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Ten members of the
Caryville Volunteer Fire Department spent their Thursday evening
sharpening their extraction skills on a wrecked Caryville Police car.
The story is further down this page. (PHOTOS COURTESY OF FIRE
CHIEF EDDIE HATMAKER)
LPD asks for help in missing person search
Man’s been missing for a couple of weeks
Chief Bill Roehl and the La Follette Police
Department are asking for any information that will lead to the safe
finding of 41-year old Bill Adkins.
Adkins was last seen in La Follette between
the days of May 14 and 16 near the area of North 19th Street. It’s believed
Adkins may have been camping in that area. Adkins has a tear drop
tattoo below his right eye and is unable to use his right arm that is
paralyzed. Family members tell LPD that he usually keeps his right hand
tucked inside his pants pocket.
If anyone has seen anyone matching Adkins’ to
please contact the La Follette Police Department at 423-562-8331.
Cougar tryouts are
9:30 AM at B-A Field
Coach Chris Mayes is looking for a few more Cougar Baseball players.
The coach tells WLAF that his CCHS Cougar Baseball tryouts are Tuesday,
at 9:30 AM at Brown-Archer Field. (05/28/2016-3PM)
Time to save on Cooper Tires at B & M Tires at Indian Mound
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Bunny, you’re gonna miss
But not as much as we will
We all knew this day would eventually arrive; the
day Bunny McCullah retires from WLAF. It’s a bittersweet day today
here at the old radio station.
Bunny arrived, we didn’t know it at the time, when
we needed her most. Our local news coverage was all but nil.
WLAF’s brief newscasts on radio and television were not unique or
exclusive. The website offered no reason for anyone to connect to
Somehow. Someway. You served as the
nucleus of this place that was in sore need for not only a woman’s
touch, but someone who is so good with people; our staff, our clients,
and, above all, our listeners. You helped breathe life back into
The days when you were not here, for vacation or
sickness, we were always in a scramble to cover all the bases. We
did. But not as well as you did.
But, here we are, a tad more than five-years later,
and you’re leaving. And a “thank you” pales in comparison to all
you’ve done for me and everyone here as you helped elevate WLAF into a
more respectable organization.
We all knew this day would eventually arrive; the day Bunny
McCullah retires from WLAF.
You're gonna' miss this
You're gonna' want this back
You're gonna' wish these days
Hadn't gone by so fast
These are some good times
So take a good look around
You may not know it now
But you're gonna' miss this (these are a few of the lyrics from a song
written by Ashley Gorley and Lee Thomas Miller)
Bunny, you’re not the best at answering the phone.
You’re not the best at greeting a listener or client. You’re not
the best at chasing a story. You are just the best at all of this.
And we’re gonna miss this. (05/27/2016-6AM)
opinions over budget cause tension at workshop
Heatherly walks out of Caryville meeting
By PETER SAWYER
CARYVILLE—Thursday’s budget workshop ended abruptly
when Alderwoman Vickie Heatherly walked out in the middle of a verbal
exchange with Mayor Chris Stanley.
Tensions had risen as members of the board were
divided over how to implement raises in the upcoming fiscal year.
proposed giving every employee a 50 Cent raise—except for the department
heads. Every department head, except Police Chief Brian Keaton, would
receive a $1,040 bonus in lieu of a raise. This is because these
department heads have each reached their “top out”—a wage limit the town
imposed two years ago.
said Keaton should receive a $1 raise because when he was hired he was
told he would be paid $19 an hour, and is currently making $18 hourly.
Alderman Eric Smith and Heatherly advocated
removing the top outs, arguing they were unfair to those who had reached
them. Smith also said the employees—except for the police
department—should be given a 3 percent raise. He said Keaton should be
allowed to implement his own pay scale as a basis for assigning raises
within the police department.
voiced concern over the impact Smith’s proposal would have on the
general fund. He also said a raise based on a percentage was unfair to
employees making less money. Stanley
said he was willing to compromise and eliminate the top outs, but wanted
to implement 50 Cent raises across the board, instead of 3 percent
also questioned Keaton’s proposal, which included hiring new employees
who have more experience at a higher starting wage than those with less
Heatherly began to
question Stanley about Russell Mills, who works at
She said Mills was hired at $11 an hour on the basis of his experience,
and in order to be consistent he should have been hired at a lower wage.
Stanley said Mills
had worked for Caryville before and when he was hired back he was given
the salary he had before he left. Heatherly said that it wasn’t fair to
sanitation workers who are working on the garbage truck that Mills is
making $11 an hour working on a ball field. She asked Stanley
to work on a garbage truck. Stanley
said he would perform better than Heatherly working on a garbage truck.
Heatherly stood up and
she didn’t appreciate the way he has treated her for the past four
years, and she left.
The board had received a $65 per ton bid for a
paving project that requires 6,200 tons of asphalt. The board discussed
how to finance this $407,500 paving project.
While a representative
from First Volunteer Bank told City Recorder Pat Donahue Caryville could
receive a loan at 3 percent interest,
encouraged the board not to take out a large loan.
The board discussed taking out a $300,000 loan to
pay for the majority of the project. The general fund would be used to
pay for $25,000, and the remaining $82,500 would come from the State
Street Aid Fund.
Garbage Truck and Police Car
The board discussed financing a garbage truck and
police car with a loan at a 2.4 interest rate. The monthly payment would
be $1,778. The aldermen are anticipating paying off a loan that was
taken out to finance lights at the interstate. This would eliminate a
$1,600 monthly expense. The board had hoped the payment would be the
Smith proposed raising the garbage fee back to $12.
He said it would increase the town’s revenue stream by $3,600 a month.
“I’m not for putting
the garbage fee back on,”
talked about potentially hiring an outside contractor to collect the
He said the town might be able to negotiate a
better price, the sanitation department wouldn’t have to worry about the
maintenance of a garbage truck and would be free to pursue other tasks,
and that some of the jobs within the sanitation department could be
eliminated—Stanley specifically mentioned not hiring somebody to replace
a worker who is about to retire.
Public Works Department Head David Muse said the
Department has a lot of work and can’t afford to make cuts to the staff.
said the department would have more time if the workers did not have to
The board discussed
budgeting $193,000 from the general fund—which contains $319,000 of
useable money. These expenses include $25,000 for paving streets,
$55,000 to pay of a loan that financed lights at the interstate, $70,000
for two ball fields at Asbury Park,
and $30,000 for an Early Warning System. The allocations leave $126,000
in the general fund. However, no raises were decided upon.
Prominent names among
the 11 in the running for chamber director
Deadline to apply is Tuesday
The Campbell County
Chamber of Commerce flourished under the leadership of John Branam.
But he returns to his roots, banking, next month. So for the
second time, in less than a month, the chamber is searching for a new
director. Earlier in May, retired pilot Lynn Prater accepted the
post on an interim basis, and then decided days later that it wasn’t his
cup of tea. One official with the chamber tells WLAF that 11 names
are in the running this time around; including a well known politician.
However, WLAF has not been given the liberty of releasing any of the
CLICK HERE to see the job description for the
directorship of the chamber. (05/27/2016-6AM)
Last night, Indian River Marina played host
for the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce’s monthly “Chamber After
Hours.” Katie Goins (center) catered the event. Campbell County Director
of Tourism and Retirement Cindi Reynolds (right) along with Jay
Willoughby, chamber member (left) were among those who enjoyed the
evening. The next “Chamber After Hours” will be June 23 at the La
Follette Country Club. It will be hosted by Camelot Care, Inc.
(Photo by Jackson Sharp)
One of the busiest times of the year for
is out. Traffic is up. First holiday of the season.
Troopers with the
Tennessee Highway Patrol will be out in full force this Memorial Holiday
weekend. THP Lieutenant and CCHS alum Don Boshears encourages you
to make sure you’re practicing safe driving habits this weekend and
“every time” you get behind the wheel. He tells WLAF that when
troopers talk about traffic crashes, fatalities, and injuries, they
usually stem from four different types of driving behavior. The
lieutenant describes the behavior as speed or recklessness, impairment,
of course, distractions, and seat belt usage. Lt. Bo wants you to
enjoy your holiday and enjoy your summer, but he wants you to do it
Follette Medical Center
Honored at Nurse Excellence Awards
Recently 47 registered
nurses from Tennova Healthcare were honored. Among those
professionals were five from the La Follette Medical Center (LMC).
They were recognized at the 2016 Nurse Excellence Awards Dinner at the
earlier this month during National Nurses Week.
Representing LMC are
Shawna Chaney, RN, Infusion Center,
Tammy Gambrel, RN, Medical/Surgical Unit, Sharron Harrison, RN, Senior
Behavioral Health Unit, Roger Mason, RN, Emergency Department, and
Elaine Rogers, RN LaFollette Health & Rehabilitation Center.
Tennova La Follette Medical Center CEO Mark Cain
says, “These five nurses embody what all healthcare workers hope to be.
They were selfless and committed to their patients. We all hope we can
live up to their standards.”
The Nurse Excellence Award is given annually to
nurses who epitomize the profession and serve as role models for nurses
everywhere. The event was sponsored by the Regional Cooperative
for Professional Nurses. (05/27/2016-6AM)
Morgan bound over on
By Susan Sharp
A man arrested last
week when police raided a trailer on North 5th Street
in LaFollette, has seen his charges bound over to the grand jury.
William Riley Morgan, 43, drew the attention of the
Campbell County Sheriff’s Department when he entered the downtown
LaFollette home with a bag slung over his shoulder. The home had been
under surveillance by the CCSD due to the high number of visitors the
residence received in the course of a day, the report said.
When CCSD Sgt. Darrell Mongar and Deputy Josh Vann
went to the home, their unannounced visit prompted speechlessness and
then chaos. As Mongar asked the female that opened the door why the area
had been so busy, she “just stood there with her mouth open and didn’t
say anything,” his report said. Meanwhile, inside the trailer, Mongar
allegedly saw several people, along with burnt spoons and syringes just
feet from the door.
He also saw Morgan holding a plastic container,
which he promptly attempted to hide. Inside was what the police believed
to be crystal meth, the report said.
As Morgan was interviewed by Det. Josh Carroll, he
allegedly conceded the bag he carried into the trailer was loaded with
meth that he hoped to sell. As police searched the home, Morgan
attempted to ingest some of his goods, however, the CCSD stopped him
before he could swallow the cocktail of Xanax, oxycodes and hydrocodones,
according to the report. At this point, officers asked Morgan, for the
second time, if he any further narcotics on him. He said no.
Yet, when he arrived at the jail, a “small, blue
container fell from his boxer shorts,” the report said.
“I forgot about that,” was Morgan’s reaction.
Inside the container was 24 lorazepam, eight, clonazepam and half of a
Morgan was charged with four counts of drug
possession, destruction of evidence and introduction of contraband into
a penal facility.
At his hearing yesterday, he was bound over to the
grand jury. If he is indicted, Morgan’s case will move to criminal
court. (5/27/16 6AM)
Jones arrested for DUI
A Caryville woman was arrested last week when her
driving captured the attention of police, but, it wasn’t because she was
In fact, it was the opposite.
The Campbell County Sheriff’s Department was
notified that a silver Volkswagen was causing traffic issues last week
on Highway 63. When they found the vehicle, Virginia Jones, 67, had a
string of traffic behind her because she was allegedly traveling 10
miles per hour in a 55 per hour zone, the arrest report said.
Police used their emergency lights in an attempt to
stop Jones. It didn’t work.
CCSD Deputy Cody Chapman had to pull in front of
Jones in order to stop her, the report said.
When CCSD Deputy Franklin Ayers began talking to
Jones, he said the smell of alcohol coming from her was “strong.” Jones
didn’t deny drinking, telling the police she had “a lot” to drink before
taking the wheel, the report said. Adding to this, she allegedly
admitted to taking two Xanax and two oxycodones as well.
And despite her impaired condition, Jones agreed to
take the field sobriety tests. However, she “fell into traffic” as she
got out the car forcing Chapman to catch her, the report said.
Jones failed all of the sobriety tests.
She was charged with DUI, impeding the flow of
traffic, violation of the implied consent law and failure to exercise
due care. (5/27/16 6AM)
cuts up car for practice
Sharpening extraction skills
most traveled interstate coming right through Caryville, first
responders must be on their game. Because they never know just what
type accident and/or challenge is on the horizon.
This is the second year the CVFD
has had the extraction tools.
All the more reason why
10 members of the Caryville Volunteer Fire Department spent their
Thursday evening sharpening their extraction skills on a wrecked
Caryville Police car. Two members, who just returned from a two day
training in Sevierville, taught the other members lots of the newer
extraction techniques. This is the second year the CVFD has had
the extraction tools. (05/27/2016-6AM)
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Graham honored by State of Tennessee
Representative Powers presents proclamation
State Representative Dennis Powers presented retiring WLAF Sports
Director David Graham this morning, live on WLAF, with a proclamation
from the State of Tennessee. May 26, 2016, is officially
“David Graham Day” in Tennessee. Thanks, Dennis.
Congratulations, David. (05/26/2016-9AM)
Time to check the early warning system
Jacksboro system check is June 4
It’s the time of year to check the early warning system for the Town of Jacksboro. Fire Chief Jason Shetterly
explains to WLAF that the test is scheduled for Saturday, June 4, at
noon. One long blast will be aired from the system which is
located on a pole in front of Jacksboro
18-horn system sits atop this pole at the entrance to Jacksboro Middle School.
The chief says the town’s had this system
for four years and tests it each spring. However, it was a stormy
day the day of the 2015 test so the test was scrapped, because Shetterly
was afraid it might have people thinking that there was a tornado
warning when there wasn’t.
The Town of
Early Warning System was installed about four years ago.
It broadcasts a siren sound and is used for
severe weather, haz mat, and alerts for other dangers. Shetterly
reminds you that when the early warning system sounds, aside from next
week’s test, that you should stay indoors, take cover, and tune to WLAF,
or another media outlet, for further instructions. He says that in
the event of a haz mat situation, police and firemen will also go
door-to-door to instruct you what to do. (05/26/2016-6AM)
arrested. Troutman turns himself in.
Local attorneys facing charges
WLAF’s Susan Sharp broke this story months
ago. And we knew then that it would just be a matter of time
before more action would be taken against local attorneys Wes Hatmaker
and Mark Troutman. Wednesday was that day.
An investigation by Special Agents
with the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has resulted in the Wednesday
arrest of Hatmaker after being indicted on multiple counts of theft.
was the longtime city judge for the City of
At the request of 8th District
Attorney General Jared Effler, on December 28, 2015, TBI Special Agents
began investigating complaints of theft against Campbell County
attorney Wesley Lynn Hatmaker. During the course of the investigation,
Agents developed information that from April 2009 through November 2015,
Hatmaker stole more than $250,000 in funds from the trust account for
his clients. The investigation determined that Hatmaker never returned
the money to the estates or the victims, and instead used the money for
his personal use.
Wednesday, the Campbell County Grand Jury returned indictments charging
Hatmaker with one count of Theft over $250,000, four counts of Theft
over $60,000, and two counts of Theft over $10,000. On Wednesday
evening, Hatmaker, 50, was arrested and booked into the Campbell County
Jail. He was released after posting a $150,000 bond. Hatmaker’s law
license is currently suspended.
Hatmaker was the
longtime city judge for the City of La Follette.
Mark Troutman is a third generation
Special Agents from the Tennessee Bureau of
Investigation obtained indictments Wednesday for Troutman who is accused
of taking money from a trust account intended for his clients for his
At the request of 8th District
Attorney General Jared Effler, TBI Agents began investigating Conrad
Mark Troutman on January 25th. During the course of the
investigation, Agents developed information that on several occasions
between 2014 and 2016, Troutman unlawfully spent funds held in a trust
account for his clients without their consent or knowledge. The
investigation further revealed Troutman did not return the funds,
concealed their use, and utilized additional client funds to replace
previously used funds.
Wednesday, the Campbell County Grand Jury
returned indictments, charging the 57-year-old with one count of Theft
over $250,000, two counts of Theft over $60,000, and one count of Theft
over $10,000. Wednesday night, Troutman turned himself into the Campbell County
Jail, from which he was released after posting $50,000 bond. Troutman’s
law license is currently suspended.
Troutman is a third generation attorney.
(05/26/2016-6AM-PHOTS COURTESY OF THE TBI)
indicts Good on 32 sex related charges
On Wednesday, the Campbell County Grand Jury
indicted the following people:
-Norman C. Good- 32 counts of aggravated sexual
battery, three counts attempted aggravated sexual battery, two counts
solicitation of a minor, two counts rape of a child, attempted rape of a
-Christi N. Wilson -tampering with evidence,
possession of drug paraphernalia
-Denis K. Ezekiel - DUI
-Anthony M. Bowman- driving on revoked license
-Anthony M. Bowman and Michael D. Curtis -theft
over $10,000, two counts of burglary, theft under $500, driving on
revoked (Bowman only)
-Donnie R. Ledford –two counts theft over $10,000,
evading arrest, two counts of reckless endangerment, three counts of
vandalism over $1,000
-George R. Long - possession of
methamphetamine over .5 grams with intent to sell, possession of
methamphetamine over .5 grams with intent to deliver, possession of drug
paraphernalia, simple possession of a schedule II controlled substance,
simple possession of a schedule IV controlled substance
-David J. Baird- theft over $10,000, aggravated
-Jorl S. Seiber – four counts of aggravated
assault, two counts of assault
-Barry N. Ray- DUI, simple possession of a schedule
VI controlled substance, violation of the financial responsibility law,
registration violation and violation of the implied consent law.
Police Department celebrates 30-years of seat belt enforcement
Chief Roehl says there’s no good excuse for not
The La Follette Police Department is partnering
with the Tennessee Highway Safety Office to increase seat belt
enforcement from now to June 5, surrounding of one of the busiest travel
weekends of the year.
“Many family members of those killed in unrestrained crashes wish their
loved ones were wearing a seat belt when that crash occurred,” said
Chief Bill Roehl. “If our enforcement efforts help both driver and
occupant realize the need to buckle up, then we’ve done our job.
Certainly, there is no good excuse for not wearing a seat belt. The
bottom line is that seat belts save lives.”
celebrates its 30 year anniversary of seat belt legislation. The state
first enacted a mandatory seat belt law in 1986. The law was updated in
2004 to make seat belt violations a primary offense. In 2015, the law
was again updated to more than double the fine for seat belt citations.
current seat belt use rate is 86.2 percent. This classifies
as a “low use” state on a national level. According to the Department of
Safety and Homeland Security, 343 individuals killed in traffic crashes
last year were not wearing a seat belt. This group makes up over
forty-eight percent of all those killed in passenger vehicles.
“We are putting an emphasis on nighttime seat belt enforcement,” said
Tennessee Highway Safety Office Interim Director Jason Ivey. “The
problem of unbelted vehicle occupants becomes worse at night.
Nationally, 59 percent of vehicle occupants who were killed in traffic
crashes overnight in 2013 were not wearing their seat belts at the time
of the crash, compared to 43 percent during daytime hours. We are
observing a similar trend at the statewide level. Looking at the last
five years of data, there are significant differences in restraint use
at night versus during the day.”
information on seat belt safety, visit
Flotilla is ready for the boating season
Thirteen dates over 12-weeks are set
The United States Coast
Guard Auxillary Flotilla on Norris
Lake enters its 7th boating
season here in
Ron Boneau, one of 17 active members, tells WLAF that the Norris Lake
Flotilla (NLF) conducts public education on boating safety, offers free
vessel safety checks for recreational boats, and on the water support.
NLF members are trained in boating safety, navigation, communications as
well as search and rescue missions.
Free vessel safety checks is one of the
services performed by the NLF
Boat owners are invited to
bring their boat to any of the following locations for a free vessel
safety check. The first Norris Lake 2016 vessel safety check is at
Deerfield Marina on Friday, June 3 from 3 PM until 6 PM. The other
12 safety checks are scheduled for Saturdays from 10:30 AM until 2 PM.
They are June 4-Whitman Hollow Marina, June 11-Shanghai
Marina, June 18-Flat Hollow Marina, and June
25-Twin Cove Marina. July vessel safety checks are the 9th-Powell
Valley Marina, July 16-Indian River
Marina, July 23-Springs Dock and Marina,
and July 30-Sequoyah
Four safety checks are in August beginning with August 6-Stardust
Marina, August 13-Sugar Hollow Marina, August 20-Norris Dam Marina, and
August 27-Waterside Marina.
If you are interested in
becoming a member of the Norris Lake Flotilla, simply attend the monthly
meeting. It’s the fourth Tuesday of each month at 6 PM at
in La Follette. You can serve as little or as much as you can.
Four fatal boating
accidents already this spring
Numbers don’t lie; life jackets save lives.
Entering the Memorial Day weekend, TWRA officers
have already investigated four fatal boating accidents. A TWRA
official points out that in each case properly worn life jackets would have
likely made a difference.
Every year, the United States Coast Guard publishes
its annual boating accident statistics, and while the numbers may
slightly deviate from year-to-year, two trends remain the same, 75% or
more of boating accident victims drown and of them, 85% are not wearing
a life jacket.
Monday afternoon on
23-year old James Bradley Campbell of Talbott, who was not wearing a
life jacket, overturned his kayak and went overboard.
body was recovered later that evening.
It was two weeks ago on Douglas Lake when 70-year
old Richard Rolen of Dandridge fell overboard while fishing and drowned.
TWRA officials note that Rolen as wearing a partially inflated personal
floatation device. However, it appeared that the jacket was not
properly buckled at the time of the accident.
In two other incidents, 36-year-old Jeremy Cross is
still missing after his kayak overturned on Percy Priest Lake in early
April, and about a week ago, the body of 33-year-old Adam Vongsa was
recovered after his boat capsized in the Cumberland River below Cheatham
“When we say that the numbers don’t lie,” says TWRA
Public Information Officer Matthew Cameron, “What we mean is that
properly worn life jackets greatly increase your chances of survival
while boating.” “Our message to boaters and anglers has always been to
wear a life jacket, they are nearly always the difference between life
and death on the water.” (05/25/2016-6AM)
Lights, camera, action!
LUB crews install lights at White Bridge Park
WLAF's Charlie Hutson was there yesterday
North Tennessee Avenue
to be closed on Friday nights
To allow more room for Katie’s concerts
No doubt. Katie’s Restaurant is the Friday
night hotspot around here. But they’re running out of room inside
for Katie’s concerts. So. They’re moving outside on Friday
La Follette City
Administrator Jimmy Jeffries tells WLAF that the city plans to close
down a section of
North Tennessee Avenue
on Friday nights to accommodate the large crowds. He says the
street will close down from Shelby’s
Alley to Mill Street
beginning at 5:30 PM and remain closed until 9:00 or 10:00 PM.
North Tennessee Avenue
is closed on Friday nights now to accommodate Katie’s huge crowds
Proprietor Katie Goins is excited about the idea.
Goins says that it’s gotten so big that going outside was about the only
Katie’s cookin’ and her house band’s pickin’ are
quite a draw. She rattles off the names of the band members with
pride; Wayne Kitts, Greg Marlow, Donnie Poston, Keith Ellison, Ronnie
Henderson, Gene Stephens, and Ronnie Lee. Goins does say that the
mic is always open to anyone else who would like to belt out a gospel
It’s planned that the house band will play on the
sidewalk, under the over hang, in front of Katie’s. Tables and
chairs will be set up out in the street as well as inside.
Goins says they’ve not
closed down on some Friday nights until 11 PM. Reason enough
Katie’s place is the Friday night hotspot. (05/25/2016-6AM)
CACC features summer
Starts next Wednesday
There won’t be any down
time this summer at the
CACC’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) is set to start one-week from
today. SEP Coordinator Autumn Longmire expresses excitement about
the beginning of the journey and believes that everyone will benefit
from the program, including parent volunteers.
Longmire explains that the SEP features a full-day
program running from 7 AM until 6 PM and includes breakfast, lunch,
snacks, and art entertainment products with the cost of the program.
Aside from the one-time registration fee, the program costs $20 a day or
$100 a week for one child. Families enrolling more than one child
receive a discount after that first child.
SEP is staffed with CACC teachers along with parent
and community volunteers.
For more information,
or call CACC at 423.566.5294. (05/25/2016-6AM)
Wilson Gas carries on
First holiday since founder’s death
worn blue jean jacket still hangs over his chair. His business
cards, the Shrine donation box, and Shriner’s newspapers still sit on
the counter. It’s like he’s still there. And in Lance
Wilson’s heart. He still is.
worn blue jean jacket still hangs over his chair.
Young Wilson is charged with carrying on Digger’s
legacy of long visits, friendly service, and low prices. And so
far, he’s doing just fine.
But it just won’t be
the same this weekend. For years, Digger was the man on the dock
at Wilson Gas filling propane tanks for folks heading to grill out at
home or on the lake all the while spinning a yarn while he had an
audience. Now days, Wilson’s
dear friend, Lance Wilson, stands on what was Digger’s stage stepping up
to carry on Digger’s legacy. Young Wilson tells WLAF that if he
had a second father, Digger was it, and that he’s proud to keep Wilson
won’t be the same at Wilson Gas this Memorial Holiday weekend, but this
weekend Lance Wilson’s ready to carry on Digger’s legacy and start
building one of his own.
This weekend marks the
first holiday since the passing of Vaughn “Digger” Wilson.
The longtime owner of Wilson Gas passed away back in the winter, but
Lance Wilson says that business is good, and he’s been able to meet a
lot of people.
Lance Wilson is a 2005 graduate of Campbell
County High School
It still stings, he says, when those who don’t know
ask, “Where’s Digger?” And he has to tell them that he’s gone on.
Wilson says Wilson Gas will be open, as usual on Saturday from 8 AM
until noon, and in Digger’s tradition, he’ll be open on Monday, Memorial
Day, from 8 AM until noon. Wilson Gas is on Ridenour Lane,
as Digger would say, 500-yards behind the Peoples Bank Mall Branch.
Sure, things won’t be the same at Wilson Gas this
Memorial Holiday weekend, but this weekend Lance Wilson’s ready to carry
on Digger’s legacy and start building one of his own.
It’s an LA Cruizers Cruze-In weekend
Will gather at Hardee’s
Memorial Day Weekend also
includes an LA Cruizers Cruze-In. Saturday evening from 6 PM to 9
PM, the Cruizers will gather at Hardee’s on the four-lane in La
Farmers Market set to reopen Saturday
8AM – 2PM at Tractor Supply
The Campbell County
Farmers Market plans to be open Saturday at Tractor Supply. That’s
from 8 AM until 2 PM in La Follette. Organizers with the CCFM
anticipated storms for last Saturday and, as a result, did not open.
“On your mark, get set, READ” starts June 3
Registration is under way
As school winds down this week, the La Follette Public Library is
ramping up for summer. Registration for the summer reading program
is now going on. “On your mark, get set, READ” begins Friday, June
3, 10 AM. This year’s event promises to be a fun filled adeventure
for all the young readers with programs, entertainment, prizes, and, of
course, reading. You can register your youngster at the library on
Street or call 423.562.5154.
Editorial release from Representative Powers
Regards DOJ and Obama bathroom letter
Last week, President
Obama and the United States Department of Justice issued an "order" to
every public school district in
Make your bathrooms, locker rooms, and showers open to both boys and
girls so that no student feels pressured to choose a specific stall or
The order was released under the guise of ensuring
that "transgender students can attend school in an environment free from
discrimination based on sex."
The President’s directive is more threat than
order, since he has neither constitutional nor legislative authority to
issue such a decree. However, this has not stopped him from threatening
to withhold federal money from school districts that choose not comply
with the restroom demand.
While similar edicts have been issued throughout
the last eight years of his disastrous administration, this new ruling
certainly represents a fresh example of the President’s determination to
make up laws to fit his leftist agenda, whether he has the authority to
do so or not.
Let me be clear: I
wholeheartedly oppose this mandate and will do everything in my power to
schools are free to continue with their current policies of protecting
the privacy of our male and female students without fear of
repercussions from our federal government.
Instead of disputing
over how to properly accommodate one-tenth of one percent of the United
States population that identify as "transgender,” the Obama
Administration should instead focus its attention on those things that
really matter — improving the economy, drug addiction, cutting taxes,
protecting our borders, supporting our military, upholding our 2nd
Amendment and correcting the debacle that is ObamaCare.
Josh Earnest, the White House spokesperson, says
President Obama is only offering “practical, tangible, real-world
suggestions to school administrators who have to deal with this issue.”
The challenge for the President, he says, “is not to isolate anyone."
However, the real issue here is not about isolation
— no, the real issue at stake during this debate is about the
heavy-handed and overreaching power of the federal government in
interfering with the rights of states to use common sense in deciding
their own local policies.
While Presidents were
once focused on statesmanship, expanding job opportunities, and
influence around the globe, our current President has instead reduced
the job to nothing more than petty in-fighting in an attempt to advance
his overly liberal political agenda.
As your Representative
in the General Assembly and as Vice-Chairman of the House Republican
Caucus in Nashville,
please know that we stand for reason, common sense, and with the vast
majority of Tennesseans who agree this order is a clear violation of the
We all believe schools should provide a safe and
non-discriminatory environment for all students. However, infringing on
the rights of our youth and parents in a manner that supersedes their
right to privacy, parenting, and development expresses a blatant abuse
of the power of the executive branch.
In the words of Chief Justice John Roberts, "States
are sovereign, sometimes they just need to act like it."
We believe now is that time. (05/24/2016-6AM)
WLAF welcomes your comments to email@example.com
State Champion is a JMS Lady Eagle
stands atop the victory podium at APSU. The second place and third
place finishers are to
left and right respectfully. (PHOTO COURTESY OF PAT
championship goes to a
Madison Brady takes here place on the victory
It’s a championship
that will stand the test of time. Madison Brady, Lady Eagle 8th
Jacksboro Middle School,
won a state championship over the weekend. But it was not only a
championship, it was the first-ever for a JMS Track and Field student-athlete
‘and’ for the TMSAA. Brady’s medal comes at the inaugural TMSAA
Track & Field State Championships on Saturday at Governors Stadium on
the campus of
claimed the state shot put crown
with a throw of 36’ 3”. The impressive Lady
Eagle finished 4th
in the discus with a throw of 84’ 7”. (05/24/2016-6AM)
set for June 4th
Seized & surplus items for the Sheriff’s Department
Here’s your chance to get a glimpse of some of what will be on the
auction block on Saturday, June 4, at 10 AM.
CLICK HERE to see a partial list of the auction items. From
campers to cars to pick-up trucks to guns (and more), the selection is
wide. The annual auction will be at the Ball
a half-mile east of the Food Lion in east La Follette on the Stiner Highway.
Auction conducted by Billy Ball Auction Company - Firm License:
#5266 and TN License: #5127. (05/23/2016-11AM)
A fire destroys a
Campbell County home this morning
Everyone made it out safely
Officials tell WLAF News that a morning grease fire on a stove led to a
house fire. The Snyder family home in the 600 block of Catoola Road
burned this morning destroying almost the entire home. It began
while breakfast was being cooked. A mother and her two children
made it out of the house safely. Dispatch with E-911 tells WLAF
that the fire at the home at Duff was called in at 10:19 AM today.
200 block of
CCSD raids La Follette drug house Friday afternoon
Sergeant Darrell Mongar’s surprise knock on the door caught one drug
dealer in the act. Mongar tells WLAF News that 43-year old William
Riley Morgan of La Follette confessed that he’s the one who brought
213 North 5th
Street to sell.
Mongar says crystal meth was being cut when
the door to the home opened.
For more than a month,
the brown mobile home on the hill on North 5th
has been abuzz with activity. Traffic has been steady at the
rental home all hours of the day as patrons have walked there, driven in
in $50,000 pick-ups, and even ridden bicycles.
Some of what was found in the raid.
The sergeant led a team of officers that discovered
meth, pills, countless syringes, spoons, and more. He says there
were eight people in the home including one woman who was passed out,
believed to be from heroin, in the back bedroom.
43-year old William Riley Morgan of
La Follette confessed that he’s the one who brought drugs to
213 North 5th
Street to sell.
(PHOTO COURTESY OF THE CAMPBELL
COUNTY SHERIFF'S DEPARTMENT)
CORRECTION: Morgan, who lists his
address as 1110 Back Valley Road
(an official with the CCSD asked us to correct
Morgan's address and list him as homeless),
remains in the county jail this morning without a bond. He faces
multiple charges including possession of crystal meth-crystal meth with
intent-oxycodone-hydrocodone-xanax-clonazepam-introduction of contraband
into a penal institution-tampering. This is Morgan’s 17th
booking into the county jail. (05/23/2016-6AM)
Work progressing at
former A&S building
Mayor Morton updates progress
By Susan Sharp
With excitement in his
voice, Campbell County Mayor EL Morton detailed an outline for what was
once known as the A&S Steel building at
The property has changed hands and is roaring back
to life already delivering jobs with a promise of more in the future.
County Mayor E.L. Morton discusses the progress at the former A & S
Steel building (PHOTO BY DAVID GRAHAM)
“We are literally raising the roof here to bring
this manufacturing corporation into the former A&S building,” he said
pointing to the construction underway. Steel beams are being placed to
make way for the Telos Company and its machines. This phase of the
project, the restructuring of the roof, has generated around 40 jobs,
according to Morton.
“On the heels of that,” he said will be another 60
jobs as preparations are made to strengthen the power grid for the
company that is in the automotive industry.
“And there are other additions beyond that,” Morton
Telos concentrates its
energies on “advanced manufacturing,” Morton said. He added that the
building location, near
along with the improved infrastructure
has were draws for the company based in Germany.
“It is good to see this kind of growth,” Morton
said. CLICK HERE TO SEE AND
HEAR MAYOR E.L. MORTON’S ENTIRE INTERVIEW WITH WLAF’S DAVDI GRAHAM (05/23/2016-6AM)
Public hearing for the
La Follette E-9-1-1 Communication District
Meeting scheduled for June
A public hearing will be held at 5:30 PM on Tuesday, June 14th.
The hearing will be held at the La Follette City Court Room located at
205 South Tennessee Avenue
in La Follette. The hearing will be in reference to the proposed
2016-2017 La Follette E-9-1-1 operating budget. The public is
invited to attend. (05/23/2016-6AM)
Driver threads needle
West End Marathon
has had more than its share of crashes
Around 5-AM Sunday morning
is when officials say the driver of this Ford Explorer drove back behind
the West End Marathon before hitting a small tank. Some how it
drove between two tanker trucks without a scratch.
(05/23/2016-6AM-PHOTO COURTESY OF CARYVILLE FIRE CHIEF EDDIE HATMAKER)
Class of 2016
“Start your engine and not let it stop”
It was quite an
impressive show of graduating seniors from
and the others who were in attendance at Saturday’s graduation.
Some 290 CCHS seniors received their diplomas on the stage at Tex Turner
Arena on the campus of
Eagle Scout, and now CCHS grad, Grant
Daughterty receives his diploma from Director of Schools Larry Nidiffer
artwork on top of her cap reads “Let the Journey begin.”
Senior Guidance Counselor Katherine Ayers
reads off the names of the 290 seniors who received diplomas Saturday at
Andrew Prim, among Saturday’s senior
speakers, singled out Coach Brian Miracle as a major influence on his
WLAF’s crew was
there, Theron Overbay (L) and Noah Smith, to capture the 40th
Just before the graduates were set to move their
tassels, Campbell County Director of Schools Larry Nidiffer offered some
brief closing comments. He told the graduates they’re starting a new
journey, and that we just want to celebrate your accomplishments and
achievements and that we just want to encourage you, because we have the
confidence that you can do anything that you want to do. Nidiffer
compared this moment to the start of a NASCAR race. He said, “You
need to start your engine today and not let it stop.” Nidiffer
then told the now CCHS alumni to move your tassel over. He
finished by saying “You have arrived!”
Many, of the now graduates of CCHS, tossed
their caps into the air inside Tex Turner Arena
From all of us here at WLAF, we say congratulations
to the CCHS Class of 2016.
See more photos from Todd Overbay by CLICKING HERE.
CLICK HERE TO WATCH THE
Watch Campbell County
High School graduation here
Televised live over WLAF-TV 12
Saturday 290 students
crossed the stage at Tex Turner Arena at
marking the end of their secondary education.
WATCH HERE the entire ceremony.
The 2016 graduation telecast is made possible by
these corporate partners: Litho-Craft Printing and Office Supplies,
First National Bank, La Follette Utilities Board, State Farm Agent
Tabatha Smith, Powell-Clinch Utility District, Walters Funeral Home,
Peoples Bank of the South, The Stand and Hope, Wender Furniture, the
City of La Follette, Robbins Guttering, Cross-Smith Funeral Home, United
Cumberland Bank, and Campbell County Mayor E.L. Morton. (05/23/2016-6AM)
Campbell County deputies & narcotics specialists make bust
in La Follette
Officers, in five cruisers, with the
Sheriff’s Department converged on a suspected drug house this afternoon
on North 5th
Street in La
Follette. The raid happened around 2 PM today with Sergeant
Darrell Mongar being the first member of the CCSD to arrive.
There’s been a constant flow of foot, car, truck, and even bicycle
traffic to and from the brown mobile home for more than a month.
The CCSD Narcotics Specialist and several other law enforcement members
are still on the scene. One officer tells WLAF that they’ll be
there a while. (05/20/2016-3PM)
can’t out run cops
Foot chase ends with suspect up under a car
It was an intense few minutes of scanner chatter just before 4 AM this
morning. One of the La Follette Police Officers microphones was
live when he ordered 27-year old Ryan Currier to come out from under a
car with his hands in the air. It all started when LPD Sergeant
Homer Herrell pulled over a gray 2008 Nissan on a traffic stop.
That’s when Herrell outlines that Currier, a passenger in the car,
exited the car from a rear passenger door and began running.
could not outrun police. He faces multiple charges. (PHOTO
COURTESY OF THE
Herrell followed Currier in his cruiser for a while and then took
out on foot chasing him. The chase was along Cherry and West Beech
Streets and then on over to
West Central Avenue
where it ended. Another officer found a black case, containing a
syringe, along the chase route. It was soon learned that Currier
of Hickory Hills in La Follette has two violations of probation in
Currier is being held in the county jail this afternoon on an $11,750
secure bond and a $1,503.50 cash bond. (05/20/2016-1PM)
BALANCE ACT: Caryville
Board looks at next year’s budget
BY PETER SAWYER
CARYVILLE—At a Budget Workshop, Caryville leaders
discussed how they plan to finance many of next year’s planned
expenditures—including the paving of a number of streets.
At a special called meeting in April, the board had
decided to advertise for bids based on the tonnage of asphalt required
to pave the roads. A bid for $65 a ton was received.
The paving project will cost $407,000. The board
discussed financing the project using a $300,000 loan and $107,000 from
the State Street Aid Fund and the General Fund.
The Town of Caryville
would be required to make monthly payments on the loan for eight years.
The payments would come from the State Street Aid Fund.
The State Street Aid Fund currently contains
$97,000. The State Street Aid Fund is also replenished on a monthly
basis, and is currently obtaining about $5,000 a month.
Certified Municipal Finance Officer Tammy Atkins
suggested the board allocate $50,000 to pay off the debt on the lights
at the Interstate. The town currently makes a $1,600 monthly payment for
this debt. Atkins suggested that once that debt is paid off, the town
could take out a loan at a lower interest rate to finance a sanitation
truck and a police car for the same amount each month—$1,600.
Early Warning System
The board discussed spending $27,000 to install a
system of sirens to serve as an early warning system in case of an
“Welcome to Caryville”
The board discussed
budgeting $6,000 to replace “Welcome to Caryville” signs on Highway 116
and Dog Creek Lane.
Beth Lawson discussed
budgeting $5,000 to pay someone to build a metal Christmas Tree Shaped
frame of lights—similar to the one placed in
place in Caryville. The intention is to have a tree lighting during the
Christmas season and possibly involve local churches.
Next Budget Workshop
The Caryville Board of Mayor and Aldermen will have
another budget workshop on Thursday, May 26 at 6:30 p.m.
shoot held for good cause
On Saturday morning, shooting enthusiasts will get
to test their skills while donating to a good cause.
The National Turkey Wildlife Federation (NWTF) is
hosting a turkey shoot fundraiser to generate funds for its annual meals
drive, Turkey Hunters Care.
Each year, the NWTF hosts the shoot where all
proceeds go to providing holiday meals for deserving families.
Registration for the
shoot, being held at the Ball
begins at 8:30 am. The competition starts at 9 am.
Using a shotgun at a distance of 40 yards, the
objective is to hit the center of a target. Each round costs $5 to
participate in with all money going to the food baskets.
The NWTF works with local churches to select the
families that receive the food baskets. Last year, enough money was
raised to assemble 125 baskets.
“There is enough food in there to feed a decent
sized family,” said Billy Ball, event organizer.
For more information about the shoot call
Rutherford’s rifle arm
on display in O & B Game
quarterback Zach Rutherford did not disappoint at last night’s
intra-squad spring football game. The
quarterback, who was injured in the season opener in 2015 and spent much
of the year rehabbing his knee, was clicking. Rutherford looked strong
passing to a variety of receivers including Shawn Marcum, Logan
Phillips, and Landon Reese. Shane Bowman rushed for a touchdown
for the Blue team and also spelled Rutherford, who played for both
opens the 2016 season at Corryton with a match-up with the Gibbs Eagles
on Friday, August 19. The WLAF – B & M Sports Network has the
5K is three weeks away
CLICK HERE to register
Race Director Clarence Lowe tells WLAF Sports that the date for the
5K is set. It’s Saturday, June 11, at Cove
Lake State Park.
Race time is 8 AM with ‘day of race’ registration from 6:45 AM until
7:30 AM. Entry fee is $25 for pre-registration until midnight,
June 10. ‘Day of race’ entry fee is $30 (cash).
Pre-registered participants receive a free T-shirt while ‘day of race’
entrants receive a free T-shirt as supply allows. First place
prize is $150. After the race,
there’ll be refreshments and awards. The park pool will be open
for free use by race participants and families after the race as well.
For more information, email Lowe at
Nicest home on the
Clayton’s lot ‘must’ go
A brand new home at a foreclosure price
Clayton Manager Steve
Russell calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity for someone to
purchase the home pictured above.
has a brand new home that is priced like a repo. But no one has
ever lived in this two-thousand ‘plus’ square foot home. Clayton
Manager Steve Russell calls it a once in a lifetime opportunity for
someone. He says there’s no doubt that it’s the nicest home on the
lot at Jacksboro. Due to some unique circumstances, this $120,000
home is now priced at under $90,000. That’s a savings of more than
has a brand new home priced like a repo (pictured above).
is all dry wall with a stone fireplace, a huge country kitchen, a
glamour master bath, a covered front porch, and upgraded appliances.
Russell says time is of the essence to purchase this three-bedroom,
two-bath home. Today is your opportunity to buy a brand new home
at a foreclosure price. (05/20/2016-6AM)
friend Cooster Smith last Thursday was like taking a good tonic. And I
chugged it all down during our short visit. Charlie Hutson and I
stopped by to see Cooster’s rose garden and share the beauty with you.
Cooster carries on
Edith’s rose tradition
“This was her life…oh, and the church, too”
Paul “Cooster” Smith and I agreed that a picture is
worth a thousand words. That’s where WLAF’s Charlie Hutson comes
This flower is in
the original bed, Cooster says which a little further up the hill to
East Elm Street.
Cooster recalls somewhere back in the 1980s is
where the tradition of raising and tending to roses began. His
wife, Edith, has been gone for a few years now, but he would not have it
any other way than to keep her rose gardens going.
Oh, we’ve had around 150 rose bushes here, plus or
minus, explains Cooster.
He says she took it very seriously. He brings
on somewhat of a serious look when he points out that the roses require
a lot of attention.
Cooster and Edith
are pictured here in 2011. Sunday roses from their garden are
common place on the chancel at 1st
COURTESY OF EMMA McCARTY)
Cooster is at ease when he talks about the love of
his life and her roses. He says the idea to grow roses might’ve
started through Edith’s membership in the Garden Club. Then she
went on to judging roses and also became a rosarian
Cooster chuckles as he remembers that when Edith
first started the roses someone came in and dug up and carried off about
30 of her rose bushes.
Mike Thompson out of White
Pine is the man Cooster credits with helping Edith start the roses ball
rolling. Thompson comes out every spring to help clean up the beds
and see that the roses are ready for the warmer weather. In the
fall, Cooster describes Thompson’s visit then as the time to put ‘em to
(05/20/2016-6AM-PHOTOS BY CHARLIE HUTSON)
Singing is set
Annual event is the second weekend of June
Since 1983, the
McKameys have been hosting their Annual Hometown Singing. This
year’s dates are Friday, June 10 and Saturday, June 11 at the
Friday’s special guest performer is The Inspirations from
Start time Friday night is 7:30 PM. The Primitive Quartet out of
Candler, North Carolina,
performs on Saturday night beginning at 6 PM. Peg McKamey tells
WLAF that she always sees lots of Campbell
faces at the shows.
McKamey visits with Big Josh Wednesday morning at
7:30 AM on AM 1450 and FM 100.9. She is originally from Clinchmore.
Reserved seating is $16, each night, and General
Admission is $13, each night. For ticket information or to
purchase tickets, please call 865.457.3678. (05/18/2016-6AM)
Duo busted for breaking
Friday the 13th turned out to truly be a bad day
for two people when Campbell County Deputies caught them in the act of
breaking into a home.
The deputies halted the burglary in the Pinecrest
As officers traveled to the home, they learned the
man and woman were allegedly trying to gain access to the home using a
number of methods. The duo had attempted to enter through a window and
when that didn’t work, they went to work on two separate doors, the
When officers arrived, the couple was on the front
porch allegedly trying to get into the home using a plastic card on the
door. The female, later identified as 53-year-old Lesha E. Massengill,
attempted to flee the porch, but was stopped. Her story to police was
that she needed in the home to gather her clothing. The home owners told
police that Massengill wasn’t welcomed at their home, and a week prior,
she had been told to not be on the property, the arrest report said.
Along with this, the residents also told police
Massengill had managed to enter the home through a basement window but
didn’t enter the next level of the home because of a “secured” door.
As for the man on the porch, Christopher E.
York, 22, the occupants didn’t know him, but, were able to tell police
he had tried to enter the front door with what they thought was a
CCSD Deputy Darrell
Mongar and his K-9 partner located a damaged plastic card 25 feet from
the porch, according to the report. When
was frisked, police found a pocket knife with a “bent blade and fresh
scratches that appeared to be consistent with attempting to pry open a
York and Massengill were arrested and charged with
aggravated burglary. (05/19/2016-6AM)
Firemen celebrate quick
response with pizza lunch
LFD Chief says firefighters can be ready to fight
fire in less than five-minutes
City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries captured
the pizza celebration after the LFD Firefighters made quick work of a
The story goes like this. It was said that
fire crews from the La Follette Fire Department would need at least
five-minutes or more to stretch fire hose from the last fire hydrant to
the last house on April Drive, the Country Club area of the city.
That’s about a third of a mile from hydrant to home. LFD Chief
Charles Eldridge said that his crews can have water on a fire anywhere
in the city in less than five minutes.
Firemen ran some 2,000 feet of fire hose from the hydrant to the
house at the end of the neighborhood.
under a light rain, four LFD units arrived at the corner of
and Fairway Drives. City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries, Council
member Ann Thompson, and husband Nick, along with WLAF’s Charlie Hutson
were there as well. When Jeffries gave the signal, fire fighters
jumped out of their trucks and went to work. Ann Thompson started
the stop watch, and the race was on.
Charlie Hutson timed to see how long it took for the hose to be
charged (flowing water). That took less than a minute.
Firemen ran some 2,000 feet of fire hose from the
hydrant to the house at the end of the neighborhood.
Hose was stretched for almost 2,000 feet
Thompson timed it at two-minutes and thirty-eight
seconds. But since it took a few seconds for her to realize that
crews were already at the house pumping water, the time was more like
two and a half minutes or less.
Firefighters call this the hard part;
reloading the hoses.
Hutson timed to see how long it took for the hose
to be charged (flowing water). That took less than a minute.
And for their efforts, the firemen enjoyed a
complimentary pizza lunch yesterday.
On a personal note from the publisher: It was
very impressive to see the team work carried out during Wednesday’s
challenge and just how efficient every fireman was. I’ve always
thought LFD is good at what it does, but for me, it really ramped up my
confidence in the La Follette Fire Department. As a homeowner,
their speed is certainly reassuring. (05/19/2016-6AM)
Roy Human’s back doing dozer work on the
new Campbell High Soccer Field. Human fired up the big bulldozer
back up on Monday morning. Work was halted for days while repairs
to the dozer could be made.
WLAF says “thank
you” to our EMS
Thanks to those of you who perform a thankless job
It’s EMS Week – WLAF salutes all of you who are
there looking out for us 24/7/365. From 9-1-1 dispatchers to
police, to fire, and to ambulance, and all those of you in associated
areas of caring for us, we say thank you.
You know how nasty the weather can be. But
what if you had to work out in the nastiest of weather, at all hours of
the day and night? Would you? Could you? Our emergency
medical responders do. And they do it quite well.
hosted lunch on Monday for local
personnel at EMS Station 1 on
North Massachusetts Avenue
in La Follette.
Keith Goins, Campbell County High School Class of
1976, knows what it’s like to work in extreme conditions. That’s
why he says it means so much to hear a thank you along the way and to
know that he and other emergency personnel are appreciated. Goins
flies with UT Lifestar and also serves as the Campbell County EMS
Campbell County Airport Manager Bert Loope
(blue shirt – white cap) and La Follette Mayor Mike Mike Stanfield
(white shirt) were among those attending Monday’s luncheon.
So, all this week, it’s time for our community to
pay back to those who give so much to us. And all it takes is a
“thank you” to pay in full. (05/18/2016-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY
OF WLAF’S CHARLIE HUTSON)
Starrett was among the
50,000 attending the candlelight vigil
Describes it as a very emotional time
Jerri Starrett describes the weekend’s events at
as a very emotional time. Starrett’s late husband, Jacksboro
Police Detective, Mike Starrett was honored over the weekend along with
251 other members of law enforcement who lost their lives in the line of
duty in 2015. She was accompanied by JPD Chief Danny Chapman, his
wife, and daughter.
Memories of last
weekend’s trip to
are ones police widow Jerri Starrett will likely keep tucked away for
the rest of her life. Starrett’s husband, beloved Jacksboro Police
Detective Mike Starrett, died last year from injuries sustained in a car
crash while on his way to a fatal wreck at
This is the Memorial Wall that
displays Mike Starrett’s name among the other 20,000 names on the wall.
Last Saturday night at Memorial Park in the
nation’s capitol, Starrett, along with JPD Chief Danny Chapman,
Chapman’s wife and daughter, attended the 28th annual candlelight vigil
held at the National Mall. Chapman tells WLAF that Detective
Starrett was honored along with 251 other members of law enforcement on
the eve of National Police Week 2016.
Starrett was among the 50,000 attending the
Jerri Starrett tells
WLAF that on Friday 60 police officers greeted her upon her arrival at
and then escorted her to the Memorial Wall that displays Mike Starrett’s
name among the other 20,000 names on the wall. She describes the
entire weekend as far more than she thought it would be; Saturday
night’s candlelight vigil and then Sunday’s culmination with the
memorial service held on Capitol Hill. The Chief escorted Jerri as
she put a carnation inside the huge wreath at Sunday’s service.
Jerri Starrett holds her candle for Mike
Chapman says it was very emotional. But that
it was a great way to honor these exceptional men and women.
(05/18/2016-6AM-PHOTOS COURTESY OF CHIEF DANNY CHAPMAN)
on birthday “day” here at WLAF
Old radio station
is 63-years old today
fun on birthday day here at the old radio station. Many of you
call-in wishes and some of you even send them live over the air on the
Trading Post. That’s always fun. And we love it.
Roberts Nelson phoned in about 9:30 AM this morning. Katherine
recalls the very day WLAF first came on the air, Sunday, May 17, 1953.
It was just a few weeks before her 13th
She and her
neighborhood friends near her home on West Prospect Street
were playing outside when they heard an airplane. Katherine says
that in 1953, it was very rare to hear an airplane, much less to see
one. She recalls the postcards that were thrown out of the plane
with a penny attached and the message of “like pennies from heaven, WLAF
is now on the air.” Katherine wishes she’d kept one of those
One of the
original announcers on WLAF was Pete Williams, Jr. He lived just
down the street from Katherine and was a couple of years ahead of her at
La Follette High School. She and her friends thought it was a big
deal to know Pete, and that he lived in her neighborhood.
Katherine, who lost her husband Monroe in 2006, still lives in their
long time home at Grantsboro. And she faithfully tunes in Big Josh
each morning around 6 AM on 1450 WLAF.
Katherine, for helping make our day just that much more special.
Fishing competition means
big business for county
By Susan Sharp
When Morristown Marine
brought its fishing tournament here earlier this month, the big winner
netting over $300,000 of economic impact dollars.
The 215 boats brought
430 anglers and 10 staff members to Norris
for what is becoming an annual event in the county.
“Last year we had 196 boats. We saw a 10 percent
growth this year,” said Campbell County Mayor EL Morton. “What we also
saw was seven states represented in that tournament. Folks are traveling
further to come here.”
And while the fishermen were in town, to
participate in the tournament, they spent money that impacted the local
As would be expected, the largest contribution to
local coffers was for gas, with that total coming in at $60,630. Behind
that was lodging with $14,852 spent; food expenses totaled $14,586 and
$10,750 was expended on miscellaneous items, according to numbers
provided by the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce.
The grand total brought into the county from the
event was $100,818.
“Those are hard
numbers,” said Cindi Reynolds, director of tourism and retirement for
Following the weigh in, anglers were greeted “by a lady with a
clipboard who asked them what they spent in each category,” Reynolds
To achieve the economic impact the $100,818 had on
the county, a multiplier of three was applied to each dollar bill,
“A man in the
tournament buys bait at a Campbell
bait shop, the employee at the tackle shop gets paid and they in turn go
and buy groceries. That dollar has turned over three times in the
county,” she said.
However, the money wasn’t the only thing that has
seen growth. The fish also weighed in heavier this year that last,
Morton said. “Last year 14 ½ pounds won the tournament. This year it was
18 ½ pounds,” he said. “We are becoming a better attraction because the
size of our fish is growing.”
Traffic on the boat ramp was more substantial this
year as well. “We had three lanes of launch going the whole time,” said
He noted that as he milled through the crowd
several positive comments were heard with enthusiasm being high for the
“It was a good day for the boating industry here,”
according to Morton.
Plans for next year include “working to extend the
ramp another lane,” the mayor said.
With the Morristown Marine Tournament in the books,
Reynolds and Morton are looking to June, when the high school state
fishing championship comes to town.
Estimates for that tournament are 135 boats with
two anglers, a boat captain and family members that attend to support
their junior sportsmen, according to Reynolds. (05/17/2016-6AM)
The eagle has landed in La Follette
photographed the national bird in the High Knob community of La Follette
at an area commonly known as the Goat
Thanks for sharing with us, Raymond. (05/17/2016-6AM)
tackles animal shelter problems, honor fishing & archery teams
The Campbell County Commission took steps toward
addressing some of the problems at the Campbell County Animal Shelter on
Monday night, responding to complaints that were brought up at last
week’s workshop by Jessica Simpson (correction -
this name is actually Patricia Simpson) on behalf of SPCA
(correction - this should be FCCA, Friends of
Campbell County Animals), which operates the
shelter under contract with the county.
Simpson had pointed out that the shelter’s freezers
were being filled with animal carcasses that are primarily sent to the
shelter by area vets, who are paid to euthanize the animals.
“They collect a fee to put these animals down, but
FCCA ends up having to pay to dispose of the remains,” Simpson pointed
out. “They say they had an agreement with the county to dispose of the
animals at the shelter.
County Attorney Joe Coker told commissioners that
the county could pass a simple resolution declaring that any agreement,
if it ever existed, would no longer be valid from this point forward
since the county relinquished control of the shelter to FCCA and it
would be up to that group to decide if the shelter would accept remains
of animals from vets and what fee to charge for the service.
The commission quickly passed the resolution
unanimously and Mayor E. L. Morton promised to have locks placed on the
freezers immediately so that shelter personnel can control access.
Another problem that Simpson brought up was the
volume of calls that they receive at the shelter about stray animals and
complaints they receive when the animal control officer does not
“He is not our employee and we have no control over
him, but we get blamed if they can’t reach him, Simpson told the
commission, adding that the volume of complaints coming into the shelter
is due in part to delays in response time by officer Otis Monday
(correction - this name is Otis Poore).
During the discussion, Mayor Morton pointed out
that Poore leaves the animal control truck at the courthouse when he is
not on duty and must drive there first if he receives a call while at
“Why doesn’t he drive the truck home so he can
respond more promptly?” one commissioner asked.
“Because this county commission voted to not allow
him to drive the vehicle home,” Morton replied. “There were complaints
about the animal control truck being driven all over the place.
Ralph Davis then made a motion to allow the animal
control officer to drive the truck home, but require him to keep a
mileage log and turn it in to the Mayor’s office on a monthly basis.
That motion also passed unanimously.
Johnny Bruce pointed out that there will always be
delays in responding to animal complaints on weekends and other days
when Poore is off duty because one officer cannot possibly cover the
entire county adequately. “When we first established the animal control
program the county envisioned having two officers but we’ve never been
willing to cover the costs,” Bruce pointed out.
The commission also unanimously passed the fee of
$39 per ton for garbage brought into the Towe String facility by
commercial haulers. Around a dozen people who pick up household garbage
for a monthly fee attended last Monday’s workshop to protest the fee,
some complaining it would put them out of business. Having gotten no
response from the commission then, most did not return this Monday.
The commissioners were not lacking in company at
the courthouse, however, as a standing room crowd packed the courtroom
early for the reading of proclamations honoring the CCHS and Jellico
High fishing teams along with the 4-H archery team.
In the resolution,
Mayor Morton pointed out that
has the second largest team in the state, has won numerous tournaments
and sent two teams to the U. S. High School Fishing Tournament this
in the nation. In addition,
will host the Tennessee State Tournament for the next two years.
“Team Alpha” was also honored for their success in both high school and
junior high divisions, bringing home a total of 12 state titles in
The commission voted 14-1 to table action on a
request from the Campbell County Health Department to approve changes in
the status of the County Public Health Director that would give him
status as a department head instead of going through the mayor’s office
for purchase orders.
Attorney Joe Coker advised the commission to delay
action on the request until an opinion has been received from CTAS on
some legal aspects of the request. “We have requested an opinion but not
yet received a response from CTAS, which is exceptionally busy this time
of year,” Coker explained.
While most motions received unanimous support, a
motion to change the way the county’s $45 wheel tax is allocated
generated some opposition. The wheel tax was originally passed to fund a
shortfall in the education budget, but new state requirements will only
allow a county to fund schools through property tax or sales tax revenue
in order to get credit for matching state funds.
Finance Director Jeff Marlow explained that the
money would still be used for education but the wheel tax would be
re-allocated to the highway, sanitation, capital projects funds. “The
property tax revenue in those funds will then be allocated to the school
budget so we meet the new state requirement,” Marlow explained.
Although he made it clear that it would mean no
increase in the wheel tax or other taxes, Cliff Jennings, Whit Goins and
Scott Stanfield all voted against the motion anyway, mainly as a
statement that they were opposed to the wheel tax as a matter of
principal. No other commissioners shared that view and the motion
passed 12-3. (05/17/2016-6AM)
The “thanks” goes to you
At age six (1962), my
buddy David Stanfield and I each had brand new transistor radios.
We could even see WLAF’s big red radio tower from where we lived at
and West Chestnut Streets as we tuned-in WLAF. The 200-foot tall
tower looked so close. David kept calling it 1450. And I
kept thinking it was 1415. But he was right. It’s been 1450
ever since it signed on the air on Sunday, May 17, 1953.
Sixty-three years ago today.
The voices on the air and the ears out there
listening have changed some over the years. But bottom line.
It’s still a small town radio station still providing all those expected
small town services. Services like telling of an upcoming family
reunion or that someone has lost their dog or announcing the high school
ballgames or passing along what happened at last night’s meeting.
And occasionally there’s that “Mayberry moment” like when David Chapman
called-in and sang happy birthday to Carl Pierce live on the air.
The old radio station is sorta like Sunday lunch at
mammaw’s. You may not eat there every Sunday, but you know it’s
there when you need it. Hopefully, you connect with WLAF somewhere
along the way each day whether it be on 1450wlaf.com, WLAF-TV 12 or on
old AM 1450 or new FM 100.9.
A lot of small
communities have lost their radio stations. Radio stations are
going silent everyday across America.
However, thanks to you as a listener and/or a corporate partner, WLAF is
still on the air. We’ll always have a need for you with hopes
you’ll continue to need us, and together, we’ll keep your locally owned
and operated radio station on the air.
Yep. If Mayberry had a radio station, no
doubt, it would be WLAF. (05/17/2016-6AM)
Keeping youngsters safe
is Morton’s mission
Trainer looks after more than 200 student-athletes
If you’ve been to a
Campbell High sporting event during the 2016-17 season, you’ve seen her.
She’s the CCHS trainer. Her name is Karen Morton. And she
loves being at Campbell County
Karen is an extension of our coaching
staff, says Campbell High Head Football Coach Justin Price (L).
Price is referring to Karen Morton (R) who is the CCHS Athletic
career encompasses working with high school and college
student-athletes. Her travels have taken her from Gibbs High to
to North Carolina
to right here in Cougar Country.
She’s employed through Tennova – La Follette
Medical Center. Mark Cain, LMC’s CEO, considers it a real service
to the Cougars and Lady Cougars and is proud Tennova is able to provide
a trainer devoted to CCHS. Morton explains the big reason she
said yes last summer to coming to CCHS was Mark Cain and Tennova LMC.
She says that Mark and LMC understand that this is a community service,
and that she came to keep people safe.
Karen Morton’s training career
encompasses working with high school and college student-athletes. Her
travels have taken her from Gibbs High to Carson-Newman to
to right here in Cougar Country.
Lady Cougar Soccer Coach Brian Horton was quite
impressed seeing Morton at practices and matches. Morton points
out that she’s not just here for football and basketball saying that
everybody can get hurt and needs help, and that’s what she’s here to do.
Track and Field mom Carrie Mefford couldn’t get
over how attentive Morton was to her daughter, Zoie, from injury through
surgery and into rehab. Carrie Mefford tells WLAF that she was
very surprised, but very pleased, that Morton was at the hospital the
morning of Zoie’s surgery. Morton likes to be there to hear
straight from the surgeon on how she needs to help bring her healing
student-athlete along and also to help translate to her S-A and family.
It was Morton’s knee
injury as a young athlete that led her to medicine. She was
curious to learn about the body calling the human body very intriguing.
The William Blount, Carson-Newman, and NC State alum grew up in
and feels right at home here in Jacksboro.
Karen is an extension
of our coaching staff, says Head Football Coach Justin Price. Her
role is important for our players, parents, and staff. Price goes on to
say that Morton provides treatment, organizes appointments to the
doctor, and ensures the safety of our team. We are very fortunate to
Lots of fans saw Morton swing into action several times during football
and basketball seasons. At her first CCHS football game, she was
forced into action when Zach Rutherford went down with a knee injury.
She tended to Lady Cougar Sarah Cain’s during a game at Powell when Cain
injured her knee. She also cared for John Porter’s cut to the head and
when he fractured his leg during the Halls home basketball game.
Cougar Basketball Coach
Matt Housley tells WLAF that Morton’s easy to work with, and that she
really goes out of her way to do the best possible job she can. He
notes that she was at the LMC with Porter and then at a
hospital to check on
as both injuries happened in the same game. Housley calls her a
great trainer and person.
Coaches, players, and parents certainly hope
they’ll see Morton back at CCHS sporting events in 2016-17.
Standing room only crowd
for delinquent tax sale
There was a huge crowd with
standing room only at Friday’s delinquent tax sale.
of property for delinquent taxes by auction was Friday morning at the
Chancery Courtroom at the Campbell County Courthouse at Jacksboro.
In accordance with an order of the Chancery Court for Campbell County,
Tennessee, in the office of the Clerk & Master for Campbell County,
Tennessee, the property was be sold for delinquent taxes, penalties,
interest, and costs set forth. Clerk and Master Dennis Potter
calls the sale a success with more than $350,000 brought in at the
There is an updated list by
(this is the correct list) Anyone who wishes to redeem their property
needs to contact the Clerk and Master's Office for an amount.
remains jailed. Evans is out of the hospital.
The investigation by the Tennessee Highway Patrol into last week’s fatal
accident on the east side of LaFollette has reached the seven day mark.
Pastor Anthony Gibson, who was killed in the
collision when his car was hit head-on, was buried on Tuesday.
Fifty-two year old Tony Evans, of La Follette, who was a passenger in
the other vehicle, has since been released from a
hospital after being flown by Lifestar from the crash scene. The
man who police say drove his pick-up truck into Gibson’s lane slamming
into his sedan, Eric Campbell, 29, of Briceville, remains in the
Campbell County Jail this morning.
is charged with driving on a revoked license. The bond on that charge is
is being held without bond due to the ongoing investigation.
It is what every child needs and deserves. Unfortunately, it is also
something some children never get. Each year thousands of children are
placed in foster care because the family they were born into is unable
to care for them.
In an effort to
highlight this problem and acknowledge those who step forward to become
the family where there once wasn’t one, May has been named National
Foster Care Month. It is a time to recognize the children afflicted by
abuse and neglect, while also reaching out for more people to join the
growing multitudes of foster parents.
It is also a
time to focus on ways to create a bright future for the more than 8,000
children and youth placed in foster care in
last year, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
Child development experts agree that having a
permanent home and family is key for a child to grow into a healthy and
productive adult. When a child grows up in an environment with an adult
who is committed to their long-term well-being and on whom they can
depend, the child is simply in a better position to thrive.
Unfortunately, too many foster children lack this
basic and stable environment to begin their lives and enter the foster
care system because of parental abuse, neglect or abandonment. Removing
a child from their home can be devastating and confusing for a child of
any age, but the more a foster care child is moved within the system,
the greater the chance that the child will lose contact with siblings,
other family members, and other friends and adults who have been
important in their lives—including neighbors, coaches and religious
That is where
becoming a therapeutic foster parent through Camelot begins to make the
“We understand the
challenges of children placed in foster care,” said Susan Sharp
licensure and recruitment administrator for Camelot said. “The material
presented to our foster parents in training is designed to help lessen
some of these traumas. Until a child can return home we want there to be
as few moves as possible.”
enter foster care after being placed in state’s custody. Last year, this
happened 6,167 times in Tennessee.
That resulted in 8,008 children being in the legal care of an entity
other than their parents or a family member.
“We appreciate the
difficulties foster children face,” said Sharp “And one of those is
being removed from their home. By placing a newly removed child with a
trained therapeutic foster parent, they are being placed in good hands.”
placement is made Camelot Foster Parentsare provided in home support
that is tailored around the needs of the child and the home. This
support is designed to assist in decreasing the distress foster children
soon and are free.
information about Camelot and Camelot Foster Parenting call
1-800-390-6144 or visit
Buckets Basketball Camp
Hosted by La Follette Middle School
“Buckets” Boys Basketball Camp is set for Tuesday, May 31st
through Friday, June 3rd
at the La Follette Middle School. Buckets is open to boys entering
Grades 3 through 8, and the cost is $50 per camper. Coach Joey St.
John hosts the camp that runs from 8:30 AM until noon. A free,
light breakfast is served each day. Register by email to
May is Motorcycle Awareness Month
Sheriff Goins joins THP & NHTSA to prevent
Jacksboro, TN – Sheriff Robbie Goins and officers
with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office raise drivers’ awareness of
motorcyclists during “May - Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month” to help
prevent motorcycle crashes, deaths and injuries on Campbell County
roads. The ‘Share the Road’ Campaign aims to raise motorists’
awareness of motorcycle safety challenges and riding practices to
increase safety for all road users.
“Motorcyclists will be out in force as the weather
gets warmer, which is why May is the perfect month for Motorcycle Safety
Awareness,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins. “Fatal crashes
with motorcycles are on the rise, and helmet usage is on the decline.
All motorists need to know how to anticipate and respond to
motorcyclists to avoid fatal crashes.”
In 2014, 4,586
motorcyclists were killed in traffic crashes, a decrease of 2.3 percent
from from 2013 (4,692). Those deaths account for 14 percent of the total
highway fatalities that year, despite motorcycle registrations
representing only 3 percent of all vehicles in the United States
in 2014. Injured motorcyclists also decreased from 93,000 in 2013
to 88,000 in 2014.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
(NHTSA) estimates that 1,630 lives were saved in 2014 because of proper
helmet usage, but another 715 lives could have been saved if helmets had
Wearing a helmet is an important way for a
motorcyclist to stay safe, but we all play a part. “It’s up to all
motorists and motorcyclists to make our roads safer,” said Sheriff Goins.
“It’s especially important for motorists to understand motorcycle safety
challenges such as size and visibility, and riding practices like
downshifting and weaving to be able to anticipate and respond to
Sheriff Goins also offered general tips to drivers
on how to prevent a fatal crash with a motorcycle:
Though a motorcycle is a small vehicle, its operator still has all the
rights of the road as any other motorist. Allow the motorcycle the full
width of a lane at all times.
Always signal when changing lanes or merging with traffic.
If you see a motorcycle with a signal on, be careful: motorcycle signals
are often non-canceling and could have been forgotten. Always ensure
that the motorcycle is turning before proceeding.
Check all mirrors and blind spots for motorcycles before changing lanes
or merging with traffic, especially at intersections.
Always allow more follow distance – three to four seconds – when behind
a motorcycle. This gives them more time to maneuver or stop in an
Never drive distracted or impaired.
“Motorcyclists must also take precautions to remain
safe on the road,” added Sheriff Goins.
Motorcyclists can increase their safety by
following these steps:
Wear a DOT-compliant helmet and other protective gear.
Obey all traffic laws and be properly licensed.
Use hand and turn signals at every lane change or turn.
Wear brightly colored clothes and reflective tape to increase
Ride in the middle of the lane where you will be more visible to
Never ride distracted or impaired.
“By following basic safety rules, we can all help
prevent crashes,” concluded Sheriff Robbie Goins. “Our message is for
all drivers and riders: Share the responsibility of keeping our roads
safe—always share the road.”
For more information on
motorcycle safety, visit
Pat’s Place once again
Pat Pebley Sports
debuts this morning on WLAF
As a Campbell
County High School Senior, Patrick Pebley spotted for the Cougars radio
broadcasts on WLAF. And for the next, almost, 26-years, he’s been
a part of the WLAF family, in one fashion or another. Beginning
this morning, the 1991 CCHS grad is back every day on WLAF Radio, TV,
and DotCom with Pat Pebley Sports. In addition to his WLAF duties,
Peeb is also the Sports Editor for the Volunteer Times.
Pat Pebley Sports debuts today on WLAF
stranger to covering and coaching sports in Campbell County.
In fact, he was on the coaching staff at Jacksboro
when a set of twins were making their mark in middle school football.
Those twins, Justin and Matt Price, continue making history at the helm
of the Campbell County Cougar Football Program.
The very likeable
Pebley takes over for the retiring David Graham.
Welcome home, Pat!
More than a fourth
of Campbell County’s
registered voters are inactive
If you’re 18th
birthday falls on or before Election Day, you can vote; if you’re
As of Monday morning, there were nearly 7,000
inactive voters on the Campbell County Voter Count. That means
that 28-percent of the 23,826 names on the Voter Count have not voted in
the last two federal elections or they’ve left the county without a
forwarding address. The number of active voters totals 17,181.
During the month of March, 119 newly registered voters were added to the
Anyone who turns 18 on
or before Election Day, August 4, 2016, is eligible to vote.
However, you must register by the July 5, 2016, deadline. You will
then become qualified to vote when your 18th
birthday rolls around; even if that’s on August 4th.
Voter registration days
are coming to Campbell County
next month. Administrator of Elections Ann Ayers-Colvin will visit
each high school and register 18-year olds or soon-to-be 18-year olds to
vote. Once those dates are released, WLAF will announce them.
Big Creek ATV Fall Fest
date is set
annual event coming in October
One of the best ideas ever for La Follette was a smashing success.
Reason enough that the City of La Follette
“Big Creek ATV Fall Festival” is coming back for a second year.
City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries had the idea for the festival years
ago and was finally able to get some people on his idea bandwagon last
year to pull it off. Needless to say, Jeffries needs a bigger
wagon, because after last fall’s success of the fest, it’s, hopefully,
here to stay. This year, it’s scheduled for Saturday, October 8.
Now’s the time to put in your sponsorship requests. Forms are
available at City Hall or by calling 423.562.4961.
No one drops from August
Ballot for election is finalized
By Susan Sharp
Thursday at noon marked the deadline for candidates
who want to run in the county’s general election and the state primary
in August to withdraw. No one did.
Incumbent property assessor Brandon Partin will not
Campbell County Road Superintendent Ron Dilbeck
will face John E. Daugherty in a contest for that position, according to
election commission records.
With five open seats on the school board, most
candidates will face some opposition.
In the first district, Lisa C. Fields and Lonnie
James have filed the needed paperwork to run for the seat.
The second district voters will choose between
Charles Adam Daugherty and Brent Lester to represent them.
Johnny Byrge (incumbent), Justin Letner and John
Travis Thompson will be running for the third district seat, election
commission records indicate.
James Mike Orick (incumbent) is the only person who
will run for the fourth district school board seat; he is the incumbent.
Alvin Evans and Ned Smiddy will vie for the fifth
A state primary will appear on the summer ballot.
Incumbent Dennis Powers will seek the republican
nomination for the Tennessee House of Representatives 36th District
office, according to election commission records. And a late comer to
the race, Bob Fannon, will seek the democratic nomination, election
commission records said.
(incumbent) will run completely unopposed for the12th
General Election is Thursday, Aug. 4.
In November, the state election will be held, along
with municipal elections in La Follette and Caryville. Voting in these
races is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8. Qualifying petitions will be
available beginning May 20 with a return date of Aug. 18. The withdrawal
deadline is Aug. 25 at noon. (04/20/2016-6AM)
Louie Bluie is set for
the first weekend of fall
2016 marks its 10th
homegrown celebration of one of its most famous citizens, Howard "Louie
Bluie" Armstrong, marks a milestone later this year.
annual Louie Bluie Music & Arts Festival is set for Saturday, September
at Caryville hosts the popular event.
Learn more about the