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True Worth

True Worth

Sometimes unexpected events show the true worth of people, not only as individuals but as local, state, national and world communities. That has been the case with the youth soccer team that has been stuck in a cave in Thailand for more than a couple of weeks. Specialists from many countries, including our own, have [...]

The Die Is Cast

The Die Is Cast

So, the die is cast, so to speak, and the County budget has been laid to rest for the fiscal year 2018/19. The full body followed the budget committee and will use the hospital lease money to balance the budget. The arguments for and against both had merit. Hospital lease money has historically gone into [...]

Practice What You Preach!

Practice What You Preach!

It is very easy to want things. For instance, I hear politician after politician rattle on about how we need to increase sales tax in Jefferson County. More business equals more revenue and that is the truth. Not only for sales tax but, as importantly, for livability we need more in Jefferson County. What really [...]

Go Hug Your Dad

Go Hug Your Dad

This is always a strange time of the year for me. Six years ago my father passed away and my life changed forever. As adults, it is hard to imagine just how impacting the death of a parent can be; after all, it is not like you still live at home or need the wisdom [...]

A Wonderful Pounding

A Wonderful Pounding

There are days and weeks that I believe that nothing can surprise me and then, wham, something comes up that leaves me shaking my head. With the first round of elections under our belt and the next round not coming for several months, I suppose that I thought things would slow down. You couldn’t have [...]

Magic 8 Ball Says “Not Held Accountable”

Magic 8 Ball Says “Not Held Accountable”

So, we have passed our fist round of elections in Jefferson County and, frankly, I was somewhat surprised. Oh, not so much at the outcome because I had expected close races for most offices, but in the spread of the election when the numbers rolled in. Never would I have anticipated such a mandate on [...]

Get In The Game

Get In The Game

Early voting has ended and this week those that are waiting until Election Day to cast their votes will be able to exercise their right to vote. This election cycle has been a little tense and I expect that the tension will not ease until after the last vote is counted on Tuesday evening. In [...]

Until The Last Vote Is Counted

Until The Last Vote Is Counted

Do you ever wonder just when things started spinning out of control? We are in the full throws of election season, and this is just part one; already we are wading knee deep in muck. I really did not expect this May election cycle to be pristine, but there was hope that we would not [...]

What Is More Important Than Student Safety?

What Is More Important Than Student Safety?

Question of the week-what is more important than student safety? The answer should be nothing but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Last week, two prisoners who were working at White Pine School managed to escape in a Department of Education vehicle and the school did not go on lock down. Please explain that [...]

Go Local, Except For The Good Jobs

Go Local, Except For The Good Jobs

Despite qualifications and the communities’ desire to see a Jefferson County native hold the office, the school board has, once again, gone outside Jefferson County to find a director for Jefferson County Schools. One local candidate, Mark Garrett, made the final three for the directorship, but it was clear that he was fighting an uphill [...]

The Great Debate

The Great Debate

This week the Jefferson County Post will host a public debate for candidates in the May Primary Election. The debate will offer voters the opportunity to see the various candidates answer questions that have been submitted from the public. Judge Ben Strand (retired) will be the moderator for the debate and will be keeping things [...]

Hot Tempers and Happy Easter

Hot Tempers and Happy Easter

It is getting a little hot in Jefferson County, and I obviously don’t mean the thermostat. With elections looming and so much change in the air, it is no wonder that tensions are running high. The County Commission kicked off the week facing an angry crowd from Parrotts Chapel, who are looking to leave Jefferson [...]

May They Choose Wisely

May They Choose Wisely

The Jefferson County School Board will begin their interview process for a new Director of Jefferson County Schools. Searching began for a new leader to take the educational helm when then current Director Charles Edmonds vacated the position at the end of the calender year, ahead of the expiration of his contract, due to health [...]

By Going Through the Process

By Going Through the Process

This week I expect that there will be some discussion about the funding level of the fire departments. Now whether that discussion is a part of the budget committee meeting or if it is just among those that follow such things remains to be seen, but it is unlikely that the recent work session of [...]

In Neck Deep

In Neck Deep

Things have been heating up both literally and figuratively in Jefferson County. Nothing, and I mean nothing, stirs the pot more than an upcoming election and when you have three in one calendar year the broth is sure to boil. This past week there was some unusual excitement on the election front as one local [...]

How Did We Get Here?

How Did We Get Here?

Last week was a difficult week for parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers and neighbors to understand. It is not everyday, but it is way too often, that a young person takes such heinous action against their peers and society in general in the way that happened in Florida last week. If if didn’t [...]

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