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Columns

  • The long and winding road

    Campbell County has a road problem and there’s no easy solution.

    Since I began covering the county commission in 2007 there has been an almost continuous stream of residents at the meetings imploring the board to do something about the condition of their roads.

    It didn’t take me long to figure out we have a bunch of roads and not much money to fix them.

  • Jellico’s political landscape has limited host of players

       The political circle can be a small one. However, it seems in Jellico that circle is growing smaller and more exclusive by the day.

    Don’t believe me? Just ask the former board members of the Jellico Electric and Water System, Terry Basista and Mike Betherum.

  • Jellico power board appears to be on a power trip

     The Jellico Board of Mayor and Aldermen has been able to accomplish several things since being elected last November.

    It passed a balanced budget and paved streets. The board did this without raising taxes. There are personalities in that administration with a lot of ambition and enthusiasm to get things done.

    But this has caused some problems since the members of the municipal board have become the utility board.

  • Do The Right Thing Anyway

    When Mother Theresa spoke, people listened.

  • Crime hits home

    Wednesdays at the LaFollette Press can be stressful.

    That is the day we put the newspaper together. So needleless to say when the day is over, we are exhausted.

    Last Wednesday was no different. It had been a protracted day that had its share of problems.

    But when I arrived home I learned the problems weren’t over.

    When I pulled onto the carport, I immediately noticed something was wrong. The grill was no longer blocking the door to the utility room and there was more space on the carport.

    Then it hit me.

  • Making a bad situation worse

    A few weeks ago I wrote a column about making choices and living in glass houses.

    As the events surrounding the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department unfolded last week those words have resonated with me.

    And even with the details that have been released we still don’t have all of the information from that night. Despite this Jonathan Finley and Jason Henegar have already been charged, tried, convicted and punished by a great number of people.

    Shame on those of you who have done this.

  • Why not in Campbell County?

       Appalachian Dawn will never be a blockbuster hit or bring home an Oscar.

    However, what this documentary can and will do is serve as an inspiration to communities losing themselves to addictions.

    I first heard of this documentary a few months ago when Annie Margaret Caldwell mentioned it to me. She was singing the praises of not only the documentary but the people of Clay County, Ky.

  • The Death of Capitalism

     Capitalism, 235, passed away suddenly at home on Aug. 1.  Member of the New York and American Stock Exchange.  Survivors include all American taxpayers.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the IRS along with the rest of your income to pay off the national debt that can never be retired.

  • Where the crossroads take you is a choice

    At some point we all reach a crossroads.

    It can be a moral, ethical, physical or spiritual one. But nonetheless we all find ourselves there.

    I was reminded of this last week as I sat in criminal court. There mixed in with the other defendants were two guys I had gone to school with.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

     

    We’re in the midst of the fabled Dog Days of Summer. According to the almanac, they set in on July the third and will run through Aug. 11. These are supposedly the 40 hottest days of the year, a time when the ancients noted that Sirius the Dog Star rose and set in conjunction with our sun.  The two stars supposedly combine their heat to make the earth extra sweaty, according to the Egyptians, Greeks, and Romans.