121 active COVID-19 cases in Campbell County

NASHVILLE, TN (WLAF) - As of Sunday afternoon, the number of PCR positive tests for COVID-19 during the pandemic according to the Tennessee Department of Health is 235, and that includes 207 cases confirmed and probable (four more than on Saturday).  Of the cases, 85 of those patients have recovered while 121 patients are recovering and one patient has died.  Results through Sunday from 5,288 COVID-19 tests in Campbell County have come back negative.


LUB crews making hey under the Sunday morning sun

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - The heavy weight of weekend power outages from Friday’s severe thunderstorm is getting a little lighter for LUB crews this morning.


LUB continues working on its biggest outage in years

The LUB power outage map shows more than 400 customers still without power on Saturday night.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - From 3,700+ customers without power to just under 500 still out of electricity is how far crews with the La Follette Utility Board have come in 24-hours.  "Most of those in that group of 484 probably won't have power until tomorrow," said LUB General Manager Kenny Baird as darkness settled-in on Saturday night.


La Follette Rescue Squad members part of successful rescue

TOP PHOTO:  Missing Morgan County man William Whitten was found on Saturday and was loaded into an ambulance and taken to a medical helicopter.  He was then flown to a Knoxville hospital.

William Whitten had fallen down an embankment was found lying in a creek bed.

GOBEY, TN (WLAF) - It's a story that doesn't always have a happy ending; a missing elderly person with dementia.  For 84-year old William Whitten, it was a happy ending.  The Morgan County man in the early stages of dementia had been missing since Thursday afternoon and was found some 45-hours later on Saturday afternoon.


Early Voting ends with a grand total of 1,822 votes cast

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) - Saturday, the last day of early voting, saw 118 votes cast.  The 14-day total of early voting comes to 1,822 votes.  Election Day is Thursday, August 6, with polls open that day from 9 am until 8 pm.


LUB crews are making progress

TOP PHOTO:  WLAF's Charlotte Underwood shares this photo from just outside La Follette on Jellico Highway on Saturday morning; an idea of the widespread damage resulting from Friday night's storm.

This La Follette Utilities Board outage map is not anywhere as near as active as it was on Friday night.  LUB crews are making progress in turning the lights back on.  As you can see, the task is monumental.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Based on the outage numbers, LUB crews have hit the halfway point of restoring power outages stemming from Friday night's severe thunderstorm.


Friday's winds raged up to 70 MPH

The scene Friday evening along Bethlehem Road.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Friday's winds appeared to be straight-line winds with the severe thunderstorm.  This morning, the National Weather Service at Morristown validated my thought. 


Long time LUB board member, community volunteer passes

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - James "Cas" Walker, a 10-year member on the LUB Board of Directors, passed away Friday after a lengthy illness.


Mystery solved. It's Red Hatmaker on the pole with Garland Eubanks.

Mystery solved.  Kathy Queener Wilson confirmed what Charlie Davis thought, and that is that the LUB worker on the right "is" Red Hatmaker along with Garland Eubanks (left).  Thank you, Kathy and Charlie!
LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - On Thursday, WLAF's Charlie Hutson shared this 1953 La Follette Utilities Board photo (above), and it prompted a few phone calls, tweets and emails.

Storm takes down more than 100 trees

One of many trees on the ground on Bethlehem Road.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - The initial estimate of the number of trees down was way too low according to Campbell County Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck.  


Trees on the ground and utility lines are down

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - In the aftermath of Friday’s late day storm, WLAF’s Charlotte Underwood takes us down Bethlehem Road through the lense of her camera.


Thousands are without power. Countless trees are down in the aftermath of today's storm.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - It's all hands on deck this evening as a late afternoon storm blew into Campbell County knocking down trees and knocking out power.


Storm blows through Campbell County blowing down trees and power lines

This tree is over Old Highway 63 at Caryville.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - A storm rolled through Campbell County late Friday afternoon living up to its billing of a SEVERE THUNDERSTORM WARNING.  Heavy rainfall and gusty winds knocked out power and laid down some trees and utility lines.


Campbell's COVID-19 active case count spikes at 107

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Campbell County's active COVID-19 case count topped the 100 mark on Friday afternoon.  That's a jump of 19 more active cases since Thursday's total of 88.


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