• 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.

  • From the Mountain

    Swallowing pride removes barriers to good things


    “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (1 Peter 5:5).

  • The ramifications of selling narcotics

       I have received several inquiries about last week’s surplus auction that was held in the Grace Rehabilitation parking lot.

    To start with it was very well attended. In my estimation we had over 500 people turn out to either bid or just view the vehicles and various other items the Campbell County Sheriff’s Department had on the auction block.

    We sold over 30 vehicles that had been seized as a result of narcotics and DUI operations conducted by the sheriff’s department.

  • Representatives conclude a history-making legislative session

    Recently, the House wrapped up one of the most successful legislative sessions in Tennessee history. The first legislative Session of the 107th General Assembly was focused on passing common sense initiatives to aid both immediate and long-term economic development in Tennessee’s private sector. This is part five of the five-part series.

    Representatives Pass Tort Reform to Create Jobs

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain by Mark J. Tidwell


    My nephew Matthew, his girlfriend Stephanie, and I went huckleberry pickin’ in anticipation of having huckleberry pie for the Fourth of July.  Huckleberries are small, elusive, and packed full of flavor.  It takes a heck of a lot of picking to get a quart of the not-much-bigger-than-BB sized berries.