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Doctor pleads guilty to improperly prescribing Suboxone

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A Tennessee doctor has pleaded guilty to federal charges that he illegally distributed Suboxone in Pike and Whitley counties. Dr. Matthew Rasberry, of Jacksboro, Tennessee, pleaded guilty to four counts of unlawfully distributing a controlled substance and one count of engaging in a monetary transaction with funds derived from an illegal activity.
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CCSO conducts Friday morning drug raid at LaFollette home

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – One person is in jail this morning, being held without bond, as the result of a drug raid conducted on Friday morning by the Campbell County Sheriff’s Drug Investigation Unit and SWAT Team. Investigators executed a narcotics search warrant at the large white home...

Authorities searching for missing Scott Co. man

SCOTT COUNTY, Tenn. (WVLT) - Scott County authorities are searching for a 40-year-old man who was first reported missing over a week ago. Justin Lowe has been missing since May 5 from a residence near the Widows Lane area of Pioneer, officials said. He was reportedly last seen wearing a...

Manhattan Project radiation lingers in Oak Ridge. Critics want more info on a new landfill

Since 2012, the Department of Energy has been batting around proposals to build a landfill for scraps of demolished buildings from Y-12, the site that contains low-level radiation from Manhattan Project work that took place there.  Federal officials have selected a forested area in the Oak Ridge Reserve, not far from Y-12, at the headwaters of Bear Creek, which flows into the Clinch River. Tennessee environmental regulators have been reviewing plans and submitting comments for over a decade.  ...

Pirates invade East Tennessee for Pirate Fest 2022

HARRIMAN, Tenn. (WATE) – ARRRe you ready for pirates, shenanigans, and a family-friendly event that will be as exciting as it is sea-worthy? Then get ready, because the pirates are set to invade Harriman, Tennessee. With the British Navy set to invade the American city of New Orleans in...

The Lions Club Carnival opens tomorrow at 4pm

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The big trucks from the Great American Carnival are due to arrive on Monday, and crews will begin setting up for opening day, Tuesday at 4pm, of the big Midway. The annual event is hosted by the Lions Club, and discount coupons are available at...

Summer reading fun is coming to the La Follette Public Library

TOP PHOTO: La Follette Fire Chief Jimmy Pack and La Follette Firefighters along with a big red fire engine will be part of the summer reading program next month at the La Follette Public Library. LAFOLLETTE, TN (SPECIAL TO WLAF) – Summer Reading 2022 is just around the corner at...

$11M secured for new Oak Ridge airport

The fiscal year 2023 state budget contains $11 million for a new general aviation airport in Oak Ridge. "Oak Ridge is becoming a center for innovation, and the new airport will connect it with the rest of the country and support the economic growth of the region," a news release from the Tennessee Republican Caucus...

Community gathers in Roane Co. for candlelight vigil as part of National Police Week

ROANE COUNTY, Tenn. — Harriman community members gathered in David Webb Riverfront Park Monday evening for a solemn night. They gathered for an event to honor and remember police officers who died while in the line of duty. It was part of National Police Week and started at 7:30 p.m. They gathered at the Roane County Law Enforcement Memorial and lit candles to honor the people who died.

Breaking ground for affordable homes

State and local officials recently turned out to break ground for construction to begin for new homes on Waddell Place in Oak Ridge's Highland View neighborhood. Maria Catron, executive director of the Oak Ridge Housing Authority, explained there will be three new homes on the site built for homeownership. They will be in the...

Charles Franklin Huffine, 85

Charles Franklin Huffine, age 85, passed away quietly at his home on May 12, 2022. Charles enjoyed hunting, Indian artifacts, fishing, and spending time with his friends. He is preceded in death by his wife Adell “Penny” Huffine; 9 brothers and sisters, except his only living sister Trula Kathleen Hutsell, who is 98 years young. He also has numerous nieces and nephews and a large family.

Thomas “Martin” Roberts, Harriman

Thomas “Martin” Roberts age 74 of Harriman, TN passed away Sunday, May 15, 2022, at his home surrounded by his family. He was a faithful member of Riverside Baptist Church, where he served as a trustee. He was a veteran of the United States Army. Martin was a Hunter Safety Course instructor for T.W.R.A for 30-plus years and was an avid hunter and fisherman. Some of his favorite days were spent on the lake fishing with family and friends and especially with his grandchildren. He loved any sport that involved the Tennessee Vols, and he was a gifted storyteller. Martin was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, and brother, he never met a stranger and was loved by many.

Ronnie Bertram, Oliver Springs

Ronnie Bertram passed away Thursday, May 12, 2022, at Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. Formerly of Sunbright, Tennessee, Ronnie was the son of the late B.J. and Cassie Bertram and brother of the late Sam A. Bertram. After graduation from Sunbright School, Ronnie served in the U.S. Army. After his discharge, he settled in Channahon, Illinois where he married the now deceased Margaret (Peggy) McCoy Bertram and worked for Caterpillar until his retirement. He relocated to Oliver Springs, Tennessee in 2004.

Thelma Jean Davidson, Lancing

Mrs. Thelma Jean Davidson, age 86 of Lancing passed away Friday, May 13, 2022, at the Methodist Medical Center of Oak Ridge. She enjoyed reading and watching game shows on TV and John Wayne Movies. Most of all being with her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and family. She was preceded in death by her husband IJ Davidson.

Mavis Bullard, Harriman

Mrs. Mavis Bullard, age 87, of Harriman, passed away Friday, May 13, 2022. She was predeceased by husband: Jac Ed Bullard. One daughter: Gwendolyn Sue Tyson. Her parents: Pat and Jessie Harvey. One sister: Montana Davidson. And one brother: D.M. “Doc” Harvey. She is survived by two daughters:...

David Robert Alford III, 93, Oak Ridge

David Robert Alford III, age 93, passed away on Thursday, May 12, 2022, at home surrounded by family and friends. David was born March 15, 1929, in Minneapolis, Minn. to the late David R. Alford Jr. and Florence Weisner Alford. He attended the University of Minnesota where he met and married his wife, Dorothy Gunderson Alford in 1952. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and graduated in 1952 with a B.M.E. and B.B.A. in mechanical engineering.

State Funds Tourism Initiative To Tell History Of Wilder

The unincorporated town of Wilder in Fentress County will receive $500,000 though Governor Bill Lee’s newest budget. State Representative John Mark Windle said the money will be used to develop tourism attractions in the once populated coal mining community. “I’ve heard estimates as high as 7,000, but certainly, there...