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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 [...]

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 [...]