• As children growing up in the 1960s, we conducted a harmless school drill called ‘duck and cover.’ Can you remember this one? Or how about this one: ‘This is a test. For the next 60 seconds, this station will conduct a test of the Emergency Broadcast System. This is only a test.’ In those days we faced nuclear weapons and MAD—mutually assured destruction. In our community, a tremendous cave served as the ‘fallout shelter.’ We could always go there in case someone used Weapons of Mass Destruction, or so we were told. What innocent days they were.

  • Have you heard about the recent economic threat to the European Union coming from Greece? Greece has a debt problem that could cause a domino effect in the Euro nations. The Greek currency has been debauched through deficit spending and now countries such as France and Germany are being compromised because their currencies are linked and vulnerable. The intricacies of EU currency agreements for the Euro have made this a ticking time bomb. reeping away from the crime scene, once again, is that manipulator of markets- Goldman Sachs. Sound familiar?

  • Today started out as just another day.

    Too many bills to pay, too many errands to run, and not enough of me to go around. Then, everything seemed to stop as I received your phone call telling me that you’re getting married.

    Just so I wouldn’t forget, I stopped everything and circled your special day on my office calendar. This is a happy, yet nerve-racked moment for you, I‘m sure.

  • No, not the 5th – the 10th.  

    The Tenth Amendment of the Constitution of the United States provides protection to the states from encroachment by the federal government.  The federal government has become more and more involved in our everyday lives from the college football bowls to the compulsory low-flush toilet bowls in our home.

  • Who needs to travel to Canada for the Winter Olympics? Especially with all the snow that we’ve been having right here in East Tennessee lately? We can have some winter games right here in our own back yard. Or at least that’s what my friends and I thought last week when we decided to invent an extreme winter sport of our own-snow canoeing.

  • My fellow journalists Jennifer Caldwell and Charlotte Underwood have pounded out columns this year sharing their new found enthusiasm for snow. I suppose I could follow suit.

    But, I won’t.

    Nope not me.

    I have enough of this white powdery, slushy stuff to last me at least the next 10 winters.

    That’s right. I am going on record- I can't stand snow.

  • Christian author and motivational speaker Barbara Johnson once said, “When you’re in a jam, good friends will bring you bread with peanut butter on it.”

    This week’s story was inspired by two friends who are currently going through two separate and very hard times in their lives. To them, my heart goes out to them and they‘re in my prayers always. And my heart goes out to you, dear reader, if your life has unexpectedly been turned upside down. If that be the case, this week’s story is for you, too.

  • I hate snow.

    Sounds harsh I know, but that’s just the way it is.  

    I don’t really remember when these feelings of loathing started. Maybe it was when my parents moved me to the frozen tundra of the mid-west, and I spent four and a half years slogging through the snow, ice and sub-zero temperatures at the University of Nebraska.

  • Democrat Leader James Clyburn of SC said the other day: “we’ve got to spend our way out of this recession.”  This backwards reasoning echoes President Obama’s speech from nearly a year ago when he was promoting his $787 billion stimulus bill.  Remember?  This was the brilliant plan that promised to keep unemployment under eight percent.  It’s been hovering around ten percent for several months now, and is actually closer to 17 percent if you count all those who have quit looking for jobs.  Anyway, Obama was attempting to counter his Con

  • One thing I love to do is flip though the New York Times bestseller list and book review section.

    There were some decent titles listed this past week, but one that really caught my attention and not in a good way.

    There’s a book with a rather “unique” subject. And referring to this as unique wasn’t exactly a good thing in this case. Back in 1813, Jane Austen wrote a masterpiece called “Pride and Prejudice.” It’s a beautiful story that has also reached its 100 year mark, making it legally public domain.

  • And the lights all went out in Massachusetts.

    Am I on the only one that remembers the Bee Gees song? The lights are now on and Americans are at home.

    At the same place the American Revolution began over 200 years ago, a political revolution began this month. In Liberal Massachusetts, Americans who believe in capitalism and free enterprise have rebuffed the far-reaching arm of the federal government and the socialist agenda proposed by the current administration.

  • What is veteran affairs death pension? This benefit paid to eligible dependents of deceased wartime veterans.

    You may be eligible if:

    ·the deceased veteran was discharged from service under other than dishonorable conditions, and

    ·he or she served 90 days or more of active duty with at least one day during a period of war*, and

    ·you are the surviving spouse or unmarried child of the deceased veteran, and

    ·your countable income is below a yearly income limit set by law.

  • Several months ago, I embarked on a historical journey when I began working on Campbell County: A look back at the beginning.

    It was a journey that took me through four municipalities and more than 200 years of struggles and determination. It was a journey into the heritage and roots of Campbell County, a deep place where some never travel; it was a journey into the past.

    But not only was it a journey into the past, but the present as well.

  • With my daughter’s third birthday on the horizon and my son’s eighth birthday not yet a distant memory I recently began to reflect on my own childhood.

    Of the many things I thought of was the lessons my parents tried to teach me when I growing up. It has taken some time for me to learn these lessons, but I can now honestly say I’m glad that I listened.

  • As 2010 was ushered in so was an election year.

    However, this is not just any election year.

    It is a year where nearly every office in the county is on the ballot. And if the steady traffic outside the election commission holds up as it did on the first day candidates could pick up petitions, we may have more political hopefuls than voters.

    With so many offices up for grabs Campbell County is ripe for, well just about anything.

  • As the snow fell faster last Thursday afternoon, I sarcastically thought ‘oh great,’ as I rushed around, trying to finish my day.

    Now before you go thinking I’m anti-snow when it comes to the fluffy white stuff, let me let you in on a little back-story.