Today's Opinions

  • Safer communities come with training

     Keeping the community safe goes beyond patrolling the roads and making arrests. It means having a fully trained staff of deputies.

    Since taking office in September, I have made training a priority for the officers at the sheriff’s department.

    I am proud to say that in six months we have had officers attend six various schools.

  • New VA support line provides important assistance to caregivers

    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is increasing its support to caregivers with a new, toll-free telephone line for the caregivers of Veterans of all eras.

    “The families and loved ones who care for severely injured Veterans deserve the highest level of support,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. “At VA, we consider them important partners in our efforts to care for and rehabilitate our nation’s heroes.”

  • In my perfect world

    What are the essentials of life? 

    Food, water, shelter . . . ?   Neighbors, according to a little girl answering this question in children’s church. 

    Being raised a city child is to grow up with neighbors. You can’t help but be aware of those people living 20 feet from your side porch or straight across the street from your front door. But we not only knew who our neighbors were then, we actually were friends with them . . . some lifelong, like-family friends. 

  • Serving the citizens means standing up for what’s right

      I, like many people, was surprised to discover Jellico was abolishing its utility board last week. Not for misappropriating funds or any other act of shortcoming, rather the board of mayor and aldermen are trying to control the utility company in the best interest of its customers.

  • Weekly Wrap Up

     Republican leaders set legislative agenda


    Republican leaders joined the governor Thursday at a press conference to announce the specific proposals of their legislative package and detailed the priorities of the House, Senate and new Administration.

    The package focuses on two core messages of educating a highly trained workforce: one that will attract high quality jobs and identify the best teachers and creating an environment that keeps in the classrooms across the state.

  • Letters to the Editor Feb. 24, 2011


    LaFollette Press:

    I am looking for the parents and siblings of Ida Wright Goans. Ida was born and married in Anderson County to James Goans, came to LaFollette in early 1900, divorced in 1913 but stayed here until 1925. Who were her parents? Any help you can give me will be appreciated. Please contact me at (865)436-4536 or email GRConnor@aol.com.

    Charlotte Connor





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  • editorial Cartoon Feb. 24, 2011
  • Memories surface as walls come down

     I am not prone to sentimentality or walks down memory lane.

    However, on Monday I found myself pulled in that direction. I had gone to take some pictures of the demolition of East LaFollette Elementary School.

    As I walked around the building where my education began, I could hear the laughter of my classmates and me still echoing from years ago. I also heard our occasional whines.