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She Said, He Said: Gender Identity

She Said, He Said: Gender Identity

The following is the fourth entry in “She Said, He Said,” a new series of articles seeking to compare and contrast the various views, political, social or otherwise, of Millennials in today’s world. Elizabeth Lane is a 2016 Carson-Newman University graduate with a BA in Creative Writing, and has worked at the Jefferson County Post [...]

Bugs Likely to Arrive Early Due to Warmer Weather

Bugs Likely to Arrive Early Due to Warmer Weather

It is no secret that this winter has been an unusual one for those of us in the United States. Some cities are claiming that they have no reported snow fall for the entire season. With this increase of warm temperatures many experts are expecting spring and summer to arrive earlier than ever. Will this [...]

Trickle Down Theory

Trickle Down Theory

You know, it is always nice to see the benefits when a good plan and adequate funding meet. And, while it is true that some really nasty things tend to roll downhill, it is also true that enrichment and exposure run downhill, as well. This weekend I had the pleasure of watching the Class of [...]

Citizens Align to Oppose Commerce Park in White Pine

Citizens Align to Oppose Commerce Park in White Pine

Citizens opposing the location of the proposed White Pine Commerce Park met last week to organize their efforts to derail the project. While there are multiple reasons cited from those opposing the Commerce Park, location and funding appear to top the list. Stress on roads, property value impact and proximity of an established similar park [...]

Spring Forward Sunday, March 12, 2017

Spring Forward Sunday, March 12, 2017

Winter may have taken a vacation, but many of us know that the cold weather could still make a comeback this weekend. However, there is one piece of good news on the horizon: Daylight Saving Time will officially begin on Sunday March 12, 2017. The time will spring forward at two o’clock in the morning [...]

Habitat for Humanity Receives a Helping Hand

Habitat for Humanity Receives a Helping Hand

Habitat for Humanity received a helping hand on their Racine Ridge project this past week. The University of Virginia Jubilate Choir volunteered their time to help build a home during their spring break. As thanks, Habitat for Humanity held a breakfast in the group’s honor, which was followed by a brief performance from the Choir. [...]

Quick Tips to Help You Survive Allergy Season

Quick Tips to Help You Survive Allergy Season

The seasons never seem to be able to make up their mind here in East Tennessee. Warmer weather in the middle of winter has left many of us in a tail spin, and for most that spin involves the early arrival of seasonal allergies. Many are looking for relief this time of the year and [...]

Jefferson County Students Score High on ACT

Jefferson County Students Score High on ACT

Jefferson County School Board recognized students from Jefferson County High School at their latest meeting. These students scored 30 or above on the ACT Test, which is no easy endeavor. The American College Test is a college readiness assessment standardized test. The Test for high school achievement and college admissions has a perfect score of [...]

On a Razor Wire Fence

On a Razor Wire Fence

Isn’t it funny how bad decisions don’t seem to have a shelf life? It may take a year, or ten years or thirty years or a lifetime but somehow truly bad decisions always know just where you live. Take, for instance, the current situation at Mountain View Youth Development Center. Years ago we, Jefferson Countians, [...]

Mockingbird

This week an old familiar lullaby has invaded my head and just won’t let go. Over and over the words continue…”Hush little baby, don’t say a word, Mama’s gonna buy you a mockingbird. And if that mockingbird don’t sing, Mama’s gonna buy you a diamond ring.” We’ve all heard and sung the song many times. [...]

Springtime Fun with the Kids

Springtime Fun with the Kids

Even though Spring does not officially arrive until the Spring Equinox on March 20th, I always consider March a Spring month. Spring means sunshine, wind, tulips, windmills, and kites. It is the time for flying kites. Three kite designs to purchase in stores are: ⦁ The Sode kite: Known as the Kimono kite, for its [...]

Dog and Watch Alarms

Dog and Watch Alarms

Have you ever had one of those surreal moments when hilarious and pitiful cross paths, like a lonely intersection of some desert highway replete with an old man in a pinstripe suit holding a cane waiting to ask about your willingness to part with your soul? You know the type of situation I’m talking about. [...]

The Buzzz!!

The Buzzz!!

The buzz word this week is “forgotten.” With the budgeting bees flying nearby it may bee a sticky time for a cross hive push and Buzzy Bees in the Know have noticed the absence of answers to at least one antenna wagging question. The low humm is that one of the powers that bee is [...]

Steven Erikson’s ‘Gardens of the Moon’

Steven Erikson’s ‘Gardens of the Moon’

This week I dove headfirst into a fantasy book quite unlike any I’ve ever read: Steven Erikson’s Gardens of the Moon. The story follows a large cast of characters, primarily focusing on the struggles of a hardened war veteran, Whiskeyjack, and a lone mage, Tattersail. Operating as arms of a vast empire, these two warriors [...]

States Declare Victory in Fight to Uphold School Rights

States Declare Victory in Fight to Uphold School Rights

Attorney General Herbert H. Slatery III today announced a victory for the states in their fight to uphold school rights. The 13-state coalition is withdrawing its lawsuit after the U.S. Department of Justice agreed to drop its appeal of a nationwide injunction. The moves were preceded by the federal government rescinding an Obama administration directive [...]

Low Carb and Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Bars

Low Carb and Gluten Free Sugar Cookie Bars

My daughter really wanted to make something sweet this weekend, but we have been trying to cut out sugar from our diet and eat mostly low carb foods. She decided to do a little internet searching and came up with this recipe for low carb sugar cookie bars from All Day I Dream About Food. [...]