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     WLAF's Charlotte Underwood snapped pictures of local children who had the chance to dress up and attend the La Follette Library’s annual Halloween Party where they played games and had stories read to them by Cora Willis-King who does the Pre-school Story Hour every Thursday at 3:30 p.m. The program just kicked off and should run till summer when the Summer Reading program begins.  Cora is pictured reading.

Saturday brings a taste of winter

     Who needs January when you have November?  Today’s rain changes to snow tonight as temps slip to 31 while the wind kicks up.  November starts tomorrow with a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY featuring a brisk day with an air temperature of 37 and “feels like” temperatures in the teens all the while the cold winds blow rain and snow showers around.  Expect light snow accumulations here in the valley, mainly on car tops, roof tops, and grassy surfaces.  In the mountains (above 2,500 feet), snow totals will add up to anywhere from an inch to three inches of snow.  Saturday night brings the coldest night of the season at 28-degrees.  Look for cold sunshine for Sunday and highs near 50 before temps return to the 60s on Monday.  (10/31/2014 - 6:00 AM)


Trunk or Treat is tonight

     The 11th annual 1st Apostolic Church – City of La Follette “Trunk or Treat” is tonight (Halloween) from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  All the fun takes place behind the police/fire station in the heart of La Follette.  (10/31/2014 - 6:00 AM)

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Time change weekend

     This is the weekend that Tennessee and most of the country return to standard time.  The official time change comes at 2:00 a.m. Sunday, November 2 when time turns back one-hour.  It also means that we get an extra hour of sleep.  That’s “fall back” as you turn your clock “back” one-hour. (10/27/2014 - 6:00 AM)

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SS toy ride is moved to next weekend

     The weather’s gonna be too nasty on Saturday for much outdoor activity.  As a result, the annual Southern Sons toy ride is postponed.  The Southern Sons Motorcycle Club Toy Ride is moved to Saturday, November 8.  Sign-ups are at noon and kick stands go up at 1:00 p.m.  The ride leaves from Grace Rehab.  For more info, please call 423.912.2484.(10/30/2014 - 9:00 AM)

D.A. Effler awarded LMU Alumnus of the Year Award

District Attorney General Jared Effler was recently given Lincoln Memorial University's (LMU) Dr. Charles Holland Alumnus of the Year Award. LMU President B. James Dawson recognized Effler during LMU's annual Homecoming Alumni Banquet on October 11.

The award is given each year to the individual who best personifies the qualities and character of Abraham Lincoln. The Alumnus of the Year is a man or woman who embodies persistence, dedication in support of people and their freedoms and an obvious dedication to the mission and purpose of LMU. The award goes to a person who has achieved recognition in his or her professional life and who is an ambassador of goodwill and active in alumni activities.

Effler, who is a 1995 LMU graduate is a proud product of the Union County School System, he worked his way through college at LMU by building boxes at Cooper Container Corporation. Following LMU, Effler earned a Juris Doctorate from the University of Memphis School of Law, graduating with honors in 1999.

After law school, Effler was appointed Assistant District Attorney General for the Eighth Judicial District where he prosecuted numerous cases. Highlights of his young career include obtaining six first degree murder jury convictions and being a team member for a local, state and federal effort to dismantle the largest illegal prescription drug ring in the area. Additionally, Effler prosecuted the murderer of Cumberland Gap icon Harvey Fuson. The investigation and prosecution of the case was recently featured on Investigation Discovery. He was elected and sworn in as District Attorney General in August.

Effler has remained close to his alma mater, serving as an adjunct professor in the Criminal Justice and Criminology Program since 2005. Additionally, he has guest lectured on ethics at the LMU-Duncan School of Law and has supervised interns for the institution.

He said he felt “honored” to receive the award.

Lincoln Memorial University is a first class institution, and I am extremely humbled to be named their alumnus of the year. I am proud of the relationship I been able to maintain with LMU since graduation and look forward to working with them in my capacity as the District Attorney General.” (10/31/2014 - 6:00 AM)


Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over

Jacksboro, TN— This Halloween, Campbell County Deputies will crack down on drunk drivers throughout the region with an aggressive Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over enforcement effort, and The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office has given a fair warning to all partygoers: keep the party off the road.

“The scariest part of Halloween is not the spooky costumes and scary pranks, it’s the impaired drivers. All too often, partygoers don’t plan ahead and choose to drive impaired, but a costume can’t disguise drunk driving,” said Campbell County Sheriff Robbie K. Goins.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), from 2007-2011, 52 percent of all national fatalities occurring on Halloween night involved a drunk driver.

In 2011, when Halloween fell on a Monday, 44 percent of the nation’s fatalities during the Halloween weekend occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a blood alcohol concentration of .08 or higher. Thirty-eight percent of fatalities on Halloween night occurred in a crash involving a driver or a motorcycle operator with a BAC of .08 or higher.

Young men are particularly at risk of being involved in a traffic crash as a result of "buzzed" or drunk driving. Males ages 21-34 comprised almost half of all drunk drivers who were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes nationwide during the 2011 Halloween period.

“If you celebrate with alcohol, you don’t belong behind the wheel.” Sheriff Goins said. “A sober and safe ride after the party is the best treat you can give yourself and everyone else on the road this Halloween.”

To keep safe this Halloween, Sheriff Robbie K. Goins recommends these tips:

Before the Halloween festivities begin, plan a way to safely get home at the end of the night.

Always designate a sober driver.

If you are impaired, take a taxi, call a sober friend or family member, or use public transportation.

Walking impaired can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.  Designate a sober friend to walk you home.

If you see a drunk driver on the road, contact local law enforcement.

If you know someone who is about to drive or ride while impaired, take their keys and help them make safe travel arrangements to where they are going.

Halloween Safety Tips...


  1. Children should trick-or-treat during daylight hours.

  2. Children should never be allowed to go out alone on Halloween.

  3. Children should never eat any treats until they have been examined.

  4. All fruit should be cut and and closely examined before eating.

  5. Advise children that they should never enter strangers’ homes.

  6. Never invite children into your home.

  7. Children should never accept rides from strangers.

  8. Children should never take shortcuts through backyards or alleys.

  9. Set a specific time limit for your children to be out on Halloween night.

  10. Give wrapped homemade treats only to children you know.

  11. Instruct children not to stray from their group.

  12. A responsible adult should escort children while trick-or-treating.

  13. Adult escorts should carry flashlights.

  14. Don’t leave your home unattended on Halloween night.

  15. Keep pets inside your home, or other safe place on Halloween night.

  16. Children should walk, not run, during their trick-or-treat activities.

  17. Parents should know what route their children will be taking.

  18. All costumes should be made of light-colored, fireproof material.

  19. Children should wear proper fitting, comfortable costumes and shoes.

  20. Props such as toy guns or swords should be made of pliable material.

  21. Realistic replica firearms should never be used.

  22. Masks should not be worn if they impair vision.

  23. Wigs should be fireproof and should not restrict vision.

  24. Children should always use sidewalks, not the street, for walking.

  25. Children should look in all directions before crossing the street.    

    Halloween can be dangerous to your pet

    By Beth Caldwell - Animal Center Director

    Halloween can be a fun and exciting time for your family, but it could be dangerous and scary for your pets. Here are some helpful tips for keeping your furry friends safe during the Halloween holiday.

    During peak trick-or-treating hours it would be best to keep your pet in a quiet place away from the door. Some pets will get stressed by the continual ringing of the doorbell or constant knocking on the door, and all of the strange little monsters on your porch. This could lead to unexpected aggression and/or fleeing when the door is opened. Please make sure your pet has on proper identification or is microchipped in case the unexpected happens. If your pet does happen to get lost, it is very important you contact the local animal shelter as soon as possible.

    I have to admit there are some pretty cute costumes for pets but be cautious when dressing up your pet and never dye your pets fur. If you choose to dress up your animal, NEVER leave them alone in costume. This could lead to chewing and ingesting parts of the costume which could lead to serious health problems and possibly death. There is also a strangulation hazard if your pet escapes and the costume gets hung on something. If you just can’t resist and must dress up your pet it would be best to try on their costume beforehand and make sure it fits properly and the animal isn’t annoyed by it.

    Decorations also pose a threat during Halloween. Make sure that all cords and small decorations are kept out of reach. Chewing on these could especially dangerous because of the risk of choking, electric shock and possibly a house fire. Another thing to be careful with is jack-o-lanterns. These can also cause burns to your animals and house fires. The safest thing would be to get the battery operated lights for your pumpkins, but also make sure your pets are supervised around these. Glow sticks are a favorite chew toy for cats and can cause irritation, drooling, and foaming at the mouth.

    One of the biggest dangers for your pets on Halloween is candy. Chocolate is one of the most toxic candies for pets, the darker the chocolate the more toxic. Dogs are attracted to the smell and taste (like most humans) which makes it a significant threat. Raisins are extremely poisonous even in very small amounts. Make sure all chocolate and raisins are stored in an airtight container up high in a safe place away from your pets. Be sure all wrappers make it to the trash. Litter is bad for your critter, and these can cause bowel obstruction and damage organs.

    Don’t forget reflectors for yourself and your furry friends if you will be going out this Halloween and if any acts of animal cruelty is witnessed or suspected contact the proper authorities. DO NOT take matters into your own hands.  Have a Safe and Happy Halloween!

Professor Neewollah opens for business

By Charlotte Underwood

La Follette just got a little weirder, according to business owner Arnie Meredith, who recently opened a new “curiosity” shop in downtown La Follette. Whether you need a life-sized Egyptian mummy sarcophagus, a stuffed flying fish, or a rare, out-of-print antique book, Professor Neeawollah just may have it. Located next to Wender’s Furniture in downtown La Follette, the business has been open since mid-September. Meredith and his wife purchased the building that used to be Shelley Ivey’s old barber shop and packed it full with antiques, books, gifts, junk and assorted curiosities.

“We have been doing renovations, but are trying to keep the old look and architecture of the place,” Meredith said.  After “weirding” the place up a bit, he said they plan on installing some outside tables and chairs and offering coffee and perhaps cakes, as well as providing wifi service to customers. In fact, the wifi is already hooked up and Meredith said he also plans on having an awning installed as well.  “We want to bring some more life into the downtown area,” Meredith said.

Trinkets and treasures, junk, curiosities and more can be found at Professor Neewollah’s.

The shop is packed full with antiques, books, gifts, junk and assorted curiosities.

According to Meredith, “you just never know what you might find.” Popular sellers at the new shop include the multitude of antique books, as well as a variety of Christian, religious and occult books.

The shop carries a lot of antique and religious and occult books.

Meredith also said he and some of the other local antique and junk dealers had been talking to the mayor and were looking at possible upcoming art and antique events to help continue revitalizing the downtown area.

Professor Neewollah is located near red light no. 8 in LaFollette and is usually open for business Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 423-871-2652.

Need a life-sized Egyptian mummy sarcophagus for Halloween? Come to Professor Neewollah’s where life is just a little bit weirder.

“We are optimistic and really want the public to get out, come down and see what we have and just have some fun.”

Professor Neewollah is located near red light no. 8 in La Follette and is usually open for business Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. For more information, call 423-871-2652.  (10/30/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Whitley Pine Mountain League Competition

By: C/SSG’S Jared Franzmann/ Hunter Hatmaker and Cadre


Campbell County High School’s JROTC program brought home 24 medals in the Pine Mountain competition. CCHS teams also took home the grand prize; the overall first place trophy.

     Saturday, October 4, 23 cadets from Campbell County High School JROTC program traveled to a Pine Mountain league competition at Whitley County High School.  CCHS cadets competed against teams from twelve other high schools in seven events.

Cadets running through the plank part of the Field Obstacle Course.  

     Upon arrival 4 cadets went to take an academic test used to determine a winner for events where a tie might occur.

            The first true event of the day was the field obstacle course. Teams of 2 females and 5 males worked as a single unit to walk/move on two-8’ foot long planks, flip a tire up hill, carry a litter with a student 50 yards, pass 6 water cans in a relay, pass 6 sand bags in a relay, and finally run back to the starting point.  CCHS finished in second place, earning seven medals.

CCHS JROTC Cadets show great teamwork building a pyramid to help Abbigale Kitts get up the rope climb on the Obstacle Course.

            Second came the Obstacle Course with cadets completing a series of obstacles with agility, creativity, and speed. CCHS’ endurance and quickness on the 15 obstacles earned them a 1st place and 4 medals among the other twelve competing teams.

            The next event of the day was the Color Guard. With a few mishaps CCHS had a respectable 4th place finish.


Cadet Jones reporting to the grader in Squad Drill.

            After color guard came squad drill. A squad of 7 cadets completed a complex routine in a very small area.  CCHS brought home a third place finish with 7 medals.

            The next event of the day was the One Rope Bridge. In rapid intensity, CCHS moved with haste to get the best time possible. CCHS’s attention to detail and speed brought home six 1st place medals in this event.

            The final event of the day was Tug-o-War. Teams consisted of 3 females and 5 males. CCHS pulled hard, but they were no match for the heavier teams.

Cadet Jeffers looks for the far side as CCHS cadets complete the Rope Bridge event          

        Campbell County brought home 24 medals. CCHS teams also took home the grand prize; the overall first place trophy!  (10/29/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Campbell County’s most followed medium, WLAF, reaches a milestone

     Thanks to you, our listeners, viewers, readers, and corporate partners, WLAF’s media platforms continue expanding and reaching more Campbell Countians everyday.  Whether it’s AM 1450, FM 100.9, WLAF-TV 12, or 1450wlaf.com, we’re glad you connect with us.  This morning, WLAF’s “dotcom” surpassed the one-million visitor mark!  It took a tad more than one-year, but we did it.  (10/28/2014 - 2:30 PM)

Parking lot extension for senior center; other business discussed at workshop

By Charlotte Underwood

Representatives of the La Follette Senior Center approached the city council about parking problems during yesterday evening’s workshop.

The Senior Center is seeking to demolish two houses on property that the center recently purchased in order to grade and gravel the area to provide additional parking. The senior center has activities going on five days a week and the parking is inadequate, according to center representatives who said they were seeking “safe parking” for the seniors who attended activities at the center. According to Vice-Mayor Joe Bolinger, the county has agreed to help with the project, as does the city. Bolinger said to his understanding, if the city will tear down the houses and haul away the debris, the county will waive the landfill fee and then grade the parking area for the senior center. Street Department Head Jim Mullens said if the council voted on it, then his department would do what they could to help with the project. The issue will appear on next week’s agenda.

Vice-mayor Joe Bolinger and Ann Thompson were the only two council members present during yesterday evening’s workshop. According to Bolinger, Mayor Mike Stanfield was at a meeting. The need for additional parking at the senior center and other business was discussed and will appear on next week’s agenda.

Also on the agenda for next week is discussion of the recently raised flea-market rates. Councilwoman Ann Thompson asked that the item be placed on the agenda to discuss providing two flea-market spaces for $5 in stead of one.

The council will also vote on extending the two-percent property tax discount for those who pay by November 30, as well as a vote on the purchase of some fire department equipment and the hiring of a new full-time police officer.

Replacing lights on the viaduct will also be on the agenda. There are eight lights on the viaduct at a cost of about $1,600 per light. The current lights are old, outdated and not very bright, according to Fire Chief Gary Byrd. If the city purchased the lights, the state would install them, according to Mullens.

At next week’s meeting, the final reading on three ordinances will be held, including the reading of an ordinance which adopts a corrective action plan to prevent improper use of utility revenues, along with an ordinance that amends La Follette’s Animal Control Policy, making it “more clear and concise.” The final reading on an ordinance updating the city’s flood will also be held.

Next week’s meeting will be held on Monday, Nov. 3 at 6 p.m. due to a conflict with the Nov. 4 election day.  (10/28/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Bartley has court-date set for December in Criminal Court

     Kenneth S. Bartley appeared in Shayne Sexton’s Criminal Court Monday afternoon on probation violations.  Bartley admitted to the V.O.P. charges and has a Dec. 10 hearing date scheduled in Criminal Court.  In the meantime, Bartley remains in the county jail without bond.

Kenneth S. Bartley (FILE PHOTO)

Bartley, who has been arrested three times now since being set free earlier this year, is also scheduled to appear in Campbell County Sessions Court on November 20 regarding some of the charges which violated his probation.

His recent probation violation stems from a domestic assault charge after an Oct. 16 incident involving his mother, Rita Broyles.  According to the arrest warrant, Bartley threatened to strangle his mother, with whom he was living, after she refused to give him money for a cab. Broyles was eventually able to get away from Bartley and go to a neighbor’s house before calling the police.

Bartley was already on supervised probation as a result of two incidences that happened over the summer surrounding his father, Kenny Bartley. After his mother called 9-1-1 on Thursday night, Bartley fled her home and went on the run, before eventually turning himself in to authorities two days after the incident occurred. Bartley’s most recent arrest violated his probation that he was placed on after assaulting his father over the summer. Bartley also tested positive for marijuana and admitted to drinking alcohol, both of which also caused him to violate his probation.  (10/28/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Hickman on sideline for Vols-Tide game

David Hickman poses with Tennessee Coach Butch Jones last Thursday at Jones’ office  

     Did former Cougar David Hickman make the suggestion to change quarterbacks in Tennessee’s Saturday night home game with Alabama?  Probably not.  But he was there on the sideline when Josh Dobbs entered the game on the third series.  Hickman was chosen as “student coach of the week.”  WLAF's David Graham sat down with Hickman's father, Logan, to chat about his son's big day.  (10/28/2014 - 6:00 AM)

1st Baptist Church La Follette service from 10/26/2014


Campbell at Karns Football from 10/24/2014


Big day in criminal court results in continuances

Couple accused in child’s death has case continued to after New Year

By Charlotte Underwood

What was scheduled to be a big day in Campbell County’s Criminal Court this morning resulted in multiple continuances in several high-profile cases.

The couple accused in murdering three-year-old Gabriella Orton this past summer had their case continued till after the New Year.

Josh Adam Comer, accused in the child abuse death of Abbie Orton, appeared briefly in Criminal Court this morning. Comer had his court date reset for January 12.

Joshua Adam Comer, 33, along with the child’s mother Amber Leann Orton (Rezentes), 29, were both scheduled to appear in Judge Shayne Sexton’s courtroom to have the case set for status this morning. Comer, who is charged with felony first-degree murder, was present in the courtroom for the continuance, while Orton-Rezentes, who is charged with aggravated child abuse and neglect, was not present. Reasoning for the continuance was partly due to Orton-Rezentes’s lawyer Mike Hatmaker being unable to be in court today due to being in Federal Court in Knoxville. Comer is represented by public defender Dale Potter. The two cases are bound together and both were scheduled to be called to set for status on January 12, as there is not a court-date set in December due to the holiday.

The state is seeking the death penalty for Comer, citing three aggravating factors in the pursuit of capital punishment.

Three-year-old Gabriella Orton was pronounced dead on June 2 at the Tennova Medical Center in LaFollette. Preliminary autopsy reports indicated severe child abuse, leading the district attorney general to convene a special-called grand jury to indict both Comer and Orton-Rezentes on Tuesday afternoon. The mother was taken into custody immediately, while a day and a half manhunt finally netted Comer in the Whitman Hollow area of Campbell County.

Comer remains in custody on a $1 million bond, while Orton-Rezentes remains jailed on a $750,000 bond.

Accused Big O's robber has court date reset for February

The man accused of robbing Big O's Git and Go at gunpoint on January 2, had his court date reset for after the New Year at the state prosecutor’s request in Criminal Court this morning. The case will be set for plea or for status to move forward with a trial date on February 2.

Daniel Stanfill, 32, was indicted for the crime on March 14 by a grand jury. He appeared with his lawyer Robert Jolly in court for his arraignment and pleaded not guilty to the crime in April.

Assistant Attorney General Tom Barkley asked for the lengthy reset date because there is still a lot of discovery and depositions for the prosecution to go over.

Stanfill also has a lawsuit filed against Campbell County, Sheriff Robbie Goins, and several members of his department. The lawsuit is asking for $1.5 million.

Stanfill is free on a 75-thousand dollar bond.

Jellico’s former city recorder accused of embezzlement had court date reset

The former Jellico city recorder accused of stealing over $60,000 was scheduled to appear in criminal court this morning, but had her court date reset due to a scheduling conflict of her attorney’s.

Linda Douglas, 65, is charged with theft and official misconduct in connection with the misappropriation of nearly $100,000 from the city of Jellico, according to the Tennessee Comptroller's Office.

Douglas was indicted several months ago by a Campbell County Grand Jury for theft over $60,000 and three counts of official misconduct. Douglas was expected to either plea or have a trial court date set today, according to courthouse officials, but her attorney Mike Hatmaker was unavailable to be in the county today due to being in Federal Court in Knoxville.

TBI Special Agents began investigating Douglas in December 2012, following an audit by the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury.

During the investigation, TBI Agents developed information that Douglas, while working as Jellico City Recorder, took around $73,000 from the police department drug fund and other city funds.

Former teacher indicted for inappropriate conduct with a minor has court rescheduled

Former Campbell County teacher Lonnie Vann, 43, was supposed to appear in Shayne Sexton’s Criminal Court today, but had his case rescheduled to Nov. 17 due to a conflict with the prosecution's office. According to Assistant District Attorney Tom Barkley, Vann will be prosecuted by the Anderson County District Attorney, who had a conflict with today’s court date.

In July, Vann was indicted by a grand jury for inappropriate conduct with a student after he was charged with solicitation of a minor, sexual battery by an authority figure, tampering with evidence and assault.

Vann taught at La Follette Middle School and was placed on suspension without pay in October 2013 after allegations of the inappropriate conduct came to light.

According to the TBI, on Oct. 22, Vann took a 13-year-old student off school property to Coolidge First Baptist Church. While in the building, Vann allegedly hugged the female student and tried to kiss her, both without consent. Vann also allegedly tampered with evidence by altering images on a recording device at the church. Vann turned himself into the Campbell County Sheriff. He was later released on $10,000 bond.

Former Jellico teacher accused of murder had date rescheduled to November

The Jellico High School teacher who shot and killed her fiancé was slated to appear for a status hearing today to set her trial date, but had her court date rescheduled due to a scheduling conflict. Lisa Elliott, 47, of Elk Valley, was arrested after the fatal shooting of her 53-year-old fiancé Larry David Champlin on Feb. 2. The trial was supposed to begin on Aug. 22, but the state filed a motion for continuance, due to the toxicology results and firearms tests not being back yet from the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation last month. A trial date was supposed to be announced today, but Elliott’s attorney Mike Hatmaker was unavailable due to being out of town in Federal Court.

Elliott was charged after a grand jury handed down a second-degree murder indictment against her on March 14. Arrested and originally held in lieu of a $150,000 bond, Elliott’s bond was reduced to a $100,000 secured bond, and she was released on February 7. If convicted of second-degree murder, Elliott could face prison time of 15 to 20 years.  (10/27/2014 - NOON)

Donnie Poston, Crystal Creekmore, Allison Poston, & Congressman Duncan.

Congressman Jimmy Duncan

Donnie Poston, Crystal Creekmore, Allison Poston, Congressman Jimmy Duncan, June Pyle, Joe Brown, Jerry Ball.

Medicare questions?  Healthcare questions?  Terry’s Pharmacy has answers.

Beginning next week, Tuesdays and Fridays are the days to ask Medicare and healthcare questions.  The person to ask is Grey Stooksbury.  He’s at the Terry’s Pharmacy La Follette location twice weekly, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stooksbury of the Gray Insurance Agency may be reached at 423.562.3346.(10/212/2014 - 9:00 AM)

Planning commission approves site plans

The La Follette Planning Commission approved several site plans during its meeting yesterday evening. First approved was a site plan for Jason Rutherford to add on to his storage buildings located at 1919 Jacksboro Highway. The property is zoned C-2 in the highway business district and is across from La Follette’s Fire Hall # 2.  The proposed addition and property was surveyed by Tony Crutchfield. Also approved was a subdivision plat for Terry Sweat at 140 Colonial Heights and Brenda Smith at 134 Colonial Heights. The property is zoned R-1 Low Density Residential District. 

A special exception request was approved for Short-Redmond Ford to place a temporary double-wide trailer at their sales lot, which is located at 1916 Jacksboro Pike.  The property is Zoned C-2 Highway Business District.  The temporary mobile home will be used for sales until their renovation project is complete. According to LaFollette Mayor Mike Stanfield, the exemption was only approved for seven months and if the renovation project is not complete by then, the company will have to reapply for another exemption. Short-Redmond Ford will be adding on to include a larger sales and show-room area.

A home occupation request by Tammy Rivera for clerical work at her West Prospect Street residence was also approved, according to Stanfield.  The property is zoned R-2 High Density Residential District. (10/24/2014 - 6:00 AM)

State recognizes Caryville Elementary as a Reward School

By Charlotte Underwood

Caryville Elementary School is the only school in the county this year to receive a Reward Designation, according to a list released by the state. An excited group of fourth-grade students gathered outside the school for a picture on Wednesday afternoon with Director of Schools Donnie Poston.

Fourth-grade students from Caryville Elementary gathered outside the school for a picture with Director of Schools Donnie Poston, who came to the school to congratulate Caryville on receiving the Reward School status from the state.

The designation means Caryville is in the top 5 percent of schools in the state for performance—as measured by overall student achievement levels—and the top 5 percent for year-over-year progress—as measured by school-wide value-added data. These 10 percent of schools receive recognition for their success under the accountability system. This year's list recognized 67 schools across the state for overall academic achievement and 84 schools for overall growth. In East Tennessee, 18 schools were named Reward Schools, with Caryville garnering the designation for “progress”.

Poston shook hands with students and congratulated Caryville on the recognition. He said he felt very blessed that no Campbell County Schools were on the priority list this year.

“Great job educators - keep up the fantastic work,” Poston said.

“The kids are proud, the staff is proud; Caryville is a great place to be,” said assistant principal Pam Walden. (10/23/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Child abuse case bound over to grand jury

By Charlotte Underwood

The child abuse case involving Eric and Nakita Morton has been bound over to the Campbell County Grand Jury.  After listening to testimony from an expert pediatric child abuse witness from Vanderbilt Burn Center in Nashville, General Sessions Judge Amanda Sammons denied the defense’s motions to have charges against Nakita and Eric Morton dismissed and chose to bind the case over to the Grand Jury, which meets again on Dec. 12.

Debra Lowen, the Head of the Pediatric Child Abuse department at Vanderbilt in Nashville testified that the burns on Zander Brown were abusive in nature. Based of this testimony and that of others, Judge Amanda Sammons ruled that the case be bound over to the grand jury.

Dr. Debra Lowen, who is head of Child Abuse Pediatrics at Vanderbilt, testified on the prosecution’s behalf.  Lowen stated that in her medical opinion, the burns on Zander Brown were a result of child abuse and that his burns were not consistent with the series of events described by Eric Morton as to how the burns happened.

Defense attorney Wes Hatmaker asked her if the burns were intentional and Lowen replied that she did not deal with intent.

“I don’t talk about intent, but in my expert medical opinion, this was an abusive injury.”

Lowen said the “flow patterns, the sparing of burns in certain areas and the lack of splash patterns” contradict Eric Morton’s explanation of events that Zander turned the hot water on himself and then was “running around in circles, before falling and striking his head in the tub.”

Eric Morton and Nakita Morton are escorted out of the court room after their preliminary hearing. The Mortons are accused of abusing Nakita’s son Zander Brown, who is still in Vanderbilt Burn Center. The case has been bound over to the grand jury.

Lowen said if Zander had turned the water on himself and was suddenly confronted with hot water, he would have retreated first to the back of the tub to get away from the burning water and if that had not worked, would have climbed out. According to testimony from Zander’s grandfather, the child could climb in and out of the tub on his own and had done so in the past. Lowen said she also based her view that the injuries were abusive in nature by the fact that Zander had bruising on both temples and other parts of his body, which according to her were not in correlation with a fall in the bath tub. Lowen also said the 2 and a half hour delay in medical attention caused Zander’s injuries to be worse, which was indicated in the lab work done on his internal organs, which were adversely affected.

“He needed emergency medical care and when he was not given that care immediately, it was medical neglect,” Lowen said.

When defense attorneys Bill Jones and Wes Hatmaker asked for charges to be dismissed because the burns were a result of an accident according to their clients, Assistant District Attorney Tom Barkley objected saying the fact that Eric Morton had admittedly scrubbed the blisters off of Zander’s burned body was child abuse in and of itself.

“Your honor that would have been excruciating to a child with burns of this degree; they together planned to withhold medical treatment to this child because they did not want DCS or the police involved – they cared more about themselves than in getting medical attention to the child,” Barkley said.  The medical expert also testified that it would be an incredibly painful experience and that there was evidence of possible older abuse.

“The MRI that was done on (Zander) showed several small areas of old blood in his brain that is indicative of prior insult, (injury),” Lowen said.

According to Lowen, Zander has second and third degree burns 60-percent of his body and he has already undergone seven surgeries.  After he went through the second surgery, he “coded” and had to be resuscitated with CPR.

Zander remains at Vanderbilt with life-threatening injuries and will most likely be there for another six to eight weeks. He has multiple surgeries ahead of him and the greatest risk he faces now is from infections. Lowen also said the burn team that is treating him has had difficulty because he lacks the healthy skin needed for skin grafts due to the severity and large portion of his body that was burned. He remains in a lot of pain and on a lot of pain medication, according to medical officials.  (10/21/2014 - 9:00 PM)

Campbell County Commission Meeting 10/20/2014


Medicare questions?  Healthcare questions?  Terry’s Pharmacy has answers.

Beginning next week, Tuesdays and Fridays are the days to ask Medicare and healthcare questions.  The person to ask is Grey Stooksbury.  He’s at the Terry’s Pharmacy La Follette location twice weekly, Tuesdays and Fridays, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  Stooksbury of the Gray Insurance Agency may be reached at 423.562.3346.(10/212/2014 - 9:00 AM)

Terry’s Pharmacy hosts healthcare answer sessions on Mondays

If you have questions about Medicare and healthcare, then Terry’s Pharmacy is the place to be on Monday mornings. With the Affordable Healthcare Act being implemented, lots of people have questions about what’s going on. From 9:30 a.m. to noon on Mondays, there will be a representative of a multi-company insurance group on hand to answer those questions.

You have questions about Medicare and healthcare?  Miranda Ford has answers every Monday at Terry's Pharmacy.

“Plans will go away and new plans will become available; patients really need to come talk to this woman because she can hopefully answer their questions and help them select the right plan. She is non-biased and not representing any particular company,” said Raewyn Snodderly of Terry’s Pharmacy. Those that are new to Medicare or are turning 65 and those who need extra help on prescription drug co-pays are encouraged to attend. Those who receive Medicaid/TennCare, QMB or SLMB are also encouraged to attend.

“She will look at the medication list and how much they are prescribed and will then help choose the best health care plan for each patient,” Snodderly explained.

For more information, call Terry’s Pharmacy at 423-562-4928. It is located at 310 E. Central Avenue in La Follette. (10/06/2014 - 6:00 AM)

Early voting continues

It’s a big November ticket for Jellico; not so much for Caryville and La Follette.  However, La Follette may have the hottest item on the ballot.  The referendum for La Follette is whether or not to legalize the sale of alcohol.

On Jellico’s big ballot, Forrester Baird and Larry Meadors will challenge current Mayor Les Stiers while a bakers dozen other candidates will battle it out for six alderman seats.  Three incumbents, Pam Carbaugh, Coach Alvin Evans, and Charles Vermillion have opposition from William Michael Bridges, Novella Brooks, Jamie Lawson, Charlotte Lindsay, Sarah Beth McQueen, Wanda Perkins, Gail Sharp, Ranee’ Voyles, and Louise Walden.

At Caryville, three alderman seats are up.  Ward 1’s candidates are Jerry Chadwell facing Dwayne Gibson.  Gibson was appointed to finish an unexpired term.  David E. Smith is unopposed in Ward 2.  Beth Lawson challenges Ward 3 incumbent Mark Stanley.

La Follette is electing two council members.  Joe Bolinger is running for re-election.  Ann Thompson, who was appointed to finish a term, is seeking to keep that seat.  Perennial candidate Virgil Kidwell, who is also the Democratic nominee for state representative, is running for city council.

Also of local interest, aside from electing a governor and U.S. Senator, Kidwell faces incumbent State Representative Dennis Powers while Mary Headrick challenges Congressman Chuck Fleischmann.  On the north side of the county, longtime Congressman John J. Duncan, Jr. faces three challengers.  There are also four very complicated constitutional amendments on the ballot.  You may see the entire ballot by clicking on this icon

Early voting runs through October 30th.  At Jacksboro at the Election Commission Office, early voting hours are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m., Fridays 9:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  At the Jellico Municipal Building, early voting days and times are Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m., Fridays 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.   Election Day is Tuesday, November 4th.  WLAF provides coverage on election night on AM, FM, TV, DOT COM, Facebook, and Twitter.  (10/15/2014 - 9:30 AM)

Owens Shoe Store is located up above Scottie’s at Caryville

Owens Shoe Store is WLAF’s business of the week

By Charlotte Underwood

Deer season is upon us and Christmas is just around the bend, now’s the time to get that pair of boots for winter. Whether you need work boots, hunting boots, cowboy boots or muck boots, Owens Shoe Store in Caryville has got boots for all occasions. With name brands like Rocky, Red Wing, Muck, Georgia, Durango and Ariat, the shop carries a large selection of boots in stock, but can also order any size you need from these companies.  The boots will be delivered in seven to 12 days at no charge for shipping to the customer and if the boots don’t fit, that’s not a problem, as they will just put them on the shelf and order you another pair.

Dickies work pants and clothing is also available at Owens Shoe Store in Caryville. And if they are too long, Owens will also hem them

Owned and operated by Everett Owens, the shop opened up on Main Street in Caryville in 2008.

According to Owens’s daughter-in-law Jody, who works at the store in the mornings, Muck boots are one of their best sellers because the four-wheeler riders love them.

The shop also sells Peet boot dryers for those evenings when you need your boots dry the next morning.

Ariat boots are a popular seller at Owens Shoe Store in Caryville

Owens sells Dickies brand work clothing, as well as Walls brand hunting clothing and Rattlers brand snake chaps, which are also a big seller for those who enjoy four-wheeling in the mountains. Clothing can also be ordered to size and is delivered to the store in seven to 12 days at no cost to the customer. The shop will also do basic hemming jobs to work and hunting clothes.

Hand-worked leather belts can be found in Caryville at Owens Shoe Store

Leather belts and different name brand hunting knives such as Case, Remington, and Buck can also be found at Owens.

Whether you need work boots, hunting boots, cowboy boots or something specific, Owens Shoe Store in Caryville is your local boot and shoe destination.

Owens Shoe Store is located at 195 Main Street in Caryville, 0.1 miles past Shoney’s on the left. The store is open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday from 8:30a.m. to 7 p.m. and on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 8: 30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information call 423-562-2138 or email at OwensShoes@bellsouth.net. (10/16/2014 - 6:00 AM)

 Cougars play on Friday over the WLAF - B & M Tires Sports Network

"list of corporate partners grows"

     The Cougars play somewhere against an opponent to be named this weekend in the first round of the playoffs this Friday, the 7th in a 7:00 p.m. kick-off.  WLAF has all the live coverage.  Special thanks to all the corporate partners who make the live radio and live web telecasts possible; Eric Robbins and Robbins Guttering, former Lady Cougar Dr. Jill Cox-Browning, Community Trust Bank, B & M Tires, Charley's Pizza, Grace Rehab, Byrge Screen Printing, Terry's Pharmacy, Campbell County Heating & Air, First National Bank,

The “new look” Cougar headgear features a player’s number on one side of the helmet with an outline of Campbell County on the other side with a Cougar paw inside.  The helmets are white.  However, when light shines on the new hats, they turn different colors mainly gray.

Cumberland Gap Medical, Farmers Insurance Agent Travis Thompson, American Cable, Peoples Bank of the South, Marathon Oil, State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith, VitalCare Medical Transportation, Powell-Clinch Utility District, Wrap It Up Construction, Lace-to-Pearls Ladies Consignment Shop, Clayton Homes, Stan Hawkins & Nova Copy, and Fazoli's.   

WLAF adds editorial page 

     Due to a more than expected response (and counter response), WLAF continues the public discussion and opinions over on our newly created WLAF Editorial Page. Please feel free to contribute or respond to this or any other topic by emailing WLAF at wlaf@1450wlaf.com. Thank you for connecting to WLAF AM-FM-TV-DotCom. See additional updated responses. (10-06-2014 - 7:30PM)

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Listen to Keith Hatfield`s “Show Cause” 

     Keith Hatfield`s Sports talk show called “Show Cause” is heard here on WLAF each Friday following Tony Basilio from 1 pm to 3 pm. Keith will break down the Vols opening football game while also interviewing new Tennessee basketball coach Donnie Tyndall in this weeks show which is archived on the WLAF Archive page and currently can be heard by clicking the player below.  Hatfield who is from LaFollette is a member of and broadcasts out of the Tony Basilio Sports Network from the “Ray Mears” Studio in Knoxville.

Check this out on Chirbit 

Precinct-by-precinct.  District-by-district.  WLAF has all the final numbers.

     You asked.  WLAF delivered.  WLAF's Coach Vic King has taken all 184 pages of the election numbers and posted them right here.  Just CLICK.  (08/12/2014 - 8:00 PM)


Election results bring change

By Charlotte Underwood

      Campbell County has a new mayor.  E.L. Morton won in a run-away race for the county mayor’s office, easily outstripping incumbent William Baird and other candidates.  Morton received 4,022 votes, while Jack Lynch came in second with 2,346 and Baird came in third with 2,186.  Fred Cole garnered 748 while Marvin Rutherford finished with 194.

     Morton, members of his family, friends and old school mates gathered at the Holiday Inn Express to celebrate the big win before heading down to WLAF to give a big thanks to all his supporters.

     Morton said he was overwhelmed with the outpouring of support.  “Tonight’s a blessing and an affirmation.  I feared letting people down and not being able to deliver, but the people supporting our campaign came through and didn’t let that happen. I am really proud to represent the people that voted for us and look forward to being the mayor of Campbell County for everyone.  Morton said he had prayed long and hard about running for office.

     “I prayed not to do it, but I got a different answer and win lose or draw, I was responsible for doing that much at least.  I am relieved it’s over, but I look forward to building the community we want in the future.  We deserve only what we earn, but I believe the people of Campbell County are willing to work hard to earn it,” Morton said. 

Morton said he looked forward to going to work for the people of the county.

     Incumbent Sheriff Robbie Goins is going to enjoy another four years in office as he swept the polls against Gary Perkins and Pete Hatfield.  Votes for Goins totaled an amazing 6,986 while Perkins had 1,752 and Hatfield finished with 882.

     Goins said he was honored to receive the vote of confidence from the people of the county.  “I am so thankful to the voters; I think the people liked what we have been doing for the past four years and they showed that in support at the polls,” Goins said, adding that while he had felt good about the turnout, he did not know how overwhelming the support would be.

     “Everyone has been so positive these past four years about what we have been doing; we are all excited to get back to work for another four years,” Goins said, adding that he was “thankful and blessed.”
     Amanda Sammons ousted incumbent Joe Ayers for Sessions Court Judge in a fairly close race with a total of 3,698 votes. Ayers received 3,296. Challenger Kathy Parrott had a showing of 2,495 votes.

      Sammons said she felt excited and was still in shock over winning.  She said she wanted to thank the voters who put her in office.  “Thank you so much for entrusting me with your vote and your support,” Sammons said, adding that she looked forward to taking office and getting started.

     In Campbell County, Jared Effler is receiving more votes for the district attorney general’s office with 4,189 votes over Lori Phillips-Jones who had 3,992. Effler was declared the winner not long before midnight Thursday.

     In Campbell County, Leif Jeffers received 4,552 for the public defender’s office while Mark Eric Blakely garnered 3,612. Jeffers also won the other counties in the district to become the new public defender.

    In the Chancellor race, Elizabeth Asbury won with 6,743 votes to Andy Tillman’s 2,507 here and was victorious overall to earn the right to be the next chanellor.  Dormas Miller won the Register of Deeds office with 5,288, while Beverly Hall had 2,782 and Danny E. Wilson had 297.1

     The new county clerk is Alene Baird with 3,262. Lynn Letner received 703, while Todd Nance had 2,948 and incumbent Debbie Wilson had 2,721.

     First District County commissioners are N. Marie Ayers who received 677, while Whit Goins received 721 and Robert Higginbotham received 675.

     Second District County commissioners are Dewayne “Mailman” Kitts with 1,039, Cliff Kohlymeyer with 641 and Lonnie Weldon with 696.

      Kitts said he wanted to thank the voters for everything.

      “Well it’s an honor to win; I want to thank the voters.  The people in the district really showed me their support,” Kitts said, saying he sensed the people in his district wanted a change.

     “I made a lot of friends in the second district; really honored and thankful for everyone who voted. I am going to be a committed commissioner and do what I can for the people,” Kitts said, adding that he never thought he would be doing this.

     “I want to make a positive influence on the community and I invite the public to come and sit down with me if they need to talk,” Kitts said.

     County commission third district winners are Cliff Jennings with 627, Rusty Orick with 786 and Scott Stanfield with 886. 

     Fourth district county commissioners for the fourth district are Charles Goat Baird with 1,028, Johnny Coach Bruce with 1,098 and Sue Nance with 1,075,

     County commission fifth district representatives are Forster Baird with 709, Ralph Davis with 840 and Carl B. Douglas with 714.

     School board first district member is Wallace Goins with 1,289 against Rector Miller’s 666.

     Second district school board saw Sharon Ridenour win with 815 against Randy Comer’s 764.

     Third district school board member is Faye Heatherly who won a close race with 797 votes against Scott Hill’s 774 and Virgil Kidwell’s 185.

     In the school board district four, Clint Bane won with 748 against Tim Woods with 526 and Eugene Lawson’s 682.

     School Board District five saw Crystal Creekmore winning with 586 while Elsie Bates Crawford garnered 505, Johnny Creekmore had 402 and Ned Smiddy received 346.

     Congress third district sees Weston Wamp beat Chuck Fleischmann in the third district congressman race with 2464 against Wamp’s 2357 in Campbell County.  Fleischmann was eventually able to win and keep his seat in Congress.  (08/08/2014 - 2:30 AM)

Finals ‘14 – The 2014 Election Returns from WLAF is presented by:

Attorney Greg Leach of Sexton, Sexton, & Leach Attorneys 423.569.8341

Ron's Golf Carts & La Follette Indoor Flea Market - behind Long John Silvers

American Cable in the Woodson Mall-Food City Center is your home for DISH

Since 1961, Litho-Craft Printing & Office Supplies on West Beech Street

Zach Sheets with Edward Jones Investments 423.566.4010

First National Bank 423.566.1624 - next to Subway on the four-lane

Terry's Pharmacy of La Follette & Jacksboro - walk-in, drive-up, or we'll deliver

Beacon Finance "where pigs fly" on North Tennessee Avenue

State Farm Agent Tabatha Smith in the Fleet Building in La Follette

Attorney David H. Dunaway 423.562.7085

Holston Gases - Jacksboro - 423.562.7596

The Gray Insurance Agency where "Nationwide is on your side"

Community Trust Bank, building communities built on trust

David Bales Buick GMC - locally owned & operated by the same family since 1966

Wender Furniture Company in La Follette is home of the Big Green Egg

Since 1933.  Our name means a great deal.  Bowman Jewelers at Traffic Light 8.

Dave's Lawn Mower Parts - behind Scottie's at Caryville

PCUD - Powell-Clinch Utility District.  Natural.  Propane.

American Trust Bank.  Thanks for 10-great years.

La Follette Glass...  "Auto-Commercial-Residential"

FM is now a part of the WLAF media platforms 

     Who would have thought that WLAF would have a television station before it was able to secure an FM signal?  But that’s how it’s played out.  WLAF signed on as an AM radio station in 1953, added WLAF-TV 12 in 1990, and, as of this morning, now has an FM signal.  It is FM 100.9.  The new FM is a simulcast of 1450 WLAF.  The website, www.1450wlaf.com, is also one of the WLAF’s mediums.(08/07/2014-6:00 AM)

Click the cap to watch the 2014 CCHS Graduation Ceremonies

2014 Campbell Football Schedule

August 14 or 15                       Jamboree                      A

August  22                              Cumberland Gap            A  W  54 - 7

August 29                               Lynn Camp                  H  W  64 - 0

September 5                          Central *                      H  W  35 - 27

September  12                         Anderson County*          A  L  35 - 14

September 18                          Clinton*                         A

September 26                          Halls*(HC)                     H

October 3                                Oak Ridge*                    A

October 10                             Gibbs*                          H

October 17                              Open Date                    - -

October 24                              Karns*                          A

October 31                             Powell*(SN)                 H                           

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