• Selection process should not be taken lightly

     Dr. Michael Martin is gone.

    I am sure as this word made its way around the county’s campuses on Friday, collective cries of joy were heard.

    Many questions have begun to surface about his credibility and the credibility of those he surrounded himself with. There is no doubt that Martin  left under a cloud of suspicion.

    That being said, it can’t be forgotten that his leadership took Campbell County Schools off the state’s targeted take over list.

  • My attempt at bravery is short lived

     Whenever I see police cars I get nervous.

    Most likely it’s some delayed response to my adolescence.

    But on Tuesday, when I was asked to take pictures of the Walgreens “bomb” threat I found myself shaking profusely as I neared the countless flashing lights off Towe String Road.

  • Faithful Words



    Whom do you mimic?


    “Therefore be imitators of God, as dear children” (See Ephesians 5:1-17).

    The word “imitate” (5:1) literally means “to mimic.”

  • From the Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

    I realize it varies by locale, but in Highcliff, the morning of Wednesday, October 6, the meadows were spotted by our first frost.  This was not what I would call a killing frost, not being a uniform blanket of sparkling silver covering everything.  It was in selective spots where the temperature had dipped a little lower than the surrounding areas.  So, the katydids were off a few days in predicting the first frost.  But hey, within a week’s range isn’t too bad.

  • On Higher Ground

    I wouldn’t take anything for my last day with Rick


    “Bill, we received an e-mail from Rick today.” 

    That fact in itself was significant, for Rick had had only limited contact with any of the family for almost four years. But I could sense there was more.  Dad continued, “He informed us that he has esophageal cancer.” 

  • From a Mother's Heart

    Yielding to the Spirit Brings Lasting Change


    Many people, after putting their faith in Jesus Christ to save them, become frustrated because they continue to stumble and sin. Or they believe that they could be more effective if they could change certain behaviors, but the changers never seem to last. How can a Christian really change and become more like Christ? Let us look at some very essential points from scripture that can help us experience lasting change.

  • Pet population is growing at shelter

       The animal shelter provides a much needed service to Campbell County residents. It serves all of the city municipalities as well as the outlying county areas where they patrol for strays and also respond to requests to resolve pet issues. 

    In many cases, lost dogs and cats end up at the shelter enabling them to be returned to the owner. 

    The September 2010 report shows that five animals were returned to their owner. 

  • Faithful Words



    Back from the dead


    “. . . be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and put on the new nature, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness . . .” (See Ephesians 4:17-32).

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

    Fall will be upon us by the time you read this.  The Autumnal Equinox is, I note, listed differently on the 2010 calendars I have hanging in the library.  The Tennessee Wildlife calendar lists the 23rd as the first day of fall while some other almanac type calendars list it as beginning on the 22nd.  I looked on the Internet and also found this discrepancy among various sources.  I’ll stick with my most trusted source, The Old Farmer’s Almanac, which proclaims that fall begins at 11:09 p.m. EST.

  • Spiritually Speaking

    Satan has always had a plan


    I want to mention again today, as I did last week, that John Hagee asked his church and anyone who would to participate in 40 days of prayer for our nation, Sept. 20 until Oct. 30.

    We need divine intervention in our nation!

    What we are seeing today did not happen overnight. There has always been sin and deception in the hearts of men, Satan had a plan.