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Teacher’s Pay

Teacher’s Pay

The State of Tennessee is promoting merit pay for teachers for next school year and Jefferson County Department of Education will be charged with coming up with a formula that encompasses a variety of facets to distribute merit pay. Gone are the days of longevity and advanced degrees being the only way that a teacher [...]

The Norm For Us

The Norm For Us

It would appear that the County is another quandary and it is becoming the norm for us. Sometimes I wonder exactly what is going on in the minds of those that are charged with guiding our County. Granted, it should go without saying that an elected official should vote their conscious. And, if their conscious [...]

Wake Up Call

Wake Up Call

As parents, we spend much time teaching our children to stand up and take responsibility for their choices. We know that functioning adult own their decisions-both the good ones and the bad ones. Why do we expect less from our elected officials than we do our children? No sooner had the last brick hit the [...]

A Curve Ball

A Curve Ball

Sometimes you think that you are going in one direction and life throws you a curve ball. I had planned to write this editorial on the lack of understanding that most County Commissioners seem to have regarding the State’s demand for an Audit Committee. There appears to be little understanding of the serious nature of [...]

Open The Books Or Give The Money Back

Open The Books Or Give The Money Back

It is time that Jefferson County demands transparency from those that profit from our pocket books. It simply isn’t right that tax dollars go to support groups that hide behind their non profit status to try and keep secrets. I am sorry but you just can’t have it both ways. The Chamber of Commerce gets [...]

Good Judgment Is Free

Good Judgment Is Free

Sometimes I think that Public Officials are confused about what the public expects. They get all caught up in the legalese of an issue and only focus on what is written in code or that has an official opinion from one legal mind or another. Ultimately, it is not the court of law that these [...]

A State Of Denial

A State Of Denial

We have been in a state of denial in Jefferson County for quite awhile and, now that we are being forced to pull our head out of the sand, the time has come for a realistic look at where we stand. The Department of Education presented a budget for the 2013-2014 fiscal year that has [...]

DOE and Chamber Budget Items

DOE and Chamber Budget Items

If you have been trying to keep up with the budgeting process but have lost track of all of the numbers, don’t feel alone. Confusing at best and gibberish at worst, I am not sure that anyone, including those that prepare the budgets and those that vote on them, understands every aspect of the budgeting [...]

Megasite Issue May Reach Into EDOC & Chamber Funding

Megasite Issue May Reach Into EDOC & Chamber Funding

This week will prove interesting for some in the County. It has become apparent that the Megasite issue may have a longer reaching impact than was ever anticipated, especially by those that brought the project to the forefront. For several budgeting season there has been debate regarding the funding level of the Chamber of Commerce [...]

Budget Time Again

Budget Time Again

Jefferson County is deep in the budgeting process and Helton, who is the Director of Finance, actually muttered the words tax increase last week, while giving the School Board the first look at their budget proposal for 2013-2014. Will it actually come down to a tax increase this year? I have heard dissenting opinions on [...]

Citizen Input? What A Concept!

Citizen Input? What A Concept!

Jefferson County will soon have an Audit Committee that will be taking a look at one particular reoccurring audit finding. When Jefferson County decided to open the current landfill,  the State of Tennessee required financial assurances that it would have the funds to properly close it, should or when the need arises. The greater the [...]

Budgets Should Follow Priorities

Budgets Should Follow Priorities

Many times it is difficult to know just how important our emergency services are until you, or a family member, needs them. The City and County budgeting cycles are well under way and soon enough the respective bodies will be calling for and justifying budget cuts. I hope that, this fiscal cycle, our governing bodies [...]

Back On A Slippery Slope

Back On A Slippery Slope

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water…duh, duh, duh…the County Commission is at it again. This time we are revisiting the Dirty Lot Law and Noise Ordinance. Not to be confused with the Outdoor Music Event Ordinance. I have a real issue with the government overstepping its boundaries and [...]

The Battle Wages On

The Battle Wages On

The Ethics Committee convened this week and the hour plus of debate was uncomfortable. Frankly, most of the issues that were brought up in the meeting could have been addressed with a simple phone call to the Director of Schools. At question was the propriety of Commissioner Turner leaving school grounds to attend County government [...]

Changes

Changes

A lot has gone on this week in Jefferson County, but it pales in comparison to the things that are happening in our Nation. Though we complain loudly and often and, much of the time, correctly, this week our list of complaints seems almost inconsequential. Many have found themselves wondering how things got so far [...]

Fool Us Twice And We Deserve It

Fool Us Twice And We Deserve It

This week the County Commission is expected to remove all financial support for the proposed Megasite project. Though the past few months have been a mega roller coaster ride for Jefferson County, perhaps some benefit has come from the defunct project. As a community, most have been blissfully unaware of their government and those that [...]