prey to a pair of 61-point performances by the Cougars and Lady Cougars.

   After a trio of close losses to open the year, the Lady Cougars clawed their way to a 61 to 29 win over the Lady Highlanders last night at John R.W. Brown Gym.

   Lady Cougar Coach Brad Honeycutt said, “We shared the ball really well, and our boxing out was better.”  CCHS held Scott to 15 first-half points and 14 in the second to improve to 1 & 3.

   Emily Ellison and Skylar Boshears combined for 28 points, one short of Scott’s team total.  Ellison had 17-points while Boshears added 11.  Kaley Jordan knocked down eight points and seven came from Blair Medley while Haley Comer, Madison Brady, and Macy Monday chipped in four-a-piece.  Alyssa Brown and Myra Sexton added two-each.

   The Lady Cougars take on Pigeon Forge at Carter High in Knoxville this afternoon. The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network has the radio only coverage beginning at 5 pm on AM 1450 and FM 100.9 as well as over

   It was quite a night for the Cougars.  The Campbell defense held Scott in-check allowing only 42 points that included a three-less first half.  The always accurate Highlanders from three-point range did not make a trey until the second-half.  CCHS committed only five turnovers on the night.  The defense and care of the ball were pleasing to Cougar Coach Matt Housley who, as a result, is giving his team a voluntary shoot around practice for today and Wednesday heading into next Tuesday’s home game with Anderson.

   Logan Berry’s 17 markers and John Porter’s 15 led the way for the Orange-n-Blue.  Porter, for a second-straight game, snagged nine boards.  Ty Seiber scored eight points and grabbed six rebounds while Landon Addington put in eight points, pulled down three rebounds, and recorded two steals.  Bryce Duncan and Stretch Bailey each had four-points.  Evan Jackson, coming off a school record 10 three-pointers, contributed three points followed by a couple of points from Carter Wells.

 The Cougars improve to 2 and 1 on the year.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/21/2017-6AM)

CCHS Student Council hosts 2nd annual community lunch

“Free” meal to be served tomorrow

   For a second year, the Campbell County High School Student Council hosts a “free” community meal.  The delicious meal will be served tomorrow from 11 am until 2 pm in the CCHS cafeteria.  CCHS Senior Meredith Rippy and the council welcome everyone in the community to enjoy a hot meal Wednesday at lunch.  Rippy outlines the menu as a variety of soups, breads, side items, desserts, and drinks.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/21/2017-6AM)

Campbell County Habitat For Humanity to share in $500,000 THDA grant

La Follette, Tennessee – Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee is directing 15,500.00 in state grant funding to Campbell County Habitat for Humanity to build 1 new home in Campbell County.

The funding comes as part of a half-million dollar grant from the Tennessee Housing Development Agency. Campbell County Habitat for Humanity and its sister organizations throughout the state will apply the grant toward the construction of 30 new homes for low-income families.

"We are extremely grateful for THDA's partnership and consistent support,” said Colleen Dudley, executive director of Habitat for Humanity of Tennessee, “This THDA grant provides us with a solid foundation to jumpstart our larger fundraising efforts, which will reach $2.8 million from individuals, churches, foundations and businesses to complete these builds.”

Local Habitat chapters could apply for $15,500 per build in THDA funding from the grant. When construction is complete in June 2018, more than 100 adults and children will be living in the 30 high-quality, energy-efficient homes built in part from this funding.

“We share Habitat’s mission and its passion for creating new homeownership opportunities to Tennessee families, so it’s a very natural partnership,” said THDA Executive Director Ralph M. Perrey. “We’re always confident that Habitat is going to put our funding to good use, and I’m sure more than a few THDA staffers will be among the volunteers at build sites across the state.”

In addition to supporting Habitat for Humanity with grant funding, THDA also provides zero-interest home loans to qualified Habitat homeowners. Habitat homeowners help build their own homes alongside volunteers and pay an affordable mortgage that, in turn, helps fund future Habitat builds.

Driven by the vision that everyone needs a decent place to live, Habitat for Humanity began in 1976 as a grassroots effort on a community farm in southern Georgia. The Christian housing organization came to Tennessee in 1978 and has grown to being ranked the 4th largest builder of Habitat for Humanity homes in the country.

Through financial support, volunteering or adding a voice to support affordable housing, everyone can help families achieve the strength, stability and self-reliance they need to build better lives for themselves. Through shelter, we empower. To learn more, visit

Funding for the $500,000 THDA grant came from the Tennessee Housing Trust Fund (THTF), which receives no state tax dollars but is instead funded by revenue from THDA’s mortgage loan program. Since 2006, THDA has provided more than $75 million in THTF grants. For more information, visit  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/21/2017-6AM)

Terry’s Pharmacy continues its food drive through Christmas

Thanksgiving donations picked up yesterday

   The annual Thanksgiving Food Drive hosted by Terry’s Pharmacy ended on Monday.  However, the food drive for Christmas picks right back up today.

Charlie Ruth with Food Life Services helps with the haul

    Rissa Pryse with Terry’s Pharmacy matched the cans and cash her patients have donated these past few weeks.  Pryse tells WLAF, “We want to do our part in the community, and this is just one more way of doing that.”

According to Food Life Services Jim Holtslag, about 2,500 pounds of food was donated

    As Monday’s food was being loaded, Pryse announced that Terry’s will now begin accepting food and monetary donations for Christmas.  She’ll again match patient donations can-for-can and dollar-for-dollar.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/21/2017-6AM)


Operation Thanksgiving Harvest”
Year Long Undercover Narcotics Investigation Yields Indictments, Orders arrest of Jellico Police Dispatcher, Fireman

Sheriff Robbie K. Goins says, "he alleged activity of 53-year old Robert Rookard of Broad Street in Jellico, who is a Police Dispatcher and Fireman with the City of Jellico, will not stain the good name of the good employees, officers, fireman and leaders of Jellico. If he’s found guilty he will pay for his actions."

   Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins announced this morning that law enforcement is on the ground arresting and actively seeking nearly 40 of the county's alleged drug offenders and probation violators since first light this morning, including a City of Jellico Police Dispatcher and Fireman accused of selling drugs at work.
   Evidence has been gathered for nearly a year in this investigation. Drugs, money, vehicles and property have been collected in several search warrants and presented as evidence to a Campbell County Grand Jury. Dubbed "Operation Thanksgiving Harvest" is a nearly year-long undercover drug investigation by the Sheriff's drug investigators and the District Attorney's 8th Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force. A Campbell County Grand Jury met days ago, hearing criminal evidence against these individuals who have made decisions to pollute our community with drugs, and returned true bill indictments demanding their arrest.
   "These investigations, indictments and arrests are products of citizen concerns, undercover investigations and a committed decision by law enforcement to hold these people accountable as many times as it takes, for as long as it takes. Some folks haven’t lived long enough to celebrate another holiday because of drugs and our goal is to keep these alleged drug dealers in jail through the Thanksgiving Holiday. I have made it clear from day one that we will fight the illegal drug system, the pill mills, and the careless and reckless prescription dispensing of opioids where ever it takes us and to whom ever we need to investigate, arrest and prosecute. The alleged activity of Robert Rookard who is a Police Dispatcher and Fireman with the city of Jellico will not stain the good name of the good employees, officers, fireman and leaders of Jellico. If he’s found guilty he will pay for his actions. After receiving concerned citizen reports, along with our own intelligence, we worked with the District Attorney’s 8th Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, started the nearly year-long tedious undercover operations that have yielded these indictments and arrests on specific individual’s today." said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. "The Campbell County citizens and I have more resolve and patience than these alleged drug dealers that make the choice to help ruin the very fibers that our county and communities are built strong on. By listening to one another and working together today is the greatest of the end result and proof that the product of our working relationships are our best decision for all of our Campbell County families and it's children. We will continue to do this together and listen when our citizens speak.
We have to extend our special appreciation and thanks to our partners in law enforcement: District Attorney's 8th Judicial Drug and Violent Crime Task Force, Tennessee Highway Patrol, LaFollette Police Department, Caryville Police Department, Jacksboro Police Department and the Jellico Police Department for their assistance, resources, manpower and continual concern." concluded Sheriff Goins.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/20/2017-11AM)

Saturday's basketball results:

Bearden 60  Lady Cougars 50

Cleveland 74  Lady Cougars 71

Cougars 69  Jellico 52


Morning fire at Common Ground

St. John calls it a small fire

   Joey St. John with the new Common Ground Coffee Shop calls this morning’s incident “a small fire.”  He tells WLAF, “We should be OK.”  According to La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield, it’s believed that something was in a trash can that caught fire inside the shop.  The call came in to La Follette’s 9-1-1 Dispatch at 7:37 am.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/20/2017-8AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S AARON HOPKINS)

   It was quite an accident on Saturday morning around 10:30 am on the old Middlesboro Highway when these two vehicles collided.  Near the Doc Howard home (300 block)  is where the mishap occurred.  There were no injuries.  The Tennessee Highway Patrol worked the wreck with help from the Campbell County Sheriff's Department, the Campbell County EMS, and the Campbell County Rural Fire Service. (PHOTO COURTESY OF CHIEF DANIEL LAWSON)

Wind and heavy rain force CCHD and LUB crews to go non-stop

‘A very trying weekend’ – Road Super Ron Dilbeck

   More than two-thousand La Follette Utility Board customers were without power.  Forty to fifty trees fell on Campbell County highways.  Countless limbs and branches are scattered everywhere while business signs and other forms of damage remain visible all across the county.  The weekend’s heavy rainfall and high winds with upwards of 50 mile per hour gusts took their toll in Campbell County.

  The storm was one of the worst the utility has dealt with in some time and left some LUB customers without power for a while this weekend.  LUB General Manager Kenny Baird says, “We are back to normal operations now (where customers are concerned.)  Our crews did a great job of getting everything back on within 24-hours.”

   There were multiple substation breakers and circuits out all over the system with lots of tree damage to both main lines and service lines.  A crew worked all day Sunday to repair eight broken poles with more work ahead today and this week.  More than 20 LUB employees worked upwards of 24-hours from late Saturday into Sunday afternoon.

   Most outages had some form of line damage or interference making the outages more difficult to fix and the outage times longer.  The storm damage, being system wide, also slowed repairs down.  Due to the widespread nature of the storm from Vasper to Stinking Creek and Pinecrest, Demory, and on past Speedwell to Morley and Clairfield at the Kentucky line, it really extended the repair times.

   Crews with the Campbell County Highway Department were out as early as daybreak Saturday responding to fallen tree calls.  Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck explains, “We’ve had two to three crews going non-stop since Saturday, and there’s more to do today.”  He sizes up Demory, Pinecrest, and near Norris Lake as the hardest hit areas.

   Dilbeck calls one pine tree “super big” on Wildwood Circle that had fallen. He considers David McKamey and Marvin Seibers, who were both already on-call over the weekend, as outstanding when it comes to working with chain saws and cutting trees.  Dilbeck calls cutting trees in the dark extremely dangerous.

   CCHD crews will be back out today working with LUB crews to take care of leaning trees near power lines.  There are also some lodged trees that will need to be removed with a back hoe.  Dilbeck adds that he knows that there is a lot of brush that needs to be cleared, and that it will be cleaned up as soon as possible.

   There still may be some trees down on less traveled county roads that the CCHD does not know about.  Dilbeck adds, “If you know of a downed tree, please call it in to our office, and we will take care of it.”  The number to call is 423.562.3404. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/20/2017-6AM)

Time to Shop Local and Win Local

After the Black Friday sales are over, there are still plenty of places to shop in Campbell County on Nov. 25 and 26.  During the Shop Local Weekend, residents are encouraged to visit local retailers for holiday gifts and then to save their receipts for the Shop Local, Win Local drawing.

Receipts should be brought to the chamber beginning Monday, Nov. 27, to take place in the drawing.

Gifts from the drawing will come from chamber businesses, said Christie Elkins, executive director of the chamber.

“This was the idea of our retail committee,” Elkins said.  “We asked shoppers put their names and contact information on the back of the receipt and then give it to us to enter into the drawing,” she said. “On Friday, Dec. 1, at noon, we will have a drawing on Facebook Live and we are going to draw as long as we have prizes.”

Businesses that have donated thus far are Woodson's Cash Stores, Home Federal Bank, and United Cumberland Bank.

Receipts can also be dropped off at Alco Builders and Realty, Badcock Furniture, Chamber of Commerce, Home Federal Bank, Powell Clinch Utility District, United Cumberland Bank, and Woodson’s Cash Stores.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/20/2017-6AM)

Avoiding holiday season weight gain

La Follette Medical Center offers advice

Is it possible to celebrate the holiday season without packing on extra pounds? Absolutely, but it requires willpower as well as some simple strategies to sidestep holiday food temptations and avoid overeating. That’s why La Follette Medical Center - Tennova Healthcare is offering tips to help beat the Thanksgiving-to-New-Year’s weight gain odds. Recent studies have debunked the myth that the average American gains seven–10 pounds during the holiday season, but don’t break out the eggnog just yet. Those same studies confirm that holiday weight gain does happen to most people. “The average increase is between one and a half and two pounds, and the scale creep actually starts as early as October,” said Lauren C. Srdoch, MS, RD, LDN, a registered dietitian with Tennova Healthcare. “Perhaps more important is the fact that many people fail to take this weight back off after the holidays are over. That means that “holiday weight” alone could add 20 pounds to your body during a single decade of your life.” The tradition of holiday weight gain has several contributing factors, including increased social events, holiday stress eating, and lack of time for cooking, meal planning and exercising. However, the biggest obstacle is likely very simple: holiday foods are often loaded with calories. “Holiday foods can contain a lot of land mines, even for those who are educated about food and mindful of calories,” Srdoch said. “We all know that mashed potatoes can be a calorie- and carb-killer. But what about that medium-sized candied sweet potato? It contains a surprising 305 calories—and that’s a whole lunch for someone trying to watch or lose weight.” According to Srdoch, 3,500 calories equals one pound of fat. The average Thanksgiving dinner totals 3,000 calories, with an additional 1,500 calories in appetizers and drinks before the big meal. 

“Portion size is another holiday food trap,” Srdoch said. “For instance, keep in mind that one cup of mashed potatoes is only about the size of your fist. Going back for seconds can really add up.” Tennova Healthcare offers these tips to help you stay on the right track during the holiday season: Choose healthy snacks. Snack on raw veggies dipped in vinaigrette or a handful of nuts as an appetizer, be selective, not rigid. “You can have it all, but not all at the same time.” Meaning that you do not have to give up your favorite foods, but try to limit to one or two indulgences at a time vs. all at once. Don’t graze. Use a plate (and make it a small one). Beware of leftovers. Say “no thanks” to take-home stuffing, pie and potatoes. Consume protein with meals. Aim for the size of the palm of your hand with protein sources. These will help to keep you full at meal times as well as to balance the higher level of carbohydrates during the holidays.  Fill up on fiber. Try to make half of your plate vegetables because these low calorie and highly nutritious foods will keep you fuller.      

Don’t starve yourself.  It is so common to fast during the morning and afternoon before a large holiday meal. Instead, consume a balanced meal that incorporates both protein and fiber earlier in the day to prevent overeating later at a holiday event.

“One meal will not dictate your weight,” Srdoch added. “Enjoy the holidays and the social time with family and friends, and try to incorporate these tips. Remember, though, consistently consuming nutritious meals over the course of the entire holiday season is what will ultimately help stave off the unwanted pounds.”  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/20/2017-6AM)

Jackson sets record.  Cougars scratch the win column

Lady Cougars lose a couple of close ones

   After heartbreaking season opening losses last Tuesday, Campbell County set out Saturday to win for the first time on the new campaign.

   The Cougars won by defeating the Blue Devils at Jellico on Saturday night by a final of 69 to 52.  CCHS evens its record at 1 and 1.

   The most memorable part of the night was senior Evan Jackson's work beyond the arc.  The sharpshooter hit 10 bulls eyes from long range.  With his outstanding efforts, he set a new school record for threes.  He finished with a game high 33-points.

   At Huntsville in the United Cumberland Bank Classic, the Lady Cougars lost twice Saturday at Scott High.  The morning game was a 60 to 50 loss to Bearden, and the late afternoon game was a close loss to Cleveland of 74 to 71.

   The Lady Cougars search for their first win in their fourth try tonight at home with Scott County.  That’s a 6 pm start followed by the Cougars and Highlanders in a 7:30 pm game.

The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network will have live radio on AM 1450 and FM 100.9  along with the live telecast on beginning at 5:50 pm.  Josh Parker and Noah Smith have the call with Aaron Hopkins behind the camera.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 11/20/2017-6AM)

   One of the state's top runners resides right her in La Follette.  The story on Macy Caldwell's latest accomplishments is further down this page.

Make It to the Table”

Don’t drink and drive this Thanksgiving Eve

   Chief Bill Roehl and the La Follette Police Department support the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration’s “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive” campaign this Thanksgiving Eve.
   As millions of Americans get on the roads to travel home and spend the Thanksgiving holiday reconnecting with friends and loved ones, the La Follette Police Department is reminding them to: “Make It to the Table: Don’t Drink and Drive this Thanksgiving Eve.”  The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving is a cultural phenomenon called “Thanksgiving Eve,” an evening associated with drinking and a big night for bars. From 2012 to 2016, more than 800 people died in alcohol-impaired-driving crashes during the Thanksgiving holiday period (6:00 pm Wednesday to 5:59 am Monday), making it the deadliest holiday on our roads.  Plan ahead and designate a sober driver before the first drink. Also, if you see a drunk driver on the road, contact the La Follette Police Department or nearest law enforcement agency. Whether riding or driving; always wear your seat belt and remember drive responsibly this holiday season.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/17/2017-10:30AM)

Teacher arrested at school on Wednesday

On leave for now

   A La Follette Elementary School teacher was arrested at school on Wednesday.  Reports from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department are that 49-year old Stephanie Goins of La Follette was suspected of being intoxicated in her first grade classroom Wednesday morning when the assistant principal stopped in to relay a message.

   Campbell County Director of Schools Larry Nidiffer tells WLAF that Goins is on leave pending further investigation.  Beginning this morning, Goins’ students will be dispersed among the other first grade classrooms.

   Goins was released on Thursday from the county jail on a $5,000 bond.  She’s facing public intoxication charges and is also charged with possession of alcohol on school property.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/17/2017-6AM)

Bullock is honored

Practicing law back at home

   Cherry Bottom native Adam Bullock was recently honored by his peers.  The young attorney was selected as a Top 40 lawyer under the age of 40 in Tennessee.

   Bullock recently returned to Campbell County and opened his own law practice behind the CVS in La Follette.  His office is located within the Reid Troutman Building.

Adam Bullock earned his undergraduate degree at East Tennessee State University

   A 2014 LMU-Duncan School of Law graduate, he initially worked for an estate planning firm with offices in Sevier, Hamblen, and Washington counties before returning home.

   In his spare time, Bullock enjoys being on Norris Lake and spending quality time with family, friends, and his beloved rescue dog, Cocoa.

   Bullock can be reached at 423).566.6001 or by email at (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/17/2017-6AM)

Smith interviews in Nashville this morning
A chance to have a Q & A with the President Trump

   Today is a big day for Campbell High Senior Noah Smith.  He’s in Nashville for an interview for the United States Senate Youth Program.  He was one of eleven selected from across the state of Tennessee to meet at Nashville for the final selection process.  He is scheduled to take part in an extensive interview this morning with questions ranging from government basics to specific questions about the United States Senate.

   He was selected as the winner for the 3rd Congressional District for the state of Tennessee and advanced to today’s final selection interview.  There are ten others who are vying for the two spots to go on to Washington, D.C., in the spring.

Smith addressed the crowd at the 2017 Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner

   The United States Senate Youth Program sends two students from each state in America to D.C. for a hands on experience in the United States Congress.  While in Washington, students have the chance to meet high ranking members of the Senate, a Supreme Court Justice, and have a question and answer session with President Donald Trump.

   Needless to say, today’s interview is a huge moment and milestone for the 18-year old Smith especially if he is selected for the trip to the nation’s capital.  Smith tells WLAF that he’s a little nervous about the interview with the Tennessee Department of Education, but he is confident that he will give it his all.  His interview is at 9:30 am ET.

   His goal is to further bring Campbell County to the forefront.

   Look for a follow up article about Noah’s interview right here on Monday.  He wishes WLAF readers a great day.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/17/2017-6AM)

School leaders meet with Leadership Campbell County

Thursday at the Central Office

   Perhaps it was only fitting that the gathering took place on Education Day yesterday at Jacksboro.  It was a lunch meeting between Campbell County School Leaders and members of Leadership Campbell County.

   Rayma Daugherty, a member of the Campbell County Leadership committee, was among the facilitators for the event and explains that members of Leadership were encouraged to submit up to three questions to ask school leaders yesterday.  In all, there was time for a handful of questions.

Nidiffer applauded his school board, principals, teachers, support staff, and students pointing out that everyone is working together to improve every day.

   One of the questions was “For testing purposes, as well as student engagement and new strategies for teaching/learning, has the county moved to one-to-one technology in all secondary schools?”  Director of Schools Larry Nidiffer told the room full audience that Campbell County is spending right at a quarter-of-a-million dollars annually to place one-to-one devices in the county’s elementary, middle, and high schools.

   Another of the five questions that there was time for yesterday was “What was the reasoning behind limiting the Director of Schools search to only Campbell County residents (or someone who owns property in Campbell County)?  School Board Member Lisa Fields hit the bulls-eye saying, “They’re invested in our community and would have the school system’s best interest at heart.”

A delicious Thanksgiving lunch was provided by the La Follette Elementary School Cafeteria

   Nidiffer closed by saying that the school business is much more than an 8 to 3 profession.  He describes teaching as a very daunting task these days, and that teachers are under a lot of stress.  He applauded his school board, principals, teachers, support staff, and students pointing out that everyone is working together to improve every day. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/17/2017-6AM)

Caldwell remains among the state’s elite runners

Finished second at last weekend’s event

   La Follette runner Macy Caldwell was “that close” to a first place finish last Saturday at Dayton, Tennessee.  The middle schooler led the two-mile National Association of Christian Athletes race for a mile and a half.

   Caldwell ran a great race with a finish time of 12:46 coming in six-seconds behind the first place finisher.  She was two-seconds off the old course record at Fort Bluff Camp.

   Back in October, Caldwell took third place in the Tennessee State Cross Country finals in the Tennessee Middle School Athletic Association in middle Tennessee. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 11/17/2017-6AM)


   It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.  At least on the utility poles.  John Baird and Tim Malicote (on lift) were part of the LUB crew hanging Christmas lights all through La Follette on Wednesday.  WLAF’s Charlie Hutson features more photos further down this page.

Community Trust Bank hosts Chamber Coffee Connection

Was today at the main office of CTB

   Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Director Christie Elkins and Community Trust Bank La Follette Market President Rhonda Longmire hosted this morning’s Chamber Coffee Connection at the main office of CTB at Central and Tennessee in La Follette.

   Many of today's attendees brought canned goods/non-perishable food items to support one of the newest Chamber members, Open Arms Ministry. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2017-NOON)

LaFollette woman arrested for repeated calls to 9-1-1 

Police say she threatened to kill the dispatcher

   The Campbell County 911 Communication Center received repetitious phone calls on Tuesday from 362 Corrington Lane, LaFollette. Campbell County Sherriff’s Deputy Cody Douglas was dispatched to the residence due to calls being made by Jessilynne Renee Adkins.  According to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Adkins made phone calls to the 911 Communication Center in an offensive manner by hanging up and demanding dispatch to transfer her to the Tennessee Highway Patrol and then threatening to kill the dispatcher.  Prior to the repetitious phone calls, the Communication Center received a call as chest pain call by Adkins.  When emergency medical services arrived, Adkins refused medical aid and was uncooperative.  Upon arrival, Douglas learned that Adkins was mad and said “I did call 911 several times, because I wanted to be transferred on the phone to the Tennessee Highway Patrol, and that person at 911 wouldn’t do that”.   When Adkins arrived at the jail, she was very disorderly and made several threats to law enforcement and the correctional staff to kill them because she went to jail.

   Adkins, 51, 362 Corrington Lane, LaFollette is charged with retaliation past action and other. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2017-6AM)

Kidd arrested for possession

Was DUI with a child in the car

   A Pinecrest woman was arrested over the weekend, after Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaac Phillips answered a call of a reckless driver who ran off the road into a ditch on  Pinecrest Road.  Phillips was able to find the vehicle on Towe String Road traveling in his lane of traffic.  The vehicle swerved back into the correct lane of traffic to keep from hitting the patrol car.  On Jacksboro Station Road, Phillips then stopped the vehicle that was driven by Erica Renee Kidd, 33, 1122 Pinecrest Road, Jacksboro.  When Phillips approached the vehicle, he noticed a small child inside the vehicle.  Kidd told Phillips that the child was her daughter, according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. Phillips had Kidd to perform a field sobriety test and noticed that Kidd had slurred speech and was unsteady on her feet. Kidd was arrested and transported to jail. When Kidd was being searched at the jail, two unlabeled pill bottles were found on her that allegedly contained two one milligram Xanax pills, four 40 milligram Opana pills, eight two milligram Alprazolam pills and 33 Suboxene pills.

   Kidd is charged with driving under the influence (DUI), drivers to exercise due care, intro contraband in penal institution, possession of schedule II controlled substance, possession of schedule III controlled substance and possession of schedule IV controlled substance. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2017-6AM)

School zone lights and cross walks coming to CES campus

Students learn walking and biking safety on Wednesday

   Who knows what this is?  Nobody guessed correctly.  “It’s a frog,” said Miss Diana.  Don’t get the wrong idea, Caryville Elementary’s fourth graders had never seen a “frog” quite like this before.  Below is a picture of the “frog” they were shown yesterday afternoon inside the Cardinals Gym.


   Miss Diana’s visit to CES included safety lessons ranging from proper procedure when coming upon a stop sign to the dangers of playing around railroad tracks.  She said, “It is never safe to play on railroad tracks even if no train is coming.”  Being a good listener and having students participate in team events were also keys of her visit where a hula hoop game and rock, paper, scissors challenge helped build teamwork and listening skills.

   According to Caryville Vice-Mayor Beth Lawson, the Town of Caryville has been approved for a $40,000 grant that will go toward enhancing the safety for walkers, bikers, and drivers around the Caryville Elementary School.  She says that Wednesday’s Safe Routes to School (SRTS) safety program focused on the benefits of children walking and biking to school.  Lawson points out that the safety program is one of the grant requirements.

   Miss Diana is Diana Benedict (above) the SRTS Coordinator for the Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT).  Her hour-plus presentation kept the fourth graders busy learning and carrying out her commands for bike safety, walking, and railroad crossing safety.  Many received prizes for their outstanding efforts and all were given a sling bag that included a safety booklet and slap band.

   Lawson explained that school zone lights and cross walks will be installed next year near each entrance to Caryville Elementary School.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2017-6AM)

LUB crews getting us thinking Christmas

Lights hung yesterday

   Christmas lights lit up La Follette last night.  All along the four lane, just about every power pole includes a large lit ornament.

   John Baird with La Follette Utilities Board (LUB) told WLAF News yesterday that it was likely going to be a day-long project for him and other crew members to hang all the lights. The lights are on poles from one end of La Follette all the way to the other.    (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S CHARLIE HUTSON)


   It was a heartbreaking night at John Brown Gym on Tuesday night.  Campbell fell to William Blount.  Photos are courtesy of La Follette Press Sports Editor Robby O’Daniel.  Details are further down this page.

School board kicks off search for new director

CLICK HERE to see the criteria

At their regular meeting Tuesday night, the Campbell County Board of Education officially kicked off the search for a new Director of Schools to replace the retiring Larry Nidiffer.

The board voted to approve the selection criteria and timeline that they had agreed upon at two previous workshops. Following state law, the board will accept applicants with a minimum of a Bachelor’s degree, but give hiring preference to applicants with a Master’s degree in Education along with a minimum of ten years experience as a K-12 classroom teacher and five years experience in administration.

WATCH the meeting on demand right here. 

Applications will be accepted immediately with the job opening being advertised on the Campbell County government website, WLAF and the LaFollette Press.

The board will accept applications until December 15, with the screening and interview process being concluded by January 30. The board intends to make a hiring decision by March 1, 2018, in order to include the incoming director in crafting a budget for the 2018-19 school year.

The board also selected a number of citizen representatives to serve with board members on the search committee. Those representatives will participate in interviews and discussions but only board members will have a vote in the final selection.

Each district was invited to nominate members from their district. They are Jack Lynch (District 1), Joann Overton (District 2) and James Freeman (District 3). Two members were selected from District 4 – Jerry Chadwell and Carolyn Cox and District 5 – Tom Chadwell and Eugene Justice.

All of the nominations along with the timeline were passed by a unanimous vote, but two members, Crystal Creekmore and Mike Orick, opposed the motion on the selection criteria without giving a reason.

In addition to approving routine reports, the board also voted to grant tenure to a list of 27 teachers and to increase the coaching supplement for the head football coach at Jellico High School from $4,000 to $5,000. The increase was approved after Steve Morgan pointed out that both head coaches at CCHS received a $5,000 supplement and urged the board to treat all coaches equally.

The board also heard a request from Sheriff Robbie Goins to approve $10,000 from the capital projects fund to purchase and equip a K-9 drug dog specifically for use by SRO officers to prevent drugs from being brought into schools. They voted unanimously to approve the purchase.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/15/2017-6AM)

La Follette Medical Center promotes prevention and early intervention of lung disease

COPD Awareness Month is November

Statistics reveal that chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is now the third leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming approximately 135,000 lives each year. More than 15 million Americans have been told they have COPD, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute. Yet, there are likely many people in East Tennessee who are unaware they are living with this serious lung disease.

Although there is currently no cure for COPD, Tennova Healthcare wants people to know that the best way to take back their independence and improve their quality of life is by recognizing the symptoms and receiving appropriate treatment.

“COPD is actually an umbrella term for various conditions involving damage or inflammation of the lungs, including emphysema and chronic bronchitis,” said Syed M. Ahmed, M.D., an internal medicine physician with Tennova Primary Care in Knoxville. “In people who have COPD, the tubes carrying air in and out of the lungs are partially blocked, making it harder to get air in and out.”

COPD is typically a progressive condition, as the elasticity of the air sacs in the lungs gradually decreases. When it is severe, shortness of breath and other symptoms can interfere with even basic tasks, such as light housework, walking, bathing and dressing.

“Smoking is far and away the most significant cause of COPD,” Ahmed said. “In fact, an estimated 90 percent of COPD cases are related to smoking. This includes both primary and secondhand smoke, and the smoke from cigarettes, cigars and pipes. Smoking causes toxins to be inhaled directly into the lungs, resulting in lung irritation in the short term and lung tissue damage in the long run.”

Recent research has been focused on additional toxins and irritants, including bleach, alcohol, and various disinfectants. There appears to be a clear link between long-term use of these substances and the onset of COPD.

Some signs of COPD may be confused with those of other, less serious conditions. Therefore, it is important to recognize the symptoms, combined with your personal risk factors, and to consult with a physician when in doubt. Here are some of the most common symptoms of COPD, in order of advancing stages of the disease:

•        Chronic or constant coughing or “smoker’s cough”

•        Shortness of breath, especially when you exercise

•        Excess sputum/mucus production

•        Wheezing sound when breathing

•        Inability to take deep breaths

•        Barrel chest deformity

•        Combination of any/all of the above

Misdiagnosis of COPD is common, so it is important to work with your primary care physician or a pulmonologist to accurately evaluate the condition of the lungs. The most common diagnostic tools include chest X-rays, chest CT scans, and spirometry, which tests the overall function of the lungs. 

If you receive a diagnosis of COPD, treatment options will vary depending on the severity and nature of your symptoms. These include bronchodilators, steroids, oxygen therapy and pulmonary rehabilitation in the earlier stages. If non-invasive treatments are unsuccessful in slowing the rate of the disease, surgical options may be considered.

“It’s important for a COPD patient to remain generally healthy and active, in order to avoid triggering or escalating the condition,” Ahmed said. “This means vaccines, if appropriate, to avoid the flu and pneumonia, and an exercise program to support cardiovascular and neuromuscular health.”

For more information or to find a doctor, call the La Follette Medical Center at 423.907.1200 or visit  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/15/2017-6AM)

Heartbreakers at home in season openers

Blount barely beats CCHS - CLICK HERE for your schedule

   The stage was set for a fantastic finish for the Campbell County Lady Cougars.  But it fizzled with a last second foul.  Down one with 13-seconds left, CCHS was poised to put in the game winner, but an illegal screen call gave the ball back to William Blount.  The Lady Governors hit two free-throws, Campbell missed a three, and had a two-point put back as time ran out.  Blount eked out a 48-47 win.

   Skylar Boshears led Campbell with 14 points.  Madison Brady had 12 while Haley Comer put up 9 followed by 7 from Emily Ellison, three from Blair Medley, and Lexy Richardson knocked down two points.

   Impressive, deep, last-second threes by Evan Jackson and Logan Berry were just not enough to push the Cougars over the top last night at John Brown Gym.  The deep ball duo hit the big three balls in the final 10-seconds.  It was two Blount free-throws in-between the treys that proved to be the difference.  Blount held on for the 63-62 victory.

   The scoring went like this for the Cougars:  Evan Jackson was tops with 21-points followed by 15 from Logan Berry, Carter Wells chipped in seven, John Porter tallied 8, Landon Addington had six with Colby “Stretch” Bailey adding three points while Zach Rutherford added two.

   Next for Campbell are three games on Saturday.  The Lady Cougars play a pair at Scott High in Huntsville.  At 2 pm, CCHS plays Bearden followed by a match-up with Cleveland at 5 pm.  The Cougars play the Blue Devils at Jellico at 7:30 pm.  Given the logistics, the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network will have live radio, television, and web coverage of the Bearden and Jellico games only.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 11/15/2017-6AM-Photos are courtesy of La Follette Press Sports Editor Robby O’Daniel.)

WATCH the Veterans Day Parade RIGHT HERE

   The Campbell County JROTC participates at Raider Nationals with both female and male teams went up against numerous other teams in several rigorous events which tested their strength, stamina, and team work.  More photos along with the story from MSG Kayla Moore and C/2LT Rachel Mantooth are further down this page.

   WLAF’s Charlie Hutson turns the clock back on us this morning.  All the way back to 1957.  Further down this page, we’ll name a couple of the members of the La Follette High School Marching Band.

Scammers posing as LUB employees

Don’t answer and then call LUB – 423.562.3316

   Officials with La Follette Utilities Board warn you of a scam.  Deb Woodson with LUB tells WLAF, “The utility is receiving calls from customers saying that someone called them from LUB saying that if they did not pay a certain amount by credit card over the phone within 45-minutes that they would have someone come out and cut off their power.”

   Woodson explains that the caller ID is actually showing the call is from La Follette Utilities when it is not.  She adds that the person speaks with a foreign accent.  Woodson says that asking for the supposed LUB employee’s name and your meter number is likely all it will take for you to scare the scammer into hanging up.

   Another line of defense is to not answer the call or even if you do answer it, turn around and call LUB at 423.562.3316 for verification. 

   Here’s one more note of caution.  The telephone number the scammers are giving you to return the call is 423.592.4030.  When called, it is an actual LUB greeting, though outdated, giving you prompts as if it really is La Follette Utilities.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2017-11:30AM)

Community Gospel Jam is tonight.  You’re invited.

Acoustic event starts at 6 pm at Bojangles

   If you’ve been looking for a place to jam, we’ve found it for you.  Starting this evening at 6 pm at Bojangles is your chance.

   The every Tuesday night session is the brain child of Campbell High Band Director Adam Wright.  Wright’s motivation is that it gives aspiring musicians an opportunity to play and have an outlet for their music.

   He encourages you to bring your acoustic style instrument, regardless, banjo, guitar, etc.  But no amplifiers.

   The jam session is comprised of praise and worship and gospel music.  Wright adds that it’s a chance to sing, play, and worship.  Also a chance to eat while you’re there at Bojangles.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2017-9AM)

 Caryville will host Christmas Light competition

WATCH the meeting right here

The Caryville Board of Board of Mayor and Aldermen will have their annual Christmas Light competition again this year. The deadline for judging will be December 22 with winners being announced in January. The first-place winner will be awarded $300, second-place winner will be awarded $200 and third-place winner will be awarded $100. Continuing with the discussion of the upcoming holiday season, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen agreed to donate $1,000 to Shop with a Cop. Aldermen Beth Lawson talked about the positive impact she sees the project have in the community, especially for the children. The Campbell County Children’s Center will also receive a donation of $1,000 from the Board of Mayor and Aldermen.  Aldermen Beth Lawson took time out to thank all who helped with the Trunk or Treat and noted that approximately 750 children took part in the event.

Moving into personnel matters, Jeffrey Dison who is currently working with the street department has completed his probationary period and met his qualifications to become a full-time employee, all board members and the mayor agreed with the hiring. 

Quotes were received from three different sources on a bed for the F-450 fire truck, the winning quote was the cheapest quote which came in at $8,045 from Blazier’s.

The final item discussed on the agenda was the Home Grant, which is a federal grant. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen discussed some of the issues they are currently facing with fulfilling the grant. One of the concerns is the amount allocated per home is not adequate to make the repairs needed per an inspector to the home. Another concern is a city employee has applied for a home grant and qualifies, but there is a concern about how to proceed at this point so there is not a conflict of interest. City Attorney Kathy Parrot advised the board on how to best proceed at this point. A motion was made by Aldermen Dewayne Gibson and second by Lloyd Lawson for the board to pay for re-evaluation of the homes by an inspector that were previously declined, not to exceed $2,000 in total. All board members agreed.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2017-6AM)

Hatmaker starts campaign early.  Maybe earliest ever.

Former commissioner seeks Register of Deeds post

   Tom Hatmaker is wasting no time to let you know that he plans to seek the office of Register of Deeds on August 2.  2018.  Hatmaker displayed his campaign sign on the R.L. Gibson Show last night on WLAF-TV 12.

   The former county commissioner tells WLAF that he worked La Follette’s Trunk or Treat event last month.  He gave out candy, T-shirts, some signs, and election cards he says.

   The 48-year old Hatmaker holds a business management degree from LMU and owns La Follette Tree Trimming Service.

   Petitions to run for the August election can be picked up at the election commission office beginning January 5, 2018, with the deadline to return them being noon April 5, 2018. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2017-6AM)

LHS Band at Bristol in 1957

Charlie Hutson shares a memory

   Impressive!  That’s the first word that comes to my mind seeing this flashback photo of the La Follette High Marching Band.  Around 50-members comprised the entire corps as it marched down State Street in the photo above.  Some of those in the band include Mary Jane Lobertini, Gail Irwin Roy, Linda J. Price, Wanda & Betty Hunley, William Coffey - Drum Major, Jim Higdon, Dr. Jim Farris, Joe Gross, and Joe Goad.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/14/2017-6AM)

Campbell County JROTC participates at Raider Nationals

By: C/MSG Kayla Moore, C/2LT Rachel Mantooth

   Over the weekend of November 4-5, the Campbell County JROTC Raider Team competed in the Raider National Championships in Molena, Georgia. The female and male teams went up against numerous other teams in several rigorous events which tested their strength, stamina, and team work.

   CLICK HERE for more photos.

   The first event, the Cross-Country Rescue Course (CCR), took place on Saturday morning. The cadets ran the course carrying six 35-pound rucksacks. The teams worked together to climb an 11foot wall, along with pulling the rucksacks over the wall. After the cadets were over, they ran with all six rucksacks and a 95lb stretcher. They later encountered a cold water filled mud pit, making it even more difficult to complete their task. Finally, soaked in water and covered in mud, they had to low crawl 30 yards with all rucks and the stretcher, and sprint to the finish.  The female team finished with a time of 17:44.53, placing eighth. The male team finished with a time of 14:11.34, placing 21st.

   The next event was Rope Bridge. The male and female teams stretched a 90 foot rope over a wide, icy stream and pulled themselves across along the rope. The male team finished with a time of 4:10.41, earning 17th place. The female team finished with a time of 2:58.10, taking home first place for the first time in the nation for the female division.

   The following event was the Gauntlet. Ten Cadets carried eight 35-pound rucksacks through a tire, over an eight-foot wall, and through two low crawl tubes. The male team had a time of 15:12.65, placing in 26th. The female team completed the event with a time of 13:28.00, finishing in ninth.

   Next was the Physical Team Test (PTT). Cadets ran a 25foot low crawl and then sprinted to the water can carry. After the carry, they vaulted over a platform and then ran to a maze. Following the maze they rushed to a canoe pull/carry. The canoe carried 250lbs of sand inside. The cadets then ran to a turn-around point and completed the course in reverse. The male team finished in place with a time of 8:11.03, placing 35th. The female team finished in 13th place with a time of 7:15.66.

   The final event of the day was the 5K run. The female team completed the run with a time of 32:27.00, placing 12th and the male team held a time of 26:58.68, placing 23rd.

   On Sunday morning, two raiders, Cadet Joseph Morrell and Cadet Haley Comer, completed the Ultimate Raider Challenge. Joseph Morrell finished with a time of 17:29, placing 39th, and Haley Comer finished with a time of 15:00, earning eighth place.

   Both the male and female teams presented an outstanding performance of athletic ability and team work in the Raider Nationals Championships. The male team earned 24th in the nation for the male division, and the female team earned seventh place overall for the female division in the nation. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 11/14/2017-6AM)


   World War II Veteran Edward “Bud” Petitt was Grand Marshal for Saturday’s Veterans Day Parade.  In the photo below:  It’s not every town that has a Four-Star General greeting church goers on a Sunday morning.  But La Follette has.  Carl Stiner greets Marti Swisher as Gary Gray looks on Sunday morning at First Baptist Church of La Follette.  Veterans and First Responders were honored Sunday at FBC in its third annual such service.  More photos from WLAF’s Charlie Hutson and Lindsay Hutson are further down this page as veterans were honored on Veterans Day with a parade and Sunday at FBC.

Search moves forward for new school director

CLICK HERE to see the job description

Plans are being finalized in the search for a new director of Campbell County Schools.

A meeting of the full board of education set for tomorrow night is scheduled to vote on the search process.

The current qualifications for the new director include:

-          Must be a Campbell County resident or property owner

-          An Ed.S is preferred

-          Minimum of five years in school administration

-          Minimum of 10 years classroom experience

In order to apply for the position, applicants must provide five professional references, a list of any bankruptcies, and foreclosures along with a history of any or closed litigation for the past 10 years.

Interested applicants can begin submitting their resumes on Wednesday, Nov. 15.  The submission window will be open until Friday, Dec. 15.

The projected start date for the new director of schools is March 2, 2018.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 11/13/2017-6AM)

Time to sign up for a new commodities card

All this week

   Folks with the East Tennessee Human Resource Agency (ETHRA) and the Office on Aging are handling sign-ups for new USDA commodities cards this week.  Sign-up days this week are today through Friday (11/17).  The hours are from 8:30 am until 11:30 am and then from 1:30 pm to 3:30 pm.  The office for sign-ups is at 2301 Jacksboro Pike, Suite 4 B in La Follette.

   For more information and questions, please call 423.562.2948. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 11/13/2017-6AM)

Yager was guest speaker Saturday at Rockwood

Read his speech below

   State Senator Ken Yager, who represents Campbell County and six other counties, spoke on Veterans Day at historic Oak Grove Cemetery at Rockwood.  The third-term senator tells WLAF that he was honored by the local American Legion to speak to its members.  Yager delivered his message from the heart, and shares one of his thoughts; “If you are a veteran, thank you.  If you are not a veteran, please thank one.”

2017 Veterans Day Speech

By Senator Ken Yager
   Fellow citizens, thank you for joining me today to recognize our veterans for their service to our God-blessed Nation.  In so doing, we join other Americans all across the country - in cemeteries, at the courthouse steps or in the church halls, to honor our brave fighting men and women who for more than 241 years have underwritten our freedom with their courage, honor, and unselfish service.  There are today twenty-two million veterans in the
United States, including over 6,000 in Roane County.  To all these veterans we have a straightforward, heartfelt message -- thank you.  Thank you for your service.  We want you to know that your example of service inspires others who follow in your footsteps. Thank you for your service in peacetime as well as war, in this nation and around the world.

   For all veterans, regardless of the particular service or the era in which they have served, have made a generous commitment of their time, liberty and -- in some instances personal safety -- to preserve the freedom we enjoy.  Our veterans know what it is like to stand guard in the chill of the night so others can sleep. They understand the meaning of hardship and separation, standing watch far away from loved ones.  Some have seen the horror of war and catastrophe.  It is this devotion to duty that sets an example for all freedom loving citizens.  It inspires, too, today's active duty military men and women. Looking through the lens of history, they see how their service is an unbroken line of heroes continuing the work of veterans from bygone eras.  Our Veterans give currency to the words enunciated by General MacArthur: Duty, Honor, Country. Our veterans have paid the price of freedom with their courage and honor.  They have defended America through both the best and worst of times and they have performed their difficult duties tirelessly, seeking no recognition or fanfare.  A simple love of country and liberty compelled them to serve this great Nation of ours.  We resolve to thank and support all our veterans for their service to our nation.  Let us thank them not only today -- Veterans Day -- but every day.

   Remember our veterans and the price they paid physically and emotionally to keep this nation safe.  Remember our troops -- America's future veterans - America's sons and daughters, who have selflessly made the decision to defend our right to be here today.  Finally, remember that veterans' families also have paid a price for freedom. The price of separation from family, not to mention the greatest price of losing a son or daughter, spouse or child, brother or sister.  We can never adequately thank our veterans, but we must give an extra measure of support to them and their families as they did for us on the battlefield.  We cannot rest until every homeless Veteran has a safe place to lay his head or that our wounded warriors receive timely and adequate medical care. 

   Thank you, Veterans, for preserving for us the privilege to live in the greatest Nation in the world. We pledge to you our best efforts to honor you in every way.
   God bless you and your families and God bless
America.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 11/13/2017-6AM)

Operation Christmas Child drop-off location opens this afternoon

Starting at 3 pm today at Cedar Hill Baptist Church

Cedar Hill Baptist Church hosted the ribbon cutting on Sunday night for the new central drop off location for Campbell, Claiborne, Scott and Union Counties for Operation Christmas Child.  The drop off location will be open beginning November 13 at 3 pm, drop off hours will be Monday-Friday 3pm-7pm, Saturday 1pm-4pm, Sunday 3pm-7pm and the final day of operation will be Monday, November 20 2pm-6pm. The goal for the four counties is 10,500 shoeboxes.

Roy Walton, Doris Duncan and Lauren Evans (Duncan’s granddaughter) cut the ribbon to officially open the central drop off location for Operation Christmas Child at Cedar Hill Baptist Church.

Featured at the ribbon cutting ceremony was a previous recipient of a shoebox who shared how Operation Christmas Child shoebox greatly impacted her life and how the gift fed her soul and began a transformation in her life. Alina Massey’s mother took her to the hospital before she was old enough to begin walking, because she noticed an issue on her right leg. Doctor’s told her mother that she would never walk and would be wheel-chair bound for life. Her mother abandoned her at the hospital, but eventually she took her first steps. The doctor’s thought at this point, her mother would return for her, but she did not. Massey began living in an orphanage at the age of three. She chronicled her life in the orphanage as she talked about the struggles the approximately 450 children endured daily. Massey said that she wondered many times, why she did not have a family of her own or someone to love her.

Alina Massey, recipient of an Operation Christmas Child shoebox talks about receiving her shoebox. 

But one day, she found out that someone did in fact love her. Massey talked about the day these very colorful boxes with lots of stuff inside, arrived at the orphanage. Massey talked about how long the line was to get a box and how she feared that she might not get a box. But she did get her own box and it made her feel so special and so loved. She was so excited because it was her box and she did not have to share it with anyone. The box included a washcloth which Massey immediately thought was small enough to hide anywhere and she would no longer have to share with 20 other girls. Also, inside the box was a tootsie roll which Massey referred to as “magic gum” because it had the consistency of chewing gum at first, tasted so sweet and eventually disappeared. But, the item she treasured most was a small music box. She said that the music box took her to another level life that reminded her of what Christmas should be like. The shoebox gave her hope, made her feel special and told her about Jesus. Massey lived in the orphanage until it was about to close, and she was turning 18. She talked about praying to God for his help, because she didn’t want to end up on the streets. She was led to a Christian foundation in Romania that ran by Americans who brought her in and taught her life skills that she previously did not have. Massey then began praying to God to learn English with the promise that if she did learn English she would use it to spread God’s word.

Massey was given an opportunity to come to the United States in 2014, at which time she met her husband. She went on to say that once married she prayed for a child that would be born in December, but her child came two weeks early and was born in November. Massey is currently pregnant with her second child, who is due in December.

Sadie Bright and Emily Moser snap a quick photo to celebrate at the ribbon cutting ceremony for this year’s central drop off location for Operation Christmas Child at Cedar Hill Baptist Church.

Operation Christmas Child was started in 1990 in Wales to help suffering children in Romanian orphanages. Since 1993, Operation Christmas Child has collected and delivered more than 146 million shoebox gifts to children in 160 countries and territories. Shoeboxes demonstrate God’s love in a tangible way and for many of these children the shoebox gift is the first gift they have ever received and more importantly the exposure to salvation. In 2017, Operation Christmas Child hopes to collect and reach another 12 million children, last year 11.5 million shoeboxes were collected and 9 million in the United States alone.

Included in the shoebox is information about Jesus in the child’s own language and the “Greatest Journey” program a 12-lesson discipleship program where they learn about Jesus and how to share to with family and others his love through local churches and trained volunteers. Operation Christmas Child strives to teach children the true meaning of Christmas. In 2016 alone 1.6 million children made a decision for Christ that equals three children every minute.

Operation Christmas Child in one of the ministries of the Samaritan’s Purse which was established in 1970 as a non-denominational Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to victims of war, natural disasters, famine poverty and persecution in more than 100 countries sharing God’s love.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 11/13/2017-6AM)

Campbell County salutes its veterans over the weekend

Parade on Saturday.  Recognition service on Sunday.

   A helicopter fly over.  Bagpipes.  And a WWII veteran as Grand Marshal of the parade.  It was quite a weekend as Campbell County said, “Thank you to its veterans.”


Cool sunshine helped make for a nice day for Saturday's Veterans Day Parade in La Follette.  Knox County Sheriff J.J. Jones made the flyover possible.  Lieutenant Vince Ayub of the Knoxville Police Department played the bagpipes.

   A disabled veteran saluted this flag as he drove under it on Sunday morning (across from First Baptist Church in La Follette).  

First responders and veterans honored Sunday

   On Sunday, the LaFollette First Baptist Church celebrated first responders and veterans in a combined ceremony.

   At 11 am the church, welcomed the first responders and veterans. POWS were also recognized with a moment of silence and “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes, Pastor Duane Mills said.

   Music was performed by the Bond Servants and the presentation by the Honor Guard was also inluded in the service.

   Afterwards, a delicious meal was served in the fellowship hall.  

   CLICK HERE to see all the photos Charlie Hutson and Lindsay Hutson snapped on Saturday. 

Classic small town America scene

Sergeant Raymond McGhee took this photo on Saturday at the Caldwell Farm

Short pursuit corrals DUI driver

‘He’s all over the road’ – One caller to E-911 Dispatch

   Deputy Paul Harmon’s timing was nearly perfect.  The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy was at Big O’s Market and Deli this morning when a reckless driver call came in to E-911.  Harmon was on the vehicle on the Carl Stiner Highway nearly as soon as the call was answered just before 9:30 am.  But the driver, James Hammond, would not stop. CCSD Chief Deputy Aaron Evans explains to WLAF that Harmon then pursued the vehicle for a bit.  Hammond reportedly ran several cars off the road, finally struck a guardrail, and a flat tire eventually stopped him.

   A Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper was nearby and offered assistance.  The trooper also took over the crash investigation.

   The 61-year old Hammond, believed to be from Speedwell, is charged with DUI (driving under the influence), drivers to exercise due care, and evading arrest.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/10/2017-3PM)

Fight ends as a stabbing

One man in the hospital.  One man in jail.

   One man is recovering from stab wounds this morning at a Knoxville hospital.  Another man is in the county jail.

   Late Thursday afternoon, a man was stabbed about his abdomen near Pine Park in west La Follette.  According to La Follette Police Chief Bill Roehl, LPD Officers were dispatched to a fight call on West Prospect Street near the ball park just before 5 pm.  Officers found 50-year old Shawn Morris had been cut during the altercation Roehl said.  Police arrested 33-year old David Spradlin of La Follette and charged him with aggravated assault.

   First Responders were quite concerned about Morris’s wounds to one arm and about his abdomen.  He was flown by Lifestar from the Campbell County Airport to a Knoxville hospital.

   Spradlin was booked at Jacksboro for the seventh time.  Some of his previous charges include assault, possession of a schedule II drug, and disorderly conduct, according to a jail official. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/10/2017-6AM)

Michigan man charged with possession

Sat through a couple of lights

Eric Richey, 21, 235 Depuy Avenue Apt. 5, Jackson, Michigan, found himself in jail after sitting through two green lights on Appalachian Hwy and 25W. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Billy White was on patrol when he noticed Richey sitting at the stop light not moving while it was green.  White came behind Richey and saw him sit through two additional green lights according to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. When Richey’s vehicle did begin moving he crossed into the median across from Charley’s Pizza Parlor and drove in the median for approximately another 25 feet before crossing both lanes of traffic. White then stopped Richey who was almost incoherent due to his speech being slurred. White said that Richey’s pupils were also dilated and non-reactive to the light he was using. He was slow to respond to commands and had to be told several times to give his identification to White who noticed while Richey was speaking he could smell a strong odor of what he believed to be marijuana coming from the vehicle. White asked Richey if there was anything illegal in the vehicle, according to the report and Richey said there was not. White asked Richey to exit the vehicle and noticed he had trouble exiting the vehicle and was very unsteady on his feet. White searched the vehicle and found a single pill labeled Xanax underneath the emergency brake of the vehicle, a green leafy substance that had the odor and consistency of marijuana in a box in the vehicle, a cigar pack containing 25 more pills labeled as Xanax and an opened bottle of Vodka.

Richey is charged with DUI (driving under the influence) third offense, driving while revoked, possession of schedule VI controlled substance, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, reckless endangerment and drivers to exercise due care.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/10/2017-6AM)

La Follette Medical Center - Tennova highlight best exercises for good health

Stand in a supermarket checkout line, and you’ll be bombarded with dozens of different messages about the “best diet” and the “best exercises” to lose weight, gain weight, get stronger and stay healthy. How do you choose the right plan?

To help you evaluate and select the right workout routine for you—based on your specific needs and goals—fitness experts at La Follette Medical Center - Tennova Healthcare have sorted through the latest “best advice” to provide tips for your total health.

According to a recent report from Harvard Medical School, the following exercises can help you get in shape and lower your risk for disease: swimming, strength training, walking, Tai Chi and Kegel exercises. The team at Tennova Health & Fitness Center in Powell agrees with these choices, not only because of the credibility of the clinical sources, but also because they are appropriate for virtually every age and fitness level.

“This is an excellent list of activities that nearly everyone can benefit from in building and maintaining overall health,” said Katherine DePersio, ACSM-CPT, a certified personal trainer and fitness coordinator at Tennova Health & Fitness Center. “If you have any specific goals or physical limitations, we recommend discussing your fitness routine annually with your primary care physician.”

In addition to the general list above, fitness experts recommend the following “best” exercises for unique needs and body parts. A personal trainer can coach you or you can find instructional videos online to ensure you use proper form. Be sure to check with your doctor before starting any new exercise program.


·        Lower Body. If you don’t have severe knee pain, or restriction around the use of your knees, the best exercise to ensure long-term lower body strength is squats. Be sure your knees don’t extend out past your toes, and try to “sit” on an imaginary (or real) chair. Go slowly, and gradually increase your reps.

·        Upper Body. If you are able, the best upper body exercises are yoga’s downward dog and upward dog poses. These poses increase strength and flexibility. Plus, using your own body weight, they can give you a nicely toned back, arms and shoulders.

·        Cardiovascular Health. Most experts now agree that an hour a day on the treadmill or stair climber is not the best way to achieve heart health. Interval training has quickly become accepted as a safer and more impactful way to optimize cardio-fitness. Use the exercise of your choice (e.g., walking, running, cycling). The goal is to push yourself to maximum exertion (where you’re barely able to talk), hold it there for 30 seconds and then move at a restful pace for two minutes. Repeat the cycle for a total of 10 minutes to start, working up to 20 or 30 minutes, three times each week.

·        Knee Pain. The best way to work through and eliminate knee pain is to strengthen the other, larger muscles around the knees. If you suffer from knee pain, squats are probably not advisable. Do a supine hamstring stretch to lengthen and release tight hamstring muscles, and static quad contractions to gradually strengthen the quadriceps muscles without further strain on the knee joint.

·        Lower Back Pain. Try the cat cow stretch to massage/stimulate not only the spine, but also the pelvic muscles and other critical parts of your body’s core. Follow it up with a set of glute bridge exercises to loosen tight hips and engage quad muscles that support the lower back.

·        Neck Pain. Our increasingly sedentary and digital lifestyles are leading to an epidemic of neck pain and forward head posture. Neck retraction exercises have a number of variations easily found online, and are a good way to strengthen the muscles that support your head.

According to DePersio, studies have shown that working with a personal trainer on a regular basis (two or more times a week) can offer results faster than exercising on your own. “A personal trainer can work with you to develop a safe, effective program to help you reach your specific goals—whether it’s losing weight, training for a particular sport, or regaining fitness after illness or injury.”

Tennova’s certified personal trainers offer expert instruction, education, and motivation to help you reach your fitness goals, and provide valuable advice to help prevent injury. “You choose how often or when you work with a trainer, whether it is a single session or an ongoing relationship,” DePersio said. “We offer one-on-one training or buddy sessions for you and a friend, as well as group sessions throughout the year.”

For more information about Tennova Health & Fitness Center, call (865) 859-7900 or visit NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/10/2017-6AM)

   La Follette’s retired Four-Star General Carl Stiner (C) was named to a special veterans coalition by candidate for governor Randy Boyd (L).  Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Logan Hickman and Sergeant First Class Carlos “Pete” McKnight were on hand with Stiner and Boyd.  Details and more photos are further down this page.

  Sheriff Goins responds to church shooting with action

Announces free church safety and security training seminar

   Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins announced Wednesday a free and available service to all area churches and congregations. This church safety and security seminar is aimed at educating pastors, deacons and church members of all denominations on ways to better prepare their church and how to react in a violent situation to save lives. This church safety and security seminar will be on Saturday December 2nd starting at 9am until 12 noon at the LaFollette Church of God.

   Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said, “We have had numerous calls from pastors, church members and religious associations in light of the national violence we’ve seen at churches. People are concerned and so are we. It’s past time we work together and educate our people in the safety and security of their churches and how to react to save lives. We have been working on a plan and training program and we’re glad to share it with our citizens. We will also schedule this training seminar to individual churches upon request periodically. We have to educate ourselves and protect one another in the most sacred of places, our churches."

   Instructors of the seminar Captain Jeremy Goins and Detective Sergeant Freddie White will bring 25 years of knowledge and training experience in Active Shooter, Firearms, SWAT, Active Shooter (ALICE) and Krav Maga defensive tactics instruction to the seminar. For more information please call the sheriff’s office at: 423-562-7446. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/09/2017-6AM)

  Suspects arrested after fleeing

 On Friday, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Joe Hopson saw a 2004 Pontiac Grand Am stopped in the Hwy 25W area. Hopson approached the vehicle and saw Joseph Lee Ellison, 36, 280 North 4th Avenue, Jellico who he had prior knowledge did not have a valid driver’s license exit from the driver’s side of the vehicle, Hopson ask Ellison for ID. According to a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, Ellison said he did not have ID but gave Hopson his name and date of birth. Hopson confirmed that Ellison’s driver’s license was revoked with nine prior convictions for driving on revoked and suspended. Ellison was unable to provide proof of insurance or registration, Hopson noticed that the license plate on the vehicle had expired on September 31, 2017. As Hopson was about to start inventorying the vehicle Agent Goins with the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force found in plain view in the rear driver’s side of the vehicle in the floor board a bag of crystal substance that was believed to be a schedule II drug. Hopson then located a glass pipe and straw that believed to have been used to ingest illegal drugs. Goins mirandized and interviewed Ellison who admitted to receiving money from the passenger in the vehicle, Ashley Cheyenne Hicks, 25, 226 Fifth Street, Jellico and going to an address in Jacksboro, where he alleged he bought the drugs and gave them to Hicks. Agent Goins then mirandized and interviewed Hicks who admitted to paying Ellison $60 to get her the drugs, so she could allegedly sell them to make money. Hicks allegedly admitted to being with Ellison when he went into a house in Jacksboro, returned and gave her the drugs. Hicks said the drugs were in a Pall Mall cigarette pack but had fallen out. The drugs were in the same passenger compartment as the defendant. Ellison is charged with possession of schedule II controlled substance, driving on revoked/suspended 7th offense, violation registration law, other.  Hicks is charged with possession of scheduled II controlled substance. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/09/2017-6AM)

 Watch Chadwell’s Veterans Salute

Monday night show is available HERE on demand

   CLICK HERE to see last Monday night’s salute to veterans on WLAF-TV 12.  U.S. Army Veteran Jerry Chadwell hosted his annual salute.  CLICK HERE to see photos from the night. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/09/2017-6AM)

Stiner to serve on Veterans Coalition

Gubernatorial candidate Boyd makes announcement

Yesterday, Tennessee gubernatorial candidate Randy Boyd announced the leadership of his veterans coalition, the Randy Boyd for Governor Veterans Coalition.

Boyd announced that retired Lt. Gen. R.A. Tiebout, U.S. Marine Corps, will serve as chairman for the coalition. Other members of the coalition included retired General Carl W. Stiner of the U.S. Army will serve as co-chair and Debbie York, great-granddaughter of one of the most decorated U.S. army soldiers of World War I, Alvin C. York.

Others who joined Boyd from Campbell County were Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Logan Hickman and Sergeant First Class Carlos “Pete” McKnight.

The coalition was announced at the East Tennessee Veterans Memorial. Boyd said he felt the coalition would help his team remember the significant impact of veterans' services.

“For me — second only to God — I owe my life to veterans. I believe that is true for every person in America but also for me, personally, it's literally true,” Boyd said at his announcement.

Boyd's parents met in Germany while serving in the military. His wife, Jenny Houbler Boyd, was brought to the U.S. from Germany by her father, who also served in the military. Boyd said the people in his life have built his strong respect for veterans, and they pushed him to support veterans as governor.

“I think, going forward as the next governor, it's gonna be important for us to make sure that we listen to our veterans and make sure that we are able to serve them in the best way possible and continue to make this state a great state for veterans,” Boyd said.

The coalition will advise Boyd on veteran policies as he races through election season, with veteran care being one of his campaign policies.

“We don't want to just be caretakers; we want to think boldly and come up with new initiatives for our veterans across our state,” Boyd said.

Tiebout also spoke at the event and said the coalition is dedicated to helping Boyd.

“We have a lot of problems ... with our veterans, and we are so pleased that we have somebody that has an ear for helping them,” Tiebout said. “We're dedicated to trying to give him all the things that we think are important for our veterans, and I'm sure that he will do everything possible ... to get what they need.”

York spoke at the announcement about the importance of supporting those who are serving and the legacy of those that have previously served.

“I believe it's our job to carry forth the legacy of those lost along the way and to really pause to reflect to see the sacrifices that afford to the life that we are given today,” York said.

Tennessee representative John Ragan spoke at the event as well. Ragan served as a commissioned officer and as a U.S. Air Force pilot, and he is currently the Vice Chair of the Veterans Caucus of the General Assembly.

“It's important, especially at this time of year coming up on Veterans Day, to acknowledge the sacrifice that veterans have made in very different ways,” Ragan said.

To conclude his announcement, Boyd reiterated the importance of the coalition to him.

“I think often people put together coalitions for show. I don't think you could put a better coalition for show than this coalition. But this isn't that kind of coalition,” Boyd said. “As I have shared with each of them, this is a working coalition. We're going to get together and come up with big, bold ideas to move our state forward and to serve our veterans.”

In the end, Boyd assured that their work will push Tennessee forward as a state dedicated to serving veterans.

“We want to make sure that Tennessee is one of the best states, if not the best state, in the nation supporting our veterans,” Boyd said. “And I think with their (the coalition's) advice and support, we'll be able to make that happen.” Others who joined Boyd from Campbell County were Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Logan Hickman and Sergeant First Class Carlos “Pete” McKnight.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/09/2017-6AM)


   A Campbell County park project receives a state award. (Left to right)  Ralph Davis, Charles Curtis, Rusty Orick, DeWayne Kitts, and E.L. Morton. Davis, Orick and Kitts are Campbell County Commissioners. Curtis is the Director of the Tennessee County Commission Association while Morton is Mayor of Campbell County.  Commissioners Johnny Bruce and Robert Higginbotham were at the conference but are not pictured.

 Lady Cougars celebrate outstanding season

Most wins in school history

   With soccer season in the books, the Lady Cougars and their families gathered at the new Hunley Barn to celebrate the team's most successful year yet. The coaches took to the floor and spoke to the team and about what each young athlete meant to the fledgling program. In only three years of varsity play, the team has gone from 6 and 5 wins in their first two varsity seasons to 10 this year.
   As awards were being handed out a couple of Lady Cougars received special recognition. Junior Samantha Lasley was named to the All-District team for her defensive prowess. Senior Lindsay Horton was not only named All-District but was named Offensive Player of the Year for the District.  Horton led all Lady Cougars in scoring with a whopping 30 goals on the season, she also had 4 assists.
   Though the team is losing many talented seniors, there are plenty of players waiting in the wings to fill their shoes. In addition to Lasley, Drew Leach and Julia Isber are juniors and have already been contributing greatly. Leach is the second leading scorer on the team and Isber is a stout defender.
   Goal keeper Ayden Massengill also returns. Massengill had 167 saves on the season. 
Lady Cougar Coach Bryan Horton expressed his appreciation to Rick and Shanna Hunley for hosting last night’s event at their new facility and to all the supporters of Lady Cougar Soccer.  A related story is further down this page.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/08/2017-6AM)

Man wants his barn wood back
$600 reward offered

   It’s a unique tale of thievery. A man called the WLAF Trading Post Monday and Tuesday morning offering Christmas cash. First $500 on Monday and then $600 Tuesday. But there is a catch. You need to be able to identify the person or persons who stole this barn wood and see it through to a conviction.
   A couple of years ago, the man bought an old barn in Davis Chapel, tore it down, and hauled it all to a barn he bought just for its storage over in Glade Springs. It remained there until a few days ago.

This is the barn where the old barn wood was stored.

  “It likely took a day or two to load, haul, and unload the 120-year old barn wood.  Certainly, at least, a two person job,” the owner said.
   The boards are mostly 13 to 15-inches wide and 15 feet long or longer. In all ,3,000-linear feet of very heavy, solid barn wood was stolen.

The barn sits a little bit out of view a few yards off East Chapman Road.

   This mix of mainly hickory and oak wood has an estimated value between $15,000 and $30,000.
   Anyone looking to earn some Christmas cash, is encouraged to call (423)377-5722. The owner says no questions will be asked. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/08/2017-6AM)

Sleep out planned to bring attention to homeless

Campbell County has the highest rate of homelessness in the area, according to the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness.

Next week, the coalition wants to raise awareness of this issue by holding a community soup kitchen and sleep out. The event coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Week.

On Nov. 16, from 6 pm until 8 pm, an open soup kitchen will be held at West LaFollette Baptist Church. Immediately afterwards, a sleep out will be held in the yards adjacent to the church, according to a Facebook video posted by the coalition.

The sleep out is meant to help people “experience homelessness,” the video said. Community members and officials are invited to join in the event.

Generators, air mattresses, and heaters are prohibited with only tents, sleeping bags and blankets allowed at the sleep out.

Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week is an annual program where people come together across the country to draw attention to the problems of hunger and homelessness. Participating groups spend the week holding a series of educational, service, fundraising, and advocacy events, the group’s website said.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/08/2017-6AM)

City stays with more expensive health plan

WATCH the meeting here on demand

   The LaFollette City Council voted on Tuesday night to continue their current health insurance plan with Humana even though it will have a higher cost than a Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan S policy. City Councilman Ann Thompson made a motion to accept the Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan to save the city approximately $7,000 yearly, the motion died without second.  A motion was then made to accept the Humana plan, all members of the board voted yes except for Thompson who voted no.

   Other personnel matters that were discussed were promoting Tristan Nelson and Christopher Huguenard from part time employees of the fire department to full time employees with a salary of $29,213.60 effective November 11, 2017. The police department discussed the addition of a K9 officer whose handler is currently employed part time with the department. The additional K9 officer will cost the city $1 per year and about $30 per month in dog food. All personnel matters were approved unanimously by the board.

   The board discussed setting up a Special Library Account in the General Fund, the account is a new regulation from the State of Tennessee.  All council members agreed. As the council continued to address other administrative business, the topic of the Big Creek Fall Festival applying for non-profit status was discussed. By becoming a non-profit entity, the festival can host events to raise funds for the Fall Festival.

   Mayor Stanfield discussed with the board donating $200 from each of their discretionary funds to the Scott County Homeless shelter since they house some homeless individuals from LaFollette. The Council also agreed to donate $1,000 to the Shop with A Cop program for the upcoming season.

   A public hearing was held for Ordinance NO. 2017-08 to amend the City of LaFollette Code, Title 13, “Rubbish Control” as set forth in Title 13, Chapter 3, Section 306 which says, “Notice is hereby given by City Administrator to clean up property”, shall be amended by deleting said section 306 and replacing said section as follows: 13-306. Notice to be given by City Administrator to clean up property. If the provisions of this chapter are not complied with, the City Administrator shall give notice in writing to the owner, the owners agent or occupant of such lot or parcel of land of said condition requiring the cutting, removal and/or destruction of said weeds, grass, or brush, vegetation or rubbish within 15 days of the date of said notice. Notice pursuant to this chapter shall be served upon persons, either personally or by certified mail, but if the whereabouts of such persons are unknown and the same cannot be ascertained by the city administrator in the exercise of reasonable diligence, and the city administrator shall make an affidavit to that effect, then the serving of such notice upon such persons may be made by publishing the same once each week for two consecutive weeks in a newspaper printed and published in the city. In addition, a copy of such notice shall be posted in conspicuous place on premises affect by the notice.  A copy of such notice shall also be filed for record in the Register’s Office of Campbell County, Tennessee, and such filling shall have the same force and effect as other lis pendens notices (a formal notice) provided by law.  

   The final reading of the ordinance was approved unanimously. The council then moved forward with the approval of a resolution that is needed to receive a $50,000 grant to make repairs to the old Post Office building on South Tennessee Avenue that will include a new roof, windows and a heat and air unit. Four additional resolutions that were discussed in last week’s workshop were approved as well.

   Mayor Mike Stanfield reminded the council and members of the audience that the Veteran’s Parade will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. in LaFollette and 96-year-old Bud Petitt, World War II Veteran will be the Grand Marshall.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/08/2017-6AM)

Horton named the district’s “Player of the Year”

Players excel on the field and in the classroom

   Versatile Lady Cougar Soccer Player Sam Lasley received a second team all-district award for her body of work this season.  Coach Bryan Horton notes that the junior played everywhere on the field on one game this season.  Her versatility allowed her to play many different positions through the year including different positions in a single-game.

   For a third-straight season, Senior Lindsay Horton was named 1st Team All-District.  She was also awarded co-offensive player of the year sharing the honor with a player from Powell.  Horton’s stats of 30 goals and 4 assists led the district helping her lay claim to a first-ever player of the year award, a first for CCHS.
   The number of wins and goals in made this Lady Cougar senior class extra special:
2015 - 6
2016 - 5
2017 - 10
Goals in
2015- 29
2016 - 28
2017 - 48
   Not only has this team done it on the field but they are true student-athletes with nine of the 11 seniors enrolled in dual enrollment classes
Three of the 11 have a 4.0 or higher grade point average, and all three are in the top 25 of this year’s senior class.  In fact, every senior has a 3.0 or higher.

  Horton, LMU-bound to play soccer at the collegiate level, has a long and impressive list of accomplishments:
Career numbers
2015 Goals 14 Assists 8
2016 Goals 14 Assists 2
2017 Goals 30 Assists 4
School records Horton holds
All -time career total goals (58)
All-time career total assist (14)
Single-season goal record (30)
Single-season assist record (8)
Three-time 1st team all-district

One-time Offensive Player of the Year
Scored the first goal in a varsity game
Scored the first goal on CCHS’s new home field  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/08/2017-6AM)

Lonas Young Park Project earns state award
Park expansion planned in 2018

   The annual Tennessee County Services Association Conference was held last Thursday night in Memphis. Like so many of the previous conferences, Campbell County Commissioner Rusty Orick was there. However, this conference was going to be totally different than the others.
   Orick tells WLAF, “I was so tired of attending this event and seeing the some of the same counties receiving awards year-after-year. So, I decided to do something about it; submit something from Campbell County,” Orick said.  Schools, buildings, parks and the like are judged at the conference.
   Ironically, the Lonas Young Park Project, a real source of contention with many commissioners dating back nearly 11 years, is what Orick submitted. The veteran commissioner put a lot of imagination into the presentation by using photos of LYP from start to finish.

One state official calls Lonas Young Park the most beautiful park I've seen.

   Just before the awards ceremony began at the Peabody Hotel, Orick asked if his submittal had been received. The answer? “The best they’ve seen.”
   Needless to say that was just the beginning of an evening of congratulations. The Lonas Young Park Project received the 2017 County Success Story Award.
   Orick and County Commissioner and County Recreation Chairman DeWayne Kitts could not contain their excitement. And understandably so.
   Johnny Bruce was the recreation chair in 2006 when the park idea came about. He and the committee had the foresight to obtain a 100-year lease on the TVA land that was once known as the White Bridge (over Norris Lake).
   Kitts explains to WLAF that the next phase planned for the park is in the spring of 2018. It includes the installation of a senior adult outdoor exercise gym to be funded by awarded grant monies.
   And that’s not all.
   Construction of an RV(recreational vehicle) campground is also in the works. The proposed 15campsites are expected to generate enough revenue to offset the annual operating costs to make LYP fully self-sufficient. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/08/2017-6AM)

First responders and veterans to be honored at FBC

On Sunday, the LaFollette First Baptist Church will celebrate first responders and veterans in a combined ceremony.

In the past, the second Sunday in November service has been dedicated to first responders, but, with Veteran’s Day falling on the same weekend, the decision was made to recognize those who have served in the military, according to Pastor Duane Mills.

“We wanted to find a way to say thank you to those people,” Mills said.

With the service reaching its third year, Mills said, “This is one of our most attended services of the year.”

At 11 am the church, will welcome the first responders and veterans. POWS will also be recognized with a moment of silence and “Amazing Grace” played on the bagpipes, he said.

Music performed by the Bond Servants and a presentation by the Honor Guard will be included in the service.

Afterwards, a meal will be served in the fellowship hall, Mills said.

“As a church, we want to be at the forefront of saying thank to these people for what they do,” he said. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/07/2017-6AM)

Campbell Basketball tips off Tuesday night

Home with William Blount - SEE schedule here

   Practice, scrimmages, game time.  Cougars and Lady Cougars are anxious to get their basketball seasons going.  And the wait is almost over.

   Monday practices were, as you might well expect, very upbeat for the boys and girls teams on John Brown Court.  The Lady Cougars started their workout right after school while the Cougars began their practice at 5:30 pm.  Teams alternate practice times over the course of the pre-season and season.

   Head Coach Brad Honeycutt is back for his fourth season leading the Lady Cougars and calls this year’s team very unselfish and a team comprised of players who really know each other on the floor.  The coach notes that there may be a different starting line-up each night, and that the rotation will likely be six or seven.

   The Lady Cougars schedule is the toughest in Honeycutt’s tenure.  Oak Ridge leads the way in district competition with Science Hill and Farragut among the outstanding teams in non-district action.

  Cougar Head Coach Matt Housley is excited about his experienced team that features seven seniors and seven juniors.  Monday was the first day for all of his team to practice with the return of the football players who will play basketball this season.

  Housley, in season number seven, has a team that is deep at all five positions, and points to staying healthy as a key to success.  The Cougars, like the Lady Cougars, have a very challenging schedule ahead in district and non-district games.

   Both Honeycutt and Housley expressed appreciation for their fans and support.  Housley calls CCHS fans the most passionate in the area.

   The season opens one-week from tonight at Brown Gym with William Blount visiting.  It’s a varsity only night in the Hall of Fame match-up with the Lady Cougars and Lady Governors opening the season at 6 pm followed by the boys varsity.  The Voice of the Cougars, Josh Parker, has all the live radio coverage over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 along with the live telecast on  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/07/2017-6AM)

Annual matching food drive is underway

Terry’s Pharmacy matches your donations

   Your help is needed to help make Terry’s Pharmacy’s annual food drive a success.  Simply drop off your non-perishable food items or monetary donations at either the La Follette or Jacksboro store.  Rissa Pryse with Terry’s Pharmacy will match your donations can-for-can, dollar-for-dollar.  All food will be distributed through the local food banks. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/07/2017-6AM)

 Chapman named “AD of the Year”

Player, coach, principal, and athletic director

   She’s Orange-n-Blue through and through.  Sherry Chapman is taking the congratulatory comments and the ribbing from her fellow teachers and administration in stride.  Campbell County High School’s only Parade All-American Basketball Player was recently named the Athletic Director of the Year by the TSSAA in Athletic District 2.

   News from the TSSAA broke last Thursday afternoon.  However, Chapman, CCHS Principal Jamie Wheeler, and a few others have known about the honor for a couple of weeks.  Wheeler grins when she says, “We’ve had some fun teasing her about this.”  The fact that Chapman shuns the spotlight makes the ribbing all the more fun for those especially close to her.

   Chapman expressed her appreciation for the award to WLAF Sports, but she was quick to point out others who help her carry out her duties as athletic director.  She said, “All the principals jump in and help at all of the home events.  It’s not just me keeping things running smoothly.  Also, our sheriff’s department does more for our sports than any other school system around.  They save our budget by all the comp time the officers give.”  

   Chapman will be honored today at Hardin Valley Academy in a 1 pm ceremony at the TSSAA Regional Meeting. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/06/2017-6AM)

Fun day at Bo's Place

Bo and Citgo keep you on the go

(L-R) WLAF's Big Josh, Bo, and Marv at Bo's Place's Grand Opening. 

WLAF's Ann Rutherford (L) and Big Josh Etter had a fun day Saturday broadcasting live over WLAF from Bo's Place at Belle Meade next to Terry's Pharmacy.   Bo's Place is the local home for Citgo and great food.  (PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF's Ann Rutherford)

Easy to read sign language

Bo's Place marked down its gasoline for a while on Saturday


“Shop with a Cop” has successful fundraiser

Ready to help youngsters have a Christmas

   It was all hands on deck Saturday for the day’s “Shop with a Cop” fundraiser at Jacksboro.  The event helped raise dollars to make sure a few hundred Campbell County kids have a Christmas this year.  Late Jacksboro Police Detective, Sergeant Mike Starrett’s spirit lives, because his fellow brothers in blue (and sisters) are continuing the “Shop with a Cop” event he started years ago.

Brandon (TBI) and Christie Elkins helped with Saturday's fund raising efforts.  

   On Saturday morning and into the afternoon, lots of law enforcement officers helped man the fundraising efforts from manning intersections with buckets for donations to selling chili dogs, nacho chips, and other goodies.  “Shop with a Cop” is only as successful as the amount of money local law enforcement officers are able to raise.  Jacksboro Police Sergeant Pam Jarrett tells WLAF, “We were able to make Christmas possible for about 200 kids last year, and the more money, the more kids we can help.”

   “Shop with a Cop” will be held in mid-December at the Walmart.  There’s still time to make a donation.  You can drop your donation by the Jacksboro Police Department or get in touch with Jarrett at 423.562.9312.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/06/2017 – 6AM)

Lace to Pearls joins the Chamber of Commerce

Members number in the hundreds

   The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce continues growing as it partners with local businesses.  The latest business to join is Lace to Pearls in La Follette.  Lace to Pearls was the second business to join last week.  The other is Common Ground Coffee Shop in La Follette.

It’s a “blue ribbon blurr” as Lace to Pearls owner Jennifer Seiber snips the ribbon at Friday’s ceremony.  Seiber opened the shop in January 2012, and it’s open on Tuesdays, Thursdays, Fridays at 10 am, and Saturdays at 9 am.

   Lace to Pearls is a women’s clothing and accessories store specializing in new, gently used, and consigned items.  It is located on South Indiana Avenue at Stop Light 9, across from the La Follette House next to Kash and Karry Building Supply.

   The Chamber now has right at 250 members.  To learn about the benefits of being a member or to join, call Chamber Director Christie Elkins at 423.566.0329. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/06/2017 – 6AM)

Criminal court resolves a number of outstanding cases

The following criminal court cases were resolved last week with plea agreements:

Kimberly Nicole Hubbard- possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to sell; 30 days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, court costs, $2,000 fine

Samantha Dockery- attempted aggravated burglary, possession of a schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, attempted escape; 167 days to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs, $900 fine

Joanna Marie Davis- possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to sell; 80 days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, court costs, $2,000 fine, and forfeiture of money seized by the LaFollette Police Department

Melinda Rea Bunch- promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; 104 days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, court costs, $1,000 contribution to the LPD Drug Fund

Alisha Rebecca Green- accessory after the fact; 34 days to serve with credit for time served, one year supervised probation, court costs, testify against Cody Malicoat

Corey Mackenzie Brown- theft over $10,000;  4 months to serve with credit for time served, five years supervised probation, court costs, $75 fine, $1,500 restitution, no contact with the victim, can receive jail credit for inpatient rehab

Gary Dewain Hicks- theft over $1,000; one year supervised probation, court costs, $75 fine, $750 restitution, complete A&D assessment, follow all recommendations, complete drug screens, no unlawful contact with the victim

Chad Vann Robbins- attempted possession of schedule II controlled substance with intent to sell, promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; 60 days to serve with credit for time served, four years supervised probation, court costs, $2,000 fine, $1,000 contribution to the LPD Drug Fund

William Cody Perkins- felony evading arrest, DUI; 60 days to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs, $350 fine, attend one MADD Impact Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year, complete A&D assessment, follow all recommendations

Brandon Harold Chapman- violation of the HMVO, felony evading arrest, evading arrest; 55 says to serve with credit for time served, four years supervised probation, court costs

Jack Anthony Wallace- reckless aggravated assault, evading arrest, violation of an order of protection; 18 says to serve with credit for time served, three years supervise probation, court costs, complete anger management classes, complete A&D assessment, follow all recommendations, complete drug screens

Ryan Daniel Currier- two counts of forgery, theft under $1,000; 73 days to serve with credit for time served, four years supervised probation, court costs, $468 restitution, $225 fine, no contact with the victims

Michelle Lynn Hicks Mount Joy Huff- burglary, vandalism over $10,000, violation of an order of protection; 60 days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, court costs, and no contact with the victim

Ricky Eugene Green, Jr.- two counts of theft over $2,500, three counts of burglary of a vehicle; 60 days to serve with credit for time served, 10 years supervised probation, court costs, $150 fine, $12,735 restitution, no  contact with the victim, complete A&D assessment, follow all recommendations, restitution is to be split with co defendants

Nancy Annette Hurst- introduction of contraband into a penal facility, theft under $1,000, first offense DUI;   nine days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, court costs, $425 fine, $479.91 restitution, $500 contribution to the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Drug Fund, complete A&D assessment, follow all recommendations attend one MADD Impact Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year, stay out of Wal-Mart

Tommy Joe O’Dell- voluntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, kidnapping, reckless endangerment; 20 years to serve

John L. Muse- first offense DUI; two days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days supervised probation, court costs, $350 fine, attend one MADD Impact Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year

Devan C. Wilhite- attempted possession of a schedule III controlled substance with intent to sell; two years judicial diversion, two years supervised probation, court costs, $500 contribution to the DTF, forfeit vehicle to DTF

John Warren Isley- possession of a handgun by a convicted felon; four years to serve at 35 percent with credit for time served, forfeit weapon to TWRA

Curtis Lee Green- possession of a schedule II controlled substance with intent to sell, criminal simulation; four years to serve at 30 percent with credit for time served

Lewis Eugene Perry- violation of the HMVO, failure to appear; 92 days to serve with credit for time served, two years supervised probation, court costs

Frank Mitchell Overbay- felony evading arrest, violation of the HMVO Bar; six years to serve at 45 percent

Alex Brandon Allen- second offense driving  on a suspended license; 120 days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days supervised probation, court costs, loss of driver’s license for one year

Duane Douglas Beltz- aggravated assault; 120 days to serve with credit for time served, five years supervised probation, court costs, no contact with victim

Amber Leann Orton- attempted aggravated child neglect; four years to serve at 30 percent

Kerry E. Carson- promotion of methamphetamine manufacture; 60 days to serve with credit for time served, three years supervised probation, court costs, $1,000 forfeiture to LPD Drug Fund

Jahala Jane Goins- theft under $500; 188 days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days supervised probation, court costs, $75  fine, no contact with the victim

Christopher Louis Rogers- DUI; two days to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days unsupervised probation, court costs, $350 fine, attend one MADD Impact Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year, complete A&D assessment, follow all recommendations

Amanda Lynn Morris- attempted possession of a firearm by convicted felon, attempted aggravated burglary; 167 days to serve with credit for time served, four years supervised probation, court costs, no contact with the victim, complete A&D assessment, follow all recommendations

Alex Brandon Allen- aggravated burglary, theft under $500, theft of merchandise under  $500, assault; 120 days to serve with credit for time served, four years supervised probation, court costs, $150 fine, no contact with victims  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/06/2017-6AM)

Open Arms Ministry hosts telethon

   Open Arms Ministry serves thousands of Campbell Countians with food every week.  This week will be no different.  However, the money raised during Saturday night’s telethon will help that effort go a little further.

Katrina (L) and Ron are a couple of the folks who helped emcee Saturday night’s Open Arms Ministry telethon

   If you were not able to donate on Saturday, you can still make a contribution.  Mail your check to Open Arms Ministry, 1112 McGhee Lane, Caryville, Tennessee 37714. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/06/2017-6AM)

Aldermen vote for raises, Mayor objects

Jacksboro holds regular monthly meeting

The topic of raises was a source of disagreement at last night’s meeting of the Jacksboro Board of Mayorand Aldermen.

Aldermen Shayne Green asked to revisit the topic of the board and mayor raising their own salaries. Bolstering his argument, Green said the board and mayor had not had raises since1996.  The board and the mayor have the authority raise their salaries, Green said. He then made a recommendation of raising the salary for aldermen to $250 and the mayor to $500 per month. Mayor June Forstner countered that there was not money in the budget for raises; Green argued they could do a budget amendment for the amount. Town Attorney Steve Hurst suggested tabling the vote until he could contact MTAS to ensure the raises were legal, but, Green assured Hurst he had checked, and the raises were legal. A vote passed with all of the aldermen voting in favor of the raises but the with the mayor voting no. Forstner told the board they all knew what the salary was when they ran for office.

During the meeting, Madison Goodman was presented a plaque and a certificate for her heroism. Last month, she called 911 when her father was experiencing a seizure. Goodman remained calm and was able to stay on the line until medical help arrived.

Other items on the agenda included employee Christmas bonuses. The approved the bonuses were: full time will receive $300 and $25 per year longevity pay, part- time (auxiliary) employees will receive 50 percent of the bonus if their work hours are 1000 or more if below 1000 but 500 or more will receive 25 percent. Three newly hired firemen whose work hours are below 500 work hours to receive 25 percent and the part time custodian and two library substitutes to receive $50 each. 
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/03/2017-7AM)

Madison Goodman, a third grader at Jacksboro Elementary School, was honored at last night's meeting.

Sexton sentences parole violators

Five Campbell Countians to serve prison time

            On Monday, Campbell Criminal Court Judge E. Shayne Sexton found the following individuals in violation of their supervised release and remanded them to Tennessee Department of Corrections (TDOC) custody:

Westley Scott Market, of La Follette, had previously pleaded guilty to Sale of a Schedule II Drug (Methamphetamine), and received a suspended sentence of 3 years supervised by TDOC. He was found guilty of violating the terms of his release and was sentenced to serve his 3 year sentence in TDOC custody.

Gregory Shawn Phillips, of Caryville, had previously pleaded guilty to Theft of Property over $100 and Criminal Trespassing, and received a suspended sentence of 1 year supervised by TDOC. He was found guilty of violating the terms of his release and was sentenced to serve his 1 year sentence in TDOC custody.

Jason Albert Rollow, of Jacksboro, had previously pleaded guilty to Burglary, and received a suspended sentence of 4 years supervised by TDOC. He was found guilty of violating the terms of his release and was sentenced to serve his 4 year sentence in TDOC custody.

Christy Wilson, of La Follette, had previously pleaded guilty to Felony Evading Arrest and Forgery, and received a suspended sentence of 2 years supervised by TDOC. She was found guilty of violating the terms of her release and was sentenced to serve her 2 year sentence in TDOC custody.

 Tara Deserea White, of La Follette, had previously pleaded guilty to Forgery, and received a suspended sentence of 2 years supervised by TDOC. She was found guilty of violating the terms of her release and was sentenced to serve her 2 year sentence in TDOC custody. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/03/2017-6AM)


Residents pay just under $8 million in taxes for October

Campbell County has seen an uptake in tax revenues this month.

An average October will yield around $6 million in property tax collections, according to Campbell County Trustee Monty Bullock. However, a budget being passed on time by the county has proven instrumental in collections totaling $7.9 million for October.

Once the tax rate is set, tax notices can be printed in Nashville, Bullock said. When the county commission passed the budget without an extension that meant Campbell County was able to “move to the front of the line” for the printing.

“Our requests were able to go in early,” Bullock said.

Property tax notices have historically been mailed the third week in October, but in 2017 they hit mailboxes in late September.

If taxes are paid in full by Nov. 3, landowners are eligible for a 2 percent discount. The notices arriving 30 days prior to that deadline, gave many the opportunity to cash in on the savings, Bullock said.

“That really benefitted us,” he said.

With Campbell County’s established tax base sitting at $16 million that means nearly half of the monies needed went into the coffers in a month.

On Oct. 31, Bullock’s office processed $895,000 in payments.

Along with the budget and printing working in the county’s favor, an escrow stipulation also helped.

“By law, loan companies and banks have to pay the lowest amount (of property taxes),” Bullock said. When the discount is factored in, that means lenders were mandated to pay by the Nov. 3 deadline.

Lines have been long and nonstop since the beginning of the month at the trustee’s office, Bullock said.

“There have been no complaints. People seem satisfied,” he said.

From the WLAF Publisher:  If you cannot make it to the Trustee’s office to pay in person by Friday (11/03/2017), Bullock notes that if you mail your property tax payment to his office and it is post marked November 3, 2017, you will still receive the discount.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/02/2017-6AM)

Recovery Court continues to make a difference

A long standing program designed to help people struggling with addiction has celebrated another milestone.

On Friday, the Eighth Judicial District Recovery Court saw two people graduate from the program.

Dana Cooper and Dawn Mitchell successfully completed their programs after 18 months. The two women are now employed, have been sober for 32 and 21 months, respectively, and are looking to the future- something they couldn’t do as long as they battled addiction.

 Dana Cooper (pictured with Judge Shayne Sexton), a recent graduate of Recovery Court, said she battled addiction, and she lost everything.

Cooper, who is from Fentress County, holds the distinction of not being sanctioned by the court, while in the program. A sanction is a consequence given by the judge when a participant breaks a rule established by the program.

She is employed by McDonald’s in Jamestown and is expecting twins.

  Dawn Mitchell (pictured with Judge Shayne Sexton), hopes to attend college now that she is leading a sober life.

Mitchell, who is from Union County, is also employed and plans to enroll at Roane State Community College in the spring. She also volunteers at the Shepherd’s Home in Jacksboro.

“Both Dana and Dawn have demonstrated the courage and determination to start and finish this challenging program. We believe they are committed to a lifetime of recovery and I look forward to seeing them flourish. I’m so proud of them,” said Judge Shayne Sexton, who presides over Recovery Court.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 10/30/2017-6AM)

Crawford and Hale to appear in court today

Zachary Chase Crawford and Danielle Denise Hale are expected to be arraigned in Campbell County Criminal Court this morning.

Crawford is indicted on 17 counts of child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age and aggravated child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age. He is accused of abusing Hale’s daughter.

Hale was indicted for aggravated child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age and three counts of neglect of a child under eight years of age.

The couple was charged in August when officers with the Jacksboro Police Department went to Hale’s Main St. apartment to investigate the little girl’s condition, the report said.

During the investigation the JPD learned that Hale was leaving her daughter alone with Crawford. Crawford, 19, allegedly confessed he had inflicted the numerous injuries to the five-year-old girl.

The 19- year-old told police he had used “discipline” on the little girl that included hitting her with an open palm, striking her with a horse’s riding crop and that he also “disciplined” her with his “mouth by using his teeth.” Crawford allegedly went on tell police he “strangled” the child “around her neck using his legs.

On at least three separate occasions in the course of a week, Hale, 20, said she “observed injuries” on her child. According to her arrest report, Hale said she spoke with Crawford telling him to stop “as each incident got worse.”

The couple has been charged under Haley’s Law, which means, they are facing stiff penalties if convicted of the Class A felonies. Specifically, if convicted, the pair could face 15- 60 years in prison each. They would not be eligible for early release leaving Crawford and Hale to serve their sentences at 100 percent.

Crawford and Hale remain in jail. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 10/30/2017-6AM)

LaFollette Library holding food drive

Starts Wednesday

   The LaFollette Public Library is excusing late fees in exchange for canned food in the month of November.

   Beginning Wednesday, patrons can have a $1 worth of fines forgiven with an item of nonperishable food. If less than $1 is owed, one item or can of food, will erase the fine.

At the end of the month, all food collected by the library will be donated to the local food bank to assist with its December distribution.

For more information call the library at 562-5154. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 10/30/2017-6AM)



   Madison Goodman’s a hero!  Pictured with the Jacksboro Elementary School 3rd grader L-R:  E-911 Operator Susan Finley, School Resource Officers Stony Love and Allen Shepherd.  Madison’s story and more Charlie Hutson photos are further down this page.

Help.  Help.  Can you come help my dad?

Madison Goodman is hailed a hero

   E-911 Dispatch Veteran Susan Finley tells WLAF, “We don’t get many calls from youngsters.  But when we do, it’s usually by accident.”  On Columbus Day, Finley’s call from 8-year old Madison Goodman was not by accident.

Madison Goodman speaks with WLAF 

   When Finley answered Goodman’s call to the 911 Center, a tiny, shaken voice shouted “Help.  Help.  Can you come?  My dad won’t wake up,” she knew it had to be serious.  And it was.  Madison’s daddy, Kevin, was having a seizure.

  The more the 20-year dispatcher was able to talk to Madison, the calmer she became.  “He’s not moving at all,” said Madison.  Finley asked, “Is he breathing?”  Madison said, “Barely.”

   Finley adds that Madison was able to get her the information she needed to get an ambulance and officers enroute to her Liberty Street home at Jacksboro.  Officer Allen Shepherd, who was working for Jacksboro Police on that Monday, was one of the first people on the scene.

   Shepherd details, “When we arrived, she was standing at the door like the 911 operator told her to, and she was very calm and followed directions to a T.”  He notes that her dad ended up in good shape, and he’s now doing well.

   When Madison was asked her who taught her to call 911 in an emergency, she said, “My father taught me.  If anything goes wrong, you can call the cops, so they can help you faster.  They can get you help so you can get back to feeling better do you won’t have to be sick anymore.”

   Madison is a third grader at Jacksboro Elementary School.  Her principal, Pam Walden, says, “We have excellent students here at JES, and we’re proud of Madison.  She is an excellent student.”  Walden goes on to say that she is a very level headed young lady, and that the example that she has shown to the other students, I think, may save somebody else’s life.  The principal added that, “We’re very proud of our officers who work closely with our schools.”

   It was no accident.  The girl Walden’s dubbed a rock star was honored yesterday morning in Mrs. Ashley Tierney-Bruce’s JES classroom.  Shepherd read from a plaque that was presented to the little rock star.  “This community hero award is presented to Madison Goodman for your actions taken on 10 09 2017.”  Enthusiastic applause immediately followed.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/27/2017-6AM)

Shop local- win local in December

The Campbell County Chamber of Commerce has an innovative new way to promote local business.

It is sponsoring the first Shop Local, Win Local drawing.

“This was the idea of our retail committee,” Christie Elkins, executive director of the chamber said.

When residents shop local the weekend after Thanksgiving, Nov. 25 and 26, they can bring their receipts to the chamber the following week.

“We asked shoppers put their names and contact information on the back of the receipt and then give it to us to enter into the drawing,” she said. “On Dec. 1, we will have a drawing on Facebook Live and we are going to draw as long as we have prizes.”

All gifts will come courtesy of local chamber businesses.

“This a great way to keep the community shopping local,” Elkins said.

If a business would like to donate gift cards to the drawing, they can contact Elkins at by Nov. 17.

Businesses that have donated thus far are Woodson's Cash Stores, Home Federal Bank, and United Cumberland Bank. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/25/2017)

Claiborne joins the bar

The Asbury Law Office has welcomed a new attorney.

Ashley Claiborne joined the practice earlier this month when she was sworn in after passing the bar in October.

Claiborne was sworn in by Eighth Judicial District Chancellor Elizabeth Asbury.

She received her undergraduate degree from East Tennessee State University and then went on to study at the Duncan School of Law, a division of Lincoln Memorial University. Claiborne graduated in May.

 Ashely Claiborne joined the Asbury Law Office this month.

A native of Speedwell, Claiborne said she always wanted to study law and has found her passion in adoption law.

“I had the picture perfect childhood, and I want every child to have that,” she said. And while adoption law is her calling, Claiborne is excited about the prospect of practicing all types of law in Campbell County.

“I grew up in a small town, and this is where I want to be,” she said.

Claiborne can be reached at 423-562-7800. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/25/2017)

It’s a Dollar Wall, y’all

A buck goes a long way at Terry’s Pharmacy

   “Every item on this wall is one-dollar.  You won’t find anything for $2.29 there,” said Rissa Pryse with Terry’s Pharmacy in La Follette.  The downtown pharmacy just opened the wall that includes all kinds of household items as well as many cleaning supplies.  Stock ranges from baby wipes to garbage bags to hand sanitizer and band-aids; all one-dollar each.  You’ll also find aluminum foil, air freshener, body wash, and more priced at a buck.  Upwards of 100 items fill the wall that’s on your left when you walk in the store.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/25/2017)


   Michelle Davis in front.  Back row, left to right, Deborah Pemberton and Terri Woodward.  These ladies are with Spay Campbell County an organization, that since April 2016, has helped hundreds of local pet owners.  When the Happy Pets Spay/Neuter program was launched, SpayCC has subsidized more than 400 aid services and facilitated 400-plus additional low cost services for people who can pay the full, discounted price.  The full story is further down this page.


LMC encourages you to make the most of your health insurance

Time to maximize your health plan benefits

With less than three months left in the year, now is the time to check the status of your health plan deductibles.

Tennova Healthcare is urging individuals to direct their attention to outstanding healthcare needs and take full advantage of paid-up deductibles or available funds in flexible spending accounts (FSAs) by scheduling necessary appointments, recommended testing and surgeries.

“If you have been putting off scheduling prescribed care—such as an annual exam, colonoscopy or mammogram—it would be wise to check your deductible status and plan benefits,” said Christian Terzian, M.D., an internal medicine physician with Tennova La Follette Medical Center Clinic.

“This can be the ideal time to access medical services because your plan may cover most, if not all, of the costs. The key is to obtain all the healthcare services you need before December 31 because with the New Year comes a new deductible,” Dr. Terzian said.

Additionally, the close of 2017 also affects individuals who have FSAs, which are pre-tax dollars set aside primarily for health-related expenses. The Internal Revenue Service requires those funds to be spent—or forfeited—by December 31. This adds another incentive to schedule services now.

“It’s crucial to be prompt with scheduling,” Dr. Terzian said, “so there is enough time to have the test or procedure completed before the end of the year. Getting everything squared away by early December will help ensure the services you receive are considered part of your 2017 coverage.” 

For more information or to find a doctor, call 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682) or visit  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/24/2017-6AM)

State Parks and Rec Grants available to local communities
TDEC to host grant workshops in November

   The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC) announced today the 2018 grant cycle for the Local Parks and Recreation Fund, the Land and Water Conservation Fund, and the Recreational Trails Program. TDEC's Division of Recreational Educational Services (RES) will host three workshops across the state on Nov. 28-30 to assist communities interested in the grant application process.  Farragut, Murfreesboro, and Jackson are hosting the workshops.
   Local Parks and Recreation Fund (LPRF) grants provide state funding to local governmental agencies for the purchase of land for parks, natural areas, greenways and the purchase of land for recreational facilities. Funds also may be used for trail development and capital projects in parks, natural areas and greenways.
   The Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grants provide matching grants to states, local governments and state agencies that provide recreation and parks, for the acquisition and development of public outdoor recreation areas and facilities.
   Recreational Trails Program (RTP) grants provide matching grants to state, local, and federal governmental agencies as well as 501c3 organizations as long as the land developed is publically owned. RTP funds may be used for non-routine maintenance and restoration of existing trails, development and rehabilitation trailside or for trailhead facilities such as restrooms, shelters and parking lots, construction of new trails and acquisition of land for recreational trails or corridors.
   Those interested in applying for the 2018 grant cycle are encouraged to attend a workshop as grant application criteria has changed as well as the grant application submission being moved to an online application process. Space at each location is limited. To guarantee your seat, register using the link below the grant application workshop you will be attending or contact Tricia Ferguson at (615) 532-0752.
Thursday, November 30, 2017
9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. EST
Farragut Town Hall
11408 Municipal Center Dr.
Farragut, TN 37934
Register online<>
   For more information, visit (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/24/2017-6AM)

SpayCC offers much needed service

Seeks volunteers

In a release to WLAF from Spay Campbell County, Spay Campbell County Tennessee Pets (SpayCC) is a 501c3 organization, our goal is to reduce the number of abandoned, unwanted cats and dogs in our communities through our Happy Pets Low Cost Spay/Neuter program, and educate the community of the importance of spay/neuter, not only for the pet’s behavior and health, but also the benefits of fewer unwanted pets set out in our communities and to prevent pet homelessness before it happens! 


SpayCC President: Terri Woodward; Vice President: Michelle Davis; Secretary/Treasurer: Deborah Pemberton and Fundraiser Coordinator: Jane Holmes.  


Our board of directors/officers have collaborated with other area groups since 2012, in 2016 we formed our own group, awarded our own 501c3 status in March 2016.  We are an all-volunteer organization, with no paid positions and we have no building or facility.  We work with two locally, privately owned, veterinary clinics:  LaFollette Veterinary Services and Jacksboro Veterinary Services, who have graciously worked with us for reduced pricing, approximately 50% of the normal price, and they include, free, a 1 year rabies vaccination the day of surgery.  This pricing is the basis of our Happy Pets Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program and our Happy Pets Spay/Neuter Aid Program.


Since April 2016, when our Happy Pets Spay/Neuter programs launched, SpayCC has subsidized over 400 aid services and facilitated over 400 additional low cost services for people who can pay the full, discounted price.


The low-cost program is open to Campbell County residents with income of $55,000 or less, the cost for a dog, under 70lbs, is $65, male dogs over 70lbs are an additional $1 per pound over 70, and females are an extra $1.50 per pound over 70, this includes a free 1 year rabies vaccination the day of surgery.   To get a low-cost appointment scheduled, please call or text, our message line: 423-352-7447, leave a detailed message and a phone number you can be reached at after 5pm or message us on Facebook, or our web site.


The aid program is open to Campbell County residents with income of $35,000 or less, the cost for a dog, with qualifying application, is $25 and a cat is $20, this includes a free 1 year rabies vaccination the day of surgery.   When funding is available SpayCC has a sign-up day, a copy of proof of income or assistance letter is required.  Sign up days are advertised in all local media and social media locally.


Our program is funded by donations, fundraisers and grants.  We, in the past, have received grants from the Bissell Pet Foundation, the Rettig Foundation, The Pedigree Foundation, The Onshore Foundation, SpayTN, Athletes for Animals , The Tennessee Spay/Neuter Coalition and the City of LaFollette.   We have fundraisers throughout the year that help fund our program. 


We are accepting offers by other organizations, such as the Girl Scouts, to hold fundraisers to benefit SpayCC Programs.   They may contact us on Facebook or directly through our web site to make arrangements. 


We accept donations and they are eligible as a tax deduction, to donate:  SpayCC, P.O. Box 644, LaFollette, Tennessee, 37766 ;  or paypal: or you may donate on our web site: or our Facebook page:

We are always seeking volunteers, if you would like to volunteer with our organization please message us on Facebook or directly through our website.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/24/2017-6AM)

State leaders look at opioid epidemic

Powers, other legislatures make recommendations

Campbell County currently ranks third in Opioid prescriptions per capita according to District Attorney Jared Effler. The Tennessee Department of Health reports that in 2016, Campbell County had four Opioid overdose deaths and 12 total overdose deaths. There were 77,141 Opioid prescriptions written for pain.

Among some of the recent initiatives are recommendations from The House of Representatives Task Force on Opioid and Prescription Abuse to House Speaker Beth Harwell. The task force is comprised of Rep. Kevin Brooks, chair, Rep. Kevin Brooks, Rep. Joanne Favors, Rep. Curtis Halford, Rep. Darren Jernigan, Rep. William Lamberth, Rep. Dennis Powers and Rep. Cameron Sexton. Recommendations were made in three areas, treatment, prevention and policy.

In the area of treatment a recommendation was made for budget for the FY 2018-19 that would allow more individuals suffering from addiction access to Community Substance Abuse Services that are non-profit, faith-based or affiliate with local governments and include services such as screening and assessment, detoxification, family intervention, residential rehabilitation, recovery houses, day treatment, and outpatient services. Some of the other recommendations made were distribution of Naloxone to high-risk areas to law enforcement, developing a strategy to expand participation in recovery courts and directions to the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services.

Some of the prevention strategies listed was a public awareness campaign that seeks to educate the public while seeking sponsorship from the pharmaceutical industry. The task force also made recommendations to the State Board of Education, State Licensure Boards and legislation, veterinarians were also included.

Policy recommendations range from establishing a commission to combat drug abuse, add 25 agent positions to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation FY 2018-19 budget to combat the opioid epidemic and the development of grants to assist with initiatives to combat the opioid epidemic.

CLICK HERE for more information. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/20/2017-6AM)

  A New Beginning needs mentors

A New Beginning (ANB), a local program with a goal of offering men who have recently been released from jail a chance to reassemble their lives, needs mentors.

“The program currently has 17 men who were recently released from jail and have contacted us, passed a drug screen, and started working an honest job, but they are still struggling,” said  Stacy Bosch, assistant director of ANB. “These men need mentors.”

Mentors need to be a male over the age of 21, can have a history of substance abuse or not, and should be willing to spend one to two hours a week listening, guiding, and loving the participants, she said. If someone has struggled with addiction, ANB asks they have a year of sobriety before applying to be a mentor.

“The program helps men reestablish a work history and an income,” Bosch said.

In order to qualify as a participant for the program, and a job, applicants must first have a desire to work and change their lives, according to Bosch. The men must also be able to pass a drug screen, pass a background check that will focus on, if violent offenses are present, and be willing work with a mentor. After that, the ANB staff will work with the men on a variety of topics from parenting to budgeting.

And on the occasion that the desire is there, but, the sobriety isn’t, ANB will also help the man work towards getting clean then, the rest of the program will be implanted, Bosch said.

But mentors are key in ANB, she said.

“As of today, there are 17 people who are at work today and not out making bad choices. Help us keep it that way,” Bosch said. “We need the community to help these men.”

For those interested in becoming a mentor, they can apply at or call 423-449-9006.

“This is a huge door of opportunity for this community,” Bosch said of the possibility to counteract the negative effect narcotics has had in Campbell County.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/18/2017-6AM)

Commission looks at improvements, upgrade in equipment for solid waste

County commissioners spent much of the time at their Monday night meeting listening to a series of recommendations from the Sanitation Committee on ways to make solid waste collections more efficient.

Committee chairman Ralph Davis outlined a list of eleven proposed changes, ranging from inexpensive improvements such as spraying the bottoms of convenience center garbage containers with a protective coating to protect containers from rust to borrowing nearly a half million dollars to replace much of the Sanitation Department’s aging equipment.

Davis also proposed hiring a second mechanic in order to do a better job of maintaining the Department’s fleet of trucks and loaders, putting a GPS tracking system on all garbage trucks and purchasing two more walking trailers in order to allow loading to proceed while the trucks are in route to the out-of-county landfill.

Finance Director Jeff Marlow pointed out that many of the proposed expenditures will be covered by already-approved increases in dumping fees for commercial garbage and brush, while the Environmental Services Department has the ability to pay off an existing debt of $125,000 and borrow enough on a note to cover $430,000 to purchase the new equipment.

“With the new rates, the county could pay off the new note within five years,” Marlow pointed out. He then suggested that the commission delay action on a motion by Davis until a budget amendment can be prepared for approval at the next meeting.

Davis later brought up a controversial matter, a message from attorney David Dunaway that was first brought up at last week’s workshop by County Attorney Joe Coker. Dunaway had earlier offered to waive his attorney fees if the commissioners would reverse their decision to refuse payment to Dunaway’s client, Carrender Construction Company for work on the Walnut Mountain water project.

The lawsuit involves a $7,000 bill that the county refused to pay because it was done without pre-approval of a change order in violation of a recently passed commission policy. The company argued that the extra work and materials were necessary after an unexpected flood on the mountain and the work was approved by the project engineer.

Dunaway, during a pre-trial conference with Coker and Circuit Court Judge McAfee, offered to waive attorney’s fees if the county would agree to pay the bill, avoiding a battle in court. Judge McAfee indicated at that conference that while the commission’s policy was clear, he was inclined to rule for the company as they appeared to have acted in good faith.

Despite that message conveyed by Coker, the commission, led by passionate arguments by Davis and Cliff Jennings, voted 7-7 to refuse the settlement offer. Mayor E. L. Morton broke the tie to vote with those commissioners rejecting the offer.

Dunaway then sent a message that he intends not only to pursue the money owed to his clients and his $35,000 legal fee, but is also considering a lawsuit individually against those commissioners who voted to go to court.

Davis angrily denounced the threat and cited a 1978 law that he said would make it a criminal misdemeanor to threaten to use the courts to obstruct public officials from carrying out their duties. Davis asked Coker to talk to the District Attorney about pressing charges against Dunaway, although Coker pointed out that since he is the county’s attorney in the litigation case, it would be better if the commissioners approached the D.A.

Davis finally made a motion to instruct Coker to talk to the DA, despite Coker’s hesitations. That motion passed 7-5 with Charles Baird, Johnny Bruce, Sue Nance, Rusty Orick and Lonnie Weldon voting “no.” Carl Douglas, Marie Ayers and Forster Baird were absent from the vote.

While the meeting ended in controversy, it started on an upbeat note, as Mayor Morton called several industrial and business leaders down to the front to be honored by resolutions. Nora Monday, Director of the county women’s shelter, accepted a plaque recognizing Domestic Violence Awareness Week.

Following that, the Mayor presented certificates honoring Rob Woodson for the contributions to the community by Woodson’s Cash Stores, first founded by Woodson’s grandfather, R. L. Woodson, in 1920; the Ball family and their company, LaFollette Mine Supply; MATEX Corporation and Bushtec, acquired recently by Better Made Tools.

The commission also voted unanimously to approve several improvements to the animal shelter. The improvements will be paid for by the Friends of Campbell County Animals group but needed commission approval. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/17/2017-6AM)

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   “We really need staff,” said CHET’s Human Resources Manager Carol Vinsant.  Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET) has seven fulltime openings for caregivers on its second and third shifts.  Starting pay is $9.00 per hour.  Vinsant says applicants must have a valid Tennessee driver license, a high school diploma or GED, and must be 21-years or older.

   Interested applicants apply at CHET’s main office at 507 Main Street at Jacksboro.  That’s across from the post office.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/17/2017-6AM)

Tucker’s talk highlights CHET’s annual staff meeting

Day-long event was yesterday

   “I’m so appreciative of all of our employees here at CHET and how dedicated they are to our mission,” said Community Health of East Tennessee CEO Teresa Dabney.  Though yesterday’s annual meeting was a training day, it was also a day of appreciation for CHET’s more than 100 employees.

   Dabney calls it a chance, too, for employees to get to meet other employees from the different arms under the CHET umbrella.  She sizes it up as an annual training program with reviews and much more.  Much more also included a catered breakfast and lunch at the training site, the La Follette United Methodist Church, and a visit from WATE-TV 6 news anchor Lori Tucker.

Lori Tucker of WATE-TV 6 offered a lot of inspiration during CHET’s annual meeting on Thursday.

   Tucker called it an honor to be able to attend and visit with people who are changing lives everyday.  She described CHET employees as “being on the front line” of working with abuse victims, saving families, and helping save children; just some of the many facets of CHET. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/13/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF PENNY ETTER)

Crawford indicted on 17 counts of child abuse

Hale faces abuse and neglect charges also

A young mother and her boyfriend have been indicted on charges they severely abused her five- year- old daughter.

Danielle Denise Hale and Zachary Chase Crawford were indicted yesterday.

Hale was indicted for aggravated child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age and three counts of neglect of a child under eight years of age.

But it’s Crawford who faces even harsher, and multiple charges. He was indicted on 17 counts of child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age and aggravated child abuse and neglect in a child under eight years of age.

The couple was charged in August when officers with the Jacksboro Police Department went to Hale’s Main St. apartment to investigate the little girl’s condition, the report said.

Zachary Chase Crawford of Caryville remains housed in the county jail this morning on a half-million dollar bond.  He is in maximum security lock-up.(PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)

During the investigation the JPD learned that Hale was leaving her daughter alone with Crawford. Crawford, 19, allegedly confessed he had inflicted the numerous injuries to the five-year-old girl.

The 19- year-old told police he had used “discipline” on the little girl that included hitting her with an open palm, striking her with a horse’s riding crop and that he also “disciplined” her with his “mouth by using his teeth.” Crawford allegedly went on tell police he “strangled” the child “around her neck using his legs.” He allegedly applied so much force around the neck, petechiae resulted. Petechiae is a condition that occurs when capillaries rupture leaving blood spots in the eyes.

Danielle Denise Hale has a $100,000 secure bond and is still in jail. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)

On at least three separate occasions in the course of a week, Hale, 20, said she “observed injuries” on her child. According to her arrest report, Hale said she spoke with Crawford telling him to stop “as each incident got worse.”

The couple has been charged under Haley’s Law, which means, they are facing stiff penalties if convicted of the Class A felonies. Specifically, if convicted, the pair could face 15- 60 years in prison each. They would not be eligible for early release leaving Crawford and Hale to serve their sentences at 100-percent.

Crawford and Hale remain in jail.

They will be arraigned Oct. 30.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/12/2017-6AM)



 Tuesday (08/26/2017) , at lunch, Tony Lindsay presented the old coach, Coach Ron Murray with the 9-ball found under the old pool hall.  Murray said that he always played 9-ball.  The story is further down this page.

Tech tales from the field and the stands

Johnny Majors and Jim Farris share their stories

   Word spread pretty fast as soon as Coach Ron Murray hung up the phone Tuesday morning.  Former Tennessee player and coach Johnny Majors called to say he was headed to La Follette for lunch.

Friends for more than 60-years.  (L) Coach Ron Murray and Coach Johnny Majors.

   The old coaches, Majors, Murray, and Jim Smelcher, took over the big table at the Royal Lunch Room with some friends and fans.  Smelcher, a Lake City native, was a Tennessee teammate of Majors and was the head football coach at Bearden back in the 1960s.

   All the attention was on Majors.  And I couldn’t help but ask.  What was your favorite game in your playing days?  Majors shot back in his snappy, distinct tone, “Georgia Tech.  1956!”  CLICK HERE to hear Majors full account.

   Ironically, the Vols open the 2017 season, some 61-years later, on Monday night at Atlanta against Tech.  There’s a lot on the line for that one but not near as much as in that ’56 match-up.

   The 80+ year old Majors recalled that afternoon on Grant Field as if it were yesterday.  “We would quick kick it on third down some in those days.  We had the ball at our 15-yard line; third and three, and Georgia Tech’s safety went deep thinking I’d punt.  But I didn’t – running for a first down instead.  Then on first down, I did quick kick; first and only time I ever did on first and ten.  That punt sailed 69-yards, and we backed up Tech at its 12-yard line.”

Coach Johnny Majors (L) and Royal Pool Room Owner Tony Lindsay take time out for a David Graham photo.

   Dr. Jim Farris, Jimmy in his high school years, attended that 1956 classic along with his buddy, Jimmy Higdon; both juniors at La Follette High School.  It was their first Vols away game.  Higdon’s father, Carl, owned the Royal Lunch Room back then.  Farris recalls catching up with a couple of his La Follette buddies, Bob Robards and Horace Brown, when they made it to campus in Atlanta.  They were freshmen that fall at Georgia Tech.

   Farris remembers sitting in the south end zone on that November afternoon.  He says he can still see Majors, on the north end of the field, throwing a long pass that was caught by a Volunteer after two Tech defenders collided.

   Majors said, “We won it on a touchdown after Tommy Bronson, our fullback, plunged in from a yard out.  We had one of the worst extra point kicking teams in the nation, and we missed the extra point.”

   Tennessee won that SEC “game of the decade” six to nothing.  The Vols went on to finish the season ranked second in the country, but ranked first for the week after the Tech win.  Majors said that on college football’s 100th anniversary in 1969, Sports Illustrated listed its Top 100 Games of All Time.  That UT-GT game was voted second best ever.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 08/30/2017-6AM[-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S DAVID GRAHAM)

It’s not your average 9-ball

‘I’m thinking it’s from the 1930s’ – Tony Lindsay

   Tony Lindsay revived the tradition of the Royal Lunch Room a few months ago.  And along the way, he dug up some history.  Literally.

You can see some of the old billiard balls on top of this cooler inside the Pool Room.

   He tells WLAF that as he and his crew were digging under the old floor to make way for the new floor, they saw something roll.  It was a billiard ball.  “About 15 in all, Lindsay adds.  He says they were all found in the front corner of the building on the alley side.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 08/30/2017-6AM)

 WLAF is business of the year

Tabbed by members of the Chamber of Commerce

In front of a packed room, WLAF was named Campbell County’s Business of the Year last night. The honor, bestowed on the station by the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, was one that took the owners and staff by surprise.

A healthy crowd was on hand Thursday night at the chamber’s annual event

”I was caught off guard when Christie (Elkins) called to tell me we had won,” said Jim Freeman of WLAF. “To say we are humbled is an understatement.”

As Freeman and Bill Waddell, president and co-owner, walked to the front of the room at the Ball Farm Event Center to accept the award, they were given not only a deafening round of applause, but a standing ovation.

It was an overwhelming moment for the entire staff.

   It was quite a night for WLAF.  WLAF’s Bill Waddell proudly accepted the trophy as WLAF was named the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce “Member of the Year.”

“You are our community, you are our friends, “Waddell said as he held the large crystal award.

“It was a total team effort by all those who are a part of the WLAF Team,” Freeman said.

“WLAF is the heartbeat of this community,” Elkins, the chamber’s executive director said. “I tell everyone you get up, have your coffee, spend some time with Lord and then check 1450.” (06/23/2017-7AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF'S CHARLIE HUTSON - CLICK HERE FOR MORE PHOTOS)

   Chamber of Commerce hosted its annual meeting last night

Tucker and Hutson steal the show

   It started from the git-go for WLAF’s Charlie Hutson and WATE’s Lori Tucker.  C-Hut was there with his camera last night as guests were in the food line at the annual Campbell County Chamber of Commerce.  Once Lori spotted him right beside her, the friendly jostling began.  And it carried on through the evening.

Lori Tucker has been the evening news anchor at Channel 6 for 24-years

   The award winning television news anchor was last night’s keynote speaker.  Tucker shared her life’s story in a nutshell with the full house of chamber supporters mixed with a few back and forth humorous jabs between she and Hutson.

A few of the WLAF team members who were in attendance last night are pictured here with WATE’s Lori Tucker.  L-R:  Derrick Lee Anderson, Bill Waddell, Lori Tucker, Jim Freeman, Harold Branam, and Susan Sharp.


Smiles all around.  L-R Cindi Reynolds, Lori Tucker of WATE, and Christie Elkins.  Reynolds is the chambers Director of Tourism and Retirement while Elkins is the executive director of the chamber.

   Always graceful chamber director Christie Elkins served as the evening’s emcee leading praise for all the businesses and individuals who keep the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce strong as it heads into its 33rd year.  There are more than 230 members of the Campbell Chamber.

   Leadership Chair Missy Tackett recognized the 2016-2017 Leadership Class of Leeann Adkins, William Arbo, Kimberly England, Penny Etter, Travis Forsyth, Anthony Hamblin, Wendy Pittman, Olivia Robbins, Larry Tanis, and Chris Whaley.

The chamber presented Lori Tucker with two huge gift baskets.  Among the items is her very own WLAF T-Shirt

   Five members are retiring from their chamber of commerce board of director’s duties.  Chamber Chair Rhonda Longmire thanked Kenny Baird, Karen Cumorich, Debbie Petree, and Debbie Samples.  Longmire rounds out the five stepping away from the board this year.

   Cynthia Russell is the new chamber chairman for 2017-2018.  She welcomed incoming board members John Branam, Kevin Brown, Gary Farwick, Nancy Green, Brent McNeely, Paul Rumberger, and Melinda Wilson, Chair Elect.

   Last night’s event was held at the Ball Farm Event Center.  (06/23/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S CHARLIE HUTSON)


   We have a dilly of a Dolly story to share with you this morning.  More photos of Nora Snodderly’s visit with her hero, Dolly Parton, and her story are further down this page.


 All aboard!  Nora Snodderly brought her mom and dad, Raewyn and John, onboard her new best friend’s tour bus.  Dolly Parton just had to meet the girl with the big hair bow.

Mom, daughter and Dolly - a pre-mother’s day memory

Assignment becomes more than a story

By Raewyn Snodderly

Publisher’s note: When Raewyn volunteered to cover the premier of Dolly’s new “Smoky Mountain Adventures” Dinner Show for WLAF, we had no idea the day would turn into a lifelong memory. But it did, and here’s how it all came about.

  As a mother, you always want to see your daughter or son dream, dream of big things, places and have high hopes. My husband, John, introduced our daughter, Nora, to musical legends several years ago. For those of you who know John, you know he is an avid fan of legends such as Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton, and Kenny Rogers. Those are just a few of his country artists, but he of course loves the hard rock and roll as well. One night Nora was introduced to Dolly Parton. From then on a love affair began! She, of course, had already been introduced to Dolly’s Imagination Library. Each month we received a book and it became an exciting time for Nora and Zeke, our son, when the mail came. As her love for books grew, her love for music grew as well. We often watch YouTube videos of Dolly, to the point of having to tell Nora that we must do our chores and finish our homework before we watch YouTube videos. Then came the records, her daddy made a trip to Merideath Antiques and acquired many of Dolly’s records. So every Friday night, we had dinner and would listen to Dolly.

Dolly was eager to hear what Nora had to say.

   When the fires happened in Sevier County, we sat as a family and watched fire rip through the beautiful mountains we love. We told stories about visiting the mountains. John shared stories about his many trips with his grandmother and People’s Bank of the South. I shared stories of family trips with all of my cousins and of course our trips with LaFollette United Methodist Church to Resurrection each year. We shared family stories visiting my mother and step-father’s cabin, which was Nora’s first adventure as a baby. The night of the fires was a somber and heartbreaking night in our household. However, Dolly jumped into action and did what she does best- she helped out and established the “My People Fund.” Nora was in awe. She said, “Mom, she is helping people she does not know.” She made a proclamation that night, “Mom, Dad, I love Dolly, I want to meet her one day and tell her thank you!” John and I looked at each other and snickered and said to her, “You may not meet Dolly but we can admire her through her music, her park and her books.”

  Fast forward a few months later, the weekend coming up was Dolly’s big homecoming weekend. We decided in light of the scheduled events we would make a trip to Dreammore Resort and attend the Dolly Parton homecoming parade. Nora knew of these plans and we had been very open with the fact that she would only see Dolly from a far.

   After numerous conversations with Nora, I overheard her prayer one night and it went something like this: “Dear Lord, I know you know Dolly, I love Dolly and I really want to meet her. Please help me, because I have so much to tell her.”

   All I could think was as a family we bless our food, attend church and pray, but if we do not meet Dolly, what will my daughter think about praying? That’s when our planned events took a real story book turn, and it was Nora’s prayers that were answered!

   For many of you who know me, I take pride in my southern roots. In fact, manners are one of the most important lessons that I took from both of my grandmothers and mother. We learned early on that no matter the situation, always mind your manners. You also may not know this, but Nora had her first hair bow in her hair 20 minutes after she was born. Every southern girl needs a hair bow and the bigger the better. So as a Southerner raising a daughter, I am aware that it is important to mind your manners and wear your hair bow.

   The night prior to the Dollywood parade and the Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner and Show, we checked into the resort, and saw Dolly’s bus. We asked around and Dolly was in for the night, so we took off and went swimming. After a long night of swimming, Nora and I went to check on Dolly’s bus. Nora began by saying, “Momma, she is in there.” My response was “Yes baby, but we will only get to see her at the dinner show and the parade.” She then reminded me that she had prayed about meeting Dolly, and the best was she “had Dolly in her heart!” At that moment in time, an angel appeared in the form of a gentleman asking “Do you like Dolly?” After a conversation, we learned he worked on Dolly’s staff. We introduced ourselves and let him know we would be at the show. The man was a jewel as he talked to Nora about the bus, Dolly’s love for her people and the love for kids. Nora, of course, naturally talked his ear off (she gets that from her daddy).

   The next morning was the big day; it was our chance to see Dolly Parton, but Nora was convinced saying, “We will meet her, Mom!” She had faith that her prayers would be answered. As we headed out for a fun filled day our first stop  was “Dolly Parton’s new “Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner” show. We arrived for the premier at 8:45 am, only to find out that we were an hour early. Nora was a trooper, as we waited, and then it happened- Dolly’s bus pulled into the parking lot. As we stood there anxiously awaiting Dolly’s appearance, her team went in and out, in and out. You know that angel I mentioned? He came out of the bus. He came over to his new friend and said “Good morning Nora with the big pink hair bow. Are you ready to see the show?” Nora was extremely excited!

   We continued to stand there waiting on Dolly’s arrival and then there she was, as beautiful as ever, full of spunk and happy to greet her fans.  Next thing I know, I hear Nora anxiously shout “Dolly, we love you!” Dolly stopped and said “I love you, and I see you with the big pink bow!”

   We were on cloud nine! Nora’s dreams came true and her prayers had been answered. Or so we thought. After Dolly moved inside, we went in and found our seats. We were watched the show with the media and guests of Dolly. It was then announced that so much money was raised for the “My People Fund” the endeavor would continue. As Dolly spoke she talked of why this show was so near and dear to hear heart. It was about her momma and daddy and her family traditions growing up in Locus Ridge. The root of the show was “food, faith and family.”

  After the show, Nora’s life changed forever. We exited the show and noticed that Dolly had re-entered her bus. It was John’s idea to hang around for a moment. As we stood there and watched her staff go in and out, here came Nora’s buddy. He approached Nora and said, “Hey Nora with the big pink bow, do you want to meet a good friend?”  And with those words, Nora, John and I were headed onto Dolly’s tour bus. John and I were speechless, truthfully John stuttered, and I was in shock. Nora was extremely excited. She made herself at home and climbed right into Dolly’s lap. They discussed school, music and her love for books. Nora told Dolly that she prayed really hard to meet her, and she knew in her heart that she would meet Dolly one day. She then did something that, as a mother, I will always be proud of. She thanked Dolly for the Imagination Library books and explained that for many in rural Appalachia (yes, those words were used by a 6-year old) that was all they had. Dolly encouraged Nora to still read, wear those big bows, and to continue to pray. As we stood for pictures and she posed, John and I stood speechless, proud that our daughter recognized that Dolly is a good steward of her time and fortune. We were proud that Nora thanked her profusely for the books mailed to every child in the state. We were proud that she learned to love and respect someone so much that has such a big heart for her community. We were most proud, that as parents, she had faith that she would meet Dolly. We doubted, but, she had faith.

It was a day Nora “and” Dolly will not soon forget.

   As we approach this Mother’s Day weekend, remember that although our kids look up to us as parents, we as parents often learn from our children. So, as we wrapped up a fun weekend with our children we were still asking each other, “Did that really happen?” At the end of the weekend as we were having dinner and celebrating such a great day, Zeke had a huge announcement.

   He stood proud and tall at the table and said “Mom, Dad, YaYa, B, I met someone famous….I met Johnny Cash!” (05/12/2017-6AM)





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Warriors celebrate winning season and Coach King

Christian Academy hosts annual basketball banquet

By Susan Sharp

There was an air of festivity last Thursday night as the Christian Academy of Campbell County Warriors celebrated a winning season. There was recognition for a hard fought season that ended with a county championship. There were comments about how each player had developed in distinct ways over the season but, among all of the glory and accolades there was also something- someone missing. Coach Vic King had led the Warriors to a county championship in 2013. This served to steel his determination for a repeat in the 2014 season. “When Coach King first asked me to help him coach this team, he said we were winning the county championship this year,” said Dusty Paul, the one-time assistant and now head coach for the Warriors. “I told him okay. I was just honored to be sitting with him on the bench.” Paul played for King in middle school.

And while the young team would oblige with a repeat they did it in memory of King instead of with him. The longtime basketball coach was in his second year coaching the Warriors when health problems arose. He fought hard but just before Thanksgiving King died. It was a blow the team struggled with.

Yet, with the help of Paul and a desire to make King proud, the Warriors pulled off a victory in the final game of the county tournament beating Wynn Elementary School. Adding to the triumph, several of the players walked away with tournament honors.

Thursday night allowed the boys to enjoy their win while paying tribute to the coach who believed in them when they didn’t believe in themselves. Trophies and tributes were showered on the team who suffered a loss that most adults would struggle with. “I lost my coach my junior year,” said Starla Berry, Lady Warriors head coach. “I know how hard that can be to come back from. But these young men did it and pulled off a great season.”

“Coach King was a legend around here and we were lucky to have him,” said Ollie Medley, CACC administrator. As she addressed the players who had gathered in the gym for Thursday’s banquet, Medley held in her hand a stack of notes the Warriors had written for the King family. Each one detailed what King had meant to his team. Medley said the notes would be delivered to King’s wife, Shelly, and daughter, Katie Cave. Along with this the women will each be given a basketball signed by all of the players.

Medley also unveiled a plaque memorializing King that will hang in the CACC gym. Kevin Corner, who played on King’s first team in 1977 was on hand to represent King’s family. “I can see why he loved this place,” Corner said surveying the audience. “He was all about class and this school obviously has that. He loved you boys.” Sharing memories of when he played for King, Corner said “Our team was the alpha and you boys, you are the omega. You are the end of an era.”  (04/20/2015 - 6:00 AM)

Coach King’s Corner

     Coach Vic King left us in November 2014.  In honor and memory of him, we’ve created a “Coach King’s Corner.”  Click Coach’s picture to access Coach King’s Corner.  (03/23/2015)


This picture of Coach was snapped by Charlie Hutson on Friday, May 17, 2013, in front of the former Regions Bank (where La Follette Junior High/High School once stood).  It was where the 60th anniversary of WLAF was celebrated.   





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