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WLAF’s Noah Smith arrived in the nation’s capital yesterday and files
his first inauguration report further down this page.
What a difference a year makes!
Charlie Hutson takes a snowy look back
WLAF’s Charlie Hutson takes us down Memory Lane this
morning with a look back at one-year ago today. Snow began falling at
the WLAF Studio on North 5th Street
that Wednesday morning (01/20/2016) at 3:45 a.m. And it didn’t
stop until six-inches of snow were on the ground. School was out that day and
did not reopen until the next Wednesday.
A Jacksboro man found
guilty of child rape
Immediately placed into custody
Late yesterday, a 12-person jury convicted Norman
C. Good, Jacksboro, of multiple crimes involving children.
Following a two day trial, Good was found guilty of
two counts of rape of a child, one count of attempted rape of a child,
14 counts of aggravated sexual battery, one count of attempted
aggravated sexual battery, and two counts of solicitation of a minor to
commit rape of a child.
Eighth Judicial Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton
ordered Good into immediate custody of the Campbell County Sheriff’s
Office where he will await sentencing, which is scheduled for March 6.
This case was investigated and prosecuted by the Jacksboro Police
Department and Campbell County Sheriff’s Office. The Campbell County
Children’s Center was also an integral part of the investigation and
trial. At trial, the state was represented by Assistant District
Attorneys Lindsey Cadle and Meredith Slemp. (01/20/2017-6AM)
Annual First Responders
recognition is Sunday
11 a.m. at FBCL
annual First Responders Recognition Service is set for Sunday.
of La Follette hosts the event on Sunday at 11 a.m.
Dr. Duane Mills welcomes all those who respond without hesitation to
provide protection, support, and life saving measures to everyone in
service is followed by a dinner in the FBC Fellowship Hall.
WLAF-AM 1450 and FM 100.9 airs the
service live beginning at 11 a.m. (01/20/2017-6AM)
Kash & Karry Building
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Cougars night out
Saturday at Hindman
Radio coverage ONLY airs at 6:30 p.m.
Saturday evening, the Campbell County Cougars play three games in four
days. Tomorrow night at Hindman,
CCHS takes on the Knott County Central Patriots in a boys only event.
The Cougar JVs tip at 5 p.m. in the
first game. The Cougars and Pats play in the varsity game at 6:30
The Voice of the Cougars, Josh Parker, has
the radio only coverage over the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network
starting at 6:30 p.m. That’s audio only over WLAF-TV 12 and
1450wlaf.com plus on the radio at FM 100.9 and AM 1450.
Cougars and Lady Cougars play at Gibbs on Monday and at Clinton
on Tuesday. (01/20/2017-6AM)
Saturday evening auction
in downtown La Follette
Starts at 5:30 p.m. at the old bus terminal
Merrydeath Antiques hosts its monthly
auction tomorrow evening. Arnie Meredith with Merrydeath tells
WLAF that this will be a huge auction; a huge “nerd” auction.
Meredith outlines that such items as
lots of toys and collectibles plus signs will be on the block. He
points out there there’s also many beautiful jewelry pieces and silver
that will be auctioned.
Start time is 5:30 p.m. Saturday in
the old bus terminal. That’s next to Traffic Light 8 in La
Senator Yager visits
- LISTEN HERE
to his interview
returns to Campbell
Ken Yager brought money with him when he came to Campbell
yesterday. Yager presented a check for $47,600 to
officials. The grant dollars are dedicated to further help the
State Senator Ken Yager returns to La
Follette on Monday. He will speak at the Lions Club meeting that
Yager called it an enjoyable day, and
says he is always pleased at the reception he receives from Campbell
Countians when he visits. He made stops in La Follette and Jellico
and plans to return next week.
The third-term senator told WLAF
listeners that he is listening to the voters getting their thoughts on
how they feel about the governor’s proposed seven-cents gas tax
increase. Yager explains that he is putting a lot of thought into
the matter all the while noting that our roads, especially I-75, are in
need of repair.
Yager’s sidekick, and driver, Peabody
Ledford –formerly of WOFE in Rockwood was along for the visit.
He also said he feels like Butch Jones
is doing a good job with Tennessee Football, but he quickly switched the
conversation from the Vols to the Cougars bragging on how far the Price
twins have brought Campbell Football along. He said you can hardly
find a seat now at Cougar home games. The senator is planning to
attend one of the three remaining CCHS home basketball games.
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Mr. Smith goes to
WLAF’s Noah Smith files his first report from the
Today is the day
has been waiting for, Inauguration Day. Later today, I will
witness history being made that I will never forget. This is a once in a
lifetime opportunity for me, and I am so excited to take part in it.
The nation's capital
I left out Wednesday
from Jacksboro on my way to the Inauguration of Donald John Trump and
Michael Richard Pence. I will witness history being made in America
and can rightfully say, “I was there.” Excitement and enthusiasm
run over me. I will first be attending the 2017 Presidential
Inauguration, and afterwards be attending the Tennessee Delegation
Reception in the United States Senate
and the Inaugural Parade. This is a day I have been waiting for and am
looking forward to.
The Welcome Concert
Yesterday was a great day as well. I picked up my
Inauguration tickets from Senator Lamar Alexander and attended the Make
America Great Again Welcome concert that featured an appearance of
PEOTUS Trump and his family. This was such an electrifying event that
rightfully kicked off the festivities.
I was also able to walk around downtown D.C. and at
Union Station. Security is tight for sure, and the police are doing an
excellent job of securing the event. I have, however, witnessed
protestors and people not so happy with the outcome of this election.
As I currently sit on
the subway (while writing this story), I am reminded about why we have a
Presidential Inauguration. It is because of our brave men and women in
uniform. I personally thank you for giving me the opportunity to live in
a free country with a democratic election process. With a democratic
process, someone always ends up on the loosing side. This is what I have
to say to those people: We need to unite as one country and one America
to help progress, protect, and improve our great nation. Together we can
achieve greatness, but divided we will fail. The only way forward is
together, and I am more than willing to do my part.
As I travel to my
designated ticket entrance, I feel nothing but excitement and joy. I can
see the Capital Building
and can not wait to see what the next four years have in store for
I see a bright future for us all, but that can only be attained with
I am here reporting
for WLAF in
and here to Make America Great Again. (01/20/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF
Noah Smith has been a part of the WLAF Team since he was 11-years old,
and the Eagle Scout is now a Junior at Campbell County
with his sites set on a political career.
Chamber hosts morning
Short-Redmond Ford hosts
This morning’s Chamber of Commerce
Coffee was well attended. Short-Redmond Ford hosted the monthly
event that saw many local politicians, business folks, and community
leaders alike visiting and enjoying a delicious breakfast.
Legal theft cases on
Hatmaker has attorney appointed, Troutman to appear
By Susan Sharp
There appears to be
headway being made in the cases of two
attorneys under indictment for stealing from their clients.
Yesterday, Senior Judge Paul Summers outlined the
status of Wesley Hatmaker’s case, which until 24 hours ago, had seen
Reviewing the case, Summers deemed Hatmaker’s
indictment “serious” noting there are seven felony charges facing the
now disbarred attorney. “These are very serious charges,” Summers said
of the one count of theft over $250,000, four counts of theft over
$60,000 and one count of theft over $10,000 Hatmaker was charged with
When Summers was appointed to hear Hatmaker, and
Mark Troutman’s, another local attorney facing similar charges, cases he
meticulously outlined a schedule for the matters.
Hatmaker, according to court records, failed to
follow the order, seemingly ignoring it all together. At one point, the
Eighth Judicial District Attorney’s office filed a motion asking for
Hatmaker to be held in contempt of court for taking no action in the
pending legal case.
It was “radio silence from the defendant,” Summers
said of Hatmaker’s inaction.
With Summers describing Hatmaker’s last ditch
attempts to find counsel, the judge surmised the former attorney had
“gotten the court’s message he needed to start reading the court’s
Initially, Hatmaker was represented by his uncle
and former law associate Michael Hatmaker, however, he (Michael Hatmaker)
was asked by the court to step away from the case in Oct. 2016. Summers
did note that following the loss of his attorney, Hatmaker was
instructed to tell the court how he planned to move forward. “The court
heard nothing from Mr. Wesley Hatmaker about those issues,” Summers said
looking over his glasses at the defendant.
In court yesterday,
Stephen Johnson, a Knoxville
attorney and creator of the Innocence and Wrongful Convictions Clinic at
was appointed to represent Hatmaker.
Noting that he didn’t intend to “chastise the
defendant,” Summers did have stern words for Hatmaker, who sat slumped
in a chair.
“When we issue a scheduling order today… that’s the
last one I am issuing,” the judge said.
Regarding the issue of the contempt charge
requested by the district attorney’s office, Senior Assistant District
Attorney Tom Barclay said it was no longer needed.
“We withdraw the request to hold him in contempt or
seek any sanctions,” Barclay said.
Summers has given Hatmaker until April 4 to enter a
plea. If he chooses not to take that route, a trial is scheduled for
April 12 – 14.
Troutman, who is facing one count of theft over
$250,000, two counts of theft over $60,000 and one count of theft over
$10,000, in an unrelated case, is slated to appear in court Feb 8.
It is anticipated he will enter a plea that day. (01/19/2017-6AM)
Deputies net two arrests on Archer Lane
suspect found hiding under a bed
case of false identity led to a couple of arrests last week. On
Jan 14 at around 7 p.m. Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputies Travis
Bostic and Joseph Hopson were headed to an address on
Archer Lane in Clairfield when Hopson
allegedly saw Jonathan Terry run inside the house. Records
indicate the officers had prior knowledge of Terry and were aware he had
Amanda King, of 330 Archer Lane,
Clairfield, was arrested and charged with criminal
the deputies entered the house in pursuit of Terry they discovered
Amanda King hiding under the bed. According to Hopson’s report,
King told officers her name was Brandy Patterson, but could not provide
any identification. Reports state Hopson and Bostic also had prior
knowledge of King and knew her true identity. When confronted,
King acknowledged she was to Brandy Patterson, stating she had just been
“scared.” The deputies also found Terry hiding in a closet in the
Jonathan Terry, of 248 Long Mountain Road,
Clairfield, was arrested and charged with violation of
King, 36, of 330 Archer Lane,
Clairfield, was arrested and charged with criminal impersonation.
This was her 20th booking in the Campbell County Jail. She was
released on $500 bond. Terry, 33, of 248 Long Mountain Road, Clairfield, was
arrested and charged with violation of probation. He was held
without bond. (01/19/2017-6AM)
Jones arrested on assault charges
Fights with mother, tries to fight with deputy.
Threatening a police officer is a sure fire way to get a trip to jail.
Despite this fact, a Caryville man decided to temp fate last week.
Records indicate Floyd Anthony
Jones was fighting with his mother.
Jan. 10 Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Franklin Ayers responded to a
call from 152 Brook Place
Lane. When he arrived at the scene, Ayers reported finding a woman
hiding at the side of the building. The female allegedly reported
she was the defendant’s sister and also the person who had placed the
911 call. Records indicate the woman told Ayers her brother, Floyd
Anthony Jones, was inside fighting with their mother. According to
the report, Jones alleged told the woman he would shoot officers if they
tried to arrest him.
that time Jones came out of the residence and aggressively approached
Ayers cursing at him, the report said. Jones alleged refused to
remove his hands from his pockets despite the officer’s commands.
Records indicate Jones continued with a string of profanity toward the
deputy as he obeyed commands to place his hands on top of his head
stating he did not have a weapon. While Ayers patted Jones down,
Jones allegedly attempted to jerk away and strike the officer with his
elbow. This action resulted in Ayers taking Jones to the ground to
regain control of the situation.
Jones, 43, of 160 Flamingo Drive,
Caryville, was arrested and charged with assault, disorderly conduct and
resisting arrest. He was held on $12,000 bond. (01/19/2017-6AM)
Here’s what’s left of the Past Time Lounge through Charlie
THP describes it as a 'minor injury'
Happened near the county line at Pioneer
In the beginning, it didn’t sound so good.
Initial scanner chatter described an accident near the
County line as dire; a big
rig on its side with an unresponsive driver.
The 10:30 am call to the Campbell County
9-1-1 Dispatch Center sent First Responders to the Howard Baker Highway,
near the Pioneer Post Office.
Officials with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department detail that the
driver of the 18-wheeler stated that the rig shut off causing him to
lose control. He sustained minor injuries and was transported to
the La Follette Medical Center.
The trailer was not hauling hazmat. It was full of rubber material
for conveyer belts. (01/18/2017-11:30AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE
CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S
Criminal court reviews
cases, sets dates
By Susan Sharp
With a trial looming next month, the recent snow
caused a delay in the proceedings for Josh Comer and Amber Orton. The
two were previously slated to stand trial next month in the death of
Orton’s daughter, Gabby, but, when freezing temperatures and snow hit
the area, a day set aside to hear pending motions in the case was
postponed. The new date is Feb. 22, which means the trial had to be
With Comer and Orton set to be tried separately, he
is the only case docketed at this point. Comer’s trial is scheduled to
begin Oct. 2 with the court blocking out two weeks for the capital
Jodi Smith, the woman accused of shooting her
grandmother, is still in legal limbo. In court yesterday, Assistant
District Attorney Meredith Slemp asked Criminal Court Judge Shayne
Sexton to place a deadline for action in the matter. When Sexton
inquired about the delay in hearing a case that is over a year old,
Public Defender Dale Potter said he was still awaiting delivery of
Smith’s mental health records so a complete mental evaluation could be
conducted. With Sexton pressing about the progress of the evaluation,
Potter said it had “been started.”
“This case has been on the calendar too long,” the
judge said issuing an April 17 date to chart a final course for the
matter. Slemp did say the state was asking for Smith to receive life
without parole if she is convicted.
Leslie Smith, who is charged with killing his
girlfriend, also had his case discussed. With the district attorney’s
office pushing for a deadline in this case as well, Assistant District
Attorney Courtney Stanifer told the judge the state had made an offer to
Smith to resolve his case in July, but, had yet to receive a response.
Public Defender Bill Jones said Smith was aware of
the offer, and the two were “discussing” it.
Virginia Seal’s case may also hinge on a mental
health exam. Seal is charged with leaving her child in a dog kennel in
the middle of the night while she wandered around in a drug fueled
state. Sexton was told Seal had received a mental health evaluation,
but, the results had yet to be submitted to either side. Her case was
placed on the Feb. 6 docket for another review.
Monica Briggs, who late last year was convicted of
first degree murder and subsequently given a life a sentence, is asking for a
new trial. That request was postponed until March.
Lowell Murray’s request for a new trial was also
reset for March. With a sentencing date in other convictions pending,
Potter said that request “may go by the wayside.” (01/18/2017-6AM)
football Cougars, no progress in resolving shelter impasse
Drug testing approved for many county employees
While the rest of the
nation watches a new president being sworn in on Friday,
football fans and parents can celebrate something closer to home.
Citing the Campbell County Cougars’ excellent
season and return to the playoffs, Mayor E. L. Morton also pointed out
the Cougars’ number 7 ranking in the AP 5A poll, the fact that this
senior class complied 33 victories – making them the “winningest class
in school history.”
(L) and Tanner Boston are caught here in a lighter moment in the Cougars
big win at
over Bell County,
back in October.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF'S PAT PEBLEY)
He also mentioned that the Cougars’ Mike Rhoades
was the first to be named a finalist for the region’s Mr. Football
honors. The commission then voted unanimously to designate Friday,
January 20, as “Campbell County Cougar Football Day.”
That ceremony may have been the highlight of an
unusually short county commission meeting (55-minutes). After approving
all reports and minutes, the commission ran into some problems with an
agreement from last week’s workshop to pay for miniature diplomas for
every graduate of CCHS and Jellico High.
The idea was to provide the wallet-sized diplomas
for graduates to show at job interviews and other occasions where proof
of high school graduation is needed. The effort got bogged down Tuesday
night, however, over questions of costs and copyright.
The company that prints the full-sized diplomas
quoted a cost of nearly $3,000 to provide the laminated diplomas, while
one commissioner got a quote from another vendor that will print the
diplomas for a dollar each, a total cost of around $600.
Marie Ayers then added that if the more affordable
rate is selected, her realty company will pay for the diplomas each year
for CCHS, Union Bank already donates the cost of miniature diplomas for
Johnny Bruce, however, told the commission that
there is a problem with using the cheaper company because the printers
who provide the full-sized diplomas have a copyright on the documents
that prevents other firms from reproducing them.
The commission agreed to delay action until
attorney Joe Coker can research the legal restrictions and the
commission has a clear picture of potential costs.
Another matter that was delayed until Coker can
research the law involves the ongoing spat between Mayor Morton and the
FCCA (Friends of Campbell County Animals) over the animal shelter.
Morton suggested that the shelter’s installation of cameras required a
commission vote as a modification of the FCCA’s contract to operate the
shelter, while shelter director Patricia Simpson argued last week that
the cameras were not addressed in the contract at all.
The real controversy is over the Mayor’s refusal to
replace animal control officer Otis Poore, who is in the last year of
30 years of service with the county and due for retirement soon. Simpson
has demanded that
be fired for a variety of reasons.
Morton told commissioners Tuesday night that he has
learned that under state law, he is not allowed to supervise any
employees who have law enforcement powers.
must be bonded to
carry a firearm, cite people into court and enter on private property to
enforce animal control complaints.
“As a result, the Sheriff is the only official who
can legally supervise
Poore, and we need to ask Sheriff Robbie Goins to
take the animal control position under his department,” Morton
As far as some of the questions that have come up
Poore’s access to the animal shelter while bearing a firearm,
Coker agreed to research the law but suggested that the Mayor ask
someone from the state to meet with county officials concerning animal
control and shelter operations.
Before adjourning, the
commission also voted unanimously for a motion by Commissioner Scott
Stanfield to require all county employees under the commission and
Mayor’s control to have drug tests. Individual elected officials cannot
be held to the requirement but Mayor Morton hopes they will all take the
initiative to insure that Campbell
is assured of a drug-free work place. (01/18/2017-6AM)
New Year is great time to get moving
friends at La Follette Medical
Center encourage you to
the start of a new year, and people across the country have resolved to
join – or rejoin – gyms and health
clubs in an effort toward self-improvement. Unfortunately, research
shows that up to 80 percent of those resolutions won’t make it beyond
Recent research brings good news about the most critical ways to stave
off disease and early death—and it does not include spending hours each
week in an aerobics class or on an exercise machine. Many people,
whether they engage in regular exercise or not, are spending too much
time in a seated position—as many as 10 hours a day for adults in the U.S. The health risks from this
trend are considered by many experts to be as significant as smoking or
Research also suggests it’s possible to counteract what some refer to as
“sitting disease.” A 20-year study of more than one million adults,
conducted by Cambridge University and published in the medical journal
The Lancet, determined that exercising one hour for every eight hours
spent sitting results in a nearly 60 percent reduction in the risk of
death from heart disease, diabetes and some cancers.
Here are five tips to help you get moving:
Avoid exercise machines. Most fitness
machines place you in a seated position. Instead, go for a free weight
workout focused on movement like squats, dead lift, lunges and overhead
Take mini breaks at work. If you sit at
a desk from 9 to 5, move at least once per hour throughout the day.
Watch your active minutes. If you use a
fitness tracker, don’t focus solely on the number of steps you have
taken or the quantity of calories you have burned. Pay attention to your
active minutes, too.
Schedule walking meetings. Start by engaging
co-workers who are most likely to be receptive to the idea.
Designate a standing task. Pick a task that
you can do while standing and make it your cue to get up.
For locals looking for a place to work out La Follette boasts a
number of gyms conveniently located along Jacksboro Pike and Central
Avenue including Absolute Fitness,2301 Jacksboro Pike # 5, La Follette;
Castleton’s Family Fitness 2146 Jacksboro Pike # 7, La Follette; Isaac’s
2010 Jacksboro Pike, Ste 9, La
Follette; and Hype Fitness, 201 West Central Avenue, La Follette.
If you need assistance with a plan that
fits your abilities and lifestyle, schedule an appointment with your
primary care physician to help you create a “get moving plan” that works
for you. For more information or a physician referral, call
1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682) or visit Tennova.com.
technology grants for libraries
La Follette among recipients
Senator Ken Yager
(R-Kingston) has been advised by Secretary of
State Tre Hargett that six public libraries in Senate District 12 will
receive state and federal technology grants. When combined, the
grants for the district total $6,468.
The funds will be used for computers.
“This is great news for our local
libraries,” said Senator Yager. “Our libraries are a great asset
to our communities. Students of all ages benefit from the
resources which are available there. The outreach of the public
library has changed dramatically, too. Many citizens access the local
library to use a computer to search for work, apply online for school,
or for general interest. I am very pleased that these funds are
The grants include:
$350 for the Winifield Public Library,
$1,640 to the Rockwood Public Library,
$1,412 to the La Follette Public Library,
$862 to the Jellico Public Library,
$1,514 to the Harriman Public Library; and,
$690 to the Audrey Pack Memorial Library
“Every penny sent to our libraries are
needed and put to good use,” added Yager. “Along with my five
House colleagues from the 12th district, I was happy to support the
appropriation for the Secretary of State's office which makes these
grants possible.” (01/18/2017-6AM)
CCHS sweeps to victory
Halls falls to the Orange-n-Blue
Lady Cougar Senior Bella Luna hustles
down court after knocking down a three-pointer.
Campbell Lady Cougars were no match for Halls on Tuesday night at Brown
Gym. CCHS blitzed the Lady Red Devils 55-17. The win gives
a sweep in the two-game season series.
Bo’s ‘on the go’. Skylar Boshears puts
up two for the Orange-n-Blue.
The Lady Cougars improve to 16 & 5 in
all games and 8 & 1 in the district. Their next outing is Monday
at Gibbs in a 6 pm make-up game.
Anna Cain circles to the top of the
key for the Lady Cougars.
It was a good night for the Campbell
Cougars as well. CCHS snapped its three-game skid and won for the
first time in the New Year all the while avenging its December loss at
Halls to the Red Devils. The Cougars clawed out a 51-40 victory
for win number 13 on the season. CCHS is 13 & 8 overall with a 3 &
6 mark in district games.
(2) and Logan
(4) wait to see if the ball bounces in for CCHS.
Cougars have a boys only evening of games on Saturday at Hindman,
The JVs, winners last night over Halls, play the Knott County Central
Patriots JV squad at 5 pm. The Cougars face the Pats in the night
cap at 6:30 pm. The Voice of the Cougars, Josh Parker, along with
former Cougar Darin Gillenwater, sends you the coverage over the WLAF –
B & M Tires Sports Network. Saturday’s broadcast will be audio
only over FM 100.9, AM 1450, WLAF-TV 12, and 1450wlaf.com.
(01/18/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S PAT PEBLEY)
Cougar Landon Reese roams to front court.
Emily Ann Roberts
returns in May
Here to celebrate Peoples Bank of the South’s
Budding singing star and former
contestant on NBC’s The Voice Emily Ann Roberts is keeping true to her
word. She’s coming back to La Follette this spring.
Peoples Bank of the South hosted Emily Ann Roberts last spring
Bank of the South and the City of La Follette
celebrated Emily Ann Roberts Day last April as she wowed a people packed
corner of Central and Tennessee.
When Peoples Bank of the South President David Reynolds asked her before
the large crowd if she’d return to celebrate the bank’s 100th
anniversary, she said, “Yes!”
Emily Ann Roberts
accepts the Key to La Follette last April 11 at Peoples Bank of the
South's main offices.
Hickman, Executive Vice-President of Peoples Bank of the South, tells
WLAF that the celebration date is Saturday, May 20, 2017. He says
from 11 am until 2 pm, is when everyone is invited to join in the
celebration at the corner of Central and
Free food and a free concert from Emily Ann Roberts highlight the event.
Emily Ann Roberts
takes a moment for a photo of WLAF’s Theron Overybay at last year’s
Emily Ann Roberts Day in La Follette.
Peoples Bank of the South officially
turns 100-years old on Monday, May 22, 2017.
(01/17/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S LINDSEY HUTSON & CHARLIE HUTSON)
Rhoades on the road to
Most decorated Cougar is set to sign
By Pat Pebley
Rhoades is the most decorated player in Campbell County High School
Football history; with a pair of All-States and making the semifinals of
the Mr. Football voting. Now he will be trading in the blue and orange
for the purple and gold.
Recently, Tennessee Tech Head Football Coach Marcus Satterfield
made the drive from Cookeville
to La Follette to offer Rhoades a full scholarship to play for the FCS
Division Golden Eagles. It did not take the Cougar long to make up his
Mike Rhoades is the most
decorated player in the history of Campbell County High School Football.
The Golden Eagles play in the Ohio Valley Conference where they
face teams such as Austin Peay, Eastern
and UT Martin. The Golden Eagles finished last year with a record
of 5 & 6 (which included a loss at
to the Tennessee Vols) in Satterfield’s first year as the head coach.
The Golden Eagles last made the FCS Playoffs in 2011.
Of signing with Tech, Rhoades said, “First off, I would like to
thank God for this opportunity and the blessings he gave me to play ball
at the next level, and I would like to thank my parents and the rest of
my family for every single thing they do for me. Second, I would like
to thank all of my high school coaches for helping me grow as a player
and person the past four years, and I would like to thank all of the
college coaches who have shown me a lot of love through the recruiting
process. Finally, I’m excited to announce that I will be furthering my
education and athletic career at
Wings up! Tech Tough!”
Rhoades finished the year with 68 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 4
sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery for the Campbell County
Cougars. He was a preseason All-State selection by Murphy Fair. He
was named All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. He was
also a semi-finalist for Mr. Football in 5-A, a first-ever such honor
for a Cougar. (01/17/2017-6AM)
Chesney headed to the
Faces multiple charges including vehicular homicide
By Susan Sharp
A Rocky Top man charged in the death of a
21-year-old La Follette woman has had his case bound over to the grand
Michael Alan Chesney,
28, of 296 Island Cove Road,
Rocky Top, is charged with vehicular homicide in the October death of
Kristian Leach. He was allegedly the driver of a 1999
Firebird Leach was riding in when it struck a utility pole on Jacksboro
Pike near the KROME Salon.
Michael Alan Chesney is charged with vehicular homicide in the October
death of Kristian Leach.
He appeared in Campbell County General Sessions Court
on Thursday; that is when his case was bound over.
While he denied being under the influence of any
substance at the time of the crash, Chesney did reportedly tell police
he had “been up all night the night before partying and drinking.”
Despite Chesney’s denials of being under the
influence of any substance, he still failed all of the field sobriety
tests the La Follette Police administered to him. He insisted he had
fallen asleep driving and that was the cause of the single car crash.
Leach, who was the
only person in the accident to be injured, died later at a
hospital from injuries sustained in the crash.
Chesney, who according to his Facebook page, was
dating Leach at the time, was also charged with DUI, violation of the
state’s financial responsibility law and failure to exercise due care.
The next grand jury date is in February.
General Assembly convenes; jobs-focused legislative session
The 110th General
Assembly officially convened last week in Nashville.
Since 1979, the General Assembly has convened on the second Tuesday in
January for an organizational session. The organizational session always
takes place in an odd-numbered year, and cannot last more than fifteen
calendar days. Thereafter, the General Assembly sets the date for
convening the regular session. The Constitution provides that the
legislature can meet ninety legislative days in regular session over the
two-year assembly period.
This year, Tennesseans can expect the Legislature
to take up measures that will solidify the state’s ranking as a
business-friendly, right-to-work state. In addition, the House Majority
will work together to pass a number of proposals to continue building on
progress made on the education and healthcare fronts.
While official budget revenues have come in well
above expectations, legislators have committed themselves to once again
crafting a fiscally responsible for 2017. Rep. Dennis Powers
(R-Jacksboro) said, “Just as Tennesseans across the state must live
within their means, House Members have promised to continue managing
taxpayer dollars in a thoughtful, fiscally prudent manner.”
TWRA requests your input for 2017-18
--- The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency is soliciting comments for
its 2017-18 hunting seasons’ regulations. This is an opportunity for the
public to provide ideas and share concerns about hunting regulations
with TWRA staff. The comment period will be open through Wednesday, Feb.
Public comments will be considered by TWRA
staff and may be presented as proposals for regulation changes. Comments
may be submitted by mail to: 2017-18 Hunting Season Comments,
TWRA, Wildlife and Forestry Division,
P.O. Box 40747,
Nashville, TN 37204 or emailed
TWRA.HuntingComments@tn.gov. Please include “Hunting Season
Comments” on the subject line of emailed submissions.
Middle School Baseball try
outs are POSTPONED
Moved to the last Saturday of
Cougar Baseball Coach
Chris Mayes has postponed his middle school baseball tryouts for
tomorrow. The new tryout date is Saturday, January
Coach reminds players
to bring their own equipment and be prepared for outdoor and indoor
activity. Tryout times at Campbell High are noon until 2 pm.
La Follette hosts Jacksboro Thursday night
Jacksboro claimed the girls game 38 - 2.
boys game went to La Follette 44 - 28 (PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S PAT
DUI arrests keep CCSD busy
local and an out of towner marked the New Year with arrests in separate
DUI incidents during the first week in January. On Jan. 1,
Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Isaac Phillips was dispatched to Shady Cove Road to
investigate reports of a car accident. At the scene Phillips met
Kirrill Viatcheslavovic, of 190 South High Street, Columbus, OH.
Records indicate the Ohio man had a strong odor of alcohol about
his person, spoke with slurred speech and was unsteady on his feet.
When asked if he had been drinking, Viatcheslavovic allegedly reported
he had only had one mixed drink with two shots of vodka. The man
stated he had been traveling on
Shady Cove Road
when he lost control of his vehicle and crash.
According to the police report, Viatcheslavovic was asked to perform a
battery of field sobriety tests which he was unable to perform to
satisfaction. A search of the vehicle revealed a backpack.
Viatcheslavovic alleged told the officer there was half an ounce of
marijuana in it when asked if it contained anything illegal.
Phillips was able to locate a approximately one and a half ounces of
marijuana as well as a grinder. Viatcheslavovic was arrested and
driving under the influence, felony possession of a schedule VI
controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia and driver to
exercise due care. He was released on $4,000 bond.
on Jan. 3 a Jacksboro man had a brush with the law. CCSD Deputy
Dakota Williams was called to investigate reports of a possible drunk
driver. Records indicate an older model Chevy SUV with no lights
on had struck a guard rail in front of Cove
State Park before
continuing on toward Highway 116. Williams was able to make
contact with the vehicle in front of Waffle House where he activated his
emergency equipment. According to the officer’s report, when he
made contact with the driver he smelled strongly of alcohol. The
driver was identified as Johnny Carl Barnett, of
279 Queener Road, Jacksboro. Barnett
was allegedly unable to perform field sobriety tests satisfactorily.
He was arrested and charged with DUI, violation of the light law and
driving without a license. Barnett was released on a $3,000 bond.
Roach is new pro at LCC
By Susan Sharp
Bryce Roach is bringing his love of golf back to
Former Cougar Bryce Roach is the new pro at
La Follette Country Club
Roach has been hired
as the new head golf professional at the La Follette Country Club (LCC).
He brings a young lifetime of experience to the course he called home
for many years. For him, golf has been a part of his life for as long as
he can recall with an uncle being the first one to put a club in his
hand. In high school, he competed for four years on the varsity team at
After high school, he earned a spot on the golf team at
Four years later not only had he played the game he loves on a
collegiate level, Roach had also received a bachelor’s degree in
business with an emphasis on professional golf management.
Fast forward six months and Roach was hired at the
“I am trying to learn the ropes as fast as I can,”
he said. As he becomes more acquainted with his new job, Roach is also
making plans for the club and its members.
“We want to try and have a junior camp this
summer,” he said. Along with this, he hopes to make improvements to the
pro shop and begin to add new services. Among those would be adding the
capability to put grips on clubs, a service currently not provided, but,
needed at the club.
Roach is also encouraging those who want to play
golf, but haven’t, to come and give the course a try. The semi-private
club is open to the public with $15 buying nine holes of golf and a cart
rental. He said there also other amenities such as the pool and
clubhouse rental he encourages people to inquire about.
For more information about the LCC call
The “Dean of
Barbers” celebrates today
Happy Birthday to Ray
up. Crackin’ up. And cuttin’ hair.
It’s all in a day’s work for Ray Beeler of the Big Orange Barber
We caught Ray
a little off guard.
Luckily, long time customer J.B. Bailey didn’t lose an ear.
of Campbell County Barbers” turns 78-years old today.
Happy Birthday Ray! (01/13/2017-6AM)
State lawmakers urge
General Assembly to call for a convention of states
Powers leads the way
Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman
Brian Kelsey (R-Germantown) have filed concurring legislation calling
for a convention of states in
for the purpose of adopting a balanced budget amendment to the U.S.
Senate Joint Resolution 9
House Joint Resolution 24
provide that the convention of states would be for the limited purposes
of 1) planning for, and recommending rules and procedures for an Article
V Convention to amend the U.S. Constitution and 2) recommending to
Congress the initial date and location in which they would meet.
Article V provides that upon the application of
two-thirds of the state legislatures, Congress shall call a convention
of the states to propose amendments to the U.S. Constitution.
“It is necessary for the states to plan ahead of
time for the convention because there has never been a convention to
propose an amendment to the Constitution,” said Kelsey.
The legislation sets the date for convention of
states for July 11, with the Article V Convention following as early as
November. This convention would be the first formal meeting of the
states since 1861.
Presently, 28 of the necessary 34 states have
passed the application resolution limited to proposing a balanced budget
“It is quite possible the 34-state threshold
can be achieved by mid-April as the resolution to call the Balanced
Budget Amendment Convention has been filed in nine state legislatures
favorable to passage,” Powers said. “This will trigger Congressional
action to call a convention limited to proposing a Balanced Budget
The organizational structure for the Tennessee BBA
Planning Convention will be virtually the same as the convention for
proposing the balanced budget amendment as each are a convention of the
states. State legislatures will choose a delegation to represent the
state at the convention, each state will have one vote, and the
convention will deliberate and make recommendations.
“Over the years, some people have feared that a
convention for proposing amendments could get out of control and become
a run-a-way convention,” said Powers. “This planning convention will
show that this is not the case.” (01/13/2017-6AM)
Who’s That Cougar? It’s time to
By Tanner Carson
*This Cougar basketball
player played from 1991-95*
*He wore jersey number 44*
*He says that his favorite game was his Senior year at Powell when the
Cougars were down by 6 with 35 seconds left and he hit two
in a row to put the game into OT. The Cougars would win by 1 point and
lost only one game in the District all year.*
*His most memorable moment was the last game he ever played in against
Bearden at in the Regional Tournament at Halls. CCHS lost in double OT
the first round.*
*He was named All-District and All-Region both his Jr. and Sr. year*
*And a bonus hint – his wife and oldest
daughter are former Lady Cougars*
Benny Roberts (L) is pictured here with his
business partner, former Cougar, Joe Whited at B & M Tires.
Any idea “Who’s That Cougar?” He is
Joe Whited. (01/13/2017-6AM)
Lady Cougars best Bell
Visit Karns tonight
It wasn’t quite the cat fight
it was last season. This time around, the Lady Cougars rather
handedly scratched out a win over the Bell Bobcats.
Bella Luna defends
for the Lady Cougars
At Brown Gym,
an early 13-point lead and a big third quarter run vaulted
County to a 69-45 win over visiting Bell
The win improves CCHS to 14 & 5 in all games.
Right handed Haley Comer with a left
hand shot for CCHS
Tonight, the Cougars (12 & 7 –
2 & 5 District) face their second Top Ten opponent this week. This
time around, it’s Karns. The Lady Cougars (14 & 5 – 6 & 1
District) tip at 6 pm followed by the Cougars and Beavers at 7:30 pm.
There’s live radio, internet,
and television coverage of tonight’s games from the WLAF – B & M Tires
Sports Network. Air time is 6 pm on FM 100.9, AM 1450, and
1450wlaf.com. The live telecast is joined in progress at 8 pm on
WLAF-TV 12. (01/13/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S PAT PEBLEY)
Where there’s smoke,
LFD Firefighters making the most of old tavern
Before the former Past Time Lounge, now property of the city,
located at the north end of North Tennessee Avenue, falls prey to the
wrecking ball, firefighters are making the most of the 1,800, or so,
square foot building.
Smoke billows out the door.
Visibility is less than four inches and the only to get through is feel
your way through. It’s not an emergency it’s a day of training for
firefighters with the LaFollette Fire Department.
LFD Fire Chief Charles Eldridge points out that the smoke from
the hay doesn’t equal the darkness of an actual structure fire, but it’s
“We stopped everything for this,” LFD
Fire Chief Charles Eldridge says. And what “this” is is very valuable
training for all three shifts comprised of 23 LFD Firefighters.
LFD Captain Eddie Hatmaker (L)
adjusts a fellow firefighters equipment before entering the smoking
and Firefighter Johnny Seal have been in on more than 100 burning
building practice rounds in their 30-year careers.
Before the former Past Time Lounge,
now property of the city, located at the north end of North Tennessee
Avenue, falls prey to the wrecking ball, firefighters are making the
most of the 1,800, or so, square foot building. The city is planning an
RV park for the site.
CLICK HERE TO SEE MORE OF CHARLIE HUTSON'S PHOTOS
Starting on Monday, Eldridge and
members of the A-Shift set a barrel of hay on fire inside the structure
and class was in session.
Firefighter Johnny Seal
secures a fellow firefighter's oxygen tank.
Eldridge explains that the RIT, Rapid
Intervention Team, practiced forcible entry, ventilation, and rescue
techniques. He calls the practice a “process” especially when it
comes to practicing how to feel your way through the darkness.
Eldridge points out that the smoke from the hay doesn’t equal the
darkness of an actual structure fire, but it’s close.
LFD Firefighter Brandon Gross snapped some photos on
the first day of practice on Monday.
CLICK HERE to see his photos.
Members of the LFD are constantly
training, because, these days, there’s far more to being a fire fighter
than fighting fire. The chief says, “This is now a fire, extrication,
and medical career profession all in one.”
Eldridge notes that due to EPA
regulations, you can no longer set a structure on fire for training
purposes. This is the first such opportunity for this type of
practice for LFD Firefighters in more than a year. (01/13/2017-6AM)
Town of Jacksboro to elect three
Election Day is Saturday, April 1
There will be a City Election
for the Town of Jacksboro in Campbell County on Saturday, April 1, 2017,
between the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of electing
Four Year Terms
Two (2) Aldermen, at large
- January 19,
2017, 12:00 Noon
WITHDRAWAL DEADLINE -
January 26, 2017, 12:00 Noon
REGISTRATION DEADLINE -
March 2, 2017
qualifying petitions must be filled in the Campbell County Election
Commission Office no later than 12:00 Noon on January 19, 2017 in order
to qualify for candidacy in the Town of
The Campbell County Election
Commission is located adjacent to the Courthouse in Jacksboro.
Office hours are 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday – Friday.
For further information, please call the Campbell County Election
Commission at 423-562-9777, Fax 423-562-9758.
indictments were handed down yesterday.
First session of the New Year
- Corey Brown- auto burglary, theft under $500
- Gregory Guyton- two counts of aggravated domestic
- Larry Thacker -two counts of willful abuse of an
adult, two counts of domestic assault, aggravated criminal trespass,
resisting arrest, aggravated stalking
- Linda Huddleston- DUI, violation of the financial
- Dion Elie- first offense DUI, failure to exercise
- David Franz- domestic assault
- David Franz- three counts aggravated kidnapping,
five counts aggravated domestic assault, domestic assault, assault
- Alex Allen- DUI, second offense driving on a
- Stephen Childress, Jr.- possession of
methamphetamine less than .5 grams with intent to sell, possession
of methamphetamine less than .5 grams with intent to deliver, possession
of firearm during the commission of a dangerous felony, felony
possession of drug paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule IV
- John Muse, Jr. - DUI, failure to exercise due
- John Muse Jr.- driving on a suspended
- Kelly Dick- three counts aggravated domestic
assault, domestic assault, three counts of aggravated kidnapping
Annual First Responders
Sunday, January 22nd
annual First Responders Recognition Service is set for later this month.
of La Follette hosts the event on Sunday, January 22 at 11 a.m.
Dr. Duane Mills welcomes all those who respond without hesitation to
provide protection, support, and life saving measures to everyone in
The service is followed by a dinner in
the FBC Fellowship Hall.
WLAF-AM 1450 and FM 100.9 airs the
service live beginning at 11 a.m. (01/12/2017-6AM)
School board, employees honor Faye Heatherly as TSBA President Elect
The highlight of a brief meeting of the Campbell
County Board of Education came before the meeting, when school board
members and employees gathered in the courthouse lobby for a reception
honoring board member Faye Heatherly.
Heatherly has earned a prestigious space in the
Tennessee School Board Association (TSBA) - she is the President Elect
for 2017 and will move into the President’s position in 2018. The
TSBA is the statewide organization that represents all of the state’s
hundred-plus school boards. TSBA sets policies and represents the
interests of local boards of education with the state legislature, the
governor’s office and Tennessee Dept. of Education.
thanked her fellow board members, school staff and parents for their
support in selecting her to serve the interests, not just of
but all of the state’s school children.
The regular January meeting was brief, consisting
of approval of routine reports, financial information and tenure for 18
teachers as recommended by Director Larry Niddifer.
The board attorney reported that heirs for the
former Davis Chapel school property have presented the school department
with an 1878 deed where that family donated the land to the county for a
The deed includes a revision clause returning the
property to the heirs in the event it should cease to be used for school
purposes. Attorney Dail Cantrell is researching the validity of the
deed, which was recorded, and would return the old school building to
the heirs. A group of residents had requested the building for a
The board also
discussed changes in bus routes that could alter service zones and
eliminate some bus stops. Steve Rutherford reported that the process is
still underway but several board members urged that the report be rushed
to completion, Chairman Mike Orick asking Rutherford
to have a plan for the board to review at a workshop next week.
“The board needs to set these zones and changes
with care, they will affect hundreds of children long into the future,”
Faye Heatherly commented. (01/11/2017-6AM)
Senator Yager asks for constituent input in upcoming legislative session
An editorial by Senator Ken Yager
January 11, 2017 -- The 2017 session of the 110th General Assembly
opened on Tuesday, January 10 with a host of issue on tap for
legislators. Among the top priorities for legislators this year is
continuing the state's forward momentum on job development and education
attainment to further improve the state's economy, while managing state
government as efficiently and effectively as possible. Some of the
other key issues expected to be on the 2017 legislative agenda are
juvenile justice reform, opiate abuse, healthcare, transportation
funding, elderly financial abuse and broadband Internet services.
State spending will be the predominant driver for legislative
action in 2017. Revenues in
have shown a healthy trend over the last several months. Although
the legislature will continue a conservative fiscal approach to spending
taxpayer dollars, the healthy revenue growth is very good news as the
General Assembly looks ahead at the 2017-2018 budget year.
Governor Bill Haslam will deliver his recommendations for
budget on January 30.
I will continue the practice of sending out Senate reports
periodically during the 2017 legislative year and appreciate the local
papers who publish them. We now send video updates to our papers
and audio statements to radio stations during the legislative session
which I hope you will access.
You can also keep up with what's going on in Nashville
by going to the General Assembly's award winning website at
I urge you to take a look at the redesigned website which offers
Tennesseans with live video streaming of our meetings and a tremendous
amount of information regarding our legislature and the issues before
us. For example, you can easily track every bill I file through
this website. In addition, many of your local access and PBS
stations re-broadcast the meetings. These technological
advancements make this General Assembly the most transparent in our
Please write, tweet, email or call me with your comments or
questions. My address is G-19 War Memorial Building, Nashville, TN
37243, my phone number is (615) 741-1449 (toll free 1-800 449-TENN ext.
11449), my email address is
and my Twitter account is at @Yagertweet. We try to answer every
call and I can assure you if you send me a letter or email, I will read
it myself. And don't forget you can contact me, too, at my
personal website, kenyager.com
Finally, I will distribute my constituent questionnaire very soon
which will ask your opinions of issues we may face in the legislature.
Please invest some time to complete the questionnaire and return it.
Volunteers will compile the statistics and I personally read every
written comment. Go to my website at www.kenyager.com<http://www.kenyager.com>
to look at the results from the 2013 survey
I am privileged to represent the best district in the state (no
bias at all)! The twelfth district is composed of seven of the
finest counties in East Tennessee and the
It's important that I hear from you. Thank you for letting me
‘Cats get the best of
CCHS in first meeting
teams carry top ten rankings
sized crowd was on hand last night at John Brown Gym to watch the
Campbell Cougars and Oak Ridge Wildcats battle in basketball. And
for the better part of three-quarters,
hung tough with the state ranked Wildcats and Lady Wildcats.
Lady Cougars, sole possession of first place in the district was on the
line as both CCHS and Oak Ridge
brought 6 & 0 records to the table. It was an exciting first half
which included eight lead changes before
took the lead for good, and its largest lead of the night – to that
point, at 24-21 at the half.
Lady Cougar Haley Comer won the opening
tap Tuesday night.
six-minute mark of the fourth quarter, the ‘Cats broke open the nail
built on a 38-32 advantage by scoring 18 of the next 25 points to claim
a 56-39 win.
Brad Honeycutt told WLAF’s Josh Parker on the Wrap It Up Construction
Cougar Wrap Up Show last night that “He liked the intensity for the
first two and a half quarters.” Honeycutt called it similar to the
last four meetings with
in that CCHS hung with OR for almost three-quarters and then “hit a
wall.” That’s when the ‘Cats transition game and dominance on the
offensive glass took off.
Cougars are now 13 & 5 with a 6 & 1 district mark. Oak Ridge
improves to 15 & 2 and 7 & 0 for first place in the district.
in a girls only evening on Thursday at Brown Gym. The JV game tips
at 6 p.m. followed by the Lady Cougars and Bobcats at 7:30 p.m.
Josh Parker has the call on the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network.
pleased with the energy and the effort.” That’s Cougar Coach Matt
Housley’s summary of his team’s tough loss to Oak Ridge
last night. The coach added that, “These guys (the Cougars) know
it’s just a matter of all the pieces (coming together) and doing their
part, and we can be a pretty good ball club.”
Jackson knocks down a jumper en-route to a 16-point night.
the Lady Cougars, the Cougars saw Oak Ridge
break a 10-point game open in the third quarter. The ‘Cats won it
drops to 12 & 7 in all games with a district mark of 2 & 5.
schedule does not ease up for the Cougars. Friday, at Knoxville,
CCHS plays Karns, its second top ten team this week.
Radio, television, and internet
coverage of Campbell Basketball will be over the WLAF – B & M Tires
Sports Network on Friday. Josh Parker and former Cougar Darin
Gillenwater have the call. Air time is 6 p.m. on FM 100.9 and AM
1450 with live televised coverage over 1450wlaf.com. The game will
be joined in progress on WLAF-TV 12. (01/11/2017-6AM-PHOTOS
COURTESY OF WLAF’S PAT PEBLEY)
All-State honors for a
couple of Cougars
By Pat Pebley
has released his selections for All-State. In the 5A division, he has
named a pair of Campbell County High Cougars to his list.
Big Mike Rhoades is already one of the most decorated players in
the history of Cougar Football. Rhoades finished the year with 68
tackles, 14 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, a forced fumble, and a fumble
recovery. He was a preseason All-State selection by Murphy Fair. He was
named All-State by the Tennessee Sports Writers Association. He was also
a semi finalist for Mr. Football in 5A, an honor no Cougar has ever had
in the past.
Zach Rutherford put up huge numbers for the Cougars this year. The
junior quarterback was 247-363 (68%) passing on the year. He had 3,335
yards through the air and threw 31 touchdowns and only eight
interceptions. The Rutherford-led offense was third best in school
history with 4,678 total yards and 377 total points on the year. He
broke former Cougar All-State quarterback Ethan Jeffers records for
passing attempts and passing yards in a season.
Rhoades moves on to play college ball,
prepares to return for his senior season at CCHS. Rhoades is being
heavily recruited to play at Tennessee Tech at
State of our State
General Assembly convenes this afternoon
By - State Representative Dennis Powers
General Assembly is set to convene after we are sworn into office at
noon. Here are a few of the issues we will be confronting this
Budget Surplus – For two years in a row, we have
had a budget surplus. Much of this has come from increased revenue
from the increased number of businesses moving to our state and current
businesses expanding due to fewer regulations and lower taxes we have
implemented over the past 5 years. However, much of the surplus is
going to be used to increase our rainy day fund, pay back money to the
transportation fund that was unconstitutionally taken from it years ago
and the increased cost of TNcare and healthcare, which is going to be
$300M+ above the previous year.
Education – Two years ago, the governor put $97M
in the budget for teacher raises, $105M last year and we expect to have
a similar increase this year. We will also continue to put an
emphasis on expanding our free community and technical colleges with the
TN Promise – we are proud that we are the only state that offers this
program. We have also set up a review board that will read every
book and assess it before it is put in the classroom.
Social Issues – We will continue to fight for our
Constitution in the face of federal activist judges. Our state
constitution contains amendments that puts restrictions on abortions and
only allows marriage between a man and a woman – we will continue to
push back against the federal government overreach that does not uphold
Gas Tax – There has been much discussion about
this, but we have not had an increase for almost 30 years and our roads
are beginning to show it. The transportation fund is a dedicated
fund and separate from the general fund, so the surplus cannot be used
to fund it. Constitutionally, the transportation fund has to be
subsidized with a gasoline tax, which is actually a “fee” for using our
Marijuana – Another bill will be coming to
legalize “medical marijuana.” However, the ingredient in marijuana
that is effective in reducing seizures, etc., is already available in
pill or liquid form. We passed a bill last year to allow that to
be used as long as it did not contain THC, the drug, which produces the
“high” effect. Therefore, it will be very difficult to persuade
legislators to see the need for legalizing “medical marijuana.”
State Representative Dennis Powers
is shown here honoring WLAF’s David Graham on his retirement back in
continue to give weekly updates on WLAF with my “On the road from
call-in show which is aired each Friday afternoon at 5:06 p.m. following
the CBS News. (01/10/2017-6AM)
ATVS: Board sends
list of roads to Nashville
BY PETER SAWYER
CARYVILLE—The Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved
a list of roads to be considered for All Terrain Vehicle use.
Caryville leaders are
and the City of La Follette
to allow ATVs the use of public roads. This will allow travelers using
ATV trails to legally access local businesses for gas, food and lodging.
Rep. Dennis Powers
will take the list of roads to Nashville.
The list of roads includes: Main Street, from
Highway 63 to Mountain Road; Mountain Road, to the City Limits; Highway
63, to the intersection of Lakeview and Dogwood; Old Highway 63, from
the intersection with Main Street to the intersection of Bruce Gap Road;
Bruce Gap Road, from the intersection with Old Highway 63 to the
intersection with Butter N Egg Road; Highway 63, from the intersection
of Main Street to the Intersection with 116; Highway 116, from the
Intersection with Highway 63 to the City Limits; Ershell Collins Road,
to Howard Baker Highway; Howard Baker Highway, to the City Limits;
Comfort Lane, from Highway 63 to the Comfort Inn; Howard Baker Highway,
to Royal Drive.
Legal use of ATVs on the roads will not take effect
until July 1.
The board approved
hiring Chris Paul full-time to the Police Department at
$12.50 an hour. Paul has worked a 90-day probationary period.
In a letter to the
sent late last year, Rogers Group said it would repave Mountain Road
and other places that have problems. Rogers Group will complete this
work when the weather becomes warmer in the spring.
After Rogers Group
completed projects for the Town of Caryville
last year, problems developed on some of the roads that had been paved.
Caryville will not be charged for the repaving.
In the month of
December, the Town of
brought in $19,600 less than it spent. However, Mayor Robert Stooksbury
said that is normal for the time of year.
Mayor Beth Lawson awards prize money to the winners of the 2016
Christmas Lights Contest. Martha Tackett accepts her $300 prize for
Don Cross accepts his $200 prize for taking
Cordell's daughters accept the $100 prize
for third place. There were five
entrants in the 2016 contest.
COURTESY OF WLAF'S PETER SAWYER)
WLAF’s Charlie Hutson
went airborne Sunday afternoon with Eagle I.
The WLAF tower is in
sight along with La Follette Middle School as some snow lingers.
McGhee was out with his camera and big coat early Sunday morning
snapping temp photos for WLAF. Thanks, Sarge!
Highway Department leads the way with plows and
It was a
total team effort a little ahead of sun up Saturday morning. In
extremely cold conditions, firefighters and members of the county
highway department teamed to answer a fire call at 150 Mattie Lane
in the Pinecrest Community.
agencies battled this early Saturday morning fire.
Just before daybreak, a county
plow/gravel truck was out in front of larger fire trucks enabling them
to make it to the fire scene on hilly icy roads. Upon arrival,
more than a dozen firefighters and several units fought heavy fire in
the attic of the home.
County road crews
laid down gravel ahead of fire engines so they could navigate the hilly,
icy roads enroute to the fire scene.
The Campbell County Rural Fire Service
initially responded. However, due to the temperature extremes,
mutual aid from the Jacksboro and Ridgewood Fire Departments was needed.
Chief Daniel Lawson tells WLAF News that firefighters were dispatched to
the home off
Pine Hollow Road
at 7:28 a.m. and cleared the scene around noon. Crews dealt with
very slick and cold conditions with a wind chill of -5 to -10 degrees.
Lawson explains that all of the
firefighters gear was frozen over making moving around difficult along
with trying to keep equipment from freezing up.
(01/09/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF CCRFS CHIEF DANIEL LAWSON)
And the winner is...
Annual Christmas Stocking give-a-way
Anna Paul (R) and Tyler Paul claim
their prize after Anna’s name was drawn out. They
were one of hundreds who registered to win the stocking given away by
Gifts From Above, Radio Shack, and WLAF. (01/09/2017-6AM)
School 4-H Team is pictured here after Sunday’s banquet
at Denver. (L- R) Coach
Connie Greiner, Elijah Brock, Noah Smith,
Kaitlyn Nelson, McKenzie
Ayers, and Meredith Rippy. This group brought home a couple of Top
Five finishes in the weekend competition in the Western National 4-H
Roundup at Denver. More photos
and Noah Smith’s story are further down this page.
High 4-H Team shines at national competition
Top five finishes at Western National 4-H Roundup
By – Noah Smith
received way much more snow than Campbell County
did on Friday. How do we know? Five 4-H students from
and their chaperons were in
from Thursday through Sunday. These five 4-H students attended the
Western National 4-H Roundup in Denver,
were they competed in the National Consumer Decision Making Competition.
The team consisted of McKenzie Ayers, Elijah Brock, Meredith Rippy,
Kaitlyn Nelson, and Noah Smith as the team alternate. It all began on
Thursday when the team flew out from
in route to Atlanta
and then to
The temperature felt like 16 below in
something we haven’t felt in a long time. The climate was certainly
different: extremely cold (about 16 below), lots of snow (about 7
inches), and a much higher elevation (about 1 mile above sea level).
The team got to interact with other 4-H students from all over the
country and with some international 4-H students at the opening banquet.
They weren’t the only 4-H students from Tennessee.
The opening banquet also allowed them to meet all their
4-H Delegation is pictured below, with all five of the
4-H students pictured as well as their coach.
On Friday, the team
explored downtown Denver
where they got to visit the Colorado State Capital, the United States
Mint, local shops, and many statues and landmarks. The team is
pictured here at the Colorado State Capital (L to R: Elijah Brock, Noah
Smith, Kaitlyn Nelson, Meredith Rippy, and McKenzie Ayers).
The team is also pictured here by an iconic bronco rider statue.
(L to R: Elijah Brock, Meredith Rippy, Kaitlyn Nelson, McKenzie Ayers,
and Noah Smith)
Saturday was competition day. An early morning start (8:00 AM MST) sent
nerves running high, but the team remained positive. The competition
consisted of six individual events in which each contestant would rank
four different products in order of best fit for the given scenario.
They would then give an oral reason on two of the six scenarios in which
they would give an explanation for the reason why they ranked them in
that order. After the individual events were over, the team would gather
for a group scenario in which they would collaborate to rank the
products in order of best fit. When the clock struck noon, the team was
exhausted. As the competition ended, the team grew excited for their
next stop, the National Western Stock Show. Here the team got to
see many award winning farm animals and watched the National
Invitational Ranch Rodeo. Noah Smith is pictured below at the rodeo.
Sunday came and so did the awards banquet. The team took home 2nd place
in the product placings event and McKenzie Ayers took home 4th place in
the individual product placings event. McKenzie is pictured below with
The event concluded with the awards banquet and breakfast. The team took
a shuttle to the airport and began their trip back to Campbell
This time they went from
The team made it safely home last night and with them they brought pride
for Campbell County.
All of Campbell
is excited and proud of the awesome work that this team accomplished.
WAGES: Board approves
pay scale for Jacksboro employees
BY PETER SAWYER
Thursday’s meeting, the Board of Mayor and Aldermen approved a pay scale
for Jacksboro employees.
New, full-time employees will be hired at a base
rate, and the full-time employees who are already working at less than
the new hiring salary will be moved to the minimum.
The Fire Department will hire new employees at
$8.50. The Street Department will hire new employees at $9, and the
Police Department will hire new employees at $13.
Employees with three years’ experience will receive
an additional 50 cents, those with four years’ experience will receive
an additional 75 cents, and those with five years’ experience will
receive an additional $1.
Mike Copeland asked members of the board if any
action had been taken to prevent other suboxone clinics from coming to
Mayor Jack Cannon said federal regulations protect
the suboxone clinic and the board can’t create zoning regulations for
the purpose of forcing the clinic out of town—a zone must be made in
which the clinic can conduct business. However, recent state laws will
impose new regulations on the clinic.
Copeland also asked members of the board about a
recent investigation into an alleged ticket quota.
At a meeting at the end of last year, the board
addressed an investigation into allegations that a ticket quota was
imposed on Jacksboro Police Officers.
City Attorney Steve Hurst said there is no evidence
of a ticket quota.
Cannon said the case was closed.
Copeland asked if a text message has been sent by
any employees demanding a ticket quota. He turned to Fire Chief Jason
Shetterly to talk to him when Cannon stopped him, bringing the
conversation to an end.
Early Warning System
The board approved
$2,395.85 to update the Early Warning System.
Sen. Ken Yager
The Board will meet with Sen. Ken Yager next month.
During the meeting, Cannon wants to speak to Yager about raising the 911
charge for cell phone users. People with landlines are charged a $1
monthly fee that supports 911. However, cell phone users are charged
$1.16 every three months. These fees support 911, who uses the money to
The board approved paying 10-8 Video $704.95 for a
video camera. The camera will be used to outfit a new police vehicle.
The board approved paying Dyer Flooring $11,303.66
to repair the library's
floor. The job may require an additional $540 to complete. The job will
require a week to complete, during which the library will be closed.
The board approved paying $600—plus shipping—to
Extreme Tactical for a light bar.
The board approved paying $554.96 to repair one of
the Fire Department’s pickup trucks.
The board approved hiring Lisa Crumbley to do
plumbing inspections for the city for $65 per inspection.
The board accepted Jackie Heatherly’s resignation
from the Police Department.
The board gave Cannon approval to find the value of
the late Det. Mike Starrett’s service pistol. Jeri Starrett—Mike
Starrett’s widow—wants to purchase the pistol.
The board approved a motion to dispose of the
town’s Christmas decorations. Alderman Avery Burden said he received
complaints the decorations are old. (01/06/2017-6AM)
Who’s That Cougar?
By Tanner Carson
This former Cougar
basketball player played from 2011-2015 and was a shooting guard for the
Orange-n-Blue. He wore jersey Number 2.
says his favorite games were each time the Cougars beat Anderson
Number 2 says his most memorable
moment was taking the game-winning charge
against the state’s second ranked team, Karns,
for the upset.
Oh, and one more hint.
He’s the color announcer on the Campbell
Do you know “Who’s
That Cougar?” He is Darin Gillenwater. (01/06/2017-6AM)
Long arrested on multiple charges
Long’s passenger booked for the 44th time
18 year old La Follette resident racked up her sixth book in at the
Campbell County Jail just days after Christmas. Her 37 year old
passenger netted her 44th arrest.
Dec. 27 Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Franklin Ayers was traveling
north on East Beech Street
in LaFollette when he observed a vehicle traveling south without
properly functioning headlights. A check of the registration
revealed it had expired in 2014. During the traffic stop Ayers
discovered Paxton Celeste Long, 18, of 900 West Prospect Street,
La Follette, did not have a driver’s license and the vehicle she was
driving was uninsured. Tammy Leann Young, 37, of
705 South 8th Street,
La Follette, was a passenger in the car.
According to Ayers’ report, Long appeared to be nervous during the
traffic stop. When asked if there was anything illegal inside the
vehicle, Long allegedly said yes and pointed Ayers to the center
console. Records indicated the console held a container with two
corner cut baggies with a substance that appeared to be methamphetamine.
In addition, there was half a pill believed to be a controlled
substance, as well as a glass pipe and a hypodermic need Long said was
used to inject narcotics, records indicate.
was arrested and charged with possession of a schedule II controlled
substance, possession drug paraphernalia, violation of the registration
law, driver’s license law, violation of the light law, violation of the
Tennessee financial law and capias/bench warrant. Her bond was set
at $85,000. Young was charged with possession of a schedule II
controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. She was
released on a $5,000 bond. (01/06/2017-6AM)
Sevierville man marks new year with arrest
trip to jail was likely not on Blake Lingafelter’s things to do in 2017,
but that is just how he kicked of the New Year. Just before
midnight on Jan. 1, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Corey Laxton was
traveling west on Appalachian Highway when he saw Lingafelter driving
east bound with a burned out headlight.
traffic stop revealed Lingafelter did not have insurance and his
driver’s license had been suspended for failing to pay citations.
Records indicate while speaking with Lingafelter, Laxton detected the
smell of alcohol. Lingafelter allegedly reported he drank one beer
earlier in the evening. Laxton administer a battery of field
sobriety tests which Lingafelter could not perform satisfactorily.
The defendant submitted to a breathalyzer test which revealed a .05
Lingafelter, 35, of
712 Smokey Mountain View Drive,
Sevierville, was arrested and charged with driving under the influence,
driving on a suspended license, violation of the light law and violation
the Tennessee financial law.
He was released on $3,500 bond. (01/06/2017-6AM)
a veteran with the Campbell County Highway Department, is behind the
wheel of the backhoe this morning getting ready for the expected snow
fall. More photos from WLAF’s Charlie Hutson and the story are
further down this page.
Road ready for “round
the clock” day
Highway Department gears up for snow
am today, members of the Campbell County Highway Department have been
getting ready for the season’s first snowfall. Snow is already
falling at this hour in parts of
Gravel is a large part of treating county roads.
Super Ron Dilbeck left out this morning before daybreak to survey the
weather situation and pre-treat on Caryville
and other high elevation areas. Some of the 3,000 or so feet of
the highest points are part of the 700+ miles of road he and his crew
tend to on a daily basis.
Adam Watson, Michael Smith, and Jason Boruff work to
put a blade on one of the 16 trucks that will be pushing snow. In
addition to those trucks, the Highway Department has a road grader, back
hoe, and dump truck at its disposal.
Once upwards of 30 or so staff members
with the Highway Department clocked in this morning, they’re in for the
long haul. Assistant Road Super Tony Malone explains to WLAF that,
“We’ll all work around the clock until the job is done.” He says
that includes those answering the phone in the office to the crew at the
rock quarry to the brush truck staff to the mechanics to those pushing
snow on the roads.
Assistant Road Super
Tony Malone started receiving calls early today asking about the
Malone says, “We’re here for the
Darlene Bruce (standing) and Kelly Potter
also work around the clock answering phones and keeping the office going
during snow events.
(01/05/2017-11AM-CHARLIE HUTSON PHOTOS)
Yager’s blowing out a
lot of candles today
Happy Birthday to our state senator
Yager (center) is pictured with his
wife Malinda and friend General Carl Stiner at last fall’s appreciation
dinner hosted by the senator.
Just ahead of the opening of next week’s 110th
Session of the General Assembly, State Senator Ken Yager has personal
business to tend to today. It’s his birthday.
Yager is 70-years old. (01/05/2017-6AM)
Equipment that needed new power
Telos expected to add 60 more jobs
Telos is making
significant strides when it comes to becoming fully operational. On
Wednesday, the piece of equipment the new power grid was installed for
was set into place.
gigantic state of the art equipment was installed yesterday at Telos,
located in the former
A & S
at Caryville. It’s the reason the new power grid was installed.
Telos expects to add more jobs
The press and the
accompanying furnace will be integrated in the coming days. As Telos
continues to place roots in
County, another round of
hiring will start. The second phase is expected to add 60 jobs bringing
the total to just over 80. (01/05/2017-6AM)
MEETING TIME: Council
votes to change meeting and workshop times
CLICK HERE to watch
the meeting in its entirety
BY PETER SAWYER
La FOLLETTE—At Tuesday’s meeting, the city council
voted to change the meeting times for the monthly workshop and meeting
from 6 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Vice Mayor Joe Bolinger said 5:30 p.m. is an easier
meeting time during the winter months.
The council approved tearing down Walden Tavern
(aka the Past Time Lounge), which sits on city-owned property. The work
will be done in-house. While the council discussed eventually installing
an RV park on the property, council member Ann Thompson said the project
should be completed in phases.
Cherry Street and
Back Valley Road
The council approved
the installation of a guard rail on Cherry Street
and the replacement of a guard rail on
Back Valley Road
as long as the cost does not exceed $5,000.
The council gave
Public Works Department Head Jim Mullens approval to apply with the
Tennessee Department of Transportation to transfer STP funds. The funds
will be used to repair sidewalks on
North Tennessee Avenue
and South Avenue.
They will also be used to add new sidewalks on
South Tennessee Avenue
towards Woodland Apartments.
The council approved paying $9,800 to pave half of
the Senior Citizens Center Parking Lot. The County has agreed to pay for
the other half. The council will have to pass another budget amendment
to account for the $9,800, which will come from the Fund Balance.
City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries said every
employee should receive an insurance card by the end of the week.
Jeffries also said each employee has received a sheet of paper that
would provide doctors with sufficient information in the meantime.
The council gave final approval for setting the
local wine license fee at $1,000. Renewing the license will cost $500.
The council approved two resolutions to amend the
The City of
received $375,000 for the Home Grant. The city spent $375,000 on
projects related to the grant—$22,500 on grant administration cost and
$353,500 on construction and program costs.
There were also
various changes to the general fund. The City of La Follette
received and spent $14,996 from a Police OJCP JAG Grant. The City of
La Follette also
receive from $500 LPRF Recreation Grant and spent $1,000. The City of
also spent $104,000 from the Fund Balance on repairs to the North 11th Street
Bridge. The City of LaFollette
paid $3,756 for an employee’s part-time salary and $288 for the
employee’s part-time FICA. The City of
also paid $13,568 for the same employee’s full-time salary, $1,038 for
the employee’s full-time FICA, and $1,326 for the employee’s full-time
The council unanimously appointed Joe Bolinger Vice
The council approved marking city vehicles with the
City logo. However, The City Administrator’s vehicle, the Mayor’s
vehicle and all unmarked Police vehicles will remain unmarked.
The council approved the use of I.D. badges for
The council approved hiring Melissa Myers to the
Police Department full-time as a Patrol Officer. Her annual salary will
be $28,580. Myers has been working part-time.
The council approved transferring Shaneil Ayers
from Dispatch. Ayers will serve as a Patrol Officer with an annual
salary of $28,580. (01/04/2017-6AM)
continues in the New Year
Low cost program is available
County Happy Pets Spay/Neuter Low Cost Spay/Neuter Program continues in
2017. Organizers encourage you to call the hotline at 423.352.7447
to sign-up. Just call that number and leave a detailed message,
including name and phone number.
There is a sign-up day set for the financial aid program on
Wednesday, January 11, 10 am-2 pm, in the lobby of La Follette
Veterinary Services, in east La Follette. It’s open to Campbell
residents with an annual income of $35,000 or less. You’ll need to
bring copy of proof of income. Do not bring pets, applications
will be processed, and your appointment will be made before you leave.
Residents who meet income guidelines will pay $25 for dogs under 70 lbs
and $20 for cats. This includes a one-year rabies vaccination.
Spay CC hosts an indoor yard sale and hot dog fundraiser on Saturday,
January 14, at Angel Square Business Complex. That’s at the corner
of East Beech Street
and South Indiana Avenue
in La Follette, across from Kash & Karry Building Supply. Event
hours are from 9 am-2 pm. (01/02/2017-6AM)
Tennova helps you “Weigh Your Options”
for the New Year
Learn about the latest surgical weight loss
For many Americans, the conclusion of the holidays
and the start of the New Year are the catalyst for making a serious
commitment to losing weight, but traditional methods—like restrictive
dieting and extensive exercise—do not provide sustained weight loss
results for everyone.
For those who failed to lose weight through
conventional methods and are considering a more aggressive approach in
2017, Tennova Healthcare notes they are not alone. In 2015, the latest
year for which statistics are available, nearly 200,000 people across
the country had weight loss surgery. That’s an increase of more than 25
percent over figures for 2011.
“Current estimates are
that 1 in every 3 Americans is defined as clinically obese,” said
Stephen G. Boyce, M.D., bariatric surgeon and medical director at the
Tennova Center for Surgical Weight Loss, located at Turkey Creek Medical
Center in Knoxville. “That means their BMI (body mass index) is between
30 and 40. Another 6 percent of the U.S.
population has a BMI above 40 and is defined as extremely obese.”
A recent study by the National Institutes of Health
reveals that those living with obesity are likely to die 14 years
earlier, on average, than if they maintained a healthy weight.
“While it’s natural to think about obesity in terms
of appearance,” Boyce said, “the real impact of excessive body weight is
on an individual’s health and longevity. Most obese patients also deal
with joint pain, diabetes, high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or
depression. Obesity also has a significant impact on energy levels and
quality of life.”
If this New Year is the time for you to take
control of your weight, Tennova Healthcare offers a variety of bariatric
surgery procedures. Many can be performed through small incisions for
minimal scarring and faster recovery. Here are the options:
• Intragastric Balloon
Procedure – The Tennova Center
for Surgical Weight Loss is among the first in the nation to offer this
non-surgical procedure to patients living with moderate obesity. The
treatment utilizes a soft, expandable silicone balloon to temporarily
take up space in the stomach, ultimately helping individuals achieve an
earlier feeling of fullness at mealtimes. The procedure is typically
performed on an outpatient basis and does not require extensive recovery
• Adjustable Gastric Banding – This minimally
invasive procedure involves placing an inflatable silicone band around
the uppermost part of the stomach to help the patient feel full sooner
and longer. It’s a healthy way to lose a significant amount of weight
and enjoy long-term results. Surgeons can easily change the diameter of
the band to meet weight loss needs, and the procedure is also
reversible. This technique offers less pain and a quicker recovery than
traditional weight loss surgery methods.
• Vertical Sleeve Gastrectomy – Through small
incisions, the surgeon removes the left side of the stomach so the
remaining stomach is approximately one-tenth of the original size after
about one year. This “new” stomach has a much smaller capacity, which
means patients feel full or satisfied after eating only a small amount
of food. The procedure has also proven to reduce the appetite hormone
called Grehlin. Less appetite combined with a smaller stomach makes it
even easier to eat less food and lose weight.
• Gastric Bypass – There are several types of
procedures that are used, but all of them bypass part of the small
intestine that absorbs nutrients. Bypass techniques involve stapling off
an area of the stomach to create a smaller pouch or surgically removing
part of the stomach, both of which create a smaller stomach area.
Gastric bypass also reduces production of the appetite hormone Grehlin,
making it easier to eat less.
• Biliopancreatic Diversion with Duodenal Switch –
This more complicated weight loss surgery procedure involves removing
approximately 50 percent of the stomach and constructing an intestinal
bypass. The smaller stomach, reduction in appetite hormones, and
significantly reduced calorie absorption in the intestines provide
excellent weight loss and long-term resolution of comorbid conditions,
such as type 2 diabetes.
“As with any health issue, surgery should be
considered only after other, less invasive methods have failed,” Boyce
said. “The patient’s compliance with pre-surgical education, as well as
post-surgical nutrition and follow-up guidelines are the key indicators
for weight loss success and long-term maintenance.”
For those considering a surgical solution for your
weight loss goals, Tennova Healthcare offers education and support that
begin before surgery and extend through recovery to ensure individuals
are set up for success. The best way to find out if you are a candidate
for weight loss surgery is to attend a free seminar in person or online.
The interactive seminars include discussion about the program as well as
questions and answers regarding care and the insurance process.
For more information, or to register for a seminar,
call 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682) or visit TennovaWeightLoss.com.
Clarence Lowe’s birthday
was no surprise, but the party certainly was
Community leader marks a milestone
Traditionally, Coach Jim Pierce treats
Clarence Lowe to breakfast on his birthday. But this time, it was
lunch; a surprise lunch birthday party.
Lowe, in the blue shirt, who would rather
stay in the background, couldn’t do it Saturday on his special day.
Jacksboro Mayor Jack Cannon (checkered shirt) declared December 31,
2016, as Clarence Lowe Day.
pulled it off perfectly stunning Lowe when he opened the door to the gym
at the Jacksboro
where a good sized crowd had gathered.
Lowe’s niece, Melissa Davis, put
together the fun event without a hitch or a word said.
Many of Lowe’s friends, former
co-teachers, and fellow volunteers for many of Lowe’s community projects
listens in with WLAF’s Jim Freeman (R) to a funny story from Lowe’s
brother-in-law, Don Payne.
Lowe was born on December 31, 1946, at
home in Titus, better known now as Royal Blue. He says he weighed
three-pounds and was delivered by Dr. Charles Rogers. Karo Syrup
was what Lowe was fed for the first few months of life, and he says he’s
always had a taste and love for that brand of syrup and sweets in
The Campbell County Cancer Association
and Friends of Cove Lake Park are just a few of the community projects
that are near to Lowe’s heart. Since he retired from teaching
school at Campbell High, and before retirement, he’s been very active in
love you and appreciate all you do. Happy 70th!
(01/02/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHAD DAVIS)
ID Cards yes.
Uniforms no for City of La Follette
January meeting is Tuesday, January 3, at 5:30 pm
elected City of La Follette
council members presented new ideas at Tuesday night’s workshop.
member Lonnie “Hot Rod” Wilson suggested the Old Past Time Lounge
building and property, located near the end of North Tennessee Avenue
above LUB, be cleared and used as a 20-camp space RV park. The
idea was well received by the mayor and council. City
Administrator Jimmy Jeffries said he would move forward in getting a set
of cost estimates.
added that it was cost prohibitive to try and refurbish the building
saying it needed a new roof and extensive interior repairs, and also,
that even after that, it would be a hard sell to rent the building which
has been empty for years.
Discussion of marking all city
vehicles was taken a step further. Councilman Bill Archer pointed
out that a bar of amber lights needs to be on all city vehicles pointing
out that there are times these vehicles are in areas where there is
heavy traffic or are parked along side a street. La Follette Chief
of Police noted that such bars cost around $250.
Jeffries mentioned a couple of
“add-ons” to last night’s agenda. He said council needs to elect a
vice-mayor at next week’s regular monthly meeting. Joe Bolinger is
currently the vice-mayor. The other add-on is is the City going to
pay a portion ($9,800) of the cost to have the Senior Citizens new
parking lot paved? The county has already chipped in the same
Mayor Mike Stanfield said that the
city already designates $70,000 a year to the center, but that he didn’t
want (himself and others) to go there and park and fall down over
gravels and get hurt when it could be paved.
Council member Ann Thompson said she
wanted to see the Senior Citizens Center’s books thinking that it had
enough funds to pave the lot itself without using taxpayer money.
It’s been said that the center recently received money from one or more
settled lawsuits it had filed.
explained that he felt like city employees should wear uniforms.
He said that when employees went places like the recent wildfire and
tornado tragedies to help, they needed a way to be identified that they
were with the City. Thompson said uniforms are too expensive that
ID badges were the way to go. One council member said that all of
the police and fire personnel are already in uniform. Chief Roehl
said his department can make badges for the rest of the city employees
for about $150.
Dwight Crutchfield addressed the group and answered questions about a
five-acre tract of land near La Follette Elementary School located on
The city wants to take bids to clear the area which is between the
school and the
Crutchfield explained that there are wetlands on part of the property
which means that the Tennessee Department of Environment and
Conservation (TDEC) needs to assess the area.
The City is moving ahead with construction of the new bridge on Dossett Lane. Jeffries said the City
will be sending out requests for qualifications for the Dossett Lane
Bridge Design Phase. (12/28/2016-6AM)
Moves within La Follette
Police and Fire Departments
LFD Lieutenant promotions in the works
Part time La Follette Police Officer
Melissa Myers’ promotion to full time patrol officer goes on next week’s
agenda for a vote. A vote for full time LPD Dispatcher Shaneil
Ayers to “go on the road” as a full time patrol officer will also be
voted on at Tuesday’s regular meeting. The additions will give the
La Follette Police Department three full time female officers.
When the discussion of promoting three fire fighters to lieutenant came
around on last night’s agenda, Council member Ann Thompson asked why
there were no names listed. La Follette Fire Chief Charles
Eldridge said he’d love to have lieutenants back on the force in those
three openings, and there is money in the budget for the salaries, but
he’s not conducted interviews yet and would like to postpone the
promotions until the LFD is ready. The chief, as in times past, is
opening up the positions to the entire department allowing anyone
interested to apply. He says, “We will do it soon (interviews).”
Roles changing for LFD Fire Fighters
Not just a fire department anymore
Members of the La Follette Fire Department, it was pointed out at last
night’s workshop, are far more than fire fighters these days. LFD
is now a medical, extrication, and rescue unit in addition to fire
New sidewalks coming to
parts of La Follette
Speed limit request
There was discussion of new sidewalks
for several streets in La Follette. North Tennessee to the
proposed RV park, South Tennessee Avenue to the Claiborne and Loop Roads
split, Nevada Avenue near Ellison Supply, a part of North Indiana
Avenue, and on the four lane west of South Avenue (near Gamble Motors)
were among the areas mentioned. Public Works Director Jim Mullens
said, “The Nevada Avenue project could be done ‘in house,’ and some of
the sidewalks would qualify for STP (Surface Transportation Programs
Council man Lonnie “Hot Rod” Wilson said he was approached about the
City making East Prospect Street
a 25-mile per hour zone rather than the current 30-MPH and erecting
‘slow – children at play’ signs. Mayor Mike Stanfield said we can
post the 25-MPH speed limit signs, but due to a liability issue, the
‘slow –children at play’ signs cannot be put up. Thompson said
residents of the street would need to be poled before the speed limit
could be changed. (12/28/2016-6AM)
City gyms have been busy
over the holiday break
Archer promotes youth involvement
Councilman Bill Archer wants the
public to know that with students on holiday break, the city’s rec
center gyms are open. Parks and Recreation Director Johnny Byrge
says the gyms have been full with youngsters over the past week or so.
Close to the end of the hour-long workshop, Archer, said, heck I’m
72-years old, why am I on city council, “We need some younger people
taking part in our city.” He suggested that the City needs to get
high school students involved in a Junior-mayor and council type board
so it can hear suggestions and create interest. (12/28/2016-6AM)
Commission discusses Poore’s position
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By PETER SAWYER
JACKSBORO—Friends of Campbell County Animals
requested hiring a new animal control officer at the regular county
The FCCA is under
contract to operate the Animal Shelter. However, the Animal Control
Officer position is still under the control of the County
FCCA Secretary Trish Simpson requested the
Commission agree to a contract that would require the county to still
fund the animal control position, but transfer authority over the
position to the FCCA.
Simpson made it clear the FCCA has had problems
with Animal Control Officer Otis Poore. A candidate for the job
accompanied her to the meeting.
“We have so many problems with our animal control
officer,” Simpson said. “It’s bad”
Simpson said that she would rather have only one
different animal control officer than another animal control officer in
addition to Poore.
Simpson said Poore is rude, doesn’t answer the
phone, and had discharged a tranquilizer gun inside the building.
However, Mayor E. L. Morton said the incident with
the gun was not reported to him.
Simpson said Poore brings in animals that have been
surrendered by owners and claims they are strays to avoid filing
Commissioner Ralph Davis suggested allowing Poore
the chance to come to the commission to defend himself.
Jennings said Poore has been working 29 years and is one away from
said he would not vote to remove Poore.
Simpson said she thought there were other positions
within county government Poore could be moved to.
While there is not currently a position available
for Poore to work outside of animal control, some of the commissioners
were open to finding him a position outside of animal control.
approved a resolution requesting the Tennessee Valley Authority allow
more access points on
Commissioner Rusty Orick said there is an increased
demand for access points. He said Morton could take the resolution to a
TVA board meeting.
approved allowing Legal Shield and ID Shield to solicit county employees
for one month.
was the only commissioner to vote “no”.
Legal Shield and ID Shield offer supplementary
benefits for employees.
ID Shield is identity theft protection insurance.
Legal Shield offers employees a subscription to
various legal services.
The county normally allows businesses to solicit
employees during the summer, but Legal Shield and ID Shield asked to be
allowed to solicit outside the normal cycle.
The commission approved applying for a Community
Development Block Grant on behalf of the Campbell County Rural Fire
Service. The CCRFS will pay the match for the grant and use the money to
finance a truck.
Because the LaFollette Medical Foundation donated
three ventilators to the Campbell County Medical Services, the
commission approved sending a “thank you”.
approved a TDEC Resolution that affirms a partnership between Campbell
already has a partnership with
A lotta Cougars land on All-Region
CCHS reaps benefits from great season
went 1 & 1 against state finalist teams this season. The Cougars
also opened the season with six-straight wins. At the end of an
impressive 8 & 3 campaign, post season honors are coming the Cougars
way. Earlier today, the All-Region Superlatives and All-Region
Selections were announced.
Defensive Assistant of
the Year: Matt Price
Quarterback of the Year: Zach Rutherford
Offensive Lineman of the Year: Tanner Boston
Defensive Lineman of the Year: Mike Rhoades
Defensive Back of the Year: Max Farris
2016 Campbell County All Regions
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Campbell County Deputy Sheriff Darryl
Chapman is holding on to history for Harry. Read how Chapman gives honor
to Sheriff Harry Cureton, Cureton’s family, and the Campbell County
Sheriff’s Department. The story and more Charlie Hutson photos are
further down this page.
Holdin’ on to history
sheriff’s gun is where it belongs – in Campbell
“Here, boy! Shake this man’s
hand. He’s our new sheriff.”
More than 40 years later, the words of
Buck Chapman still ring in his son’s ears. Outside the Royal Lunch Room
on North Tennessee Avenue, Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Darryl
Chapman, then only 8-years old, followed his dad’s orders and shook
hands with a lawman for the first time in his young life. That was in
the summer of 1974, and the new sheriff was Harry Cureton.
Chapman, now a veteran lawman himself,
only met up with Cureton one more time, but the impression remains.
Call it fate. Call it luck. Call it a
pawn broker looking to make a buck. Whatever you call it, the call was
answered by Chapman. Literally.
The 1984 Campbell County High Alum says he’d give about anything
to own Sheriff John Dossett’s gun. Dossett gave Chapman his first
job. Chapman used
Cureton’s gun to help dedicate the CCSD’s new shooting
range last week
Chapman’s personal cell phone rang a couple
of years ago with no return number showing up. Against his better
judgment, he went ahead and answered. The voice on the other end of the
phone asked, “Are you a deputy?” Chapman affirmed in a hateful tone.
That tone quickly changed when the next thing said was, “I have Sheriff
Harry Cureton’s gun.”
It quickly became clear to Chapman
that what was an immediate matter of the heart for him was nothing but a
“next person with the cash gets the gun” mentality to an emotionally
detached out-of-town pawn shop operator.
now in the hands of a merchant, was the one carried by Sheriff Harry
Cureton every day. It had been
gift in1981 when all of his men went together and bought it for him. But
who knows the travels of the gun since Cureton’s death in 2007 and when
Chapman saved it in 2014.
officers of the sheriff’s department were the first to fire shots at the
new range last Thursday. L-R Deputy Darryl Chapman, Retired Deputy
Jackie Bruce, and Sergeant Darrell Mongar.
The 28-year law
enforcement veteran believes it was kind of meant for him to end up with
Cureton’s gun. Chapman plans to keep it and if his son goes into law
enforcement, hand it down to him. And if his son’s career takes another
path, Cureton’s gun will then be on display at the Campbell County
Chapman believes having
Cureton’s gun back here in
Campbell County gives
honor to the late sheriff’s family as well as the Campbell County
In the end, it was the gun that joined the hands of
Cureton and Chapman one last time. (11/18/2016-6AM)
region is set for the next five seasons
Region 3 Football Classification for 2017-2021
who Campbell County
is joined by in its new region. WLAF will release the 2017
schedule in the coming weeks.
Municipalities fill seats
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The election results came quick last night.
In all, 12,943 votes were cast across the county
with the majority of those, over 7,000, occurring during early voting.
Not only were there seats to fill on the ballot,
there was also the question of alcohol in two municipalities.
After several appearances on the ballot through the
years, Jellico again posed the liquor by the drink question to its
citizens. This time they said “yes” in a close contest. With 392 in
favor and 327 against, voters gave the approval to have alcohol
consumption on premises in their town.
And they weren’t the only ones with an alcohol
issue on the ballot. La Follette asked its citizens if they wanted wine
sold in grocery stores. Its populace gave a nearly 2 to 1 approval on
the measure with a final vote of 1,112 in favor of with 609 against the
In other races, Dennis Powers held onto his 36th
District House of Representative seat beating challenger Bob Fannon.
Powers garnered 8,477 to Fannon’s 3,605.
Bill Archer and Lonnie “Hot Rod” Wilson are the
newest members of the La Follette City Council earning 886 and 810 votes
respectively. Fannon, who was also a contender in this race, captured
771 votes with incumbent Hansford Hatmaker coming in a distant fourth
with only 415 votes.
Mike Stanfield, the unopposed mayor in La Follette,
received 1,558 complimentary votes.
In Caryville, Robert Stooksbury will again serve as
mayor. He edged out Glenn Smith in the two man race with a 434 to 318
In the first ward, Patrick Pebley beat Jerry
Chadwell 353 to 324. The second ward had an unopposed Eric Jones
receiving 557 complimentary votes. Lloyd Lawson became the third ward
alderman beating William Clyde Richardson 446 to 227.
Across the mountain,
Jellico voted Steve Morgan into its empty 5th
district school board seat. Morgan defeated Steve Christian 1,310 to
On the national front, Campbell Countians turned
out in support of Donald Trump with 9,860 votes being cast for the
political novice. Hillary Clinton received 2,248 votes.
Final results of Campbell Football's 2016 season from WLAF - Cougars 8 &
Thank you for another fun year of football, Cougars!!!
L Ooltewah Owls 51 - Campbell County 14 Nov 4 (playoffs)
L Oak Ridge Wildcats 28 - Campbell County 0 Oct 27
W Campbell County 54 - Karns Beavers 16 Oct 14
W Campbell County 49 - Bell County Wildcats 16 Oct 7
L Farragut Admirals 38 - Campbell County 28
W Campbell County 57 - Cocke County Fighting Cocks 7
W Campbell 35 - Clinton Dragons 0 Sep 16
W Campbell 34 - Grace Christian Academy Rams 20 Sep 9
W Campbell 41 - Lenoir City Panthers 3
W Campbell 17 - Central Bobcats 13 Aug 26
W Campbell 48 - Gibbs Eagles 14 Aug 19
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