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Take a Moment

Take a Moment

Things are winding down for 2017. Christmas is just around the corner, and then it is just a hop and skip to the dropping of the ball. It is so easy to get caught up in the hoopla of the season, in both the magical and manic ways. It is at this time of the [...]

It’s Raining Men

It’s Raining Men

It is raining men. No, really, they are pouring down from positions of importance in nearly every field and tumbling down the mountain of economic hierarchy, where the rich and powerful work and play. I say that tongue-in-cheek but the truth is that it is open season on men and they are finding themselves on [...]

Heating Up

Heating Up

As the temperature cools down, the political climate in the County and State is about to heat up. Though it escapes me why anyone would put themselves through the process of running for office, it is fortunate that some have the constitution, desire, and commitment to seek office. It has already started on the state [...]

Feel the Bite

Feel the Bite

As we begin the short slide into the new year, it is time to consider the things that we are doing right and those that need a little work. For me, this year could be defined as the year of strange priorities. There are many, many things that I believe are important for a community [...]

Blessed

Blessed

Every year at this time I am reminded of how much I have to be thankful for, and that list grows with each passing day. It has taken me a long time to realize that true thankfulness requires a little maturity. When we are young, we just assume that the world as we know it [...]

Change is Coming

Change is Coming

Jefferson County is facing much change over the next calendar year. Not only will there be a new School Board seated, there will also be a new Director of Schools. Not only will there likely be a new complexion on the County Commission, as all are up for re election and some will probably choose [...]

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

The Wind Beneath Our Wings

November is a wonderful month. For those of us who look forward to the holidays, each year it is the official month that celebration can begin without cross looks from neighbors and coworkers. In East Tennessee, it is the month of colorful leaves and cooler days, football, evenings by the fire, and, of course, Thanksgiving. [...]

The Days of Our Lives

The Days of Our Lives

There are weeks that go by in the County that would lull any reasonable person into believing that we actually have our stuff together. And then there are weeks like last week, when I wonder how we don’t implode. It appears that we are in a fight on several fronts and the little battles are [...]

Guest Editorial: Steve Hammer

Guest Editorial: Steve Hammer

Guest editorials do not necessarily reflect the opinions of The Jefferson County Post nor any of its employees. The Jefferson County Post does not underwrite any of the facts or situations mentioned in the letters. The following is a guest editorial by Steve Hammer, member of the Jefferson County Industrial Development Board and local entrepreneur.  [...]

It’s That Time Again

It’s That Time Again

It is that time again. The Jefferson County School Board will soon begin their Director search to replace an exiting Edmonds, who will be leaving before the expiration of his contract due to health concerns. Last week, members of the School Board debated the wisdom of hiring an interim Director with an eye on filling [...]

Convenience Wins Every Time

Convenience Wins Every Time

I intentionally waited a week to get my thoughts together following the public meeting on economic development that took place recently. It has been reported, and it is true, that the meeting did not have a very large turnout even among elected and appointed officials. Six County Commissioners and four members of the Industrial Development [...]

Guest Editorial: UT Football, Is That a Light at the End of the Tunnel?

Guest Editorial: UT Football, Is That a Light at the End of the Tunnel?

The following is a guest editorial by Angie Stanley, Jefferson County Post Sports. “Brick by Brick” is the slogan Coach Butch Jones coined when he first started his tenure with the University of Tennessee Athletic department. The fans actually rallied around him and his catchphrases his first year, as the Volunteers went 5-7. I was [...]

Changes

Changes

Change comes hard for some, and it is no different for elected officials. Make no mistake, we have much change coming in Jefferson County. A new Director of Schools will be a necessity when Dr. Charles Edmonds heads back home at the end of the calendar year. It is my opinion that Edmonds’ departure will [...]

To Succeed or Not to Succeed

To Succeed or Not to Succeed

The local governing body, the Jefferson County Commission, will meet this week to vote on several items of interest, mostly to them. They will choose a Chairman, Vice Chair and Parliamentarian, and there is, as always, great debate surrounding the potential choices. But, let’s be honest, for the majority of the public it isn’t much [...]

A Reflection on Fear

A Reflection on Fear

It’s September 11, 2017, the sixteenth anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack. Despite having a decade and a half between us and the attack, we still feel as if we are on the brink of war. The difference is, of course, that all eyes are on North Korea nowadays. Tensions seem higher than ever, especially [...]

Exit of Summer

Exit of Summer

The unofficial end of summer has arrived, and I, for one, am not sorry to see it go. Usually, the heat gets to me around July and I spend the dog days of summer in a swelter awaiting the first changing of the leaves. This summer was not as hot as some we have experienced, [...]