• Playing the fool

    Many are familiar with Shakespeare’s King Henry V, or at least the St. Crispin’s speech.
    Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh both played Henry in film versions of the play.
    King Henry V is actually the conclusion of the Herniad — a four-part series of historical plays. Of the plays I read when I took a Shakespeare class in college, those four were my favorite.

  • 'Blessed are the merciful'

     Jesus said, “Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.” (Matthew 5:7). Perhaps the merciful are shown mercy because there are no more wonderful gifts for sinners to receive. 

    Mercy is its own reward. 

    The poor in spirit will receive the kingdom of heaven. 

    The mourners will receive comfort. 

    The meek will inherit the earth. 

    They that hunger and thirst after righteousness will be filled. 

    What do the merciful get? 


  • SPIRITUALLY SPEAKING: Happy Mother's Day

     What a wonderful privilege being a mother. 

    What an opportunity we have to teach and train our children.

    I found this thought I wanted to pass on to you. It was published by the “Gospel Tract Society Inc.” 

    The writer was anonymous but the thoughts are priceless. It is entitled, “Train up a child.”

    She could not give her children gold, so she gave them faith to have and hold.

  • From a Mother's Heart

     John the Baptist told two of his disciples (Andrew and, most likely, John or Philip) that Jesus was the “Lamb of God,” and suddenly, they turned around and followed him. Jesus asked bluntly, “What do you want?” 

    It was perfectly timed, with a well-placed question. 

  • GOVERNOR: Healthcare a complex issue facing this state

    There is no more important, or more complex, issue facing our country and our state today than healthcare.

    While Tennessee is doing a better job than the rest of the country in controlling costs of Medicaid growth, the costs are still taking a larger and larger percentage of our budget each year.  

    For the last several months, I’ve been working on a plan to change the way healthcare coverage looks in Tennessee.

  • What I learned when I went to jail

     I went to jail last week. I wasn’t arrested. I wanted to go.

    For several years I have known that a women’s jail ministry existed. I knew that each Sunday the women of Celebrate Recovery gave of themselves expecting nothing in return. But knowing it and seeing it are two different things.

    So last Sunday I willingly entered the guts of the county jail. And while I will tell you I would strongly prefer never returning there I don’t regret going. 

  • New look, new editor at The Press

    Dear readers: 

    I hope you enjoy this edition of the LaFollette Press. 

    For 103 years this publication has been bringing you the best of local news, features and sports. We’ve also provided extras, like job and real estate listings, death notices and thousands of dollar-saving coupons. 

    Don’t worry. We’re not stopping that anytime soon. 

    In fact, we’re giving you even more. 

  • Luck of the Irish

    "If he is born after midnight, he will be born on St. Patrick’s Day,” the nurse smiled, then gently closed the heavy wooden door to my labor and delivery room. I flashed a weak and nervous smile and sighed. He was not supposed to be here yet. We had already been warned that he could have a collapsed lung or spend days in the NICU. 

    He was not due until mid-April, yet here we were, ready to welcome to the world our first son. 

  • The time for closure has come

     Last week’s ruling from the Tennessee Court of Criminal Appeals in the Kenneth Bartley case wasn’t news- so to speak. What it was and still is disruptive and upsetting.

    Pleas are meant to bring closure and allow people to move forward.

    Bartley’s plea has done nothing of the sort. Instead it has been a legal volleyball from the moment it was entered.

    Seated in the jury box that day watching the 15- year- old Bartley agree he was guilty of fatally shooting Ken Bruce and wounding Jim Pierce and Gary Seals, I was concerned. 

  • Board of education members should take heed of their responsibilities

    The outpouring of support for Campbell County Director of Schools Donnie Poston has been moving to say the least.

    At last week’s special called meeting many members of the community turned out in support of the embattled Poston. They rallied behind him in a show of support or force depending on where you fall on the issue of his contract renewal.

    But why did it come to this?

    The answer is simple. Some things never change.