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Toledo family gets closure after remains of daughter, missing since 1998, identified in Tennessee

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WTVG) - A Toledo woman, missing since 1998, has been identified by investigators in Tennessee. The Knox County Regional Forensic Center (KCRFC) announced Wednesday that a body found near the city of Jellico on the Kentucky/Tennessee border on October 19, 1998 was that of Lori A. Alexander, a 27-year-old that was declared missing from Toledo earlier that month.
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Partin clocked at 112 mph; facing multiple charges

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – There was no way Campbell County Sheriff’s Deputy Dakota Williams could miss Thomas Mack Partin and his La Follette bound red Ford pick-up truck on the Gen. Stiner Highway; it was coming head on at Williams and his cruiser at a high rate of speed, according to a report from the sheriff’s office. It was just after midnight Tuesday when Partin was passing a vehicle and was in Williams’ lane.
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Lions Club Carnival opens to good weather and a good crowd on Tuesday

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The annual Lions Club Carnival is officially open in La Follette. It runs through Saturday opening each day at 4pm with a special noon opening on Saturday. Virgie Selvidge with the Lions Club says this year’s carnival has more rides, more game trailers and more...

Free medical, dental and vision services this weekend

Remote Area Medical — RAM — a major nonprofit provider of pop-up clinics delivering free, quality dental, vision and medical care to those in need — will hold a free, two-day clinic this weekend, May 21-22. RAM will be set up at Jellico Elementary School, located at...

Head on collision closes Hwy 25W near Jellico

HIGH CLIFF, TN (WLAF) – The report of a head on collision near Jellico on Hwy 25W north of La Follette occurred in the 8am hour on Tuesday. Fortunately, there were no injuries. However the road has been closed since as crews attempt to clear the scene. (WLAF NEWS...

LPD morning raid nets arrests of Chris Wilson, Beverly Paul

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The names and faces have changed over the years, but La Follette Police were back at the same address, 306 South Indiana Avenue, executing a narcotics search warrant before 7am on Tuesday. One person inside the small, brick home was the target of raid by LPD’s Narcotics Unit and Special Response Team, Chris Wilson.
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CCSO, LDP raid alleged dealer’s home

The Campbell County Sheriff’s Office says that its SWAT team, along with members of the LaFollette Police Department, executed a search warrant Friday at a home on South 27th Street. According to a CCSO release, the home is the residence of Derick Byrge, who was described as a “local...

LFD First Responders save Braden’s life

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – “All I know is that I grabbed the weed eater and went boom. I don’t remember a thing after that,” said Ben Braden. It was a Sunday morning, a little after 10am, last Sept. 12, to be exact, when Braden collapsed soon after he fired up his big Stihl weed eater.

Rainbow Family Restaurant to reopen Friday as scheduled

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The Rainbow Restaurant has been closed this week to give its employees a little time off and was scheduled to reopen Friday. However, in the mean time, the buffet caught fire Monday night. That said, the scheduled reopening will go on like planned. “We’ll be back to our regular 4am until noon hours, seven days a week starting Friday morning,” said owner Travis Wallen.

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...

LFD quick response snuffs out A-C fire at Murphy’s Gas Station

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Multiple fire engines with the La Follette Fire Department just cleared the scene of an air conditioning unit fire at the Murphy Gas Station. “The A-C unit is on top of the building, and we were able to put it out without much trouble,” said LFD Chief Jimmy Pack. Pack added that the store had to be closed for about an hour to ventilate it. There were no injuries. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 05/17/2022-10:30am)

William L. “Willie” Cole

74-year-old William L. “Willie” Cole was born August 21, 1947 in Gray, Ky. and passed away May 16, 2022 at Quality Care in Lebanon. Willie was preceded in death by his grandparents that raised him, Will and Mae Frost, his Parents Harold Cole and Annabelle Stanley and his sister, Joann Stone. Willie is survived by his wife of 39 years, Deborah Goss Cole, his children, Tasha (Philip) Waggoner, Derrick Johnson (Kim Cantrell), Sheri Ford, Jerry (Margo) Cole, Toni Cole and Christy Lawson. He is survived by grandchildren, Hagen, Hasten and Haven Waggoner and 11 more grandchildren. He is survived by 7 great-grandchildren. Willie worked for T.V.A. but for a time he was a deputy for the DeKalb County Sheriff’s Department and assistant chief at the Alexandria Police Department. He also did block and concrete masonry. The funeral will be Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Chapel of Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria. Wilson Williams will officiate and burial will be in Salem Cemetery. Visitation will be Wednesday from 1-8 p.m. and Thursday from 10 a.m. until the service at 2 p.m. Anderson Funeral Home in Alexandria is in charge of the arrangements.

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.

Kentucky by Heart: Dale Woolum exits rocky path to one of positive fulfillment and concern for others

Editor’s note: This is the second of a two-part about William “Dale” Woolum, who until his recent release, spent four decades incarcerated in various prisons, including the Kentucky Penitentiary. Last week’s part one chronicled his time in prison. Part two looks at the challenges of the past and more recently, his striving to become a model citizen going forward.