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Mandates Hard to Come By

Mandates Hard to Come By

Elections are always exciting and Thursday’s election did not disappoint. Jefferson County did not come out in droves to let their voice be heard. In fact, I would call the voting numbers more a whisper or church voice hush rather than a shout but, whatever, the voters have spoken. Out with some of the old […]

Farewell

Farewell

It was a rather sad week for many in Jefferson County, as we lost a long time Jefferson County educator. John Hill was the long time Driver’s Education teacher and Assistant Basketball Coach at JCHS. He was also one of my father’s oldest friends and I don’t remember a time when John was not a […]

Let The Games Begin

Let The Games Begin

Jefferson County now has a balanced budget, as well as a new $2.35 tax rate. While meeting the end of July deadline was important, I am surprised at all of the things that did not get discussed, never mind funded, at Monday’s meeting. I got the distinct impression that some on the Commission simply did […]

It All Comes Down To Accountability

It All Comes Down To Accountability

It is time to vote on a budget and that means that it is time to get real and stop playing with the numbers. I know that I don’t have a vote on the budget but I do have questions regarding who gets what and who gets nothing and how we do, or do not, […]

Curtain Call?

Curtain Call?

This week the budget for fiscal year 2014-2015 will be presented to the full County Commission. And, while I do not enjoy budget season and have no desire to extend it beyond what is necessary, I sincerely hope that they do not pass this budget as presented. It only addressed a portion of the needs […]

More At Stake

More At Stake

We all know that voting is important, or at least we should all know that voting is important. This August, it may just be more important than we know. On the ballot there will be 23 questions regarding retention of members of the judiciary. Generally these are considered to be general housekeeping questions because these […]

A Spoon Full Of Sugar

A Spoon Full Of Sugar

Budget season is often frustrating for many in the County and I would include myself in that mix. This budgeting season has been a blur of questionable choices, all presented with a calm voice and semi smile. A spoon full of sugar may make the medicine go down but it isn’t really fooling anybody. This […]

The Ostrich Approach

The Ostrich Approach

There are problems with this year’s budget. Now, I know that many who are reading this are thinking really-no joke but I mean that there are serious issues with this year’s budget and it concerns me. First, and foremost, I have yet to see a budget that is not riddled with mistakes. The fiscal year […]

A Near Miss

A Near Miss

Jefferson County slid by this week and we should consider ourselves lucky. The Tennessee Housing Development Agency announced its list of applicants that would be offered low income housing credits. Hopefully, many will remember that Jefferson County was up for six low income housing developments that could have dumped around 700 economically disadvantaged students in […]

Head Scratching Moments

Head Scratching Moments

Sometimes I wonder about things that happen. I understand mistakes and life often gets in the way of the best laid plans but we seem to have more than our share of head scratching moments. Perhaps it is the humidity or lack of rain that makes me testy and maybe, just maybe, it is not. […]

Choosing Well

Choosing Well

Upheaval is a part of life and government. While the Chamber of Commerce may not be on the minds of many Jefferson County residents, the position/ person at the helm of the Chamber has a considerable amount of influence in Jefferson County. Not only does this person serve, in many ways, as the commercial face […]

The Time Has Come

The Time Has Come

Expenditures are up and projected revenue is down. No kidding-after all, it is budgeting season. This week there was much brew-ha-ha regarding the new Wal-Mart that is coming to West Hamblen County and what impact that will have on Jefferson County revenues. According to the Jefferson County Finance Director Helton, he is anticipating, and the […]

Never Give Up!

Never Give Up!

May always bring to mind two things for me-graduation and my father. I suppose the former is because it seems to be the crowing event in a month filled with accolades and the latter because, not only does it mark the second passing of my father but, because he spent years at the helm of […]

Nothing Lasts Forever

Nothing Lasts Forever

What a difference a week makes-or not. Jefferson County woke up Wednesday morning with incumbents winning their Primaries in the two lead ticket races. Was it a pretty win? Not really. The Primary Election was like a testy cat. No matter how good it looked for either candidate, there was bound to be some blood […]

More Why

More Why

Questions are funny creatures. Some would say that there cannot be too many questions but I would have to disagree. There certainly can be too many questions if they are not well thought and I also disagree that there are no dumb questions. Of course there are dumb questions. I have heard many through the […]

September May Cure All

September May Cure All

It is every year, about this time, that I realize just how many things perplex me. The budgeting process has begun and the political process is in full swing. One is enough to leave me scratching my head, little alone the combination. Politics and budgets make ugly bedfellows. Really, really-the two coyote kind of really-ugly […]