LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Monday afternoon, the LaFollette City Council met with a full agenda for its delayed by a week workshop. Tuesday afternoon, the council will vote on hiring Isiah Lloyd to a full time patrol officer effective Oct. 7. Lloyd, who is a veteran, is a former Tennessee Highway Patrol State Trooper who resigned under a cloud from the THP five years ago this month.

LaFollette Chief of Police Chief Steve Wallen spoke to the council and reported that Lloyd, currently a part-time LPD patrol officer, has answered 267 calls, issued 147 citations, and made 21 arrests in the months of August and September. Wallen shared a video from a traffic stop on Aug. 12 where the driver Lloyd stopped was verbally combative with Lloyd. He remained professional and unshaken throughout the recording which ran from stopping the vehicle to issuing the citation and completing the traffic stop. There was a large show of support from fellow LaFollette Police Officers for Lloyd at Monday’s workshop. Wallen read a letter of reference from former Tennessee Highway Patrol Training Officer Joey Lindsey who spoke highly of Lloyd and his work ethic. Mayor Cliff Jennings reported that he had received only positive reports about Lloyd. Wallen said “Lloyd has been exceptional for the department.”

Four resolutions were on the agenda beginning with Resolution 2023-17 authorizing the City of LaFollette to participate in PEP Risk Management Pool (Safety Partners) Drivers Training Matching Grant Program, then Resolution 2023-18 to apply for the 2020 TAP 4 Beech Street sidewalk grant, next was Resolution 2023-19 amending the 2023/2024 Budget and finally Resolution 2023-20 amending the 2023/2024 Budget. Four ordinances will be on the agenda Tuesday afternoon for the council to vote on beginning with Ordinance 2023-12 abandoning a portion of unopened street located within West Chestnut Street in the City of LaFollette. (Final Reading), Ordinance 2023-13 abandoning a portion of unopened street located within North 19th Street in the City of LaFollette. (Final Reading), then Ordinance 2023-14 amending Title 17 Chapter 1 Refuse and Trash Disposal. (Final Reading) and finally Ordinance 2023-15 abandoning a portion unopened street located within the 100 block of East Elm Street in the City of LaFollette. (First Reading).

Amending policy and procedures for the police department regarding a policy for adding Flock Cameras will be voted upon today. The Flock Cameras are used to read license plates and assist with crimes and Amber alerts.

In the public works department, a promotion for Jacob Ellard to a full time Sanitation Worker at a salary of $32,136.00 effective Oct. 7, 2023 will be voted on at the regular meeting on Tuesday.

Other items on the agenda at Monday night’s meeting was a discussion on surplus property, an event permit for Coolidge Ridge Missionary Baptist Church and a city wide yard sale on Nov. 3-4. Mayor Jennings stated that he would like to see the yard sales become a quarterly event. The city will host Seargeant’s Park in the Dark on Fri., Oct. 27 from 6 pm to 8 pm with food trucks.

Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting begins at 5:30pm at city hall. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 10/03/2023-6AM)