• The Power of Encouragement


    The writer of Hebrews said, “Encourage one another daily” (3:13, NIV). The apostle Paul said, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.” Philippians 2:4, NIV. The word encourage means “to inspire with hope or confidence.” We should all find ways to exercise the power of encouragement.

  • It happened in less than a minute.

    The LaFollette City Council meeting was called to order and the next thing you knew the LaFollette Police Chief had stepped down to a Lieutenant’s position.

    Well I’m not buying it.

    Lynch wanted that job.

    He applied for it less than two years ago and appeared to be doing his best. So why would he step down?

  •  Again, we have a situation where elected leaders should be quoting Oscar Wilde- the only thing worse than not getting what you want is getting what you want.

    Just ask the LaFollette City Council.

    In May 2009 it wanted James Lynch to run the city’s police force. He was picked from a sizeable pool of applicants. While he was the only one among them who was currently serving on the LPD force, there were others who possessed the management experience Lynch lacked.


    I have written many columns during my years at the LaFollette Press.

    Some have practically written themselves. Others have been a struggle to get anything on paper.

    This is one of those columns.

    It is hard to write about someone who you admire and love like a sister. The difficulty is not in knowing they will read your words. The problem comes in finding the right words to describe their selflessness and dedication to a cause.

  • This will be my final column for Another View.

    It’s a bittersweet moment. I’m not sad, and this isn’t a loss. I feel as though I’ve had a good five year run and have enjoyed going into your homes, places of work, and wherever you might’ve been to wind down.

    You might be asking, “J.E., why are you leaving?”

    The answer’s quite simple.

  • The old saying that you don’t know what you’ve got ‘till it’s gone is one that we all know too well. So often in our lives we think of this famous saying and feel its bitter bite.

    Bittersweet too are our memories of the rapidly vanishing East Tennessee way of life we once enjoyed. Soon the witnesses to the pre-mall, pre-asphalt, pre-cell phone, pre-central heat and air, pre-Internet days will be gone forever. Already gone are many of the unique things that made East Tennessee life one of pleasure and contentment.