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The fellows had a fun day on the lake
over the weekend. Details of how they had fun and helped the
Shepherd’s Home. The story is further down this page.
Suspect on the loose – possibly in Claiborne County
Victim is flown by Lifestar
remain sketchy this morning surrounding a late Monday afternoon
shooting. It reportedly took place inside a home at 930 Water Street
The call officially came in to E-911
Dispatch at 5:34 pm yesterday afternoon. However, one law
enforcement official tells WLAF News that, for some reason, the
emergency call to E-911 was delayed being made by about 20-minutes.
According to officials a 49-year old
male was shot inside his home by a man who was there to steal his
medicine. Initial reports were that the victim was intoxicated.
The suspect is
described as being a white male, standing five-feet, nine-inches tall,
medium build, with long dark hair down past his shoulders. He was
wearing black glasses and a mask and fled into nearby Claiborne
It’s not confirmed what type of gun
was used. Officials say it was either a .32 or .22 caliber
was flown out by Lifestar to a Knoxville
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 07/24/2017-6:15PM – UPDATED
Sears last stand in La
Coble closes the store’s doors yesterday
Monday was a sad day around Woodson
Mall. It was the end of an era. Sears is leaving town.
The massive floorspace at the Sears Store in
Woodson Mall is all but empty with only a few items remaining on its
last day in business yesterday.
been a Sears store in La Follette for many years. But yesterday
was its last day of operation here in
And if you’re a Baby Boomer, like me, it’s
especially sad, because we grew up with Sears. The big thick
catalog and all.
Sears has had a store in La Follette dating back
Robert Coble, Bobby to those who went to
school with him, decided to close the store and move on to something
else. Whatever that ‘something else’ is, we wish you the best,
Robert. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 07/25/2017-6AM)
He’s baaaaack. Almost.
Boomer Winfrey shares good news
Charles “Boomer” Winfrey says, “Thanks
for all the prayers; they’re working.” The beloved Boomer stopped
by WLAF on Monday afternoon to share his good news with us, and that is,
his cancer is in remission, and that he’ll be back in August.
He’ll be back covering the county commission and school board meetings
here in a few days. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 07/25/2017-6AM)
Football, Band start
prepping for the new season
First game and first performance are August 18
Hot fun in the summertime. Not
the song. The setting. Monday at CCHS. The Campbell
County High School Marching Band and the Cougar Football Team began
their first day of preparation for the 2017 season yesterday.
The entire Cougar Band was out in full
force on Day One yesterday. I don’t think “Hot Fun in the
Summertime” is on this year’s song list.
Head Football Coach Justin Price
explains to WLAF Sports, “It was an exciting first day of full pads.
We were able to improve in many areas, and it was a great first step
toward our home opener!”
Cougar signal caller Zach Rutherford finds
Logan Giles out of the backfield during Monday morning’s first practice
The Cougars host the Cherokee Chiefs on
Friday, August 18, 7:30 pm at Pat Kerr Field. The CCHS Band will
perform before the game and at halftime. The WLAF – B & M Tires
Sports Network has all the coverage. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED
Heat doesn't keep supporters away
CCHS opened practice Monday
Davida, and Roger Selvy look-on as Issac Selvy practices with the
Cougars on Monday morning. Issac is Tyler’s
older brother and the son of Davida and Roger. Issac was named to
the district’s all-defensive squad last year as an 8th
grade linebacker at La Follette Middle School.
Derrick Lee Anderson’s feature was fabulous
WLAF announcer shines in Channel 6’s spotlight
Derrick’s most touching moment while watching Lori Tucker unfold his
story last night was when his mother came on camera.
It was a
long 10-days for WLAF’s Derrick Lee Anderson. That’s how long the
32-year old radio announcer waited for his story to be told by WATE-TV’s
Lori Tucker. Tucker and her chief photographer, Brian Engelstad,
at the WLAF studio on July 14.
His story aired last night.
And it was worth the wait.
Former Sheriff Ron McClellan (R) stopped
by WLAF to get an autograph from Derrick Lee Anderson on Monday morning.
Wade Lawson with PCUD also made it by for an autograph.
to watch the story in his DJ chair in the WLAF Control Room. And
he hung on every word. In the end, Anderson
was elated saying “Lori did a great job.” (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED
Tennesseans to utilize annual Sales Tax Holiday
Holiday is Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
— With the beginning of a new school year right around the corner, State
Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) is encouraging the families
who live in House District 36 to utilize the state’s annual sales
tax holiday to save on items such as clothing, school and art supplies,
as well as computer purchases.
The state’s annual Tax Free Weekend is set
for July 28-July 30. It begins at 12:01 a.m. on Friday, July 28 and ends
at 11:59 p.m. on Sunday, July 30. The holiday was established by the
Tennessee General Assembly in 2006 and has been held every year since;
tax-free purchases include clothing valued at $100 or less, school
supplies costing $100 or less, and computers priced at $1,500 or less.
“Our annual sales tax holiday is another way
we are helping the industrious men and women of our community to meet
their family’s needs and also save more of their hard-earned money,”
said Representative Powers. “This event also supports our local
businesses and economy.”
“I have worked very closely with
Representative Powers during his time as a member of the Tennessee
General Assembly to lower taxes for our hardworking Tennesseans,” said
Tennessee House Speaker Beth Harwell (R-Nashville). “We encourage the
citizens of our state to utilize this holiday weekend to make purchases
that will not only prepare their children to go back to school but also
save them money.”
Over the last several years, the
Republican-led House has reduced state tax rates by several hundred
million dollars, including cuts to the tax on groceries, reducing taxes
on Tennessee’s manufacturers in order to promote economic growth,
reductions to the Hall Tax that disproportionally affects seniors living
on a fixed income, as well as repealing the state gift tax and death
tax. During the 2017 legislative session, Republican lawmakers also
fought to decrease the amount of property tax owed by veterans, the
disabled, and the elderly.
The cost of school supplies can truly
restrict a family’s budget,” Representative Powers continued. “It is my
hope that this opportunity will give our families a little more
financial flexibility moving forward.”
For more information about the state’s Tax
Free Holiday, please visit:
Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the
House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business &
Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee
and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House
District 36, which includes Campbell and
parts of Union and Anderson Counties. He can be reached by email at:
Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.(WLAF
NEWS PUBLISHED 07/25/2017-6AM)
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Shepherd’s Home Fishing
Tourney is a good one
Fundraiser promotes fun and fundraising
The first Shepherd’s Home Fishing
Tournament was a success. Saturday’s tourney raised dollars that
benefit the Shepherd’s Home.
Congratulations to tournament winners
Seth Roberts and Spencer Peters who took first place. Coming in
second was the team of Chris Hudson and R.L. Paul. Third place
finishers were Jamie Miller and Alley Miller. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED
When veteran News Anchor Lori Tucker first met Derrick Lee Anderson, she
said, “I’d love to do a story on him.” So, tonight
at 6pm, on WATE-TV 6, Tucker showcases WLAF’s Derrick Lee
Anderson. More of Charlie Hutson's photos and the story are
further down this page.
New DUI law prompts need
for search warrant
‘That’s where the
issues will come in’ - Tessa Lunceford, Assistant DA
By Susan Sharp
A recent amendment in
law is changing the way DUI (driving under the influence) arrests are
Previously, a person
could be charged with Violation of the Implied Consent Law for refusing
a Breathalyzer or a blood test. However, a U.S. Supreme Court ruling has
lawmakers to change what constitutes a violation.
Effective, July 1, law enforcement can no longer
obtain a blood test for a DUI suspect without a search warrant.
A person can still give consent for a blood draw,
but, a refusal means police must have a judge sign off on the blood test
before it can happen.
The reasoning is that a
blood draw amounts to an unlawful search and seizure, thus, a violation
of the Fourth Amendment, according to the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in
Birchfield v. North Dakota.
“The Supreme Court said a blood test is more
invasive,” Tessa Lunceford, assistant district attorney for the Eighth
Judicial District said. Lunceford’s primary duty for the Eight
Judicial District is prosecuting DUI cases. In less than a year,
she has already tried 15 intoxicated driving cases.
When a person receives
a driver’s license in the state of
they automatically give consent to be tested if it is believed they are
driving under the influence of an intoxicant, she said. Prior to
July 1, this meant a breath test or a blood draw, but, now the consent
is only for the breath test.
“That’s where the issues will come in,” Lunceford
said. “A vast many of the DUIs I prosecute are drug related.”
Since a breath test only measures alcohol, search
warrants will have to be obtained if an officer suspects a driver is
under the influence of a controlled or illegal substance. Blood tests
have the capability to measure alcohol and drug content.
Recent studies have shown that drugged driving has
taken an upswing in recent years. The Governors Highway Safety
Association (GHSA) and the Foundation for Advancing Alcohol
Responsibility, a nonprofit funded by alcohol distillers, found drugs of
all types, illegal and prescription, were present in 43-percent of fatal
crashes in 2015 in which test results were available, compared to around
37-percent who tested positive for alcohol.
Another study conducted by the National Highway
Traffic Safety Administration, found a large increase in the number of
drivers using marijuana or other illegal drugs. In this 2014 survey,
nearly one in four drivers tested positive for at least one drug that
could affect safety when behind the wheel.
In many states, Tennessee
included, there is not a legal distinction in drunk driving and drugged
driving. The GHSA is recommending that be changed.
Lunceford acknowledged the challenges that could
come with the change in the law, but also noted that as with all laws,
the legal community expects to see some revisions to this one.
A violation of the implied consent law is not a
criminal offense on the first charge. Instead, it’s only a civil
penalty, according to Lunceford. Essentially, by violating the
implied consent law, a driver will lose their license; however, the
charge will not be recorded as a crime meaning it would not appear on a
background search. That all changes if it a second offense is garnered.
A second violation of the Implied Consent Law becomes an issue for the
courts. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 07/24/2017-6AM)
hosts Senior Days and Cougar Days
Senior Days begins this morning
Blink and it’s over. Summer
break at CCHS officially ended over the weekend. And it’s back to
business this morning for faculty, staff, and the Class of 2018.
Seniors ONLY A - B report today at 8
am at the high school. With the rest of the schedule going like
this on Senior Days:
Tuesday, July 25 C - D
Wednesday, July 26 E - G
Thursday, July 27 H – J
Friday, July 28 K – L
Monday, July 31 M – N
Tuesday, August 1 O – Q
Wednesday, August 2 R – S
Thursday, August 3 T – V
Friday, August 4 W – Z
Cougar Days begin next Monday
The schedule goes by last
Cougar Days are:
Monday, July 31 ... A - E
Tuesday, August 1 ... F - L
Wednesday, August 2 ... M - R
Thursday, August 3 ... S - Z
be picked up and make necessary changes between 8 am and 11 am or noon
to 3 pm. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED
Cougars open preseason
camp this morning
First game is at home on August 18
Football begins official preparation for its 43rd
season overall and its seventh in the Price Era. Practice runs
today, Tuesday, and Wednesday from 8 am until 11:30 am. Thursday
evening brings a 6:30 pm scrimmage at Webb while Picture Day is Friday
at 9 am.
CCHS Head Coach Justin
Price tells WLAF that his team’s first day of full pads begins this
Aside from this Thursday’s scrimmage, the Cougars will also scrimmage on
Thursday August 3, at home with Central at 6 pm, and then on Tuesday,
August 8, at Halls – 6 pm.
The Jamboree Quarter
will be at Central on Thursday, August 10, at 7 pm, when CCHS plays in
County hosts the Cherokee
Chiefs out of Rogersville on Friday night, August 18, at Dossett
Stadium. Kick-off is 7:30 pm.
Since 1975, WLAF has brought you all
the games involving the Campbell Cougars, and the tradition continues
this season; season number 43. The WLAF – B & M Tires Sports
Network has all the coverage on AM 1450 and FM 100.9 with the live
telecast over WLAF-TV 12 and
Les Martin, the Voice of the Cougars, and his color analyst Brent Allen
return for their 7th
season to bring you the action.
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 07/24/2017-6AM)
CCHS Band gears up for new season
Band Camp starts at 8
edition of the Campbell County High School Marching Band gets busy this
Band Camp for
all band students starts this morning and runs through Friday.
That’s all day; 8 am until 4 pm.
The CCHS Band, under the
direction of 4th year Band Director Adam Wright, will have
its first performance before and at halftime of the football season and
home opener on Friday, August 18. (WLAF NEWS – PUBLISHED
07/20/2017-6AM – UPDATED 07/24/2017-6AM)
Eagles soar at last
week’s 7-on-7 drills
Jacksboro Middle School's season opens August 17
New JMS quarterback Hunter White had a good
week passing as the Eagles defeated Norris, Williamsburg, and Concord
Christian among other schools during their annual 7-on-7 week last week
at Gibson Field.
The Jacksboro "Big Men" claimed their 5th
title out of the last 6 years during last week’s 7-on-7 as well (WLAF
SPORTS – PUBLISHED – 07/24/2017-6AM - PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S PAT
Sears closes its doors in La
Last day is today
When Robert Coble locks the front gate
this evening, it will mark the end of an era. It marks the last
time a Sears store will be located in La Follette.
Coble says there’s still time to save
today before the gate locks. Sears hours today are from 9:30 am
until 7 pm.
Hometown store is in
at Woodson Mall. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 07/24/2017-6AM)
Young man flown out
Injured in a rope swing
the better part of an hour to rescue an injured
man Sunday evening. Officials with E-911 tell WLAF News that First
Responders needed a four-wheeler to get to a young man who had fallen
from a rope swing striking his head on a rock.
accident happened near Lake Hollow Lane
which is just off Mount Paran Loop. The La Follette Rescue Squad
used its side-by-side to reach the injured young man.
Lake Hollow Lane
is described as a short, rough, gravel-dirt road.
Lifestar, Lifestar Four, was already answering a medical call when the
rope swing accident occurred at about 6:10 pm Sunday. Lifestar One
landed at the Caryville Ball Field right at 7 pm and flew the patient
out to a Knoxville
. (WLAF NEWS – PUBLISHED AT 07/23/2017-6:45PM-UPDATED AT
television this evening
At 6 pm on WATE-TV 6 News
likely’ve heard his golden voice on WLAF Radio or on his Facebook posts,
but tonight, you’ll get to hear the story of WLAF’s Derrick Lee
Anderson. Lori Tucker has spent time with
at the WLAF studio preparing for tonight’s spotlight, and it’s ready to
The big guns
came out for Derrick Lee Anderson, a Campbell County High Grad.
top TV news anchor Lori Tucker and WATE-TV’s Chief Photographer Brian
Englestad visited Anderson
while he was on the air on Friday morning, July 14. Tucker’s story
airs tonight at 6 pm on WATE-TV 6.
the keynote speaker at last month’s Campbell County Chamber of Commerce
Meeting and Banquet where WLAF was named the chamber’s business of the
year. That’s where she first met
instantly realizing that she’d like to do a story on him.
Photographer Brian Englestad attaches a microphone to Derrick Lee
Anderson’s shirt ahead of Anderson’s
evening in WATE’s 6 pm newscast, Tucker introduces you to Anderson.
(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED 07/24/2017-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF'S CHARLIE
This week the Lady Cougar Volleyball team took part in the Lady Vol
Volleyball Camp held on the campus of the University of Tennessee.
The CCHS season opens a month from tomorrow. WLAF’s Pat Pebley
shares his story and another photo further down this page.
Sheriff Goins' back-to-school
events are set
It’s “Fill the Van” and “Back to
School Bash” time
Sheriff Robbie K.
Goins has set the dates and locations for his annual school supply
drive. The sheriff and his staff are asking for your monetary or
school supply donations over the next few days prior to the big
give-a-way days of school supplies.
The usual items are
needed; pencils, paper, composition books, crayons, color pencils,
pencil-top erasers, safety scissors, folders, note cards, pencil
sharpeners, glue, hand sanitizer, and tissue. Monetary donations
are also accepted.
Here are the drop-off
locations, dates, and times for “Fill the Van”:
Walmart – the last
Friday and Saturday of July and the first Friday and Saturday of August
from noon until 6 pm each day.
office – Monday through Friday from 8 am until 4:30 pm through Friday,
Here are the give-a-way
locations, dates, and times for the “Back to School Bash”:
The La Follette
Library Gym on Monday, August 7 from 10 am until 2 pm
The Jellico Library on Tuesday, August 8 from 10 am until 2 pm.
catches deputy’s eyes and ears
One goes home. The other goes to jail.
was walking down the sidewalk on Main Street.
Another woman was riding down the same street in Jellico. When the
red jeep she was in suddenly stopped, it caught Campbell County
Sheriff’s Department Deputy Nathan Bostic’s attention.
Bostic writes in his report that last
Friday afternoon he saw the jeep stop, a woman jumped out, and went
after the female that was walking down the sidewalk. The one that
left the jeep began cursing at the other woman and then chased her from
the sidewalk into the street and then down the sidewalk next to Harp
result, the deputy took the woman from the jeep, 28-year old Samantha
Cathlene Rogers, into custody. This is the sixth time she’s been
booked into the county jail. Rogers
is currently free on a $500 bond and is due in court on Thursday.
Has it really been
La Follette Library celebrates its new location
August 1 marks the fifth anniversary
of the official opening of the new La Follette Library. Librarian
Nancy Green welcomes you to the celebration. It’ll be Tuesday,
August 1, at 3 pm.
You’re encouraged to stop by for
refreshments and to share your thoughts on your library.
BSH to cut ribbon on its
new Caryville plant
Celebrates 20-years in
On Tuesday, Aug. 1, BSH
will celebrate a ribbon cutting at its new Caryville site. In
addition, there will be a 20th
anniversary celebration of BSH in Campbell County.
BSH, a top ranked
employer in the nation for 2017, according to the Top Employer
Institute, has been a long standing member of the
According to its website, BSH operates 41
production sites around the world and employees almost 60,000 people.
BSH is number two in the world in the appliance sector.
Local leaders will welcome the BSH North America
Board with a lunch at Twin Cove Marina. The luncheon will be followed by
the ribbon cutting at the Caryville site, which is scheduled for 1:30
Enhancement Fund fundraising campaign continues
Looks to award $10,000 in grants this year
The Advisory Board of the Campbell Enhancement Fund
(CEF) continues its fundraising campaign with a goal to raise $15,000;
the fund’s hope is to award $10,000 in grants this year while adding
$5,000 to its endowment fund to build for the future.
The mission of the CEF
is to strengthen Campbell
communities while improving the quality of life in our county, serving
the people of
and having a real impact on improving the conditions of our county and
the people who live in it. The board began with an appeal to 100
by letter in May.
Now, the board is also asking for the public’s
In February 2016, CEF awarded eight grants.
The grants were provided to Campbell County
Children’s Center-Personal Body Safety Program, Campbell County
Historical Society-Postmark LaFollette, Campbell County Rural Fire
Service-Educational Support for Campbell County Firefighters, Community
Health of East Tennessee, Inc.-Campbell County Generation Rx Program
Project, Food/Life Services of Campbell County, Great Smoky Mountain
Council, Boy Scouts of America-Campbell County Youth Development
Project, LaFollette Middle School-College/Career Field Trips for 8th
Graders, and Senior Citizens Home Assistance Service (SCHAS)-Financial
Aid for Campbell County Seniors. Now, a year later, results are
evident throughout the county and the Advisory Board wants to assure
continued impact through additional grant making.
“As adults age the
challenge to remain in their homes increases. Especially if
personal finances are scarce and the community they live in has limited
resources to provide help. This is why receiving a donation from
the Campbell County Enhancement Fund was vital. In 2016 Senior
Citizens Home Assistance Service, Inc. was able to provide homemaker and
personal care support to 71 older adults in Campbell
and 62 of them were below the federal poverty level. The funds
received have allowed adults to stay in the place they most want to be –
their home. Thank you to everyone that has donated! You may
not personally go out and give people a bath or clean their homes, but
you certainly are the reason they received care, “according to
Tim Howell, CEO, Senior Citizens Home Assistance
Service, Inc., one of the eight 2016 grant recipient.
For further information regarding the fund or to
or mail a check to:
Enhancement Fund, In Care of:
520 W. Summit Hill Drive, Suite 1101,
La Follette Police Chief Bill Roehl (L) visits with Assistant District
Attorney General Tom Barclay at Thursday’s “Coffee with the Chief.”
Connection and Coffee with the Chief on Thursday
PCUD hosts its annual event
Leaders of their
respective chambers – L-R Christie Elkins of
Campbell, Rick Meredith of Anderson,
and Maria Hooks of Rocky Top
Coffee was the theme Thursday morning
at two separate events. La Follette Police Chief Bill Roehl hosted
his second “Coffee with the Chief” event at Hardee’s in La Follette
while Powell-Clinch Utility district entertained at its Rocky Top
offices during a Chamber Networking Coffee.
Above: PCUD’s Director of Marketing Robin Proffitt addressed the
crowd yesterday. Below: It took some convincing, but Aaron
Evans finally gave-in to a photo.
At Rocky Top, the Campbell County
Chamber of Commerce, Rocky Top Chamber of Commerce, and the Anderson
County Chamber of Commerce joined with PCUD for the annual event.
Upwards of 100 people attended the hour-long get-together.
There was a large turnout at Thursday’s Chamber Coffee Connection at
Lady Cougars open season
a month from tomorrow
Volleyball gears up for another big season
By Pat Pebley
no rest for the young ladies who play volleyball for the Campbell County
Lady Cougars. After an offseason loaded with travel league volleyball,
conditioning, and open gyms these athletes have put in a great deal of
time improving their skill set. This week they took it even further by
going to Lady Vol Volleyball Camp held on the campus of the
Lady Cougar Destiny Wormsley was awarded the Coach’s Award for
her outstanding performance through out the week.
is led by Lady Vol Volleyball Coach Rob Patrick. Coach Patrick is
assisted by a variety of other college level volleyball coaches and his
players. Each team is assigned a coach from the pool of players and
coaches in attendance. Lady Cougar Coach Renee Wormsley is able to sit
back and observe the instruction her team gets from their camp coach.
Over the three days of camp the Lady Cougars worked on their
positional skills and teamwork. On day three they played a tournament
and were very competitive.
After the day was over the camp coaches gathered and handed out awards
based on performance.
Cougar Volleyball opens its season against the Lady Dragons of
at the John RW Brown Gymnasium on August 22. (07/21/2017-6AM-PHOTOS
COURTESY OF PAT PEBLEY)
La Follette man cited for
cruelty to animals
Two dogs are recovering
Jazz and Jasper are coming around.
The dogs, one older than the other, are being cared for this morning at
the Campbell County Animal Shelter.
Follette Police Officer Michael Satkowski rescued the dogs last
Wednesday afternoon from the backyard of a home at 504 South Cumberland
While looking for two suspects in a reported fight, the officer happened
upon the two dogs, a small black and brown dog, Jazz, and a brown, older
and bigger dog, Jasper.
That’s Jazz on the left
with Japser to his right.
The officer describes in his report that Jasper was
skin and bones with his hip bones and ribs showing. He writes that
Jazz’s hip bones were showing as well. He notes that both dogs had
a small amount of water, but it looked like the water hadn’t been
changed in a while.
La Follette Animal Control Officer
Daniel Smith was called in and learned that Ricky Lynn Marlowe and Kathy
Henderson were the people living at the home. The couple was
notified that the dogs were in poor condition and needed to be treated.
The dogs were taken to the shelter for treatment.
Marlowe and Henderson were told that
they would be given a citation for cruelty to animals. During the
process, the social security number Marlowe gave Satkowski was being
called in, but it did not match the one police had on file. Just
before that discovery, Marlowe walked out of the house. The
officer went outside for Marlowe, and he was gone. A search of the
area for him proved unsuccessful.
was charged with cruelty to animals, evading arrest, possession of
schedule IV controlled substance, and introducing contraband into a
penal facility. He’s been free on a $4,000 bond since Monday and
is scheduled to appear in court next Tuesday. (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE
hour later, Satkowski spotted the 50-year old Marlowe riding in a car
South Cumberland Avenue
and East Ash Street.
The policeman verified that Marlowe still had outstanding warrants,
stopped the car, and arrested Marlowe.
According to the report, when asked if
he had anything illegal on him, Marlowe said, “No.” As Marlowe was
being booked into the Campbell County Jail, Jail Corrections Officer
Anthony Cercena found a pill, believed to be a schedule IV narcotic (Xanax)
in Marlowe’s possession.
Marlowe was charged with cruelty to animals,
evading arrest, possession of schedule IV controlled substance, and
introducing contraband into a penal facility. He’s been free on a
$4,000 bond since Monday and is scheduled to appear in court next
Jazz is pictured above the more laid back Jasper.
More than a week later, the pair of
dogs is looking much healthier, and both are quite active and appear to
be in good spirits. Jazz and Jasper share the same space at the
Cooling off with
Community Trust Bank
Launches its Vacation Club Account
Even though there’s not a lifeguard on duty, it’s
still cool to be around the Community Trust Bank Pool. See CT Bank
to open your Vacation Club Account. (07/20/2017-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY
OF RACHE' BOLTON)
Hardee’s is hiring - $9
an hour to start
Job Fair is today at Jacksboro
at Exit 141 on I-75 says, “Join our team!” The new location,
making it Campbell County’s
third Hardee’s Restaurant, is looking for extraordinary team members and
A job fair
is scheduled for today at the Tennessee Career
1016 Main Street
at Jacksboro. The hours are 9 am until 4:30 pm. Two more job
fairs will be held during the same hours at the same location on Friday,
July 28 and Thursday, August 3.
You can also apply at the Hardee’s in
La Follette and Jellico. Tell them you are applying for the Exit
You can also apply via texting:
HARDEES to 58046 or apply online to http://pleaseapplyonline.com/bigbenders/
Wages starting up to $9 an hour for
crew members and $11 for shift leaders. (07/20/2017-6AM)
WLAF’s Pat Pebley
caught up with these young cheerleaders honing their skills this week at
Cougar Cheer Camp.
La Follette looks to
start co-ed softball league
Chris Smith with the La Follette Parks and Recreation Department is that
co-ed softball may be in the offing. He tells WLAF that they’re
looking to try to have a co-ed softball league. For more
information, please call the Rec
at 423.562.9424. (07/20/2017-6AM)
Sheriff and deputies
helping with hydration
Keeping you safe from the heat is critical
The hottest days of the season, so
far, are here. Feels-like temperatures will be at or above
100-degrees through the weekend.
Deputy Cody Chapman at Lonas Young Park
with two young men making sure they are beating the heat and staying
Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K.
Goins and his Deputies are out in force, patrolling the community but
taking time to make sure our citizens are staying hydrated and safe.
Sheriff Goins tells WLAF, "The most important resource we have is
our relationship with our community. Having a proactive
partnership with our community increases the effectiveness in reducing
Deputy Travis Bostic at Lonas
handing out water to a fisherman.
Deputy David Wormsley in Jellico making
sure this hard working gentleman pressure washing is staying hydrated.
Sheriff Goins offers these "Beat the Heat"
Hot Weather Safety Tips:
1. Limit strenuous
Instead of going on a run at 3:00 p.m. in the
afternoon when the day is at its hottest, try to go outside at an
earlier or later time. Make sure to keep a bottle of water in hand and
2. Stay hydrated
Don't wait until you're thirsty to drink water.
Your body is 60 percent water. If you're working or exercising outside,
be sure to have water with you. Remind those you're with to drink water.
Avoid drinking liquids with caffeine or alcohol in them. If you are not
receiving enough fluids, you may get heat cramps or heat exhaustion.
3. Wear lightweight, light colored clothing
While outside, wear clothing that covers most of
your body and is light colored. Linen, cotton and rayon are some of the
more lightweight fabrics that stay breathable. Don't wear darker
clothing as it will absorb more sunlight, heating your body up much
quicker as you're outside.
4. Do not leave children or pets in hot cars
According to a study
done by the American Academy of Pediatrics, a car's internal temperature
can reach 117 degrees even on a 72 degree day. That's over a span of 30
minutes. Cars heat quickly. In only 10 minutes, a car can heat up
20 degrees. An
grants immunity to those who need to break into a vehicle to save a
child or pet.
Check on the Elderly
Family members and neighbors need to make routine
checks on the elderly. Make sure they know their neighbors and that they
are familiar with their routine. Prepare a list of emergency phone
numbers and place them in an easy access area. (07/20/2017-6AM)
It’s a day of goodbye at LUB. So long to Jerry, Lendon,
Vernon, Rusty, Mike, and James. The story
and more photos are further down this page.
Guess which one of these girls is
getting ready to start her junior year at CCHS?
L-R Mary Grace, Sue, and Gwen from Terry’s Pharmacy are modeling some of
the back packs that will be stuffed with school supplies and given away.
Details on how you can help are further down this page.
See you in September
The sweetness returns to downtown
Come September, La Follette
will no longer be a donut-less town. Renovations are underway at
the former Ralph’s Donut Shoppe for Master Donut to move in sometime in
Do you know the new ATV laws?
Designated ATV routes?
First violator charged over the
The first person charged in Campbell County after the new ATV laws and routes
were established the first of the month was pulled over this weekend.
On Saturday evening, just before 7 pm, La Follette Police
answered the call of an ATV on the four lane near the high school.
It was reportedly causing traffic issues.
Not every road or
street allows ATV travel.
This sign is at the corner of Beech and
Officer Noah Riggs spotted the off road vehicle heading toward La
Follette near the Walgreens. The officer stopped the
red Honda ATV on West Chestnut Street.
Janice Bunch, the rider, was charged with operating an off road
vehicle on the highway, driving on a revoked drivers license, and
possession of drug paraphernalia. The 38-year old La
Follette woman is free on a $1,250 bond.
Janice Bunch was pulled over
and charged with driving an ATV on the main highway.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF THE
July 1, when new ATV laws were enacted and ATV routes were designated,
the E-911 Dispatch Center has been inundated with more than its usual
calls and questions. What about?
The new ATV laws and on what
Campbell County public roads and streets can
At this point
on East Beech Street
is where the trail ends and turns up
South 4th Street
in La Follette.
Driving an off road vehicle on a public street or road is a lot like
operating a car. You must be at least 16-years old
and have a valid Tennessee Drivers License. You are
required to wear a helmet and, if available, strap on a seatbelt.
You must also have insurance. This includes a
four-wheeler of any type including side by sides.
The ATV/SideXSide/Off-Road vehicles laws changed on Saturday, July 1,
CLICKING HERE you can
see the list of roads and rules from the resolution.
Planned Veterans Cemetery
remains in a holding pattern
Permits and paperwork
HERE to watch the entire meeting
Commissioner Cliff Jennings is frustrated and so are more than
200 residents in the Davis Chapel Community. But for
Not long after taking office nearly
three years ago, Jennings,
a Viet-Nam Veteran, proposed that the county develop a veterans
cemetery. He expressed at Monday’s regular county
commission meeting that he’d like to see this accomplished before he
leaves office next year.
School, now the
Davis Chapel Road at
Carr Wynn Road.
At last week’s
county commission workshop, Robert Robertson brought a petition to the
commission asking them not to tear down the
Davis Chapel Community Center,
but to instead make additions to it. The petition has 207 signatures he
Board of Education Chairman Mike
Orick told the audience Monday night that he’d already signed the deed
over to the county. He went on to say that part of
the agreement is that the BOE will pay Road Super Ron Dilbeck’s
department to raze the building. Though there’s no
time line on tearing it down.
Attorney Joe Coker pointed
out that permits are needed for the demolition, and that the county
needs to contact permitting agencies at the state level.
Coker went on to suggest, “We need to talk to other such cemetery
organizations on how to proceed.”
suggested that commissioners meet in a workshop setting, rationalize,
and bring it to the commission for a vote.
The old school house has not been
used as a school in decades.
It was said
that the land can only be used as a veterans cemetery, and that the
veterans have agreed to maintain it. The plan is for
the cemetery to be turned over to the veterans, and the property will
then no longer belong to the county. (07/19/2017-6AM)
Faith Promise hosting
second movie on the water
Saturday 4 pm to 11:30 pm
As temperatures continue to soar above the 90 degree
mark, a day at the lake could be one of the few ways to cool off. Throw
in free food and a movie, and the perfect summer day has arrived.
And that’s what this
Saturday will be thanks to Faith
“We just want to love on the community,” said
Brandon Dunford, minister at the LaFollette Faith Promise campus. “That
is the sole purpose of the event.”
From 4 pm until 11:30
pm, Faith Promise is hosting a free event at the
that is open to everyone. There will be games, food, drinks, water
inflatables, and a human hamster wheel, along with two family friendly
“This will just be a great opportunity to come and
focus on the family,” Dunford said.
Families will be able to choose between two films in
The first choice is the live action ‘Beauty and the
Beast’ that will be shown on the water. Via a blow up screen, moviegoers
can watch the Disney flick from either a chair on the beach or on their
float on the water.
For those who prefer a dry land experience, ‘Moana’
will be shown on the soccer field adjacent to the park.
“We wanted to create an atmosphere for kids to run
around away from the water,” Dunford said.
Both movies will begin around 9:30 pm, or when it
gets dark. (07/19/2017-6AM)
Green goes to jail
for fourth DUI
Was test driving a car
speech. Unsteady walk. Roy Lee
Green’s test drive on Saturday did not go quite as planned.
Police Officer Noah Riggs writes in his report that he paced the 56-year
old La Follette man’s vehicle at 56 miles per hour in a 40 MPH zone in
east La Follette. Riggs pulled Green over at Kenny’s
Pioneer where he noticed his speech was slurred, and that Green was
unsteady on his feet when he stepped out of the 1996 Green Chevy Blazer.
Green told Officer Riggs that he was test driving
the Blazer from West End Auto Sales.
Roy Lee Green told police he was
test driving a Blazer after taking an Oxycontin pill
(PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S
When asked if he had taken any medication or had been
drinking, Green told the officer that he had taken his pain medication,
an Oxy 15 MG, about two hours before and that it was “just a pain pill.”
Green showed six clues of impairment out of a possible six clues
during the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus
Test (HGN Test).
Riggs report notes that Green fell asleep several times during his
observation period after being taken to the La Follette Police
Green is charged with
speeding, driving while revoked/suspended (3rd offense),
third offense for being an habitual motor vehicle offender, and driving
under the influence (DUI) 4th offense. He remains in
the Campbell County Jail this morning on a $20,000 bond and is scheduled
to appear in court on Tuesday, July 25. (07/19/2017-6AM)
Good food. Good
LUB honors six retirees
ninety years of experience with the La Follette Utilities Board walked
out the door today. For good. Actually, the six people
leaving LUB didn’t all retire the same day but have over the past
several months. They were all recognized and treated to a
delicious breakfast. And that makes it official for Jerry Riggs,
Lendon Shelton, Vernon Wilhoit, Rusty Wier, Mike Hill, and James Walker.
Jerry Riggs first day on
the job at LUB was October 24, 1971.
James Walker (L) and his
wife Janice enjoy a delicious breakfast.
Riggs leads the
ledger with 45-years on the job followed closely by Lendon Shelton’s
44-year career at LUB. They started about a year apart from 1971
to 1972. Vernon Wilhoit logged 31-years while it was 30-a-piece
for Rusty Wier and Mike Hill. James Walker leaves the LUB Board as
the outgoing chairman after ten-years of service.
Kenny and the
council share a smile. Mayor Mike Stanfield (L) and Council Member
Ann Thompson are pictured here with LUB General Manager Kenny Baird.
We at WLAF say,
“Thanks! Thanks for keeping the lights on for us and for a job
well done.” (07/19/2017-10AM)
Terrry’s Phamacy’s “Back to
School” Drive is underway
to see the 2017-2018 school calendar
Composition books. Crayons. School is just around the corner, and
Terry’s Pharmacy’s annual ‘school supply drive’ is going on now.
to drop off your monetary donations or supplies such as pencils, loose
paper, glue sticks, erasers, crayons, scissors, composition books,
rulers, and other school supply items.
Drop off locations are at either
Terry’s Pharmacy location in La Follette and Jacksboro.
Insurance & Banking Committee produce strong results
— Throughout the first half of the 110th Tennessee General Assembly, the
House Insurance and Banking Committee was particularly active in the
legislative process. Thanks to the hard work of State
Representative Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) and
fellow committee members, the
panel advanced a total of 23 legislative initiatives with eighteen of
those bills being signed into law by Tennessee Governor Bill Haslam.
These initiatives support business growth and
development, cut prescription and health care costs, and improve
communication between providers and patients. Some of the legislation
House Bill 18: Reduces
the cost burden of prescription eye drop refills for patients.
House Bill 77: Clarifies
guidelines for insurance coverage of off-highway vehicles.
House Bill 150: Increases
totals paid out to benefactors of deceased investors.
House Bill 280: Revises
fee provisions for owners under the vehicle insurance verification
House Bill 304: Promotes
business growth by reducing government regulations.
House Bill 338: Lowers
health care costs and improves the quality of care public elementary and
secondary school students receive.
House Bill 405: Protects
licensed pharmacists from discrimination by managed health insurance
House Bill 498: Improves
communication between health providers and patients.
“Serving alongside the men and women on my
committee is an absolute honor; Tennesseans are well-served by the
dedicated members of the House Insurance and Banking Committee,” said
the Committee Chairman, State
Representative Ron Travis (R-Dayton). “As I reflect on our work in 2017,
I believe we all fought diligently on behalf of small businesses, health
care patients and providers, and the entire state. I look forward to
continuing our work for the people of
during the 2018 legislative session.”
Furthermore, the efforts of the committee did
not go unnoticed by House leadership, especially Speaker
Beth Harwell (R-Nashville).
“I want to personally thank the hard-working
members of the House Insurance and Banking Committee for their
dedication to growth and stability throughout Tennessee,” said Speaker
Harwell. “Their work during the 2017 legislative session will deeply
impact and improve the lives of Tennesseans everywhere.”
Dennis Powers serves as Vice-Chairman of the
House Republican Caucus. He is also a member of the House Business &
Utilities Committee, as well as the House Insurance & Banking Committee
and Subcommittee. Powers lives in Jacksboro and represents House
District 36, which includes Campbell
and parts of Union and
Counties. He can be
reached by email at:
Rep.Dennis.Powers@capitol.tn.gov or by calling (615) 741-3335.
young men were recognized at last night's county commission meeting for
their accomplishments on the baseball field. The
story and more photos from their Summer of ’17 success are found further
down this page.
Cougar Football opens the 2017
season one-month from today
At home versus the Cherokee Chiefs
As the summer heats up, the Campbell
County Football team gets down. Down to business.
For the new season that is.
County hosts the Cherokee
Chiefs out of Rogersville on Friday night, August 18, at Dossett
Stadium. That’s one-month from today.
Head Coach Justin Price tells WLAF that his team’s first day of full
pads is Monday, July 24.
Preseason scrimmages will be on Thursday, July 27, at Webb – 6 pm,
Thursday August 3, at home with Central at 6 pm, and then on Tuesday,
August 8, at Halls – 6 pm.
Jamboree Quarter will be at Central on Thursday, August 10, at 7 pm,
when CCHS plays in the first-quarter.
WLAF has brought you all the games involving the Campbell Cougars, and
the tradition continues this season; season number 43. The WLAF –
B & M Tires Sports Network has all the coverage on AM 1450 and FM 100.9
with the live telecast over WLAF-TV 12 and
www.1450wlaf.com. Les Martin,
the Voice of the Cougars, and his color analyst Brent Allen return for
season to bring you the action. (07/18/2017-6AM)
passes without a tax increase
employees to get raises – CLICK
HERE to watch the entire meeting
“I’m happy to be able to preside over a meeting where we don’t have to
discuss a tax increase,” said Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton after
last night’s county commission meeting. For a second-straight
year, the Campbell County Commission passed its budget without a tax
The 15-member commission was minus one commissioner, Ralph Davis of
District 5, and voted 12-2 to pass the 2017-2018 county budget.
Cliff Jennings and Scott Stanfield, both representing District 3, cast
the two no votes.
Morton goes on to say, “I think we’ve got some good opportunities in
front of us with the funding and the way the budget is constructed.
I did propose a small increase for our lower paid employees, and we, in
fact, got that. It’s a bigger package than I proposed.” The
mayor pointed out that
employees have not seen an enduring pay increase over the last 10-years.
County Administrator of Elections (L) Ann Ayers-Colvin attended last
night’s county commission meeting.
Thirty-eight year law enforcement veteran Johnny Jones
(R) is being considered to finish the constable term of late 3rd
District Constable Bill Rutherford.
The new budget, according to Morton, takes the county closer to
three-million dollars (county dollars) invested in the roads since this
commission was elected. The mayor goes on to say, “And now that
the state transportation bill is in law, we’re gonna really be able to
progress and bring our roads up to a standard that means a safe Campbell
for our citizens and visitors.”
Campbell County Schools cut of the new budget takes it above the
required minimal funding level. It’s the second year in a row that
The Campbell County Election Commission is getting new voting machines.
if the modern machines feature a paper trail in the event of a machine
malfunction. Administrator of Elections Ann Ayers-Colvin responded
from the gallery that the new machines provide a paper trail and that
these machines will be far more advanced than the ten-plus year old
machines currently in use. The county’s cost for new voting
machines is right at $300,000 with a matching grant to cover the cost.
Only Pinky is
“tusk” enough to don this cape
Hutson snapped this photo of the Caped Crusader
CCHS fall sports schedules
WLAF printing timeline is quickly
Last spring, WLAF printed its first
run of spring sports schedules for the Cougars and Lady Cougars.
That is the goal for the fall sports as well.
Maybe the easiest way for us to get this
wrapped up is to just ask all of you Campbell High Coaches of fall
sports coaches to send us your schedules. We already
have girls soccer, volleyball, and football schedules.
However, we’re still needing boys and girls golf as well as cross
You can email your schedule to WLAF
at firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to
423.562.5764 or just drop it by our studios at
210 North 5th Street in La
Follette. Our deadline is Thursday (07/20) at noon.
among counties eligible for drought dollars
August 15 is deadline to apply for working capital
loans due to 2016 drought
- The U.S. Small Business
Administration is reminding small businesses, small agricultural
cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private
nonprofit organizations that Aug. 15
is the filing deadline for federal
economic injury disaster loans in Tennessee
as a result of the drought that began on Oct. 4, 2016.
The loans are available
in the following counties: Anderson, Bedford, Bledsoe, Blount, Campbell,
Cannon, Cheatham, Chester, Claiborne, Clay, Cocke, Coffee, Cumberland,
Davidson, Decatur, DeKalb, Dickson, Fentress, Giles, Grainger, Greene,
Grundy, Hamblen, Hancock, Hardin, Hawkins, Henderson, Hickman, Houston,
Humphreys, Jackson, Jefferson, Knox, Lawrence, Lewis, Lincoln, Loudon,
Macon, Marshall, Maury, McMinn, McNairy, Monroe, Montgomery, Moore,
Morgan, Overton, Perry, Pickett, Putman, Roane, Robertson, Rutherford,
Scott, Sequatchie, Sevier, Smith, Stewart, Sullivan, Sumner, Trousdale,
Unicoi, Union, Van Buren, Warren, Washington, Wayne, White, Williamson
and Wilson in Tennessee.
Under this declaration, the SBA’s Economic Injury
Disaster Loan program is available to eligible farm-related and
nonfarm-related entities that suffered financial losses as a direct
result of this disaster. With the exception of aquaculture
enterprises, SBA cannot provide disaster loans to agricultural
producers, farmers, or ranchers. Nurseries are eligible to apply for
economic injury disaster loans for losses caused by drought conditions.
The loans are for working capital and can be up to
$2 million with interest rates of 2.625 percent for private nonprofit
organizations and 4 percent for small businesses, with terms up to
Applicants may apply
online using the Electronic Loan Application (ELA) via SBA’s secure
information and application forms may also be obtained by calling the
SBA’s Customer Service
at 800-659-2955 (800-877-8339 for the deaf and hard-of-hearing) or by
sending an email to
Loan applications can be downloaded from the SBA’s website at
applications should be mailed to: U.S. Small Business Administration,
14925 Kingsport Road,
Completed loan applications must be returned to SBA
no later than Aug. 15, 2017. (07/18/2017-6AM)
Stars shine Monday
night at commission meeting
All-Star Baseball team
County’s version of the
“Boys of Summer” went further in the post season than any previous CC
Dixie Youth League team ever has. And this special
group of young men was recognized before last night’s county commission
meeting at the courthouse at Jacksboro.
group of champions was honored prior to last night’s county commission
Friday, July 28, 2017, was declared
Dixie Youth League All-Star Day in
County by County Mayor
E.L. Morton and the Campbell County Commission. These
7 & 8-year old all-stars finished 9 & 4 taking first in the
Sub-District, second in District 8, and third in the entire state-
that’s out of more than 60 teams. (07/18/2017-6AM)
The Vanovers put the
the Ho in Po-Ho’s Soft Serve Ice Cream Stand. Howard (L) and Polly
Vanover hosted a Chamber of Commerce Cash Mob on Friday at noon.
More photos and the story are further down this page.
Behind the scenes of Friday's Cougar benefit lunch
Big crowd enjoys spaghetti
Deputy Aaron Evans couldn’t help himself – cut line and went straight to
the kitchen at Friday’s benefit lunch for the Campbell County Basketball
Team at West La Follette School aka the La Follette Community Center –
even has spaghetti sauce on the lens.
recovering from neck wound
Flown out by
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department’s investigation continues into
a late Sunday morning incident involving a 47-year old Caryville man.
Harold Dewayne Collins, Jr. is recovering this morning from a puncture wound to his
neck, according to First Responders.
The injury is said to have happened at Collins home on Sharp Lane
and was called in to E-911 Dispatch at 11:45 am Sunday morning.
He was taken by ground ambulance to meet the med chopper at the
Caryville Ball Field.
Collins condition is not available. (07/17/2017-6AM)
for Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner
Friday evening at
By Noah Smith
The annual Campbell County
Lincoln-Reagan Day Dinner was a huge success. From many great speakers
to an excellent meal, the event was an all-around success. With more
than three-hundred in attendance, and plenty of Bikers For Trump, the
event was one of the largest the county party has ever hosted. Several
gubernatorial candidates spoke, along with Congressmen, Senators,
Representatives, and myself.
300 people were in attendance at Friday night’s Lincoln-Regan Day Dinner
candidates spoke about how each of them plan to better
and rallied for potential votes here in the county. Several candidates
stood out among the pack and will continue their campaigns until next
The event started with a great meal
provided by Vanessa Dupuy and Classy Threads Catering. Vanessa always
does a great job and last Friday was no exception.
Special entertainment was also on hand
to play during dinner.
State Senator Ken Yager spoke at Friday’s annual event.
State Representative Dennis Powers, to Yager's left, served as
the master of ceremonies for the evening.
After dinner, many speeches were
delivered by local, state, and federal politicians. Senator Yager,
Congressman Black, Congressman Duncan, Congressman Fleischmann, and
State GOP Chairman Golden delivered speeches before the gubernatorial
Gubernatorial candidates Mae Beavers,
Randy Boyd, and Bill Lee were in attendance to deliver speeches in hopes
of gaining potential votes for the 2018 election.
Diane Black, who has not yet declared her
run for the governorship, was also vying for votes for the upcoming
(L) with Chris Cox
The Keynote Speaker, Chris Cox,
President of Bikers for Trump, had the crowd standing in applause with
his speech. Cox and the Bikers were one of the major highlights of
this year’s event.
honored to also deliver a speech that left the crowd hanging with the
thought of an upcoming announcement that I will make in the fall. My
speech explained how conservative values and a dedicated populous have
great. I also touched on how it is now more important than ever for
Republicans to deliver on our promises and stand up for our values, “We
must step up and step out in order to secure our rights. The change we
seek begins with us. The actions we do today will dictate the lives of
future generations of Americans.
Noah Smith said, "We must be dedicated to the cause and
determined to stand for our values."
” I touched on unity
and how it is important for Republicans to unify in pursuit of a better
and unify in order to get things done. “The only way forward is
together, and with unity, a small pack of sheep become a roaring lion.
Do not give up and don’t let the left-wing media get you discouraged.”
I ended my speech with a cliff hanger, and stated that I will be making
a big announcement on my political aspirations come fall that I hope
will gain support as the election season gains speed.
the event was a major success that had many local Republicans leaving
with a big smile on their face. The event was the largest gathering of
local Republicans in the county and continues to highlight the greatness
of Conservative values. As the election season begins, again, it will be
interesting to see how things shape up. (07/17/2017-6AM-PHOTOS
COURTESY OF WLAF's NOAH SMITH)
fuel up for fun
left out from Ivydell
don’t care too much for the rain and mud,” says four-wheel rider Dennis
Richardson (L) of David Chapel. He and his riding buddy, Mike
Shepperd of La Follette, were fueling up for a day of fun on Sunday
morning at Big Creek Market.
“We’ve ridden all around this area. Up to Middlesboro. Down
We were at Smoky Junction yesterday (Saturday),”
for CCHS Basketball Camps
Boys and Girls
There were great numbers at last week’s basketball camps hosted by the
head coaches of the Cougars and Lady Cougars. The boys camp was
held in the mornings while the girls camped in the evenings.
Cougar Head Coach Matt Housley says, “We had 77! It was a blast!
I feel like we accomplished a lot as far as giving them drills and tools
to get better, but we had a really good time doing it! It always
rejuvenates our coaches, and high school players, because for the week,
no one is concerned with playing time or anything like that, but we just
get to teach the game and fall back in love with the game all over
The boys head coach notes that, a lot of our alumni, Gunner St. John,
Jacob Walden, Landon Reese, and Jared Ray, back to work with and speak
to the campers, too. Housley adds
that, “It really means a lot that those guys volunteered their time to
help and means a lot to me they wanted to come back and help!”
Cougar Camp provided a fun time or learning.
Lady Cougar Coach Brad Honeycutt was pleased with his camp as well as it
continues to grow. The coach tells WLAF that, “Overall, we had 34
campers this year. We were up seven from last year so we were extremely
happy with the turnout. We had a great group of campers and a great
group of volunteers.” (07/17/2017-6AM)
Sweet Cash Mob
on Friday at Po-Ho’s
Popular ice cream
stand has fun hour
The lines are longer but the treats are just as sweet. Po-Ho’s Ice
Cream Stand moved to its newer location this spring, and the extra elbow
room has made it easier to accommodate its long lines.
Po-Ho’s is now in the front of Whiteway
next to the four lane in La Follette.
Po-Ho’s is now in the front of
next to the four lane in La Follette. The new spot makes it “easy
to spot” for ice cream lovers as they motor along the big highway.
It’s not easy to gauge
who enjoyed their ice cream the most on Friday; the youngsters or the
Friday’s Cash Mob, in conjunction with the Campbell County Chamber of
Commerce, was a fun time and a successful event. (07/17/2017-6AM)
Heat and humidity
can’t keep a grandmother from supporting her grandson.
Christine Paul of La Follette shades her eyes from Thursday
morning’s bright sunshine to watch her grandson, freshman Johnathon
Paul, play in the Cougars’ 7-on-7 scrimmage with Halls on Pat Kerr
Field. More photos and the story on Campbell’s third 7-on-7
scrimmage this week are further down this page.
situation turns violent. Then deadly.
Police are calling
it a suicide
Authorities believe a La Follette woman likely made it out of a
potential murder-suicide scenario just in time on Monday. Around 4
pm, a middle-aged woman was allegedly beaten in her home by her live-in
boyfriend, according to a report from the La Follette Police Department.
The LPD report details that the woman and the man, 44-year old Sammy
Fritts of Ten Mile, were arguing about separating when Fritts became
violent. He allegedly threatened to mutilate her and then began
grabbing her by both shoulders, shaking her and pulling her around the
small living room eventually throwing her to the floor. The report
outlines he struck her several times on her head, arms, legs, sides and
abdomen with his closed fist. Fritts
also allegedly strangled her with both hands then his forearm. He
eventually let her go, the report stated.
Once free, the victim was taken to Tennova La Follette Medical Center by
her sister and reported the incident to E-911. She was later
released by the hospital.
Meanwhile, Fritts barricaded himself inside the home, located near the
underpass, the LPD report said. One La Follette Police Official
tells WLAF News that police sized up the situation and were moving
toward the house in less than a minute after arrival.
As the first officer stepped onto the front porch of the home, a gunshot
went off inside the home. Police found Fritts’ body inside the
living room area dead from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot
Services for Fritts are today at 2 pm at Rockwood, (07/14/2017-6AM)
Zach is back
for the Cougars
By Pat Pebley
Football guru Murphy Fair has released his preseason All-State Teams for
There is a familiar name on the 5-A Roster. Rising Senior Campbell
County Cougar Quarterback Zach Rutherford has made the list.
had a stellar junior year and led the Cougars to the playoffs with his
arm, which is rapidly becoming legendary.
Senior quarterback Zach Rutherford fires a touchdown pass during
Thursday’s scrimmage at CCHS.
Jacob Greenwood (below),
also a senior, is on the receiving end of this battery.
Rutherford put up huge numbers
247 for 363 (68%) through the air for 3,335 yards and 31 touchdowns
against only eight interceptions. He led the third best offense in
school history with 4,678 yards and 377 total points. He broke
former Cougar All-State QB Ethan Jeffers’ single-season marks of passing
yards and passing attempts.
In 2017, Rutherford has another chance to add to those numbers as it
appears Campbell County
has reloaded its offensive weapons that will compliment Number 12.
is poised to break even more records this season and could very well
lead his team to another shot at the TSSAA playoffs. (07/14/2017-6AM)
announces $25,000 grant for
ThreeStar Competitive Grants awarded in District 12
Ken Yager (R-Kingston) announced Thursday that five counties in District
12 have been awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants from the Tennessee
Department of Economic and Community Development (TNECD). The grants
will be used for a variety of local programs to support local health,
public safety, economic development and education initiatives.
The grants were awarded to the Roane Alliance for $5,000,
for $25,000, Morgan
for $25,000 and
for $25,000. TNECD awarded ThreeStar Competitive Grants to 63 of the 75
applicants for a total of $975,000 in funding.
"I welcome this major investment into my Senate District," said
Yager. "The ThreeStar grants ensure our local officials have the means
to make our communities and economies thrive. Whether spent on new
ThreeStar programs or expanding existing programs, the benefits of these
grants will stretch beyond District 12 and improve our state as a
Participation in the ThreeStar program is based on an annual
evaluation and activity plan to demonstrate individual readiness. Local
community leaders and Joint Economic and Community Development Boards
are encouraged to implement activities that will impact the community's
competitiveness in a global economy.
"Congratulations to the local officials and Chambers of Commerce who
secured these grants," added Yager. "I am excited to see the many ways
these counties utilize these funds." (07/14/2017-6AM)
with progress of his Cougars
at Maryville College
The Campbell County Cougars take a day away from seven-on-seven
scrimmages today. After three straight days of action against the
Scott, and Halls, the Cougars are due a break. However, they’ll be
right back at it tomorrow at Maryville
from 9 am until 1 pm.
Rutherford, with Landon Addington’s snap, rolls out looking and finding
Jacob Greenwood (below) during Thursday’s scrimmage at home with Halls.
Coach Justin Price sums up the first three scrimmages by saying, “We
were able to get many quality reps in these three sessions; reps that
will help our timing and execution. We improved in some areas that
needed it, and we will continue to work to reach our potential.”
Coach Justin Price
tells WLAF that his team’s first day of full pads is Monday, July 24.
will be on Thursday, July 27, at Webb – 6 pm, Thursday August 3, at home
with Central at 6 pm, and then on Tuesday, August 8, at Halls – 6 pm.
The Jamboree Quarter
will be at Central on Thursday, August 10, at 7 pm, when CCHS plays in
opens the 2017 regular season at home with the Cherokee Chiefs out of
Rogersville (Dwane Wilder’s alma mater) in a 7:30 pm kick-off. The
WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network has all the coverage on AM 1450 and FM
100.9 with the live telecast over WLAF-TV 12 and
Pictured are some of the local elected officials and
Community Partners who attended a recent IEDC training session. L-R Tim
Martin, E.L. Morton, DeWayne "Mailman" Kitts,
Mitch Loomis, Louise Anderson, Ken Castleberry, Ilka Mc Connell, Andy
Wallace. Others who attended, but are not pictured are: Forster Baird,
Joe Carroll, Patrick Pebley, Allen McClary, and Jerry Llewellyn. The
story is further down this page.
Billy Rutter gets us out
of the gutter
WLAF is back and rolling this morning
WLAF simply ran off the technology
highway straight into the ditch yesterday. Thanks to Bill Rutter
at Computer Care, not one, but two of our computers are back online and
Two of the computers that are most critical
to the daily operation here at WLAF went on the fritz. Needless to
say Wednesday was a real. Well, you know.
Hopefully, we are good for a while. We say thank you for your
patience with us during our rough day, and thank you, Bill, for taking
such good care of us. (07/13/2017-6AM)
Caryville Police and
CCSD get their man
man arrested for aggravated robbery
The wee hours of the morning. A
lone motel clerk. Right beside I-75. The setting seemed
almost turn key for someone looking to commit a robbery for some quick
cash. But in the end, it was turn key for the cops.
Josh Forbey, the front desk cashier
yesterday morning at the Comfort Inn at Exit 141 of I-75, told Caryville
Police that a slim, white male, with short red hair strolled into the
lobby and pulled up his shirt where he had a gun in the waist band of
his pants. He handed Forbey a note that read “empty your register
and put the money in a bag. I have a gun, and I’m not afraid to
use it. Comply and everyone lives.” Forbey handed over $215
in cash, and the red head then ran out of the motel and into a dark
colored pick-up truck.
Chad Phillips of Berea, Kentucky, was
arrested yesterday morning for robbing the Comfort Inn at Exit 141 on
I-75 here in Campbell
(PHOTO COURTESY OF THE
15-minutes later, Campbell County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Cody
Douglas pulled the pick-up over at the Rarity Mountain Exit, 156, on
I-75 near Jellico. The driver of the truck, 19-year old Chad
Phillips of Berea, Kentucky, fit Forbey’s description and
found the $215 cash on Phillips.
Caryville Police Chief Brian Keeton
points to the quick work of CPD Sergeant James McCall and Officer Jim
Wilson along with Deputies Cody Douglas and Josh Jeffers and Sergeant
Mikey Owens as being the difference.
Phillips is charged with aggravated
armed robbery and is being held this morning in the Campbell County Jail
without bond. He’s scheduled to appear in court on Thursday, July
Rollows arrested for
Married couple due in court this morning
A couple has been arrested following
their alleged attempts to burglarize a home and steal the owner’s Dr.
5, an alert neighbor noticed two people at a home in the area of
which she didn’t recognize. Concerned about the strangers, the woman
called the homeowner, who allegedly said he wasn’t expecting anyone.
This prompted the neighbor to approach the couple as they were exiting
her neighbor’s home. However, they went back into the home, left through
a side door, got in a dark green Ford Thunderbird and left.
A few moments later, Campbell County
Deputy Matt Wasson noticed the Ford, which had an active BOLO (be on the
look out) on it. When Wasson stopped the car, Jason Rollow, 37, and
Christy Rollow, 36, both of 113 Fire Department Lane, Jacksboro,
admitted to being at the McDeerman Road home, but, quickly denied they
were committing a crime. Instead, the duo insisted they were simply
house hunting and that one had sparked their interest.
(above) Jason Rollow and his wife, Christy Rollow, (below) are scheduled
to appear in court this morning about last week’s home break-in at a
house on McDeerman Road
(PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT)
As Wasson was questioning the Rollows,
other CCSO officers were reviewing home surveillance footage with the
homeowner. On the tapes, the Rollows were identified as the people the
neighbor had seen at the home. Jason Rollow was allegedly seen
attempting to gain access to the home through multiple doors. Each one
appeared lock, according to the police report. At one point, Jason
Rollow returned to the car, went back to the home and appeared to force
one of the doors open. After this, the couple is allegedly seen taking a
box from the home. They can also be seen going back into the home and
then exiting the side door, as the neighbor had reported.
When confronted with this, the Rollows,
independent of each other, confirmed being in the home, but denied
taking anything. The homeowners told police a downstairs closet had
been “ransacked,” multiple drawers has been gone through and a six pack
of Dr. Pepper was in the box the couple left behind.
Both Rollows were charged with
aggravated burglary and remain housed in the Campbell County Jail this
morning awaiting a court appearance later today. Christy’s bond is
set at $85,000 while Jason’s is $95,000. (07/13/2017-6AM)
Grand jury returns
indictments for July
Six people are indicted
The following indictments were returned yesterday
by the Campbell County Grand Jury:
Leigh Ann Taylor- vandalism under $1,000
Leigh Ann Taylor – Possession of schedule II
controlled substance, two counts of possession of a
schedule IV controlled substance, tampering with
evidence, public intoxication, possession of drug
paraphernalia, attempted theft under $1,000,
burglary, auto burglary
Leigh Ann Taylor- introduction of contraband into a
penal facility, possession of a schedule IV controlled substance,
attempted theft under $1,000, attempted aggravated burglary
Johnny Napier- Theft under $1000
Penny Hatmaker- three counts of aggravated assault,
eight counts of reckless endangerment
Jesse Hatmaker- four counts of aggravated assault,
eight counts of reckless endangerment
Danny Silcox II- aggravated domestic assault,
Wesley Rains- - aggravated domestic assault
Arraignments for these individuals will be Monday,
July 31 at 8:30 am. (07/13/2017-6AM)
IEDC training session is
Held Monday at the Chamber office
Members of the International Economic
Development Council (IEDC) conducted a training session on Monday at the
Campbell County Chamber of Commerce at Jacksboro.
The topics covered
Development as a Process and a Practice
Thinking Strategically About Your Economy and the Future
Revitalization: Breathing New Life into Divested Locations
Business Retention & Expansion: Growing from Within
Understanding Business Marking & Attraction
Workforce Development for Sustained Economic Growth
Entrepreneurship & Small Business Dev: Elements for Success
Local elected officials along with Community Partners attended the
one-day training session.
Those who attended were: Tim Martin, CEcD, Stephens County Development
Authority E.L. Morton, Mayor Campbell County,Dewayne "Mailman"
Kitts, Commissioner 2nd District, Campbell County, Mitch Loomis, East TN
Development District, Louise Anderson, Sr Associate, Managing Editor,
IEDC, Ken Castleberry, Campbell County Economic Development Board, Ilka
Mc Connell, PhD, CEcD, Athens Technical College, Andy Wallace, Deputy
Mayor, Campbell County, Forster Baird, Mayor Jellico, Joe Carroll,
General Manager, Jellico Electric & Water System, Patrick Pebley,
Aldermen, Town of Caryville, Allen McClary, President & CEO U Bank of
Jellico, and Jerry Llewellyn, Executive Vice President U Bank of
The boys are back tonight! Brent Allen (L) and Les Martin (R)
return for their new season of Just Sports and coverage of Campbell
Football on the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network. Just Sports
airs tonight at 8 pm on WLAF-TV 12, AM 1450, FM 100.9, and 1450wlaf.com.
This classic photo was snapped November 15, 2013, on the last night of
best-ever football season; 10 wins and two losses at West High in
That’s Cougar Head Coach Justin Price between network color analyst
Allen and the Voice of Cougar Football Martin. More about the
broadcast team and the Cougars' football team is further down this page.
eyes cutting bus route mileage
Cantrell clears up Title IX misunderstanding
A lot has changed
since the early ‘90s. However, the Campbell County
Board of Education’s bus routes have not. Until
The last time a
transportation survey was conducted in Campbell
was 1992. Now. Twenty-five years later.
Major changes are ahead.
Several bus owners
were on hand last night for the BOE meeting at the
courthouse at Jacksboro when Director of Schools Larry
Nidiffer announced that the recent transportation survey
will significantly change some bus routes.
Initially, the plan was to cut upwards of some 800-miles
from daily bus runs. Though that’s not set in
The transportation survey was conducted by a company out of
has 35 bus routes spread over 23 bus owners covering nearly
four-thousand miles a day. That comes out to 660,000 miles a
school year with bus contracts totaling $1.2 million dollars.
BOE Chairman Mike
Orick tells WLAF News that, being conservative, the cuts
could possibly save the county anywhere from 100 to
125-thousand dollars a year. He adds, “The most
important thing the changes will do, besides saving
money, is that students who ride a bus will not be
spending as much time on the bus.”
For bus riding
students, no more 5 am and 5:30 am pick-ups. For
bus owners, there’s lots of uncertainty for the time
being of just how much of a hit they’ll take. The
county pays bus owners $1.78 a mile.
Multiple bus owner
Marty Jackson asked, “I want to know how much money I’m
going to be out? We have a lot of expense from
workers comp to bus maintenance and more. This is
puttin’ a crunch on me,” Jackson
One voice from the
audience said, “Knox
outsourced its bus routes, and it’s not turned out so
well.” Orick quickly replied that Campbell
is not looking to outsource its routes.
spoke out saying, “They (bus drivers) have an impeccable
safety record in this county, and that needs to be
noted.” His wife, Jessie, drives Bus Number 6.
“About the worst
we’ve had over the years is maybe a bus driver hitting a
mail box or something like that – certainly no
fatalities. We’ve been fortunate,” Orick said.
Veteran Board Member Faye Heatherly, who initially
suggested a survey was needed, told the audience her
late husband, the Reverend Paul Heatherly, used to drive
a school bus, and that she remembers some of the stories
he would tell her at the end of a day on the route.
She expressed her appreciation and understanding for
what the drivers go through during the course of a run.
She stated, “The changes will save children time; time
from an earlier wait for the morning bus and time on the
bus as well overlaps in bus schedules.”
Nidiffer is in the
process of personally driving all the routes.
He’ll then ride all the routes on the busses before any
cuts are finalized. There will be a bus drivers’
meeting on Tuesday, August 1, at 6pm following a
building committee meeting at 5 pm at the central
Coach Johnny Bruce,
the BOE’s Coordinated School Health Coordinator, told
the board that a process to correct problems with the
scoreboard at the Campbell County High School Football
Field is underway. When it rains, there are
scoreboard issues due to old underground wiring
problems. “Going wireless, at a cost of around
$3,500, is the solution,” Bruce says. And he adds
that he thinks it can be done in time for the first home
football game on August 18.
It was also pointed
out last night that the Cougars Baseball Field House is
in need of a new roof. That concern is also being
The former Davis Chapel School/Community Center is being turned over to
the county. The plan is for the site to be used as a cemetery for
veterans. In exchange, the school board is getting a school
resource officer (SRO) for White
Tammy Lay is the
BOE’s Elementary Supervisor and addressed the board last
night about considering approving the 2017-2018
Differential Pay Plan. Lay said, “It’s required by
the state to submit the plan each year, and that this
year, by recommendation of the state, the attendance
bonus for teachers has been dropped. It’s been
replaced by an expansion of PLC (Professional Learning
Community) leaders to two more per school.” The
Campbell County Board of Education spent $67,000 last
year on the bonuses. The BOE approved the new plan
by a unanimous vote.
for the band
CCHS Band Parent Kenneth Lay was at last night’s meeting on behalf of
the band requesting for a Gator or some type of ATV. In years
past, the use of such a vehicle was donated. That option is no
longer available to the band which needs such a unit to haul equipment
to and from the football field at home and away games. Nidiffer
told Lay that ordering the unit was in the works.
The board voted unanimously to approve two
students to travel to the Kentucky
to compete in the Skills USA National Conference. Approval was
also unanimous for the Campbell High School Baseball Team to travel to
surrounding Nidiffer’s retirement
“I asked Larry Nidiffer this morning (Tuesday) if he would reconsider
and stay another year, Orick told the crowd last night. I don’t
want him to leave. He went on to say that Nidiffer’s been a
fantastic DOE and hopes the board can find another one just like him.”
Nidiffer’s contract runs through the end of June 2018. Orick’s
game plan for finding Nidiffer’s replacement is to form a search
committee next month and have a new director hired by the end of the
year. He says that way Nidiffer can work with the new hire for a
Campbell County School Board Attorney Dail Cantrell emphasized last
night, “I have never said we’re out of compliance where Title IX is
concerned.” He went on to say that the formula for Title IX
compliance is based on the high school football coach’s number of days
spent with his players. That percentage is used to figure how much
the girls volleyball coach is paid. Cantrell calls it, “simple
math.” He went on to say, “These two head coaches do not work the
same number of days and hours with their athletes.” Cantrell noted
that football runs from July 17 through December 2 while volleyball’s
dates are July 24 through October 17 adding that football has a
conditioning component in the winter and spring. (07/12/2017-11AM)
County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Aaron Evans (L) and Knox County
Mayor Tim Burchett help Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Director
Christie Elkins celebrate her one-year #chamberversary in leading the
chamber. This photo was snapped at Tuesday’s South Campbell County
Rotary Club's weekly meeting. Burchett was the guest speaker.
sidewalks and progress
to see the meeting in its entirety
The Caryville Board of Mayor and
Aldermen made quick work of its agenda on Monday evening.
Progress for the town appeared to be the theme of
the evening with Mayor Robert Stooksbury sharing two pieces of news with
those in attendance.
To begin with, the Hardee’s under
construction at the 141 exit is continuing at a nice pace. “They are
moving right along with it,” Stooksbury said. He also told the board the
dialysis clinic that will be located in Caryville should be completed by
Jan. 1, 2018.
After a brief discussion, the board
agreed to apply for a safety grant that will be distributed by the
Tennessee Municipal League (TML). The town has a history of being
awarded this grant, which can be used to improve safety in the
new Luther Seiber
is in the works
has begun at Caryville
WLAF’s Charlie Hutson snapped these photos yesterday as work is underway
on building a new road, from the dirt up, leading from I-75 to the
Potter's South East Construction of
Huntsville is handling the project.
longer discussion centered on sidewalks. The town is attempting to
construct sidewalks near Caryville
Money for the project is coming from a grant, according to town
attorney Kathy Parrott. As written, the sidewalks are to run south from
the school, but, it has since been determined that north would be a
better placement. By relocating the sidewalk on the north side of
the school, they would be constructed closer to the subdivisions meaning
they would run “to and from the school,” Parrott said.
The board voted to allow the
regional baseball tournament will be played at Asbury Park
the last weekend in July.
Teams will travel from as far away as
Sweetwater to play, Stooksbury said. (07/12/2017-9AM)
Just Sports is
back for another season
Les and Brent return tonight at 8 pm
The voices and faces
of Campbell County Cougar Football Telecasts are ready
for another season. Les Martin, the Voice of
Cougar Football, and his color analyst, Brent Allen,
begin another season on the radio, television, and
internet tonight at 8 pm.
“Just Sports” airs
Wednesdays from 8 pm until 9 pm on WLAF-TV 12, FM 100.9,
AM 1450, and
Martin tells WLAF,
“Brent and I are anxious to begin our 7th
season of covering the Cougars. We’ll touch
tonight on who will step in to fill losses in the line
and who will take over in some key positions. And,
of course, we’ll size-up the realignment of the region.”
The Cougars, who
are averaging 8-wins a season since 2013, open the year
on Friday, August 18, at home with the Cherokee Chiefs.
Martin and Allen will have coverage beginning at 7 pm
along the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network; AM 1450, FM
100.9, WLAF-TV 12, and
Edward Jones Financial Advisor Zach
Sheets (L) is shown here at a Chamber of Commerce Coffee last year with
County Mayor E.L. Morton and Community Trust Bank’s Regina Blankenship.
Sheets' annual school supply drive begins this morning. Details
are further down this page.
Commission talks summer hours
By PETER SAWYER
Monday night’s workshop, county
leaders discussed opening times for the convenience center on Towe String Road.
Commissioners Robert Higginbotham and Scott
Stanfield said the convenience center should be opening at 7 a.m.
instead of 8 a.m. due a policy to implement summer hours three years
ago. However, Sanitation Department Head Walter Sutton said he wasn’t
aware of the policy.
While personnel arrive earlier than 8 a.m., they
have other duties to attend than opening the gate. The attendant who
opens the gate does not arrive until 8 a.m.
E.L. Morton told Sutton to hire a part-time employee to enable him to
“If this body’s telling you they want more hours,
hire part-time,” he said.
Norris Point resident Karen Cumorich addressed the
commission about the lack of zoning regulations in the county.
Somebody has recently constructed a campground near
the subdivision Cumorich lives in. Because she lives in the county,
where there are no zoning restrictions, this is allowed.
Cumorich said she is not in favor of limiting
zoning, but wants common sense guidelines that will help the county move
forward. She said zoning isn’t to restrict people, but people shouldn’t
be able to put something next to your home that interferes with your
“How do we bridge the gap?” she said. “How do we
start a dialogue?”
Commissioner Cliff Jennings said he agreed with
“We need zoning,” he said. “Two thirds of this
county would be (green belted).”
Commissioner Rusty Orick spoke about the opposition
a former discussion about zoning had attracted. He said nine out of 10
people who showed up at a crowded meeting were against zoning.
Cumorich said zoning is something the commissioners
need to be willing to take on for the best of the county.
“Are you willing to go to bat for something you
think is going to move (this community) forward?” she said.
Campbell County Attorney Joe Coker said the
commission couldn’t implement zoning restrictions in one meeting, but
could pass a resolution stating a plan to move forward, and then follow
a step by step process.
Welden recommended forming a committee to research zoning. Morton made
Welden the chair of the committee and added to it Jennings
WLAF’s Peter Sawyer’s coverage of Monday
night’s county commission workshop continues
Eighth Judicial District Attorney General Jared
Effler asked the commission to implement a $64 fine on criminal court
cases. The $64 will only be charged to people convicted of criminal
offences when there are court fees.
Effler said the Sheriff’s Department is overworked,
and often unable to serve subpoenas. Therefore, the money raised from
the fines will be used to hire somebody to serve subpoenas.
Welden said he was in favor of Effler’s plan as
long as it didn’t impact any department’s budget. Effler said it would
not. The money raised by the charges would be put into a fund that would
be used to hire the new employee.
Coker told commissioners they are not allowed to
implement a policy that requires all employees to be drug tested. Coker
also said prospective employees can’t be subjected to a pre-employment
Only employees working in safety sensitive
positions can be drug tested.
The fourth amendment
citizens the right to be secure against “unreasonable searches and
seizures”. The United States Supreme Court defined drug tests in a
county government work place as a violation of this right.
Morton addressed the
commission about providing CHET with $45,000 to hire a Nurse
Practitioner/Counselor. This counselor would help serve Drug Court
and area drug treatment centers.
CHET already employs a counselor. Having a
counselor who is also a nurse practitioner will not only allow these
treatment centers to increase the frequency of counseling sessions, but
also have somebody is able to administer medication.
Morton said helping people overcome drug addiction
would lower the cost of inmate healthcare, which doubled this year.
Debbie Petree from the
Tennessee College of Applied Technology and Mitch Loomis from the East
Tennessee Development District asked the commission to approve an
$84,925 grant to fund a welding class at Campbell
The money would be used to provide welding
equipment and pay the salary of the teacher. High school students taking
the class would be able to receive college credit without having to
leave the CCHS campus.
The commission would apply for the grant and
purchase the equipment on behalf of the TCAT. The grant, which has no
match, will require no cost from the county.
The commission discussed the purchase of voting
The Campbell County Election Commission requested
the commission purchase new machines for $600,000. However, the
commission was able to find a grant that will reimburse the county for
$300,000, or half, of the cost.
expressed concerns the machines would not keep hard copies of
“I wouldn’t vote for it if it didn’t have a paper
trail,” he said.
Deputy Mayor Andy Wallace said the machines do keep
Circuit Court Clerk Bobby Vann asked the Commission
to renew a contract to donate fees from Driving Under the Influence
offences to the Coalition Addressing Juvenile Issues.
Morton said the Campbell County Jail has been
Stinking Creek Road
Douglas suggested paving
Stinking Creek Road.
He said he would vote for whatever measures that are necessary.
Davis Chapel Community Center
Robert Robertson brought a petition to the
commission asking them not to tear down the Davis Chapel Community Center, but to
instead make additions to it. The petition has 207 signatures he said.
Coker said the property belongs to the Campbell
County Board of Education, and the commission doesn’t have the ability
to decide what to do with it. (07/11/2017-6AM)
La Follette makes quick
work of short agenda
to watch the meeting
City of La Follette
held its first regular monthly meeting in the new fiscal year. With
2016-2017 closed out and a new budget in place, last night’s agenda was
Council, with member Ann Thompson not
in attendance, voted three-oh to accept Davis Home Improvement’s low bid
to maintain filters in the city’s HVAC units. The vote was the same to
allow City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries to apply for a state permit to
riprap portions of the banks of Big Creek which would allow the use of
Mayor Mike Stanfield said the county
would likely work with the city on getting the stones that will go
around the bridges along the creek. Jeffries pointed out that once it
cools down this fall and winter, crews will cut stumps on the creek bank
prior to the planting of grass and trees in the spring.
Jeffries announced National Night Out is Tuesday, August 1, 6 pm to 8 pm
He said that it would be on a meeting night for council, but they could
meet, adjourn, and still make it to the event on time.
Nannie White turned 100-years old on
Saturday with Stanfield proclaiming it Nannie White Day in La Follette.
He expressed his appreciation to all of the city employees who donated
Little Debbie Snack Cakes, White’s favorite, on her special day.
Council suspended the rules Monday
evening to vote on a couple of resolutions; 2017-14 and 2017-15. The
first, 2017-14, was so the city can participate in the TML Safety
Department’s matching grant program. Resolution 2017-15, an annual
process, allows La Follette Utilities to provide payment in lieu of
paying taxes on the property and operations of LUB owned and operated by
incorporated cities. Both resolutions passed unanimously.
Caryville meets in regular session Monday
HERE to watch the hour-long meeting
Sheets supports Campbell
supply drive begins this morning
Sheets, an Edward Jones financial advisor here in
is supporting all Campbell County Public Elementary Schools by using his
office as a drop-off location for his annual school supplies drive.
Sheets’ office is on the eastside of La Follette near the hospital.
Local residents may help support this effort by bringing in items
to the Edward Jones branch office during regular business hours
beginning today, July 11th, through Friday, August 11th. Sheets’
office is open Monday through Friday from 8 am until 5 pm.
Sheets also holds
a toy drive at Christmas. This is the haul from the 2016 drive.
world becomes more global, competition within our younger generations
continues to rise, emphasizing the importance of a quality education,"
said Sheets. "I'm proud to support the academic development of young
minds in this community through this school supply donation program."
The branch address is 102 North Massachusetts
Avenue, Suite 10,
in La Follette. That’s just over the hill from La Follette Medical
Center near East Central Avenue.
For more information, call Sheets at 423.566.4010 (07/11/2017-6AM)
Campbell County Cougar Football is getting ready for 2017
First game is August 18
Coach Justin Price tells WLAF that his
team’s first day of full pads is Monday, July 24.
Preseason scrimmages will be on
Thursday, July 27, at Webb – 6 pm, Thursday August 3, at home with
Central at 6 pm, and then on Tuesday, August 8, at Halls – 6 pm.
The Jamboree Quarter will be at
Central on Thursday, August 10, at 7 pm, when CCHS plays in the
opens the 2017 regular season at home with the Cherokee Chiefs out of
Rogersville (Dwane Wilder’s alma mater) in a 7:30 pm kick-off. The
WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network has all the coverage on AM 1450 and FM
100.9 with the live telecast over WLAF-TV 12 and
enacts new laws
Teachers, health care providers and public
officials face changes
When Saturday, July 1, rolled around, 133 new laws,
or amendments to existing laws, came with it. While some may not have a
direct bearing on daily life, others will.
By now, most people know there has been an increase
at the gas pump. As of July 1, The IMPROVE Act went into force. While it
lowered taxes on food, IMPROVE raised the prices on gas and vehicle
registration in the state to help pay for road and bridge funding. The
tax on a gallon of gas went up by $0.04 and will continue to rise $0.01
each year for the next two years. By July 2019, the total tax will be
6-cents per gallon. The tax on diesel fuel is going up by a total of
10-cents over the next three years.
Teachers are getting more money for classroom
supplies. Currently, $200 is set aside for every public teacher in K-12
for instructional supplies. However, teachers don’t see all of the
$200. The money is divided with $100 given to each teacher for
instructional supplies as determined necessary by the teacher and $100
is pooled with all teachers in a school and spent as determined by a
committee of the teachers. The new law increases that amount to $400 per
teacher with $200 being given to each teacher and $200 being pooled.
A bill passed in the state senate now authorizes a
school counselor to refer or help facilitate a referral for student to
see a counselor or therapist for mental health assessments or services
once the parent or legal guardian has made the request in writing. Even
though school personnel would be involved in obtaining the services, the
school would bear no cost for the services. (SB0341)
Schools will now also be prepared to act quickly in
the event a student suffers a drug overdose on campus. Following the
passage of Senate Bill 0458 both public and private schools are
authorized to maintain opioid antagonists on the grounds. Any school
personnel or SRO utilizing the opioid antagonists must be trained in
administering the agent. (SB0458)
Public employees, elected and appointed state/
local officials who commit crimes on the job will now face tougher
An amendment is making it more difficult for public
employees accused of a misdemeanor offense during their employment to
avoid punishment. Currently, employees can file for suspended
prosecution or pretrial diversion.
Suspended prosecution allows the case to be put on
hold for six months. After the conclusion of six months, the case could
be dismissed if there were no other similar offenses during the six
A pretrial diversion is a voluntary program for
defendants charged with misdemeanors or criminal violations. When a
defendant successfully completes the program, a recommendation is made
to the court to dismiss the charges.
The new law means public employees who commit
misdemeanor offenses during their employment do not qualify for
suspended prosecution or pretrial diversion. (SB0690)
Lawmakers also chose to take a hard lined approach
to people who target police or the military. People convicted of
committing a violent offense against a uniformed law enforcement officer
or uniformed member of the military or Nation Guard where the victim was
selected because of their occupation will face a tougher sentencing. An
amendment to a sentencing law allows the defendant’s sentence to be
Along those same lines, the unauthorized release
of a law enforcement officer’s residential address to the public, is now
a Class B misdemeanor if the release is criminally negligent or a Class
A misdemeanor if intentional. (HB0560)
Desecrating a place of worship or burial is now a
felony. An amendment increases the punishment for intentionally
desecrating a place of worship (church) or burial site from a Class A
misdemeanor to a Class E Felony. A Class E Felony conviction carries
nine months to six years. (SB1415)
After July 1, anyone placed on probation for an
offense that would qualify the person as a child rapist or child sexual
predator and who does not maintain either a primary or secondary
residence must enroll in a satellite-based monitoring and supervision
program for the full extent of the person’s term of probation. (SB0468)
The offense of theft has been expanded to include
new home construction contractors who fail to refund amounts paid under
contract under certain circumstances or deviate from or disregard plans
or specifications in any material respect that are contained in a new
home construction contract. (HB0393)
Nurse Practitioners can now give minors drugs for
STDs without parental consent: A new bill authorizes physician
assistants, nurse practitioners, and nurse midwives to treat minors for
sexually transmitted diseases. They are also allowed to prescribe and
dispense drugs to treat the STD. Currently, only health officers or
physicians can treat minors with STDs without the knowledge of the
parents of the minors. (SB0150)
Abortion after 20
weeks has been banned in Tennessee.
A new law in the state bans abortions after 20 weeks in
if a doctor determines the fetus is viable through required tests. The
legislation that subjects doctors to felony penalties doesn’t apply if
the mother faces risks of death or serious damage to a major bodily
A senate bill now allows an increase in the maximum
annual interest rate that a bank may charge and collect with respect to
extensions of credit made on credit card accounts from 21 percent to 30
It now costs more to
register a vehicle in Tennessee.
The fee increased by $5 for passenger motor vehicles, $10 for buses and
taxis and $20 for semis and tractor trailers. Electric vehicles face an
additional $100 registration fee. (IMPROVE ACT)
Homeowner’s associations can’t restrict how the
American Flag is displayed. A new law in the state says HOA’s
(homeowner’s associations) can no longer enforce rules prohibiting the
display of the flag of the United States of America or an official or
replica flag of any branch of the U.S. Armed Forces on the property of a
Purple paint means no trespassing in the state.
Property owners can now use purple paint on trees or posts as an
alternative to posting “No Trespassing” signs. The property owner must
post at least one sign at a major point that specifies that the use of
the purple paint means “No Trespassing.” (HB0078)
Off-highway vehicles operated on public roads are
now covered under the definition of “uninsured motor vehicle” for
purposes of being covered under an uninsured motorist policy. (HB0077)
Those convicted of
fraud while voting will now face stiff financial penalties. An amendment
made to Tennessee’s
election laws requires a court to impose an additional $1,000 fine for a
conviction for voter fraud. It also provides a $1,000 reward for
information leading to such a conviction.
And those seeking office are being directed where
they can keep their money. A new law now requires that campaign
funds be deposited into a financial institution insured by the FDIC or
the national credit union administration that is authorized to do
business in this state. (SB0377)
To the view the full
text of these laws and others visit
Eagle Scouts don’t get older. They just get
On Saturday, June 24, Troop 435 Eagle Scouts gathered for an impromptu
lunch with former scoutmaster, Bob Kibler. This
photo was snapped at Rickard Ridge Restaurant at
L-R Rob, Bob, and Doug Kibler, Tommy Overton, Daniel Freeman, John
Troutman, and David Reynolds.
Themes selected for CCHS
students during football season
Cougar Football opens its season at home on August
As Campbell County Cougar Football has gained
momentum recently, an emerging tradition has as well.
The student section has grown, adopting a theme
each week as it supports the Cougars. From a camo night to a pink out,
students turn out to back their team showing unity.
For the season opener
on Aug. 18 against Cherokee High School,
the ever popular Toga night will kick off the season. After that the
following themes will be used:
Aug. 25 CCHS vs. David Crockett- Hawaiian Night
Sept. CCHS vs.
Sept. 8 CCHS vs.
East- White Out Night
Sept. 15 CCHS vs.
Gibbs- Blue and
Sept. 29 CCHS vs. Powell- Camos and Jorts Night
Oct. 6 CCHS vs. Karns- Black Out Night
Oct. 13 CCHS vs.
Pink Out Night
Oct. 20 CCHS vs.
Oct. 27 CCHS vs. West- TBA (07/07/2017-6AM)
CREEK: Stormwater project
to clear spring
BY PETER SAWYER
board approved allowing the Caryville-Jacksboro Utilities Commission to
clear a spring outlet on
CJUC Chairman Frank
Wallace explained how the outlet of a spring located between two
has become stagnant. This is because foliage has obstructed the water
flow, causing water to remain stagnant. Trees block the wind and
sunlight, causing the area to remain wet. Mosquitos and snakes have
thrived in the area, as well as mold and mildew.
CJUC intends to clear
the trees and foliage, and lay sandstone in the spring outlet. This will
clean the water, and allow it to flow to Dog Creek and eventually to
The board approved purchasing a $145,000 Heil
Garbage Truck, which is under state contract.
The Town of
plans to finance the new truck with a $45,000 down payment from the
Sanitation Fund and a $100,000 bond from the Tennessee Municipal Bond
Association, which will be paid back over 10 years.
The board approved spending $3,902.88 to purchase
six portable radios, which will be used by the Police Department, from
Professional Communications Services, Inc. The money to pay for the
radios will be taken from the Drug Fund.
The board approved a resolution to amend the
operating budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year. The resolution will
bring the budget into compliance.
The board approved allowing Fire Chief Jason
Shetterly to purchase batteries and a disconnect switch for one of the
Fire Department’s engines.
Shetterly estimated the equipment will cost around
The board approved
sending Emily Hicks to Tennessee Incident Based Reporting System
training in September. Hicks is required to attend the training every
It took almost 50-years for Tennessee to tab a
Campbell Countian to lead Jacksboro’s TCAT. The energetic Debbie
Petree, TCAT’s President since September, tells WLAF about the big
changes in a story further down this page.
The Tennessee College
of Applied Technology at Jacksboro is 50-years old
It’s now President Petree as TCAT celebrates
like skill gap and skill sets were likely not tossed around at the
back in 1967. Fast forward 50-years and you’ll hear those terms
used at the now titled Tennessee College of Applied Technology also
known as TCAT.
TCAT takes on a whole different look
by the spring of 2019
2013, TCAT is how the one-time area vocational-technical school is
identified. There was one other name change. That was in
1994 when the statewide schools’ names were changed to Tennessee
The person who heads up TCAT has been known
as the director all these past 50-years. However, as of last
Saturday, that title officially changed from director to president.
The person named director in 2016, Debbie Petree, is now President
who was interim director/president for 18-months prior to her permanent
appointment last September 1, tells WLAF that the title change for all
directors in Tennessee
is part of the TCAT’s reorganizing. She says, “They are
reorganizing the way we work at TCATs in order to become more
President Petree is the first Campbell
Countian to hold the position of director/president at TCAT. She
succeeded former Director David Browder. The Tennessee Board of
Regents voted unanimously out of 26 candidates to appoint Petree.
of Regents member described Petree’s approach as “she serves
energetically.” She is leading the Jacksboro TCAT campus
expansion. Petree notes that they’ll start working on the design
this summer with the expansion completion expected by the spring of
2019. She explains that two buildings will be added,
one-at-a-time, on either the side of the building or in front of the
are ahead of Jacksboro on the expansion project list.
Petree smiles when she says,
“Enrollment is up. We’re looking at a strong fall enrollment.”
The Fall Term begins in early September. To learn more about TCAT
and to enroll, CONNECT HERE. (07/06/2017-6AM)
LPD asks for your help in missing person case
Man was last seen in mid-June
The La Follette Police Department is
asking for your help finding a missing man who is cognitively impaired and has
anxiety. Brent Anthony Briggs, 44, of
Michigan, was last seen at
Center in La Follette on
Sunday, June 11, at 4:00 p.m. Briggs is approximately 6'3" tall and weighs
about 190 pounds. He has dark brown hair and brown eyes. Briggs is entered
into NCIC as a missing/endangered person.
Brent Anthony Briggs is missing
If you have any information about
Briggs' whereabouts, your are asked to call the La Follette Police Department at
The La Follette Sears is closing its
Robert Coble (L) & Gary King are
set to deliver a washer & dryer from Sears
Three-weeks from today, July 24, your locally owned and operated Sears
Hometown Store is closing its doors for good. The store that’s
been in Woodson Mall at the
for 23-years has marked every item in the store to move. Washers,
dryers, riding mowers, tools – the list is long of items that are marked
Prices are slashed at Sears
Gary King tightens down a Sears delivery
Store hours are Monday through
Saturday from 9:30 am until 7 pm. Sears is open Sundays from 12:30
pm to 5:30 pm.
Josh Etter (L) visits with Robert Coble
Jacksboro native and Campbell High alum
Robert Coble has owned and operated the store since 2011. He calls
it a blowout sale with reductions storewide. (07/03/2017-6AM)
New laws for ATV/SideXSide/Off-Road
Laws changed July 1
The ATV/SideXSide/Off-Road vehicles laws changed Saturday.
Campbell County Deputy Mayor Andy Wallace shares the list of roads and rules
from the resolution with us by
Asbury marks her 60th
year at Peoples Bank of the South this month.
“Bullard’s” story is further down this page.
Death penalty is off the table. Josh
Comer case is going to trial.
Case is set for Monday, October 2, 2017
CLICK HERE to
read General Effler’s reasoning for withdrawing the death penalty.
Bullard’s been on the
job for 60-years now
She still loves helping people and working at the
“Who’s that girl over there in that
yellow dress?” the late Dr. Lee J. Seargeant asked. Mildred
Asbury recalls the beloved physician asking that on her very first day
of working at Peoples Bank of the South. That was in June of 1957.
What began as a summer job after her
freshman year at LMU turned into an unforgettable career. Mildred
tells WLAF, “I liked it so well, I didn’t want to go back to school.”
And she didn’t.
Speedwell, Powell Valley High School Class of 1956, Mildred Bullard has
worked in three different Peoples Bank buildings. She started in
the original building, then the green building that was built in 1960,
and now in the newest Peoples Bank main offices building in downtown La
Follette. That also includes working for three different bank
presidents. And for the record, there’ve been a dozen
presidents over her 60-year career.
This photo of Mildred Asbury
was snapped in 2007 when she celebrated her 50th
year at the bank.
When asked if there is a retirement
finish line, she said, “No. I’m not going to sit at home and
(laughing) look out the window and watch the cars go by.”
There were no electric adding machines
when Mildred started. “We had to key the number in and pull the
lever,” adds Asbury.
She was hired by Mildred Reynolds.
To keep down the confusion, Mildred Asbury was referred to by her maiden
name, or at that time her last name, “Bullard.”
One Christmas, she and Joyce Lawson
were decorating the bank’s Christmas tree. One afternoon after
work, Bullard says, ”Joyce just wanted to throw the icicles on the tree
and she wanted to barely hang them and let them hang down. We got
into it over decorating that Christmas tree. Mildred Reynolds told
us to go home, eat supper, and come back. Then we were over our
mad spell when we did that.”
Her late husband, Hutch, told some of
his fellow state workers one day when he saw Mildred walking across the
street, “There goes the woman I’m going to marry.” At the time,
she didn’t even know him. They eventually began dating and were
married in 1963.
Bullard says, “Had I known what Hutch
said about me being the woman he was going to marry, I would have had
some fun with him over that.”
tomorrow, the girl in the yellow dress begins her 61st
year at Peoples Bank of the South. Thanks for sharing your story
with us, Bullard! CLICK HERE to hear the entire interview.
La Follette native Rick Teague calls
his timing a “God thing.” The 1980 CCHS alum has come full circle
and is back home as the CEO of TELOS Global at Caryville. More
photos and the story are further down this page.
Trump summons TDOT Commissioner to the White House
‘Kind of like being summoned by your wife’ – John
President Donald Trump summoned a handful of transportation
commissioners from around the country to
TDOT Commissioner John Schroer was in that select group. Schroer
was in Campbell County Monday for the groundbreaking of the 141 Industrial Road
at Caryville, and WLAF News asked him about his trip to the White House.
CLICK HERE to hear Schroer’s
Teague’s timing was a
TELOS Global brings La Follette man full circle
would’ve thought when Rick Teague graduated from
that he’d one day return and start up a $25-million dollar state of the
art plant? Maybe no one. Especially Teague.
He grew up in
La Follette living on Country Club Hill and then up the valley.
For years, his dad, Roscoe, managed the grounds and golf carts at the La
Follette Country Club. He’s a 1980 graduate of Campbell
and says, “My graduating class was the first to go through all of our
high school years at CCHS.”
Fast forward 37-years, and Rick’s the
CEO of TELOS Global at Caryville.
WLAF that he had looked at several locations across the country and
around the world. But it was answered prayers that brought him to
the soon-to-be vacant
A & S
back in his home county. The deal to buy the building was closed
in mid-March of 2016. Two-and-half million dollars is how much
Teague says has been invested just into upgrades of the building.
The map of regional auto manufacturers
shows what Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton describes as TELOS Global
being right in the hub of the auto industry.
The power grid is massive
The content of Press Hardened
Steel in the automobile industry is growing strongly, and that’s where
TELOS Global comes in. It offers leading edge press hardening
Here, a little more than a year after
acquiring the building, TELOS has its line up and running. Larry
Joy is the Vice President for Operations and is excited to announce,
“Our hot stamp line is fully commissioned now and our line is up and
running. We will be ready for production at the end of August and
hope to hire a few of our production associates here in the upcoming
TELOS relies on local, skilled
people like Chad Long.
However, Joy, added, “There could
possibly be some cars already on the road that have parts from TELOS
Global here in Caryville. Teague is already working with two
customers and working through the details.
CLICK HERE to see the production line for press hardened steel.
to learn more about TELOS Global.
The nitrogen cooling
tower, which can be seen from I-75, will ice over at times
E.L. Morton calls TELOS the most technologically advanced business in
He says, “TELOS brings lots of hope for Campbell County.”
Rick started this plant and this whole operation, it was a focus on the
technology as well as the technical background of the people that are
here in the
area, and we’re looking forward to having those folks join us,” Joy
Larry Joy, Vice President for Operations, at
the laser controls
TELOS currently employs a fulltime
staff of 27. Three week ago, a second shift was added.
“I know and have worked with many people from
over the years. We know the talent’s here, and it’s another great
opportunity knowing we have that work force available to us.”
“We’re excited to get this operation
going and we look forward to putting an additional expansion on in the
near future and hopefully we can talk about that in the next year,” says
The TELOS Tool and Die Bay
to expand tool & die at the former A & S Building.
comes to TELOS Global the last week of September for a global
specializes in training for hot forming and has selected TELOS as its
regional training facility. Upwards of 100 participants from
around the world are expected to attend the training.
CLICK HERE to
see the $12-million laser in action
Room for expansion
at Jacksboro is currently accepting applications on behalf of TELOS
Global. Joy says, “A high school diploma is required with a
machine or technical shop background and applicants need some skill
WLAF is business of the
Tabbed by members of the Chamber of Commerce
In front of a packed
room, WLAF was named Campbell County’s
Business of the Year last night. The honor, bestowed on the station by
the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce, was one that took the owners
and staff by surprise.
A healthy crowd was on hand Thursday night
at the chamber’s annual event
”I was caught off guard when Christie (Elkins)
called to tell me we had won,” said Jim Freeman of WLAF. “To say we are
humbled is an understatement.”
As Freeman and Bill
Waddell, president and co-owner, walked to the front of the room at the
to accept the award, they were given not only a deafening round of
applause, but a standing ovation.
It was an overwhelming moment for the entire staff.
It was quite a night for WLAF.
WLAF’s Bill Waddell proudly accepted the trophy as WLAF was named the
Campbell County Chamber of Commerce “Member of the Year.”
“You are our community, you are our friends,
“Waddell said as he held the large crystal award.
“It was a total team
effort by all those who are a part of the WLAF Team,”
“WLAF is the heartbeat of this community,” Elkins,
the chamber’s executive director said. “I tell everyone you get up, have
your coffee, spend some time with Lord and then check 1450.”
(06/23/2017-7AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF WLAF'S CHARLIE HUTSON -
FOR MORE PHOTOS)
Chamber of Commerce
hosted its annual meeting last night
Tucker and Hutson steal the show
It started from the git-go for WLAF’s
Charlie Hutson and WATE’s Lori Tucker. C-Hut was there with his
camera last night as guests were in the food line at the annual Campbell
County Chamber of Commerce. Once Lori spotted him right beside
her, the friendly jostling began. And it carried on through the
Lori Tucker has been the evening news anchor
at Channel 6 for 24-years
The award winning television news
anchor was last night’s keynote speaker. Tucker shared her life’s
story in a nutshell with the full house of chamber supporters mixed with
a few back and forth humorous jabs between she and Hutson.
A few of the WLAF team members who were in
attendance last night are pictured here with WATE’s Lori Tucker.
L-R: Derrick Lee Anderson, Bill Waddell, Lori Tucker, Jim Freeman,
Harold Branam, and Susan Sharp.
Smiles all around. L-R Cindi Reynolds,
Lori Tucker of WATE, and Christie Elkins. Reynolds is the chambers
Director of Tourism and Retirement while Elkins is the executive
director of the chamber.
graceful chamber director Christie Elkins served as the evening’s emcee
leading praise for all the businesses and individuals who keep the
Campbell County Chamber of Commerce strong as it heads into its 33rd
year. There are more than 230 members of the Campbell Chamber.
Missy Tackett recognized the 2016-2017 Leadership Class of Leeann
Adkins, William Arbo, Kimberly England, Penny Etter, Travis Forsyth,
Anthony Hamblin, Wendy Pittman, Olivia Robbins, Larry Tanis, and Chris
The chamber presented Lori Tucker with two
huge gift baskets. Among the items is her very own WLAF T-Shirt
Five members are retiring from their
chamber of commerce board of director’s duties. Chamber Chair
Rhonda Longmire thanked Kenny Baird, Karen Cumorich, Debbie Petree, and
Debbie Samples. Longmire rounds out the five stepping away from
the board this year.
Cynthia Russell is the new chamber
chairman for 2017-2018. She welcomed incoming board members John
Branam, Kevin Brown, Gary Farwick, Nancy Green, Brent McNeely, Paul
Rumberger, and Melinda Wilson, Chair Elect.
night’s event was held at the Ball
(06/23/2017-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF'S CHARLIE HUTSON)
Charles Ward waves goodbye to a memorable medical career. The Fincastle
physician plans to retire in August, and further down this page, WLAF’s
Jim Freeman shares Doc’s story.
Last date with doc
Ward’s retirement is nearing
By Jim Freeman
Stepping back in
time to a time when life was simpler. That’s the way it is with a visit
to Dr. Charles Ward. However, yesterday was my last step back, because
Doc Ward is calling it a career in August.
As soon as I
saw the letter, I knew something was up. It was a letter from the easy
going physician about his decision to retire.
The mailbox and
Ward will remain at 541 Old Middlesboro
However, the Fincastle Family Medicine sign will go.
In an age
of computers, lots of support staff, even more government regulations,
and an ever changing medical landscape, Ward’s practice has always been
simple. He’s preferred patients over paperwork.
He and his late wife Shirley were a team. She was the nurse. He was
the doctor. The soft spoken doctor lost Shirley to a heart attack in
From Khe Sanh to
Dr. Ward’s medical career traveled a rather unique path.
born and raised in
and graduated high school at the height of the Vietnam War. About a year
out of high school, he knew his draft number would soon be up. So he and
his father worked up a plan that the young Ward would go ahead and
enlist in the Air Force thinking he wouldn’t carry a gun and just fly
It didn’t quite turn out that way. Ward became an Air Med Evac. “They taught me how to give a shot and empty a bed pan. That’s
how my career in medicine began,” he said. And Ward couldn’t have been
at a worse time. It was 1967-68 when he was there and he ended up
carrying a gun. Two in fact; an M-16 and a side arm.
After about ten years as a PA and some soul
searching, Ward thought he might as well go ahead and become a
He ended up at Khe
Sanh a couple of times while in Nam.
There he and his team were backing up the Marines. He was convinced he
would die at Khe Sanh during the siege. But he didn’t. Exhausted and
with less than a week to go in his tour of duty in
a doctor examined Ward and told him, “Your war is over.”
Back in the states, he became a nurse and worked in a Youngstown,
emergency room. After about a year, he enrolled in one of the first
program’s to become a physician’s assistant (PA). The program at Western
was recruiting Vietnam Vets.
After travels to
Ward ended up going on a job interview at Clairfield. The doc with the
dry wit kept looking off both sides of the road as he drove up White Oak
Mountain. He couldn’t find a place wide enough for him to turn around,
because, he said, “Had I found a place, I would’a turned around and gone
back north. But once I made it to White Oak, I liked it.”
Though his shingle will come down on August 19, the
Fincastle physician doesn’t plan on moving.
Beginning in 1976,
he worked for Dr. Jessie Walker at the Clairfield Clinic. Ward said
there was a young woman who would come to the clinic quite often to
check her weight. He finally realized she was using that as a ruse to
see him. Ward, who was rather shy, eventually asked her out. She was
Shirley York who became Mrs. Charles Ward about a year later. “Walker,
native, was a very good role model,” said Ward. “And I eventually became
his doctor before he died in the early 2000s.”
Ward graduated from
in the mid-1990s and soon found his way back to
He and Shirley bought a large white house in the heart of Fincastle. The
house served as their residence and the home of Fincastle Family
Thank you, Dr. Ward, for all you’ve done
for our community.
retired doctor explained it’s been really tough since Shirley passed
away; one of the handful of reasons he’s winding down his career. At 71,
he notes, “It’s a good thing for me and my patients” referring to
medicine as a young man’s profession.
Ward added that “making the decision to retire was a difficult one.”
He views many of his patients as friends, calling it a great pleasure
and honor to have served them.
Ward may be the only, or, at least one of a few, physicians who will
retire solely on a Social Security income. “It’s never been about money
for me. I became a doctor to help my patients live better lives,” he
So, it was on the first day of the summer of 2017, that I spent my
last day back in time. Back in time with old Doc Ward. (06/22/2017-6AM)
adjourns in session
Recessed meeting is next Thursday
CLICK HERE to watch the meeting in its
During this past
Monday night’s regular monthly meeting, the Campbell County Commission
approved a five-year lease agreement with a one-year extension with the
Friends of Campbell County Animals to operate the county animal shelter
on Towe String Road.
The new agreement also includes leasing the county
animal control truck to the FCCA as well as additional funding ($13,000
this year) for animal control. Campbell County Animal Control Officer
Otis Poore will remain on the county payroll until the end of November,
when he plans to retire. The FCCA plans to use its own animal control
In other matters Monday night, the commission
discussed but came to no conclusion on Mayor E.L. Morton’s proposed one
percent raise for all county employees making $30,000 a year or less.
Campbell County Finance Director Jeff Marlow suggested the raise not be
limited to full-time county employees but those that work part time as
The topic is likely to be discussed again next
Thursday, June 29 at 6 p.m. That’s when last Monday’s recessed meeting
The commission also approved payment of a plumbing
bill of $475 for the animal center earlier this year. (06/21/2017-5PM)
JHS Class of ’66 to host
In late July
Eagles of the 1960s are making plans
to gather next month. The Jacksboro High School Class of 1966
hosts an alumni reunion for all members of the JHS graduating classes of
Here’s a look at the Class of 1966 at
the 1996 reunion.
The reunion will be on Saturday, July 22, 4 pm, at
the Cove Lake State Park Recreation (Pavilion) Building.
This 1960s photo of Jacksboro High brings
back some memories for many
information, connect to
or call Jean Nelson Adkins at 423.562.9945. (06/20/2017-6AM)
This photo of a World War II Veteran
has some age on it. And understandably so. It’s more than
70-years old. This Fathers Day weekend, the family of the late
Garland Eubanks (pictured above) will sadly celebrate their first
Fathers Day without their beloved “Poppie.” The story and more
photos are further down this page.
First Father’s Day
without Poppie Eubanks
“He would tie my bows so pretty” – Sandy
Eubanks reminiscing about her father
a bittersweet Father’s Day celebration this weekend in the Eubanks
The jokester and man who loved to laugh died earlier this year.
Longtime and active La Follette community member Garland Eubanks will be
missed at the dinner table come Sunday.
thumbs through some photos of her father.
answered to many names over his 91 years of life. The father, grand and
great grandfather was known by Daddy, Poppie, Uncle Pete, and Banks.
What he was called him depended on who you were and where you were.
was a family man and earned the respect of his peers by the way that he
took care of his family,” said Kenny Baird, general manager of La
Follette Utilities. LUB is where Banks worked for almost 60 years; a
record Baird said will likely not be broken.
Daughter Sandy Eubanks, the only girl among Eubanks’ five children,
beams with pride and a hint of sadness as she talked about her father, a
World War II veteran. She says, since his death in February, they’ll
still celebrate Father’s Day with family in Cleveland,
this weekend. Yet with a hint of sadness she adds, “Our first year
Baird notes, “Garland
was a part of the Greatest Generation of those who fought to preserve
the freedoms that we enjoy and take for granted today.”
three things that defined Garland Eubanks' life were his faith, his
family, and his work.
his late wife, were active members in the LaFollette Church of God.
They both showed the community that their faith was alive by the church
work that was such an integral part of their lives,” according to Baird.
Banks worked into his 80s at LUB. It was the only job he ever had
except when he swept floors at the Royal Lunch Room as a youngster. He
came to LaFollette after being born and raised in a small
pointed out that in his latter years at LUB, he once had to climb a pole
to prove his worth. That was nothing for
came up in a time when electric linemen had to climb about every pole
and work without the benefit of the modern tools and equipment that we
have today. Garland
was tough! He was built that way, raised that way, and lived that way,”
Aside from his dedication to his family, Poppie was a 67 year
member of the LaFollette Church of God where he led the choir.
“Banks and Oneida
could always be counted on to do their part to further God's work in the
community,” Baird said. “He could always be counted on to work any
needed overtime and would come in anytime he was called upon to help
restore electric service to those who had lost it due to snow storms,
ice storms, and high winds. He would work as long as needed to ensure
that his community had the comfort and convenience of electric power.”
That was part of the man’s strong work ethic, his former boss said.
Children, Maggie and Jonathan, gathered to visit Poppie in the hospital.
was a “Daddy’s Girl” having her father wrapped around her finger. She
recalled no one could tie her hair bows a pretty as he did. On his
standby days at LUB, when Banks had to stay around the house, he loved
to cook for the family.
Baird summed up his thoughts on Eubanks by saying, “I am truly
honored to have known Garland Eubanks. His legend continues to live on
at La Follette Utilities. He was a great man, and great father, and a
great employee. Our community is a truly better place today because of
Poppie’s Father’s Day favorites of ham and fried potatoes will be
served this weekend. And they won’t forget to put the coconut pie and
cake on the dinner table. After all, Garland Eubanks was a coconut man.
Campbell County Road Superintend Ron Dilbeck placed the sign that
denoted the area around the sports complex as Ed Woods Way during the
2016 CCHS Football Season
Cougars biggest fan passes away
CCHS alum Ed Woods
Local personality and sports fan Edward Woods
Emergency responders found Woods, 54, at his
home on Wednesday evening. He was unresponsive with indications that he
died of natural causes.
Woods, known for his love of area sports, was
a fixture at the Campbell County High School football games. In fact,
during the last football season, the road around the football and
baseball complex was named Ed Woods Way. It was a moment that his
lifelong friend, Dwayne Kitts, called a “highlight” for Woods.
That moment was aclose second behind Woods
scoring a touchdown for his Cougars. Four years ago during the annual
blue and orange game Woods was given the ball where ran it into the end
zone putting six points on the board. “He had always talked about
getting to score for the Cougars and he finally did,” Kitts said.
The loss of Woods will be felt throughout the
community. But perhaps, it is on the field that his absence will be the
“We are saddened by the news of Ed's passing.
He was an inspiration to our players and coaching staff. There has been
no bigger fan of Cougar football than Ed Woods. He always taught our
players to "Never throw in the towel." He will be greatly missed by all
of us,” said CCHS Head Football Coach Justin Price.
I am saddened to report
that longtime Cougar fan, Ed Woods, has passed away. Ed was a pillar and
cornerstone of the Cougar Football program and an inspiration to our
whole community. It is sad to see him go. Ed encouraged us all through
his testimony and his character. Ed, however, is no longer in pain and
is transformed into his heavenly body. Rest In Peace Ed! Per Noah
So sad .. this man was an inspiration to all
... not just adults but many children !! He was an Angel on Earth .. but
now in heaven!! Still does not change the hurt and pain for the
community!! Prayers for all !! Per Casey Allen
The Volunteer Times is saddened to hear of
the passing of long time Cougar Edward Woods
Arrangements are pending.
LUB: Prospective board members
By PETER SAWYER
La FOLLETTE—At Tuesday night’s
meeting, candidates for the La Follette Utilities Board addressed the
city council. The council must vote to fill a seat on the board vacated
by James Walker.
John Snodderly, director at
the La Follette Housing Authority, spoke to the council about his
experience working with municipal governments and handling seven figure
“I would deny the insurance
that is offered with this position,” he said.
LUB board members are offered
health insurance and a $390 monthly salary. Snodderly said he would save
LUB customers $65,000 over his five-year term by declining the insurance
Lee Reynolds, who is
“semi-retired”, still works in advertising.
Reynolds said the area is
blessed to have a large fresh water supply from Norris Lake.
He said he is healthy and will
strive to do a good job.
Janice Walker described her
broad experience in the private sector. She said that as a woman, she
would bring a different perspective to the board.
The council ended the meeting
by adjourning in session. When it reconvenes on June 30 at 1 p.m., the
members will vote to decide who to appoint. The council approved
accepting a bid from Rogers Group for a project to pave 79 roads. The
council has budgeted $2 million for the project.
Roger’s Group did not provide
a total dollar figure, but bid $77 a ton for the asphalt, and $74 per
square yard for the leveling.
Public Works Department Head
Jim Mullens said the reason the bid is higher than what Roger’s Group
offered the county is because of the overhead costs in completing the
“It’s still a good price,” he
Rogers Group will pave the
roads until reaching project’s $2 million limit.
The council approved the first
reading of the operating budget for the upcoming 2017/2018 fiscal year.
The council will approve the final reading when it reconvenes on June
The council approved an
amendment to the operating budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year that
will fix overages.
The council approved hiring
Pugh & Company to audit the city’s budget for the 2016/2017 fiscal year.
While Pugh & Company will not
conduct the audit until the fall, the state requires the city to have an
audit contract by June 30.
The audit will cost the city
between $51,000 and $56,000, which Finance Director Terry Sweat said is
in the 2017/2018 operating budget.
The council voted to rescind a
former decision to install security cameras in city hall.
After city hall was broken
into over a year ago, the council approved installing security cameras.
However, because the walls are solid concrete, the price was higher than
expected, and the council did not follow through with the project.
Council Member Ann Thompson
voted against the decision to rescind the council’s former action.
“It doesn’t do much for the
credibility of the council if you vote to do something and don’t do it,”
The council approved a
contract to use Community Development Partners to provide administrative
services for an LPRF Recreation Grant.
The 50/50 matching grant will
provide $40,000 to fix playground equipment and widen and pave the
Walking Trail, but the city must also provide $40,000.
The council approved hiring
Eddie Parker full-time to the Parks and Recreation Department with an
annual salary of $21,008. Parker was working part-time. He will begin
his full-time position on June 17.
When Council Member Bill
Archer asked how many employees work at the Parks and Recreation
Department, Johnny Byrge said there are five full-time employees and two
The council approved hiring
Dalton Davis full-time to the Public Works Department with an annual
salary of $21,008. Davis was working part-time. He will begin his
full-time position on June 17.
When Archer asked if Dalton
had worked a probationary period, Mullens said he’s been with the
department a while.
The city will host an employee
appreciation dinner on July 29 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the LaFollette
Community Center. (6/9/2017-3PM)
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We have a dilly of a Dolly story to
share with you this morning. More photos of Nora Snodderly’s visit
with her hero, Dolly Parton, and her story are further down this page.
Snodderly brought her mom and dad,
Raewyn and John, onboard her new
best friend’s tour bus.
Dolly Parton just had to
meet the girl with the big hair bow.
Mom, daughter and Dolly -
a pre-mother’s day memory
Assignment becomes more than a story
By Raewyn Snodderly
Publisher’s note: When Raewyn
volunteered to cover the premier of Dolly’s new “Smoky Mountain
Adventures” Dinner Show for WLAF, we had no idea the day would turn into
a lifelong memory. But it did, and here’s how it all came about.
As a mother, you always want to see your
daughter or son dream, dream of big things, places and have high hopes.
My husband, John, introduced our daughter, Nora, to musical legends
several years ago. For those of you who know John, you know he is an
avid fan of legends such as Johnny Cash, Porter Wagoner, Dolly Parton,
and Kenny Rogers. Those are just a few of his country artists, but he of
course loves the hard rock and roll as well. One night Nora was
introduced to Dolly Parton. From then on a love affair began! She, of
course, had already been introduced to Dolly’s Imagination Library. Each
month we received a book and it became an exciting time for Nora and
Zeke, our son, when the mail came. As her love for books grew, her love
for music grew as well. We often watch YouTube videos of Dolly, to the
point of having to tell Nora that we must do our chores and finish our
homework before we watch YouTube videos. Then came the records, her
daddy made a trip to Merideath Antiques and acquired many of Dolly’s
records. So every Friday night, we had dinner and would listen to Dolly.
eager to hear what Nora had to say.
fires happened in Sevier
we sat as a family and watched fire rip through the beautiful mountains
we love. We told stories about visiting the mountains. John shared
stories about his many trips with his grandmother and People’s Bank of
the South. I shared stories of family trips with all of my cousins and
of course our trips with LaFollette United
to Resurrection each year. We shared family stories visiting my mother
and step-father’s cabin, which was Nora’s first adventure as a baby. The
night of the fires was a somber and heartbreaking night in our
household. However, Dolly jumped into action and did what she does best-
she helped out and established the “My People Fund.” Nora was in awe.
She said, “Mom, she is helping people she does not know.” She made a
proclamation that night, “Mom, Dad, I love Dolly, I want to meet her one
day and tell her thank you!” John and I looked at each other and
snickered and said to her, “You may not meet Dolly but we can admire her
through her music, her park and her books.”
Fast forward a few months later, the weekend
coming up was Dolly’s big homecoming weekend. We decided in light of the
scheduled events we would make a trip to Dreammore Resort and attend the
Dolly Parton homecoming parade. Nora knew of these plans and we had been
very open with the fact that she would only see Dolly from a far.
After numerous conversations with
Nora, I overheard her prayer one night and it went something like this:
“Dear Lord, I know you know Dolly, I love Dolly and I really want to
meet her. Please help me, because I have so much to tell her.”
All I could think was as a family we
bless our food, attend church and pray, but if we do not meet Dolly,
what will my daughter think about praying? That’s when our planned
events took a real story book turn, and it was Nora’s prayers that were
For many of you who know me, I take
pride in my southern roots. In fact, manners are one of the most
important lessons that I took from both of my grandmothers and mother.
We learned early on that no matter the situation, always mind your
manners. You also may not know this, but Nora had her first hair bow in
her hair 20 minutes after she was born. Every southern girl needs a hair
bow and the bigger the better. So as a Southerner raising a daughter, I
am aware that it is important to mind your manners and wear your hair
The night prior to the Dollywood
parade and the Dolly Parton’s Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner and Show,
we checked into the resort, and saw Dolly’s bus. We asked around and
Dolly was in for the night, so we took off and went swimming. After a
long night of swimming, Nora and I went to check on Dolly’s bus. Nora
began by saying, “Momma, she is in there.” My response was “Yes baby,
but we will only get to see her at the dinner show and the parade.” She
then reminded me that she had prayed about meeting Dolly, and the best
was she “had Dolly in her heart!” At that moment in time, an angel
appeared in the form of a gentleman asking “Do you like Dolly?” After a
conversation, we learned he worked on Dolly’s staff. We introduced
ourselves and let him know we would be at the show. The man was a jewel
as he talked to Nora about the bus, Dolly’s love for her people and the
love for kids. Nora, of course, naturally talked his ear off (she gets
that from her daddy).
The next morning was the big day; it
was our chance to see Dolly Parton, but Nora was convinced saying, “We
will meet her, Mom!” She had faith that her prayers would be answered.
As we headed out for a fun filled day our first stop was “Dolly
Parton’s new “Smoky Mountain Adventures Dinner” show. We arrived for the
premier at 8:45 am, only to find out that we were an hour early. Nora
was a trooper, as we waited, and then it happened- Dolly’s bus pulled
into the parking lot. As we stood there anxiously awaiting Dolly’s
appearance, her team went in and out, in and out. You know that angel I
mentioned? He came out of the bus. He came over to his new friend and
said “Good morning Nora with the big pink hair bow. Are you ready to see
the show?” Nora was extremely excited!
We continued to stand there waiting on
Dolly’s arrival and then there she was, as beautiful as ever, full of
spunk and happy to greet her fans. Next thing I know, I hear Nora
anxiously shout “Dolly, we love you!” Dolly stopped and said “I love
you, and I see you with the big pink bow!”
We were on cloud nine! Nora’s dreams
came true and her prayers had been answered. Or so we thought. After
Dolly moved inside, we went in and found our seats. We were watched the
show with the media and guests of Dolly. It was then announced that so
much money was raised for the “My People Fund” the endeavor would
continue. As Dolly spoke she talked of why this show was so near and
dear to hear heart. It was about her momma and daddy and her family
traditions growing up in Locus Ridge. The root of the show was “food,
faith and family.”
After the show,
Nora’s life changed forever. We exited the show and noticed that Dolly
had re-entered her bus. It was John’s idea to hang around for a moment.
As we stood there and watched her staff go in and out, here came Nora’s
buddy. He approached Nora and said, “Hey Nora with the big pink bow, do
you want to meet a good friend?” And with those words, Nora, John
and I were headed onto Dolly’s tour bus. John and I were speechless,
truthfully John stuttered, and I was in shock. Nora was extremely
excited. She made herself at home and climbed right into Dolly’s lap.
They discussed school, music and her love for books. Nora told Dolly
that she prayed really hard to meet her, and she knew in her heart that
she would meet Dolly one day. She then did something that, as a mother,
I will always be proud of. She thanked Dolly for the Imagination Library
books and explained that for many in rural Appalachia
(yes, those words were used by a 6-year old) that was all they had.
Dolly encouraged Nora to still read, wear those big bows, and to
continue to pray. As we stood for pictures and she posed, John and I
stood speechless, proud that our daughter recognized that Dolly is a
good steward of her time and fortune. We were proud that Nora thanked
her profusely for the books mailed to every child in the state. We were
proud that she learned to love and respect someone so much that has such
a big heart for her community. We were most proud, that as parents, she
had faith that she would meet Dolly. We doubted, but, she had faith.
It was a
day Nora “and” Dolly will not soon forget.
As we approach this Mother’s Day
weekend, remember that although our kids look up to us as parents, we as
parents often learn from our children. So, as we wrapped up a fun
weekend with our children we were still asking each other, “Did that
really happen?” At the end of the weekend as we were having dinner and
celebrating such a great day, Zeke had a huge announcement.
He stood proud and tall at the table
and said “Mom, Dad, YaYa, B, I met someone famous….I met Johnny Cash!”
Old building has rebirth
is making a comeback. For more than 50-years, Ben Rogers operated
his insurance business at the corner of West Central and Nevada Avenues.
His close friends, Conrad and Andy Troutman, shared part of the building
for their law practice.
forward to 2017. After the building sat empty for a time following
Rogers’ death, it’s
been totally gutted and remodeled.
side of the structure was the two story with the Troutman side to the
right. Ray Bolton’s Barber Shop, though connected, is not for
The new owners, Todd and Tonya
are now leasing professional office space. A single renter is
already operating out of the Rogers
and there is room for more.
One and two room offices are now
available. A monthly lease includes utilities and internet.
For more information about
professional office space in downtown La Follette, call the Overbays at
region is set for the next five seasons
Region 3 Football Classification for 2017-2021
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is joined by in its new region. WLAF will release the 2017
schedule in the coming weeks.
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