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Change for the good is a difficult concept

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By Natasha LaFayette

While writing a final story for the Jellico Advanced Sentinel this week, I was struck with a deep sadness to see it go.

Like many before me, I have worked tirelessly to write compelling stories for the area, carrying on the tradition of the Jellico news.

Interviewing Jellico Fire Chief Gary Troxell was one of my first endeavors at the LaFollette Press. Him and others who I have met along the way are all amazing people.

I have followed the Jellico council through a financial crunch and the water system through a drought. I have seen new businesses come and some close, meeting new faces all the time.

However, it was not until driving home from Jellico on Tuesday night that I realized everything eventually changes.

Jellico itself was once a thriving community and now there is a big hole in the middle of the road still sitting there after five months.

During my drive home along 25W, I observed the old barns and houses clearly visible through the leafless trees. Those houses built with brick and stone are now ruins throughout the mountains.

Though while some things fade away, there are others that will bloom.

As spring approaches I hold tight to the idea change will come for the better. Businesses may start to sprout up and people will flock to the lake for sunshine and swimming.

Though the Jellico Advanced Sentinel has faded away, my devotion and support of the Jellico community still holds strong. My fellow writers and I will continue to cover the town’s activities and people.

And I know the people in Jellico will continue to support the things they believe in. The consumer is the one who decides the importance of each thing, whether it is fuel, food, church or newspapers.

But I know the people in Jellico are truly good and they will find a way to support the things they hold in high regard. And maybe someday down the road we will see a version of the Jellico Advanced Sentinel alive again.