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Until The Last Vote Is Counted

Until The Last Vote Is Counted

Do you ever wonder just when things started spinning out of control? We are in the full throws of election season, and this is just part one; already we are wading knee deep in muck. I really did not expect this May election cycle to be pristine, but there was hope that we would not [...]

What Is More Important Than Student Safety?

What Is More Important Than Student Safety?

Question of the week-what is more important than student safety? The answer should be nothing but that doesn’t appear to be the case. Last week, two prisoners who were working at White Pine School managed to escape in a Department of Education vehicle and the school did not go on lock down. Please explain that [...]

Go Local, Except For The Good Jobs

Go Local, Except For The Good Jobs

Despite qualifications and the communities’ desire to see a Jefferson County native hold the office, the school board has, once again, gone outside Jefferson County to find a director for Jefferson County Schools. One local candidate, Mark Garrett, made the final three for the directorship, but it was clear that he was fighting an uphill [...]

The Great Debate

The Great Debate

This week the Jefferson County Post will host a public debate for candidates in the May Primary Election. The debate will offer voters the opportunity to see the various candidates answer questions that have been submitted from the public. Judge Ben Strand (retired) will be the moderator for the debate and will be keeping things [...]

Hot Tempers and Happy Easter

Hot Tempers and Happy Easter

It is getting a little hot in Jefferson County, and I obviously don’t mean the thermostat. With elections looming and so much change in the air, it is no wonder that tensions are running high. The County Commission kicked off the week facing an angry crowd from Parrotts Chapel, who are looking to leave Jefferson [...]

May They Choose Wisely

May They Choose Wisely

The Jefferson County School Board will begin their interview process for a new Director of Jefferson County Schools. Searching began for a new leader to take the educational helm when then current Director Charles Edmonds vacated the position at the end of the calender year, ahead of the expiration of his contract, due to health [...]

By Going Through the Process

By Going Through the Process

This week I expect that there will be some discussion about the funding level of the fire departments. Now whether that discussion is a part of the budget committee meeting or if it is just among those that follow such things remains to be seen, but it is unlikely that the recent work session of [...]

In Neck Deep

In Neck Deep

Things have been heating up both literally and figuratively in Jefferson County. Nothing, and I mean nothing, stirs the pot more than an upcoming election and when you have three in one calendar year the broth is sure to boil. This past week there was some unusual excitement on the election front as one local [...]

How Did We Get Here?

How Did We Get Here?

Last week was a difficult week for parents and grandparents, aunts and uncles, teachers and neighbors to understand. It is not everyday, but it is way too often, that a young person takes such heinous action against their peers and society in general in the way that happened in Florida last week. If if didn’t [...]

Just One More Question

Just One More Question

The recent debate in Jefferson County about the type and direction of economic development has raised another question. When we decide what we want, how far are we willing to go to get it? With so much of the County divided in their views of the future of economic development it will be difficult enough [...]

The Long Way Home

The Long Way Home

This is the month that Jefferson County begins the budget season but the Budget Committee got a jump start on one of the most controversial budgeting items this week as it addressed fire department funding. As some may remember, last budget season fire department funding was the hot topic and, though all eventually walked away [...]

Guest Editorial: To Cede or Not to Cede

Guest Editorial: To Cede or Not to Cede

The following is a guest editorial by Steve Hammer. Steve is a local businessman, and holds a seat on the Jefferson County Industrial Development board. To Cede or Not to Cede… Over the past several months, the county commission has been inundated with the numerous concerns from the Parrotts Chapel community. These concerns primarily relate [...]

The Year of the Vote

The Year of the Vote

This week Republican candidates for various offices got together for a meet and greet with members of the Republican Party. It was more along the lines of an introduction to the candidates and was the unofficial kick off for voting season. Sure, there is still time for petition pick ups and turn ins before the [...]

Changes are Coming

Changes are Coming

As weeks go, this week has had quite an impact on politics in Jefferson County. As many know, Jefferson County Mayor Palmieri announced Friday that he would not be running for reelection in 2018, at least for the Mayor’s office. While the response has been mixed, depending on which side of the Palmieri fence you [...]

Editorial – No Matter What The Motivation

Editorial – No Matter What The Motivation

Jefferson County has successfully negotiated the move from 2017 to 2018 with little fanfare. It was not the changing of the year that has brought the most recent turmoil to our area, but decisions that were made in late 2017 that appear to persist into the new year, most notably that of the Humane Society [...]

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from the Jefferson County Post Family, to yours!