St. John's funeral procession spans nearly four city blocks

WLAF's Charlie Hutson shares the view from near 4th Street looking back into La Follette as cruisers with the Campbell County Sheriff's Department led the procession.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Family and friends bid farewell to Howard St. John this afternoon as the sun shined down on the funeral procession that trekked from the La Follette Church of God to Davis Chapel.


Med chopper flies out injured child

TOP PHOTO: This Nissan Versa hit a tree head on Friday afternoon.

Three people were injured in a Friday afternoon wreck.

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) - A man, a girl and two-year old boy sustained serious injuries in a single-car wreck Friday afternoon not far from the Mt. Zion Methodist Church.


St. John's services are today

TOP PHOTO: Howard St. John was a United States Air Force veteran serving from 1961-1969 advancing to Staff Sergeant, Communications Center Supervisor in charge of safeguarding classified information. 

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Friends and family of Howard St. John will pay their respects later today at the La Follette Church of God. St. John passed away Tuesday morning.


'I sure thought a lot of Howard' - Kenny Baird

LUB General Manager Kenny Baird (left) with Chairman of the LUB Board Howard St. John.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Bad news travels fast. Sad news travels faster. The sad news of the passing of Howard St. John came in to WLAF early on Tuesday morning.


'We can win if we stop just one guy, Howard St. John' - George Wilson

CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) - George Wilson recalls it was his 8th grade year at Caryville Elementary, 1956. The Cardinals were headed to Valley View to play the Bobcats in basketball.


Field is set for Jacksboro election; Forstner not seeking a second term

JACKSBORO, TN (WLAF) - The field for the Town of Jacksboro’s upcoming
election is set barring anyone dropping out of the race by next Thursday.

On Sat., April 3, citizens will elect a mayor and two aldermen.

Current aldermen JC Miller and Shayne Green have qualified to run for mayor as Mayor June Forstner will not seek another term. Jennifer Banks, Roy Green, Brian Osborne and James Snodgrass have picked up petitions to run for the aldermen seats, and each has returned their petitions, according to election commission records.

Candidates had until noon Thursday to qualify for the election. The withdrawal deadline is, Thu., Jan. 28 at noon.

Early voting for this election will run March 15 through March 29. (WLAF
NEWS PUBLISHED 01/22/2021-6AM)


Camelot offering online foster parenting classes and T-shirts

JACKSBORO, TN  (WLAF) - The need for foster parents is at an all time high and with current COVID-19 restrictions, having classes in person isn't allowed. So instead, people who want to become Camelot foster parents can take the classes from the comfort of their homes.


St. John was always making sport of me

TOP PHOTO: Left to right - Henry Carter, George Spickard, Howard St. John, Bob Childress at the La Follette High School Class of 1961 40th reunion.

By Jim Freeman

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Since I moved back to town about ten years ago, Howard St. John regularly would rib me about running for mayor. It never failed. Wherever I saw him, he was making sport of me about running for mayor of La Follette or was telling others that I was running.


Queen of Bear Wallow turns 101 years old today

TOP PHOTO: Her real name is Anna Smith though you may know her best at The Queen of Bear Wallow.

CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) - The Queen of Bear Wallow turns 101 years old today!


Campbell splits at Central; plays at Clinton on Saturday.

KNOXVILLE, TN (WLAF) - The Campbell Cougars winning streak ended at three on Thursday night at Central High while the Lady Cougars snapped a two game skid. WATCH the games here on demand from WLAF.


'Oneida ran back St. John's 75-yard punt for a TD' - Bobby Heatherly

TOP PHOTO: Look for Howard St. John, Number 80, in the middle of the top row.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - To say Howard St. John excelled in football, basketball and track during his days at La Follette High is an understatement.


The time St. John meant to miss a shot

By Jim Freeman

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Most seasons, the La Follette High Owls would open its basketball season with an Alumni game. The 1972 season was no different as the old Owls played the current Owls.


'I'm gonna play you with a five iron' - Howard St. John

TOP PHOTO: Pictured at the La Follette High Class of 1961 40th reunion are left to right - George Spickard, Howard St. John, Bob Davis, Henry Carter

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) - Bill Archer starred on the La Follette Owl Baseball team in the early 1960s, and to this day, he still calls Howard St. John "the best athlete to ever come out of Campbell County."


Car versus big rig. No injuries.

No one was injured in this early Friday morning wreck.

CARYVILLE, TN (WLAF) - At 12:02 am this morning, a car and an 18-wheeler wrecked on I-75.


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