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Columns

  • Did board of education complete an exhaustive search?

    Did board of education complete an exhaustive search?

     

    Before I begin let me offer two disclaimers.

    The first is I think Donny Poston is a fine, Christian man. My next disclaimer is my children attend the Christian Academy of Campbell County.

    That being said the Campbell County Board of Education didn’t appear to conduct a truly exhaustive search in its quest for the next director of schools.

  • We the people

    A Teacher Affects Eternity

     

    One of my favorite quotes about educators is by the late historian, Henry B. Adams, who once said, “A teacher affects eternity - he can never tell where his influence stops.”  Of course, “he” and “his” are gender-neutral.

  • Where we stand

     National crime victims’ rights week is this week. There are many layers involved once a crime occurs.

  • For the children

    April is Child Abuse Awareness month and to honor child abuse victims, blue ribbons are currently being displayed all around our community. But, have you ever wondered what the meaning of the blue ribbon really is?

    The Blue Ribbon Campaign began in Virginia in 1989 when a grandmother, Bonnie W. Finney, tied a blue ribbon to the antenna of her van “to make people wonder.”  The story she told to inquisitive community members was a tragic story about the abuse of her grandchildren, which ultimately led to the brutal death of her grandson.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

    I pulled up in front of Jellico’s U.S. Post Office the other day and quickly noticed Old Glory waving briskly at half-mast.  I couldn’t for the life of me think of why it was so.  I inquired inside and was told it was in memory of America’s last doughboy of World War I.  James Webb, former Jellico Postmaster, had given me the clipping of Frank Woodruff Buckles’ passing quite a few days before, so I was surprised that so long after the fact the vet was being recognized.

  • In my perfect world

    IN MY PERFECT WORLD

    Spring Cleaning

     

     

    By Kathy Jeffers Smith

     

     

    If a young man’s fancy is turns to love in the spring, is life fair that an old married woman’s fancy should turn to spring cleaning? 

    Well, nevertheless, this oldish married woman is feeling more favorable toward tackling some ambitious cleaning projects.

  • Legislative Update

    Legislative Update

    March  28 – April 1

     

    House begins work on common sense

    Voter photo ID plan

    On Thursday, the house took a major first step towards enacting a common sense reform that was a cornerstone pledge to voters last fall. HB seven passed the State and Local Subcommittee and is expected win approval from the full Committee next week.

  • Legislative Update

    Legs update

     

    Since taking office in January, the governor has made clear his vision for wholesale reform of Tennessee’s education system. He has said student achievement should be the cornerstone of any educational initiative. Legislators agree and have stated on numerous occasions that promoting teacher excellence is one way to ensure that vision becomes a reality for Tennessee students.

  • Don’t let the sun go down

       This is Sunshine Week.

    For the average citizen this might go by unnoticed. However, for journalists it is a time we observe the public’s right to know how their governmental agencies are operating.

    Without an open records law and open meetings law governments could operate sans public scrutiny.

  • Shining the light on this week

        

     

    Newspapers mounted “Sunshine Sunday” -- a campaign reminding Floridians of the high level of openness they enjoyed, highlighting the benefits of government transparency and detailing potential consequences of the proposals. Only a few passed.