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Called FMS Committee meeting set for December 4th

     A special called Financial Management System Committee meeting is scheduled for (new date) Thursday, December 4th at 5:00 p.m. at the courthouse.  The meeting is for the consideration of electing a chairman and vice-chairman, review and approval of bids for the incline and sort conveyer, review and approval of bids for annex toilet renovation, and any other matters needing to be discussed. (11/27/2014 - 8:00 AM)

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Church open again after judge’s ruling

By Charlotte Underwood

After more than two months of locked doors, church leaders of the Old Pathway Gospel Church in La Follette were finally allowed back inside after a judge’s decision on Tuesday.  Since September 18, church members have been fighting in court regarding accusations of missing money against the pastor, assistant pastor and others. The church was shut down after a voluntary restraining order, according to court documents.

On Tuesday, the pastor and the members who filed the lawsuit were back before a judge in Chancery Court when the order was lifted, allowing church leaders back inside.

Upon returning to the church, they found someone had broken in and changed the locks, according to Associate Pastor Acie Jones.

The lawsuit was filed by church member, Richard Peck and former member, Martha Wells, against the pastors and church leaders.

According to Rev. James Leach, the lawsuit was filed on the accusation that they “neglected the bylaws.”  The lawsuit listed Rev. Leach, Associate Pastor Jones, as well as Jewell Leach, Sharon Jones and Jean Leach. The original lawsuit from September also claims church leaders changed the locks, barred church members from services and removed approximately $42,000 from the church’s account.

According to Steve Hurst, the attorney representing Peck and Wells, the lawsuit stemmed from an “unauthorized expenditure of the congregation to give the associate pastor a raise.”

"The church's money had been moved from the account," Hurst said, adding that "It wasn't an allegation of theft, but nobody knew where it was."

According to Tennessee’s Ecclesiastical Doctrine, churches are protected and there is no outline regarding penalties for misconduct related to church leaders, without the involvement of property.

According to court documents, once the money was put back into the church account the restraint was lifted.

The pastors have paid for a locksmith to change the locks once again in order to have Thanksgiving services.

According to court documents, a dismissal was filed by the church and both parties are due back in court December 13th.  (11/27/2014 - 8:00 AM)

Housley responds to Boomer's comments

Ed Housley, a regular connector to 1450wlaf.com, has taken time to respond to the latest Boomer’s Corner column.  Thank you, Ed.  Boomer’s column is posted below Ed’s comments.

Each time I read and respond to Boomer Winfrey’s column I tell myself to let that be my last response. But then after reading his next column I just can’t let people from the left keep spewing their wild ideas that may influence others. That’s what they do, they never quit, they just keep hammering away even after you confront them with the facts. I always think of it as though they set brush fires and while you stomp that fire out with facts they are busy setting other brush fires without facts and you are left to research the facts while they set another fire.

Boomer states that the broken record of Benghazi should be put to rest since the House Intelligence Committee was strongly controlled by republicans. Although its encouraging that he seems to think the findings would be more accurate with republicans in control he still reads things into the report  that I don’t believe were there. I doubt that it said that nobody was to blame. It did say, that after the attack, the administration’s initial public narrative (via Susan Rice) on the causes and motivations for the attack was not fully accurate, and edits made to the Benghazi “talking points” were not fully accurate, and the process that produced the talking points was flawed. The Obama administration continues to stonewall and obstruct the investigation as it has from the start.  The House Intelligence Committee has spoken. The ball is in the court of Chairman Gowdy and his Select Benghazi Committee. Let’s see what it concludes.  Boomer would like to see a breakdown of how many tax dollars were spent investigating this alleged scandal. Maybe he could research that and compare it to the tax dollars spent supporting the illegals Obama has granted amnesty to in violation of our constitution. Or maybe the tax dollars spent on investigating the alleged illegal gun running operation by Obama’s Justice Department head, Eric Holder, which cost American lives. Or the tax dollars that must be spent investigating the illegal actions of the IRS.

Now on to the Confederate Flag and to the reasons for the War Between the States. Boomer states that he read everywhere that the reason the southern states wanted to secede from the Union was to keep the institute of slavery. May I suggest that Boomer broaden his horizons and read a book titled, Myths of American Slavery by Walter D. Kennedy.  As most people know the victor of any conflict writes the history. The northern states won and wrote the history, then you have a government run school system that often teaches revisionist history.  Lincoln never stated that the reason for invading the south was to end the institute of slavery but he said it was to stop secession of the southern states. He cost many thousands of American lives and violated our constitution many times in order to establish a strong central government that we still struggle under today. You can’t draw a line on any map and accurately state than everyone above this line is pure of heart and everyone below are evil. The poor people never came out of these ridges and hollows to fight for or against slavery, nor did all those people travel so far from the north to end it.

No matter their reasons or how you feel about why the war was fought  the southern states had the legal right to secede from the Union.

Unfortunately when you attempt to put out left wing brush fires it takes more words and space to correct them than it takes to start them so I’m afraid I don’t have enough space to correct Boomer’s statements about my beloved Confederate Flag. However I’m sure there will be another time because as I said, “they never quit”, nor must conservatives ever quit setting the record straight.  (11/27/2014 - 8:00 AM)

Ed Housley


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Tired of dogs and cats, Stars and Bars and Benghazi? Be thankful for pumpkin pie

Boomer's Corner with Charles "Boomer" Winfrey

It always seems to be the same, whether you tune in television news or pick up a newspaper, or for those of you who have embraced the 21st Century, log onto a news website. The same old broken records - politicians squabbling, religious fanatics making war on other religious fanatics, scandals, sexual and otherwise, all comprise the daily news.

I guess the old adage that “the more things change, the more things stay the same” holds true. Technology advances, leaders come and go, wars begin and end, but human nature remains constant. We humans are a complicated breed, at the same time loving and spiteful, generous and greedy, wholesome and perverted, honest and deceitful.

As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, I guess we should all be thankful that the Supreme Being, by whatever name you want to use depending upon religious affiliation, did not give up on humanity long ago and declare, “Do over! The dinosaurs didn’t work out and now humanity is making a mess of things. Maybe it’s time to give cockroaches a chance.”

On the local scene, one broken record that has come around again is the Campbell County Animal Shelter. Last time the problem was alleged mismanagement and a serious failure to communicate between the former shelter director and the various individuals and organizations dedicated to saving unwanted dogs and cats.

This time it appears to be a failure to communicate between the county and the vets who provide spaying and neutering services, over how much and how quickly they are paid for the service. Should be a simple fix, one would think, but there seem to be indications of some disgruntlement among members of the Animal Advisory Board, so who knows?

In the end, Campbell County’s dog and cat problem isn’t a dog and cat problem, it’s a human problem. Unless pet owners act responsibly, get their pets’ reproductive urges under control or keep them from running loose, there will always be an animal control problem.

The good old days when people living in the “country” could let Fido have the run of the yard and the nearby woods all the way to the next ridge are about over. Most likely the next ridge is populated by a subdivision full of people who don’t want Fido picking around in their garbage can or chasing their cat and will quickly call animal control.

On the national level, the broken records are too numerous to count. Republicans can find nothing positive about the way Obama does his job, while Democrats have retreated from their principals in an effort to distance themselves from the lame duck President. A fat lot of good it did ‘em in the midterm elections.

I suspect the donkeys took such a beating at the polls, not because voters reject the party’s basic principles of standing up for the working class against millionaires and corporations, but because most Democratic candidates didn’t seem to have any principles except, “I’m not with the stupid guy in the White House!”

One broken record that should be put to rest is Benghazi. A two-year investigation by the House Intelligence Committee, which by the way is strongly controlled by Republicans, has concluded that the CIA and the military responded properly to the 2012 attack that resulted in the death of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, and found no wrongdoing on the part of Obama administration officials.

There were no cover-ups, no intelligence failures, no covert activities and nobody to blame, period. There was some confusion in the immediate aftermath of the attack about who did it and why, but that was due to some faulty intelligence, not officials covering anything up. End of story? Not likely, unless the Obama haters can find another issue to beat to death.

What I would like to see, and we never will, is a breakdown of how many taxpayer dollars have been wasted by GOP House committees on investigating Benghazi and other alleged scandals since Obama took office.

One more broken record cropped up last week during Veterans’ Day ceremonies in Clinton and elsewhere. I’m referring, of course, to that decades-old rhubarb over the Confederate flag, which has been declared off-limits by most parade organizers as disrespectful to African-Americans.

This caused a small group of Confederate descendants to carry one anyway in protest and set off a firestorm of letters and editorials, pro and con, about whether the Confederate flag is appropriate, whether it is a symbol of racism, whether Confederate soldiers deserve recognition and so on.

One letter I read in the Knoxville paper from a representative of the Sons of Confederate Veterans insisted that Confederate soldiers deserve to be recognized for their sacrifices as well. No argument from me on that point. The letter went on to argue that the Civil War was not about slavery but about states’ rights and oppressive taxes that impacted the Southern economy.

Seems to me I read somewhere, actually everywhere, that the reason Southern states wanted to assert their states’ rights and secede from the Union was because they feared that the election of Abraham Lincoln as President would spell eventual doom for the institution of slavery.

Another letter writer, Gerald Myers from La Follette, also took a News Sentinel editorial to task, arguing that slavery was third, maybe fourth on the list of reasons for the South’s secession from the Union and subsequent Civil War.

These letters arguing we have a duty to honor Confederate dead along with American veterans of the world wars, Korea and Viet Nam made a point, I suppose, so I decided to look up my copy of  “Tennesseans in the Civil War” and see how many familiar last names I could find listed among those who served.

Wow, there they were – my own ancestors, the Sharps, had five members in one company. That same company had six Hatmakers, two Heatherlys, an Orick, two fellows named Rogers and a smattering of other familiar names such as Lindsay, Duncan, Davis, Wilson, Ayers, Lowe, Cox and Byrd, not to mention three Marlows.

Other companies in the same regiment sported men with names such as Phillips, Hatfield, Kitts, Douglas and of course, Jones and Smith, along with one named Myers.

Did I forget to mention that this regiment was the First Tennessee Volunteer Infantry, USA, not CSA. Most folks from hereabouts apparently cared little for the government down in Nashville controlled by planters and slave owners from West and Middle Tennessee. They stayed loyal to their country, which was and always will be, the United States of America.

In a sense, the controversy over the Confederate battle flag is a recent innovation. For a century after the Civil War, the “Stars and Bars” remained an integral part of Southern traditions honoring those who died in the war. When the Civil Rights movement began in earnest in the 1960s, Southern racists, hate groups such as the KKK and some stubborn state governments such as South Carolina began adopting the Confederate flag as a symbol of white supremacy.

As a result, the old Confederate battle flag became identified with segregation, racism and the Klan. What had once simply been a symbol of a lost cause and the men who died under that flag became re-born as a symbol of hate and bigotry. You can hardly blame African-American veterans who served in Viet Nam, Afghanistan, Iraq or Korea if they take a dim view of flying the Confederate flag at Veteran’s Day events.

Those whose ancestors fought for the Southern cause can complain all they like but that will not change the facts. The old Stars and Bars was hijacked by people who would rather spread hatred than honor, and in the process, brought dishonor on a once proud symbol.

At least with the Thanksgiving holiday fast approaching, we can be thankful for an excuse to ignore the news in favor of pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce and stuffing. Unless, of course, you happen to be a turkey.    (11/24/2014 - 4:00 PM)       


Campbell hosts the Gray Insurance "Nationwide" Agency Thanksgiving Classic

      The Cougars swing back into action in the “Blue-Gray” game as the north, Jellico, visits the south, Campbell on Friday, November 28 in a 7:30 p.m. tip on the Cougars’ court in the the Gray Insurance "Nationwide" Agency Thanksgiving Classic.  Now, it’ll only be a “Blue-Gray” game if Jellico wears its blue and Campbell wears its new “gray look" uniforms.   (11/26/2014 - 6:00 AM)

This weekend’s CCHS Basketball schedule: 

Friday 11/28 at 6:00 p.m. Bearden plays Scott and at 7:30 p.m. – Cougars at home with Jellico (AM-FM-TV-DOTCOM coverage)

Saturday 11/29 at 1:00 p.m. Jellico plays Bearden, at 2:30 p.m. – Cougars at home with Scott - at 4:00 p.m. "Three-point contest" - at 5:00 p.m. – Cougars at home with Bearden - at 6:30 p.m. Jellico versus Scott (1450wlaf.com only)  (11/26/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Next CCHS Basketball is:  Tuesday (12/02), Campbell plays AT Central (JVs 4:30, Girls at 6:00, & Boys at 7:30 - WLAF has the coverage)

Sheriff seeks to bring pill peddlers to justice and jail

     Sheriff Robbie K. Goins leads another early morning raid.  The latest was Tuesday.  In a release from the sheriff’s office, before sun up yesterday, Campbell County Sheriff’s investigators and agents with the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force served two search warrants on an evidence gathering mission related to the sale of drugs.  Goins sent teams to separate parts of the county resulting in probable Grand Jury cases, arrests, and the seizure of property and currency related to the sale of narcotics. 

Mary Lee Baird

The first stop was at 9075 Highway 297 in Pioneer where an undercover investigation revealed that Charles David Baird and 39-year old Mary Lee Baird had been selling prescription medications for more than a year.  Due to her actions, Mary Lee Baird was arrested for tampering with evidence, possession of Schedule VI drugs, and possession of drug paraphernalia.  

Bridget Lee Baird

Further, the daughter, 22-year old Bridget Lee Baird, was arrested for threats made to a witness of the state.  United States currency and a 1999 Ford Escort were seized during the investigation, because it is believed that they were both used illegally or for the profit in the sale of narcotics.  Sheriff Goins outlines for WLAF that the evidence gathered in this search warrant will be used to seek a Grand Jury indictment against Charles David Baird and others.  An evidence gathering search was also served at 1114 Old Middlesboro Highway at the home of Sandra E. Phillips.  The investigation revealed that Phillips has been selling prescription medications from her home which is approximately 300 feet from Valley View Elementary School.  The homeowner was also charged with animal cruelty for having an extremely malnourished dog fenced-in at the residence.  A 2002 Pontiac Grand Am was seized as a result of the investigation. The case facts and evidence will be presented to a Campbell County Grand Jury, at a later date, to seek an indictment.  Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said, “Our commitment continues the fight against people who sell narcotics in Campbell County. We will continue to work with the 8th Judicial Drug Task Force and the DA’s office to investigate, charge, and prosecute these people who are responsible for breaking the moral fabric of our community. We have worked hard together for the last 4 years and our endeavors will continue together to bring folks who peddle pills to justice and jail.”  (11/26/2014 - 5:00 PM - PIX COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)

Insurance increase discussed at La Follette workshop and other business

 By Charlotte Underwood

An increase to the city’s group employee insurance policy has council members ready to switch carriers if needed, according to La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield. The mayor and council members held a workshop on Monday evening to discuss the $12,000 increase to the employee policy.

“We already pay $89,000 a month on our employee insurance – that is too much of an increase,” Stanfield said, adding that the city was going to try to negotiate that increase and if needed, would “look at going with a different insurance carrier.”

Council members also talked about making a donation the Scott County Homeless Shelter.

“There are a lot of Campbell Countians who use that shelter because we don’t have one here and so we are discussing giving a donation to them,” Stanfield said, adding that other council members also wanted to talk to the other municipalities and the county about making donations as well. Both items will be on next week’s agenda for a vote.

Donations to the Knoxville Symphony Orchestra were discussed.  A 501 c 3, the organization has asked for a $500 donation to help with costs of coming to La Follette Church of God in January to play a concert.  The event is scheduled for January 25, 2015.

The employee smoking policy was also discussed. According to the mayor, several employees are breaking policy by smoking in city buildings.

“We have policies in place and just aren’t enforcing them,” Stanfield said, adding that the issue would also be on next week’s agenda. E-Cigarettes will be added into the policy of no smoking.

The city is also hoping to find out within the next month whether or not it will receive a grant to rehabilitate the old post office building. The grant the city applied for would be $254,000, with the city being required to match 20-percent.

The hiring of Cindy Pierce full time at the street department at a salary of $21,008.00 will be on the agenda for a vote, as will fees for two firemen to attend burn training classes at a cost of $100 each. A $285 class for police officer Justin Parrott will also be voted on as well.

Newly elected council members Joe Bolinger and Ann Thompson will also be sworn in at next week’s council meeting on Dec. 2 at 6 p.m.  (11/26/2014 - 1:30 PM)

Congratulations Nancy

     Has it really been 25-years?  Seems like yesterday when Nancy Green became the La Follette Librarian in the tiny library building on South Tennessee Avenue in 1989.  Fast forward to November 2014, and Nancy’s still the librarian, only with a lot more elbow room at the new library on South  9th Street. 

Along with the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, WLAF salutes and congratulates Nancy Green on 25 years of continued excellence in library services.(11/26/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Future sports broadcaster

     Brennon Byrge took time to snap this photo of Zach Reynolds (R) and WLAF’s David Graham.  Eleven year-old Zach is a student at Jacksboro Middle School, and he loves Cougar Football.  He vividly remembers last season’s big win at Lynn Camp.  His second favorite sport is Cougar Soccer.  JMS Principal Steve Rutherford tells WLAF that Zach wants to become a sports broadcaster.  Good luck, Zach!  (11/26/2014 - 6:00 AM)

CCHS Cougars vs. Bearden


IGA wins for this decorated wall - Cougars benefit

(DAVID GRAHAM PIX 11/25/2014 - 4:00PM)

Sheriff Goins encourages you to buckle up-every trip - every time

Jacksboro, TN – The Thanksgiving holiday period is one of the busiest travel times of the year, and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office wants to remind all travelers, whether they’re traveling across the country or just across Campbell County, that one of the best ways to ensure a safe arrival is to buckle up, every trip, every time. 

“During the long Thanksgiving travel weekend, many more people than usual are on the roads visiting family and friends,” said Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. “And we want to alert everyone that perhaps the single best thing they can do to save lives and protect themselves and their passengers on our roadways is to insist on the regular and proper use of their seat belts.”  

According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), seat belts saved more than 12,500 lives nationwide during 2010 alone. In fact, research shows that the risk of fatal injury to front seat passenger car occupants is reduced by 45 percent, and the risk of moderate to serious injury is reduced by 50 percent, when seat beats are worn correctly. 

Yet, too many people are still not getting the message.  Fifty-one percent of the 22,187 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle crashes during 2010 were NOT wearing seat belts at the time of their fatal crashes.

“It’s a simple step that each of us can take to protect ourselves and our loved ones.  Yet, too many people are still not buckling up -- especially in the hustle and bustle of holiday travel,” said Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. 

During the 2010 Thanksgiving holiday (which ran from 6 p.m., Wednesday, November 24, to 5:59 a.m., Monday, November 29) 337 passenger vehicle occupants were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide, and 55 percent of those were unrestrained at the time of the crash. 

“Unfortunately, the overnight hours prove to be the most dangerous on our nation’s roadways, not only during the Thanksgiving holiday, but throughout the year,” said Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. 

Nationally in 2010, 61 percent of the 10,647 passenger vehicle occupants who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes during the overnight hours (6 p.m. to 5:59 a.m.) were not wearing their seat belts at the time of the fatal crash, compared to 42 percent during the daytime hours.

During the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, 64 percent of nighttime fatalities involved unbelted passenger vehicle occupants, while only 41 percent of daytime fatalities involved unbelted passenger vehicle occupants.

“Every day of the year, but especially during more dangerous travel times like the Thanksgiving holiday and at nighttime, we are working hard to remind everyone to always buckle up,” said Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. “Seat belts save lives, so please buckle up, every trip, every time, and so you can give thanks this holiday season and enjoy the time with your loved ones.”  (11/25/2014 2:30 PM)

Animal shelter re-instates adoptions and owner surrenders

Adopters can expect slightly higher fees

By Charlotte Underwood

“The Campbell County Animal Shelter is back in the adoption business,” said County Mayor E.L. Morton after Monday evening’s meeting between commissioners, the animal advisory committee, local veterinarians and members of Friends of the Campbell County Animal Shelter. The shelter will re-instate its adoption program first thing this (Tuesday) morning. The shelter will also take owner-surrendered animals once again as well.  Morton said he felt like last night and Friday’s meetings both went very well.

“We had a good meeting and streamlined some of the processes. It was also a good opportunity for me and my administration to touch base and meet people who are active in helping the shelter. I think we have an understanding that my administration and the staff at the Campbell County Animal Shelter are committed to the people and the animals of Campbell County,” Morton said.  Rescues were still allowed while the shelter’s adoption process has been shut down and according to Morton, the shelter rescues out “five times more than they adopt out.”

Adoptions were halted by Morton and the county commission about a week ago in order to review funding and payment policies regarding the shelter’s spay and neuter of animals being adopted out. According to Morton, previously there had been a $95 adoption fee, with the shelter getting $15 and the other $80 going to local vets in the area who perform spays and neuters. That cost will go up slightly, according to Morton, who said local practitioners had expressed that the $80 fee covered only the spay and neuter and that could increase for larger dogs and if there were complications such as pregnancy. The increase will come in the form of a $45 examination fee, bringing the total cost of adopting an animal anywhere from $140 or higher, depending on the health of the animal.

“We’ve had some issues getting money vouchers circulated and accounted for and are streamlining that,” Morton said, explaining that part of the problem was the many hands that the paperwork and vouchers had to pass through. Invoices and paperwork had to go from the shelter to the veterinarian then to the county mayor’s office before finally ending up at the county’s finance department.

Out of the discussions at Friday’s meeting some of the stream lining process will be the removal of “bureaucracy” from the payment process, according to Morton, who said he plans to have it reduced to just two payment points – the $15 at the shelter, and then the remaining $80 and $45 balance at the vet’s office. Commissioners voted on the issue on Monday evening as well, approving the new payment policy.

Other confusion he hopes will be settled by more precise policies on the adoption program. The $15 fee goes towards running the shelter, while the $45 fee covers an examination for the animal by the vet to check for medical problems and then the spay or neuter is $80 or more depending upon complications or other health issues revealed by the examination.

“I think there was some confusion in that area that the $80 would cover the examination and any problems revealed in the examination. That’s just not the case. What we can do is if the examination reveals costly medical problems on the animal they are trying to adopt, they can decide not to adopt that animal and choose another one, but it will still cost another $45 for the examination on the new animal,” Morton said. He feels part of the problem is the public doesn’t always realize the cost of adopting a pet and caring for one. To help solve that issue, the county is going to work with Friends of the Campbell County Animal Shelter on creating an adoption video that will be mandatory for prospective adopters to watch before going through with the process. The Friends of the Campbell County Animal Shelter will be working with the Lincoln Memorial Vet techs on making the video. Until then, mandatory adoption information will be passed along via paper.

“There’s a lot to adopting an animal and we want to impart that information to the public as efficiently as possible.” Morton said.  (11/25/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Maxim Healthcare Services has a new home

     Monday signaled the official opening of the new location of Maxim Healthcare Services.  Along with members of the Maxim staff and friends, John Branam and Jay Willoughby with the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce were on hand with the big scissors to snip the blue ribbon. 

Maxim serves patients in Campbell and surrounding counties with skilled and unskilled home healthcare services.  It also serves communities in other ways like the flu clinics it recently hosted.  Maxim has moved from east La Follette to the west side on Ellison Road which is across from Woodson Mall and behind the Burger King.  The telephone number for Maxim Healthcare Services remains the same at 423.566.1900.(11/25/2014)

On Monday, Raewyn, Sue, and Gwen await the truck from Food Life Services to come by Terry's Pharmacy and pick up the some 3,000 plus items of food that were donated by patients and matched by Terry’s Pharmacy in their annual food drive.

Terry's tops 3,000 cans this year

     The annual food drive has become a Terry’s tradition.  But for Sue at Terry’s Pharmacy, it’s somewhere between a labor of love and a mission.  Raewyn Snodderly with Terry’s tells WLAF that Sue is the ring leader of the event and Gwen helps keep count so she can order the matching amount. 

For all the food that’s donated, Terry’s Pharmacy matches the donations can-for-can.  All toll, 3,000 plus items of food from canned corn to canned hams to just plain ole cash have been brought by the pharmacy this season.  Sue beams when she says she has the best customers and credits Rissa Pryse, president of the pharmacy, for being so giving to offer the matching food. 

Since the food drive began in 2008, all the food stays local and is distributed by Food Life Services.(11/25/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Lots of Cougars land on All-District Team

The Campbell Cougars continue to reap rewards from another outstanding season of football.  Here’s the long list of all-district performers for the 9 & 3 Cougars:

District 3-AAA Offensive Player of the Year - Ethan Jeffers, QB

Ethan Jeffers (9)

All-District 3-AAA Recipients
Trey Torres, WR/DB
Preston  Miller, WR/DB
Paul Courdle, RB/LB
Jacob Bunch, WR/DB
Peyton Webb, OL
Patrick Wright, OL
Dakota Wilson, LB
Mike Rhoades, DL
Joseph Elkins, WR
Austin Raines, LB (Academic)

The second-team selections for CCHS Football are:

Spencer Roberts, OL

Tanner Boston, DL

Seth Roberts, DB

Gustavo Rosas, K 

Landon Reese, DB    (11/24/2014 - 4:30 PM)

CCHS JROTC “Raider Rally in the Valley” was Saturday

 (11/24/2014 - 6:00 AM - DAVID GRAHAM PIX)

Downtown La Follette events scheduled in December

Downtown La Follette will play host to a multitude of events on Dec.6, culminating in the annual Christmas Parade, which starts at 6 p.m.  Holiday events will kick off early in the morning with the Santa Trot 5K walk/run at 9 a.m.  The race course runs along the streets of La Follette decorated for the holiday season and the Christmas parade to be held later that evening. The race starts & finishes on South Tennessee Avenue. The course will travel East Central Avenue to the hospital area; turn on East Beech back to 17th Street to Central and finish on South Tennessee Avenue. The race starts 207 South Tennessee Avenue in front of city hall.  Benefits from the race will go toward La Follette’s amphitheatre project.  Benefit checks can be made payable to the City of La Follette Amphitheatre Fund.  For more information, call 423-562-0703. 

Karen Cumorich decorates a tree as part of the Santa’s Mailroom event which will take place on Dec. 6 and again on Dec. 13 inside the old post office in downtown La Follette. The event is free and open to the public.

Other events of the day include the first ever Santa’s Mailroom.  Kids can bring their letters to Santa to the old Post Office to mail to the North Pole. They will also get the chance to see an elf village and the Polar Express train.  Kids can also go to participating local businesses on Central Avenue and collect a slip of paper, which will be made into a link for a paper chain garland to hang on the Children’s Christmas Tree in the lobby of the old post office. Participating merchants begin with Community Trust Bank to Terry’s Pharmacy on one side of Central Avenue and from People’s Bank to Ideal Florist on the other side of the road.

Part of the Elf Village which will be featured during the Santa’s Mailroom event, which is taking place Dec. 6 and Dec. 13 in downtown La Follette.

Santa’s Mailroom will be open from 1 to 6 p.m. on Dec. 6 and from 2 to 5 p.m. on Dec. 13.  It is being hosted by the Campbell Culture Coalition (CCC), with the help of local volunteers and businesses. The event is free and open to the public and will have lots of fun activities for the kids to do. There will also be lots of photo opportunities so don’t forget to bring the cameras.

“One of the main purposes of the event is to get people into the old post office so they can see and appreciate this beautiful building,” said Jo Ann Myers with the CCC. Myers also said the CCC wanted to extend a big thank you to all the businesses and individuals who were making Santa’s Mailroom possible.

The event is still in the works and the CCC could really use some help with funding and volunteers. For more information, contact the CCC by calling 423-566-3641.(11/24/2014 )

Center and local businessman apply for re-zone

Representatives of the local senior center and local businessman Ronnie Inman applied for a re-zoning of property on Ash Street during this week’s planning commission meeting in La Follette. The request is to rezone the street as commercial instead of residential in order for the senior center to add a parking lot and for Inman to possibly add onto his business. Before the re-zone can be voted on, Inman and the senior center must each pay $300 to the city to cover the costs of sending registered letters to the residents on the street to make sure it is okay with them. Neither Inman, nor the senior center has paid the fee yet, according to La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield, who said the board won’t do anything until the fee is paid, the letters are sent and a response is received from the other residents.

The senior center would also be required to plant a barrier of trees in consideration of the house that would overlook the new parking lot.

 Up until recently, the city had covered the cost of sending the registered letters, but voted in the most recent budget to begin charging a fee to cover the costs.

“Sending that many registered letters could cost hundreds of dollars and it wasn’t right for that cost to be passed onto the taxpayers, which is why we changed that this budget,” Stanfield said. (11/21/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Thursday was a fun day on Customer Appreciation Day at Community Trust Bank

Bartley has court-date set for Jan. in General Sessions and Dec. in Criminal Court

Kenneth S. Bartley appeared in General Sessions Court Thursday morning on domestic assault charges stemming from an Oct. 16 incident in which he allegedly assaulted his mother. Bartley has been arrested three times now since being set free earlier this year. After a brief preliminary hearing, Bartley had a court date set for those assault charges on January 27 at 9 a.m. in General Session’s Court. 

According to the most recent arrest warrant, Bartley threatened to strangle his mother Rita Broyles, with whom he was living, after she refused to give him money for a cab. Broyles was eventually able to get away from Bartley and go to a neighbor’s house before calling the police.

Bartley was already on supervised probation as a result of two incidences that happened over the summer surrounding his father, Kenny Bartley. After his mother called 9-1-1 on Oct. 16, Bartley fled her home and went on the run, before eventually turning himself in to authorities two days after the incident occurred. Bartley’s most recent arrest violated his probation that he was placed on after assaulting his father over the summer. Bartley also tested positive for marijuana and admitted to drinking alcohol, both of which also caused him to violate his probation. 

He has to appear in Shayne Sexton’s Criminal Court on those probation violations on Dec. 10.

In February, Bartley was found guilty of reckless homicide in the 2005 shooting death of Campbell County High School Assistant Principal Ken Bruce. 

He was not, however, found guilty of attempted first degree murder in the shootings of Principal Gary Seale and Assistant Principal Jim Pierce and was set free on February 28.      (11/21/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Sports Shop WLAF business feature of the week

Business celebrates 29th anniversary

By Charlotte Underwood

Deer season is in full swing and there’s no better time to head to the Sports Shop for all your hunting, fishing and target shooting needs. Whether you need a new gun or need that old gun repaired, the Sports Shop has got you covered. From Black powder guns and accessories, to bows, bow repair, tree stands, camouflage clothes, boots and more; the Sports Shop has whatever you need to get you out in the woods to bag that buck or out in the boat to land that fish. Rods, reels, lures, live bait, and just about all the fishing accessories you could imagine can be found right in La Follette.

Gun deer season is just days away! Stop at the Sports Shop for that new gun, scope, ammo and more. The business also hosts a gun-carry permit class.

The Sports Shop also carries a large line of firearms and target shooting accessories, as well gun safes in stock.

Owned and operated by Ronnie and Susie Carroll, the business started in downtown La Follette near Kash and Karry 29 years ago. After being located there for a little over a year, the business moved to its current location next to IGA. Over the past 29 years, the shop has expanded twice in order to accommodate more merchandise.

The Sports Shop carries a wide selection of fishing rods and reels, as well as lures and live bait.

“The Lord has certainly been good to us and blessed us,” Susie Carroll said.

The shop carries specialty items such as Rattlers Brand chaps, Muck boots, 10X hunting clothes and much more. Turkey, duck, squirrel and deer calls, as well as a large variety of shooting accessories are all available at the Sports Shop.

If bow hunting is your passion, stop by the Sports Shop, which also carries a selection of crossbows as well.

“We specialize in taking care of our customers and their hunting and fishing needs, “Carroll said, adding that her husband did gun, bow and fishing reel repair, even if the merchandise did not originally come from the Sports Shop.

Need a safe place to store your guns? The Sports Shop carries gun safes in stock.

“Whether you bought it here or not, Ronnie will fix it,” Susie Carroll said.

The Sports Shop is your one stop shop for hunting, fishing, target shooting, gun repair and more. The business celebrates 29 years this week!

With a large selection of rifles, pistols, shotguns, bows, rods, reels, knives and much more, the Sports Shop is the perfect place to get that special outdoors person something for Christmas.

Fishing reels and reel repair are also available.

The Sports Shop is located at 1203 Jacksboro Pike next to IGA in La Follette. The business also offers hand gun carry classes for $100 and is taking registration for an upcoming class which will start in December. For more information, call 423-562-0035. The Sports Shop is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Saturday’s from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (11/20/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Problems at animal shelter lead to suspension of adoptions and animal intake

By Charlotte Underwood

A problem over the cost of spaying and neutering animals at the county’s shelter has caused adoptions and animal intake to be temporarily suspended, according to County Mayor E.L. Morton. The shelter currently will not accept owner-surrendered animals, nor can it participate in adoption until the stay has been lifted. Animal rescues have not been suspended and are ongoing, according to Morton.

On Monday evening, the Campbell County Commission approved Morton’s request to temporarily suspend adoptions at the Campbell County Animal Shelter until an agreement can be worked out over the cost of the spaying and neutering program.

“We’re just taking a brief timeout so I and my office, the animal control committee and the county commission animal committee can understand how we built our policies regarding the animal shelter,” Morton said, explaining there had been a “disconnect” over the spay/neuter payment process the county participated in by providing vouchers.

According to Morton, the problem rests with the $80 fee that the county set as reimbursement for spaying and neutering an animal that has been adopted, which is one of the requirements for any adoption. Under current policy, a citizen adopting an animal is provided with a voucher committing the county to pay the $80 fee, local veterinarians are unwilling to perform the surgery on larger dogs unless a higher rate can be negotiated, based on weight of the animal.

Morton explained that with the shelter’s current capacity and the rate at which animals are being brought in, a solution must be worked out quickly.

“Animal rescue organizations can only take a limited number, last month around 120,” Morton explained. “At that rate we’ll be back where we were before with too many euthanized,” he added.

At Morton’s suggestion, commissioners set a called meeting next Monday in case an agreement can be reached, at which time the commission could vote to approve a new policy. Morton said he had no idea an exact time frame of how long the shelter would not take animals in or adopt animal out, but that the problem had to be resolved quickly.

“The intent here is to review our policies, review our court-ordered requirements and our system for spaying and neutering and then re-establish it if needed,” Morton said, adding that afterwards, the county would most likely go on an “information campaign regarding adoption.”

The Animal Advisory Committee will meet Friday, November 21st in the Lower Courtroom of the courthouse at 5:30 pm.  There is a special called county commission meeting Monday at 6:00 pm also at the courthouse. (11/20/2014 - 6:00 AM)

City may soon switch to using time clocks

By Charlotte Underwood

After a meeting regarding department head evaluations, the city of La Follette may soon switch to using time-clocks for its employees, according to Mayor Mike Stanfield.

“We are ironing out some problems with employees coming and going and will probably go to using time clocks,” Stanfield said after the meeting, which was held at city hall yesterday at 1 p.m. He added that the problem wasn’t with any one person, but rather something that multiple employees were doing. However, before the switch to time clocks, the city council members will have to vote on the issue. Stanfield said he would not be surprised if the matter showed up on the agenda and was put to a vote at the December meeting. Other than discussing switching to using time clocks, Stanfield said the department head evaluations went well without any “real problems.”

“We just had to fine tune things a little bit, and that’s what we expected out of these evaluations and that’s why we did it,” Stanfield said.  (11/20/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Veterans honored at Campbell County Christian Academy

General Carl W. Stiner guest of honor

By Charlotte Underwood

Students at the Campbell County Christian Academy learned about patriotism Wednesday morning when veterans were honored in a Veteran Appreciation Ceremony at the school.  Four-star General Carl W. Stiner was recognized as the special guest of honor.  The Campbell County Honor Guard put on an amazing presentation of the colors, as well as showed the children how the American Flag was folded, explaining each fold.

Students at the Christian Academy learned about patriotism and freedom from the Campbell County Honor Guard and other veterans who attended a Veteran’s ceremony at the school yesterday morning.

“We wanted to do this so the kids could learn about patriotism, veterans and their service to the country and that freedom isn’t free; there is a price paid by all of our veterans,” said School Administrator Ollie Medley.

Four-star General Carl W. Stiner was honored with a ceremony at the Campbell County Christian Academy on Wednesday morning. Stiner is pictured here with Veteran and County Mayor E.L. Morton.

On the Monday before Veteran’s Day, students at the Christian Academy learned all about veterans, such as there is one four-star General to every 200,000 service men and women.

“It is such a blessing to this county and this community to have a home-town hero likes General Stiner,” Medley said, adding that it was a real blessing to have Stiner on the board for the school.

Christian Academy students shake hands with members of the Campbell County Honor Guard to thank them for their service to the county and the country.

“Our debt to these heroes can never be repaid, but our gratitude will last forever,” Medley said.

Stiner spoke to the students about the importance of team-work, physical fitness and most of all “faith in God.”

The Campbell County Christian Academy hosted a ceremony on Wednesday morning to honor all Veterans, with a special thank you to Four-star General Carl Stiner, who was the speaker of honor.

“Faith in God is a source of inner strength and there is no substitute for this. It can’t be found in drugs or alcohol or in a relationship with another human being,” Stiner said.

As he closed his brief speech, Stiner said he felt good about the future of the country.

“As I look out at you, I feel good; You are outstanding young Americans and our future is bright because of you.”  (11/20/2014 - 6:00 AM)

LMS getting head start for Relay

     Relay for Life is not be until next spring.  However, La Follette Middle School Principal Robbie Heatherly, staff, and students are making an early push to help raise funds. 

LMS Principal Robbie Heatherly shows off the quilt being raffled for Relay for Life

One-dollar chances are being sold to have a chance at winning this beautiful hand made quilt.  Tickets may be purchased at the school.  (11/17/2014 - 6:00 AM)

National Awareness week for Homelessness and Hunger


By Charlotte Underwood

When Brandon Tadlock came back from Afghanistan diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, everything was “rough and confusing.” A decorated war veteran, Tadlock soon found himself “chronically homeless” and living in a tent off and on for about three years in Georgia. Forced to leave, Tadlock came to Campbell County and began living on Norris Lake in a tent, along with his girlfriend. One day his girlfriend got sick and he took her to the hospital; when they returned, everything in their tent had been taken.

“You could tell, whoever it was had even been trying to take my tent down to steal that too. We both started crying; it was cold outside and we didn’t even have any blankets,” Tadlock said.

Homelessness can affect just about anyone and it affects more people in our county than folks realize, according to Phyllis Clingner with Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET).

That’s why CHET has partnered with the Tennessee Valley Coalition to end Homelessness. According to Clingner, there is a “large pool of people invested in promoting awareness and helping to end homelessness in our county.”

Each year Campbell County participates in the Point in Time Count, mandated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Recent data was collected this past January, with the help of area volunteers, law enforcement, utility workers, area post office staff, and social service agencies.

There were 129 people, involving 95 households, who were unsheltered and living in tents, under bridges and in vacant buildings. An additional 36 people, involving 22 households, were living in emergency shelters or treatment homes. 

A total of 452 people, were noted to be living in precariously housed conditions. This term is used to describe situations where the living conditions are inadequate – no electric/water or any means of preparing food or storing food, no bathing facilities, etc. 

“Some of these individuals have been living that way for an extended period of time,” Clingner said, adding that the La Follette Utility Board tracks those addresses, and tries to connect the residents to other resources within the area. 

“We learn of more and more of them every day and now is the time to work together to stop these problems,” Clingner said. However, help is in sight for some, who like Tadlock, could be considered “chronically homeless.”

“Everything I have been through since I got back from Afghanistan has been rough and confusing a lot with the PTSD and stuff, but this program that I was introduced to by Phyllis Clingner with Community Health of East Tennessee has done wonders for me,” Tadlock said, explaining that the program was not for people who had “just been kicked out of their home”, but rather for those who are chronically homeless and having extended problems due to the homelessness.

“I was having trouble finding work, I was having trouble with my PTSD and stuff and living in a tent for about two and a half to three years,” Tadlock said. After the incident in which all his belongings were stolen from his tent, Tadlock went to the Campbell County Career Center to seek some help. There he talked to Howard Hall with the Volunteers of America.

“He introduced me to Phyllis Clingner with CHET. And within 24 hours of meeting her, she had me in a motel room with food and everything I needed. Two days after that, she had me in an apartment fully furnished and had my needs taken care of and she also provided me with a list of information about the local resources and all the important things that I would not have known about without her help,” Tadlock said. He has had great success with the program and attributes much of that success to Clingner and CHET.

“She has been able to provide me with as little as toilet paper and as much as a microwave, a brand new microwave and she’s helped me out with connections with meeting people and networking. Now I am working with Hack Ayers Real Estate and that’s one of the best jobs I can think of in this town honestly,” Tadlock said.

The program is funded through a grant that CHET and the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness applied for and received. Grant money doesn't last forever though and more grants are needed to make a dent in homelessness in our county.

“There is money out there to help our county, but we have to apply for it,” Clingner said, explaining that CHET just did not have the budget to match the grant again, but that a group of churches or other organizations and individuals could band together to apply for these types of grants and really make a difference. The Tennessee Valley Coalition also hosts grant-writing workshops to aid those in the grant application process.

“These programs can and will help, but we as a community have to open our eyes and see what is happening around us and stop burying our heads in the sand. Our communities need us to care and then these success stories like Brandon Tadlock’s will become more prevalent,” Clingner said.

Tadlock also considers his story one of success since he began the program. He has met goals and maintained a job nearly his whole time on the program, even when he had to walk to work.

“I have had to walk to work, five miles there to work a three-hour shift and five miles back home. There’s only so much people can do for you before you got to do for yourself and a little walking is just going to put you in better shape,” Tadlock said. He also has big plans for the future of working on becoming a police officer through a community program for veterans through the GI Bill.

He offers his own advice for those out there who may need help. “If you don’t know what to do, at least contact your local Community Health because they have the resources and knowledge to help you and they will do anything they can to help you.  Phyllis Clingner is just one of the many great people there who want to help you. You can also contact the Tennessee Valley Coalition and Veteran’s Homelessness and tell them Brandon Tadlock referred you.”

To help with the program, contact CHET at 562-1156. You can also contact the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness at 877-488-8234 or call the Veteran’s Hotline at 888-556-0791.  (11/18/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Flap over fees forces county to suspend animal shelter adoptions 

The Campbell County Commission voted Monday night to approve a request from County Mayor E. L. Morton to temporarily suspend adoptions at the Campbell County Animal Shelter until an agreement can be worked out over the cost of the spaying and neutering program.

The problem. Morton told commissioners, rests with the $80 fee that the county set as reimbursement for spaying and neutering an animal that has been adopted, which is one of the requirements for any adoption. Under current policy, a citizen adopting an animal is provided with a voucher committing the county to pay the $80 fee, but veterinarian Mark Garrett is unwilling to perform the surgery on larger dogs unless a higher rate can be negotiated, based on weight of the animal.

Morton explained that with the shelter’s current capacity and the rate at which animals are being brought in, a solution must be worked out quickly. “Animal rescue organizations can only take a limited number, last month around 120,” Morton explained. “At that rate we’ll be back where we were before with too many euthanized,” he added.

He suggested commissioners set a called meeting next Monday in case an agreement can be reached, at which time the commission could vote to approve a new policy. The commission voted 13-1 to suspend adoptions until something is worked out, with Scott Stanfield casting the single “no” vote.

The commission also voted unanimously to return to an earlier requirement that businesses and individuals renting lake houses and other short term rental units must report and pay the county’s hotel/motel tax on a monthly basis.

Three years ago the commission changed the monthly reporting requirement to allow rental businesses to report and pay quarterly, but that has resulted in some unexpected problems, tax enforcement officer Charles Winfrey explained.

“We’ve had some problems with the quarterly reporting system with some businesses falling behind or failing to pay when required,” Winfrey said. The delay in not receiving tax receipts from the busy summer months until October has also caused problems for the Department of Finance in projecting revenues to prepare a budget estimate.

Marie Ayers offered a motion to return to monthly reporting requirements, and the motion passed unanimously.

The commission also unanimously approved two E cards for the use of the Mayor’s office with $3,000 limits on each. Mayor Morton requested the cards to simplify the reservation of lodging for commissioners at state-sponsored conferences or the need to book other travel arrangements for county officials by his office.

A second reading of the county’s tax levy including the current $45 wheel tax was the only motion to be seriously contested all night, but it was still approved by a vote of 10-4. Cliff Jennings, Charles Baird, Whit Goins and Stanfield voted “no” on the motion.

The remainder of the evening was mainly taken up by convening the numerous commission committees in order to nominate and elect a chairman and vice chairman for each.

The following commissioners were elected as new committee chairs: Cliff Kohlmeyer, Airport; Robert Higginbotham, Animal Control and Jail Committees; Cliff Jennings, Beer Board and Insurance & Personnel; Lonnie Weldon, Building & Grounds; Rusty Orick, Emergency Management and Cable TV; Charles Baird, Environmental Services; Johnny Bruce, Recreation; Sue Nance, Education; Carl Douglas, Rules & Ethics; Forster Baird, Ways & Means; Ralph Davis, Waterline Extension and Marie Ayers, Delinquent Tax Committee. Johnny Bruce had earlier been elected chair of the Budget & Finance Committee.(11/18/2014 - 6:00 AM)     

Second-degree murder trial set involving former Jellico teacher

By Charlotte Underwood

The former Jellico High School teacher accused of shooting and killing her fiancé has had a trial date set for summer.

Lisa Elliott, 47, of Elk Valley, will be tried for second-degree murder beginning on May 6, 2015. May 7 has also been set aside for Elliott’s trial as the district attorney said he believes the trial will last at least two days. The state’s discovery evidence in the case must be presented by March 13, with the defense’s reciprocal due by March 27, which is also the deadline for pre-trial motions in the case. All pretrial motions will be argued on April 13.

Elliott was arrested after the fatal shooting of her 53-year-old fiancé Larry David Champlin on Feb. 2 of this year.

Arrested and originally held in lieu of a $150,000 bond, Elliott’s bond was reduced to a $100,000 secured bond, and she was released on February 7.  Forensic evidence uncovered at the autopsy done on Champlin appears to contradict Elliott’s version of what happened the night her lover died in what is believed to be an alcohol related domestic dispute, according to a Campbell County Sheriff’s report.  Elliott appeared in Court on Feb. 11 at which point charges against her were upgraded from criminal homicide to second-degree murder by the judge. The change in charges stems from testimony by police officers and a request by the district attorney.  Elliott is represented by attorney Mike Hatmaker.  (11/17/2014 - 12:30 PM)

Jellico’s former city recorder accused of theft has trial date set for February

By Charlotte Underwood

The former Jellico city recorder accused of stealing over $60,000 will be tried for her crimes on Feb. 4th and 5th, according to Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton, who set the trial date this morning.

Linda Douglas, 65, is charged with theft and official misconduct in connection with the misappropriation of nearly $100,000 t from the city of Jellico, according to the Tennessee Comptroller's Office. Douglas was indicted several months ago by a Campbell County Grand Jury for theft over $60,000 and three counts of official misconduct.

Discovery evidence in the case is due by Dec. 19 for the state and January 9th for the defense. Douglas is represented by attorney Mike Hatmaker.

TBI Special Agents began investigating Douglas in December 2012, following an audit by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

During the investigation, TBI Agents developed information that Douglas, while working as Jellico City Recorder, took around $73,000 from the police department drug fund and other city funds.  She is currently free on bond.  (11/17/2014 - 12:30 PM)

 Former teacher indicted for inappropriate conduct has court date reset

Former Campbell County teacher Lonnie Vann, 43, was scheduled to appear in criminal court this morning, but had his court date re-set for February 2.

In July, Vann was indicted by a grand jury for inappropriate conduct with a student after he was charged with solicitation of a minor, sexual battery by an authority figure, tampering with evidence and assault.

Vann taught at La Follette Middle School and was placed on suspension without pay in October 2013 after allegations of the inappropriate conduct came to light.

In November, the case was handed over to the District Attorney General and the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation. According to the TBI, on Oct. 22, Vann took a 13-year-old student off school property to Coolidge First Baptist Church. While in the building, Vann allegedly hugged the female student and tried to kiss her, both without consent.

Vann also allegedly tampered with evidence by altering images on a recording device at the church. Vann turned himself into the Campbell County Sheriff. He was later released on $10,000 bond.   (11/17/2014 - 12:30 PM)

National Awareness week for Homelessness and Hunger

Focus # 1: Hunger

By Charlotte Underwood

Have you ever been hungry?  You just walk into the kitchen, open the fridge and grab something  … well, what if you go to do that and there’s nothing in there – literally – nothing. According to local statistics, this scenario happens to about 3,000 children in Campbell County. That’s why this year, Community Health of East Tennessee, along with the Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness has partnered together in an outreach program to bring greater awareness to our county and immediate community regarding these issues.

Food Life Services, United Way and other local organizations are invested in bringing awareness and trying to alleviate the problem, but they need your help.

The week, before Thanksgiving each year, is National Homelessness and Hunger Awareness week. It’s a time when we should all start to think about what we are thankful for and a perfect time to share our compassion with our friends and neighbors who may be experiencing hunger or living in unfit conditions. According to Phyllis Clingner with Community Health of East Tennessee, homelessness and “especially hunger” are bigger issues in our area than many people realize.

When you hear that a family or a child is “hungry” this could mean different things to different people.  According to information provided by CHET, “hunger is a physical sensation that results when one does not have enough to eat.”

“However, when talking about “hunger in America”, or “hunger in Tennessee”, what we are really talking about is more accurately classified as “food insecurity,” Clingner said, explaining  the term “food insecurity” means there is a “lack of access to enough good to fully meet basic needs due to lack of financial resources.”  Hunger is the worst-case scenario of food insecurity. 

There are eight states which exhibited higher food insecurity rates than the U. S. National average (2001-2013), which was 14.6-percent. Tennessee ranked fourth in the listing with a 17.4-percent“food insecurity” rate. Campbell County’s overall “food insecurity” rate was 17.2-percent; meaning more than 7,000 people are affected.

When considering children who are hungry in the county, the “food insecurity” rate jumps up to 29.2-percent or 3,000 children. 

Clingner said she wanted to say a big “hats off to our Campbell County School system” for taking the initiative to offer free breakfast and lunches to all students and for using the week-end back pack meals in some selected schools. Without their leadership, many more children would be hungry.”

Clingner said she wanted to encourage churches, groups, individuals, businesses and anybody who can, to help end hunger in our communities. The county has multiple food banks and services, which always need more donations and volunteers, especially this time of year.

To help with the program, call CHET at 562-1156.

Other food services to contact are:

Food Life Services of Campbell County – 423-566-0937

United Way of Greater Knoxville – 865-523-9131

Second Harvest Food Bank of East Tennessee – 865- 521-0000

Open Arms Ministry of Campbell County – 423-566-6723

Tomorrow, WLAF’s Charlotte Underwood will have part 2 of this article, focusing on the issue of Homelessness in our Communities.   (11/17/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Terry’s Pharmacy hosts healthcare answer sessions on Mondays

If you have questions about Medicare and healthcare, then Terry’s Pharmacy is the place to be on Monday mornings. With the Affordable Healthcare Act being implemented, lots of people have questions about what’s going on. From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, there will be a representative of a multi-company insurance group on hand to answer those questions.

You have questions about Medicare and healthcare?  Miranda Ford has answers every Monday at Terry's Pharmacy.

“Plans will go away and new plans will become available; patients really need to come talk to this woman because she can hopefully answer their questions and help them select the right plan. She is non-biased and not representing any particular company,” said Raewyn Snodderly of Terry’s Pharmacy. Those that are new to Medicare or are turning 65 and those who need extra help on prescription drug co-pays are encouraged to attend. Those who receive Medicaid/TennCare, QMB or SLMB are also encouraged to attend.

“She will look at the medication list and how much they are prescribed and will then help choose the best health care plan for each patient,” Snodderly explained.

For more information, call Terry’s Pharmacy at 423-562-4928. It is located at 310 E. Central Avenue in La Follette. (11/17/2014 - 6:00 AM)

CCHS Football at South Doyle (11/14/2014)


AirMedCare Network can help provide piece of mind

Time means everything in an emergency situation, which is why America's largest air medical membership network now has a base here in Campbell County. The AirMedCare Network provides the highest levels of care and access for you, your family and your community, according to Curtis Franklin, who is the Membership Sales Manager for the Campbell County area. A yearly $65 membership could save you thousands of dollars in the case of an emergency when air medical transport is needed.

Living miles away from the nearest medical facility creates the need for air medical transport in life and limb threatening emergencies. Even with medical insurance, the out-of-pocket expense for air medical transport can be a big burden on families.

When Lifestar 4 is not on a flight, it’s home right here in Jacksboro.

According to Franklin, being transported by LIFESTAR averages around $25,000. With an AirMedCare Network membership, there is no out-of-pocket expenses providing you are transported by one of the four air ambulance providers that the company is partnered with.

“It can be a bit less or a lot more; that’s why AirMedCare Network was established, to provide that financial piece of mind in an emergency,” Franklin said. AirMedCare is not an insurance provider, but rather a direct membership company for medical emergency air transports.

AirMedCare Network partnered with UT LIFESTAR several years ago to provide local air medical transport in our region. Some of the funds made through AirMedCare’s membership fees will go towards helping to keep and maintain the new UT LIFESTAR base at LaFollette’s Airport.

The AirMedCare Network combines the membership programs of four leading air ambulance operators, the largest of its kind in the
United States. Through the AirMedCare Network, each company’s membership enjoys the benefits of the membership program across a combined 28 state service area. AirMedCare also has a fixed-wing medical emergency airplane for members who need special medical transport for post medical emergencies, such as surgeries and such.

Each membership applies to any member in a participating company who is transported by another participating company. All members share the same best-selling membership plan, under the same terms and conditions and at the same low price of $65 a year or $185 for a three-year membership. Farm Bureau customers will get an additional savings of $10 off the yearly rate and $20 off the three-year-rate.

Lifestar’s new hanger home at the Campbell County Airport at Jacksboro.

“It’s really a great program that could save you a lot of money in the end,” Franklin said.

Coming up on Dec. 3rd , AirMedCare will hold a ribbon cutting at the new UT LIFESTAR helicopter hangar at the LaFollette Air Port. The event is open to the public and begins at noon.

There will be lots of great door prize give-aways. For more information about becoming an AirMedCare member, contact Franklin at 865-210-3025 or via email at Curtis.Franklin@AMGH.US. (11/13/2014 - 6:00 AM -  CHARLIE HUTSON PIX)

WLAF's proud of its veteran, Big Josh Etter.  This is a picture of a young Big Josh Etter in his pre-radio days about 1960.

Veteran’s honored with ceremony at courthouse

By Charlotte Underwood

“No mere mortal can ever say words sufficient for this special day …” reads an excerpt from a Veteran’s Day poem written by former Judge Lee Asbury. These words and many others were shared with the crowd who gathered to honor veterans and witness a ceremony at the Veteran’s Memorial at the Campbell County Courthouse Tuesday morning. The Campbell County Honor Guard and many other veterans from multiple branches of the military were present for the celebration to thank our veterans.

La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield salutes as the Army flag is raised during the Veteran’s Day Celebration at the courthouse. Stanfield is a Vietnam Veteran.

Campbell County Veteran’s Affairs Director Kevin Walden emceed the event and provided music.

A flag-raising and flag folding ceremony was held. Songs from each branch of the military were played while flags were raised, giving those from each branch a special moment of honor. Prisoners of War and those missing in action were also honored. A 21-gun salute was held for all the fallen veterans, followed by the somber sound of taps echoing across the courthouse lawn.

Veterans stand at attention as taps is played in remembrance of those who gave their lives.

This year’s special speaker was county mayor and Desert Storm Veteran E.L. Morton who shared some of his stories with the audience and some of his thoughts on Veteran’s Day.

County Mayor and Desert Storm Veteran E.L. Morton was the special speaker at yesterday’s Veteran event. 

The sound of taps echoed mournfully across the courthouse lawn during the Veteran’s Day celebration held at 11 a.m. yesterday morning in Campbell County.

“It is by God’s design that we are here; our heritage is deep and strong and God made it that way,” Morton said, adding that it was so great to see the World War II Veterans at the day’s event, as well as all veterans from all the wars and peace times as well. He especially honored the World War II Veterans.


Iraq War Veteran Hank Hamblin stands with his spouse at the Veteran’s Day celebration held at the Campbell County Courthouse.

“They are among the greatest generation because they did improbable things,” Morton said. Morton spoke of the price veterans paid for our freedoms and how it is now “our job to start building the country back from the community up.”

A flag-folding ceremony was held to honor the American Flag and explain what each fold means.

“We each have the responsibility to build the future that we want and we would not have that opportunity without our Veterans.” (11/12/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Caryville Council Meeting 11-10-2014


Veterans Day Parade on Sunday, 11/09/2014


CCHS vs. West Morristown football 11/07/2014


Fire claims a life

     The news was not good from the git-go.  A Campbell County Sheriff’s deputy was the first to arrive on the scene of a home fire this morning just after 1:00 a.m.  He immediately reported to the fire fighters who were en-route to 135 Morton Road in east Campbell County that the double-wide structure was fully involved, and there was one person trapped inside. 

Two engines, a tanker, and a support unit from the Campbell County Rural Fire Service along with a unit from the La Follette Fire Department answered the call to the home just off Glade Springs Road.  Daniel Lawson, the CCRFS Fire Chief, tells WLAF News that, upon arrival he and crew members immediately went into defensive attack mode, and that there was no way to enter the structure and save the adult woman who perished in the blaze. 

He says visibility was zero at times due to the thick smoke and patchy fog as the fire was knocked down in about an hour or so.  The last of the firemen left the scene at 6:30 a.m.  Investigators with the state fire, bomb, and arson squad along with detectives from the sheriff’s department are investigating into the cause of the blaze.  As it stands, the cause of the fire is undetermined.(11/11/2014 - 7:15 AM - PIX COURTESY OF DANIEL LAWSON)

Their stories are our stories

     Between funny tales about himself and Tommy Stiner in their days at La Follette High School, Jim Robinson shared a few stories about serving in the military.  It was last Sunday, a sunny, mild, quiet day, except for the passing traffic, before the Veterans Day Parade (click here to watch the parade), when Jim became serious a time or two talking about his time and Stiner’s time served.  “Tommy went through hell,” he said.  “It was tough.  Real tough.”  Robinson was referencing one of Stiner’s stints in Viet Nam.  This morning, as I look back at Sunday and the pictures from the parade, I realized that their stories of heroism are our stories.  For every story ever told, it’s their story, but it’s also our story.  Because they serve and served for us.  And no matter how many times we say thank you, it will never seem, at least to me, to be enough.  So, here’s one more.  "Thank you" on Veterans Day 2014.(11/11/2014 - 6:00 AM)

New board members and police officers sworn in at Caryville

 By Charlotte Underwood

Two new board members and two new police officers were sworn into office and service during Monday evening’s mayor and alderman meeting in Caryville.

Beth Lawson was sworn in by former town attorney Reid Troutman. Lawson replaces Mark Stanley, whom she ran against in the recent election.

In his last duty as town attorney, Reid Troutman swore newly elected board members Beth Lawson and Eric Smith into office. Lawson replaces Mark Stanley. Eric Smith ran unopposed in Ward 2, which was vacated by Lisa Crawford. The board also voted to hire Kathy Parrot as the new town attorney, since Reid Troutman accepted the position of Caryville’s Judge.

Eric Smith was also sworn in as a new mayor and alderman board member. Smith ran unopposed in the election and replaces board member Lisa Crawford, whose term had expired.

Brad Stephens and Savannah Allen were both sworn in as full-time officers on the Caryville Police Department by police Chief Stephanie Smith, who recommended both officers. Stephens and Allen have been employed on the force as temporary officers. The board voted they be hired on full-time after a brief discussion. The police chief said they were well liked by the community and that both officers had made “good arrests.”

Brad Stephens and Savannah Allen were both sworn in as full-time officers on the Caryville Police Department by police Chief Stephanie Smith, who recommended both officers.

New board members and police officers were sworn in during yesterday evening’s mayor and alderman meeting in Caryville.

“This gets us back up to six full-time officers,” the mayor noted, adding that Caryville hoped to add more officers as well. Board member Vickie Heatherly agreed, saying the town could always use more officers.

The board also voted Pat Donahue as the city recorder and that the requirement of her signature be added to First Volunteer Bank. Mark Stanley’s signature requirement was removed.  Donahue has been acting as the city recorder for months.(11/11/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Sunday's Veterans Day Parade

Veteran’s Day events around the county

Tuesday, November 11, at 11 a.m. at the Campbell County Memorial at the Jacksboro Courthouse, there will be a ceremony featuring the National Anthem, the Pledge of Allegiance, and the Campbell County Honor Guard will present colors. There will also be a 21 gun salute, taps, a special singing, and recognition of all veterans, along with a presentation of the wreath and a special speaker.

According to Campbell County Veterans Affairs Director Kevin Walden, some of the veterans will also be in several of the schools in Jellico and Caryville, as well as the Christian Academy and nursing homes/Assisted living facilities. For more details contact 423-562-3531.  (11/07/2014 - 11:00 AM)


Thank you to our veterans

Two local vets honored as parade grand marshals

By Charlotte Underwood

What’s the price of freedom? Most people can’t answer that question. Contrary to popular belief, this American dream we are living doesn’t come cheap. It’s bought for us, bought with the service and blood of our military men and women. If you were to ask three-time war veteran Lt. Col. William Morton what the price of freedom is, I bet he could tell you. It’s measured in the ones that fought on foreign soil and the ones who spend their time here, guarding the home-front, ensuring our liberty. The true measure of freedom can be found in our veterans.

William Morton: World War II, Korea, Vietnam

Lt. Col. William Morton, better known as “The COLONEL”, was honored this year as one of La Follette’s Veteran’s Day Parade Grand Marshals. Morton, who was born on Nov. 22, 1918, answered the call of duty to his country after graduating from Big Lake High School, Texas and while waiting for college to start.

His service began in 1940 as a private. He served through three wars, including World War II, the Korean War and Vietnam. In 1970, Morton retired with the rank of Lt. Colonel.

Morton flew to Ploiesti, Romania, on a mission as an engineer on a B-17 and was an original member of Robert Lehnhausen’s crew. He was an engineer and top turret gunner. Morton’s crew said he shot down 17 enemy aircraft but official records credit him with only six naming him “an Enlisted Ace”.  He survived the mission and made it back to Benghazi in one piece. Morton also flew tough missions to Foggia, Italy, on August 13th and the Weiner Neustadt mission in October 1943 on a B-24. His heroic actions were captured in the book “Liberators Over Europe. The history of the 44th Bomb Group”.

Morton explains, “The first attack applied some of our force and broke up our formation. We managed to get our bombs away and started home. The Luftwaffe was out 120 strong shooting down three ME-109s and shooting out our hydraulic system and having an elevator cable cut before we were out of battle area.”  The then Sergeant Morton clinched the hydraulic lines to save fluid so they could safely land when returning to base and was later awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for his heroic actions and ability to act in extreme emergency.

Morton also received commission and served into Korea in the 1950’s as a fighter pilot and later a squadron commander in Vietnam in the 1960’s.

He and his wife Carolina were married in 1954 and until she passed away in 2009.

He also had several successful businesses and patented pilot helmets and liners.  He currently lives next door to his “son-n-law” Bill and Jean Sloan here in La Follette.

Paul Bowlin: World War II

Unfortunately, one of the parade grand marshals passed away before this year’s parade. Never-the-less, he and his family deserve utmost thanks for his service and sacrifice to his country. Paul Bowlin, age 90 of Jellico passed away Thursday, October 23rd 2014 at Tennova Hospice in Knoxville. He was the last remaining child of 17 children of the late Peter Bowlin and Emma Shipman Bowlin.  

Paul Bowlin

Paul accepted Jesus as his Savior in a foxhole in Germany in 1945 and was a proud World War II Veteran. Drafted during World War II on April 4, 1944, he entered in Georgia and then spent 5-6 weeks at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, for basic training.  From there his unit went to Fort Meade, Maryland, then on to Camp Shanks in New York where they were loaded on the Queen Mary and spent three weeks on the sea traveling to Belgium having served in General Patton’s 3rd Army, 23rd Armored Infantry, 7th Regiment. Bowlin was in the first tank in his regiment to cross the Rhine River in the Battle of the
Rhineland. He personally guarded General Patton's personal aircraft for three days. Paul was combat wounded by shrapnel from an 88 mm shell and escaped into the mountains.  Gangrene set in before he was able to be rescued by fellow American soldiers. He spent two months in the hospital. He is decorated with Bronze Star, Purple Heart, “EAME Ribbon”, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal Theater Medal with 2 Bronze Battle Stars, Good Conduct medal, WWII Victory Medal and the Army Occupational of Germany Medal.

From the bottom of our hearts here at WLAF, thanks to all of our veterans!

Potter tabbed as Clerk & Master

     Chancellor Elizabeth Asbury has tabbed Campbell County Road Superintendent Dennis Potter as Clerk and Master.  Longtime Clerk and Master William Archer plans to retire at the end of the year, and Asbury is bringing Potter over from the highway department to the courthouse to run the office.  Potter has served as road superintendent for the last 10 and a half years winning three elections by large margins.  Potter tells WLAF that he’s excited for the challenge.  He adds that he’s flattered that the judge (Asbury) has the confidence in him appoint him to serve as clerk and master.  Potter goes on to say that it’s been an honor to serve as director of the highway department and considers it an honor to be selected for his latest leadership role.  Archer has served as clerk and master for more than 30 years.  Judge Asbury tells WLAF that this is a celebration of the past in recognizing Archer's service and looking forward to the future with Potter's appointment.  Potter notes that he will take office on January 1 of 2015.  He says he will recommend to the mayor and county commission that 22-year road department veteran Ron Dilbeck be named to run the department until the 2016 election some 18-months away.  He says the Vasper native knows how to run the department and would do a very good job.  (11/07/2014 - 7:00 PM)

Dog does well – Cowboy earns certification

     K9 Cowboy, of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, completed the mandatory nine explosive odor requirements, and received praise from instructors and judges. The certification, through the International Forensic Research Institute and the National Forensic Science Technology Center, was completed at Lake View K9 Kennel in Loudon County, Tennessee

Sheriff Goins and Cowboy

Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins said, “We are proud and thankful for Cowboy, his handler Captain Jeremy Goins, their teamwork and the dedicated professionals who have helped this office receive this important certification; IFRI/NFSTC Detector Dog Team Certification.  We are honored to have all of these people and Cowboy, help our office and community to prosper further with something not many departments our size get to utilize and for that we are thankful.”  Goins also expressed great appreciation to Paul Curtis with Loudon County Sheriff’s Office and Bob Suarez with Clinton Police Department.(11/07/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Poston makes it official: will retire as Director of Schools in the spring

During a brief re-scheduled school board meeting Thursday night, Director of Schools Donnie Poston made it official: he plans to retire at the end of the current school year next May when his contract expires.

“There have been a lot of rumors on the street and I have tried to persuade him to change his mind, but Mr. Poston is not going to stay on another year,” board chairman Mike Orick announced.

“It’s something I’ve wrestled with, but it’s time,” Poston told the board. “I don’t want to leave as much as I want to do other things. I might even be back as a volunteer.”

Orick added that the board needs to begin the process soon of searching for a new Director.

Most business conducted at the meeting involved routine reports, but Poston kicked off the meeting by introducing the teachers that have been chosen for the Teacher Leadership Program. That program includes teachers who have been selected by school principals for exemplary performance. They will receive a $1,500 supplement to their salaries for 60 hours of additional service in sessions and trainings aimed to impact student achievement.

A complete list of the teachers receiving the recognition was not available at the meeting but will be published later.

The board also discussed the installation schedule for security measures at all county schools. Security cameras and a 911 box will be installed at each school, beginning with installation at Caryville Elementary on November 7 (today).

The original schedule would have called for completing work at Jacksboro and La Follette schools first, followed by Valley View and Fifth District schools, but board members asked the contractors to put earlier emphasis on completing work at the more isolated schools first. A security vestibule will be installed at the central office.

Orick asked at the meeting’s outset that everyone keep board member Homer Rutherford in their prayers, as he is again experiencing severe health problems.  Orick also asked board members to attend the next county commission meeting, when a proposal to decrease the number of school board members from ten to five will be on the commission agenda.

Board attorney Dail Cantrell told the board that if the commission actually approves that motion, it is questionable whether the commission has the authority to make the decision unilaterally.

“There are indications that it wouldn’t pass, but board members need to let their commissioners know how we stand,” Orick urged.   (11/07/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Election brings change; alcohol approved in La Follette

By Charlotte Underwood

La Follette

It’s official; La Follette residents will soon be able to stop by the grocery store and buy a bottle of wine or consume alcoholic beverages at restaurants.  La Follette citizens voted in favor of the referendum on the ballot legalizing the sale of alcohol. In a fairly close turnout, 514 voted for alcohol sales, while 456 voted against it. Other than that, La Follette saw little change from the election, with Vice Mayor Joe Bolinger and current councilwoman Ann Thompson garnering top votes and remaining on the council.

Thompson led the race with 687 votes, while Bolinger garnered 549. Perennial challenger Virgil Kidwell received 286 votes. Kidwell also challenged and lost to Dennis Powers in the state representative race.


Jellico will see somewhat of a return to the way things used to be with Forrester Baird winning the mayoral ticket with 453 votes. Forrester was mayor before Les Stiers, who received 147 votes in this election. Larry Meadors received 61 votes. Thirteen other candidates battled it out for six alderman seats. Jellico’s board of aldermen will be mostly made up of women.

Winners: Elsie Bates Crawford won a seat on the council with 336 votes; Incumbent Coach Alvin Evans will also be back on the council with a total of 356 votes. Jammie M. Lawson won with 308 votes, while Charlotte Lindsay also earned a place with 330 votes.  Sarah Beth McQueen won with 328 votes and Gail P. Sharp will also be on the council with 297 votes. CORRECTION:  Louise Walden received 323 votes in Tuesday's election.  Which means that Gail P. Sharp actually finished outside the top six vote getters, and that Walden is among the top six and will serve on Jellico's board of aldermen.

Incumbents Pam Jo Carbaugh garnered 117, while Charles Vermillion received 151. William Michael Bridges had117 votes, Novella Brooks received 168, Wanda Perkins, received 260, Ranee’ Voyles 127, and Louise Walden had 323 votes.


Caryville will see change as well, with ward 3 aldermen Mark Stanley being replaced by challenger Beth Lawson. Stanley received 174 votes, while Lawson won with 287 total votes. In ward 1, Jerry Chadwell lost to incumbent DeWayne Gibson, who was appointed this year to finish an unexpired term.  Gibson won with a total of 267 votes, while Chadwell garnered 181 votes. Eric Smith ran unopposed in Ward 2 and received a total of 352 votes. 

Governor, Senate, Congress and amendment results for Campbell County

In the governor’s race, Campbell County voted overwhelmingly for Republican Governor and incumbent Bill Haslam, who received 4,981 votes over Democratic candidate Charlie Brown, who only garnered 1,145 votes. In the U.S. Senate race, Republican candidate Lamar Alexander won by a large margin with 4,522 votes against Democrat Gordon Ball received 1,549. In the second congressional district House of Representatives, John J. Duncan Jr., won in the county with 741 votes over Bob Scott’s 235 votes. The third congressional district saw Republican incumbent Chuck Fleischmann win with 3,791 votes over Democratic challenger Mary Headrick, who garnered 1,378 votes. Incumbent and Republican Dennis Powers won over Democratic challenger Virgil Kidwell. Powers received 4,903 votes to Kidwell’s 1,409 votes.

Voters in the county chose yes to constitutional amendment 1, relating to abortion laws in the state. 4,008 voted yes, while 2,442 voted no to amendment 1. On amendment 2, 4,279 voted yes, while 2,063 voted no. On amendment 3, 3,944 voted yes, while 1,987 voted no and on amendment 4, 4,041 voted yes, while 1,706 voted no.

A total of 6,909 Campbell County voters flocked to the polls to cast their ballot in the election.

Early voting totals 2,568

Early voting ended last Thursday.  Turnout was, as most expected, very, very light.  A total of 2,568 cast early votes here in Campbell County.  (11/04/2014)

La Follette City Council Meeting 11/03/2014


Senior Center parking and other business approved at council meeting

By Charlotte Underwood

The demolition of two houses on Ash Street was approved to pave the way for additional parking for the La Follette Senior Center. Representatives of the Senior Center had approached the council last week about parking problems, saying there was not enough parking on the street and that it wasn’t safe for seniors. La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield said the county was going to help with the demolition by providing a track ho to compress the debris to make it easier to haul off, as well as waive the landfill fee and provide gravel for the lots. During the citizen’s comments portion of the meeting, local business owner Ronnie Inman spoke to the board once more about adding onto his transmission repair business, which is also located on Ash Street. Inman told the board that he wasn’t against anything being done for the seniors, but wanted to know if they were going to rezone the property as commercial for the parking lot.

“I am just asking that if you are going to do theirs, then consider mine; I am a tax paying citizen too,” Inman said. Inman has been before the board and the planning commission multiple times in an attempt to get permission from the city to expand his business and add onto his building. The city requires that he either have his property core-drilled or have an engineer sign off that the property is “suitable” to build on, due to a “sink or drainage hole” that exists on his property, according to city codes enforcer Stan Foust. Inman said a former council had approved his variances and building plans, but due to his health he was unable to begin his project in the past and is seeking to do so now.

La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield told Inman if he would do what was required, then there would be no more issues with him expanding his business and building.

Stanfield told Inman he had to do what was required so the city would not be held “liable” should something happen due to the building expansion. According to Foust, Inman is requesting to different phases to his building expansion, one of which would require the core-drill or an engineer’s sign-off, while the other would require him to come before the planning commission and request his property be rezoned.

Local businessman Ronnie Inman approached the council once more about expanding his business, but was told he needed an engineer’s sign-off or a core-drill sample.

“I shouldn’t have to beg and plead to grow my business; you all should want the businesses here to grow,” Inman told the board.

The mayor told him if he would do what was required, then they wouldn’t have any problems from the city.

Councilman Hansford Hatmaker said he did not understand why Inman could not build onto his business if the council (18 years ago) approved it.

The council also voted to extend the two-percent property tax discount for those who pay by November 30, as well as to purchase three air packs for the fire department.

Also approved was the replacement of the six lights on the viaduct in town. The current lights are old, outdated and not very bright, according to Fire Chief Gary Byrd. Since the city is purchasing the lights, the state will install them when the redo the viaduct in the spring, according to Street Department Head Jim Mullens. The low bid to replace the lights came in at $10,221.

La Follette City Council members voted to demolish two houses on Ash Street to make way for additional Senior Center parking.

Flea-market space pricing was on the agenda, but after a brief discussion, it was tabled until next month at the request of Councilwoman Ann Thompson, who said she wanted to look at the issue more. The price had been increased from $3 to $5 a space and, according to Thompson; she has had several complaints about the cost. She and the council briefly discussed compromises that included the first space costing $5 and any additional space costing $3. No decisions were made and the issue will be revisited again.

Other items approved during the meeting included the hiring of Byron Johsnon as a full-time police officer at a salary of $26,520. Per diem expenses for the police department to retrieve additional military surplus gear was also approved.  Tommy Robards was approved to replace Jay Huddleston whose term on the 9-11 board had expired.

Public hearing held, final reading of three ordinances approved

The final reading on three ordinances was held during yesterday evening’s city council meeting. Approved by the board was an ordinance which adopts a corrective action plan to prevent improper use of utility revenues, along with an ordinance that amends La Follette’s Animal Control Policy. The issue of the city’s animal control ordinance had been broached several months ago by citizens wanting to keep chickens within the city limits. According to Codes Enforcer Stan Foust, the new ordinance makes it “more clear and concise.” An ordinance updating the city’s flood plan was also approved with the third and final reading. The ordinance amends the city’s municipal zoning ordinance regulating development within corporate limits to minimize the danger to life and property due to flooding. The update has to be done every couple of years and is state mandated.(11/04/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Campbell County’s most followed medium, WLAF, reaches a milestone

     Thanks to you, our listeners, viewers, readers, and corporate partners, WLAF’s media platforms continue expanding and reaching more Campbell Countians everyday.  Whether it’s AM 1450, FM 100.9, WLAF-TV 12, or 1450wlaf.com, we’re glad you connect with us.  This morning, WLAF’s “dotcom” surpassed the one-million visitor mark!  It took a tad more than one-year, but we did it.  (10/28/2014 - 2:30 PM)

Medicare questions?  Healthcare questions?  Terry’s Pharmacy has answers.

Beginning next week, Tuesdays and Fridays are the days to ask Medicare and healthcare questions.  The person to ask is Grey Stooksbury.  He’s at the Terry’s Pharmacy La Follette location twice weekly, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stooksbury of the Gray Insurance Agency may be reached at 423.562.3346.(10/212/2014 - 9:00 AM)

Owens Shoe Store is located up above Scottie’s at Caryville

Owens Shoe Store is WLAF’s business of the week

By Charlotte Underwood

Deer season is upon us and Christmas is just around the bend, now’s the time to get that pair of boots for winter. Whether you need work boots, hunting boots, cowboy boots or muck boots, Owens Shoe Store in Caryville has got boots for all occasions. With name brands like Rocky, Red Wing, Muck, Georgia, Durango and Ariat, the shop carries a large selection of boots in stock, but can also order any size you need from these companies.  The boots will be delivered in seven to 12 days at no charge for shipping to the customer and if the boots don’t fit, that’s not a problem, as they will just put them on the shelf and order you another pair.

Dickies work pants and clothing is also available at Owens Shoe Store in Caryville. And if they are too long, Owens will also hem them

Owned and operated by Everett Owens, the shop opened up on Main Street in Caryville in 2008.

According to Owens’s daughter-in-law Jody, who works at the store in the mornings, Muck boots are one of their best sellers because the four-wheeler riders love them.

The shop also sells Peet boot dryers for those evenings when you need your boots dry the next morning.

Ariat boots are a popular seller at Owens Shoe Store in Caryville

Owens sells Dickies brand work clothing, as well as Walls brand hunting clothing and Rattlers brand snake chaps, which are also a big seller for those who enjoy four-wheeling in the mountains. Clothing can also be ordered to size and is delivered to the store in seven to 12 days at no cost to the customer. The shop will also do basic hemming jobs to work and hunting clothes.

Hand-worked leather belts can be found in Caryville at Owens Shoe Store

Leather belts and different name brand hunting knives such as Case, Remington, and Buck can also be found at Owens.

Whether you need work boots, hunting boots, cowboy boots or something specific, Owens Shoe Store in Caryville is your local boot and shoe destination.

Owens Shoe Store is located at 195 Main Street in Caryville, 0.1 miles past Shoney’s on the left. The store is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8: 30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information call 423-562-2138 or email at OwensShoes@bellsouth.net. (10/16/2014 - 6:00 AM)


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Listen to Keith Hatfield`s “Show Cause” 

     Keith Hatfield`s Sports talk show called “Show Cause” is heard here on WLAF each Friday following Tony Basilio from 1 pm to 3 pm. Keith will break down the Vols opening football game while also interviewing new Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall in this weeks show which is archived on the WLAF Archive page and currently can be heard by clicking the player below.  Hatfield who is from LaFollette is a member of and broadcasts out of the Tony Basilio Sports Network from the “Ray Mears” Studio in Knoxville.

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Precinct-by-precinct.  District-by-district.  WLAF has all the final numbers.

     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)


Election results bring change

By Charlotte Underwood

      Campbell County has a new mayor.  E.L. Morton won in a run-away race for the county mayor’s office, easily outstripping incumbent William Baird and other candidates.  Morton received 4,022 votes, while Jack Lynch came in second with 2,346 and Baird came in third with 2,186.  Fred Cole garnered 748 while Marvin Rutherford finished with 194.

     Morton, members of his family, friends and old school mates gathered at the Holiday Inn Express to celebrate the big win before heading down to WLAF to give a big thanks to all his supporters.

     Morton said he was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support.  “Tonight’s a blessing and an affirmation.  I feared letting people down and not being able to deliver, but the people supporting our campaign came through and didn’t let that happen. I am really proud to represent the people that voted for us and look forward to being the mayor of Campbell County for everyone.  Morton said he had prayed long and hard about running for office.

     “I prayed not to do it, but I got a different answer and win lose or draw, I was responsible for doing that much at least.  I am relieved it’s over, but I look forward to building the community we want in the future.  We deserve only what we earn, but I believe the people of Campbell County are willing to work hard to earn it,” Morton said. 

Morton said he looked forward to going to work for the people of the county.

     Incumbent Sheriff Robbie Goins is going to enjoy another four years in office as he swept the polls against Gary Perkins and Pete Hatfield.  Votes for Goins totaled an amazing 6,986 while Perkins had 1,752 and Hatfield finished with 882.

     Goins said he was honored to receive the vote of confidence from the people of the county.  “I am so thankful to the voters; I think the people liked what we have been doing for the past four years and they showed that in support at the polls,” Goins said, adding that while he had felt good about the turnout, he did not know how overwhelming the support would be.

     “Everyone has been so positive these past four years about what we have been doing; we are all excited to get back to work for another four years,” Goins said, adding that he was “thankful and blessed.”
     Amanda Sammons ousted incumbent Joe Ayers for Sessions Court Judge in a fairly close race with a total of 3,698 votes. Ayers received 3,296. Challenger Kathy Parrott had a showing of 2,495 votes.

      Sammons said she felt excited and was still in shock over winning.  She said she wanted to thank the voters who put her in office.  “Thank you so much for entrusting me with your vote and your support,” Sammons said, adding that she looked forward to taking office and getting started.

     In Campbell County, Jared Effler is receiving more votes for the district attorney general’s office with 4,189 votes over Lori Phillips-Jones who had 3,992. Effler was declared the winner not long before midnight Thursday.

     In Campbell County, Leif Jeffers received 4,552 for the public defender’s office while Mark Eric Blakely garnered 3,612. Jeffers also won the other counties in the district to become the new public defender.

    In the Chancellor race, Elizabeth Asbury won with 6,743 votes to Andy Tillman’s 2,507 here and was victorious overall to earn the right to be the next chanellor.  Dormas Miller won the Register of Deeds office with 5,288, while Beverly Hall had 2,782 and Danny E. Wilson had 297.1

     The new county clerk is Alene Baird with 3,262. Lynn Letner received 703, while Todd Nance had 2,948 and incumbent Debbie Wilson had 2,721.

     First District County commissioners are N. Marie Ayers who received 677, while Whit Goins received 721 and Robert Higginbotham received 675.

     Second District County commissioners are Dewayne “Mailman” Kitts with 1,039, Cliff Kohlymeyer with 641 and Lonnie Weldon with 696.

      Kitts said he wanted to thank the voters for everything.

      “Well it’s an honor to win; I want to thank the voters.  The people in the district really showed me their support,” Kitts said, saying he sensed the people in his district wanted a change.

     “I made a lot of friends in the second district; really honored and thankful for everyone who voted. I am going to be a committed commissioner and do what I can for the people,” Kitts said, adding that he never thought he would be doing this.

     “I want to make a positive influence on the community and I invite the public to come and sit down with me if they need to talk,” Kitts said.

     County commission third district winners are Cliff Jennings with 627, Rusty Orick with 786 and Scott Stanfield with 886. 

     Fourth district county commissioners for the fourth district are Charles Goat Baird with 1,028, Johnny Coach Bruce with 1,098 and Sue Nance with 1,075,

     County commission fifth district representatives are Forster Baird with 709, Ralph Davis with 840 and Carl B. Douglas with 714.

     School board first district member is Wallace Goins with 1,289 against Rector Miller’s 666.

     Second district school board saw Sharon Ridenour win with 815 against Randy Comer’s 764.

     Third district school board member is Faye Heatherly who won a close race with 797 votes against Scott Hill’s 774 and Virgil Kidwell’s 185.

     In the school board district four, Clint Bane won with 748 against Tim Woods with 526 and Eugene Lawson’s 682.

     School Board District five saw Crystal Creekmore winning with 586 while Elsie Bates Crawford garnered 505, Johnny Creekmore had 402 and Ned Smiddy received 346.

     Congress third district sees Weston Wamp beat Chuck Fleischmann in the third district congressman race with 2464 against Wamp’s 2357 in Campbell County.  Fleischmann was eventually able to win and keep his seat in Congress.  (08/08/2014 - 2:30 AM)

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