By Charlotte Underwood
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Local law enforcement and the City of LaFollette joined together to host National Night Out on Tuesday evening at Seargent’s Park. Look for your picture in Charlie Hutson’s photo gallery.
The event brought multiple groups and organizations together, highlighting community partnerships in Campbell County.
Crowds of people attended the event checking out vendors and enjoying demonstrations and music.
Multiple city and county dignitaries attended the event, as did the department heads for the City of LaFollette.
LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield read a proclamation declaring Aug. 3, Campbell County’s National Night Out and thanking everyone for coming.
There were multiple door prizes and school supplies at vendor locations. Community staples such as Community Health of East Tennessee (CHET), Camelot, Christian Learning Center, CASA, Lions Club, TCAT, the La Follette Housing Authority, Campbell County Children’s Center and many more had booths set up, as did several area businesses and several non-profit organizations. Boy Scouts Troop 310 had a recruiter booth at the event, as did Campbell County’s soon to be female scout BSA troop. The Campbell County High School Band performed at the event as well.
During the evening an outstanding officer from each law enforcement agency received a service award. Representing the Jacksboro Police Department was Officer Allen Bumgardner, the Caryville Police Department was represented by Sgt. Corey Laxton, representing LaFollette Police Department was K-9 officer Cory Lawson, the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was represented by Deputy Cole West and representing the Tennessee Highway Patrol was Trooper Dylan Lyons.
National Night Out is an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. The event is held on the second Tuesday of August across the nation in all 50 states. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 08/04/2021-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF WLAF’S CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD AND WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)