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Here We Go Again

Here We Go Again

If you thought that the Battle of Bristol was the biggest knock down that happened this week, think again. It couldn’t hold a candle to the Battle of Dumplin Valley, and I am not talking football here. Nope. I am talking School Board meeting. It has been years since I have witness such a sight [...]

What I Have Learned

What I Have Learned

It may be ninety degrees outside but I have unofficially declared it to be fall. Though, apparently, it has been a summer devoid of record breaking heat, it has been consistently hot enough to be deemed the second warmest summer on record. I don’t know about you but I have had it with the joys [...]

All Things Not Being Equal

All Things Not Being Equal

This week I have learned some very interesting things. I learned that the Jefferson County Department of Education is more than $2 million dollars richer than anyone, maybe even them, thought that they would be. Of course, this is good news for the DOE and I am glad that the situation is not as dire [...]

A Wicked Future

A Wicked Future

Isn’t the definition of insanity doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results? Folks, we are some kind of crazy in Jefferson County. Imagine this. We have just completed a building and renovation plan that cost us more than $50 million dollars. Actually, it comes in closer to $60 million when [...]

I Need a Safe Space

I Need a Safe Space

I decided that I really need a safe space. Hey, don’t laugh. I am serious. After all, if people that are less than half my age can’t handle life and adversity without a peaceful time out then why is my achy body and spirit expected to tough it out? I want-no, I demand-my safe space. [...]

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 [...]