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A New Position

A New Position

This is a big week for Jefferson County. By the week’s end, Jefferson County will begin a new fiscal year. I know that doesn’t mean much to some, and it is unlikely that anyone will ring in the new fiscal year with bells and whistles or fireworks, but some will certainly be glad to see [...]

The Pounding of the Hooves

The Pounding of the Hooves

In what universe is it even a consideration, little alone appropriate, to back your convictions up with violence? I am not talking about acts of war that, hopefully, are brought on with much consideration and thought for the greater good. I am talking about the average Joe on the street. You know, the one who [...]

Dandridge Says Yes

Dandridge Says Yes

This week the Town of Dandridge accepted the funding level proposed by the Jefferson County Budget Committee and laid the issue of fire service outside the city limits of the Town to rest, at least for the upcoming fiscal year. A hot topic issue since the Town, along with the City of White Pine, proposed [...]

Heat of the Summer

Heat of the Summer

Summer has officially arrived in East Tennessee, and, even though the heat lends itself to lazy days, the meeting schedule is about to pick up again. It is often during the long days of summer, while the general public is sitting around the pool or lake, that the ground work for the year is laid. [...]

Enough to Dampen the Flames

Enough to Dampen the Flames

It was an interesting week for Jefferson County. As some were busy planning picnics and lake outings, others were pouring into the Historic Jefferson County Courthouse to express their concerns about fire protection to the Jefferson County Budget Committee. If you think that the meeting went off without a hitch, you would be wrong. But [...]

Just a Few Words

Just a Few Words

Believe it or not, it is graduation time again. Saturday the Jefferson County High School Class of 2017 made their way across the stage, ending their career as Jefferson County students and taking their first step into adulthood. I remember clearly my own graduation from Jefferson County High School. If I try really hard, I [...]

Fair and Equitable

Fair and Equitable

It appears that we have some big changes that could be on the horizon for Jefferson County. Last week two municipalities, White Pine and Dandridge, put the County on notice that they can no longer financially support fire service outside their city limits and will be withdrawing from service to the County if Jefferson County [...]

It is My Monkey

It is My Monkey

Sometimes you really want your legislators to think outside the box. There are times that I hope that my elected officials are one step ahead, planning for a future that I cannot yet envision. And then there are times that you just would like to see the craters in the road paved. For me, that [...]

Schools Hit Hard

Schools Hit Hard

Nothing gives me indigestion more than politicians that talk out of both sides of their mouth. Just last week, I attended a lovely function put on by EDA that featured Randy Boyd as the Key Note speaker. He did a great job. I actually almost bought into the whole thrust of education and its importance [...]

Bat and Veto Crazy

Bat and Veto Crazy

Last week was a week of bats and vetoes. And, while neither are necessarily strangers to Jefferson County, they are also not the most welcome guests at the dinner table. In case you haven’t heard, Maury Middle School has bats. No that is not a euphemism for something. They really have bats, if not in [...]

It Runs Down Hill

Is it ever okay for the county, city or schools to keep important information from citizens? If there is a line, who draws it and who decides when to exceed it? Is it dependent on what the information is or who it impacts? We all know that there are times that desecration is the better [...]

Slighted

Slighted

I remember, years ago, when Jefferson County was so deeply split that living in a different city or part of the County was like living in a different Country. Some of that went by the wayside when Jefferson County High School opened the doors. For the first time, cross county rivals were on the same [...]

Weather And Budget Season Heating Up

Weather And Budget Season Heating Up

Flowers are blooming, the air is getting warmer and things are really starting to heat up in budget meetings across the county. Spring has arrived! Last year was a fairly benign year as far as budgets went in most of the municipalities as well as the county. I fear that it was the calm before [...]

A Question of Manners

A Question of Manners

Sometimes it is the little things that make an impression. A smile, a thank you, eye contact, seem very little to ask and most of us expect these things from the people we do business with but is it too much to expect the same from the folks that run the “have to” businesses and [...]

Time for a Change of Thought

Time for a Change of Thought

The ides of March came one day late for the Industrial Development Board as the Jefferson County Commission turned down their request for funding for a Commerce Park that would have landed on some high interest property on C.H. Rankin Road. Those that are familiar with the area know that it is a beautiful location [...]

Trickle Down Theory

Trickle Down Theory

You know, it is always nice to see the benefits when a good plan and adequate funding meet. And, while it is true that some really nasty things tend to roll downhill, it is also true that enrichment and exposure run downhill, as well. This weekend I had the pleasure of watching the Class of [...]