TOP PHOTO: A film on the life of Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong is coming next month.

Left to right, Musicians Sean McCullough, Chris Durman, and Kelle Jolly were on site in LaFollette last week filming segments about the life of Howard Armstrong.

By Charlotte Underwood   

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The Campbell County Culture Coalition is working on a project filming several segments on the life of La Follette native Howard “Louie Bluie” Armstrong. Once completed, these segments will be shown in Campbell County Schools, according to Culture Coalition Director Manual Mesa.    

The project is being funded by a grant from the Tennessee Arts Commission. Film segments will be presented in the schools virtually in mid-February to third, fourth and fifth graders. The film programming uses Howard’s life as the general theme, showing his resilience and adaptability to obstacles and encouraging area students to do the same. The project is called Building Beyond Blocks.

HERE is just a sample from the film. This segment was filmed at the train trestle above North Tennessee Avenue on West Iron Street.

East Tennessee musicians Kelle Jolly, Chris Durman and Sean McCullough were onsite filming in La Follette near Howard’s old neighborhood on Jan. 18.

“We want to encourage these kids and show them that they are capable of using Howard Armstrong and his success as a model,” Mesa said.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/28/2021-6AM)