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     La Follette just got a little weirder, according to business owner Arnie Meredith, who recently opened a new “curiosity” shop in downtown La Follette.  WLAF's Charlotte Underwood's  story and more pictures are further down this page.

HALLOWEEN PARTIERS BEWARE: CAMPBELL COUNTY SHERIFF CRACKING DOWN ON DRUNK DRIVERS

Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Jacksboro, TN— This Halloween, Campbell County Deputies will crack down on drunk drivers throughout the region with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, and The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has given a fair warning to all partygoers: keep the party off the road.

“The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks, it’s the impaired drivers. All too often, partygoers don’t plan ahead and choose to drive impaired, but a costume can’t disguise drunk driving,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

In 2011, when Halloween fell on a Monday, 44 percent of the nation’s fatalities during the Halloween weekend occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Thirty-eight percent of fatalities on Halloween night occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher.

Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of "buzzed" or drunk driving. Males ages 21-34 comprised almost half of all drunk drivers who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the 2011 Halloween period.

“If you celebrate with alcohol, you don’t belong behind the wheel.” Sheriff Goins said. “A sober and safe ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween.”

To keep safe this Halloween, Sheriff Robbie K. Goins recommends these tips:

Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

Always designate a sober driver.

If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Halloween Safety Tips...

             

  1. Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.

  2. Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.

  3. Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.

  4. All fruit should be cut and and closely examined before eating.

  5. Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes.

  6. Never invite children into your home.

  7. Children should never accept rides from strangers.

  8. Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.

  9. Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.

  10. Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know.

  11. Instruct children not to stray from their group.

  12. A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.

  13. Adult escorts should carry flashlights.

  14. Don’t leave your home unattended on Halloween night.

  15. Keep pets inside your home, or other safe place on Halloween night.

  16. Children should walk, not run, during their trick-or-treat activities.

  17. Parents should know what route their children will be taking.

  18. All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.

  19. Children should wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes.

  20. Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.

  21. Realistic replica firearms should never be used.

  22. Masks should not be worn if they impair vision.

  23. Wigs should be fireproof and should not restrict vision.

  24. Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.

  25. Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.

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    Halloween can be dangerous to your pet

    By Beth Caldwell - Animal Center Director

    Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for your family, but it could be dangerous and scary for your pets. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your furry friends safe during the Halloween holiday.

    During peak trick-or-treating hours it would be best to keep your pet in a quiet place away from the door. Some pets will get stressed by the continual ringing of the doorbell or constant knocking on the door, and all of the strange little monsters on your porch. This could lead to unexpected aggression and/or fleeing when the door is opened. Please make sure your pet has on proper identification or is microchipped in case the unexpected happens. If your pet does happen to get lost, it is very important you contact the local animal shelter as soon as possible.

    I have to admit there are some pretty cute costumes for pets but be cautious when dressing up your pet and never dye your pets fur. If you choose to dress up your animal, NEVER leave them alone in costume. This could lead to chewing and ingesting parts of the costume which could lead to serious health problems and possibly death. There is also a strangulation hazard if your pet escapes and the costume gets hung on something. If you just can’t resist and must dress up your pet it would be best to try on their costume beforehand and make sure it fits properly and the animal isn’t annoyed by it.

    Decorations also pose a threat during Halloween. Make sure that all cords and small decorations are kept out of reach. Chewing on these could especially dangerous because of the risk of choking, electric shock and possibly a house fire. Another thing to be careful with is jack-o-lanterns. These can also cause burns to your animals and house fires. The safest thing would be to get the battery operated lights for your pumpkins, but also make sure your pets are supervised around these. Glow sticks are a favorite chew toy for cats and can cause irritation, drooling, and foaming at the mouth.

    One of the biggest dangers for your pets on Halloween is candy. Chocolate is one of the most toxic candies for pets, the darker the chocolate the more toxic. Dogs are attracted to the smell and taste (like most humans) which makes it a significant threat. Raisins are extremely poisonous even in very small amounts. Make sure all chocolate and raisins are stored in an airtight container up high in a safe place away from your pets. Be sure all wrappers make it to the trash. Litter is bad for your critter, and these can cause bowel obstruction and damage organs.

    Don’t forget reflectors for yourself and your furry friends if you will be going out this Halloween and if any acts of animal cruelty is witnessed or suspected contact the proper authorities. DO NOT take matters into your own hands.  Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

    A SPECIAL MESSAGE FROM STATE REPRESENTATIVE DENNIS POWERS (CLICK HERE)

SS toy ride is moved to next weekend

     The weather’s gonna be too nasty on Saturday for much outdoor activity.  As a result, the annual Southern Sons toy ride is postponed.  The Southern Sons Motorcycle Club Toy Ride is moved to Saturday, November 8.  Sign-ups are at noon and kick stands go up at 1:00 p.m.  The ride leaves from Grace Rehab.  For more info, please call 423.912.2484.(10/30/2014 - 9:00 AM)

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Trunk or Treat is Friday

     The 11th annual 1st Apostolic Church – City of La Follette “Trunk or Treat” is Friday (Halloween) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  All the fun takes place behind the police/fire station in the heart of La Follette.  (10/30/2014 - 9:00 AM)

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Public hearing on downtown-Tank Springs connector

     There’s a public hearing and council meeting set for 5:00 p.m. today in La Follette.  The purpose of the meeting at city hall is to discuss the connection project between the Cumberland Trail at Tank Springs and downtown La Follette.  The Phase 2 of the Cumberland Trail Connector would connect existing sidewalks and trails in the downtown area to the trailhead at Tank Springs (at the end of North Tennessee Avenue).  The council meeting follows the public hearing, and council will vote on an ARC Grant for the project.  The grant deadline is quickly approaching Monday, November 3.(10/30/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Terry's Pharmacy is closing for a couple of hours this afternoon

     The man who started Terry’s Pharmacy has died.  The well liked Terry Ratcliff passed away on Monday night at his home following a lengthy illness.  In honor and memory of Ratcliff, both Terry’s Pharmacy locations are closing for a couple of hours this afternoon beginning 2:00 p.m. and then reopening at 4:30 p.m. 

Terry Ratcliff

Older folks might recall Ratcliff and his wife Mary Lynn from Riggs on the corner in the heart of town while most know him as the owner of Terry’s Pharmacy.  Walters Funeral Home is handling the arrangements with services this afternoon.  Terry Ratcliff was 83-years old.(10/30/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Light snow accumulation expected this weekend

     There’ll be some snow fall “and” stick this weekend.  Averages of 60s for highs and 40s for lows take a big dip.  Friday’s weather forecast calls for a high of only 53 and a low of 30 along with a chance of rain.  That low of 30 leaves us with a chance of snow showers late Friday night and early into Saturday.  There will be light snow accumulations on roof and car tops and grassy surfaces.  In the higher elevations of Campbell County, there will be light snow accumulations on about all surfaces. Saturday will feel like a winter’s day with partly sunny skies, brisk winds, and a high of only 41-degrees.  That’s twenty-degrees below average for a November 1st.  Saturday night brings the coldest night of the season, so far.  Temps hit 29 on Saturday night.  Moderating temperatures slowly return by Monday.  (10/30/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Early voting wraps up this afternoon

     The early voting polls close today at Jellico at 2:00 p.m. and at 4:00 p.m. at Jacksboro.  Early voting numbers have been light especially compared to the August early voting totals.  The official election day is Tuesday with polls open from 9:00 a.m. until 8:00 p.m.  WLAF provides AM, FM, TV, and DOTCOM coverage updates Tuesday night.(10/30/2014)

Youngsters input wanted on new skate park today

     You’re encouraged to learn more and to help plan La Follette’s new skate park.  Parks and Rec Director Johnny Byrge and Dan Stewart of Recreational Concepts are hosting a get-to-gether this afternoon.  That’s today, October 30 at  4:00 p.m. at La Follette City Hall at 207 South Tennessee Avenue. (10/30/2014 - 6:00 AM) 

Time change weekend

     This is the weekend that Tennessee and most of the country return to standard time.  The official time change comes at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 2 when time turns back one-hour.  It also means that we get an extra hour of sleep.  That’s “fall back” as you turn your clock “back” one-hour. (10/27/2014 - 6:00 AM)

For your kids’ sakes, vote “no” on Amendment Number Three

Boomer's Corner - Charles "Boomer" Winfrey

The poor newcomers on the county commission and the mayor’s office have survived their first trial by fire, the annual budget dance, and by some miracle have come out bent but not broken.

They reversed a potentially explosive $30 wheel tax hike, held the property tax increase to a manageable level and took a pass on raises for county employees and paving more roads. They also dodged the big budget deficit by using the rainy day fund balance to kick the can down the road until the next budget, when they will have to go through it all over again.

In the immortal words of former Tennessee All-American and Yale football coach Herman Hickman, they managed to “keep the alumni sullen but not mutinous,” the alumni in this case being Campbell County voters.

With the budget behind us, it’s time to concentrate on the next important thing, the November election that is already well underway.

Of course you would barely know that early voting is almost complete, so slow has the turnout been compared to the mobs that voted in the August county elections. Can’t say I blame a lot of voters. In this cherry red state, the results are pretty well set in concrete as far as races for U.S. Congress and Senate along with Governor and state legislative seats.

The TEA Party crowd has stopped attacking moderate Republican Lamar Alexander and he is now portrayed as President Obama’s number one enemy, while his Democratic opponent is portrayed as an Obama clone. Lamar’s re-election is a no-brainer.

So is the re-election of moderate Republican Governor Bill Haslam. Democratic voters had so little prospect of defeating Bill that they nominated Charlie Brown as their candidate for the office. This Charlie Brown is a real person, although the Peanuts comic strip character would stand a better chance of being competitive.

The only thing that really seems to attract voters to the polls this fall are the four constitutional amendments on the ballot, and there is more than enough controversy there to satisfy the news media, political action junkies and advertising agencies.

Amendment One is contentious enough to suit everybody’s tastes. I’m not even going to take sides in that one, not with a family Thanksgiving right around the corner. I have one cousin who once served as the national clinic coordinator for Planned Parenthood. I have another cousin on the same side of the family who once got arrested in Knoxville for chaining herself in protest outside an abortion clinic.

We males are fortunate that in Mother Nature’s miraculous plan, it is the drone bee that mates and then flies off to die. Human males get to hang around on the couch watching football and drinking beer and constantly leaving the toilet lid up. As a drone, I deserve no say whatsoever in a question that involves women and their consciences.

It does disturb me a bit that proponents of Amendment One are encouraging people not to vote in the governor’s race because of a clause in the constitution that requires a successful amendment to receive one more vote than the number of votes cast in the race for that office.

This could backfire big time on the Republicans, who I assume are for the most part in favor of the amendment. What if most Republicans fail to vote for Governor Bill while most Democrats vote for Charlie Brown? Let’s see, Linus could be the Attorney General, Lucy could head up the Department of Health and Human Services and Snoopy could be in charge of state parks. The Great Pumpkin, of course, would become the new Commissioner of Agriculture.

Come to think of it, that could be an improvement.

I do have an opinion on Amendment Three, which would for now and forever forbid the State of Tennessee from invoking a state income tax.

I know, that sounds so tempting, to set in concrete in the state constitution that there will never be a hated state income tax, no matter how many wimpy tax and spend liberals get elected to the legislature.

But think about it for a moment before you push that “yes” lever. That sounds really good right now but what about 20 or 25 years down the road, if Tennessee’s sales tax grows to double digits or the legislature decides to impose, as some other states have, a state property tax.

What if the legislature, in desperation, hits us with a personal luxury tax? In Virginia a former girl friend had to pay an annual luxury tax on her automobile and jewelry. Every time I bought her a necklace or pair of earrings for Christmas, I increased her tax burden, which may explain why she dumped me.

The Tennessee legislature, as incompetent as it often appears, has managed to reject an income tax every time it has been proposed. The Democratic majority legislature during the days of Governor Don Sundquist rejected it and no doubt the Republican supermajority legislature of today would also reject it.

But to say “never,” no matter what the circumstances? That strikes me as being akin to climbing up on your roof to avoid unwanted company, then kicking the ladder away. Might seem like a good idea at the time - until you grow hungry or need to answer the call of nature.

A person with a lick of common sense should never limit their own options. Situations change. Far down the road, the fact that you can deduct a state income tax off your federal income tax might make that a preferred option to paying state taxes on your purchases, your home, your pickup truck and your wedding ring.

And what right do we, living here in 2014, have to limit the options of our children in 2030 or 2040 when many of us will no longer be earning an income if we’re still here at all?

Do your children and grandchildren a favor and vote “no” on Amendment Number Three. (10/30/2014 - 6:00 AM)        

Truck on top in mid-day wreck on four lane - driver OK

     An 18-year old young man was cut out of his pick up truck Wednesday afternoon.  The pick up flipped on the four lane in front of the Pizza Hut, on the La Follette-bound side,  just after 12:30 p.m. 

 

An Anderson County ambulance arrives on accident scene more than half-an-hour after the call came in to 9-1-1 dispatch.

There was not an ambulance available to answer the call in Campbell County, and an ambulance was called out of Lake City to tend to former Cougar Jacob Monday.  Monday, the lone occupant, was treated and released from the La Follette Medical Center.  Witnesses tell WLAF News that another vehicle clipped Monday's small pick-up causing it to lose control and flip.  (10/30/2104 - 6:00 AM - CHARLOTTE UNDERWOOD PIX)

Professor Neewollah opens for business

By Charlotte Underwood

La Follette just got a little weirder, according to business owner Arnie Meredith, who recently opened a new “curiosity” shop in downtown La Follette. Whether you need a life-sized Egyptian mummy sarcophagus, a stuffed flying fish, or a rare, out-of-print antique book, Professor Neeawollah just may have it. Located next to Wender’s Furniture in downtown La Follette, the business has been open since mid-September. Meredith and his wife purchased the building that used to be Shelley Ivey’s old barber shop and packed it full with antiques, books, gifts, junk and assorted curiosities.

“We have been doing renovations, but are trying to keep the old look and architecture of the place,” Meredith said.  After “weirding” the place up a bit, he said they plan on installing some outside tables and chairs and offering coffee and perhaps cakes, as well as providing wifi service to customers. In fact, the wifi is already hooked up and Meredith said he also plans on having an awning installed as well.  “We want to bring some more life into the downtown area,” Meredith said.

Trinkets and treasures, junk, curiosities and more can be found at Professor Neewollah’s.

The shop is packed full with antiques, books, gifts, junk and assorted curiosities.

According to Meredith, “you just never know what you might find.” Popular sellers at the new shop include the multitude of antique books, as well as a variety of Christian, religious and occult books.

The shop carries a lot of antique and religious and occult books.

Meredith also said he and some of the other local antique and junk dealers had been talking to the mayor and were looking at possible upcoming art and antique events to help continue revitalizing the downtown area.

Professor Neewollah is located near red light no. 8 in LaFollette and is usually open for business Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 423-871-2652.

Need a life-sized Egyptian mummy sarcophagus for Halloween? Come to Professor Neewollah’s where life is just a little bit weirder.

“We are optimistic and really want the public to get out, come down and see what we have and just have some fun.”

Professor Neewollah is located near red light no. 8 in La Follette and is usually open for business Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 423-871-2652.  (10/30/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Sheriff and police reports

By Charlotte Underwood

Two arrested in connection with church break-ins

A Caryville man and a Rocky Top man were both arrested this past week in connection with local church burglaries. Joby Ray Byrge, 30, of Caryville, was arrested on Oct. 26, after sheriff’s detectives investigated the burglary and theft from New Beginning Baptist Church. Around $300 worth of personal property was stolen from the church. The theft occurred in late September. According to the arrest report, Byrge admitted to illegally entering the church and taking the property without permission. Detectives also learned that Byrge had burglarized Ivey Grove Baptist Church in August. During that burglary, Byrge took $2,258.79 worth of property, as well as another $750 worth of property. During the investigation, detectives learned Byrge had pawned some of the church’s property to EZ Pawn in Knoxville. Some of the property was also recovered from an individual who had purchased it from Byrge.

Byrge was charged with violation of parole, burglary, theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, theft of property $500 to $999 and theft of property under $500. He has a court date set on Oct. 30.

Wesley Lee Snyder, 30, of Rocky Top, was also arrested in connection with local church burglaries. Officers say Snyder was charged with theft of property $1,000 to $9,999, after he and 34-year old Amy Wilson, also of Rocky Top, stole a heating and air unit from Oak Grove Baptist Church. Snyder and Wilson had allegedly sold the motor from the unit to I-75 Auto. Campbell County Sheriff’s detectives also obtained a recorded copy of a conversation of Wilson and Snyder discussing the theft while in jail in Anderson County from the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.  (10/29/2014 - 6:00 AM)

  Caryville man arrested on drug charges

Marion Lee King, 57, Caryville, was arrested on Oct. 25, on drug, DUI and other charges after a La Follette Police Officer observed him sitting at a green light on Jacksboro Pike. King allegedly sat at the green light in front of Tow String Road for 13 seconds before pulling out, which led to the officer performing a traffic stop. King pulled over in the parking lot of Save-a-Lot and exited his vehicle. When the officer instructed him to get back into his vehicle, he began searching for something in the driver’s side floorboard. Officers instructed him to get the container out of the vehicle and open it. The container held three 90 count Suboxone prescribed to King. One of the boxes only contained 39 Suboxone, when it should have contained 56, according to the arrest report. King told officers he did not know why there were only 39 and that he had only taken 18. He also denied having anything illegal on him. When officers continued to search, they found a straw in a cigarette pack with a green powdery residue, which King said was Klonopin. He also said he was prescribed 80 a month, but did not know where they were. Officers then found $12,800 in cash in his front chest pocket in 100 bills. He first told officers he had gotten the money from “working down south in Texas and being paid under the table”, but then he also said he had borrowed the money from his sister and that it was to purchase land. He also told officers he had been living in his vehicle for three years and then told them he had been staying in a hotel for two weeks and that someone might have stolen his Klonopin and Suboxone. King performed poorly on a field sobriety test and told officers he had snorted half a Klonopin and taken Suboxone earlier. He was arrested and charged with DUI, impending the flow of traffic, violation of the financial responsibility law, violation of registration required, possession of drug paraphernalia, and possession with the intent to resale/distribute.  (10/29/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Boobs not the booze cause woman to fail sobriety test

A La Follette woman claimed it was her “boobs” not the booze that was causing her to perform poorly on a field sobriety test. Angeline Broyles, 57, was stopped by La Follette Officers who were dispatched to Ninth Street and Central Avenue on the report of a possible intoxicated driver. When officers observed Broyels, she was going 15 miles per hour in a 40 mile per hour zone. Officers also saw her drive erratically, before pulling her over a short while later at Martin-Wilson Funeral Home. After stopping her, Broyles could not provide her driver’s license and also had a strong odor of alcohol coming from her person. She was unable to follow simple commands and had trouble focusing. According to the arrest report, Broyle’s six-year-old granddaughter was in the rear passenger seat and was not in a booster seat. After performing poorly on field sobriety tests, Broyles told officers several times that “it was because of her boobs making her off balance.” After checking with dispatch, officers learned that Broyles license had been revoked. She was arrested and the child was released to a relative at the scene. Broyles was charged with DUI, violation of the financial responsibility law, driving on a revoked license, violation of the child restraint law and reckless endangerment.  (10/29/2014 - 6:00 AM)

29th annual Chamber Pig Roast attended by over 300

The 29th annual Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Pig Roast and Fundraising Event was held at the Ball Farm Event Center Thursday evening. The event was well attended by over 300 members of the community, according to Campbell County Chamber of Commerce Director John Branam, who said he wanted to thank everyone who made the Pig Roast happen.

Branam says that “On behalf of the Board of Directors and Chamber President Jay H. Willoughby, we wish to thank all those who contributed to this year’s success, especially Ayers Auction & Realty, Katie’s Carry-Out & Catering, The Birdsong’s, Ball Farm Event Center and Pyro Shows.”

For more information about becoming a chamber member, call 423-566-0329. (10/29/2014)

Whitley Pine Mountain League Competition

By: C/SSG’S Jared Franzmann/ Hunter Hatmaker and Cadre

    

Campbell County High School’s JROTC program brought home 24 medals in the Pine Mountain competition. CCHS teams also took home the grand prize; the overall first place trophy.

     Saturday, October 4, 23 cadets from Campbell County High School JROTC program traveled to a Pine Mountain league competition at Whitley County High School.  CCHS cadets competed against teams from twelve other high schools in seven events.

Cadets running through the plank part of the Field Obstacle Course.  

     Upon arrival 4 cadets went to take an academic test used to determine a winner for events where a tie might occur.

            The first true event of the day was the field obstacle course. Teams of 2 females and 5 males worked as a single unit to walk/move on two-8’ foot long planks, flip a tire up hill, carry a litter with a student 50 yards, pass 6 water cans in a relay, pass 6 sand bags in a relay, and finally run back to the starting point.  CCHS finished in second place, earning seven medals.

CCHS JROTC Cadets show great teamwork building a pyramid to help Abbigale Kitts get up the rope climb on the Obstacle Course.

            Second came the Obstacle Course with cadets completing a series of obstacles with agility, creativity, and speed. CCHS’ endurance and quickness on the 15 obstacles earned them a 1st place and 4 medals among the other twelve competing teams.

            The next event of the day was the Color Guard. With a few mishaps CCHS had a respectable 4th place finish.

           

Cadet Jones reporting to the grader in Squad Drill.

            After color guard came squad drill. A squad of 7 cadets completed a complex routine in a very small area.  CCHS brought home a third place finish with 7 medals.

            The next event of the day was the One Rope Bridge. In rapid intensity, CCHS moved with haste to get the best time possible. CCHS’s attention to detail and speed brought home six 1st place medals in this event.

            The final event of the day was Tug-o-War. Teams consisted of 3 females and 5 males. CCHS pulled hard, but they were no match for the heavier teams.

Cadet Jeffers looks for the far side as CCHS cadets complete the Rope Bridge event          

        Campbell County brought home 24 medals. CCHS teams also took home the grand prize; the overall first place trophy!  (10/29/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Campbell County’s most followed medium, WLAF, reaches a milestone

     Thanks to you, our listeners, viewers, readers, and corporate partners, WLAF’s media platforms continue expanding and reaching more Campbell Countians everyday.  Whether it’s AM 1450, FM 100.9, WLAF-TV 12, or 1450wlaf.com, we’re glad you connect with us.  This morning, WLAF’s “dotcom” surpassed the one-million visitor mark!  It took a tad more than one-year, but we did it.  (10/28/2014 - 2:30 PM)

Founder of Terry’s Pharmacy passes away

     Terry Ratcliff greeted countless patients with a smile and a hello for years and years at his La Follette pharmacy.  The friendly, tall man behind the pharmacy counter died last night after a lengthy illness.  Older folks remember Ratcliff and his wife Mary Lynn from Riggs on the corner in the heart of town while most know him as the owner of Terry’s Pharmacy.  Rissa Pryse, who purchased Terry’s Pharmacy in 1998, worked with him for years prior to the change in ownership.  She describes Ratcliff as the epitome of a Christian man who always helped others. 

Terry Ratcliff

Pryse goes on to say that “he taught us at Terry’s Pharmacy how to love and care for others and to walk with honesty and integrity.”  She adds that his legacy will live on through Terry’s Pharmacy and those of us he mentored throughout his life.  Funeral arrangements are being handled by Walters Funeral Home in La Follette and will be finalized later today.  Terry Ratcliff was 83-years old. (10/28/2104 - 1:00 PM)

Former La Follette police officer fondly remembered

Former La Follette Police Officer and U.S. Air Force Veteran James Thomas Holsemback Jr., 59, passed away on Oct. 22. Holsemback was fondly remembered by many as “great guy” who often brought laughter into any room or situation he entered.

“He was a great guy and a lot of fun to be around,” said La Follette Mayor Mike Stanfield, who said he had known Holsemback for about 40 years.

“As soon as I heard about him passing, I had the fire department lower our flags to half staff to honor him,” Stanfield said, adding that Holsemback “always kept everybody laughing.”

One of his former co-workers, Jack Widener remembered Holsemback fondly as well.

“He was a good officer and a good comedian. He was always joking and cutting up about stuff. He brought a lot of joy into anything he did,” Widener said.

Holsemback was preceded in death by his father James T. "JT" Holsemback and his mother Christine Dossett Holsemback. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Missy Bruce Holsemback and son James Daniel Holsemback, as well as his sister Donna Housley, his mother and father in law, Reverend Carlo and Hazel Bruce, his brother and sister-in-law Rev. Steve and Rhonda Bruce, his sister in law Amy Bruce Reese and several nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends this evening, Oct. 28, from 6 to 8 p.m., at Faith Way Assembly of God. Hatmaker Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  (10/28/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Parking lot extension for senior center; other business discussed at workshop

By Charlotte Underwood

Representatives of the La Follette Senior Center approached the city council about parking problems during yesterday evening’s workshop.

The Senior Center is seeking to demolish two houses on property that the center recently purchased in order to grade and gravel the area to provide additional parking. The senior center has activities going on five days a week and the parking is inadequate, according to center representatives who said they were seeking “safe parking” for the seniors who attended activities at the center. According to Vice-Mayor Joe Bolinger, the county has agreed to help with the project, as does the city. Bolinger said to his understanding, if the city will tear down the houses and haul away the debris, the county will waive the landfill fee and then grade the parking area for the senior center. Street Department Head Jim Mullens said if the council voted on it, then his department would do what they could to help with the project. The issue will appear on next week’s agenda.

Vice-mayor Joe Bolinger and Ann Thompson were the only two council members present during yesterday evening’s workshop. According to Bolinger, Mayor Mike Stanfield was at a meeting. The need for additional parking at the senior center and other business was discussed and will appear on next week’s agenda.

Also on the agenda for next week is discussion of the recently raised flea-market rates. Councilwoman Ann Thompson asked that the item be placed on the agenda to discuss providing two flea-market spaces for $5 in stead of one.

The council will also vote on extending the two-percent property tax discount for those who pay by November 30, as well as a vote on the purchase of some fire department equipment and the hiring of a new full-time police officer.

Replacing lights on the viaduct will also be on the agenda. There are eight lights on the viaduct at a cost of about $1,600 per light. The current lights are old, outdated and not very bright, according to Fire Chief Gary Byrd. If the city purchased the lights, the state would install them, according to Mullens.

At next week’s meeting, the final reading on three ordinances will be held, including the reading of an ordinance which adopts a corrective action plan to prevent improper use of utility revenues, along with an ordinance that amends La Follette’s Animal Control Policy, making it “more clear and concise.” The final reading on an ordinance updating the city’s flood will also be held.

Next week’s meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. due to a conflict with the Nov. 4 election day.  (10/28/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Bartley has court-date set for December in Criminal Court

     Kenneth S. Bartley appeared in Shayne Sexton’s Criminal Court Monday afternoon on probation violations.  Bartley admitted to the V.O.P. charges and has a Dec. 10 hearing date scheduled in Criminal Court.  In the meantime, Bartley remains in the county jail without bond.

Kenneth S. Bartley (FILE PHOTO)

Bartley, who has been arrested three times now since being set free earlier this year, is also scheduled to appear in Campbell County Sessions Court on November 20 regarding some of the charges which violated his probation.

His recent probation violation stems from a domestic assault charge after an Oct. 16 incident involving his mother, Rita Broyles.  According to the arrest warrant, Bartley threatened to strangle his mother, with whom he was living, after she refused to give him money for a cab. Broyles was eventually able to get away from Bartley and go to a neighbor’s house before calling the police.

Bartley was already on supervised probation as a result of two incidences that happened over the summer surrounding his father, Kenny Bartley. After his mother called 9-1-1 on Thursday night, Bartley fled her home and went on the run, before eventually turning himself in to authorities two days after the incident occurred. Bartley’s most recent arrest violated his probation that he was placed on after assaulting his father over the summer. Bartley also tested positive for marijuana and admitted to drinking alcohol, both of which also caused him to violate his probation.  (10/28/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Hickman on sideline for Vols-Tide game

David Hickman poses with Tennessee Coach Butch Jones last Thursday at Jones’ office  

     Did former Cougar David Hickman make the suggestion to change quarterbacks in Tennessee’s Saturday night home game with Alabama?  Probably not.  But he was there on the sideline when Josh Dobbs entered the game on the third series.  Hickman was chosen as “student coach of the week.”  WLAF's David Graham sat down with Hickman's father, Logan, to chat about his son's big day.  (10/28/2014 - 6:00 AM)

1st Baptist Church La Follette service from 10/26/2014

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Indiana couple dies in pre-sun-up crash

     Just before sunrise this morning, a 2004 Dutch Star Recreational Vehicle ran out of the northbound lanes of I-75 in Campbell County and crashed.  The driver and her front seat passenger were killed while a backseat passenger was injured.  Dead this evening are the driver, 77-year old Jacquline Sparks, and 78-year old Larry Sparks.  The female passenger in the 7:40 a.m. crash, 55-year old Debra Dorrell, was flown by Lifestar to the University of Tennessee Medical Center at Knoxville.  All three hail from Pittsboro, Indiana.  Tennessee Highway Patrol Trooper Aaron McGhee details in his report that wearing a seatbelt would have made a difference for all three.  E-911 Dispatch confirms that the RV left the roadway about six-miles north (MM 147) of the Huntsville-Oneida Exit. Northbound lanes were completely to partially closed until late this afternoon.  (10/27/2014 - 6:15 PM)

Big day in criminal court results in continuances

Couple accused in child’s death has case continued to after New Year

By Charlotte Underwood

What was scheduled to be a big day in Campbell County’s Criminal Court this morning resulted in multiple continuances in several high-profile cases.

The couple accused in murdering three-year-old Gabriella Orton this past summer had their case continued till after the New Year.

Josh Adam Comer, accused in the child abuse death of Abbie Orton, appeared briefly in Criminal Court this morning. Comer had his court date reset for January 12.

Joshua Adam Comer, 33, along with the child’s mother Amber Leann Orton (Rezentes), 29, were both scheduled to appear in Judge Shayne Sexton’s courtroom to have the case set for status this morning. Comer, who is charged with felony first-degree murder, was present in the courtroom for the continuance, while Orton-Rezentes, who is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, was not present. Reasoning for the continuance was partly due to Orton-Rezentes’s lawyer Mike Hatmaker being unable to be in court today due to being in Federal Court in Knoxville. Comer is represented by public defender Dale Potter. The two cases are bound together and both were scheduled to be called to set for status on January 12, as there is not a court-date set in December due to the holiday.

The state is seeking the death penalty for Comer, citing three aggravating factors in the pursuit of capital punishment.

Three-year-old Gabriella Orton was pronounced dead on June 2 at the Tennova Medical Center in LaFollette. Preliminary autopsy reports indicated severe child abuse, leading the district attorney general to convene a special-called grand jury to indict both Comer and Orton-Rezentes on Tuesday afternoon. The mother was taken into custody immediately, while a day and a half manhunt finally netted Comer in the Whitman Hollow area of Campbell County.

Comer remains in custody on a $1 million bond, while Orton-Rezentes remains jailed on a $750,000 bond.

Accused Big O's robber has court date reset for February

The man accused of robbing Big O's Git and Go at gunpoint on January 2, had his court date reset for after the New Year at the state prosecutor’s request in Criminal Court this morning. The case will be set for plea or for status to move forward with a trial date on February 2.

Daniel Stanfill, 32, was indicted for the crime on March 14 by a grand jury. He appeared with his lawyer Robert Jolly in court for his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the crime in April.

Assistant Attorney General Tom Barkley asked for the lengthy reset date because there is still a lot of discovery and depositions for the prosecution to go over.

Stanfill also has a lawsuit filed against Campbell County, Sheriff Robbie Goins, and several members of his department. The lawsuit is asking for $1.5 million.

Stanfill is free on a 75-thousand dollar bond.

Jellico’s former city recorder accused of embezzlement had court date reset

The former Jellico city recorder accused of stealing over $60,000 was scheduled to appear in criminal court this morning, but had her court date reset due to a scheduling conflict of her attorney’s.

Linda Douglas, 65, is charged with theft and official misconduct in connection with the misappropriation of nearly $100,000 from the city of Jellico, according to the Tennessee Comptroller's Office.

Douglas was indicted several months ago by a Campbell County Grand Jury for theft over $60,000 and three counts of official misconduct. Douglas was expected to either plea or have a trial court date set today, according to courthouse officials, but her attorney Mike Hatmaker was unavailable to be in the county today due to being in Federal Court in Knoxville.

TBI Special Agents began investigating Douglas in December 2012, following an audit by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

During the investigation, TBI Agents developed information that Douglas, while working as Jellico City Recorder, took around $73,000 from the police department drug fund and other city funds.

Former teacher indicted for inappropriate conduct with a minor has court rescheduled

Former Campbell County teacher Lonnie Vann, 43, was supposed to appear in Shayne Sexton’s Criminal Court today, but had his case rescheduled to Nov. 17 due to a conflict with the prosecution's office. According to Assistant District Attorney Tom Barkley, Vann will be prosecuted by the Anderson County District Attorney, who had a conflict with today’s court date.

In July, Vann was indicted by a grand jury for inappropriate conduct with a student after he was charged with solicitation of a minor, sexual battery by an authority figure, tampering with evidence and assault.

Vann taught at La Follette Middle School and was placed on suspension without pay in October 2013 after allegations of the inappropriate conduct came to light.

According to the TBI, on Oct. 22, Vann took a 13-year-old student off school property to Coolidge First Baptist Church. While in the building, Vann allegedly hugged the female student and tried to kiss her, both without consent. Vann also allegedly tampered with evidence by altering images on a recording device at the church. Vann turned himself into the Campbell County Sheriff. He was later released on $10,000 bond.

Former Jellico teacher accused of murder had date rescheduled to November

The Jellico High School teacher who shot and killed her fiancé was slated to appear for a status hearing today to set her trial date, but had her court date rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict. Lisa Elliott, 47, of Elk Valley, was arrested after the fatal shooting of her 53-year-old fiancé Larry David Champlin on Feb. 2. The trial was supposed to begin on Aug. 22, but the state filed a motion for continuance, due to the toxicology results and firearms tests not being back yet from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation last month. A trial date was supposed to be announced today, but Elliott’s attorney Mike Hatmaker was unavailable due to being out of town in Federal Court.

Elliott was charged after a grand jury handed down a second-degree murder indictment against her on March 14. Arrested and originally held in lieu of a $150,000 bond, Elliott’s bond was reduced to a $100,000 secured bond, and she was released on February 7. If convicted of second-degree murder, Elliott could face prison time of 15 to 20 years.  (10/27/2014 - NOON)

Congressman Jimmy Duncan presents White Oak School Principal Allison Poston, staff, & students with a new American flag

Donnie Poston, Crystal Creekmore, Allison Poston, & Congressman Duncan.

Congressman Jimmy Duncan

Donnie Poston, Crystal Creekmore, Allison Poston, Congressman Jimmy Duncan, June Pyle, Joe Brown, Jerry Ball.

Medicare questions?  Healthcare questions?  Terry’s Pharmacy has answers.

Beginning next week, Tuesdays and Fridays are the days to ask Medicare and healthcare questions.  The person to ask is Grey Stooksbury.  He’s at the Terry’s Pharmacy La Follette location twice weekly, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stooksbury of the Gray Insurance Agency may be reached at 423.562.3346.(10/212/2014 - 9:00 AM)

Planning commission approves site plans

The La Follette Planning Commission approved several site plans during its meeting yesterday evening. First approved was a site plan for Jason Rutherford to add on to his storage buildings located at 1919 Jacksboro Highway. The property is zoned C-2 in the highway business district and is across from La Follette’s Fire Hall # 2.  The proposed addition and property was surveyed by Tony Crutchfield. Also approved was a subdivision plat for Terry Sweat at 140 Colonial Heights and Brenda Smith at 134 Colonial Heights. The property is zoned R-1 Low Density Residential District. 

A special exception request was approved for Short-Redmond Ford to place a temporary double-wide trailer at their sales lot, which is located at 1916 Jacksboro Pike.  The property is Zoned C-2 Highway Business District.  The temporary mobile home will be used for sales until their renovation project is complete. According to LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield, the exemption was only approved for seven months and if the renovation project is not complete by then, the company will have to reapply for another exemption. Short-Redmond Ford will be adding on to include a larger sales and show-room area.

A home occupation request by Tammy Rivera for clerical work at her West Prospect Street residence was also approved, according to Stanfield.  The property is zoned R-2 High Density Residential District. (10/24/2014 - 6:00 AM)

The state approves Campbell’s property tax rates

     You may now pay your 2014 property taxes.  Trustee Monty Bullock tells WLAF that the state approved the increase early Thursday afternoon, and they are now loaded on the county’s computer system.  Bullock says the notices will be mailed out the first of next week.  However, he notes that if you want to pay your taxes now, you may do so.  Simply call Bullock at 423.562.5185 for your total or stop by the trustee’s office at the courthouse.  Office hours are Monday-Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and 8:00 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. the next two Saturdays.  If you pay your property taxes by Monday, November, 3rd, you receive a two-percent discount.  You get a one-percent discount if you pay your property taxes by Friday, December 5.  Bullock adds that the discount deadlines are set by the state, and, as a result, may not be extended.  (10/24/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Bowman Jewelers celebrates 81 years in business; store-wide sales

By Charlotte Underwood

Local downtown fixture Bowman Jewelers is celebrating 81 years in business with a huge anniversary sale!  Come down to Bowman Jewelers and register for free to win a ladies and gentleman’s antique watch as part of the celebration. Currently at Bowman’s, there is also a 10-percent discount store-wide sale off of the already low prices.

Bowman Jewelers is celebrating its 81st anniversary. The store is located at red light no. 8 in La Follette.

Bowman Jewelers offers a wide variety of jewelry including Sterling Silver, Stainless, Vitalium, Copper, pearls, diamond pendants and earrings, as well as diamond rings in all shapes.  They also have a wide variety of gold chains and earrings, genuine and synthetic colored stones, watches such as Seiko, Citizen, Dubai, Speidel, Bowman logo and more.  Other merchandise includes wedding bands, gift items, baby items, engravables and much more. Come by and see Matt, Cherie, Jessica, Benettia, or Patrick for all your jewelry needs. Christmas layaway is also available! Bowman Jewelers also has a goldsmith on site.

Bowman Jewelers is hosting a store-wide 81st anniversary sale. Come check out the fall merchandise.

Established in October of 1933 by James Everette Bowman, the business has grown and flourished over the years, according to current owners Jerry E. and Gail Bowman.

“In 1933 times were hard,” said Jerry Bowman, explaining that his dad had begun the business by repairing watches in the leased space of a barber shop.

“He really had no formal training and learned his trade mostly from his father who was a self-taught farmer who was known to fix almost anything mechanical,” Bowman said.

Come down to Bowman Jewelers and fall in love with their sale prices this fall!

Sometime in the late 1940s or early 1950s J. Everette, as he was known locally, purchased the inventory and fixtures from his older brother Conley Bowman’s wife Rushia, who ran the store for a short time after they divorced.  J. Everette leased the small shop from W.H. Parrott, who owned the Cherokee Theatre next door.

“This is next door to where we are located today and is known as Wender Furniture Company,” Bowman said. The current location of the jewelry store was owned by Bill and John Claiborne and housed one of the first La Follette Water and Electric offices, with the South Central Bell switch board and office located upstairs. Afterwards, the building was home to Allen Riggs Drug Store and Soda Fountain before Bowman’s Jewelry moved into the location from next door in the early 1970s.

Come on down to Bowman Jewelers for quality jewelry and friendly service from the folks you know.

“In the early years, my sisters Margie and Faye and also my mother Walcie were very active in the store. They pitched in and worked very hard along side of my father,” Bowman recalled, adding that watch and jewelry repair was a “strong” part of the business then and still is today. J.R. Richardson was the watch repairman at the store until 1963 when he left and began repairing at his home. Around that time is when Jerry graduated from high school and began watch repair himself.

He remembered it as being a very good paying job until around 1980 when the battery watch replaced the mechanical one for the masses and even though Bowman Jewelers still offers this service like most jewelry stores, it is no longer profitable to keep a watch repairman.

“I think back about the long hours sitting with a pair of tweezers and a set of screw drivers and wonder how I did that; it’s a gift I can’t explain,” Bowman said, adding that it was hard work because watches not only had to run but keep time too.

The jewelry store has a goldsmith and expert on site for all your jewelry needs.

“There was no room for error. I did this full-time for 30 years, when I started a partnership with my sister Faye to purchase the store from our parents,” he recalled.

His sister Faye sold her share and left the business around 1990, at which point, Jerry’s wife Gail and his son Matthew began helping in the many duties of owning and operating a jewelry store.

“Without them, I could not have made it. Operating a small business is not easy, someone has to be there six days a week in our case,” Bowman said, adding that his wife had been a “tremendous force in running the business.”

Local downtown La Follette jewelry store celebrates 81 years in business.

“We have evolved from J. Everette’s one man operation to what we are today as a family, but without our friends and employees and most importantly our customers we wouldn’t be here today. Our faith in God and his divine providence has been the main reason for our 81 years. He has blessed us abundantly,” Bowman said.

Bowman Jewelers is located at red light no. 8, at 126 E. Central Ave., in La Follette. The store can be reached at 423-562-2443. (10/23/2014 - 6:00 AM)

State recognizes Caryville Elementary as a Reward School

By Charlotte Underwood

Caryville Elementary School is the only school in the county this year to receive a Reward Designation, according to a list released by the state. An excited group of fourth-grade students gathered outside the school for a picture on Wednesday afternoon with Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

Fourth-grade students from Caryville Elementary gathered outside the school for a picture with Director of Schools Donnie Poston, who came to the school to congratulate Caryville on receiving the Reward School status from the state.

The designation means Caryville is in the top 5 percent of schools in the state for performance—as measured by overall student achievement levels—and the top 5 percent for year-over-year progress—as measured by school-wide value-added data. These 10 percent of schools receive recognition for their success under the accountability system. This year's list recognized 67 schools across the state for overall academic achievement and 84 schools for overall growth. In East Tennessee, 18 schools were named Reward Schools, with Caryville garnering the designation for “progress”.

Poston shook hands with students and congratulated Caryville on the recognition. He said he felt very blessed that no Campbell County Schools were on the priority list this year.

“Great job educators - keep up the fantastic work,” Poston said.

“The kids are proud, the staff is proud; Caryville is a great place to be,” said assistant principal Pam Walden. (10/23/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Child abuse case bound over to grand jury

By Charlotte Underwood

The child abuse case involving Eric and Nakita Morton has been bound over to the Campbell County Grand Jury.  After listening to testimony from an expert pediatric child abuse witness from Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville, General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons denied the defense’s motions to have charges against Nakita and Eric Morton dismissed and chose to bind the case over to the Grand Jury, which meets again on Dec. 12.

Debra Lowen, the Head of the Pediatric Child Abuse department at Vanderbilt in Nashville testified that the burns on Zander Brown were abusive in nature. Based of this testimony and that of others, Judge Amanda Sammons ruled that the case be bound over to the grand jury.

Dr. Debra Lowen, who is head of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, testified on the prosecution’s behalf.  Lowen stated that in her medical opinion, the burns on Zander Brown were a result of child abuse and that his burns were not consistent with the series of events described by Eric Morton as to how the burns happened.

Defense attorney Wes Hatmaker asked her if the burns were intentional and Lowen replied that she did not deal with intent.

“I don’t talk about intent, but in my expert medical opinion, this was an abusive injury.”

Lowen said the “flow patterns, the sparing of burns in certain areas and the lack of splash patterns” contradict Eric Morton’s explanation of events that Zander turned the hot water on himself and then was “running around in circles, before falling and striking his head in the tub.”

Eric Morton and Nakita Morton are escorted out of the court room after their preliminary hearing. The Mortons are accused of abusing Nakita’s son Zander Brown, who is still in Vanderbilt Burn Center. The case has been bound over to the grand jury.

Lowen said if Zander had turned the water on himself and was suddenly confronted with hot water, he would have retreated first to the back of the tub to get away from the burning water and if that had not worked, would have climbed out. According to testimony from Zander’s grandfather, the child could climb in and out of the tub on his own and had done so in the past. Lowen said she also based her view that the injuries were abusive in nature by the fact that Zander had bruising on both temples and other parts of his body, which according to her were not in correlation with a fall in the bath tub. Lowen also said the 2 and a half hour delay in medical attention caused Zander’s injuries to be worse, which was indicated in the lab work done on his internal organs, which were adversely affected.

“He needed emergency medical care and when he was not given that care immediately, it was medical neglect,” Lowen said.

When defense attorneys Bill Jones and Wes Hatmaker asked for charges to be dismissed because the burns were a result of an accident according to their clients, Assistant District Attorney Tom Barkley objected saying the fact that Eric Morton had admittedly scrubbed the blisters off of Zander’s burned body was child abuse in and of itself.

“Your honor that would have been excruciating to a child with burns of this degree; they together planned to withhold medical treatment to this child because they did not want DCS or the police involved – they cared more about themselves than in getting medical attention to the child,” Barkley said.  The medical expert also testified that it would be an incredibly painful experience and that there was evidence of possible older abuse.

“The MRI that was done on (Zander) showed several small areas of old blood in his brain that is indicative of prior insult, (injury),” Lowen said.

According to Lowen, Zander has second and third degree burns 60-percent of his body and he has already undergone seven surgeries.  After he went through the second surgery, he “coded” and had to be resuscitated with CPR.

Zander remains at Vanderbilt with life-threatening injuries and will most likely be there for another six to eight weeks. He has multiple surgeries ahead of him and the greatest risk he faces now is from infections. Lowen also said the burn team that is treating him has had difficulty because he lacks the healthy skin needed for skin grafts due to the severity and large portion of his body that was burned. He remains in a lot of pain and on a lot of pain medication, according to medical officials.  (10/21/2014 - 9:00 PM)

Campbell County Commission Meeting 10/20/2014

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Medicare questions?  Healthcare questions?  Terry’s Pharmacy has answers.

Beginning next week, Tuesdays and Fridays are the days to ask Medicare and healthcare questions.  The person to ask is Grey Stooksbury.  He’s at the Terry’s Pharmacy La Follette location twice weekly, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stooksbury of the Gray Insurance Agency may be reached at 423.562.3346.(10/212/2014 - 9:00 AM)

Commission’s final vote sets 1.99 tax rate, no wheel tax hike

The final act in the county commission’s 2014 budget drama was without much drama Monday night, as the commission calmly approved a $1.99 property tax rate that will provide enough additional funding to open the new jail at the end of the year and provide four full-time security officers at four of the county’s more isolated elementary schools.

With a $30 wheel tax increase eliminated, the commission’s vote two weeks ago to provide $500,000 for paving roads, $250 local raises to teachers and $500 raises to all other county employees was also off the table, as the final budget eliminated all of those increases.

The wheel tax increase approved at the special called meeting on October 8 was ruled last week to be invalid by the County Municipal Advisory Service because an increase in the wheel tax requires a two-thirds “super majority” vote on two consecutive monthly meetings.

The wheel tax increase fell short of the mark, only passing 9-6, while the budget deadlines also left no opportunity for meeting the two meeting requirement even if a tenth vote could be found.

The county is now left with the task of determining if the wheel tax itself was legally enacted back in 1990, as well as the $10 increase that was passed four years ago. According to research reported by County Attorney Joe Coker, the original wheel tax ordinance in 1990 received the necessary votes, being approved 14-0 at two meetings. The gray area is that one of those meetings was a recessed session and Coker told commissioners that he has asked the state Attorney General for a legal opinion.

“Attorney General’s opinions normally take anywhere from one to three months,” Coker told the commission.

The commission wasted no time Monday night in getting the budget finalized and behind them. After dispensing with approval of minutes and notaries, County Mayor E. L. Morton opened the discussion by announcing that three motions were required – to approve the budget, the tax rate and the appropriation resolution spelling out what revenues pay for which expenditures.

Rusty Orick offered a motion to approve the budget with Marie Ayers seconding his motion. The motion passed 9-5 with Scott Stanfield, Sue Nance, Whit Goins, Charles Baird and Cliff Jennings voting “no” and Carl Douglas absent.

Lonnie Weldon then made a motion to approve a property tax rate of $1.99 on each $100 of assessed value. That motion passed 11-3 with Stanfield, Jennings and Goins all voting “no.” Marie Ayers moved to approve the appropriation resolution, which passed by the same 11-3 vote.

Morton then brought up the subject of allowing citizens to address the commission at the regular monthly meetings. “I come from the principal that people have a right to speak,” Morton told the commission. “The previous commission voted to limit public input to only the workshop session. I would like to see public access at both.”

Rusty Orick pointed out that the previous limits had been enacted because some people were taking more time than they were allowed, resulting in lengthy meetings and interruptions during commission deliberations. “People need to sign in to speak and adhere to the time limits,” Orick urged.

Sue Nance quickly made a motion to allow public input at regular meetings, with Marie Ayers seconding the motion. Cliff Jennings asked that the motion clarify when speakers would be allowed their three minutes, with Nance adding to her motion that the public comment period would be at the beginning of meetings.

The commission then voted 14-0 to once again allow public comments and input at regular commission meetings as well as at the monthly workshops. Three people from the audience took advantage immediately of Morton’s invitation to speak. James Slusher and Buddy Hale both briefly commented on the budget deliberations. A third man who failed to identify himself urged commissioners to speak directly into their microphones because people sitting toward the back of the courtroom have a hard time hearing their discussion.

Another major topic was postponed until next month. Whit Goins asked that his motion to decrease the size of the commission from fifteen to ten members and the school board from ten to five be postponed “because not everybody is here tonight.”  (10/21/2014 - 6:00 AM)

General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons denied setting a bond for Bartley, citing his prior convictions and flight risk as reasoning, as well as the risk to the community and the victims.

Bartley arraigned after latest assault arrest

By Charlotte Underwood and Jim Freeman

Following his latest arrest, school shooter Kenneth S. Bartley appeared shackled, yet relaxed in General Sessions Court this afternoon at Jacksboro.  Bartley, who has been arrested three times now since being set free earlier this year, is charged with domestic assault after a Thursday night incident involving his mother, Rita Broyles.  According to the arrest warrant, Bartley threatened to strangle his mother, with whom he was living, after she refused to give him money for a cab. Broyles was eventually able to get away from Bartley and go to a neighbor’s house before calling the police.

Kenneth S. Bartley appeared in court once again this morning, this time on assault charges regarding a Thursday incident involving his mother. After the assault, Bartley was briefly on the run, before turning himself into authorities on Saturday.

Around 1:30 p.m. this afternoon, General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons explained to Bartley that his charge of domestic assault is considered a violent offense.  The judge explained that that charge coupled with Bartley’s prior convictions poses risk concerns; risk to the community, the victims, and of flight.  As a result, Sammons said that no bond is appropriate. Bartley visibly yawned as she explained this to him.

Bartley was already on supervised probation as a result of two incidences that happened over the summer surrounding his father, Kenny Bartley. After his mother called 9-1-1 on Thursday night, Bartley fled her home and went on the run, before eventually turning himself in to authorities late Saturday morning. Broyles stated to police that she was in fear of her son and that when she refused to give him $70 for a cab, he threatened to strangle her and “cause her to pass out.”

Bartley’s next court appearance on these particular charges will be Nov. 20 at 9 a.m. in General Sessions Court. He also has an upcoming appearance scheduled in criminal court for his violation of probation charge.

After Bartley turned himself in, Judge Shayne Sexton signed a no bond order on Bartley’s violation of probation.  Bartley will next appear before Judge Sexton on the violation of probation charge. According to court documents, Bartley freely admitted to drinking alcohol and also tested positive for THC from marijuana, both of which violated his probation.

Until this year, the younger Bartley had been serving time over the November 2005 shooting of three Campbell High Principals, one fatally.  In late February, Bartley was convicted in the reckless homicide death of Campbell County High School Principal Ken Bruce, along with possession of a firearm on school grounds and drug charges.  All convictions stem from that 2005 shooting.  The now 23-year old was given credit for his eight-years of time served and became a free man after a sentencing hearing on April 7th

Court house Bailiffs loaded Kenneth S. Bartley into the transport van to be taken back to jail after his arraignment at the courthouse this afternoon.

Judge Amanda Sammons told Bartley that he was to have no contact with his mother.  Kenneth S. Bartley returns to Sammons’ court on Thursday, November 20 at 9 a.m.(10/20/2014 - 2:45 PM)

Terry’s Pharmacy hosts healthcare answer sessions on Mondays

If you have questions about Medicare and healthcare, then Terry’s Pharmacy is the place to be on Monday mornings. With the Affordable Healthcare Act being implemented, lots of people have questions about what’s going on. From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, there will be a representative of a multi-company insurance group on hand to answer those questions.

You have questions about Medicare and healthcare?  Miranda Ford has answers every Monday at Terry's Pharmacy.

“Plans will go away and new plans will become available; patients really need to come talk to this woman because she can hopefully answer their questions and help them select the right plan. She is non-biased and not representing any particular company,” said Raewyn Snodderly of Terry’s Pharmacy. Those that are new to Medicare or are turning 65 and those who need extra help on prescription drug co-pays are encouraged to attend. Those who receive Medicaid/TennCare, QMB or SLMB are also encouraged to attend.

“She will look at the medication list and how much they are prescribed and will then help choose the best health care plan for each patient,” Snodderly explained.

For more information, call Terry’s Pharmacy at 423-562-4928. It is located at 310 E. Central Avenue in La Follette. (10/06/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Early voting continues

It’s a big November ticket for Jellico; not so much for Caryville and La Follette.  However, La Follette may have the hottest item on the ballot.  The referendum for La Follette is whether or not to legalize the sale of alcohol.

On Jellico’s big ballot, Forrester Baird and Larry Meadors will challenge current Mayor Les Stiers while a bakers dozen other candidates will battle it out for six alderman seats.  Three incumbents, Pam Carbaugh, Coach Alvin Evans, and Charles Vermillion have opposition from William Michael Bridges, Novella Brooks, Jamie Lawson, Charlotte Lindsay, Sarah Beth McQueen, Wanda Perkins, Gail Sharp, Ranee’ Voyles, and Louise Walden.

At Caryville, three alderman seats are up.  Ward 1’s candidates are Jerry Chadwell facing Dwayne Gibson.  Gibson was appointed to finish an unexpired term.  David E. Smith is unopposed in Ward 2.  Beth Lawson challenges Ward 3 incumbent Mark Stanley.

La Follette is electing two council members.  Joe Bolinger is running for re-election.  Ann Thompson, who was appointed to finish a term, is seeking to keep that seat.  Perennial candidate Virgil Kidwell, who is also the Democratic nominee for state representative, is running for city council.

Also of local interest, aside from electing a governor and U.S. Senator, Kidwell faces incumbent State Representative Dennis Powers while Mary Headrick challenges Congressman Chuck Fleischmann.  On the north side of the county, longtime Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. faces three challengers.  There are also four very complicated constitutional amendments on the ballot.  You may see the entire ballot by clicking on this icon

Early voting runs through October 30th.  At Jacksboro at the Election Commission Office, early voting hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  At the Jellico Municipal Building, early voting days and times are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Fridays 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.  WLAF provides coverage on election night on AM, FM, TV, DOT COM, Facebook, and Twitter.  (10/15/2014 - 9:30 AM)

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Owens Shoe Store is located up above Scottie’s at Caryville

Owens Shoe Store is WLAF’s business of the week

By Charlotte Underwood

Deer season is upon us and Christmas is just around the bend, now’s the time to get that pair of boots for winter. Whether you need work boots, hunting boots, cowboy boots or muck boots, Owens Shoe Store in Caryville has got boots for all occasions. With name brands like Rocky, Red Wing, Muck, Georgia, Durango and Ariat, the shop carries a large selection of boots in stock, but can also order any size you need from these companies.  The boots will be delivered in seven to 12 days at no charge for shipping to the customer and if the boots don’t fit, that’s not a problem, as they will just put them on the shelf and order you another pair.

Dickies work pants and clothing is also available at Owens Shoe Store in Caryville. And if they are too long, Owens will also hem them

Owned and operated by Everett Owens, the shop opened up on Main Street in Caryville in 2008.

According to Owens’s daughter-in-law Jody, who works at the store in the mornings, Muck boots are one of their best sellers because the four-wheeler riders love them.

The shop also sells Peet boot dryers for those evenings when you need your boots dry the next morning.

Ariat boots are a popular seller at Owens Shoe Store in Caryville

Owens sells Dickies brand work clothing, as well as Walls brand hunting clothing and Rattlers brand snake chaps, which are also a big seller for those who enjoy four-wheeling in the mountains. Clothing can also be ordered to size and is delivered to the store in seven to 12 days at no cost to the customer. The shop will also do basic hemming jobs to work and hunting clothes.

Hand-worked leather belts can be found in Caryville at Owens Shoe Store

Leather belts and different name brand hunting knives such as Case, Remington, and Buck can also be found at Owens.

Whether you need work boots, hunting boots, cowboy boots or something specific, Owens Shoe Store in Caryville is your local boot and shoe destination.

Owens Shoe Store is located at 195 Main Street in Caryville, 0.1 miles past Shoney’s on the left. The store is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8: 30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information call 423-562-2138 or email at OwensShoes@bellsouth.net. (10/16/2014 - 6:00 AM)

It’s burn permit time in Campbell County

It’s leaf and brush burning time in Campbell County, but not without a burn permit. According to the Tennessee Forestry Department, the official wildfire season begins Oct. 15, today, and continues through May 15 of 2015. Anyone doing outdoor burning during this time frame is required by state law to obtain a burn permit, free of charge, from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture Forestry Division.

There are two options to obtain a burn permit. The first option is to call your local forestry division between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or go online any day of the week 9 a.m. through midnight at www.burnsafetn.org. Online permits only take a few minutes to obtain and are available for all Tennessee counties, with the exception of a few. Restrictions for online burn permits include that they are only applicable for individual debris piles 8 foot by 8 foot or smaller. Anyone seeking to burn debris piles larger than this must call the local forestry office for a permit. Also, if the property requesting a burn permit is inside a city limit or a restricted area, the owner is responsible for obtaining a permit from the city and following local ordinances.

The Forestry Division also warns that during times of drought or dry weather, burn permits may be restricted or cancelled. Anyone burning illegally during these times are subject to receiving a citation and may be responsible for the costs associated with the extinguishment of their fire.

Safety tips for outdoor burning include: do not burn adjacent to forest or grassland, watch the wind, have tools and help on hand to contain the fire, dig a line down to mineral soil around the fire, notify your neighbors, get a permit, check with local burn ordinances and most important of all, never leave your fire until it is completely out.

For information about obtaining a burn permit locally by phone, call 423-562-7838, or visit www.burnsafetn.org to get one online. (10/15/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Caryville approves purchases; makes plans to discuss personnel policies

By Charlotte Underwood

The Caryville Mayor and Alderman board approved several purchases during its meeting Monday evening, including a used controller for the red light that comes off the interstate. The controller had malfunctioned several months ago and Progression Electric had installed one of its own light controllers until they could determine if the old one could be repaired. The part that controls the light could not be ordered, which left Caryville with two options. Progression Electric said the town could either purchase the used controller that was already installed for $1,200 or a new one for $3,700, which came with an additional programming cost of $600. The board voted to go with the $1,200 purchase. The used light controller is expected to last eight to ten more years.

A 50-ton salt purchase was approved so the town can get ready for the coming winter at a cost of 79.78 per ton for a total cost of $3,989.

Two new front tires for the garbage truck at a cost of $610 and new rear tires for the F-550 truck at a cost of $748 were also approved.  The board voted to pay for the library’s yearly technical support at a cost of $1,100.

Organizers for the “Stand at the Cross” event received permission to use town hall chambers for their final meeting on Oct. 28, before the event is held on Nov. 8. Open Arms Ministry also received permission to hold a fundraising road block on Oct. 31 in front of Shoney’s.

During the meeting, board member Vickie Heatherly brought up the town’s personnel policies and said she wanted to have a meeting to discuss them because she didn’t feel they were being followed. A workshop has been set for Tuesday, Oct. 21 at 7 p.m. to discuss policies.

Trunk or Treat for the town of Caryville is scheduled for Halloween on Oct. 31 from 5 to 8 p.m. in the field in front of Scotty’s restaurant. (10/15/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Roads, raises out as state rules $75 wheel tax vote is invalid

Less than a week after approving a budget and tax rate that included a $30 increase in the county’s wheel tax, commissioners found themselves nearly back on square one Monday night as they discovered that their vote to set a $75 wheel tax was invalid.

Legal advisors with the County Technical Advisory Service (CTAS) informed Finance Director Jeff Marlow and County Attorney Joe Coker on Monday afternoon that state law requires a change in the wheel tax to be approved by a “supermajority” of ten commissioners on two separate votes at consecutive monthly meetings.

The motion last week to approve a wheel tax increase to cover raises to county employees and asphalt for the highway department passed by only a vote of 9-6, meaning it did not receive the required number of votes while the commission cannot afford to wait for a second vote in November even if a tenth vote could be found supporting the increase.

James Slusher was in the audience armed with the same information that CTAS had shared, bringing along attorney Mike Hatmaker as he threatened to sue the commission if they failed to abide by the law.

“Not only was your vote last week illegal, but the vote to increase the wheel tax in 2010 to $45 was illegal and I can’t find evidence in the records in 1990 that you followed the law when the wheel tax was first passed,” Slusher complained.

He stopped short of suggesting that the county should refund all wheel tax collections since 1990, an act that would undoubtedly bankrupt the county, close the schools, halt all law enforcement, road maintenance and governmental functions and probably result in a state takeover under martial law.

Slusher went a step further by suggesting that necessary road paving projects could be funded from the county’s fund balance, which he claimed was bloated with $8 million. “Only a ten percent fund balance is necessary,” Slusher claimed.

Finance Director Marlow brought the discussion back to earth at last, pointing out that most of the fund balance accounts in schools, roads and other funds are protected by law and can’t be transferred back and forth to cover costs in other departments.

Marlow and Coker both informed the new commission that when the previous commission voted to increase the wheel tax in 2010, CTAS had given exactly the opposite advice, telling the county that a simple majority vote was all that was needed.

“I advised the commission that I thought a two-thirds vote was necessary at that time, but CTAS told us otherwise,” Marlow recalled.

“I’ve not dealt with CTAS but have with MTAS (Municipal Technical Advisory Service),” Cliff Jennings observed. “Their legal opinions are just that – opinions.”

“I’ve sued them (MTAS) four times and won three times,” Jennings claimed, referring to his tenure as mayor of La Follette.

Mayor E. L. Morton finally brought all the recriminations and blame shifting to a halt by announcing, “We’ve got a situation where we’ve got an illegal wheel tax vote. We need to move on and take some action.”

Marlow pointed out that commissioners had two options since the wheel tax is off the table. “You can eliminate the funding for road paving and raises and leave the tax rate where it currently stands at $1.99 or you can vote to raise the rate to $2.12 and leave the raises and paving in the budget.”

“The issue is the $1.99 tax rate,” Morton observed. “We can leave the $1.99 unchanged and still meet the deadlines for setting the budget, and make adjustments in spending next Monday.”

After more discussion that basically traveled in circles and more comments from Slusher, who at times seemed determined to chair the meeting from the audience, Lonnie Weldon finally offered a motion to take an unofficial straw vote on leaving the $1.99 rate unchanged.

That unofficial motion passed 10-3 with Whit Goins, Jennings and Scott Stanfield voting “no” while Carl Douglas abstained and Johnny Bruce was absent.

With that more or less assurance that the tax rate will remain unchanged next week, Trustee Monty Bullock and Property assessor Brandon Partin both told the commission that they could proceed with having the tax rate certified in time to get out property tax statements next week. That would still give taxpayers time to pay and qualify for the two percent discount before November 1, Bullock said.

After a brief recess, the commission reconvened the workshop to set the agenda for next week’s regular meeting. Among the items to be discussed will be Whit Goins’ motion passed at a budget committee meeting to decrease the number of commissioners from fifteen to ten and the number of school board members from ten to five, a move that Goins insists will save taxpayers money.

“We can’t make that change until the next election,” Marie Ayers pointed out. “That’s four years away.”

“There’s an election in two years,” Goins replied, referring to the staggered terms of five school board members. If Goins’ motion is approved by the commission, none of the five school board members whose terms expire in 2016 would be able to run for re-election.

Ayers asked to also place on the agenda a discussion for holding a special election to place a sales tax referendum before the voters. “I would urge commissioners to not use any of your discretionary funds until we decide about a referendum,” Ayers suggested, pointing out that the $37,000 remaining in the individual discretionary funds might be needed to cover the $36,000 cost of a special election. (10/14/2014 - 6:00 AM)       

                                                                                            

If you care for a scare, Dread Woods Haunting is there

By Charlotte Underwood

     Dread Woods Haunting is happening every Friday and Saturday night during October. The fun starts at dark and runs till midnight.

It’s a fundraiser for the Campbell County Children's Center hosted by the Wright Family and the Sheriff's Office. Cost is $10 adults, $7 children.

Look for Dread Woods just past Food Lion in La Follette on Highway 63, follow the blue lights. A county patrol car will be parked at the gate. (10/07/2014 - 6:00 AM)

 Cougars play at Karns on Friday, the 24th, over the WLAF - B & M Tires Sports Network

"list of corporate partners grows"

     The Cougars visit the Karns Beavers on Friday night (10/24) at 7:30 p.m.  WLAF has all the live coverage.  Special thanks to all the corporate partners who make the live radio and live web telecasts possible; Eric Robbins and Robbins Guttering, former Lady Cougar Dr. Jill Cox-Browning, Community Trust Bank, B & M Tires, Charley's Pizza, Grace Rehab, Byrge Screen Printing, Terry's Pharmacy, Campbell County Heating & Air, First National Bank,

The “new look” Cougar headgear features a player’s number on one side of the helmet with an outline of Campbell County on the other side with a Cougar paw inside.  The helmets are white.  However, when light shines on the new hats, they turn different colors mainly gray.

Cumberland Gap Medical, Farmers Insurance Agent Travis Thompson, American Cable, Peoples Bank of the South, Marathon Oil, State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith, VitalCare Medical Transportation, Powell-Clinch Utility District, Wrap It Up Construction, Lace-to-Pearls Ladies Consignment Shop, Clayton Homes, Stan Hawkins & Nova Copy, and Fazoli's.   

WLAF adds editorial page 

     Due to a more than expected response (and counter response), WLAF continues the public discussion and opinions over on our newly created WLAF Editorial Page. Please feel free to contribute or respond to this or any other topic by emailing WLAF at wlaf@1450wlaf.com. Thank you for connecting to WLAF AM-FM-TV-DotCom. See additional updated responses. (10-06-2014 - 7:30PM)

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Listen to Keith Hatfield`s “Show Cause” 

     Keith Hatfield`s Sports talk show called “Show Cause” is heard here on WLAF each Friday following Tony Basilio from 1 pm to 3 pm. Keith will break down the Vols opening football game while also interviewing new Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall in this weeks show which is archived on the WLAF Archive page and currently can be heard by clicking the player below.  Hatfield who is from LaFollette is a member of and broadcasts out of the Tony Basilio Sports Network from the “Ray Mears” Studio in Knoxville.


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Precinct-by-precinct.  District-by-district.  WLAF has all the final numbers.

     You asked.  WLAF delivered.  WLAF's Coach Vic King has taken all 184 pages of the election numbers and posted them right here.  Just CLICK.  (08/12/2014 - 8:00 PM)

 

Election results bring change

By Charlotte Underwood

      Campbell County has a new mayor.  E.L. Morton won in a run-away race for the county mayor’s office, easily outstripping incumbent William Baird and other candidates.  Morton received 4,022 votes, while Jack Lynch came in second with 2,346 and Baird came in third with 2,186.  Fred Cole garnered 748 while Marvin Rutherford finished with 194.

     Morton, members of his family, friends and old school mates gathered at the Holiday Inn Express to celebrate the big win before heading down to WLAF to give a big thanks to all his supporters.

     Morton said he was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support.  “Tonight’s a blessing and an affirmation.  I feared letting people down and not being able to deliver, but the people supporting our campaign came through and didn’t let that happen. I am really proud to represent the people that voted for us and look forward to being the mayor of Campbell County for everyone.  Morton said he had prayed long and hard about running for office.

     “I prayed not to do it, but I got a different answer and win lose or draw, I was responsible for doing that much at least.  I am relieved it’s over, but I look forward to building the community we want in the future.  We deserve only what we earn, but I believe the people of Campbell County are willing to work hard to earn it,” Morton said. 

Morton said he looked forward to going to work for the people of the county.

     Incumbent Sheriff Robbie Goins is going to enjoy another four years in office as he swept the polls against Gary Perkins and Pete Hatfield.  Votes for Goins totaled an amazing 6,986 while Perkins had 1,752 and Hatfield finished with 882.

     Goins said he was honored to receive the vote of confidence from the people of the county.  “I am so thankful to the voters; I think the people liked what we have been doing for the past four years and they showed that in support at the polls,” Goins said, adding that while he had felt good about the turnout, he did not know how overwhelming the support would be.

     “Everyone has been so positive these past four years about what we have been doing; we are all excited to get back to work for another four years,” Goins said, adding that he was “thankful and blessed.”
     Amanda Sammons ousted incumbent Joe Ayers for Sessions Court Judge in a fairly close race with a total of 3,698 votes. Ayers received 3,296. Challenger Kathy Parrott had a showing of 2,495 votes.

      Sammons said she felt excited and was still in shock over winning.  She said she wanted to thank the voters who put her in office.  “Thank you so much for entrusting me with your vote and your support,” Sammons said, adding that she looked forward to taking office and getting started.

     In Campbell County, Jared Effler is receiving more votes for the district attorney general’s office with 4,189 votes over Lori Phillips-Jones who had 3,992. Effler was declared the winner not long before midnight Thursday.

     In Campbell County, Leif Jeffers received 4,552 for the public defender’s office while Mark Eric Blakely garnered 3,612. Jeffers also won the other counties in the district to become the new public defender.

    In the Chancellor race, Elizabeth Asbury won with 6,743 votes to Andy Tillman’s 2,507 here and was victorious overall to earn the right to be the next chanellor.  Dormas Miller won the Register of Deeds office with 5,288, while Beverly Hall had 2,782 and Danny E. Wilson had 297.1

     The new county clerk is Alene Baird with 3,262. Lynn Letner received 703, while Todd Nance had 2,948 and incumbent Debbie Wilson had 2,721.

     First District County commissioners are N. Marie Ayers who received 677, while Whit Goins received 721 and Robert Higginbotham received 675.

     Second District County commissioners are Dewayne “Mailman” Kitts with 1,039, Cliff Kohlymeyer with 641 and Lonnie Weldon with 696.

      Kitts said he wanted to thank the voters for everything.

      “Well it’s an honor to win; I want to thank the voters.  The people in the district really showed me their support,” Kitts said, saying he sensed the people in his district wanted a change.

     “I made a lot of friends in the second district; really honored and thankful for everyone who voted. I am going to be a committed commissioner and do what I can for the people,” Kitts said, adding that he never thought he would be doing this.

     “I want to make a positive influence on the community and I invite the public to come and sit down with me if they need to talk,” Kitts said.

     County commission third district winners are Cliff Jennings with 627, Rusty Orick with 786 and Scott Stanfield with 886. 

     Fourth district county commissioners for the fourth district are Charles Goat Baird with 1,028, Johnny Coach Bruce with 1,098 and Sue Nance with 1,075,

     County commission fifth district representatives are Forster Baird with 709, Ralph Davis with 840 and Carl B. Douglas with 714.

     School board first district member is Wallace Goins with 1,289 against Rector Miller’s 666.

     Second district school board saw Sharon Ridenour win with 815 against Randy Comer’s 764.

     Third district school board member is Faye Heatherly who won a close race with 797 votes against Scott Hill’s 774 and Virgil Kidwell’s 185.

     In the school board district four, Clint Bane won with 748 against Tim Woods with 526 and Eugene Lawson’s 682.

     School Board District five saw Crystal Creekmore winning with 586 while Elsie Bates Crawford garnered 505, Johnny Creekmore had 402 and Ned Smiddy received 346.

     Congress third district sees Weston Wamp beat Chuck Fleischmann in the third district congressman race with 2464 against Wamp’s 2357 in Campbell County.  Fleischmann was eventually able to win and keep his seat in Congress.  (08/08/2014 - 2:30 AM)

Finals ‘14 – The 2014 Election Returns from WLAF is presented by:

Attorney Greg Leach of Sexton, Sexton, & Leach Attorneys 423.569.8341

Ron's Golf Carts & La Follette Indoor Flea Market - behind Long John Silvers

American Cable in the Woodson Mall-Food City Center is your home for DISH

Since 1961, Litho-Craft Printing & Office Supplies on West Beech Street

Zach Sheets with Edward Jones Investments 423.566.4010

First National Bank 423.566.1624 - next to Subway on the four-lane

Terry's Pharmacy of La Follette & Jacksboro - walk-in, drive-up, or we'll deliver

Beacon Finance "where pigs fly" on North Tennessee Avenue

State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith in the Fleet Building in La Follette

Attorney David H. Dunaway 423.562.7085

Holston Gases - Jacksboro - 423.562.7596

The Gray Insurance Agency where "Nationwide is on your side"

Community Trust Bank, building communities built on trust

David Bales Buick GMC - locally owned & operated by the same family since 1966

Wender Furniture Company in La Follette is home of the Big Green Egg

Since 1933.  Our name means a great deal.  Bowman Jewelers at Traffic Light 8.

Dave's Lawn Mower Parts - behind Scottie's at Caryville

PCUD - Powell-Clinch Utility District.  Natural.  Propane.

American Trust Bank.  Thanks for 10-great years.

La Follette Glass...  "Auto-Commercial-Residential"

FM is now a part of the WLAF media platforms 

     Who would have thought that WLAF would have a television station before it was able to secure an FM signal?  But that’s how it’s played out.  WLAF signed on as an AM radio station in 1953, added WLAF-TV 12 in 1990, and, as of this morning, now has an FM signal.  It is FM 100.9.  The new FM is a simulcast of 1450 WLAF.  The website, www.1450wlaf.com, is also one of the WLAF’s mediums.(08/07/2014-6:00 AM)

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2014 Campbell Football Schedule

August 14 or 15                       Jamboree                      A

August  22                              Cumberland Gap            A  W  54 - 7

August 29                               Lynn Camp                  H  W  64 - 0

September 5                          Central *                      H  W  35 - 27

September  12                         Anderson County*          A  L  35 - 14

September 18                          Clinton*                         A

September 26                          Halls*(HC)                     H

October 3                                Oak Ridge*                    A

October 10                             Gibbs*                          H

October 17                              Open Date                    - -

October 24                              Karns*                          A

October 31                             Powell*(SN)                 H                           

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