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   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)

Accident involving a county cruiser

No injuries

   An accident, without injury, occurred this morning just after 7 am in east La Follette.  It involved a Campbell County Sheriff’s Cruiser and happened where Imperial Heights meets the Carl Stiner Highway.  Traffic was slowed through the area. 

   The Tennessee Highway Patrol is working the accident. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/17/2017-7:20AM)

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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)

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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)

Lady Cougars play in highly touted Scott Tourney tomorrow

13 games lined up for the United Cumberland Bank Classic

Scott High School officials would like to announce that some of the top basketball teams from across the State of Tennessee will gather in Scott County on November 18th for the United Cumberland Bank Classic. Basketball enthusiast will be extremely excited to see the talented list of entrants and matchups, along with the dunk contest, which will include a total of 13 games throughout the day. The first game begins at 8:45 am.  Boys teams committed to play are Bearden, Murfreesboro Riverdale, Knoxville Central, York Institute, Jellico and Scott. On the girl’s side are Bearden, Cleveland, the Campbell County Lady Cougars, Knoxville Central, York Institute, Jellico, and Scott. The entire day is filled with great matchups, with none bigger than the boys contest between Bearden and the Murfreesboro Riverdale. Bearden, a AAA state tournament team last year and returning almost their entire team of which several were Rocky Top league standouts this year, is considered by many to be one of the top three teams in the State of Tennessee. Riverdale also has a large returning team and is looking to make an AAA state tournament run as well. Bearden and Campbell County is expected to be one of the better girl’s matchups. Bearden girls also is widely considered to be one of the best girls teams in Tennessee and a probable AAA state tournament qualifier while Campbell County girls is expected to have one of their better teams in recent memory. Between those two games will be a dunk contest for fans to enjoy, which will begin at 3:15 pm. Campbell County girls will also battle Cleveland girls. Jellico teams should both have exciting games, with their boys slated to play Knoxville Central and Scott, while the girls are paired with Knoxville Central and York. Both the Scott girls and boys will be paired with York teams for challenging nightcap games.

United Cumberland Bank has graciously elected to partner with Scott High school to be the title sponsor for this year’s gigantic event. “Without the support of United Cumberland Bank, an event of this magnitude would not be possible. We are extremely proud of the value that United Cumberland Bank has placed on supporting our local schools, students-athletes, and our county. We are thankful to United Cumberland Bank and ecstatic that they have chosen to work with us to bring an event of this quality to our community” Scott officials said. 

The Lady Cougars take on Bearden tomorrow at 2 pm at Huntsville and then Cleveland and Campbell tangle at 5 pm.   

The Cougars play the Blue Devils at Jellico at 7:30 pm on Saturday night.  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.  Josh Parker and Noah Smith have the call with Aaron Hopkins behind the camera and Jason Shockley manning network control.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 11/17/2017-6AM)

Silent auction set for tomorrow

Benefits the Shepherd’s Home

The Shepherd’s Home is holding a silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Valley View Elementary School.

From 5 pm until 8:30 pm, items made by the residents of the halfway hous5e, home décor, jewelry and more will available for bid.

The non- profit facility focuses on helping women struggling with addiction overcome those issues. The auction is to help fund the home in that process.

Giveaways are also planned for that night as well. A 50-inch television and a handmade tailgate bench will be given away in a drawing. A concession stand, face painting and bounce houses will also be part of the evening.

For more information, call 423-562-0030.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED - 11/17/2017-6AM) 

Free Thanksgiving Meal is Saturday

Noon to 3 at Church of God

   Love in Motion’s annual Thanksgiving Dinner is tomorrow afternoon.  And you are encouraged to take part.  Turkey, dressing, all the fixin’s will be served to members of the community for free.  It’s from noon to 3 pm at the La Follette Church of God.     (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)

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   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)

Today is “Great American Smokeout Day”

A word from Prevention Coordinator Donnie Poston

   Thursday, November 16, 2017, is “Great American Smokeout Day.”  It’s the day set aside to help someone you know to quit smoking; at least for a day.  Donnie Poston is the Prevention Coordinator with GENERATION Rx and expresses the following.

   According to the 2012 Surgeon General's Report: "Of every three young smokers, only one will quit, and one of those remaining smokers will die from tobacco-related causes. Most of these young people never considered the long-term health consequences associated with tobacco use when they started smoking; and nicotine, a highly addictive drug, causes many to continue smoking well into adulthood, often with deadly consequences."
   Not only are there so many health-related problems, but smoking addiction causes unbelievable damage to individual's and families' financial well-being. Many of those who smoke are the ones that can least afford it. Often individuals and families will go without essential daily needs such as food to afford the expensive tobacco habit. Children seem to suffer the most. The dangers of second hand smoke and the lack of essential needs cannot be ignored when dealing with our children.
   Most of us have grown up in a culture of "smoke." Most of us have experienced the consequences that accompany that culture. That culture may be changing, but not fast enough. Help spread this message!  Help stop SMOKING!
Donnie Poston
Prevention Coordinator  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/16/2017-6AM)

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

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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)

Silent auction set for Saturday

Benefits the Shepherd’s Home

The Shepherd’s Home is holding a silent auction on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Valley View Elementary School.

From 5 pm until 8:30 pm, items made by the residents of the halfway hous5e, home décor, jewelry and more will available for bid.

The non- profit facility focuses on helping women struggling with addiction overcome those issues. The auction is to help fund the home in that process.

Giveaways are also planned for that night as well. A 50-inch television and a handmade tailgate bench will be given away in a drawing. A concession stand, face painting and bounce houses will also be part of the evening.

For more information, call 423-562-0030.  (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)

A Campbell County man dies in mid-day wreck

Monday on Hwy 63 at Norma

   Two Ford F-150 pick-up trucks hit head-on in a grinding crash during the lunch hour on Monday.  The collision happened on Highway 63 at Norma in Scott County and claimed the life of a La Follette man.

   Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Meleah Murray outlines in her report that 41-year old David Tackett of Cedar Creek Road was traveling on the Howard Baker Highway (Hwy 63) toward I-75 just after 12:30 pm yesterday.  Murray writes that Tackett crossed the center line with his 2005 Ford and struck a west-bound 1997 Ford head on.  Nora Pemberton, age 23 of Huntsville was driving that truck.

   Tackett died in the accident while Pemberton and her two passengers, including an 8-month old girl, were injured.  Tackett was not wearing a safety belt.

   David K. Tackett was a 1994 graduate of Campbell County High School and was a member of the Valley Star Lodge.  Walters Funeral Home is handling the arrangements.

   Drugs and alcohol are not suspected as contributing factors to the wreck.  The investigation continues.  (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)

CHET has job openings

Apply today

   “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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     You asked.  WLAF delivered.  WLAF's Coach Vic King has taken all 184 pages of the election numbers and posted them right here.  Just CLICK.  (08/12/2014 - 8:00 PM)







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