LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Bradley Smiddy with Postmark La Follette paid a visit to WLAF on Friday and was on the air inviting all of us to Sunday’s free, half-hour, all-Campbell County based film showing.  Seven young Campbell Countians, Lucy Cole, Jordon Heatherly, Anaia Roberts, Keola Morton, Patricia Goins, Ayiana Roberts and Aleeyah Roberts visited with people all around the county.  Their work is showcased on Sunday, Mar. 15 at 2pm at the old La Follette Post Office on South Tennessee Ave.

Postmark LaFollette was one of 20 nonprofits across the country invited to do a documentary on its communities.  When completed it will be sent to the Smithsonian to become a permanent part of their Stories: Yes project for all to see and hear forever.

This grant funded opportunity was specifically geared to young people in their communities. They were to work with mentors in learning the basics of doing a filmed documentary.  Campbell County mentors are JoAnne McCloud Myers, Bradley Smiddy, Linda Freilich and Karen Cumorich.  None of this could have been accomplished without the professional help of fellow Campbell Countian Gabriel Crutchfield who did the filming and will edit the final product based on the highlights of the interviews.  The group met every Saturday in February and interviewed a variety of people in our community.

The public is invited to view the documentary along with the young people who worked on the documentary and many of those who were interviewed.  The viewing will be held Sunday, March 15 at 2 pm at Postmark LaFollette, 119 S Tennessee Avenue.

Soon, this group of students will be meeting monthly in a round table format to discuss some of the topics discussed during the many hours of interviews that were conducted.  Postmark LaFollette will continue to work closely with this project for future growth in connecting children in our community with their vision of their future.

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(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/13/2020-9AM)