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Missing person found

K9 Cowboy locates Pinecrest man

     In a report from the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department, deputies were notified on Thursday of a missing and endangered person that left his home on foot after taking 20 Lisinopril pills, a prescription medication that regulates blood pressure, attempting to harm himself.  CCSD Captain Jeremy Goins responded to 2026 Pinecrest Road in Jacksboro with K9 partner Cowboy to deploy and attempt to track the missing endangered person, Bennie King.  It was learned that the last point the 42-year old King was seen was behind his house.   Goins deployed K9 Cowboy, who is trained in tracking, and he began tracking.  The Captain and Cowboy tracked for approximately 200-yards traveling on grass and dirt surfaces with Cowboy continuing keep his nose down, indicating that a person had traveled down the path.  K9 Cowboy tracked behind an abandoned house into a wooded area onto a leafy surface for 75-yards.  The K9 officer's nose lifted from the ground and his behavior changed.  Goins recognized, through hours of training with Cowboy, that the K9 was indicating the subject was close.  Cowboy made an immediate left turn for 30-yards locating King sitting in a thick area of small pine trees.  King was coherent and responding, and he was transported to the La Follette Medical Center for treatment. (09/01/2015 - 6:00 AM)

Pulling Rank: USPS says zip codes is a federal matter

By PETER SAWYER

La FOLLETTE—While city leaders seek to regain tax money by changing zip codes, the United States Postal Service may stand in the way.

Because some La Follette businesses have a 37757 zip code, the state of Tennessee is sending their sales tax revenue to Jacksboro.

Therefore the city council is seeking to change all zip codes within La Follette’s city limits to 37766.

However, Helen A. Nicholas, an attorney for the United States Postal Service said in a letter to City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries, that zip codes are federal jurisdiction.

“From a legal perspective, LaFollette’s attempt to change zip codes is a prohibited intrusion by local government on the Postal Service’s federally authorized activities,” Nicholas said. “Moreover, many courts including the United States Supreme Court pre-empts attempts by state and local governments to regulate or interfere with the activities of the Postal Service.  In sum, neither state nor local government may restrict the Postal Service from carrying out its statutory mandate...”

La Follette officials have also filed a Situs report to recoup lost revenue.

If this effort is successful, $126,000 can be regained in six months, according to city recorder Joy Ellison.

Public building blocks private property

There were disagreements about what to do with a city building on North Massachusetts Avenue. The building currently blocks access to private property.

City Attorney Reid Troutman and Codes Enforcement Officer Stan Foust recommended the council vote to tear the building down.

Council member Hansford Hatmaker, agreed the building should be torn down.

“Go ahead and take our building down,” Hatmaker said.

Hatmaker sat apart from the rest of the council at one of the side tables, in order to face “the people.”

However, council member Bob Fannon expressed a desire to keep the building.

“It’s a piece of property the city really needs,” Fannon said. “We don’t have any other place to grow.”

Public Works Department Head Jim Mullins reminded the council about getting an appraisal of the private property that is being blocked by the city building.

“I thought that’s what y’all agreed on at the meeting,” he said. “I thought y’all agreed to have an appraisal done. Even if you reach an agreement, before you can legally buy it, you have to have a certified appraisal.”

Fannon suggested getting the appraisal.

Food Life Services

Food Life Services donated property on East 4th Street and East Hemlock Street to the City of La Follette. Mayor Mike Stanfield suggested each council member donate $200 out of their discretionary funds to help FLS pay for a pallet jack.

Hatmaker suggested the council donate $2,000 to FLS.

City Finance Director Terry Sweat said there isn’t $2,000 in the budget, and the council would have to take it out of the city’s fund balance.

Jeffries added the donation to the agenda and the council will decide tomorrow at its monthly meeting.

“They (Food Life Services) do a lot of good for people,” Stanfield said.

Campbell County Historical Society

Jo Anne Myers spoke to the council about the Campbell County Historical Society. The CCHS has been using the old La Follette Post Office building for seven months and will begin exhibitions and displays in October.

Myers asked the council to pay for the utilities for the building.(09/01/2015 - 6:00 AM)

Orange you glad you’re a Vols fan?

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La Follette is painting up

     The City of La Follette Police Department initials and city logo used to blend-in with the concrete.  Since Monday’s painting, you can clearly see the logo and LPD on City Hall. (09/01/2015 – 6:00 AM)

  

Big evening planned this evening at CES

Students-parents encouraged to attend

     Caryville Elementary School is hosting an Open House on Tuesday, Sept. 1 from 6- 7pm. Principal Lori Adkins encourages students and parents to attend. “We will have the classroom open and everyone can meet the teachers,” Adkins said. Prior to the Open House a PAC Parent Meeting will be held at 5:30pm. (09/01/2015 - 6:00 AM)

Supreme court rules in Young’s case

By Susan Sharp

David G. Young vs. The City of LaFollette has thrashed about in a variety of courts for more than six years. Its latest stop was the state supreme court, which on Thursday issued a pivotal ruling that will send the case back to the Campbell County Circuit Court.

Young began his legal battle with the city in 2009 after he had been employed there as the city administrator for nearly five years. The Supreme Court’s opinion noted Young’s tenure with the city was embroiled with “controversy and litigation” for the majority of his employment. The problems reached a critical point when the, then, city clerk, Lynda White, made allegations that Young had sexually harassed her.

This is where the deluge of legal paperwork began. During the last six years Young and the city have traded legal filings in courts on each level of the state judicial system. The case is so perplexing that Justice Cornelia Clark noted in her opinion that “the background facts surrounding the disagreement between the parties in the case are convoluted and difficult to decipher.”

In an attempt to clear up some of the murkiness of the case, the supreme court looked at two issues in Young’s case. The first revolved around the Governmental Tort Liability Act (GTLA) as it applies to the Tennessee Public Protection Act (TPPA) and claims against governmental entities. The TPPA says an employee can’t be fired in relation for refusing to participate in or remain silent about illegal activities. Young has previously claimed that is why the city fired him. On this issue, the state supreme court said the TPPA was its own act and thus was set apart from any remedies that might be applied under the GTLA. For Young, this means he has no standing for filing a retaliatory discharge claim under the GTLA, as he did several years ago.

This led to the second issue for the state’s highest court- since the TPPA is “an independent statutory scheme and not subject” the conditions of the GTLA, is Young entitled to a jury trial, as he has repeatedly requested?

His attorney David Dunaway has continually argued Young was entitled to one under the state constitution while attorneys for the city have naturally said he was not.

On this question, the Supreme Court made a decision acknowledging it was “counterintuitive.” Clark penned, on behalf of the court, that TPPA claims in chancery court were entitled to a jury trial but TPPA claims filed in circuit court were not. All of Young’s filings have occurred in circuit court, therefore, he is not entitled to a jury trial on his TPPA claim in circuit court.

Clark then sent the case back to the Campbell County Circuit Court while assessing the cost of the appeal to Young. (08/31/2015 - 6:00 AM)

Two miles of cars, trucks, & motorcycles – Confederate Flag Rally a success

Parade traveled from Young Park to Norris Dam - photos by Susan Sharp

Justin Blanton, the event organizer, reminds everyone it is a peaceful rally.

Confederate flags were on display and whipping in the wind as the vehicles prepared to leave from the Lonas Young Memorial Park on Saturday.

People turned out on Saturday in support of the Confederate flag. Nearly 75 cars, trucks and motorcycles formed a two mile procession.

Mona Keith shares this picture from Saturday’s Confederate Flag Rally as the parade walks across Norris Dam.

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The new Big Creek Bridge is less than a month away

Beech Street expected to reopen by mid-September

     It seems like March 24 was a long time ago.  That’s the morning when the Beech Street Bridge closed for demolition.  Based on what the contractor of the new bridge is saying, the bridge and closed section of East Beech Street should be open by mid-September, if not a tad sooner.  (08/28/2015 - 6:00 AM)

Commission finally passes budget with tax rate increased to $2.25

After two months of committee meetings, commission meetings, adjourned and recessed meetings and numerous votes, the Campbell County Commission was finally able to settle on a budget and a tax rate resolution Thursday night.

In true compromise fashion, nobody went away entirely satisfied or entirely disappointed. The final tax rate levy of $2.25 represents only around half of the proposed increase that would have satisfied everyone’s wish list, but twenty-six cents higher than the previous property tax rate of $1.99.

Sacrificed in the bid to find common ground were most of the funds requested by Mayor E. L. Morton for an industrial recruiter and a fund with which to purchase industrial land. The commissioners’ discretionary funds that were used mainly to support volunteer fire departments and non-profits in commissioners’ districts were also axed from the budget.

A proposed $1.2 million pot of money proposed by the Director of Finance to pave roads and cover projected decreases in state education funds for the next three years was slashed in half. If the State Department of Education continues to decrease state BEP funding by roughly a quarter million dollars each year as expected, that means this commission will face another deficit in education funding in time for the 2018 election year.

The $2.25 tax rate did allow enough new money for roads to help pay for needed improvements on Davis Creek Road in the White Oak area, which left the large crowds that have packed the courthouse for the past month with a partial victory to celebrate. That money will also offset the state decreases in school dollars for at least the next two years, decreasing the likelihood of another tax increase in the near future.

A shortfall of $300,000 in the ambulance service budget caused by decreases in federal Medicare reimbursement rates will be covered from the fund balance for that department, while the maintenance staff for the courthouse and justice center will remain at the current two employees instead of the four who previously carried out the work.

A two-cent decrease in the tax rate that had been proposed by Mayor Morton in the Department of Finance was eliminated. When asked why that decrease had been taken out of the budget, the Mayor replied, “The vacancy that would have covered that was negated by the commission’s vote on Monday night,” referring to the 8-5 vote to retain Jeff Marlow as Finance Director.

Those commissioners who voted against a tax increase can take credit for slashing the original proposal of $2.48 that was approved in July at a budget committee meeting, but will have to settle for half a loaf since most opposed any increase in last year’s rate.

A motion that passed on Monday to eliminate health insurance coverage for all commissioners was also reversed, Morton explaining that under provisions of the Affordable Care Act, commissioners are considered full-time employees of the county and eliminating their insurance would violate the law.

James Slusher challenged that opinion, claiming that he has studied the ACA and that county commissioners are not protected by the law. Cliff Jennings stated that when he left the City of La Follette, he had appealed the loss of his insurance but was denied, the court ruling he was not a full time employee.

The debate ended when Johnny Bruce made a motion, seconded by Charles Baird, to reinstate commissioners’ health care benefits. Whit Goins, who offered the motion to eliminate the insurance on Monday, was joined by Jennings, Dewayne Kitts and Clifford Kohlmeyer in voting “no” but the motion passed 10-4.

Jennings and Goins, along with Ralph Davis, Scott Stanfield and Carl Douglas, were the only commissioners to vote against the tax rate motion, which was approved 9-5 with little discussion after weeks of lengthy debate. Douglas then voted with the majority to approve the budget on a 10-4 vote. Presumably because of the early meeting time, Robert Higginbotham was unable to attend the meeting.

The mostly anti-tax crowd in the courtroom received their only good news of the night when Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck announced that his road crews had begun work this week to pave some of the worst sections of Davis Creek Road, particularly unpaved sections near homes where dust has presented a health hazard.

“I want to thank all the people up there for being so kind to our Road Department employees. We’ll do the best that we can to give you folks some relief,” Dilbeck told the audience. They responded with the only round of applause heard in the courtroom all night. 

  

Correction: Jennings did not ask to reverse vote on firing Finance Director

In WLAF’s report on Monday night’s county commission meeting concerning the vote to replace Finance Director Jeff Marlow, we reported that County Commissioner Cliff Jennings voted to fire Marlow, but after the vote failed 8-5 and many in the audience applauded, Jennings asked to change his vote.

To many sitting in the back of the courtroom where our reporter/camera operator was located, it appeared that Jennings was asking to change his vote in favor of retaining Jeff Marlow and our report stated as much.

Mr. Jennings, however, states emphatically that he did not vote in favor of Jeff Marlow and “would never” vote to keep him and that our report was in error.

After checking with various others who were located closer to Mr. Jennings, we have learned that Mr. Jennings had no intention of changing his vote to support Marlow. He had instead misinterpreted the vote, thinking he had been recorded as voting for Marlow until Mr. Marlow himself pointed out that a “yes” vote was a vote to fire the Finance Director.

Since the courtroom’s sound system is inadequate to pick up discussions or speakers who are not speaking directly into a microphone, only the conversation between Mr. Jennings and chairman E. L. Morton could be heard and that conversation appeared to indicate Mr. Jennings asked to reverse his original vote to fire Marlow.

We apologize for the error.  The votes were clearly shown on the overhead monitor screens but for a brief period Mr. Jennings misread the results and thought his vote had been incorrectly recorded. He did not attempt to reverse his vote as reported.  (08/27/2015 - 6:00 AM)

‘Little Kate’ begins her travels in Campbell County

 Dennis and Tracy Powers pen book

By Susan Sharp

Dennis and Tracy Powers already have lengthy lists of accomplishments.

He represents the 36th District in the Tennessee General Assembly and she is the site director for Roane State Community College in Campbell County.

Now they can add author to their resumes.

The Powers have released a children’s book, “Little Kate, World Traveler.”

It was a two-year “labor of love,” Dennis Powers said of the finished product. The book began as part of a class requirement for Tracy Powers when she was pursuing her master’s degree. Once the couple decided to move forward with publishing the book, they chose to personalize it. It was illustrated by their cousin, Curtis Wilson. With his colorful drawings Kate and her adventures spring to life of the pages of the book.

Reflecting their love for their family, the Powers changed the name of the lead character to Kate. Kate is the treasured great niece of the Powers. In the book, Kate has a deep love for her grandparents. She often goes to their house to help with chores, Dennis Powers said. She goes more often after her grandfather dies. Through the pages we learn the grandparents have been married for 50 years, spending their marriage on the farm. However, Kate’s grandmother has always had an unfulfilled wanderlust.

On her grandmother’s behalf, Kate sets out to have the adventures her grandmother never had. To share her travels, Kate brings souvenirs back to the farm, telling her grandmother of her explorations.

“It’s a great story about the love of a grandchild for her grandmother,” Dennis Powers said.

The Powers already have the series mapped out with this book being the first one. As the books progress, so will Kate’s travels as she circles the world staying for extended periods of time.

Thomas Nelson Publishing Company has helped the Powers launch the book. Currently, the book is set for release on Amazon, as well in bookstores such as Books- A- Million and Barnes and Noble.

They are also working to get the book into smaller retailers.

“This book can be bought all over the world,” Dennis Powers said.

But for now, it is already gaining local praise.

“I am hopeful that readers of the book, young and old, will be reminded that contributing to the happiness and well- being of others is paramount in the whole scheme of life,” local author Jim Dossett penned on the jacket of “Little Kate, World Traveler.” (08/27/2015 - 6:00 AM)

Welcome to a ‘State’s Rights’state, folks States have all the rights, we get the bills

Boomer's Corner - By Charles "Boomer" Winfrey

Now that all the drama surrounding the attempted impeachment of Finance Director Moneybags Marlow is past, perhaps the county commission can get down to the real work at hand, finalizing a budget and tax rate.

It won’t be easy and it won’t be painless. I tried to make that point a few weeks back with one of my typical humor columns, suggesting ways the county could raise revenue without the hated tax increase. All the suggestions were ridiculous, of course, such as operating a chop shop out of the county garage.

The column backfired and I was raked over the coals when it became evident that 1) some of our squires, like the FBI, have no sense of humor and 2) some folks including a commissioner or two, obviously slept through high school English when the teacher discussed the short stories of Mark Twain and the literary art of satire.

So I’m going to stick to being deadly serious this time folks, or as serious as I can manage whenever discussing the Campbell County Commission. Let’s face it, these budget dramas have been going on longer than any of us have been alive, and they never seem to get easier. I was tempted to pull out one of my old stories from the Campbell County Times, circa 1984 or so, and run it this week with all the names left blank. I wager few people would notice the difference and would try to plug in which current squire said what.

Moneybags and Mayor E. L. Morton spent most of the day together Wednesday, not trying to strangle one another but attempting to come up with a balanced budget they hope a majority of squires can live with. I caught a glance of the result. The mayor is abandoning, for now, his hopes for hiring an industrial recruiter. The unavoidable deficits in the ambulance service fund and a couple of other spots are covered by “equity,” which I presume to mean taken from the fund balance.

They are leaving a little less than half of the proposed $1.2 million for road paving, just enough to pave a few more miles of highway this year and cover anticipated shortfalls in state education money over the next couple of years. The proposed budget eliminates some positions, such as maintenance workers at the courthouse and one of the two litter control officers, but those were already on the chopping block. The commission’s discretionary fund is eliminated as well. The bottom line is a proposed tax rate of $2.24 or 2.25, I forget which.

That may be the best the Mayor and Finance Director can come up with, but you can bet it won’t satisfy some of the commissioners such as former Mayor Cliff, Whit Goins, Scott Stanfield and a few others who have been clamoring for no tax increase at all. It certainly won’t satisfy James “No more property tax, no more sales tax, no illegal wheel tax” Slusher, who will undoubtedly not be satisfied no matter what the squires decide to do, and it won’t please many of those misinformed citizens who have been depending on Slusher, Cliff and a few others to tell them the facts.

Personally, I wish Moneybags and the Mayor would give the $1.99ers their way and take it all out of the fund balance. Need more jailers to avoid a federal lawsuit? Take it from the fund balance. Need to make up a quarter million dollars the State shorted the school system? Fund balance. Need to make up $300,000 that Medicaid shorted the ambulance service? Clean out the ambulance service fund balance (Oh, I forgot, they’re actually doing that!)

We can use the fund balance to pave twelve miles of road between White Oak and Duff, more fund balance to give county employees that overdue raise that Mr. Slusher complained they need and deserve, and go ahead with the dream of an active industrial recruiter and enough money to buy up some land to locate new industry. Just borrow the money from ourselves by raiding the fund balance.

Before you know it we will be right back where we were in the early 1990s, before the county had a Financial Management System for commissioners to blame. If one of the garbage trucks gets sideswiped by a drunk driver or worse, blows an engine, we can get a replacement from the rainy day fund. What, no rainy day fund? No problem, Waste Management, Inc. will be happy to haul our garbage to Chestnut Ridge. . . for a price.

Oh no, the county commission gets into another one of those protracted squabbles over the budget next year, tax notices are late going out and tax revenues are late coming in so the county runs out of money because we’ve drained all our fund balances dry? No problem, there are plenty of banks around willing to loan the county money to keep the courthouse open and deputies on the street . . . . for a price.

The scenarios are endless. Ron Dilbeck uses up every dime in his 10 mile paving budget before cold weather starts, then we have another Winter like the last one. Spring rains bring May flowers and twenty miles of tire-busting potholes. Well, we can always take some money from the fund balance to patch those potholes . . . . if we only had a fund balance.

You get the picture. I’d like to give the $1.99ers their way just one time so everyone could finally see the error of going down that path, but it ain’t gonna happen. That danged Finance Director simply won’t allow himself, as manager of the county’s finances and answerable to the State Comptroller of the Treasury as well as Campbell County citizens, to let the county go into default. He won’t deplete fund balances that are required by state law to borrow from Peter to pay Paul, cuss his ornery hide!

Marlow just isn’t a team player, which is probably why some county commissioners, for the fourth time in his tenure, have tried to fire him and get somebody in there who will tell them what they want to hear, whether or not it’s legal, ethical or sound business. After all, that’s what politicians are expected to do, isn’t it - tell the voters what they want to hear rather than the truth?

But I feel sorry for the squires as well, even though I love to needle them as a body. This mess is not of their making. Yes, they kicked the can down the road last year by making up a $1.3 million budget deficit from the fund balance. They had to make that hard decision because the previous county commission delayed the budget until after the election, when most of them weren’t returned to office.

But don’t blame the previous commission either. They didn’t eliminate the coal industry in Tennessee, costing the county $300,000 a year in severance tax. They also didn’t create the maintenance of effort policies that require local government to spend no less on education, highways and law enforcement than in previous years. The county commission did not decide to decrease the amount of money state government gives counties for education each year, nor did the county commission set minimum guidelines for how many prisoners can be housed in a jail cell or what the reimbursement rate will be for hauling Medicare patients by the local ambulance service. Commissioners also didn’t decide to close THP drivers’ license offices and hand that responsibility off to County Clerks.

What county commissions all over the state must do is sit powerlessly by and watch while members of the Tennessee State Legislature meet down in Nashville, thump their chests and brag about how they are cutting state spending and holding the line on taxes. Then they simply pass the costs of running government down the line to the county commissioners to be the fall guys and gals and take the heat from irate taxpayers and voters.

Welcome to a “State’s Rights State” folks, where the State has all the rights and the rest of us just get fleeced. (08/27/2015 - 6:00 AM)    

 

Updated Lady Cougar Soccer Schedule

     Here’s the updated 2015 Campbell Lady Cougar Soccer Schedule.

 

There is more financial aid available for students

Tennessee Achieves needs mentors

By Susan Sharp

Attending a two year school or vocational school continues to get financially easier in Tennessee.

Thanks to the Tennessee Achieves program, students who elect to attend one of these schools can do so without being left holding the financial bag.

“It is a last dollar scholarship,” said Katherine Ayers, senior counselor at Campbell County High School. While most scholarships are based on grades and ACT scores, the Tennessee Achieves is strictly a need based allotment.

According to Ayers, if a student qualifies for 90 percent of their tuition through academic achievement, Tennessee Achieves will step in and pay the remaining 10 percent. It also will step in when a student hasn’t received any academic scholarships and will pay the tuition for the student. The only thing the program will not cover is text books, she said.

However, a student must have signed up for the program and be meeting the eligibility guidelines in order to qualify.

Ayers is in the process of meeting with students to enroll them in the program.

Once the students are active in Tennessee Achieves, they must remain a full-time student, complete the FASA (the federal student aid forms) and complete eight hours of community service a year for a charitable organization.

The second tier of the program includes the students being assigned a mentor. “This is critical to the success of the program,” Ayers said of the mentors.

Mentors are given a group of students who they guide through the college application process as they offer support along the way. The mentors usually meet with the students twice and then send them reminders via texts as deadlines approach. Ayers said the encouragement the mentors provide is especially valuable to first generation college and vocational students.

Ayers said she also needs mentors at the local level. Currently, she has 29 as opposed to last year’s 52.

For those interested in being a mentor, they can apply through Tennessee Achieves at www.tnAchieves.org/mentor-application.

Tennessee Achieves began in Knoxville and by 2012 was a statewide program.

In its first year, there were 493 applicants. The class of 2015, saw 54,896 applications filed for financial assistance.

In Campbell County, the number of applicants has grown from 189, in 2012, to 386 in 2015.

“This program has been an incredible difference,” Ayers said.

To enroll in the program students need to see Ayers at CCHS.  (08/24/2015 - 6:00 AM)

 

 

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     Youth rally promises to be ‘extreme’

By Susan Sharp

The White Bridge Park may end up as the place to be on Labor Day weekend.

In fact, organizers of the Extreme 3:16 Youth Rally are banking on that. Paul Bourff, who is spearheading the event, said the annual event has grown exponentially in the last four years.

Last year, the Christian experience drew 250 participants. This year, Bourff is planning for even more.

For him, the all-day picnic and music fest is way to reshape the echoes of past Labor Days. Bourff, a recovering addict, remembers a time when the holiday weekend was simply an opportunity to get stoned. “Labor Day was a big party weekend for me,” he said. And now with five years of sobriety under his belt, Bourff wants other people to know a good time can be had sans alcohol and drugs. Looking back on his own life, Bourff said alcohol and drugs crept into his life.

“My mom and dad are two of the finest people in the world,” he said noting that it wasn’t trauma or bad childhood that pushed him into substance abuse.

The first time he smoked marijuana, Bourff was nine. By 15 he deemed himself a “full blown” user. At 18 he left home turning to cocaine and even harder drugs. “One thing just led to another,” he said.

Then the back injury came. “That was the beginning of a real bad end,” Bourff said.

For the next 10 years Bourff battled the back pain and constant need to feed his addiction. Eventually, he became an IV morphine user, who was committing crimes.

“I went to the very limit and God spared me,” Bourff said of the time when he reached the bottom with his addiction. “I didn’t know a way out.”

Yet, there was one- in the form of a judge.

Criminal Court Judge Shayne Sexton offered Bourff the opportunity to take part in drug court, now called Recovery Court.

Bourff said he wasn’t sure what the court was about, he just knew it meant not going to prison so he agreed.

It was during his days in recovery court that Bourff began to change.

“I realized I couldn’t do it on my own,” he said. “I gave my life completely over to Jesus Christ.”

And he never looked back.

Today, with his sobriety and a love for Christ, Bourff is dedicated to helping others and showing them a good time minus the substances.

The idea for a youth rally was something “God planted” in Bourff’s mind.

Bourff is happy for the opportunity to help host the event and share his testimony.

On Sept. 4 at 10 a.m., the celebration will begin. Bourff said an end hadn’t been established but there would be plenty to do throughout the day.

Six Christian Bands, including the local favorite, The Shine Effect, will perform during the event. Bounce houses and speakers will round out the entertainment.

At 7 p.m. a church service will be held.

“Our whole objective is to get somebody saved,” he said.

Lifestar and the rescue squad will also be on hand to give demonstrations as well. And there will be food- free food. Beginning at noon, organizers will serve BBQ sandwiches, chips and soft drinks.

“The Lord makes a way,” Bourff said of feeding the masses at no cost to them. (7/22/15 4pm)

Warriors celebrate winning season and Coach King

Christian Academy hosts annual basketball banquet

By Susan Sharp

There was an air of festivity last Thursday night as the Christian Academy of Campbell County Warriors celebrated a winning season. There was recognition for a hard fought season that ended with a county championship. There were comments about how each player had developed in distinct ways over the season but, among all of the glory and accolades there was also something- someone missing. Coach Vic King had led the Warriors to a county championship in 2013. This served to steel his determination for a repeat in the 2014 season. “When Coach King first asked me to help him coach this team, he said we were winning the county championship this year,” said Dusty Paul, the one-time assistant and now head coach for the Warriors. “I told him okay. I was just honored to be sitting with him on the bench.” Paul played for King in middle school.

And while the young team would oblige with a repeat they did it in memory of King instead of with him. The longtime basketball coach was in his second year coaching the Warriors when health problems arose. He fought hard but just before Thanksgiving King died. It was a blow the team struggled with.

Yet, with the help of Paul and a desire to make King proud, the Warriors pulled off a victory in the final game of the county tournament beating Wynn Elementary School. Adding to the triumph, several of the players walked away with tournament honors.

Thursday night allowed the boys to enjoy their win while paying tribute to the coach who believed in them when they didn’t believe in themselves. Trophies and tributes were showered on the team who suffered a loss that most adults would struggle with. “I lost my coach my junior year,” said Starla Berry, Lady Warriors head coach. “I know how hard that can be to come back from. But these young men did it and pulled off a great season.”

“Coach King was a legend around here and we were lucky to have him,” said Ollie Medley, CACC administrator. As she addressed the players who had gathered in the gym for Thursday’s banquet, Medley held in her hand a stack of notes the Warriors had written for the King family. Each one detailed what King had meant to his team. Medley said the notes would be delivered to King’s wife, Shelly, and daughter, Katie Cave. Along with this the women will each be given a basketball signed by all of the players.

Medley also unveiled a plaque memorializing King that will hang in the CACC gym. Kevin Corner, who played on King’s first team in 1977 was on hand to represent King’s family. “I can see why he loved this place,” Corner said surveying the audience. “He was all about class and this school obviously has that. He loved you boys.” Sharing memories of when he played for King, Corner said “Our team was the alpha and you boys, you are the omega. You are the end of an era.”  (04/20/2015 - 6:00 AM)

Coach King’s Corner

     Coach Vic King left us in November 2014.  In honor and memory of him, we’ve created a “Coach King’s Corner.”  Click Coach’s picture to access Coach King’s Corner.  (03/23/2015)

 

This picture of Coach was snapped by Charlie Hutson on Friday, May 17, 2013, in front of the former Regions Bank (where La Follette Junior High/High School once stood).  It was where the 60th anniversary of WLAF was celebrated.   

 

 

 

 

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

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

 

                                                         

 

           

          

 

 


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