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can set your clock by this group of early arrivers to Dossett Stadium.
L-R Cathy Rutherford and husband Marvin along with Mike Phillips and his
uncle Odis Phillips arrive for every home game not long after WLAF’s
Noah Smith and Aaron Hopkins get to the stadium for the broadcast set
up. The Rutherfords are there to
see their son, #12 Zach, while Mike follows his son, Elijah #15, and
Odis is on hand to catch his grandson, #70 Zach, in action. But
they’re all there to cheer on the Cougars. A story about Thursday
night’s CCHS- Farragut game is further down this page.
hosting shooting event
Effler and Evans place bet
By Susan Sharp
A sporting clays tournament not yet held has
already drawn support to the extent that organizers are pleased before
the first shot is fired.
“The support we have received and the money we have
already raised has humbled us,” said District Attorney General Jared
All proceeds from the
unique fundraiser will benefit the Children’s Centers of Campbell,
Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and
“We are the only rural district, our size, with
child advocacy centers in each county,” Effler said. Given the geography
of the Eighth Judicial District having a center in each county helps
ensure the delivery of services, according to Effler.
Initially, the goal was to have 30 teams register
for the shoot. As of yesterday evening, 40 teams had registered for the
But, the shooting isn’t the only draw for day.
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Chief Aaron Evans and Effler have upped
the ante on the friendly competition; the man who shoots the least
amount of skeet out of 100 will have to kiss a donkey.
The prize donkey, Johnny Knoxville, was named after
the popular, yet, short lived, MTV television series, Jackass, where the
protagonist played pranks and served shenanigans to his many co-hosts
and strangers alike.
“I am up for any
challenge, of any sort that benefits our children, especially those of
Campbell and our
surrounding counties. DAG Effler has spearheaded this fundraiser and he
is to be commended for his commitment to the protection of our abused
children; there's no greater cause,” Evans said. “I look forward
to the friendly challenge we have together, and I look forward even more
to watching him pucker up, Chapstick up, and lay some lip loving on that
donkey, Johnny Knoxville. It's gonna be a good day, either way,
all the way around.”
Unswayed by Evans, Effler has some words for the
“I’ll let my performance speak for itself,” Effler
said. “I will say that I hope Aaron is current on his vaccinations for
the donkey’s sake.”
The event is being held
at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club,
7601 Old Railroad Bed Rd
Lindsay’s last stand
Gary Lindsay retires
today – again
He’s only been working for the last
54-years. So, today, Campbell County High School SRO Gary Lindsay
is retiring. For a third time. It seems Lindsay’s really
good at whatever he does, but he’s just not been able to master
retirement. He’ll try his hand again tonight when the clock
strikes midnight on his days at CCHS.
Blocking off a lane at Thursday night’s
Cougars-Farragut football game was one of Lindsay’s final tasks as he
worked his last game
Ten years in the Army. A
few years as a machinist. Add in 34-years at Y-12’s Nuclear
Weapons Facility. The last six years at CCHS. And
two-terms on the county commission. Even at all that, there’s
still much more to what Lindsay’s been up to since graduating from
High School in
The best to you, Gary Lindsay, from your
friends at WLAF
When asked what’s next, he chuckles when he
says he owns a really nice fishing boat. Then he points out that there’s
hunting, too. Oh, and my wife will have some chores for me, he
Lindsay worked his last Cougar
football game on Thursday night
For some reason, you still get the idea that
the 71-year old might have another career up his sleeve. And if he
does, we’ll be ready to write another retirement story here in a few
JMS Yard Sale is
tomorrow from 7 am to 2 pm
Your chance to support JMS Students
Students, staff, moms,
and dads come together for a giant yard sale tomorrow at
Funds benefit the school’s effort to encourage attendance and academic
Spaces are $10 each with spaces rented on a
first-come, first served basis. Sellers are welcome to bring their
own tables, hanging racks, and the like.
The big sale runs from 7 am until 2 pm on Saturday
in the parking lot next to Gibson Field. Parking for guests
is on the school’s front yard. (09/30/2016-6AM)
The Millers to perform
Sunday at Dollywood
Three big shows in the Valley Theatre
Randy Miller is an
attorney by day. However, his weekend gig is gospel music.
And that’s a pretty big deal, too. Miller and his group, the
Millers, based out of
perform on the big stage this weekend at Dollywood.
What’s fun to know is
that Miller has Campbell County
connections. His mom. She was a Hatmaker, and all of that
side of the family is from Campbell County.
The Millers make their
only East Tennessee
performance Sunday at Dollywood. Showtimes for the Millers in the
Valley Theatre are 11:30 am, 1 pm, and 2:30 pm.(09/30/2016-6AM)
Truck fire creates a
most unique challenge
Snuffing out the fire
was the easy part
Minutes into its run to
a Campbell County Environmental Services big rig caught fire. For
driver Mark Montgomery and the firefighters, it was a turnkey challenge. Montgomery recognized the electrical fire,
pulled off the four lane in front of United Cumberland Bank, and called
E-911. However, in the process of putting out the fire, another
problem cropped up.
The trailer had to be separated from the
tractor to take care of the fire. However, one leg of the trailer
was in the grass on the side of the road. It marred up.
Enter the big challenge.
The 9:30 am, quickly extinguished fire,
turned in to a “most of the day” effort. Around 3:30 pm Thursday
afternoon is when crews using two huge wreckers and a lot of creativity
were able to connect the trailer with a new tractor. In the
meantime, there were a lot of traffic snarls. (09/30/2016-6AM)
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Alexis North cheers on the Cougars
Ole mo goes the way of
the Admirals in win over CCHS
Lots of football left.
Still a lot to play for.
An upset win by Farragut put a blemish on the
Cougars’ won-loss mark Thursday night at Dossett Stadium. Coach
Justin Price told WLAF’s Les Martin last night on the Wrap It Up
Construction Cougar Wrap Up show that when two good teams like his
Cougars and Farragut play each other, it comes down to momentum swings.
Zach Rutherford rifles a pass to the near
side flats during the first-half of last night’s Cougars-Farragut game
If you had to point a
finger at perhaps the biggest momentum swing of the game, it was late in
the third quarter. Campbell
was driving for an apparent score when it turned the ball over on a
questionable catch and an even more questionable fumble. The
Admirals turned that turnover into the game winning points.
Farragut broke a 28-28 deadlock to go on top 35-28 after three-quarters.
A fourth quarter field goal provided the final margin as FHS won 38-28.
Elijah Phillips on the give for the Cougars
Credit the Cougars.
Rare is it when a team commits five turnovers and still has a chance to
win. From that, the coach says there is still a lot of football
left, and that there’s still a lot to play for.
plays at Pineville next Friday against
Coverage over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network begins one-week from
tonight at 7 pm. (09/30/2016-6AM-PAT PEBLEY PHOTOS)
Don’t panic over your health insurance
you receive a letter this week?
“Not similar to last year.” That’s how one health insurance expert
describes this year’s challenge for some Campbell Countians when it
comes to selecting a healthcare plan. Many people all across
received a letter this week from BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee outlining that the provider is no
longer going to provide service to those who are on Obama Care.
Right up top, he says that if you have TennCare, Medicare, or a plan
through an employer, the letter does not apply to you.
He says that no one can do anything about locating another insurance
provider until November 1 anyway. Those who received the letter
are covered through the end of the year.
If you have questions or concerns about your health insurance plan, call
CCHS vs. FHS tickets go on sale today at 4:30 pm
schedule cards available
“We’ve all had an impact on this. I just hope we can keep it
going,” is how Cougar Coach Justin Price feels entering his team’s
critical match-up with Farragut tonight. The Campbell Cougars are
riding a six-game winning streak, which is a best start ever, when they
host the Farragut Admirals this evening at Dossett Stadium.
This region 3 5-A Regional contest will more than likely determine which
of these teams hosts a first-round playoff game come November 4.
CCHS is 6 & 0 in all games and 2 & 0 in the region while Farragut sports
a 4 & 1 record along with a region mark of 1 & 1.
Tickets to tonight’s 7 pm game go on sale at 4:30 pm. There will
be many more ticket sellers than usual to accommodate you.
rare, but the Cougars have had two schedule changes that have come about
during the course of the season. The Karns game is now a home game
and the Oak Ridge
game is moved to Thursday, October 27. New schedule cards have
been printed, and you’ll be able to pick one up on your way in to the
Tonight’s kick-off is at 7 pm. Pre-game coverage along the WLAF –
B & M Tires Sports Network begins at 6:30 pm. Les Martin and Brent
Allen send you the live
radio account over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 along with the live telecast
over 1450wlaf.com. (09/29/2016-6AM)
Brooks picks up PI charge
Last week a La Follette man got caught with his pants down. Literally.
On Sept. 22, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Franklin Ayers was
dispatched to an address on Well Springs Road to investigate reports
of a man lying unconscious in the yard with his pants around his ankles.
According to Ayers’ report, at the scene the officer spoke with Deputy
Mercedes Williams, who was off duty at the time. Williams
allegedly reported she had been traveling north on Well Springs Road when she noticed the man
with his pants down lying in the grass.
Records indicate Ayers and Deputy Paul Harmon attempted to wake the man
who was identified as Sean Scott Brooks, 30, of
141 Stonecrest Lane, La Follette. As
the officers spoke with Brooks they discovered he lived approximately
four miles from where he was found unconscious. Brooks was allegedly
very unsteady on his feet and had to be escorted to the patrol car.
When asked if he had been drinking, Brooks’ response was “not enough,”
the report stated.
Brooks was arrested and charged with public intoxication and was
released on a signature bond. (09/29/2016-6AM)
Lay Renewal Weekend
coming to FBC-L
October 7 - 9
A team of active lay people is coming to First
Baptist Church of La Follette next month. Frank Moore with FBC
describes them as regular people telling how they found their special
place in the advancement of God’s mission through their church.
A 24-hour prayer vigil
begins next Thursday, the 5th,
at 5 pm.
adds that teams are forming to help in preparing for the Lay Renewal
The renewal journey
begins on Friday, October 7, at 6:30 pm. There’ll be a fellowship
dinner and opening renewal sessions for all age groups. The church
hosts morning coffee groups, a church-wide lunch, and early afternoon
sessions on Saturday, the 8th.
Then on Saturday evening, a fellowship dinner will be served followed by
more renewal sessions. The weekend wraps up with special services
for Sunday School and the Sunday Morning Worship Service.
For more information, you are encouraged to call
the church office at 423.562.7649. (09/29/2016-6AM)
Halloween observance day
and time are set
Cooperation is county-wide
Halloween will be observed
one-month from today. Sheriff Robbie Goins tells WLAF that he, the
county mayor, city mayors, and city police chiefs have all agreed that
Halloween will be observed on the same day and time county-wide.
That day is Saturday, October 29, between the hours of 5 pm and 9 pm.
Who’s That Cougar?
We’re telling you
a day earlier than usual
By: Tanner Carson
*This former Cougar
safety played from 2002-2005*
*He wore jersey number 5*
*He says he most favorite
memory was beating Karns and making playoffs for
the first time in school
history in 2004.*
*He says his most
memorable game was a 34-0 win against Bearden in 2004 and
breaking the record for
wins in season.*
*He was named an Academic
All-District in 2005 and also received the
University of Tennessee Quarterback** Club
Academic Award that year.*
Who’s that Cougar?
He is Travis Leach. (09/29/2016-6AM)
This week's Who's that Cougar? is Justin Leach
“We’re gonna miss
Longtime business owner is laid to rest today
Fire Chief Daniel Lawson of the Campbell County Rural Fire Service/La
Follette Rescue Squad was second on the scene of last Friday’s fatal
accident. The chief was at
and was able to get to the scene on
near Maynard’s Auto Parts within a couple of minutes.
Fatally injured was a former squad member
Lawson’s known Parrott most all his life and tells WLAF that “We’re
gonna miss him.” He says
was a member of the La Follette Rescue Squad, and even in into his later
years, he was always there to haul or pull a truck or equipment.
“And, of course, he would never take a dime to do it,” Lawson explained
with a somber expression.
Parrott, a business owner,
was a former grocery merchant in addition to his days in auto parts and
auto towing. Funeral services and interment are this morning at 10
am. Delano Parrott was 80-years old. (09/28/2016-6AM)
Peoples Bank of the
South celebrates school attendance via magic
Elementary students to enjoy the magic of Michael
Students at Jacksboro
open their day with a real treat this morning; a magic show. Over
the next few weeks, Peoples Bank of the South is featuring the magic of
Michael Messing at the local elementary schools, and today is the first
of five scheduled shows. Actually, there are two shows this
morning. One is at 8:30 am and the other is at 9:30 am, both at
Magician Michael Messing performs
Jacksboro Elementary School.
Magician Michael Messing,
who grew up in La Follette, is the man who will captivate youngsters
with his fun all the while emphasizing the importance of school
attendance. Messing’s been sharing his magic for about 30-years
and performs more than 200 shows a year.
In addition to the show,
Peoples Bank of the South President David Reynolds tells WLAF that each
student receives a free T-shirt to commemorate the day and serve as a
reminder of how important attending school is. Messing’s Magic
Show is coming to Wynn and Valley View Schools on Thursday, October 6,
Caryville on Friday, October 7, and La Follette Elementary School on
Tuesday, October 11. (09/28/2016-6AM)
Saturday, October 8, at CCHS
The LA Cruizers 15th “Open Show”is just around the corner.
Saturday, October 8, from 10 am to 3 pm is when the big show is at
Campbell High. The “Open Show” features cars, trucks, and
Registration fee is $15, and for more information,
please call 423.562.9045. Dash plaques go to the first 100 entries, and
trophies will be awarded for the best of show, longest distance
traveled, club participation, LA Cruizers choice, rat rod, import, and
A total of $1,000 will be given away in twenty $50 cash
drawings. There’s also a50/50 drawing.
There’s also a Ford Escape that will be given away, donated by
Short-Redmond Ford. Tickets are $5 each.
Door prizes, music, hot dogs-n-barbecue will be a part
of the fun. And WLAF’s David Graham will serve, like always, as
your fun host behind the microphone. He’ll be the one in the big
Hawaiian “flowered-ee” shirt. (09/28/2016-6AM)
Yager says “thanks” with
Unopposed state senator invites you
Your state senator is serving up a free meal for you in October.
Tennessee State Senator Ken Yager, who represents
and five other counties, along with his wife Malinda, welcomes you to a
free meal of appreciation on Tuesday, October 4. The senator,
running unopposed for a second straight time, tells WLAF that he’ll be
serving up hot dogs with chili and all the fixings. There’ll also
be plenty of entertainment. The fun begins at 6:30 pm at the
in east La Follette on the
General Carl Stiner Highway.
High Junior Noah Smith was honored by the TSBA last night. (L-R)
One of the hosts, School Board Members Faye Heatherly, Clint Bane,
Smith, School Board Members Johnny Byrge, Sharon Ridenour, and Director
of Schools Larry Nidiffer.
Noah Smith honored by
High Junior receives another award
He’s worked at WLAF since he was 11-years old. He was an Eagle
Scout before he entered high school. It didn’t take long to
has a real gem in Noah Smith.
The Campbell County High School Junior received another award last night
He was honored at the Tennessee School Board of Association’s Fall
Meeting with the
Student Recognition Award for the East
Noah Smith was honored at the
Tennessee School Board of Association’s Fall Meeting with the Student
Recognition Award for the East District.
He competed against around 20
other counties and their students, as well as larger counties such as
Knox and Loudon. Smith now competes against eight other individuals for
the state award and a $2,000 scholarship. (09/28/2016-6AM)
Election Day is 6-weeks from today.
Liquor by the drink referendum for
Jellico is on the ballot
Local races for Caryville, Jellico,
and La Follette, along with one county race, highlight the November
2016, ballot. The deadline to register to vote in the November
election is Tuesday, October 11.
Four posts are up for the Town of
Caryville. In the mayor’s race, Glenn Smith
and former Mayor Bobby Stooksbury vie for the town’s top spot.
Three Caryville Aldermen seats are up.
Running are: Ward 1 – Jerry Chadwell and Pat Pebley. Ward 2
– Eric Jones. Ward 3 – Incumbent Lloyd Lawson is challenged by
William Clyde Richardson.
At Jellico, there is a liquor by the
drink referendum on the ballot. District 5, of which Jellico is a
part, needs to elect a school board member. Ned Smiddy was elected
back in August but did not accept the position. Running for that
school board seat are Steve Christian and Steve Morgan.
There’s no opposition in the
mayor’s race for the City of La Follette. Mayor Mike Stanfield has
won the last two mayoral elections by record setting numbers, and this
third time the La Follette native seeks re-election, he will be
unopposed. Stanfield needs one vote to continue serving.
The La Follette City Council seats of
Bob Fannon and Hansford Hatmaker are up this year. Each is running
for re-election. Though the pair does have opposition; Bill Archer
and Lonnie “Hot Rod” Wilson are also running in November. Fannon
is also a candidate for State Representative.
Election Day is Tuesday, November
8, with polls open from 9am until 8 pm.
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PUBLIC WORKS: Citizens
voice concerns over projects
meets in workshop session Monday night
BY PETER SAWYER
LaFOLLETTE—At Monday night’s workshop, several
citizens expressed concerns their neighborhood would be opened to school
Department Head Jim Mullens had been asked to find out how much opening
a rear entrance to
County High School would cost the city. The project would involve
widening and resurfacing
and would cost the city $45,000.
said opening the streets to school traffic would ruin the subdivision.
The road isn’t capable of handling the traffic because it’s too narrow.
It would cause safety problems. The residents hoped the council would
listen to their concerns.
Council Member Hansford Hatmaker told the citizens
he agreed that it was a peaceful subdivision.
“We just keep hitting the tax payers,” he said.
Council Member Bob Fannon said the council had only
taken the first step. He encouraged the residents not to worry, telling
them the council would discuss the matter and keep them informed. The
council decided not vote to proceed with work on these streets at next
Proposed sign is nixed
An electronic sign (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER
SAWYER) was discussed a few weeks ago. However, after
looking into the price, Parks & Rec Director Johnny Byrge found the sign
was too expensive. It was going to be erected at Seargeant Park.
addressed the council regarding property belonging to his mother, Carol
Troutman. The Public Works Department is currently building another exit
LaFollette Elementary School.
This photo was taken near the area
in question. (PHOTOS BY WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)
During the process of building the road, a dirt
wall was built on the side of the road. Mullens said the dirt is on
property that belongs to the city and the county and is adjacent to
Carol Troutman’s property.
Jeff Troutman expressed displeasure about the dirt,
and said the city’s work on the road had invaded his mother’s property.
City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries said he would
talk to Jeff Troutman about the problem.
Mullens updated the
council on the project to build a bridge across the railroad tracks at
He encouraged the council to use the same engineering firm to complete
both the Nepa and pre-design phases at the same time. This will save the
city $30,000 and four months’ time. Mullens said the first two phases
need to cost under $150,000. The total price for hiring one engineering
firm to handle both at once is $145,000.
At next Tuesdays’ meeting, the council will vote
whether or not to approve the final reading of an ordinance that will
allow people to ride ATVs on the Cumberland Trail, on North and South
Tennessee Avenue, and on East and West Beech Street from Indiana Avenue
to Ninth Street. Riders will be allowed in these areas from a half hour
before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.
The purpose is to allow people to come off the
trails into town to purchase gas and food.
At the regular meeting of the Caryville Board of
Mayor and Aldermen in September, Caryville Vice Mayor Glenn Smith said
the state’s jurisdiction supersedes that of municipalities. He said when
individual towns or cities pass ordinances that allow people to ride
ATVs, state troopers can still pull people on ATVs over.
However, City Attorney Reid Troutman said he was
not aware of what Smith was referring to. Reid Troutman said the
ordinance would be sent to TDOT for approval.
The council discussed
spending $102,000 to repair a bridge on North 11th Street.
CSX and the City of LaFollette
paid for the construction of the bridge about 20 years ago. About five
years ago, the Tennessee Department of Transportation condemned the
bridge. The City of LaFollette
has placed a five-ton weight limit on it.
Hatmaker questioned spending more money on a bridge
that was built a couple decades ago. Fannon suggested Reid Troutman
contact CSX to see if the city could receive more money for the bridge.
Mullens told the
council he may have a fully executed contract for the STP project by
Tuesday’s meeting. This project will use STP money from 2015, 2016, and
2017 to pave roads from
If the STP money is not used, the city will lose it.
While the project will cost about $200,000, the
city will be responsible for about 20 percent, $40,000, of it.
The paving will not begin until spring.
The council discussed giving Lansden Hill approval
to put Christmas Lights in Freeman Park this year.
The council also discussed spending money to
replace the incandescent Christmas lights with the more energy efficient
LED lights. However, because money from the budget was already spent to
refurbish the Christmas lights, and the Public Works department is busy
with other projects, Jeffries suggested waiting until next year.
A citizen asked the council about putting lines on
the tennis courts behind the Shell Station for Pickle Ball—a paddle
sport played with a slightly modified tennis net. Jeffries agreed to
talk to him about it.
At next Tuesday’s meeting, the council will decide
whether or not to hire Jason Shears to the Police Department full-time
at an annual salary of $28,580. Shears is currently working part-time
for the Police Department.
East Virginia Avenue
The council will vote
whether or not to approve the final reading of an ordinance that will
abandon a portion of unopened right of way on East Virginia Avenue
at the October 4 meeting. (09/27/2016-6AM)
High school seniors
invited to Roane State's Scholarship Saturday on Oct. 1
High school seniors can sign up for the Tennessee Promise, complete
their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and fill out their
college application as part of Scholarship Saturday on Oct. 1 at Roane
State Community College's Roane County campus in Harriman.
The event will last from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern, and refreshments will
be served. Visitors are welcome to drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 1
pm. Check-in will be in the lobby of the
Roane State financial aid and admissions
staff will be available to help students and their families complete
The deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise is Nov. 1.
In addition, beginning Oct. 1, students can complete their Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 academic
Students are encouraged to get their FSA ID before coming to Scholarship
Saturday on Oct. 1. Go to
"On Scholarship Saturday, students and their families can complete three
major applications in one day: Tennessee Promise, the FAFSA, and their
college application," said Maria Gonzales, Roane State
director of student enrollment and recruitment. "Our staff will be right
there to help students and their families fill out each form correctly
and get off to a great start on the college admissions process."
To learn more or reserve a spot at Scholarship Saturday, go to
hosting shooting event
Effler and Evans place friendly wager
In a unique fund raiser, shooting enthusiasts will
have an opportunity to show off their marksman skills in September.
A sporting clays
tournament, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Centers of
Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and
will be held at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club, 7601 Old Railroad Bed Rd
on Sept. 30.
While teams of four will gather to shoot skeet and
raise funds, two local officials are taking the challenge even further.
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Chief Aaron Evans and District Attorney
General Jared Effler have upped the ante on the friendly competition;
the man who shoots the least amount of skeet out of 100 will have to
kiss a donkey.
And the two men are laying down the gauntlet in
preparation for the competition.
“My skeet shooting ability is exponentially more
exceptional than my opponent’s. Chief Evans should prepare accordingly,” Effler recently said. However, Evans, who never shies away from a
challenge, also had some words for the district attorney.
“Effler better get his Chap Stick ready, and
prepare to go mouth to mouth with that mule,” Evans said.
The prize donkey, Johnny Knoxville, was named after
the popular yet short lived MTV television series, Jackass, where the
protagonist played pranks and served shenanigans to his many co-hosts
and strangers alike. Johnny Knoxville resides on the Elkins Family Farm.
This is a 100 shot competition where shooters will
participate in teams of four. The entry fee is $125 per shooter,
which will include lunch and a golf cart per team. There will be a
morning and afternoon flight. A silent auction will be held during
the event and station sponsorships are available. Individual and team
prizes will be awarded.
All shooters must bring their own eye and ear
protection along with shotguns and cartridges
For more information, to donate items to include in
the silent auction, or to register for the sporting clays tournament,
contact the district attorney general’s office at 423-562-4991.
Future leaders take note Monday
CCHS Students watch presidential
A “watch party” of Monday
night’s presidential debate was held in a classroom and in the commons
at Campbell High. The CCHS
AP United States History, Political Science, and Government classes
participated in a debate watch party last night by watching the debate
and enjoying refreshments at CCHS.
Students also participated and gave feedback for whom they
believe won and on the issues important to them. These students also took notes,
because the teachers plan to discuss the debate in length today during
Students also watched in the
Lady Cougar Soccer
Lady Cougar Soccer looks to play a game on its new field before the
season is out. For more photos of
Friday’s commission meeting
These are the results
from Mayor E.L. Morton after Friday’s County
meeting surrounding the Walden Mountain Waterline project.
-Finance will issue payment, less retainage, to K. Carrender on Monday.
will file a petition Monday on behalf of the County, to be heard in the
Chancery Court for the October 3, 2016, docket.
-Upon filing, Finance will issue a check for the disputed amount beyond
the contract, ($7,076), and await a payment or non-payment ruling on or
about Oct 3.
-Mayor E.L. Morton will issue an ownership transfer memo Monday to LUB
releasing County ownership of the new system and granting it as property
of the utility.
-Carrender will flush lines Monday and turn system control over to LUB
as early as Monday, barring delays.
-Once flush is complete, LUB will sample tests and install meters.
-LUB will add the system to its property inventory when testing is
complete and work toward full water service, potentially within the
week, barring delays.
-Once these steps (and any others that are required) are fulfilled,
Morton plans to cancel the special called meeting, still Friday
(09/30/2016) at 5:30pm, in case we miss something.
-The Chancellor will determine final costs as early as October 3rd and
decide for payment or refund of the $7,076.
-As with all county contracts, there is a claims period for claimants to
claim against the contract prior to final closing.
-When water service is to industry standard and claims are resolved we
can release retainage. (09/26/2016-6AM)
Criminal cases see
closure last week
The following cases were resolved in Campbell
County Criminal Court with plea agreements:
Brittany Nashay Taylor- two counts of statutory
rape; two years probation, two years judicial diversion, no contact with
the victim, court costs.
Hollis Gibson- first offense DUI; two days to serve
with credit for time served, one year probation, court costs, $350 fine,
attend one MADD Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year.
Mary L. Sammons- theft over $500; five days to
serve with credit for time served, two years probation, court costs, $75
fine, $1,462 restitution, no contact with the victims
Carrie Lynn Green- theft under $500; 11 months, 29
days unsupervised probation, court costs, $75 fine, $1,170 restitution,
no contact with the victim
Walter Leon Campbell, Jr.- possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon; one day to serve with credit for time served,
three years probation, court costs, no contact with the victim, forfeit
weapon to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.
Brian Daniel Gibson- initiate to manufacture
methamphetamine; sentencing set for Oct. 24.
Dustin Ray Brandenburg- introduction of drugs into
a penal facility, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled
substance; six days to serve with credit for time served, three years
judicial diversion, three years probation, court costs, $250 fine.
Samantha Brooke Marlow-possession of less than .5
grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell, simple possession of a
schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia; 47
days to serve with credit for time served, three years probation, court
costs, $2,900 fine.
Gary Wayne Bunch- two counts of theft over $1,000;
73 days to serve with credit for time served, 10 years probation, court
costs, $700 restitution, court costs, no contact with the victim.
Leonard J. Smith- attempted indecent exposure;
sentencing set for Nov. 28, no contact with the victims.
Christopher Lynn Powell- theft over $10,000; serve
three years at 30 percent.
Matthew Alexander Inman- two counts of statutory
rape; five days to serve with credit for time served, three years
probation, court costs, no contact with the victim.
Michael Charles Russell- two counts of violation of
order of protection; 161 days to serve with credit for time served, 11
months, 29 days probation, extend probation, enroll and complete long
term rehabilitation, court costs, no contact with the victim.
Linda K. Rippy- two days to serve with credit for
time served, 11 months, 29 days probation, court costs, $600 fine,
receive alcohol and drug assessment, loss of driver’s license for one
year, attend one MADD Impact Panel.
Michael Douglas Willis- second offense DUI; 45 days
to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days probation, loss
of driver’s license for two years, attend one MADD Impact Panel.
Jennifer Snodderly- assault, resisting arrest,
pawned or conveyed rental property; 66 days to serve with credit for
time served, three years probation, court costs, $3,719.40 restitution,
court costs, no contact with the victim
Wayne Edward Byrd- theft of property over $1,000;
34 days to serve with credit for time served, eight years probation,
court costs, $200 fine, no contact with the victims.
Dustin Michael Burnett- domestic assault; 33 days
to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days unsupervised
probation, court costs, no contact with the victims.
Charlana Nicole Harmon- felony evading
arrest; 30 days to serve with credit for time served, one year
probation, court costs.
Anesha Rene Bell- introduction of contraband into a
penal facility; four years supervised, court costs.
Brandon Scott Elkins- theft of property over
$1,000; two years probation, court costs, $75 fine, $1,000 restitution,
no contact with the victim.
Chuckie D. Elkins- burglary, violation of the HMVO,
felony evading arrest; four years to serve, $275 restitution
Adam Landon Welch- robbery, felony evading arrest;
two months jail credit, four years probation, four years judicial
diversion, court costs, $1,718 restitution.
Stephen Lee Watts- two counts of theft of
merchandise over $500, two counts of criminal trespassing; 165 days to
serve with credit for time served, six years probation, court costs,
$150 fine, $529.13 restitution, no contact with victim.
Molly Bowman- sale of a schedule VI controlled
substance, less than .5 ounces; two years judicial diversion, two years
probation, court costs, $2,000 fine, $250 forfeiture to the Eighth
Judicial Drug Task Force.
Rodney Gibson- four counts of sale of a schedule II
controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance
with intent to sell; 10 years probation, court costs, $2,000 fine,
$10,000 forfeiture to the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force.
Sheriff announces the
Fall Homecoming Law Enforcement Initiative
Focus is on fatality prevention, teen protection, &
arrests of impaired drivers
Starting Thursday, by
the order of Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins, deputies are
working overtime and will be visible, in full force on
roadways, in Campbell
neighborhoods and along
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 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 is 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. (09/23/2016-6AM)
The power of a name.
Deputy makes peaceful arrest in volatile situation
That’s how veteran lawman Darryl Chapman describes the arrest he made of
a Speedwell man on Tuesday morning. When the call to Campbell
County E-911 came in, it was unclear if
should respond. So, the dispatcher sent units from both counties
at Speedwell. One side of the street is in
while it’s Claiborne
on the other side of the street.
According to the report from the Claiborne County
Sheriff’s Department, Amanda Elliott and her boyfriend, 40-year old
Mitchell Claiborne, had been fussing; fussing about her going to her
brother’s house. She then texted a male friend to come get her and
Claiborne told her “she was not leaving.” Elliott explained to
authorities that Claiborne then went outside and came back with a .22
rifle and told her again that “she wasn’t leaving.” She then told
him that she’d called police and they were in the neighborhood.
That’s when Claiborne put up the gun, got in his car, and left.
Deputies later found Claiborne’s car behind a barn and began searching
for him in the immediate area by car and on foot.
Chapman tells WLAF that
he used a technique he learned nearly 30-years ago, “the public will
help you, if you let them.” After going door-to-door to a few
homes, Chapman headed up Water Street
and spotted Claiborne. Chapman tells WLAF that he got the sense
that Claiborne was just going to walk by him like nothing was wrong.
But the deputy said, “Hello, Mitchell,” and Claiborne nodded.
Chapman asked him his last name and he told him. The deputy then
detained Claiborne and asked him where he was going and he said “back
Chapman adds that had he not gone door-to-door on
his assigned street, he would have been out of the area when Claiborne
emerged. Claiborne was charged with aggravated kidnapping and
aggravated assault. (09/23/2016-6AM)
Do you know who is this week’s “Who’s
Cougar wide receiver played from 1999-2002.
He wore number 37.
He says his favorite game was a 21-20
victory his senior year over the Carter Green Hornets.
He says his most memorable moment came
during the 1999 season when Campbell
snapped a 27-game overall losing streak when they beat Cherokee.
He was named 2nd-team All-Region in 2002.
These days former Cougar
Dustin Braden wears a buzz cut and is married and has a daughter.
One last clue is: He is
among several sets of twins who’ve worn the Orange-n-Blue.
Who's that Cougar!?
Dustin Braden is this
week’s “Who’s That Cougar!” (09/23/2016-6AM)
Healthcare introduces new treatment for patients with coronary artery
Naturally dissolving heart stent now available at Turkey
Tennova Healthcare is
the first health system in the Knoxville
area to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment
option that literally disappears over time.
Approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration in July, the bioresorbable vascular
scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually
dissolves in the body. This first-of-its-kind device is now available at
Heart specialists at the hospital participated in the multi-year
randomized clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness of the
disease affects 15 million people in the United States
and remains a leading cause of death worldwide,” said Malcolm T. Foster
III, M.D., an interventional cardiologist with Tennova Healthcare and
the principal investigator at Turkey
“The disease develops when cholesterol-containing deposits build up and
narrow the coronary arteries, decreasing blood flow to the heart. This
can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and other heart
Doctors often treat coronary artery disease with a
procedure called angioplasty to widen the artery using a stent. “While
stents are traditionally made of metal, this new stent is made of a
naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures,” Dr.
Foster said. “Results of the clinical study indicate that the device
disappears completely in about three years—after it has done its job of
keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated
artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.”
To ensure optimal patient selection and implant
technique, Tennova Healthcare’s interventional cardiology team has
received extensive training on the new device. The following physicians
are qualified to offer the new treatment option to their patients: Janet
Eichholz, M.D.; Malcolm T. Foster III M.D.; Ravi Mehta, M.D.; Pragnesh
Patel, M.D.; Steve W. Reed, M.D.; and Mukesh Sharma, M.D.
“We are very pleased to offer patients with heart
disease this new treatment option,” Dr. Foster said. “We have found that
you don’t need a permanent implant to treat a temporary problem. After a
blockage is cleared, it only needs support for a matter of months until
the vessel heals and can stay open on its own.
“Just like a cast isn’t needed after a broken bone
heals, this new device treats the diseased artery until it heals and
then dissolves over time, leaving a healed artery than can flex and
pulse naturally,” he said.
For more information or
a referral to a Tennova heart specialist, call 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682)
or visit Tennova.com. La
is part of Tennova. (09/23/2016-6AM)
announces free flu shot clinics in LaFollette
Five different dates to get your
free flu shot
today announced that it is offering free influenza vaccines on a
first-come, first-served basis to the
Free flu shot clinics
will be held in the Main Lobby at
Friday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. –
Friday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. –
Friday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. –
Friday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. –
The health system will also offer free flu shots at
the Big Creek ATV Festival in downtown LaFollette:
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m.
– 4:00 p.m.
Flu shots will be offered to individuals ages 3 and
older. Pregnant women must have a note from their physician to receive
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months and
older. The risk of severe disease and complications from influenza is
higher among young children, adults aged 65 and older, pregnant women,
and those with underlying medical conditions.
While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as
early as October, during most seasons influenza activity peaks in
January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for
antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus
infection, Tennova Healthcare advises people to get vaccinated now so
they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.
free flu shot clinics are being offered in coordination with the
Campbell County Board of Education, thanks to a generous grant from the
LaFollette Medical Foundation. . (09/22/2016-6AM)
La Follette gets
ready for 2nd
ever ATV Fest
Set for Saturday, October 8
If the second ATV Fall
Festival is anything like the first, then it’ll be a busy and fun day in
La Follette come Saturday, October 8. Under a blue, sunny, and
very warm, sky, employees of the City of
led by City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries along with several downtown
merchants decorated Downtown on Wednesday morning. It’s in
preparation for the big ATV Fall Fest that’s just around the corner.
City employees and downtown merchants
decorated Downtown La Follette on Wednesday morning.
Campbell County High School Students grew
the flowers that are hung through La Follette
Time out! These ladies, part
of the La Follette Downtown Merchants, took time out from their usual
busy day at their businesses to help decorate Downtown La Follette for
the Fall ATV Festival coming to Downtown on Saturday, October 8.
L-R Gail Bowman, Gail Herrin, Andrea Bowman, and Josie Carter.
There’s a meeting today
for the next City of
event; the third annual Santa Trot 5-K. This fun event is
scheduled for the morning of the 2016 Christmas Parade. It’ll
start at 9 am on Saturday, December 3, with the Christmas Parade
beginning at 2 pm the same day in the heart of La Follette. For
more information on upcoming City of La Follette
Hunt for Pride
continues on land and water this morning
been missing for almost two-weeks
Pride has been missing since September 12 (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE
Sheriff Robbie Goins
states - Please be aware and look out for the following:
Starla S. Pride, age 47 of
2211 Shady Cove Road
in Caryville, TN. Starla is 4'10 and weighs 136 pounds with blonde hair
and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and green
pajama pants. Starla is an insulin dependent diabetic and suffers from a
developed mental disability that mimics childlike actions and behavior.
It is believed that Starla is in immediate medical danger.
Starla was reported missing by her family at 8pm on Monday evening,
September 12. She was last seen Monday (09/12/2016) afternoon at
approximately 2pm entering a wooded area in the Shady Cove area of
Starla has a history of leaving her residence unannounced and usually
returns within a few hours. She has not been seen since her first report
of missing on Monday. If you see or have in contact with Starla please
call: 911, 423-562-8095 or the Sheriff's Office at: 423-562-7446.
Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins wants to extend his appreciation
for the help and assistance thus far in the search from: LaFollette
Rescue Squad, Campbell County Emergency Management, Anderson County
Rescue Squad, Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Knox County Sheriff's
Office, Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, K-9
Special Response team A, and the Roane County Sheriff's Office. "These
agencies are providing certain resources that are invaluable to our
needs. When in need we all deliver for each other instantly." said
Sheriff Goins. (09/21/2016-6AM)
Loveday ready to report
to Airborne School
grad’s living his dream
High grad Andrew Loveday (C) is pictured here on graduation day from his
basic training at Fort Benning,
The 2nd battalion of
the 19th infantry regiment is known as "The Rock of Chickamauga". Alpha
company of 2-19 graduated on September 16th, with 177 of the
world's newest Infantrymen. Now, these men are going to different units
with the 25th ID, to New York
with 10th Mountain Division. Campbell
own, PV2 William (Andrew) Loveday, reporting for Airborne school at
states "It's a very humbling experience, transforming from a 19 year old
kid just out of high school to one of the world's most disciplined and
professional soldiers, and now I'm going to jump out of airplanes to be
a paratrooper. It's such a huge change in a time frame less than 6
months. And you do things you never thought you could." Alpha Company
2-19 is proven to be one of the toughest infantry training companies on
Sand Hill, with more weekly runs, more ruck marches, and almost triple
the required nights out in field training exercises, the infantrymen of
Alpha company are certain to bring a new level of discipline and
expertise to their gaining units.
Campbell County High School 2016
Alum Andrew Loveday is living his dream. He’s headed to Airborne School.
Pvt. Loveday was in 3rd platoon, led
by SDS(SSG Lopez) and DS (SSG) Richuitti, both from the 2nd Infantry
Division, he says "My time in 3rd platoon was filled with good
experiences and this sense of brotherhood you can't get from anywhere
else. You sleep in a fox hole with one guy, brush your teeth with one
guy, clean your weapon with one guy, you don't want to let your brother
down or quit on him. So regardless of how miserable you are, you keep
going to keep him going " (09/21/2016-6AM)
offering flu shots
Time to get your flu shot
By Jackson Sharp
Terry’s Pharmacy is now
offering flu shots. Flu shots will be administered Mondays thru Fridays
at both the La Follette and Jacksboro locations. No appointment is
necessary and most insurance providers will pay. It is important to get
a flu shot because it is preventative and also protects those around us,
says Raewyn Snodderly, pharmacist-in-charge at Terry’s. Also, Terry’s
can notify you of other shots you may need, or may need updated, and
inform you of other vaccinations they offer, she said.
Recovery Court to
introduce new component
Vivitrol program begins Sept. 26
By Susan Sharp
Addiction stories have become so common in an area
plagued by “Hillbilly Heroin” that it is easy to turn a deaf ear when
someone proclaims they have “changed.”
Yet, Jay Rutherford’s
story, as he shared it Friday with
Eighth Judicial District Recovery Court
participants, had a different tone to it, a different element.
told the group his sobriety was owed to two things: God and Vivitrol.
“I’ve done everything,”
said to the recovering addicts assembled in the courtroom. “I am the
most selfish, self-centered person when I start putting drugs in me.”
The neatly dressed man, who talked of new employment and a renewed
relationship with his son, compared himself to a tornado when he was in
active addiction. As Rutherford
told his story of addiction, lies, crimes and prison, it echoed the
elements of every addiction story. Then his winding tale came to an
abrupt stop. “I always thought I would be a drug addict,” he said. Then
he was offered an opportunity to take part in a regime of intensive talk
therapy and Vivitrol injections.
Vivitrol is a monthly
non-narcotic injection that blocks the opioid
receptors in the brain, according to the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA). It was approved by the FDA in 2006 to treat alcohol dependence
and in 2010 to treat opiate dependence.
Eighth Judicial District Recovery Court
has been designated to participate in a state pilot program to give
Vivitrol shots to a select number of its participants.
“From a conceptual
standpoint this could be a game changer,” said Judge Shayne Sexton, who
has presided over Recovery Court,
formerly called Drug Court,
since its inception in the district. The people enrolled in the court
are an ideal demographic because they are often individuals who are at
high risk for relapse, according to Sexton.
The Vivitrol program is
set to begin in the district on Sept. 26. At that point, the Recovery Court
staff will begin identifying the participants that will take part in the
“This isn’t a legalized
said during his testimony on Friday. It isn’t a medication in the family
of Suboxone or Methadone, he continued.
Vivitrol’s general composition differs from
Suboxone and Methadone in one significant aspect- it contains no
narcotics. Suboxone, a drug used to prevent the symptoms of opioid
withdrawal, contains an opioid and an opioid blocker, according to the
FDA. Methadone, by definition, is an opioid.
Vivitrol contains no narcotics instead having a
composition that blocks the receptors in the brain that crave the
“It (Vivitrol) kills
the nerve endings in the brain that say ‘Hey, you wanna get high?’,”
said on Friday. “My cravings are gone.”
And while there could be an impression that
Vivitrol is one stop shopping to cure addiction, it’s not.
staff and Rutherford both say the drug works best when addicts attend
“quality therapy” that helps them uncover the root of their addictions.
that meant digging into some painful childhood events he didn’t want to
delve into again, but, he said going down that path has been
instrumental in gaining and keeping his sobriety.
“There is still so much of this that is about
personal responsibility,” the judge said. “People still need to gain
control of the addiction.” Receiving the shot allows the person to
essentially hit the pause button on the physical side of the addiction
as they work to regain some control in their lives. This is where the
individual therapy plays an important role.
While the Vivitrol injection has been on the market
for six years, the cost has made it prohibitive for many who want the
shot. One injection is $1,000, Sexton said.
“Expense has been a big obstacle,” the judge said.
Although some insurance plans cover a portion of
the cost, many people are still unable to either find a physician
willing to administer the shot that requires a specific needle, or they
simply can’t pay the balance.
The pilot program, that
begins next week, will make the shot free to
individuals chosen to receive the injections. Those chosen will have no
other financial means to pay for Vivitrol.
Since Vivitrol isn’t a detox medication,
individuals must be opioid free for 10 days before they receive their
first shot. After that they will receive the monthly injections.
However, they need to be aware of the risks involved with continued use
of opioids after the shots begin. Their bodies will no longer feel the
high associated with recreational use of prescriptions such as Oxycontin,
Suboxone and Hydrocodone, instead, they will continue use the drug until
an overdose, minus the high, occurs.
Those who opt to treat their addictions with
Vivitrol are more likely to stay in treatment and refrain from drug use,
according to the FDA.
“If you love opiates
and you want to stop,” Rutherford
said, “get the shot. If it doesn’t work, we will refund your misery.”
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