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Changes

Changes

Change comes hard for some, and it is no different for elected officials. Make no mistake, we have much change coming in Jefferson County. A new Director of Schools will be a necessity when Dr. Charles Edmonds heads back home at the end of the calendar year. It is my opinion that Edmonds’ departure will [...]

To Succeed or Not to Succeed

To Succeed or Not to Succeed

The local governing body, the Jefferson County Commission, will meet this week to vote on several items of interest, mostly to them. They will choose a Chairman, Vice Chair and Parliamentarian, and there is, as always, great debate surrounding the potential choices. But, let’s be honest, for the majority of the public it isn’t much [...]

A Reflection on Fear

A Reflection on Fear

It’s September 11, 2017, the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack. Despite having a decade and a half between us and the attack, we still feel as if we are on the brink of war. The difference is, of course, that all eyes are on North Korea nowadays. Tensions seem higher than ever, especially [...]

Exit of Summer

Exit of Summer

The unofficial end of summer has arrived, and I, for one, am not sorry to see it go. Usually, the heat gets to me around July and I spend the dog days of summer in a swelter awaiting the first changing of the leaves. This summer was not as hot as some we have experienced, [...]

Guest Editorial: House Representative (11th District) Jeremy Faison

Guest Editorial: House Representative (11th District) Jeremy Faison

The following is a guest editorial by Jeremy Faison, Tennessee House of Representatives (11th District): When judging a man’s character from history, I believe that it is imperative to judge actions in two ways.  First, we should judge their life in totality.  Secondly, we should judge them from the standpoint of the accepted norm in [...]

Just Another Name

Just Another Name

Sometimes I get caught up in all of the political posturing that goes on locally and lose sight of the big picture. No matter how messed up we are in East Tennessee, we can’t hold a candle to the ridiculous antics that take place in other parts of the nation and world. This week was [...]

Just Wondering

Just Wondering

Have you ever wondered just when it was that the world went crazy? Maybe I was just busy being a kid and raising a kid and missed the mass exodus of any sense of reason. It seems that we are too often putting the emphasis on things that don’t really matter and overlook the obvious. [...]

Another Man’s Ship

Another Man’s Ship

Times are changing and things are changing. What was once considered, at the least, to be freakish is now accepted as the norm. So, in this day of ever changing acceptability, I ask you, what is so necessary about political party affiliation? Does anyone really even care if you are a member of the Grand [...]

Welcome Back!

Welcome Back!

This week our teachers and students make their way back to the classroom to search for knowledge. I always get excited this time of year because it is ripe with new possibilities. If it seems a little early, to those of us who remember a summer that did not end until after Labor Day, well, [...]

Of Sausage, Wine, and Legislation

Of Sausage, Wine, and Legislation

David Seal is a guest editorialist this week on The Post. David is a long time educator in Jefferson County, as well as a recognized artist and local businessman. He also serves Jefferson County as a County Commissioner and as a lobbyist for the people on issues such as eminent domain and broadband accessibility on [...]

Is There Life Out There?

Is There Life Out There?

So, with the recent drive and fumble to push economic development in Jefferson County, I have begun to wonder just how far the responsibility of the County extends in regard to providing jobs. For those of us who are native Jefferson County residents, it is no surprise that there is not an abundance of jobs [...]

Magic 8 Ball Says

Magic 8 Ball Says

For those that are keeping up with such things, the race is already on for some positions in Jefferson County, even though any official action toward announcement is still months away. I always find it mildly amusing, and a little disturbing, that politicians (even those on a local level) only allow post or pre-election good [...]

Not in My America

Not in My America

You know, despite the current flavor and discord of the Country, I am always proud to be an American. I have never felt the need to apologize for the fact that we are who and what we are. Never have I wished to be anything other than one of the privileged that grew up in [...]

A New Position

A New Position

This is a big week for Jefferson County. By the week’s end, Jefferson County will begin a new fiscal year. I know that doesn’t mean much to some, and it is unlikely that anyone will ring in the new fiscal year with bells and whistles or fireworks, but some will certainly be glad to see [...]

The Pounding of the Hooves

The Pounding of the Hooves

In what universe is it even a consideration, little alone appropriate, to back your convictions up with violence? I am not talking about acts of war that, hopefully, are brought on with much consideration and thought for the greater good. I am talking about the average Joe on the street. You know, the one who [...]

Dandridge Says Yes

Dandridge Says Yes

This week the Town of Dandridge accepted the funding level proposed by the Jefferson County Budget Committee and laid the issue of fire service outside the city limits of the Town to rest, at least for the upcoming fiscal year. A hot topic issue since the Town, along with the City of White Pine, proposed [...]

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