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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 [...]

On a Razor Wire Fence

On a Razor Wire Fence

Isn’t it funny how bad decisions don’t seem to have a shelf life? It may take a year, or ten years or thirty years or a lifetime but somehow truly bad decisions always know just where you live. Take, for instance, the current situation at Mountain View Youth Development Center. Years ago we, Jefferson Countians, [...]

A Chunk of Change

A Chunk of Change

The numbers are in, well sort of in, and the bottom line for the proposed Commerce Park in White Pine is just a little steeper than I thought it would be. I figured on being north of five million dollars and even closer to ten million but fifteen million dollars is so north that it [...]

Tough Decisions

Tough Decisions

I have to say that I was more than a little disappointed this week, as the Jefferson County Budget Committee passed a motion to only hear from non profits that made the funding cut for this fiscal year. Just like many Commissioners, I remember the lists of non profits that were requesting funding a few [...]

#overmyhead

#overmyhead

This week I am going to take a page from the National news and try to jump on the tweeting boat. I hate to admit it but tweeting is just one form of communication that has alluded me. I guess that I need more words to express myself than is allowed in that format and [...]

Budget Season Arrives Again

Budget Season Arrives Again

Budget Season kicks off this month for Jefferson County and if history is any indication it should be an interesting process. I am in hopes that this budget year will see the return of funding for some of the non profits that have been cut in the past few fiscal years. It is easy for [...]

Just Who Are We?

Just Who Are We?

Here we are, one month into 2017, and we are still facing an identity crisis. Jefferson County is the Victor/Victoria of communities. We have as many faces as we do places and it is high time that we identify the road that we want to travel and get on with the journey. Never is our [...]

Snowflake

Snowflake

This was a historic week in more ways than one. We saw the installation of a new President of the United States. To be honest, I was one of those people who didn’t really believe that President Trump had a snowball’s chance in Miami of becoming the 45th President of the United States, at least [...]

And So It Begins

And So It Begins

For a small town it appears that the Pines are getting a great deal of attention and I am not at all sure that they want it. At least not in the form that they are getting it. Like Strawberry Plains/New Market who just seem to be plagued with issues like the Intermodal and now [...]

Time to Get Back on Track

Time to Get Back on Track

The snow covered ground and frigid temperatures may not be the only thing getting a frosty reception this week. It is back to business as usual for the County Commission and it should be an interesting start to the new calendar year. The County Budget Committee closed out 2016 with a joint meeting of their [...]

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 [...]