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Pride Goes Before A Fall

Pride Goes Before A Fall

We are quickly approaching the close of 2013 and the government is winding down for the year. One would think that this would be a time of relative peace, as there really isn’t that much on anyone’s plate that must be dealt with right now. The truth is that you can feel the tension humming [...]

It Makes A Strange Sort of Sense

It Makes A Strange Sort of Sense

Though the 2014 election cycle is still some months away, it is quickly becoming time for interested candidates to pick up petitions. Perhaps I live a sheltered life, but I was not aware that in order to hold some of the highest offices in the County, State and Nation all that is required is that [...]

A No Brainer

A No Brainer

Papers were served last week as County Commissioners, as well as EDOC and the Chamber of Commerce, were named as defendants in a recent law suit by fourteen Jefferson County residents. At stake is the ability of EDOC to maintain closed meetings and records. Frankly, this is a law suit that never should have happened. [...]

Things that lurk in the shadows.

Things that lurk in the shadows.

This week Jefferson County is preparing to be spooked. Though ghosts will rule the night and goblins may be abundant, they are far from the being the scariest things in Jefferson County. While I adore Halloween, there are some things that strike fear in my heart. I am sure that your list may be different, [...]

Lots of Changes

Lots of Changes

Lots of things are changing in Jefferson County. Leaves are changing, the weather is changing, and even the time is shortly changing. But, the one constant that citizens can rely on is that there is going to be a brew-ha-ha when the County’s governing body meets. Monday’s work session was no exception to the sad, [...]

A Self Serving Venture

A Self Serving Venture

Do you ever just tire of the government? Oh, I am well aware that it is necessary to keep our society in order and moving, but sometimes I wonder just how in touch any government is with their people. Not just on the Federal level, but on the State and local level, as well. On [...]

Thank You

Thank You

It has been a sad and stressful week in Jefferson County. The recent tragic wreck on I-40 that ended 8 lives and injured 14 others, combined with other accidents, has made many pause and reassess the blessings in their life. As a community, Jefferson County made me proud this week. Certainly, we have our issues, [...]

Are We Just Throwing Darts?

Are We Just Throwing Darts?

The Industrial Development Board met last week and there is a new composition on the Board. For several years, this Board has struggled to find its feet, in regard to property acquisition in the County, and they have been waylaid by one thing after another. In their search for usable, appropriate land they have gone [...]

The Race Is About To Begin

The Race Is About To Begin

We are fast approaching that time of year when candidates will begin to commit to the election process or announce their decision to leave the political arena. Though we are still a couple of months from picking up petitions, most candidates for the May election are already in the process of weighing their options. The [...]

Stuck In The Shadow Of The 80′s

Stuck In The Shadow Of The 80′s

This week I have been pondering the question Why is Jefferson County stuck in the shadow of the 1980s? and how can we move forward to where we need to be in 2014 (because 2013 is already shot). Frankly, I loved the eighties. Big hair and plastic shoes still make me smile but I was [...]

Looking To The Future

Looking To The Future

A recent report was released to the State that indicates that Jefferson County is not ready to move into the future. While we are doing fine presently, largely due to the growth boom of the last couple of decades, we simply are not preparing for the future. I suppose that most of us knew that [...]

Mandated ACT Testing?

Mandated ACT Testing?

Jefferson County High School received their scores this week for the Class of 2013 ACT, which all juniors take in the spring. I find that rather astounding. The State of Tennessee pays for every student to take the ACT test, regardless of their post high school plans. I. personally, do no subscribe to the notion [...]

A Two Way Street

A Two Way Street

I often write about the way that elected officials should treat the public when they appear before them and I have made no bones about the fact that sometimes our elected officials are less than professional with the public. It is a two way street, however, and this week I was reminded that sometimes it [...]

Come on 7 or 11

Come on 7 or 11

Jefferson County will have a new committee meeting this week to address the County audit findings. The committee is State mandated and that should tell us something. We are in the radar of the State government and they don’t like what they see. We have a multi million dollar deficit of nearly $ 5 million [...]

Change Is Good

Change Is Good

Change is good. Well, usually change is good. Sometimes, change is just change and sometimes change brings hard results. The new Patriot Academy opened this week and, for the first time in more than 30 years there is no freshman class at Jefferson Count High School. While I still have my reservations about the concept [...]

Keeping an eye on the prize.

Keeping an eye on the prize.

Students head back to class this week and that means a lot of changes for Jefferson County. For the first time in more than 30 years, freshmen will not be on the main campus of Jefferson County High School and that has many parents breathing a sigh of relief. It is difficult enough for some [...]