Jo Anne McCloud- Myers currently serves as co-chair for the Postmark LaFollette project and sits on the board for Community Health of East Tennessee. McCloud-Myers has been actively involved in not-for-profit service and arts organizations in Campbell County since the late 1990s when she served as her high school alumni association president for eight years and organized the first, all school, four-day reunion for alumni members in 2000 and again in 2005. During this time, she returned to East Tennessee in retirement. She is a founding member of the Campbell Culture Coalition and served as president for 6 years. She helped to develop and implement more than10 arts programs for the organization, served as project director for a Smithsonian Museum on Main Street exhibition, and co-chaired the Louie Bluie Festival for eight years. She has served on the Boards of Directors for Campbell County Children’s Center and the Campbell County Chamber of Commerce. McCloud-Myers is a former coordinator for instructional television and an associate producer for the Public Broadcasting System. She holds degrees from the University of W. Florida in Mass Communication and Business and from Northwest Florida University in Liberal Arts. McCloud-Myers is also a military veteran and a former Nasdaq representative.
McCloud-Myers is married to Gerald T. Myers. The couple has two sons, a daughter, six grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
McCloud-Myers is a strong advocate for the invaluable benefits of the arts in both educational and economic development for communities. She is quick to quote statistics and the impressive results of the arts in every aspect of childhood education and learning, as well as, the economic importance of a creative industry in providing employment opportunities and workforce stability in communities.
“There is so much artistic and musical talent here,” Myers says. “We can offer our children life-long experiences that will help them to flourish and to create their own place in a truly unique corner of the world.”
“Campbell County was the best place in which someone could grow up during my youth,” says McCloud-Myers, “and it is the best place in the world in which to retire. It’s home for those who knew it as a child and it’s home for those from other places who choose to live here. There is no place better to call home.”
Want to win $300? Then become a Campbell County Christmas Parade- Terry’s Pharmacy Holly Bowl Contender
The Campbell County Christmas parade would like to announce the 2nd annual Terry’s Pharmacy “Holly Bowl”. This annual award goes to the most decorated outdoor light and yard display in our area of Caryville, Jacksboro and LaFollette. The parade committee would like to thank Terry’s Pharmacy for being the headline sponsor for this award which has already become a joyous tradition for our citizens. Terry’s pharmacy will be donating a $300 check to the winner along with a trophy and large ribbon for their yard display. Last year alone we had over 1,300 votes and people that drove our Holly Bowl route. Let’s double that this year! Read more
As always you can throw candy but not if you are the one driving the vehicle through parade route. Young children who cannot throw a safe distance will have to have parents throw candy instead. We are enforcing a 10 ft back rule or you aren’t going to have candy thrown to you. If you run up to cars as in years past you will get a visit from a deputy. Thank you everyone!
HELPFUL HINTS ABOUT PARADE
If you don’t won’t to be exposed to the loud sirens by fire trucks, etc participating in the parade stand in a location that is not near a red light. Under all lights is where they sound sirens.
No Santa’s or Mrs. Clauses of ANY KIND as this will confuse children. We will have one Santa and Mrs. Clause at the end of parade on the big float.
Unless a vehicle is over 25 years old and completely restored it can’t participate in the parade as an auto entry unless it belongs to one of our registered auto clubs. Cars must also be decorated at least a little bit. Autos used for businesses, civic, candidate and schools to transport participants through parade are exceptions to this.
Horse winner this year will be awarded $50.00 Horses will be judged at 1:30 sharp and will be judged upon cleanliness of horse and tack, ribbons, bells, lights, etc. You must ride your horse through parade in order to win horse award. All horse participants will need to go to the street department area behind the Y-12 building (It’s a gated area) for unloading and holding. The gate will be open.
You may bring your float in to line up at LaFollette Elementary School as early as 9 am.
Commercial Float Judging will take place at 12:15 sharp. Floats must be in place and all accessorizing completed at this time. Floats must be pre-registered and due to extremely high attendance with participation we need safety walkers along sides of float to assure spectator children don’t get too close to moving traffic. For every 20 ft of float at least one safety walker. Float team leaders please select a few volunteers for this task if you have a larger float. Thank you. Our children are top priority and their safety is our first concern.
The Reason for the Season Award is a category entered into by choice only if your church or church youth group is working with a smaller budget but you still wish to compete for a cash prize. The Reason for the Season award is $500.00 and judging begins at the same time as commercial floats which is 12:30 pm. Please indicate on entry form if this category is what you wish to enter in. Otherwise all contestants registering for cash prize will go to the regular commercial entry by default.
All floats are judged on TDDMC
T- Theme (Any theme chosen by participant)
Your float doesn’t have to harbor all of these elements but it stands a much higher chance of winning if it does as this is what the judges scale on.
All registrations need to be turned in or faxed to LaFollette City Hall by Wednesday, December 3rd.
Mandatory parade route driver, traffic, pedestrian, safety training in gym area at 1 pm.
Awards will be announced and trophies and checks given at awards ceremony immediately following safety meeting at 1:30 pm in the gymnasium.
This year the 2015 Christmas Parade will be held Saturday, Dec 5th at 2 pm. The lineup will begin at La Follette Elementary School so get there early as you know how traffic can back up. Please don’t be late or you may miss the lineup. Everyone is parade needs to be on site and in place by 1pm. Also, remember only vehicles that are in parade go to the school area where line up is, all others drop off at foot of hill (turn around area provided) and let party walk up hill. If your child is younger and you need to walk your child to the group location take the back valley road to Snodderly park (behind Elementary School) and park. Walk down with child. This keeps traffic from bottle necking. Signs will be up to direct you.
There were many additions to the activities surrounding the parade last year in an attempt to raise funding which were very successful and will continue this year. Giving by sponsors is still a little low and it’s been reflected as committee members have had to put personal money into the parade to keep it successful. The committee plans to focus on the fundraising aspects of the parade the next couple years and get it to a point where it is self-sufficient in it’s prize awards. This means some exciting additions to our community traditions as always.
Following the parade this year the costumed characters will be heading to Sergeant Park for a 45 minute meet and greet with children and provide opportunities for parents to get some great photos. This will take place of the Reindeer Games this year.
For more information on this years parade please call Kelli Jo Wright @423.912.8873