LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The Bobby Heatherly stories were coming out the windows Thursday morning at WLAF.. State Representative Dennis Powers gathered Heatherly, his son Robbie, and several friends to present Heatherly with a State of Tennessee proclamation. That presentation took only a few minutes, and the rest of the time, nearly two hours, was spent sharing Bobby Heatherly stories.

Heatherly, without a doubt, had the top story of the day. Heatherly officiated big time college basketball games during his golf off season.

“I had to call my wife at 1:00 o’clock in the morning to tell her that I would not be home that night, because I was in the hospital,” said Heatherly. He had officiated a game at Diddle Arena in Bowling Green.

MTSU was playing a very close game with Western Kentucky, and a timeout was called with only a couple of minutes remaining. As Heatherly addressed the scorer’s table to signal the timeout, he could not see a cheerleader headed his way.

“I got taken out by a cheerleader,” exclaimed Heatherly. “A male cheerleader began flips at the end line and came right at me, but I didn’t see him. He hit me with his foot right here as he pointed to his right temple,” said Heatherly.

“The doctor told me I’d been out quite a while. Aside from that, I was determined to work the state tournament in four days and did. I bet I told the story a million times, because everyone was asking what happened to my face,” said Heatherly.

No one in the room could top that Bobby Heatherly story. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/11/2022-1PM)