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A New Year

A New Year

2016 is officially in the books and we are starting a brand new year. I must admit that I am generally ready to see the old year end and am eager for a fresh start. This year was no exception. But, as eager as I am to move on, there are a few things that [...]

Farewell, 2016!

Farewell, 2016!

Christmas has just passed and, hopefully, folks are still in the holiday mode because the season won’t be over for another week. For me, the time just before the changing of the year is a time for introspection. This has certainly been the year for change, especially on the national level, but even here at [...]

Who is Getting Coal in Their Stocking?

Who is Getting Coal in Their Stocking?

I hate to get all Grinchy right before Christmas but some things are just designed to turn you green and this week’s joint meeting of the School Board and the Jefferson County Budget Committee is one of them. I must admit that I, briefly, lost my sense of good will and holiday cheer while I [...]

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

The Most Wonderful Time of the Year

It is the most wonderful time of the year. Well, unless you are trying to get any real business done and then it is the most frustrating time of the year. That is the position that the Department of Education finds itself in, as they struggle to fund the White Pine School renovation project. Now, [...]

Even the Hottest Fire

Even the Hottest Fire

I am afraid of fire. That may seem to be a simple, less than profound statement. After all, most people are at least respectful of fire. What I should say is that I am terrified of fire and have been since an unfortunate incident that happened when I was just a very little girl. I [...]

Not Enough Bang for the Buck

Not Enough Bang for the Buck

There are many things in this world that I just don’t understand. I don’t understand recounting a vote three weeks after an election. I don’t understand geometry and I don’t understand the actions of the School Board last week. Do I believe that White Pine needs renovation and more space. Yes. Most reasonable people agree [...]

Thanksgiving Countdown

Thanksgiving Countdown

It is that time of year. The day of dressing, mashed potatoes and pumpkin pie is nearly upon us and so it is time to remember the things that we have to be thankful for this year. Of course, most of us are thankful that election season is over and we can get back to [...]

Get over It and Get on with It

Get over It and Get on with It

Last week was a relief for some and other found themselves needing a safe space. I must say that I have little understanding of the need for a safe space unless circumstances involve great personal danger. I know people who have needed a safe space in their lifetime. People whose situations brought them risk of [...]

Election Day

Election Day

Finally, this time next week the votes will have been cast and counted and we can all get on with our lives. Never, in my memory, has a national election caused so much angst locally. It is like the Civil War, with family against family and friend against friend. It brings one to wonder just [...]

Monster Vote?

Monster Vote?

For those that are so inclined, this is the last week to cast an early vote for the November 8th election. In the past, I have always just waited until Election Day to exercise my right, privilege and, I believe, obligation to vote but this may be the year that I join about half of [...]

A Four Year Three Hour Tour

A Four Year Three Hour Tour

This week as I watched yet another political debate, it occurred to me that the Presidential Candidates that many, including myself, find so distasteful are an accurate reflection of society. Having these two major candidates, and for that matter the off party candidates, did not happen by chance. Their representation is a direct response to [...]

Just Like a Dance

Just Like a Dance

Have you ever sat through a meeting, be it a business meeting or one of the government or even your church, and wondered why the talking continues when the substance of the meeting has long since ended? Last week was a week of many meetings and little action, which boils down to a waste of [...]

The Turkey Came Early

The Turkey Came Early

Is anyone else over the Presidential Election? Personally, I have had about as much of the candidates as I can stomach. And, that is unfortunate since we will be looking at one of them for at least the next four years. This week, I have spent some time pondering on just what it is about [...]

Big Steps and Small Steps, All in the Right Direction

Big Steps and Small Steps, All in the Right Direction

White Pine School renovation project has now been fully funded. Well, at least Phase I which addresses the space needs for classrooms and special areas, as well as the kitchen space. School Board Member Potts made the motion to fund the remaining $800,000 needed to complete the architects’ plans from money that rolled into the [...]

One of Those Times

One of Those Times

So, here is the thing. I have been thinking about the Capital Projects Plan that the School Board submitted to the County Commission. Last School Board meeting, Board Member Potts made a motion to fund $726,188 of the three year plan for projects that would address needs in every school this fiscal year. Her plan [...]

Something to Consider

Something to Consider

I revisited an old question this week, one that I have asked myself several time over the last few years. Do you support property owner’s rights and where do those rights begin and end? The first time that I really considered the issue it was a very personal situation to me and my family. Dandridge [...]