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Columns

  • Are elected and appointed officials held to different standards?

    The city of LaFollette seems to be a land without consequences.

    From avoiding the most basic of traffic laws to wrecking a city owned vehicle those employed by the city and elected or appointed to serve LaFollette seem to be above consequences.

    In recent months the LaFollette City Court traffic judge Wes Hatmaker was arrested for driving on a suspended license. He immediately owned up to not having a license, which he should have done because it had been suspended for 14 years.

  • You are Never Too Old for Tickles

     

  • Be careful what you say

     You see coverage of elected and appointed officials speaking disrespectfully to one another every week. Now, there’s finally been an instance of disrespect that needs more attention because Campbell County’s residents need to know how one school board member chose to insult a principal.

  • Times are tough all over

    Jellico and Caryville are opposite sides of the same financially  irresponsible coin.

    Jellico is broke.

    A look at their books quickly reveals the town is basically living paycheck to paycheck- so to speak. An influx of property tax has eased the financial tension to a degree but it by no means has alleviated the problem. The town has no reserve funds so what will happen when the property taxes dry up?

  • So who’s face are ya’ll putting on the new five-dollar bill?

    It turns out there are several individuals in this country who want their individual states to secede from the union and strike out alone.

    Even in Tennessee, there are enough signatures on a petition to warrant a response from the White House.

    Secession is not a viable or intelligent solution to any problem this country may or may not be facing. 

  • Nothing gold can stay

     

  • There is a line that shouldn’t be crossed by lawmakers in the War on Drugs

    It doesn’t take long to realize drugs are a problem in our community.

    Many people are addicted to various substances, such as methamphetamines. Some are involved in manufacturing and selling meth. The “War on Drugs” has had many casualties, including those dying from addiction and those who have been killed fighting drug traffic.

    But sometimes a subtler casualty is a loss of personal liberties when lawmakers overreach to police the trade. While the problem plagues our county, it doesn’t warrant a knee-jerk reaction.

  • Starting school and stopping time

       This summer went by quicker than a jailbreak when the door is left open.

    Hoping to prepare for the new year, the boys and I made the obligatory and expensive trek for school supplies.

    Standing amid the plastic binders, packs of paper and folders I was struck at how fast our boys had grown.

    I can clearly remember their first days of school- the tears, the hanging on, the fits. I have assured both I would never act like that again.

  • The constant moving target of industry

      Last week’s closing of PACA has struck a nerve with me.

    I hate to see anyone lose their job- especially in this economy.

    But I think what has really gotten under my skin is the cavalier attitude I have been on the receiving end of while dealing with the corporate boys at Point Blank Enterprises, the parent company of PACA.

  • The Night Before Christmas in the Middle East for week of December 22, 2011

      The Night Before Christmas in the Middle East