(Left to right) Anaia Roberts, Aleeyah Roberts, Ayiana Roberts, Patrician Goins and Jordan Heatherly.  Students not pictured:  Lucianna Cole and Keola Morton.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Postmark La Follette hosted the premier viewing of the Smithsonian Institute Traveling Exhibition Service Program Stories: Yes.   There were seven students of varying ages who spent the five Saturdays in February learning the base structure of preparing and making a video presentation. Each student received a “Postie” for the  work they did.   La Follette native Gabe Crutchfield, who is an editor with WBIR, was the glue that held this together with his knowledge and editing capabilities.  Crutchfield spent eight hours on the final edit of the interviews.

This project was to focus on a variety of Campbell Countians of all age groups and delve into a series of questions to discover the differences in the way they grew up in Campbell County, their education experiences and who they are.  The mentors only gave them guidance as to these specific areas.  These young people took the ball and ran with it.  They listened, and they asked pertinent questions based on the responses from those being interviewed.  It was evident in the result.

More than eight hours of video interviews were tuned into the education area of the community for this event.  Postmark will continue using the individual interviews that were videotaped in the upcoming Round Table Discussion.  Bradley Smiddy will be the project director for this event. A date of when this will start will be announced later.  The interviews will continue to be used in a variety of ways to share with the community.

The final video presentation will be sent to the Smithsonian by the end of the month and then be posted on Postmark La Follette and WLAF’s Youtube channels.   (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/18/2020-6AM)