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Campbell wins 41 to 34 over the Dragons at Clinton on Thursday night

 

 

Click on the big blue book bus to see this evening's celebration (6:00 PM-8:00PM)

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     Nelson Wooden (L) and Eunice Reynolds (R) visited Big Josh at WLAF this morning inviting you out to this evening's Campbell County Imagination Library Celebration in downtown La Follette.  It all begins at 6:00 p.m. next to First Baptist Church.    

The WLAF Read-a-thon is this evening.  Look for the big blue book bus.

     The Campbell County Imagination Library Celebration is coming to La Follette this evening.  That’s in downtown La Follette next to First Baptist Church.  Just look for the gigantic book bus.  You can’t miss it.  Families and children are encouraged to bring their favorite Dolly Parton Imagination Library Book and share their story about being in the Imagination Library.  Look for the big blue bus next to First Baptist Church in La Follette later today between 6:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.  There will be live coverage over WLAF Radio, WLAF-TV 12, and 1450wlaf.com. (09/19/2014 - 12:30 AM)

Saturday is the big car show day.  C-Hut gives us a taste.

     WLAF’s Charlie Hutson, aka C-Hut, gives us just a little taste of what’s in store tomorrow at the big LA Cruizers Car Show which is set to start at 9:00 a.m. at the high school.


Long-time educator and decorated Campbell County War Veteran dies

William Sears Robinson, aka Bill Robinson, of Jacksboro passed away suddenly earlier this week on Tuesday, September 16.  Robinson was a career educator in Campbell County and one of the most decorated war heroes in the county.

Bill Robinson

Robinson grew up in Harrogate and attended Powell Valley High School, before moving to Detroit to find work.  He was there when he received his draft notice and was inducted into the Army Air Force at Tazewell.  He was sent to Georgia for  basic training and upon completion, he was sent to England in preparation for the Normandy invasion.  Like thousands of other young Americans, he crossed the North Atlantic in an unarmed, unescorted troop carrier.  Due to the vast number of troops being assembled in England for the expected invasion there was not enough escort ships for all the troop carriers.  He was assigned to the 437th Troop Carrier Group. His outfit was one of the first launched on D-Day.  After the Allied Forces took the Normandy Beaches, he went on to fight across Europe and was awarded the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and medals for the American, European, and African campaigns.  According to the V.A., he was the second most decorated WWII Soldier in Campbell County.  He loved his country and was very proud of his service to it.  He was honorably discharged in 1945.

Robinson returned to Claiborne County and enrolled at Lincoln Memorial University, something he felt he could have never had done without the G.I. Bill.  He transferred to East TN State College and graduated with a degree in English and Education.  There he met fellow student Joyce Wier from Jacksboro.  They married the next year and celebrated their 62nd anniversary in March.  After graduation, he took a job as teacher and principal at Valley Creek School in Claiborne County.  He then returned to E.T.S.U.  where he earned a Master’s Degree in education.  He was recruited to become principal of the new Stony Fork School along with his wife Joyce and six other teachers where they opened the newly built school.  Along with the custodians, they literally unpacked the students’ desks from their crates.  He was beloved by his students and the community.  When Stony Fork closed fifty years later, he was invited back as the guest of honor and graduation speaker for the final high school class to graduate.  He considered this to be one of the highest honors he ever received. 

From Stony Fork, he was assigned to become principal of Wynn Habersham.  He served there for seven years at which time he was asked to become supervisor of elementary education in Campbell County.  He worked in that position for the remainder of his career.  In addition, he also served as assistant superintendant of schools for several years before his retirement in 1983.  He served thirty-seven years in education.  During that time he took many additional courses at U.T. and attained further advanced degrees. 

In about 1967, he was elected to his first public office.  He was re-elected to the Campbell County Commission multiple times, ultimately serving for more than 20 years.  While on county commission he championed the development and construction of Campbell County Comprehensive High School, the overhaul of the county pension system, and the establishment of rural medical clinics in the remote mountainous areas of the county.

In addition to his professional life and community service, he loved to farm, and raised cattle and tobacco for most of his life.  He was an avid reader, an accomplished writer, and an excellent speaker.  He was a fifty six-year member of the Campbell County Lodge #778 of the Free and Accepted Masons .  He was a avid fan of The University of Tennessee Athletics. 

His passions were the education of this region’s children and the assistance of the people of Campbell County.  (09/19/2014 - 1:30 PM)

Coach Justin Price:  “a total team effort” – CCHS wins

     The skinny on the Cougars heading into Thursday night’s game at Clinton was that they wouldn’t go the full four-quarters.  Well.  They did.  And as a result, they won.  But it took most all of the four stanzas.  After senior Trey Torres fumbled what many thought was an incomplete pass that eventually resulted in a Clinton touchdown giving the Dragons their first lead of the night, it was only fitting that he was able to redeem himself.  Number 24 in the Orange-n-Blue recovered a Dragon fumble as they were driving for the tying score late in the game.  He then ran for the first down that allowed Campbell to run out the clock and seal a 41 to 34 win. 

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Cougar quarterback Ethan Jeffers, at 6-2, 205, rambles for a CCHS first down Thursday night at Clinton

The game was back and forth like a teeter-totter with three ties and four lead changes as Cougar quarterback Ethan Jeffers connected on 19 of 24 throws for more than 300 yards.  Campbell improves to 4 & 1 in all games and 2 & 1 in the district while Clinton slips to 2 & 3.  Halls comes to town for Homecoming 2014 next Friday night in a 7:30 p.m. kick-off.  HC festivities begin at 7:00 p.m. at Dossett Stadium. (09/19/2014 - 12:30 AM)

Lots of Cougar fans and the CCHS Marching Band were on hand to cheer the Orange-n-Blue to a 41 to 34 victory over the Dragons at Clinton on Thursday night.(DAVID GRAHAM PIX)

La Follette Housing Authority takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge 09/17/2014

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LHA chills for a good cause

     “Refreshing.”  That’s what John Snodderly, Executive Director of the La Follette Housing Authority, said as a bucket of ice water was poured over his head Wednesday afternoon on the front walk of the LHA offices in La Follette.  Snodderly and several others from LHA ‘chilled to the challenge’ that was offered up a couple of weeks ago from Rissa Pryse and the staff at Terry’s Pharmacy.  Though there are audio problems with the LHA video, Snodderly challenged the City of La Follette, La Follette Utilities, and E.E. Hill & Son Insurance to the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge.(09/18/2014 - 4:00 AM)           

Hollingsworth is your neighborhood grocery store and has all your grocery, cookout and tail-gate party supplies.

Hollingsworth Meat Market has the freshest meat in the county

By Charlotte Underwood

For 66 years, Hollingsworth Meat Market has served up the freshest cuts of meat in the county and plans to continue that tradition, according to new owner Darren Wilson, who purchased the business in March.  Hollingsworth is still the place to go for friendly customer service fresh local grown produce and fresh cuts of meat.

Hollingsworth Meat Market is located at 407 East Chestnut Street in La Follette in the old Fairgrounds.

The market offers a full line of fresh cut meat.  Whether you need a thick three-inch steak of your choice, some freshly shaved deli meat or a 15 pound roast, Hollingsworth has it.  What’s more important, the “meat guys” at Hollingsworth know how to cut it, so that you get the most tender, choice cut of meat around.  And people come from all around to buy their meat at Hollingsworth, which has built quite a reputation with out-of-state tourists as THE place to get the best grilling steaks and hamburgers around.  Over the years, people from Florida, Ohio, Indiana, Michigan and other states have kept coming back to Hollingsworth’s neighborhood Meat Market.

If looking for local produce, come see Lisa Irwin at Hollingsworth Meat Market on East Chestnut Street.

“Our steaks are very popular; it’s all about the cut,” Wilson said, adding that their hamburger meat was also a local favorite.  The market also has plenty of slab-cut bacon, chicken, hot-dogs and lots more, including produce.

Come see the friendly faces behind the meat counter at Hollingsworth. From left to right is Phillip Farmer, David Allen, Jeff Cates, Marty Marlow and Sherman Spivey.

The market purchases its produce from local farmers and growers in order to offer the best local produce around.  Hollingsworth is essentially a fully equipped neighborhood grocery store, with neighborhood grocery prices.

Steaks, roasts, fresh-cut deli meats and much more can be found at Hollingsworth Meat Market. Call 423-562-2128 or check Facebook for daily meat and produce specials or listen to WLAF or watch the Green Screen.

Hollingsworth was founded by Aubrey and Retha Hollingsworth in 1948.  In 1979, Jimmy Chaniott purchased the business and operated it until March of this year, when it was purchased by Wilson, who said he felt honored to be a part of a business with history like Hollingsworth’s.

Fresh-shaved deli meat is available at Hollingsworth Meat Market.

“It’s the kind of place where you know your butcher by name,” Wilson said.  Hollingsworth employee Phillip Farmer probably knows quite a few customers by name as he has been operating the meat department for nearly five decades.

Hollingsworth Meat Market has had the freshest cuts of meat for the past 66 years.

“We care about our customers, which is why we care about our products and our prices,” Wilson said.  The market runs daily sales on both meat and produce.  Stop by and stock up for your next cookout, tail-gate party or just to grab some groceries.

Hollingsworth Meat Market is located at 407 East Chestnut Street in La Follette.  For information on sale prices, call 423-562-2128.  Sale prices are also announced daily over WLAF Radio and are shown over WLAF-TV 12’s Green Screen. (09/18/2014 - 6:00 AM)

          Sheriff's DUI Task Force focusing on fatality prevention, teen protection 
     Starting today, by the order of Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins, deputies are working overtime and are visible in full force on
Campbell County roadways, in Campbell County neighborhoods and along Campbell County streets, in an attempt to prevent fatalities, protect teen drivers by enforcement and education and the immediate arrest of drugged or drunk drivers.  Sheriff Goins has ordered his staff to quickly mobilize the "Sheriff's DUI Task Force," because he says "that's what our citizens deserve and demand". "Fall, football, homecomings, and the new spirit of a season are the perfect storm of a time for tragedy and mistakes by folks who could make that deadly split second decision that could cost your family member their life.  We have to take steps and preventative measures to make sure we live up to our responsibility as law enforcement officers and work day and night to ensure we do everything in our power to save someone's life, any life, and every life we can.” said Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. (09/17/2014 - NOON)

Police and sheriff’s reports

Homeless man arrested on drug and criminal trespass charges

A homeless man was arrested on drug and criminal trespassing charges on Sept. 10, after employees at the Regions Bank noticed he and another man coming and going into the wooded area behind the bank. After officers arrived and entered the wooded area behind the bank, they found a tent set up. As they approached the tent, Brian Hawkins, 38, took off running. After a brief chase that ended at the railroad tracks behind the bank, Hawkins was taken into custody. After searching the campsite area, officers found newspapers with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana on them. Hawkins said he was homeless and had only been at the campsite for a few days, while the other man who was not at the campsite the day of the arrest had been there for about a month. Hawkins was charged with evading arrest, aggravated criminal trespassing, and violation of the litter law, possession of marijuana and possession of marijuana with the intent to distribute or resale. According to the arrest report, the incident is still under investigation.

La Follette woman arrested felony possession of drug paraphernalia

Katlynn Jean Willoughby, 24, was arrested on Sept. 12, after she threw out a bag containing 40 hypodermic needles during a traffic stop by sheriff’s deputies. After deputies retrieved the bag from East Elm Street, they found the needles, along with two spoons with burnt residue. Willoughby was charged with felony possession of drug paraphernalia as well as failure to obey the seatbelt law.

Farewell to the fair

     Goodbye to the bacon-wrapped corndogs, the polish sausage with onions, cotton candy, deep-fried Oreos and the twinkling Ferris wheel lights. The Tennessee Valley Fair has come and gone once more.  Sunday was the fair's final day.

 

Photos by Charlotte Underwood

Gil’s Bryan-bound

     The good news is that Darin Gillenwater is going to continue his basketball playing career at the collegiate level.  The better news is that ‘Number Two in Blue’ still has one more season for Cougars fans to enjoy watching him play at John Brown Gym.  Gillenwater verbally committed to play for the Bryan College Lions and will sign sometime this fall. 

Bryan is located in Dayton, Tennessee, and plays in the Appalachian Athletic Conference with conference members Union (Kentucky) and Milligan (Tennessee) to name a few.  Gillenwater and the Cougars open the 2014-2015 season on Saturday, November 15 at Sevierville against the Sevier Smoky Bears.  WLAF will have the coverage.(09/17/2014 - 8:00 AM)

WLAF's David Graham serves as your master of ceremonies at the big LA Cruizers Car Show coming up this Saturday at the high school.  All the fun begins at 9:00 a.m.

Powers weighs in on legalities, implications of Jacksboro Suboxone dispensary

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NASHVILLE - Following concern and misinformation about a new suboxone dispensary opening in Jacksboro, State Representative Dennis Powers (R–Jacksboro) released several clarifications about the new dispensary and its implications for Campbell County

“Over the last several weeks, there have been concerns about a proposed suboxone dispensary opening up in Jacksboro,” said Representative Powers.  “This office would dispense suboxone, for the treatment of opioid addictions, and is not a methadone clinic as earlier reported.  While it is true suboxone is an opioid, if these drugs are used in accordance with their FDA indication solely in the context of a bona fide program for Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) for opioid dependence, this would not be considered pain management services and those patients would not be counted as such.”

According to state and federal law, a suboxone clinic or dispensary falls under the purview of the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, and standard operating procedure in these offices is that patients who are prescribed suboxone, unless granted by a physician take home privilege, must take their medication in the office in front of a nurse.  Suboxone can only be prescribed by a physician who is licensed and accredited.  The doctors affiliated with the dispensary are allowed to prescribe suboxone to only 30 patients initially and then after one year up to 100 patients.  

“State law specifies that a suboxone clinic or dispensary cannot accept cash,” Representative Powers continued.  “They are limited to credit card or checks.  However, they can accept cash for a co-pay or co-insurance when the remainder of the payment is submitted to the patient’s insurance provider for approval.  As your State Representative, I assure you that both myself and the Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse will continue to monitor this situation closely to ensure the office and the physicians using it are performing their duties correctly and following the law for these types of services.  The office will also be monitored closely to assure there is no suspicious activity or public nuisances. ”

“Currently, under Tennessee law a certificate of need is not required for a soboxone dispensary since it is just a satellite office used by licensed and accredited area doctors. State Senator Ken Yager and I will review this and address this law next year,” Representative Powers concluded. (09/17/2014 - 6:00 AM)

County Commission meeting from  09/15/2014

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Briggs is arraigned this morning

     Public Defender Leif Jeffers with Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs.

     Police say she killed a man.  Police killed her lover.  And now she’s in the county jail on murder charges.  This morning at Jacksboro, 36- year old Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs was  arraigned in Judge Amanda Sammons General Sessions Courtroom. 

Briggs exits the courtroom.

Sammons set Briggs’ preliminary hearing for Thursday, October 23 with recently elected Public Defender Leif Jeffers representing her.  Briggs remains in the county jail on a $750,000 bond for one count of felony first-degree murder and one count of felony pre-meditated murder in the death of Kenneth George Koster, who was found shot to death last week in a south Caryville neighborhood. 

  Public Defender Leif Jeffers with Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs.

Briggs’ lover, 43-year old James Bradley Phillips; a prime suspect, was shot to death by police in a Wendy’s on the Parkway in Pigeon Forge.  A related and more detailed story on this case is found further down this page.  (09/16/2014 - 11:00 AM)

Commission approves committees, prepares to tackle 2014-15 budget

Campbell County commissioners dispensed with a number of routine matters Monday night as they prepare to roll up their collective sleeves and tackle the 2014-15 budget over the next few weeks. The commission has set budget & finance committee sessions each Tuesday and Thursday throughout September and approved a continuing resolution Monday night that authorizes county government to continue functioning at last year’s levels until October 31.

The commission also voted, with a few changes, to approve Mayor E. L. Morton’s recommendations for committee assignments. Forster Baird declined a spot on the Agriculture Committee and Morton will make another recommendation at a later date to replace Baird. Robert Higginbotham also declined a nomination to the Beer Board and was replaced by Sue Nance while Johnny Bruce asked to be replaced by fellow 4th District commissioner Charles Baird on the Building & Grounds Committee.

Carl Douglas asked to be added to the Environmental Services Committee, giving the 5th District two members on that committee, while Rusty Orick was replaced by Dewayne Kitts on the Jail Committee.

The FMS Committee, one of the few that is mandatory with a membership that is set by law, will have four new commission members along with the statutory members that include the Road Superintendent, Sheriff and Director of Schools. Whit Goins, Lonnie Weldon, Charles “Goat” Baird and Ralph Davis will fill out that committee that oversees the Department of Finance and reviews all county bids and major purchases.

All commissioners were appointed to at least four committee assignments with most having no more than seven. Weldon appears destined to become a commission workhorse, having been appointed to nine different committees, while Sue Nance will serve on eight after being added to the Beer Board.

The commission also approved two grant resolutions, including a resolution authorizing the county to receive a Tennessee Housing Development Agency grant of $100,000 to help victims of the Speedwell tornado with rebuilding costs. The county’s matching share is met by in-kind expenses from labor and equipment that has already been utilized. The other grant is a $5,000 grant from TDEC to pay for signage for recycling containers at county schools, to be matched by $1,000 in local funding.

Commissioners also voted 13-1-1 to pass a resolution supporting Amendment One to the state constitution, one of four amendments on the ballot in the November General Election. Cliff Jennings voted “no” on the motion while Whit Goins abstained.

The amendment would tighten up access to abortions by re-instating mandatory waiting periods and counseling requirements for any woman seeking to terminate a pregnancy. The commission was asked to take a stand on this contentious issue by Edwina Booth, a Claiborne County resident representing Right to Life organizations that support the amendment, who addressed commissioners at last week’s workshop.(09/16/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Murder suspect’s bond set at $750,000; arraignment set for this morning

By Charlotte Underwood

A Knox County woman wanted in connection with last week’s death of 45-year old Kenneth Koster of Knoxville appeared before Judge Amanda Sammons Monday morning in Campbell County General Sessions Court at Jacksboro and had her bond set at $750,000. Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs, 36, has been charged with felony first-degree pre-meditated murder and first-degree felony murder as a result of her alleged role in Koster’s death, which occurred on Sept. 7.

Monica Leigh-Ann Briggs has been charged with one count of felony first-degree murder and one count of felony pre-meditated murder in the death of Kenneth George Koster, who was found dead last week in Caryville.

According to the arrest warrant and information gathered by the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation, Briggs, along with another suspect, James Bradley Phillips, carried out the “intentional and pre-meditated murder” of Koster, who according to the autopsy results died from three gun-shot wounds to the head.

Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins, left, along with sheriff’s department detectives and TBI agents were present for the bond hearing at the Jacksboro Courthouse this morning.

On Sept. 8th, Koster’s body was found wrapped in plastic in the yard of a residence on Enix Road. The investigation also revealed a .22 caliber rifle, along with a .25 caliber handgun. There was also evidence of the attempted sanitation of the crime scene. TBI agents also processed a Nissan pickup truck, which Briggs used to flee the crime scene in. According to the report, there were multiple items and evidence in the truck, including Koster’s wallet, Brigg’s clothes, with blood on them, as well as receipts for the purchase of ammunition and gloves and a twin-sized mattress, with a reddish brown stain on it.

During the interview with TBI agent Brandon Elkins, Briggs described in detail that she participated in the planning and murder of Koster and that she “placed a firearm in the victim’s left ear and pulled the trigger.” After Koster was dead, she removed his wallet and money from his dead body, according to the report.

District Attorney Jared Effler said he was pleased with the $750,000 secure bond the judge set due to Brigg’s flight risk and the nature of the crime.

District Attorney General Jared Effler asked for her bond to be set at one million dollars because of the severity of the nature of the crime, the fact that she has no ties to the county and is a flight risk, as well as her past record and probation violations from previous theft charges.

Effler said he was pleased with the judge’s decision at setting the high bond of $750,000, but declined to comment on any other portion of the case.

Briggs will have a public defender appointed to her and will be arraigned at 9 a.m. in General Sessions Court in this morning.

Both Briggs and Phillips were located by authorities late Saturday night in Sevier County.  The encounter at Wendy’s on the Parkway at Pigeon Forge did not end peacefully.  A police officer, believed to be on the Pigeon Forge force, shot and killed Phillips. 

The hunt for Phillips and Briggs began last Monday morning when the body of 45-year old Kenneth Koster of Knoxville was found by a homeowner on Enix Road in Oak Grove.  It didn’t take long for authorities to call the case a homicide and name Phillips as a prime suspect.  Police tell WLAF that Phillips, who is not originally from Campbell County, was released earlier this year from prison and had been living with his mother on Enix Road.(09/16/6:00 AM)

Click to watch Campbell at Anderson from 09/12/2014

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Construction of the Lifestar hanger at the Campbell County Airport is well underway.  Its completion date is scheduled for November.  (CHARLIE HUTSON PIX)

Darlene Ivey was the first Cougar fan to arrive at Friday’s game with Anderson.  Darlene, Class of ’76, attended the very first CCHS football game in 1975.

Thousands of fans were on hand to see Campbell play at Anderson on Friday night.  ACHS fans David & Angie Turner were the first to arrive taking their seats at 2:45 PM 

Les Martin, the Voice of the Cougars, catches up with CCHS Coach Justin Price after Friday night's game at Anderson.            

Sheriff Robbie Goins was just one of the many well wishers at Sunday’s event honoring Rev. Delmus and Rose Bruce.  Stanfield Church of God celebrated 50-years under the leadership of one pastor, Delmus Bruce. (09/14/2014 - DAVID GRAHAM PIX)

Jacksboro Elementary kicks off AR reading program

By Charlotte Underwood

Students at Jacksboro Elementary School learned about hometown heroes and the importance of reading at their annual AR Reading program kickoff held Friday morning. This year’s theme is Super Heroes, according to Jacksboro Elementary Principal Joan Crutchfield, who said they were teaching students that “not all superheroes wear a cape.”  Some of Campbell County’s own hometown heroes spoke at the event.  Jacksboro firefighters, representatives from the emergency management system, JROTC cadets and Jacksboro’s school nurse and resource officer attended told the kids a little about their jobs and described just how important reading was in order to do those jobs well.

Jacksboro Elementary students assembled in the gym on Friday morning to kick-off their AR Reading program. This year’s theme is Super Heroes.

Kindergarten teacher Brooke Goins demonstrated how to put on firefighter gear.

Firefighters told students if they couldn’t read maps, then they wouldn’t be able to find the houses that were on fire and paramedics explained that if they couldn’t read medication labels, it could mean life or death for their patients.

Paramedics were also among the hometown heroes that attended the event.

Campbell County High School JROTC’s Sergeant Tierney and several cadets were among the home-town heroes who attended the AR Reading Kickoff event at Jacksboro Elementary School on Friday morning. Tierney and the cadets helped kick off the event by reading the students a book.

“Reading is one of the most important things in life,” said Jacksboro School Nurse LeeAnn Hall.

According to Crutchfield, programs such as the AR Reading one really help the kids learn and develop their reading skills. Students will be able to earn prizes such as pizza parties and other fun things as rewards for various reading achievements during the school year.

JROTC cadets also participated in the Jacksboro Elementary Reading kickoff event.

School nurse LeeAnn Hall spoke to students about how important reading is to the medical profession.

“It’s programs such as this that have helped us earn level 5 designation in achievement and growth for the past three years, “Crutchfield said. Last year, Jacksboro was also a Reward school. (09/15/2014 - 6:00 AM)

School Board Meeting 09/11/2014

 

Big Creek Bridge on Beech Street to be rebuilt

By Charlotte Underwood

The bridge that spans Big Creek on East Beech Street in downtown La Follette is slated to be torn down and rebuilt, according to Mayor Mike Stanfield. The bridge, according to Stanfiled, is “outdated and has needed repair for several years.”

“It doesn’t have any handrails and could definitely be safer,” Stanfield said.

The job of tearing down the bridge and rebuilding it has not been bid out yet, but the initial efforts of engineering, moving telephone poles and gas lines have begun, according to the mayor, who said he thinks the actual work on the bridge could begin in late fall.

The new bridge will “line up better with the street” and will have sidewalks and railings on each side, according to Stanfield, who said it would be much safer, especially for children walking across it.

Funding for the bridge project will be provided through Bridge Replacement Grant money. A total cost is not yet known as the bidding process has not begun yet. (09/12/2014 - NOON)

School Board elects Orick as chair, JROTC cadet rates national honor

“One in 10,000” is how retired Army four-star General Carl W, Stiner described the honor bestowed on CCHS Junior ROTC cadet Jacob Jones Thursday night. Jones was awarded the ROTC Legion of Valor for Achievement medal. One of only 29 young people across the nation to receive the award out of 314,000 JROTC cadets.

JROTC commander Knud Salveson added that the award, given for high ROTC and scholastic achievement, is available only to a select few cadets in the top ten percent of their ROTC class. “Cadet Jones is in the top one percent,” Salveson observed.

As a testimony to the strength of JROTC competition in Tennessee, Salveson added that five of the 29 medals awarded this year were presented to cadets in Tennessee programs. Jones was visibly moved as his mother stood by his side to watch General Stiner present the medal.

Before this upbeat ceremony, the board had to dispense with a bit of internal politicking, as the time to select a new chairman had arrived. Danny Wilson nominated Mike Orick first, while “Sarge” Collins nominated David Byrge.

Byrge’s nomination was first to be voted upon, but he fell one vote short of the required majority. Clint Bane, Byrge, Collins, Faye Heatherly and Sharon Ridenour all voted “yes” but three members abstained while Wilson and Homer Rutherford voted against the nomination.

Orick was then elected by a 6-4 vote as Heatherly joined Wilson, Rutherford, Crystal Creekmore, Wallace Goins and Orick in voting “yes.”

Creekmore and Ridenour were both nominated for vice chairman with Ridenour’s name being voted upon first. She failed to receive enough votes as well, with five members abstaining. New board member Creekmore was then elected as vice chair by a vote of 7-2-1 with only Ridenour and Bane voting against while Byrge abstained.

Only one or two items of business were discussed after the medal ceremony. Bane brought up the topic of mandatory drug testing for new employees, observing that he had received several complaints about the cost of the tests, which must be borne by the employees.

“CHET charges $125 for each series of tests. I know there are labs that do this work for a lower cost, why aren’t we using them?” Bane asked.

Byrge asked about the status of coaches and assistant coaches who are not certified and have been hired as ISS (in-school suspension) supervisors while they pursue courses to obtain full certification. Some are apparently falling behind the required timeline for gaining certification and in danger of losing their positions.

“We’ve got some good coaches that we need to keep. If they don’t have their certification yet, we need to work something out to keep them,” Byrge observed.

The board scheduled an initial budget workshop for next Tuesday, September 16, to be held in the Central Office at 6:00 p.m. since the county commission will also be holding a budget meeting at the same time in the courthouse.

Due to scheduling conflicts, the board also voted to hold next month’s regular meeting on the first Tuesday instead of the second Tuesday, meeting instead in the courtroom at 6:00 p.m. on October 7.  (09/12/2014 - 9:30 AM)

Fun haunt, Dread Woods, is coming soon

     Opening for the month of October to General Stiner Highway in LaFollette is a new and exciting attraction called Dread Woods Haunting. The haunt is being held at the property of James & Kelli Jo Wright just up and across from Food Lion and joined with the partnership of the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department. Proceeds from the event will go toward the Campbell County Children’s Center.

Touring the Campbell County Children's Center are Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins, Children's Center Representative Hazel Gibson and Dread Woods event planner Kelli Jo Wright (SUBMITTED 09/09/2014)  

     “When Sheriff Goins was asked to assist with this project and to think of a cause that really needed financial assistance Robbie stated he couldn’t think of any more deserving than the local Children’s Center. Therefore, that’s what we’re all working toward. Along with the Sheriff’s department and the assistance of Traci Davis, director of the Children’s Center and other valued staff members we are attempting to gather more volunteers. If my count is correct this haunt could take up to 40 people a night.” states Kelli Jo Wright. 

    The haunt will take place every Friday and Saturday night in the month of October opening at dark and will also extend to Saturday, November 1st.  Guests will be introduced to some unusual digital effects and a fabulous story line of darker days gone by. The haunt also plans to boast some former and current elected officials to be haunt tour guides for select evenings.

    Due to the sheer size of the haunt and the amount of land covered, Dread Woods is currently seeking volunteers to work all or some of the performance or set up nights. To assist with set up and staging before haunt please contact Patrick Pebley @ 423.437.7295 or John Muse @ 423.494.9863. To volunteer in the Dread Woods Haunting please contact Kelli Jo Wright @423.912.8873 or Aaron Evans at the Campbell County Sheriff’s department. Follow or contact Dread Woods Haunting on Facebook and Twitter for updates and inside scoops. (09/11/2014 - 2:30 PM)  

Maynard Sweat Sworn in as First District Constable

By Charlotte Underwood

     First-District Constable Maynard Sweat wants to clear up any confusion as to whether or not he was sworn into office. The courtroom was so crowded the day of the ceremony; he was told he could come back in about two hours, which is what he did. Sweat, who is the long-time owner of Sweat’s Wrecker, said he wanted the public to know, especially in the first-district, that he took the election of office seriously.

First district constable Maynard Sweat was sworn in by Judge Shayne Sexton about two hours after other constables were sworn.

Sweat said he has been “licensed for security” for over two years and has already begun the 40-hour constable course in Morristown. He also said he wants people to know he isn’t doing it for the money, but because he cares about the community.  “If I wanted to make money, I would jump in my wrecker truck. I’m doing this because I enjoy helping people and want to help the county.”  He also said he wasn’t going to be harassing people for traffic violations and stuff like that.  “I’m not going to stop people because they got a light out or because they are speeding; that’s the sheriff’s job.

I watch out for people’s businesses and homes,” Sweat said.  “I ran for office because I care about my county.  We needed a constable in the first district and I thought I could do a good job.”  Sweat said he will be out and about checking on businesses and generally keeping an eye on things.  “I don’t want to bother nobody, but I don’t want anybody bothered either. I just want to help the county and help the people in my district.” (09/11/2014 - 6:00 AM - PHOTOS CONTRIBUTED BY JERRY CHADWELL)

Cougar Football is at Clinton Thursday over the WLAF - B & M Tires Sports Network

"list of corporate partners grows"

     The Cougars host homecoming on Friday night at 7:30 p.m..  WLAF has all the live coverage.  Special thanks to all the corporate partners who make the live radio and live web telecasts possible; Eric Robbins and Robbins Guttering, former Lady Cougar Dr. Jill Cox-Browning, Community Trust Bank, B & M Tires, Charley's Pizza, Grace Rehab, Byrge Screen Printing, Terry's Pharmacy, Campbell County Heating & Air, First National Bank,

The “new look” Cougar headgear features a player’s number on one side of the helmet with an outline of Campbell County on the other side with a Cougar paw inside.  The helmets are white.  However, when light shines on the new hats, they turn different colors mainly gray.

Cumberland Gap Medical, Farmers Insurance Agent Travis Thompson, American Cable, Peoples Bank of the South, Marathon Oil, State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith, VitalCare Medical Transportation, Powell-Clinch Utility District, Wrap It Up Construction, Lace-to-Pearls Ladies Consignment Shop, Clayton Homes, Stan Hawkins & Nova Copy, and Fazoli's.     

B & M Tires is WLAF’s business feature of the week


By Charlotte Underwood

Whether you need something small like an oil change or a flat fixed or something big, like engine work or a whole set of tires, B & M Tires can handle the job. Co-owned and operated by Joe Whited and Benny Roberts, B & M Tires is your “one-stop shop” when it comes to vehicle repair and maintenance. The shop carries a large selection of tires on hand and can order pretty much anything with same-day delivery providing the order is made by 11 a.m. There is currently a promotion on Cooper tires from now through October where customers can get up to a $70 rebate. Though tires is the foundation B & M was built on, the shop has added a ton of services in the past two years and does mechanic work of all types.

B & M Tires is co-owned and operated by Benny Roberts and Joe Whited, pictured here working on a tire.

“We have state of the art alignment machines and experienced mechanics that will get the job done right,” Whited said, adding that B & M mechanic Nelson Harness has over 20 years experience.  The shop does all basic mechanic work, including brakes, transmission fluid changes, alignments and much more. They also have the ability to work on large trucks and truck tires. B & M also does vehicle and boat detailing so your vehicle not only runs, but looks its best too.  “We work fast, but take the time to do the job right; all my guys know that even after the sale, it’s about the service,” Whited said.

B & M Tires also does vehicle detailing so your car, truck or boat can run and look its best.

The shop was originally started by Boyd Henegar and Mike Malicote in 1994 as a tire shop. Whited and Roberts purchased the shop two years ago this month and began adding services. According to Whited, owning his own garage and tire shop was something he had always dreamed of doing and when the opportunity to purchase B & M, he and Roberts went for it.   “Boyd and Mike were family friends and I have known them since I was a kid; when they retired, we bought it,” Whited said, adding that he has enjoyed the past two years and looks forward to many more.

B & M Tires Inc. can be reached at 566-0443

B & M is also an avid supporter of Campbell County school sports programs. Born and raised in Campbell County, Whited grew up playing ball and said he feels it’s important to support the schools.  Whited is married to Emily Rutherford and has three children, which is another reason he cares so much about supporting school programs.  “Anytime you can give back to the youth, it’s good; they are our future.”

B & M mechanic Nelson Harness has over 20 years mechanic experience.

B & M Tires is located at 150 Indian Mound Circle in Jacksboro. For more information, call 423-566-0443. Hours of operation are Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday 8 a.m. to noon. The shop is closed on Sundays. (09/11/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Scammers making off with cash, jewelry, keepsakes

     A scam is making the rounds this morning.  And several people in Campbell and Claiborne Counties have been already been robbed.  Sheriff Robbie K. Goins tells WLAF News that the target is the elderly.  Goins says it works like this.  A woman is going door-to-door identifying herself as a utility employee and saying that a new power pole needs to be set on their property.  She then takes the person to where the new pole is to be set, and while they are away from the house, another person goes into the unlocked home and steals whatever he can.  The woman also uses a walkie talkie pretending to be talking with a survey crew all the while prompting her accomplice who is in the house.  The sheriff encourages you to call him if you encounter scammers.  The number to call is 9-1-1.   (09/10/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Former administrator for La Follette files additional lawsuit

By Charlotte Underwood

La Follette’s former city administrator Billie Russell filed another lawsuit against the city of La Follette and Worker’s Compensation Insurance via her lawyer David Dunaway last Thursday. In the lawsuit, Russell claims that she could not reach a conclusion during a benefit review conference with Worker’s Compensation Insurance. She also claims she suffered cardiovascular problems, heart problems, severe emotional distress and other problems arising out of and in the course and scope of her employment as the city administrator for LaFollette, especially after she “spoke up about improper and illegal activities in the city.” According to the lawsuit, Russell was employed by the city since June of 2013. She claimed that beginning on Sept. 30, 2013 that she was exposed to physical and emotional abuse by various city employees including the mayor and police chief of the city. The lawsuit states that city employees, including the police chief filed illegal grievances against her, exposing her to emotional abuse and as a result of all this distress, she was hospitalized on Oct. 11, 2013. Russell is asking for a lump sum benefit award as a result of these injuries.

Chancery Court Judge Elizabeth Asbury will preside over the hearing for the lawsuit, which has not been set yet.  Read the entire lawsuit by clicking on this line.  (09/09/2014 - 6:00 PM)

Troutman chosen as Caryville’s Judge

By Charlotte Underwood

Caryville chose Reid Troutman as its new judge for city court. Troutman accepted the position during Monday evening’s board of mayor and aldermen meeting. He has been Caryville’s attorney since Sept. 2006. Now that he is judge, the city will have to hire another attorney, but has not begun that process yet. Troutman told board members that he would work closely with whomever they hired to make the transition as smooth as possible. Troutman will be in the courtroom as judge at Caryville’s next scheduled court date which is Oct. 6.

During the meeting, the board also approved other business, including the bid advertisement for 50 ton of salt for the roads, as well as the approval for the town to apply for a recycling grant that would be used to purchase recycling equipment should the town be awarded the funds.

A $500 donation was also approved for the “Stand at the Cross” event scheduled in November. The board approved event parking on city property at the 141 exit as well.

Roofing bids were opened, but rejected during the meeting because additional work that was not included in the original bids is now needed and the bidding process will start again.

Final business discussed was the alleged final payment to the state for Caryville’s interstate lighting project which took place in 2008. Several board members that were on the council previously said they believed the final payment had already been made and the additional billing was a mistake. Caryville Recorder Pat Donahue said she was going to be checking prior meeting minutes to see if the final payment had been approved and made during a past meeting. (09/09/2014 - 6:00 PM)

Caryville Council Meeting 09/08/2014

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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.

“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. (09/08/2014 - 10:10 AM)

Medicare questions?  Terry’s Pharmacy has the answers.

It was a cold time had by all.  Rissa, Raewyn, and the staff at Terry's Pharmacy took the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge on Thursday evening at the La Follette Terry's.  Rissa challenges the downtown merchants, namely Wender Furniture, Bowman Jewelers, Smith Hardware, La Follette Machine & Tool,  along with the La Follette Housing Authority as well as Coach Justin Price, his coaching staff, and the entire Cougar Football Team. (09/04/2014 - 8:30 PM - CHARLIE HUTSON PIX)

Rissa, Raewyn, & the staff at Terry's Pharmacy take the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

First Baptist Church of  La Follette services from September 7, 2014

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La Follette City Council Meeting from September 2, 2014

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Citizens of Jacksboro speak out against possible methadone clinic

 Stories and Photos by Charlotte Underwood

“We don’t want it in our neighborhood or our town,” that was the sentiment of Jacksboro residents speaking up about a proposed methadone clinic that is attempting to get licensed and permitted to operate in the town. The town hall was packed with concerned citizens who wanted Mayor Jack Cannon and board members to know just how they felt.

Jacksboro citizen Donnie Ford spoke up about his and others concern regarding the possible methadone clinic that had applied for a business license to move into the town.

“We all have concerns about this clinic that is supposed to open in three weeks, yet no one here knows anything about it,” said Jacksboro resident Donnie Ford. Ford spoke up about being a Department of Children’s Services worker and knowing first hand that the clinic “Express HealthCare” is not “reputable.”

Retired New York City cop Bill Ryan attended the meeting and assured the board and mayor that if the clinic moves in, there will be more drug problems and “syringes in the streets.”

The clinic is attempting to locate on Perkins Lane in the old electronics building. According to members of the audience, the property is believed to be owned by Charles Eldridge.

Express Health Care is the same company that attempted to open a Suboxone clinic in LaFollette several months ago, but the city council rezoned the area that such clinics were allowed, stopping the clinic’s opening.

Jacksboro Attorney Steve Hurst told the public to record drug deals or anything illegal that they saw happen at the clinic should it open and then he could file to have it shut down as a public nuisance.

“We don’t want it in our community; it will increase crime and traffic in the area and we already have enough impaired drivers,” Ford said. Retired New York City cop Bill Ryan attended the meeting and warned board members that there would be syringes in the streets if the clinic was allowed to open.

“I had this up in New York; I didn’t move down here for this,” Ryan said. He brought a zip lock bag to the meeting containing empty Suboxone strips that he had picked up near where he lived right before the meeting.

“We already have enough problems; if the clinic goes in, they will get so much worse,” Ryan said.

“If this isn’t a harmful drug, then why is it being sold on the streets,” Loretta Phillips with Dayspring Clinic in Jellico demanded to know.

Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon assured the public that he and the council did not want the clinic to move in, but said there hands were tied due to state laws which allow the clinics to be licensed.

According to the mayor and city attorney Steve Hurst, Jacksboro’s hands are tied by state laws and they cannot keep the clinic out.

“The state licenses them and we can’t legally prohibit them from moving in,” Cannon said. Hurst recommended for concerned citizens to watch the clinic and obtain evidence that people were intoxicated or that drug deals were taking place and then he could file that the clinic was a nuisance and perhaps shut it down that way. Cannon encouraged people to picket and said the town would certainly provide the picketing permits. The town also offered up city hall chambers to the public who may want to meet in the future about the issue.

 “We feel the same way you do; we don’t want it here,” Cannon said. Neither the mayor nor the city attorney could be nailed down to give an exact date of how long they had known about the possibility of the company attempting to locate to the town. Each time the question was asked, the answer seemed to vary.

According to Hurst, the company contacted him about four months ago and asked if the clinic would be legal in the town.

“I said I didn’t know and I never spoke to anyone from the company again,” Hurst said, adding that an attorney representing the company had called him today, but he had not returned the call yet. Hurst also said he told the mayor about the call and that the mayor had also asked him to check if it was legal. According to the mayor, the company had contacted Hurst two or three months ago. In July, the clinic applied for a building permit for a doctor’s office, according to the mayor.

“If you think I or these people (board of mayor and aldermen) want this, then you are wrong, these are good, God-fearing people,” Hurst said.

 Concerned citizens vowed to do something about the proposed clinic. Before the meeting was over, Donnie Ford was nominated to be a representative of the people against the clinic and sort of a go-between for them and the city regarding information about the clinic.

“We really are behind you all; we are just stuck with a law that we have to live with. It’s the licensing board in Nashville that is the problem,” Cannon said. He told the public he had requested a copy of the rules and regulations regarding these types of clinics from the state and would forward the information on when he had received it.

WLAF will have a more in-depth story later. (09/05/2014 - 9:00 AM) 

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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16 seeking office in Jellico

It’s a big November ticket for Jellico; not so much for Caryville and La Follette.  Come November 4, Forrester Baird and Larry Meadors will challenge current Mayor Les Stiers while a bakers dozen other candidates will battle it out for six alderman seats.  Three incumbents, Pam Carbaugh, Coach Alvin Evans, and Charles Vermillion have opposition from William Michael Bridges, Novella Brooks, Jamie Lawson, Charlotte Lindsay, Sarah Beth McQueen, Wanda Perkins, Gail Sharp, Ranee’ Voyles, and Louise Walden.

At Caryville, three alderman seats are up.  Ward 1’s candidates are Jerry Chadwell facing Dwayne Gibson.  Gibson was appointed to finish the term.  David E. Smith is unopposed in Ward 2.  Beth Lawson challenges Ward 3 incumbent Mark Stanley.

La Follette is electing two commissioners.  Joe Bolinger is running for re-election.  Ann Thompson, who was appointed to finish a term, is seeking a commission slot.  Perennial candidate Virgil Kidwell, who is the Democratic nominee for state representative, is also running for city council. (08/28/2104 - 6:00 AM)

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)

Finals ‘14 – The 2014 Election Returns from WLAF is presented by:

Attorney Greg Leach of Sexton, Sexton, & Leach Attorneys 423.569.8341

Ron's Golf Carts & La Follette Indoor Flea Market - behind Long John Silvers

American Cable in the Woodson Mall-Food City Center is your home for DISH

Since 1961, Litho-Craft Printing & Office Supplies on West Beech Street

Zach Sheets with Edward Jones Investments 423.566.4010

First National Bank 423.566.1624 - next to Subway on the four-lane

Terry's Pharmacy of La Follette & Jacksboro - walk-in, drive-up, or we'll deliver

Beacon Finance "where pigs fly" on North Tennessee Avenue

State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith in the Fleet Building in La Follette

Attorney David H. Dunaway 423.562.7085

Holston Gases - Jacksboro - 423.562.7596

The Gray Insurance Agency where "Nationwide is on your side"

Community Trust Bank, building communities built on trust

David Bales Buick GMC - locally owned & operated by the same family since 1966

Wender Furniture Company in La Follette is home of the Big Green Egg

Since 1933.  Our name means a great deal.  Bowman Jewelers at Traffic Light 8.

Dave's Lawn Mower Parts - behind Scottie's at Caryville

PCUD - Powell-Clinch Utility District.  Natural.  Propane.

American Trust Bank.  Thanks for 10-great years.

La Follette Glass...  "Auto-Commercial-Residential"

FM is now a part of the WLAF media platforms 

     Who would have thought that WLAF would have a television station before it was able to secure an FM signal?  But that’s how it’s played out.  WLAF signed on as an AM radio station in 1953, added WLAF-TV 12 in 1990, and, as of this morning, now has an FM signal.  It is FM 100.9.  The new FM is a simulcast of 1450 WLAF.  The website, www.1450wlaf.com, is also one of the WLAF’s mediums.(08/07/2014-6:00 AM)

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2014 Campbell Football Schedule

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August  22                              Cumberland Gap            A  W  54 - 7

August 29                               Lynn Camp                  H  W  64 - 0

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September  12                         Anderson County*          A  L  35 - 14

September 18                          Clinton*                         A

September 26                          Halls*(HC)                     H

October 3                                Oak Ridge*                    A

October 10                             Gibbs*                          H

October 17                              Open Date                    - -

October 24                              Karns*                          A

October 31                             Powell*(SN)                 H                           

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