LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – WLAF’s Charlie Hutson shares a photograph from back in the 1900s, about 1953.  A couple of guys from the La Follette Electric Department, nobody knew it as the utility department, are hooking up the football stadium lights at the new La Follette High School, now the La Follette Middle School in the photo above.
The guy on the left was the new pup, a fellow by the name of Garland “Poppie” Eubanks.  Hutson doesn’t know the other La Follette Electric employee.  He’s received several different names, but no name has been confirmed.  This picture was the front cover for the La Follette Electric Department’s 14th annual report in June 1953.
Eubanks, 28-years- old in the photo, went on to an unprecedented career at the La Follette Electric Department, now the La Follette Utilities Board.  Though he passed away in 2017, he had a career that LUB General Manager Kenny Baird described as “one that will never be matched.”  Eubanks, a World War II veteran, served LED and LUB for 58-years and was a member of the La Follette Church of God for 67 years.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/30/2020-6AM)

3 Replies to “A look back at the La Follette Electric Department”

  1. Poppy was and will always be my special hero. Although I wasn’t his own child and me without a father he always treated as if I was. He was my idea as a perfect father. I loved him so much. He was truly a great man.

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