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Voters Speak Softly

Voters Speak Softly

This was the week of change for Jefferson County and across the State of Tennessee but very few have seemed to notice. Oh, we held an election on Thursday but we probably would have had a better turn out if we had thrown a Tupperware party. After all, who doesn’t like or need Tupperware? We [...]

What Happens Now?

What Happens Now?

So, another month is in the books and we seem to be flying, fast and furious, toward the end of the year. Yes, I know that many things will come between the dropping of the ball on New Year’s Eve and today but time flies when you are having fun. Believe it or not, school [...]

Speeches, Cigars, and Such

Speeches, Cigars, and Such

This week the County Commission met and, in what could only be described as an astounding act, they finished business and exited the building before eight o’clock. Those who have attended County meetings know that this is just short of a political miracle. Anyway, despite the shock of a $29 million dollar capital projects document [...]

No Excuse

No Excuse

Where does personal responsibility begin and end? I think that is a fair question. As little as a couple of decades ago, that question was more easily answered but things have changed drastically. Turn on the television and watch for a few minutes. It doesn’t matter if it is a fictional show, reality television or [...]

A Large Scale Time Out?

A Large Scale Time Out?

I have to wonder why we expect so much more from kindergarten children than we do from politicians? If a young child lies, cheats, steals, is selfish or aggressive and pushy toward his classmate he is immediately corrected. Since when are adults entitled to acted badly based on age? There is no room for bad [...]

It Started with a Pen

It Started with a Pen

I love that we get to celebrate Independence Day, because I love what it stands for, the freedoms that it represents. We often take our liberty and freedom for granted and that is understandable. After all, none of us stood at the Old North Bridge, ready to fight and die for a way of life [...]

Jumping the Shark

Jumping the Shark

The world may have just gotten a wake up call and it came from an unlikely source. Great Britain. Generally known as lying on the politically correct side of the global blanket, it was a bold move on the part of the people to demand that Great Britain exit from the European Union. The European [...]

The Fight is On, Again

The Fight is On, Again

Things got a little hot in Jefferson County last week, as the County Commission convened for their Work Session. Despite the Budget Committee presenting a balanced budget document with no tax increase for the fiscal year 2016/17, there seemed to be little joy in the meeting room. Tensions ran high as the Department of Education [...]

What is Next?

What is Next?

Just when I thought that last week had passed with relative ease-no County meetings and all the fuss and muss passed to this week I awoke to the news regarding the mass Orlando shootings. Many of us are busy planning vacations for ourselves or our families and some have just returned from a Memorial week [...]

The Sad, Sad Truth

The Sad, Sad Truth

The news item of the week appears to center around the death of a gorilla and people are lining up on both sides of the question to make their opinions known. There are a few facts about the shooting that cannot be escaped. The death was tragic. Most experts(and I in no way purport to [...]

Something Smells in Here

Something Smells in Here

The start of Summer 2016 is upon us and it is a welcome sight for many. School is out but it appears that the teachers did not let the monkeys out, as the well know chant from childhood goes. Nope the monkeys and the clowns never seem to take a day off. It always seems [...]

Just an Opinion

Just an Opinion

Do you ever wonder how things appear to get so out of hand so quickly? Or just exactly what someone is thinking? I spend a fair amount of time scratching my head and wondering just how things are so askew. Rarely do I find the answers to the little questions, never mind the large ones, [...]

Spreading It Thin

Spreading It Thin

Question of the week: What responsibility do administrators have to protect the interests of the people they supervise? This week that was a really relevant question. Jefferson County Department of Education received $2.5 million dollars in funds to equal out salaries for educators in Jefferson County. For some time, the County has struggled to keep up [...]

Do We Stay or Do We Go?

Do We Stay or Do We Go?

Even in a week that is thin in regard to meetings, there always seems to be something interesting that comes up. Take this week for example, I thought that the issue of a County Complex was dead in the water. Imagine my surprise when it was revealed that some Commissioners are still interested in taking [...]

A Little Bump in the Road

A Little Bump in the Road

In these days of budgets and amendments and motions that never seems to find any traction, it is possible that we sometimes forget the really big stuff. No, it is not the Trump/Cruz fight or the Hillary/Sanders saga. Really, in the end, it is not the political posturing or the local, state, or nation debt [...]

Grace Under Pressure

Grace Under Pressure

It was an interesting evening for those in attendance at the budget committee meeting. And by interesting, I mean that it was compelling, sort of like watching a train wreck. You really want to look away but you just can’t. And then for days afterward, the carnage is all that you see when you close [...]