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State Representative Dennis Powers
AP United States History, Political Science, and Government classes
participated in a debate watch party last night. They watched the debate
and enjoyed refreshments at CCHS.
More photos are further down this
CCHS-FHS tickets go
on sale Thursday at 4:30 pm
The Cougars host
Farragut in football
6 & 0 start has given more than just Drew Leach and the CCHS
Cheerleaders something to cheer about.
The biggest crowd in the
history of Cougar Football is expected for Thursday night’s home game
(PHOTO COURTESY OF PAT
The hottest tickets to
likely the biggest football game in the history, to this point, of
Campbell High Football go on sale Thursday at 4:30 pm.
Sherry Chapman, the Director of Athletics at CCHS, tells WLAF
that, as a result, there will be more people than usual selling tickets
at the gate to accommodate to demand. Tickets are $6 each.
Kick-off is 7
pm for Campbell and Farragut in a game that will determine which team
hosts a first-round play-off game come November 4. Campbell is 6 & 0 with a 2 & 0 region mark
while Farragut is 4 & 1 in all games and 1 & 1 in league games.
Campbell is 0 & 14 in the Farragut series
which dates back to 1980.
The Cougars Will
Martin kicks a field goal through the west uprights at Williams Stadium
on Friday night as CCHS defeated Cocke County 57 – 7.
Martin kicks out of the
hold of fellow senior Max Farris.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF PAT
kick-off is at 7 pm. Pre-game coverage along the WLAF – B & M
Tires Sports Network begins at 6:30 pm. The live
radio account airs over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 along with the live
telecast over 1450wlaf.com. (09/27/2016-6AM)
Election Day is 6-weeks from today.
Liquor by the drink referendum for
Jellico is on the ballot
Local races for Caryville, Jellico,
and La Follette, along with one county race, highlight the November
2016, ballot. The deadline to register to vote in the November
election is Tuesday, October 11.
Four posts are up for the Town of
Caryville. In the mayor’s race, Glenn Smith
and former Mayor Bobby Stooksbury vie for the town’s top spot.
Three Caryville Aldermen seats are up.
Running are: Ward 1 – Jerry Chadwell and Pat Pebley. Ward 2
– Eric Jones. Ward 3 – Incumbent Lloyd Lawson is challenged by
William Clyde Richardson.
At Jellico, there is a liquor by the
drink referendum on the ballot. District 5, of which Jellico is a
part, needs to elect a school board member. Ned Smiddy was elected
back in August but did not accept the position. Running for that
school board seat are Steve Christian and Steve Morgan.
There’s no opposition in the
mayor’s race for the City of La Follette. Mayor Mike Stanfield has
won the last two mayoral elections by record setting numbers, and this
third time the La Follette native seeks re-election, he will be
unopposed. Stanfield needs one vote to continue serving.
The La Follette City Council seats of
Bob Fannon and Hansford Hatmaker are up this year. Each is running
for re-election. Though the pair does have opposition; Bill Archer
and Lonnie “Hot Rod” Wilson are also running in November. Fannon
is also a candidate for State Representative. Should he win that
race against incumbent Dennis Powers, he will not be allowed to serve on
City Council even if he wins re-election.
Election Day is Tuesday, November
8, with polls open from 9am until 8 pm.
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PUBLIC WORKS: Citizens
voice concerns over projects
meets in workshop session Monday night
BY PETER SAWYER
LaFOLLETTE—At Monday night’s workshop, several
citizens expressed concerns their neighborhood would be opened to school
Department Head Jim Mullens had been asked to find out how much opening
a rear entrance to
County High School would cost the city. The project would involve
widening and resurfacing
and would cost the city $45,000.
said opening the streets to school traffic would ruin the subdivision.
The road isn’t capable of handling the traffic because it’s too narrow.
It would cause safety problems. The residents hoped the council would
listen to their concerns.
Council Member Hansford Hatmaker told the citizens
he agreed that it was a peaceful subdivision.
“We just keep hitting the tax payers,” he said.
Council Member Bob Fannon said the council had only
taken the first step. He encouraged the residents not to worry, telling
them the council would discuss the matter and keep them informed. The
council decided not vote to proceed with work on these streets at next
Proposed sign is nixed
An electronic sign (PHOTO COURTESY OF PETER
SAWYER) was discussed a few weeks ago. However, after
looking into the price, Parks & Rec Director Johnny Byrge found the sign
was too expensive. It was going to be erected at Seargeant Park.
addressed the council regarding property belonging to his mother, Carol
Troutman. The Public Works Department is currently building another exit
LaFollette Elementary School.
This photo was taken near the area
in question. (PHOTOS BY WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)
During the process of building the road, a dirt
wall was built on the side of the road. Mullens said the dirt is on
property that belongs to the city and the county and is adjacent to
Carol Troutman’s property.
Jeff Troutman expressed displeasure about the dirt,
and said the city’s work on the road had invaded his mother’s property.
City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries said he would
talk to Jeff Troutman about the problem.
Mullens updated the
council on the project to build a bridge across the railroad tracks at
He encouraged the council to use the same engineering firm to complete
both the Nepa and pre-design phases at the same time. This will save the
city $30,000 and four months’ time. Mullens said the first two phases
need to cost under $150,000. The total price for hiring one engineering
firm to handle both at once is $145,000.
At next Tuesdays’ meeting, the council will vote
whether or not to approve the final reading of an ordinance that will
allow people to ride ATVs on the Cumberland Trail, on North and South
Tennessee Avenue, and on East and West Beech Street from Indiana Avenue
to Ninth Street. Riders will be allowed in these areas from a half hour
before sunrise until a half hour after sunset.
The purpose is to allow people to come off the
trails into town to purchase gas and food.
At the regular meeting of the Caryville Board of
Mayor and Aldermen in September, Caryville Vice Mayor Glenn Smith said
the state’s jurisdiction supersedes that of municipalities. He said when
individual towns or cities pass ordinances that allow people to ride
ATVs, state troopers can still pull people on ATVs over.
However, City Attorney Reid Troutman said he was
not aware of what Smith was referring to. Reid Troutman said the
ordinance would be sent to TDOT for approval.
The council discussed
spending $102,000 to repair a bridge on North 11th Street.
CSX and the City of LaFollette
paid for the construction of the bridge about 20 years ago. About five
years ago, the Tennessee Department of Transportation condemned the
bridge. The City of LaFollette
has placed a five-ton weight limit on it.
Hatmaker questioned spending more money on a bridge
that was built a couple decades ago. Fannon suggested Reid Troutman
contact CSX to see if the city could receive more money for the bridge.
Mullens told the
council he may have a fully executed contract for the STP project by
Tuesday’s meeting. This project will use STP money from 2015, 2016, and
2017 to pave roads from
If the STP money is not used, the city will lose it.
While the project will cost about $200,000, the
city will be responsible for about 20 percent, $40,000, of it.
The paving will not begin until spring.
The council discussed giving Lansden Hill approval
to put Christmas Lights in Freeman Park this year.
The council also discussed spending money to
replace the incandescent Christmas lights with the more energy efficient
LED lights. However, because money from the budget was already spent to
refurbish the Christmas lights, and the Public Works department is busy
with other projects, Jeffries suggested waiting until next year.
A citizen asked the council about putting lines on
the tennis courts behind the Shell Station for Pickle Ball—a paddle
sport played with a slightly modified tennis net. Jeffries agreed to
talk to him about it.
At next Tuesday’s meeting, the council will decide
whether or not to hire Jason Shears to the Police Department full-time
at an annual salary of $28,580. Shears is currently working part-time
for the Police Department.
East Virginia Avenue
The council will vote
whether or not to approve the final reading of an ordinance that will
abandon a portion of unopened right of way on East Virginia Avenue
at the October 4 meeting. (09/27/2016-6AM)
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High school seniors
invited to Roane State's Scholarship Saturday on Oct. 1
High school seniors can sign up for the Tennessee Promise, complete
their Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and fill out their
college application as part of Scholarship Saturday on Oct. 1 at Roane
State Community College's Roane County campus in Harriman.
The event will last from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Eastern, and refreshments will
be served. Visitors are welcome to drop in anytime between 10 a.m. and 1
pm. Check-in will be in the lobby of the
Roane State financial aid and admissions
staff will be available to help students and their families complete
The deadline to apply for the Tennessee Promise is Nov. 1.
In addition, beginning Oct. 1, students can complete their Free
Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the 2017-18 academic
Students are encouraged to get their FSA ID before coming to Scholarship
Saturday on Oct. 1. Go to
"On Scholarship Saturday, students and their families can complete three
major applications in one day: Tennessee Promise, the FAFSA, and their
college application," said Maria Gonzales, Roane State
director of student enrollment and recruitment. "Our staff will be right
there to help students and their families fill out each form correctly
and get off to a great start on the college admissions process."
To learn more or reserve a spot at Scholarship Saturday, go to
hosting shooting event
Effler and Evans place friendly wager
In a unique fund raiser, shooting enthusiasts will
have an opportunity to show off their marksman skills in September.
A sporting clays
tournament, with proceeds benefitting the Children’s Centers of
Campbell, Claiborne, Fentress, Scott, and
will be held at the Chilhowee Sportsman’s Club, 7601 Old Railroad Bed Rd
on Sept. 30.
While teams of four will gather to shoot skeet and
raise funds, two local officials are taking the challenge even further.
Campbell County Sheriff’s Office Chief Aaron Evans and District Attorney
General Jared Effler have upped the ante on the friendly competition;
the man who shoots the least amount of skeet out of 100 will have to
kiss a donkey.
And the two men are laying down the gauntlet in
preparation for the competition.
“My skeet shooting ability is exponentially more
exceptional than my opponent’s. Chief Evans should prepare accordingly,” Effler recently said. However, Evans, who never shies away from a
challenge, also had some words for the district attorney.
“Effler better get his Chap Stick ready, and
prepare to go mouth to mouth with that mule,” Evans said.
The prize donkey, Johnny Knoxville, was named after
the popular yet short lived MTV television series, Jackass, where the
protagonist played pranks and served shenanigans to his many co-hosts
and strangers alike. Johnny Knoxville resides on the Elkins Family Farm.
This is a 100 shot competition where shooters will
participate in teams of four. The entry fee is $125 per shooter,
which will include lunch and a golf cart per team. There will be a
morning and afternoon flight. A silent auction will be held during
the event and station sponsorships are available. Individual and team
prizes will be awarded.
All shooters must bring their own eye and ear
protection along with shotguns and cartridges
For more information, to donate items to include in
the silent auction, or to register for the sporting clays tournament,
contact the district attorney general’s office at 423-562-4991.
Future leaders take note Monday
CCHS Students watch presidential
A “watch party” of Monday
night’s presidential debate was held in a classroom and in the commons
at Campbell High. The CCHS
AP United States History, Political Science, and Government classes
participated in a debate watch party last night by watching the debate
and enjoying refreshments at CCHS.
Students also participated and gave feedback for whom they
believe won and on the issues important to them. These students also took notes,
because the teachers plan to discuss the debate in length today during
Students also watched in the
Lady Cougar Soccer
Lady Cougar Soccer looks to play a game on its new field before the
season is out. For more photos of
Hutson caught creators of the downtown La Follette Elk Murial in action
over the weekend. Word is it will be completed by the City’s
October 8 ATV Fest
Cougar – Farragut
showdown is set
Thursday night at 7 pm at Dossett Stadium
If the Cougars were
looking ahead to this week’s much anticipated Region 3 5-A game with
Farragut, you couldn’t tell. The Orange-n-Blue rolled over Cocke
by a final of 57-7 on Friday night. CCHS improves to a school
record 6 & 0 and hosts the Farragut Admirals Thursday at 7 pm on Pat
Farragut is coming off
a bye week and will have had nearly two-weeks to prep for the Cougars.
The Admirals are 4 & 1 in all games and 1 & 1 in the region. The
lone loss came in Week 3 at Oak Ridge.
The Wildcats came from behind to defeat Farragut 30-25.
is 0 & 14 in games with Farragut. Last season, on a soggy Admiral
Field, FHS won 31 – 0.
Thursday’s kick-off is at 7
pm. Pre-game coverage along the WLAF – B & M Tires Sports Network
begins at 6:30 pm. The live
radio account airs over AM 1450 and FM 100.9 along with the live
telecast over 1450wlaf.com. (09/26/2016-6AM)
Who’s That Cougar?
We’ll tell you Thursday
By: Tanner Carson
*This former Cougar safety played from 2002-2005*
*He wore jersey number 5*
*He says he most favorite memory was beating Karns and making playoffs
the first time in school history in 2004.*
*He says his most memorable game was a 34-0 win against Bearden in 2004
breaking the record for wins in season.*
*He was named an Academic All-District in 2005 and also received the
University of Tennessee Quarterback** Club Academic Award that year.*
The Cougars host
Farragut on Thursday, so this week’s answer will be revealed Thursday
County hosting forum and
Tuesday night at old PO
Tomorrow night, Campbell
hosts a community development meeting. Topics such as grants,
waterlines, extension projects and historic preservation are on the
There will also be an open forum.
The meeting is set for
Tuesday at 6 pm at the old post in La Follette,
119 South Tennessee Avenue.
For more information
call the county mayor’s office at 423.562.2526 or interested individuals
can send an email the mayor’s office at
Friday’s commission meeting
These are the results
from Mayor E.L. Morton after Friday’s County
meeting surrounding the Walden Mountain Waterline project.
-Finance will issue payment, less retainage, to K. Carrender on Monday.
will file a petition Monday on behalf of the County, to be heard in the
Chancery Court for the October 3, 2016, docket.
-Upon filing, Finance will issue a check for the disputed amount beyond
the contract, ($7,076), and await a payment or non-payment ruling on or
about Oct 3.
-Mayor E.L. Morton will issue an ownership transfer memo Monday to LUB
releasing County ownership of the new system and granting it as property
of the utility.
-Carrender will flush lines Monday and turn system control over to LUB
as early as Monday, barring delays.
-Once flush is complete, LUB will sample tests and install meters.
-LUB will add the system to its property inventory when testing is
complete and work toward full water service, potentially within the
week, barring delays.
-Once these steps (and any others that are required) are fulfilled,
Morton plans to cancel the special called meeting, still Friday
(09/30/2016) at 5:30pm, in case we miss something.
-The Chancellor will determine final costs as early as October 3rd and
decide for payment or refund of the $7,076.
-As with all county contracts, there is a claims period for claimants to
claim against the contract prior to final closing.
-When water service is to industry standard and claims are resolved we
can release retainage. (09/26/2016-6AM)
Criminal cases see
closure last week
The following cases were resolved in Campbell
County Criminal Court with plea agreements:
Brittany Nashay Taylor- two counts of statutory
rape; two years probation, two years judicial diversion, no contact with
the victim, court costs.
Hollis Gibson- first offense DUI; two days to serve
with credit for time served, one year probation, court costs, $350 fine,
attend one MADD Panel, loss of driver’s license for one year.
Mary L. Sammons- theft over $500; five days to
serve with credit for time served, two years probation, court costs, $75
fine, $1,462 restitution, no contact with the victims
Carrie Lynn Green- theft under $500; 11 months, 29
days unsupervised probation, court costs, $75 fine, $1,170 restitution,
no contact with the victim
Walter Leon Campbell, Jr.- possession of a firearm
by a convicted felon; one day to serve with credit for time served,
three years probation, court costs, no contact with the victim, forfeit
weapon to Campbell County Sheriff’s Department.
Brian Daniel Gibson- initiate to manufacture
methamphetamine; sentencing set for Oct. 24.
Dustin Ray Brandenburg- introduction of drugs into
a penal facility, simple possession of a schedule VI controlled
substance; six days to serve with credit for time served, three years
judicial diversion, three years probation, court costs, $250 fine.
Samantha Brooke Marlow-possession of less than .5
grams of methamphetamine with intent to sell, simple possession of a
schedule II controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia; 47
days to serve with credit for time served, three years probation, court
costs, $2,900 fine.
Gary Wayne Bunch- two counts of theft over $1,000;
73 days to serve with credit for time served, 10 years probation, court
costs, $700 restitution, court costs, no contact with the victim.
Leonard J. Smith- attempted indecent exposure;
sentencing set for Nov. 28, no contact with the victims.
Christopher Lynn Powell- theft over $10,000; serve
three years at 30 percent.
Matthew Alexander Inman- two counts of statutory
rape; five days to serve with credit for time served, three years
probation, court costs, no contact with the victim.
Michael Charles Russell- two counts of violation of
order of protection; 161 days to serve with credit for time served, 11
months, 29 days probation, extend probation, enroll and complete long
term rehabilitation, court costs, no contact with the victim.
Linda K. Rippy- two days to serve with credit for
time served, 11 months, 29 days probation, court costs, $600 fine,
receive alcohol and drug assessment, loss of driver’s license for one
year, attend one MADD Impact Panel.
Michael Douglas Willis- second offense DUI; 45 days
to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days probation, loss
of driver’s license for two years, attend one MADD Impact Panel.
Jennifer Snodderly- assault, resisting arrest,
pawned or conveyed rental property; 66 days to serve with credit for
time served, three years probation, court costs, $3,719.40 restitution,
court costs, no contact with the victim
Wayne Edward Byrd- theft of property over $1,000;
34 days to serve with credit for time served, eight years probation,
court costs, $200 fine, no contact with the victims.
Dustin Michael Burnett- domestic assault; 33 days
to serve with credit for time served, 11 months, 29 days unsupervised
probation, court costs, no contact with the victims.
Charlana Nicole Harmon- felony evading
arrest; 30 days to serve with credit for time served, one year
probation, court costs.
Anesha Rene Bell- introduction of contraband into a
penal facility; four years supervised, court costs.
Brandon Scott Elkins- theft of property over
$1,000; two years probation, court costs, $75 fine, $1,000 restitution,
no contact with the victim.
Chuckie D. Elkins- burglary, violation of the HMVO,
felony evading arrest; four years to serve, $275 restitution
Adam Landon Welch- robbery, felony evading arrest;
two months jail credit, four years probation, four years judicial
diversion, court costs, $1,718 restitution.
Stephen Lee Watts- two counts of theft of
merchandise over $500, two counts of criminal trespassing; 165 days to
serve with credit for time served, six years probation, court costs,
$150 fine, $529.13 restitution, no contact with victim.
Molly Bowman- sale of a schedule VI controlled
substance, less than .5 ounces; two years judicial diversion, two years
probation, court costs, $2,000 fine, $250 forfeiture to the Eighth
Judicial Drug Task Force.
Rodney Gibson- four counts of sale of a schedule II
controlled substance, possession of a schedule II controlled substance
with intent to sell; 10 years probation, court costs, $2,000 fine,
$10,000 forfeiture to the Eighth Judicial Drug Task Force.
crash ends with fatality
wreck injures four others
An 80 –year- old
man has died from injuries sustained in a late afternoon car crash in
the Fincastle community.
Parrott was sitting at a stop sign in his 1998 Ford Ranger on Clawson Road
when he allegedly pulled out onto
into the path of a 2008 Pontiac
driven by 17- year- old Ciera Smith, according to the Tennessee Highway
Patrol accident report. When the Pontiac
struck the truck, the Ford flipped over ejecting Parrott, the report
said. Eventually, the Pontiac
struck a tree.
Madison and Tamara Barlett, the other occupants of the Pontiac,
were all injured in the crash. Parrott and his 25- year- old passenger,
Ryan Gulley, were also injured in the accident. Parrott died later at
It was noted in the
report that Parrott wasn’t wearing a seatbelt and this could have made a
There is no
suspicion of drugs or alcohol and THP doesn’t expect to pursue criminal
charges, according to the report. (09/26/2016-6AM)
Special called meeting of
the county commission
Next Friday to discuss waterline project
Campbell County E.L. Morton tells WLAF that he’s called a special called
meeting for Friday, September 30, 2016. Morton says the meeting
starts at 5:30 pm at the courthouse, and that the sole reason for the
meeting is to resolve the Walden
waterline payment, transfer, and opening. (09/23/2016-11AM)
Lady Cougar Soccer:
Football: Claiborne 8
La Follette 14
Sheriff announces the
Fall Homecoming Law Enforcement Initiative
Focus is on fatality prevention, teen protection, &
arrests of impaired drivers
Starting Thursday, by
the order of Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins, deputies are
working overtime and will be visible, in full force on
roadways, in Campbell
neighborhoods and along
streets, in an attempt to prevent fatalities, protect teen drivers by
enforcement and education, and the immediate arrest of drugged or drunk
drivers. Sheriff Goins ordered his staff to quickly mobilize the
"Sheriff's DUI Task Force,” because he says "that's what our citizens
deserve and demand". "Fall, football, homecomings and the new spirit of
a season is the perfect storm of a time for tragedy and mistakes by
folks who could make that deadly split second decision that could cost
your family member their life. We have to take steps and preventative
measures to make sure we live up to our responsibility as law
enforcement officers and work day and night to ensure we do everything
in our power to save someone's life, any life and every life we can.”
said Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. (09/23/2016-6AM)
The power of a name.
Deputy makes peaceful arrest in volatile situation
That’s how veteran lawman Darryl Chapman describes the arrest he made of
a Speedwell man on Tuesday morning. When the call to Campbell
County E-911 came in, it was unclear if
should respond. So, the dispatcher sent units from both counties
at Speedwell. One side of the street is in
while it’s Claiborne
on the other side of the street.
According to the report from the Claiborne County
Sheriff’s Department, Amanda Elliott and her boyfriend, 40-year old
Mitchell Claiborne, had been fussing; fussing about her going to her
brother’s house. She then texted a male friend to come get her and
Claiborne told her “she was not leaving.” Elliott explained to
authorities that Claiborne then went outside and came back with a .22
rifle and told her again that “she wasn’t leaving.” She then told
him that she’d called police and they were in the neighborhood.
That’s when Claiborne put up the gun, got in his car, and left.
Deputies later found Claiborne’s car behind a barn and began searching
for him in the immediate area by car and on foot.
Chapman tells WLAF that
he used a technique he learned nearly 30-years ago, “the public will
help you, if you let them.” After going door-to-door to a few
homes, Chapman headed up Water Street
and spotted Claiborne. Chapman tells WLAF that he got the sense
that Claiborne was just going to walk by him like nothing was wrong.
But the deputy said, “Hello, Mitchell,” and Claiborne nodded.
Chapman asked him his last name and he told him. The deputy then
detained Claiborne and asked him where he was going and he said “back
Chapman adds that had he not gone door-to-door on
his assigned street, he would have been out of the area when Claiborne
emerged. Claiborne was charged with aggravated kidnapping and
aggravated assault. (09/23/2016-6AM)
Do you know who is this week’s “Who’s
Cougar wide receiver played from 1999-2002.
He wore number 37.
He says his favorite game was a 21-20
victory his senior year over the Carter Green Hornets.
He says his most memorable moment came
during the 1999 season when Campbell
snapped a 27-game overall losing streak when they beat Cherokee.
He was named 2nd-team All-Region in 2002.
These days former Cougar
Dustin Braden wears a buzz cut and is married and has a daughter.
One last clue is: He is
among several sets of twins who’ve worn the Orange-n-Blue.
Who's that Cougar!?
Dustin Braden is this
week’s “Who’s That Cougar!” (09/23/2016-6AM)
Week winds up today at PCUD
Free lunch today 11 AM – 1 PM
Powell-Clinch Utility District, your natural gas
and propane provider, invites you to its final day of “Customer
Appreciation Week.” Until 4:30 pm today, you can save 20% off
indoor heating products plus zero-percent financing. Certain
WLAF thanks Robin Proffit,
PCUD’s Director of Marketing, for inviting Jim Freeman and WLAF to
broadcast live on Thursday as PCUD celebrates Customer Appreciation
Free lunch is also a part of PCUD’s “Customer
Appreciation Week.” Grilled hot dogs are served up today from 11
am until 1 pm along with free drinks and refreshments plus daily prizes
leading to a grand prize drawing. “Customer Appreciation Week” is
being celebrated at both Powell-Clinch Utility District offices in La
Follette and in Rocky Top. (09/23/2016-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF MATT
The future is
bright at TCAT in Jacksboro
Thursday was a special day at local TCAT
TCAT Director Debbie Petree addresses
Thursday’s crowd as some students stand in the background
Thursday, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology,
(TCATs), Jacksboro held its special celebration called “My Future’s So
Bright” to welcome new and returning Tennessee Promise and Tennessee
Reconnect students to campus.
State Representative Dennis Powers speaks
to Thursday’s TCAT students as TCAT Director Debbie Petree, Campbell
County’s Secondary Education Supervisor / CTE Robbie Heatherly, Becky
Aiken with Woodson Mall, and Director of Schools Larry Nidiffer look on.
WLAF’s Ann Rutherford shares her photos from
Thursday’s special day that was very well attended. (09/23/2016-6AM)
Healthcare introduces new treatment for patients with coronary artery
Naturally dissolving heart stent now available at Turkey
Tennova Healthcare is
the first health system in the Knoxville
area to offer patients with coronary artery disease a new treatment
option that literally disappears over time.
Approved by the U.S.
Food and Drug Administration in July, the bioresorbable vascular
scaffold opens clogged arteries to restore blood flow, then gradually
dissolves in the body. This first-of-its-kind device is now available at
Heart specialists at the hospital participated in the multi-year
randomized clinical trial to study the safety and effectiveness of the
disease affects 15 million people in the United States
and remains a leading cause of death worldwide,” said Malcolm T. Foster
III, M.D., an interventional cardiologist with Tennova Healthcare and
the principal investigator at Turkey
“The disease develops when cholesterol-containing deposits build up and
narrow the coronary arteries, decreasing blood flow to the heart. This
can cause chest pain, shortness of breath, fatigue and other heart
Doctors often treat coronary artery disease with a
procedure called angioplasty to widen the artery using a stent. “While
stents are traditionally made of metal, this new stent is made of a
naturally dissolving material, similar to dissolving sutures,” Dr.
Foster said. “Results of the clinical study indicate that the device
disappears completely in about three years—after it has done its job of
keeping a clogged artery open and promoting healing of the treated
artery segment. By contrast, metal stents are permanent implants.”
To ensure optimal patient selection and implant
technique, Tennova Healthcare’s interventional cardiology team has
received extensive training on the new device. The following physicians
are qualified to offer the new treatment option to their patients: Janet
Eichholz, M.D.; Malcolm T. Foster III M.D.; Ravi Mehta, M.D.; Pragnesh
Patel, M.D.; Steve W. Reed, M.D.; and Mukesh Sharma, M.D.
“We are very pleased to offer patients with heart
disease this new treatment option,” Dr. Foster said. “We have found that
you don’t need a permanent implant to treat a temporary problem. After a
blockage is cleared, it only needs support for a matter of months until
the vessel heals and can stay open on its own.
“Just like a cast isn’t needed after a broken bone
heals, this new device treats the diseased artery until it heals and
then dissolves over time, leaving a healed artery than can flex and
pulse naturally,” he said.
For more information or
a referral to a Tennova heart specialist, call 1-855-TENNOVA (836-6682)
or visit Tennova.com. La
is part of Tennova. (09/23/2016-6AM)
announces free flu shot clinics in LaFollette
Five different dates to get your
free flu shot
today announced that it is offering free influenza vaccines on a
first-come, first-served basis to the
Free flu shot clinics
will be held in the Main Lobby at
Friday, October 7, 10:00 a.m. –
Friday, October 14, 10:00 a.m. –
Friday, October 21, 10:00 a.m. –
Friday, October 28, 10:00 a.m. –
The health system will also offer free flu shots at
the Big Creek ATV Festival in downtown LaFollette:
Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m.
– 4:00 p.m.
Flu shots will be offered to individuals ages 3 and
older. Pregnant women must have a note from their physician to receive
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
(CDC) recommends annual influenza vaccinations for everyone 6 months and
older. The risk of severe disease and complications from influenza is
higher among young children, adults aged 65 and older, pregnant women,
and those with underlying medical conditions.
While seasonal influenza outbreaks can happen as
early as October, during most seasons influenza activity peaks in
January or later. Since it takes about two weeks after vaccination for
antibodies to develop in the body that protect against influenza virus
infection, Tennova Healthcare advises people to get vaccinated now so
they are protected before influenza begins spreading in their community.
free flu shot clinics are being offered in coordination with the
Campbell County Board of Education, thanks to a generous grant from the
LaFollette Medical Foundation. . (09/22/2016-6AM)
The future is
bright at TCAT in Jacksboro
Today is a special day at local TCAT
Today, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology,
(TCATs), Jacksboro will hold its special celebration called “My Future’s
So Bright” to welcome new and returning Tennessee Promise and Tennessee
Reconnect students to campus.
The 2016-17 academic
year that opened this week is the second year of the Tennessee Promise
program, which provides two years free of tuition and most fees at
community colleges and TCATs for new high school graduates starting with
the high school class of 2015.
To underscore the “My Future’s So Bright” theme, TN
Promise and Reconnect students who stop by the campus celebration will
be given sunglasses and invited to write messages on large banners about
their hopes and what they want to do after graduating. There’ll be a
“future selfie” photo-op spot where students can photograph themselves
and each other wearing graduation caps and attire or equipment
associated with their future careers, and posting the photos on their
favorite social media.
The event is scheduled
12:30 pm at the TCAT Jacksboro Main Campus, 265 Elkins Rd.,
in Jacksboro. (09/22/2016-6AM)
La Follette gets
ready for 2nd
ever ATV Fest
Set for Saturday, October 8
If the second ATV Fall
Festival is anything like the first, then it’ll be a busy and fun day in
La Follette come Saturday, October 8. Under a blue, sunny, and
very warm, sky, employees of the City of
led by City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries along with several downtown
merchants decorated Downtown on Wednesday morning. It’s in
preparation for the big ATV Fall Fest that’s just around the corner.
City employees and downtown merchants
decorated Downtown La Follette on Wednesday morning.
Campbell County High School Students grew
the flowers that are hung through La Follette
Time out! These ladies, part
of the La Follette Downtown Merchants, took time out from their usual
busy day at their businesses to help decorate Downtown La Follette for
the Fall ATV Festival coming to Downtown on Saturday, October 8.
L-R Gail Bowman, Gail Herrin, Andrea Bowman, and Josie Carter.
There’s a meeting today
for the next City of
event; the third annual Santa Trot 5-K. This fun event is
scheduled for the morning of the 2016 Christmas Parade. It’ll
start at 9 am on Saturday, December 3, with the Christmas Parade
beginning at 2 pm the same day in the heart of La Follette. For
more information on upcoming City of La Follette
Hunt for Pride
continues on land and water this morning
been missing for almost two-weeks
Pride has been missing since September 12 (PHOTO COURTESY OF THE
Sheriff Robbie Goins
states - Please be aware and look out for the following:
Starla S. Pride, age 47 of
2211 Shady Cove Road
in Caryville, TN. Starla is 4'10 and weighs 136 pounds with blonde hair
and blue eyes. She was last seen wearing a white t-shirt and green
pajama pants. Starla is an insulin dependent diabetic and suffers from a
developed mental disability that mimics childlike actions and behavior.
It is believed that Starla is in immediate medical danger.
Starla was reported missing by her family at 8pm on Monday evening,
September 12. She was last seen Monday (09/12/2016) afternoon at
approximately 2pm entering a wooded area in the Shady Cove area of
Starla has a history of leaving her residence unannounced and usually
returns within a few hours. She has not been seen since her first report
of missing on Monday. If you see or have in contact with Starla please
call: 911, 423-562-8095 or the Sheriff's Office at: 423-562-7446.
Campbell County Sheriff Robbie Goins wants to extend his appreciation
for the help and assistance thus far in the search from: LaFollette
Rescue Squad, Campbell County Emergency Management, Anderson County
Rescue Squad, Anderson County Sheriff's Office, Knox County Sheriff's
Office, Knoxville Police Department, Tennessee Highway Patrol, K-9
Special Response team A, and the Roane County Sheriff's Office. "These
agencies are providing certain resources that are invaluable to our
needs. When in need we all deliver for each other instantly." said
Sheriff Goins. (09/21/2016-6AM)
next court date will be in November
A former substitute teacher, indicted on multiple
counts of statutory rape, made an initial appearance in Campbell County
Criminal Court on Monday.
Karlie Brooke Taylor,
22, of Caryville, was indicted by a Campbell County Grand Jury for
having sex with at least two students, according to investigators. In
is facing 10 felonies; five of those are mitigated statutory rape and
five are for statutory rape by an authority figure, according to court
After entering a not
guilty plea, Taylor’s
case was placed on the Nov. 28 docket. On that date, the court will
review if she is wants to have a trial or enter a plea in the felony
When the case was presented to the grand jury
earlier this month, 10 witnesses presented information to the grand jury
that included not just testimony, but cell phone records, court records
indicate. The alleged actions appear to have taken place over a 12-week
time frame from January until March of this year.
Following her arrest
last week, Taylor
was released on a $5,000 bond. (09/21/2016-6AM)
Close under water call
Helps salvage KIA from
in freak event
It was quite a rare scene Tuesday afternoon at Twin
Cove Marina. Reports coming in to WLAF are that a KIA Sedona was
at the top of a steep bank, and when a dog jumped out of the van, the
driver jumped out to get the dog apparently before the vehicle was put
in park. Searchers looking for a missing woman were putting a boat
in the water looked up and saw the KIA quickly rolling toward the lake.
No one was able to stop the inevitable, and the KIA rolled into the lake
and sank in more than 30-feet of water.
The excitement didn’t
end there. The salvage effort by veteran diver Mike Freeman of
Auto & Collision Center
ended up being a close call. While under water, Freeman became
entangled in his own line as time on his oxygen supply was becoming
short. To be on the safe side, pro-active deputies on the scene
called for an ambulance. Before sinking $5,000 worth of diving
gear, he radioed to see if there was another diver close by who could
free him from the bottom of the lake. There was. Friend and
diver Paul White soon arrived and freed Freeman from the entanglement.
Freeman calls it a successful recovery and quite a
story to boot. The whole ordeal lasted around four-hours.
It’s WLAF’s understanding that there will likely be
photos in Friday’s Christian Journal Leader newspaper.
Loveday ready to report
to Airborne School
grad’s living his dream
High grad Andrew Loveday (C) is pictured here on graduation day from his
basic training at Fort Benning,
The 2nd battalion of
the 19th infantry regiment is known as "The Rock of Chickamauga". Alpha
company of 2-19 graduated on September 16th, with 177 of the
world's newest Infantrymen. Now, these men are going to different units
with the 25th ID, to New York
with 10th Mountain Division. Campbell
own, PV2 William (Andrew) Loveday, reporting for Airborne school at
states "It's a very humbling experience, transforming from a 19 year old
kid just out of high school to one of the world's most disciplined and
professional soldiers, and now I'm going to jump out of airplanes to be
a paratrooper. It's such a huge change in a time frame less than 6
months. And you do things you never thought you could." Alpha Company
2-19 is proven to be one of the toughest infantry training companies on
Sand Hill, with more weekly runs, more ruck marches, and almost triple
the required nights out in field training exercises, the infantrymen of
Alpha company are certain to bring a new level of discipline and
expertise to their gaining units.
Campbell County High School 2016
Alum Andrew Loveday is living his dream. He’s headed to Airborne School.
Pvt. Loveday was in 3rd platoon, led
by SDS(SSG Lopez) and DS (SSG) Richuitti, both from the 2nd Infantry
Division, he says "My time in 3rd platoon was filled with good
experiences and this sense of brotherhood you can't get from anywhere
else. You sleep in a fox hole with one guy, brush your teeth with one
guy, clean your weapon with one guy, you don't want to let your brother
down or quit on him. So regardless of how miserable you are, you keep
going to keep him going " (09/21/2016-6AM)
Ed Woods Way, which
snakes from the big concession stand, behind the Brown-Archer Park
outfield, past the east end zone of Pat Kerr Field, and to the Cougar
Field House, was dedicated Friday night. The Cougars treated
Woods, their long time manager, inspiration, and fan, to a 35-0 win over
Pictured in this David Graham photo are (L-R) Campbell High Principal
Jamie Wheeler, 2nd District School Board Member Brent Lester, Woods, 2nd
District County Commissioner DeWayne “Mailman” Kitts, and WLAF’s Voice
of Cougar Basketball Josh Parker.
NFIB recognizes Powers
Achieved 100% NFIB voting record
Jim Brown, state director of the National Federation of Independent
Business, said today that Rep. Dennis Powers (R-Jacksboro) achieved a
100 percent NFIB Voting Record in the 2015-16 legislative sessions.
“Most members of the Tennessee General Assembly
continue to be very supportive of small business,” Brown said. “NFIB
members appreciate the strong backing from our state senators and
representatives, many of whom own and operate their own businesses back
in their districts. It’s clear that legislators who own, or have owned a
small business, tend to support the small business agenda.”
NFIB Tennessee’s Voting Record in 2015-16 included 14
key votes on a variety of issues important to small business, including
workers’ comp, unemployment, tort, labor, healthcare, environmental, and
largest small-business association with 7,200 dues-paying members
representing a cross-section of the state’s economy.
Big Creek ATV Fall Fest is less than
annual event coming next month
One of the
best ideas ever for La Follette was a smashing success. Reason
enough that the City of La
“Big Creek ATV Fall Festival” is coming back for a second year.
City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries had the idea for the festival years
ago and was finally able to get some people on his idea bandwagon last
year to pull it off. Needless to say, Jeffries needs a bigger
wagon, because after last fall’s success of the fest, it’s, hopefully,
here to stay. This year, it’s scheduled for Saturday, October 8.
Now’s the time to put in your sponsorship requests. Forms are
available at City Hall or by calling 423.562.4961.
Coat drive runs through end of
for highs last week. Eighties this week.
It’s way too warm to be thinking about winter, but the folks at New Horizon
are. As in “coats for the cold.”
Organizers tell WLAF that they want people who need a coat to have one
when those chilly October mornings roll around. If
you would like to donate a gently used coat or jacket, in any size,
please drop it off here at the radio station on North 5th Street
or at New Horizon Baptist
Church, across from Big
O’s. The timeline is September 30 for the collections
and Saturday, October 22 is the coat give-a-way date.
offering flu shots
Time to get your flu shot
By Jackson Sharp
Terry’s Pharmacy is now
offering flu shots. Flu shots will be administered Mondays thru Fridays
at both the La Follette and Jacksboro locations. No appointment is
necessary and most insurance providers will pay. It is important to get
a flu shot because it is preventative and also protects those around us,
says Raewyn Snodderly, pharmacist-in-charge at Terry’s. Also, Terry’s
can notify you of other shots you may need, or may need updated, and
inform you of other vaccinations they offer, she said.
Recovery Court to
introduce new component
Vivitrol program begins Sept. 26
By Susan Sharp
Addiction stories have become so common in an area
plagued by “Hillbilly Heroin” that it is easy to turn a deaf ear when
someone proclaims they have “changed.”
Yet, Jay Rutherford’s
story, as he shared it Friday with
Eighth Judicial District Recovery Court
participants, had a different tone to it, a different element.
told the group his sobriety was owed to two things: God and Vivitrol.
“I’ve done everything,”
said to the recovering addicts assembled in the courtroom. “I am the
most selfish, self-centered person when I start putting drugs in me.”
The neatly dressed man, who talked of new employment and a renewed
relationship with his son, compared himself to a tornado when he was in
active addiction. As Rutherford
told his story of addiction, lies, crimes and prison, it echoed the
elements of every addiction story. Then his winding tale came to an
abrupt stop. “I always thought I would be a drug addict,” he said. Then
he was offered an opportunity to take part in a regime of intensive talk
therapy and Vivitrol injections.
Vivitrol is a monthly
non-narcotic injection that blocks the opioid
receptors in the brain, according to the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA). It was approved by the FDA in 2006 to treat alcohol dependence
and in 2010 to treat opiate dependence.
Eighth Judicial District Recovery Court
has been designated to participate in a state pilot program to give
Vivitrol shots to a select number of its participants.
“From a conceptual
standpoint this could be a game changer,” said Judge Shayne Sexton, who
has presided over Recovery Court,
formerly called Drug Court,
since its inception in the district. The people enrolled in the court
are an ideal demographic because they are often individuals who are at
high risk for relapse, according to Sexton.
The Vivitrol program is
set to begin in the district on Sept. 26. At that point, the Recovery Court
staff will begin identifying the participants that will take part in the
“This isn’t a legalized
said during his testimony on Friday. It isn’t a medication in the family
of Suboxone or Methadone, he continued.
Vivitrol’s general composition differs from
Suboxone and Methadone in one significant aspect- it contains no
narcotics. Suboxone, a drug used to prevent the symptoms of opioid
withdrawal, contains an opioid and an opioid blocker, according to the
FDA. Methadone, by definition, is an opioid.
Vivitrol contains no narcotics instead having a
composition that blocks the receptors in the brain that crave the
“It (Vivitrol) kills
the nerve endings in the brain that say ‘Hey, you wanna get high?’,”
said on Friday. “My cravings are gone.”
And while there could be an impression that
Vivitrol is one stop shopping to cure addiction, it’s not.
staff and Rutherford both say the drug works best when addicts attend
“quality therapy” that helps them uncover the root of their addictions.
that meant digging into some painful childhood events he didn’t want to
delve into again, but, he said going down that path has been
instrumental in gaining and keeping his sobriety.
“There is still so much of this that is about
personal responsibility,” the judge said. “People still need to gain
control of the addiction.” Receiving the shot allows the person to
essentially hit the pause button on the physical side of the addiction
as they work to regain some control in their lives. This is where the
individual therapy plays an important role.
While the Vivitrol injection has been on the market
for six years, the cost has made it prohibitive for many who want the
shot. One injection is $1,000, Sexton said.
“Expense has been a big obstacle,” the judge said.
Although some insurance plans cover a portion of
the cost, many people are still unable to either find a physician
willing to administer the shot that requires a specific needle, or they
simply can’t pay the balance.
The pilot program, that
begins next week, will make the shot free to
individuals chosen to receive the injections. Those chosen will have no
other financial means to pay for Vivitrol.
Since Vivitrol isn’t a detox medication,
individuals must be opioid free for 10 days before they receive their
first shot. After that they will receive the monthly injections.
However, they need to be aware of the risks involved with continued use
of opioids after the shots begin. Their bodies will no longer feel the
high associated with recreational use of prescriptions such as Oxycontin,
Suboxone and Hydrocodone, instead, they will continue use the drug until
an overdose, minus the high, occurs.
Those who opt to treat their addictions with
Vivitrol are more likely to stay in treatment and refrain from drug use,
according to the FDA.
“If you love opiates
and you want to stop,” Rutherford
said, “get the shot. If it doesn’t work, we will refund your misery.”
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