Hack Politicians

Saturday, September 9, 2017
I have seen many hack politicians in both parties in my 70 years but Craig Fitzhugh, a Democrat from West Tennessee running for Governor, has set a new low for pandering. Fitzhugh represents three counties in West Tennessee - Lauderdale, Crockett and Haywood. Haywood(#80) and Lauderdale(#88) are two of the poorest of the 95 counties in the state. Lauderdale has an average family income of $30,281 and 26.2 percent of the county lives in poverty.

So what has Fitzhugh decided to make a campaign issue? Bringing back the Lady Vols name to UT women's teams. The state of Tennessee has made great strides in the past years under the leadership of Governors Bredesen and Haslam, but we still have room to improve education, health care and income growth in our state. I would consider these issues much more important than what a sports team nickname is.

With much ado Fitzhugh called a press conference at the Pat Summitt plaza yesterday. On a University campus with 25,000 students and in a Metro area with 850,000 people a whole 12 people showed up for Fitzhugh's little dog and pony show. I am sure a family of four in Lauderdale County trying to live on $30,281 really cares whether the teams are the Vols or Lady Vols.
 
Douglas Jones

 



Oh, Woe, What's Next?

Oh woe, what is next is an apt introduction to a topic that lots of people talk about but little actually gets done and the product improves. The product, children, is a blessed event most of the time unless you are black, brown or not readily acceptable to the majority. I saw the prejudice in my small town as Polish, Italian, Latvian immigrants moved to work in the factories ... (click for more)

Bothersome Robo Calls

I receive several (three or more) scammer calls, insurance offers, credit card monitoring services, security services, unknown callers, etc., every day. They come in mostly on my home number but those coming to my cell number seem to be increasing.  Those are mostly unknown callers, no number so you can't block them.  Googling the numbers sometimes confirms they are ... (click for more)

Red Bank Finalizes 20-Cent Property Tax Increase

The Red Bank commissioners voted Tuesday night to adopt the fiscal year 2018-2019 budget that includes a property tax increase. Mayor John Roberts said that along with the increase in both commercial and residential development, comes increased traffic. Infrastructure has not kept up with the growth, including the secondary roads. The cost of paving these roads is $1 million. Money ... (click for more)

Attorney Poston Says Man In Viral Video Seen Fighting Officer Was Trying To Break Up Fight

Attorney McCracken Poston said William Alexander Floyd, the young man seen in the recently published “viral” video who is seemingly engaged in a boxing match with a Chattanooga police officer, started out trying to break up a fight.   The attorney said, "Things are not always as they appear. There is a much more interesting story in the seconds leading up to the events ... (click for more)

Silverdale's Chase Cook Inks Scholarship With Bryan College

When Gray Ange arrived at Silverdale Baptist Academy two years ago to take over the baseball program one of the first players he heard about was the so-called crafty lefthander Chase Cook. “Most left-handed pitchers who are not your typical velocity guys get tagged with that ‘crafty’ description because they make a living throwing off speed to spots. They find ways to ... (click for more)

Fairyland Swimmers Upset Country Club

The Fairyland Flash had their best swim meet of the season at home Tuesday night when they beat the Country Club Wavemakers by a single point, handing the visitors their first loss of the season after four straight wins. Country Club had prevailed by a lopsided 466-322 margin just last Thursday, but the Flash was more than ready for the competition the second time around. ... (click for more)