“A great turnout” is how Caryville Chief of Police Brian Keeton described Saturday morning’s road block for fellow lawman Billy White
Keeton was given more than $700 on Friday from Caryville businesses ahead of Saturday’s planned drive. “We were waiting for the first pretty day to do this although it was a chilly 29 degrees when we started the road block at 8:30 am,” he said. However, in the end, it warmed up during the three hour run and those driving by the four lane at Elkins Road stop light were most generous. Keeton describes it as “crazy how people have helped.” By noon Saturday, Keeton said that more than $6,000 had been raised by he and the whole Caryville Police Department.
TOP PHOTO: L-R CPD Officers Adam Southern, James McCall and Andy Davis. Out of the snapshot and on the other side of the road was Officer Billy Lowe and Chief Brian Keeton.
White is a deputy with the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department and has been battling leukemia for the past few months. His brother, Freddie, also a member of the CCSD, said, “We were overwhelmed, because we had no idea they were raising money. Billy, a former Caryville policeman, is so overwhelmed by the continued outpouring of support from the community. Billy and the rest of our family are so thankful for everything that has been done for him.”
Freddie was happy to provide a positive report on Billy. Billy had good results from his bone biopsy last week, and that he remains cancer free, according to his brother. Plans are for Billy to travel to Nashville and Vanderbilt Hospital on Wednesday for a consultation to learn what the next step is in his treatment process. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/25/2019-6AM)