LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – At last week’s City of La Follette Workshop, two veterans attended and requested funding for the honor guard. From there, confusion began unbeknownst to WLAF. Thinking there was only one Campbell County Honor Guard, it was published on WLAF and aired over WLAF Radio that veterans Danny McCulley and Kevin Walden were going to be given $1,100 from council members discretionary funds for the honor guard. However, in fact, the request from McCulley and Walden was on behalf of the Jellico American Legion Honor Guard. HERE is the audio portion of the honor guard donation request discussion that took place on Mon., Nov. 25, 2019, at the City of La Follette Workshop.
As you can hear from the audio clip, McCulley explained at the workshop, “We’ve got two honor guards in Campbell County. One is pretty well in real good shape, and the other one’s been let go. So, Jellico is the honor guard that we’re here for.” At which point Council Member Mark Hoskins said, “Understood. OK. Understood.”
Walden is a member of the Campbell County Honor Guard and the Jellico American Legion Honor Guard, according to Walden. Earlier this fall, McCulley left the Campbell County Honor Guard and joined the Jellico American Legion Honor Guard in November, he said.
“Since this involved mine and council members discretionary funds no vote was needed by council to approve the donations,” City of La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield said Wednesday night to WLAF. The mayor went on to say, “A member of the Campbell County Honor Guard called me after Tuesday night’s meeting saying the guard did not need the money.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/05/2019-6AM)
Below is the story from Tuesday night’s City of La Follette council meeting.
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Last week at the City of LaFollette Council workshop, Danny McCulley and Kevin Walden came to the council requesting funds for the honor guard. The council members agreed to donate a total of $1,100 to the group. Representatives from the Campbell County Honor Guard were at last night’s council meeting to discuss the donation. Members told the council that Walden and McCulley were not affiliated with the Campbell County Honor Guard. They are affiliated with the American Legion Honor Guard in Jellico, according to Honor Guard Commander Don Chadwick. After several minutes of discussion, the council decided the $1,100 donation would go to the Campbell County Honor Guard. Chadwick told council “We just wanted to set the record straight.” WATCH the meeting here.
The council approved a memorandum of understanding with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation to attach Matt Forsyth as a task force officer. He will remain with the police department while being a task force officer.
Ordinance 2019-06 amending Ordinance 2017-03 specific permitted street use for ATV updating permissible had its final reading and was passed.
Resolution 2019-22 approving administrative services for Community Development Partners and Resolution 2019-23 approving engineering services for Cannon and Cannon, but resolutions are for the STP paving project #2. Rules were suspended during the meeting to proceed with using Twin K Construction Inc. for construction on the Safe Routes to School Grants.
Christmas events were announced at last night’s City of LaFollette monthly meeting. The Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 7 beginning at 6 pm, the 5K Santa Trot will be kick-off the day at 9 am. Lighting of the Christmas Tree and opening of Freeman Park for the Christmas season will be Dec. 6 at 6 pm. City employees will be treated to Christmas Dinner on Dec. 12 from 11 am to 1 pm.
City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries had discussed last week the economic impact the construction has had on the downtown merchants. Merchants will be open the first three Friday nights in December to draw people into the downtown area. The city will donate $500 to the chamber of commerce to be used in weekly drawings during this event.
Twenty-one 2020 Beer License Renewals were approved. They are Campbell Tobacco and Beer, China Town Café, Corner Market, CVS Pharmacy, Dollar Corp/Dollar General Store, El Charo’s, El Pueblito, Food City, Food Lion, GPM Southeast/Bread Box, Houchens Food Group/IGA #55, Red Roof Market, Murphy Oil, Ninja Hibachi, Quick Shop, Quick Stop, Shell Gas Station, The Back Door, Tobacco Mercantile, Walgreens and Weigel’s. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 12/04/2019-6AM)