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Open Letter From County Mayor Morton On Legalized Marijuana


The gateway drug marijuana has legislative support for legalization on both sides of the aisle in Nashville. Representative Powers and Senator Yager oppose it’s legalization, as do I.

Tobacco being the illness creator that we now recognize it to be, marijuana is a much more destructive, addictive, hallucinogen and carcinogen.

Medical marijuana is legally produced today in an oral, medical form that causes no hallucination. Every medicinal advantage known to man is provided in this pill. Legalizing it as medicine in a smoked or any other form that causes hallucination, is a step toward legalizing recreational use. That is an unacceptable increase of safety and health risks for our children, families and schools and an unaffordable financial risk for taxpayers.

DUI offenses are showing alarming increases by opioid users. Medical marijuana in the forms proposed for legalization will increase available hallucinogens for the driving population in the same way opioids have in the last decade and more people are dying because of it on our roadways.

The Campbell County Commission and I are currently suing pharmaceutical distributors and manufacturers for damages, reduced prescription thresholds and future protections from out of control opioid sales and addiction in our Court system. General Jared Effler, our DA has additionally filed a similar suit. These are the next best steps to healing our county and our country from addiction to poisons disguised as medicine.

Legalizing new forms of medical marijuana is a deadly step in the same direction of opioid addiction, epidemic and financial ruin for our society. I urge you to oppose it in this and future legislative cycles at the local, state and federal levels.

For your information from a noted Vanderbilt University practicing Doctor and Medical School Teacher below:

E.L. Morton


Campbell County, TN

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Summers Wins Lions Peace Poster Contest

Bailey Summers

A Jacksboro Middle School Student is this year’s annual Campbell County Lions Club Peace Poster Winner. Sixth-grader Bailey Sommers impressed the local Lions Club with her peace poster’s originality and artistic creativity. The poster was inspired by a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, saying that “peace cannot be attained, it must be earned.”

For the last 30 years, Lions Clubs around the world have proudly sponsored the International Peace Poster Contest in local schools. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.

Each poster is judged on originality, artistic merit, and expression of the theme. Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, state, and then finally to the international level. At the international level, judges from the artistic communities select one grand prize winner – who will receive $5,000 and a trip to the Lions Clubs International Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada. The Campbell County Lions believe Bailey’s creation to have what it takes to compete at higher levels, and have submitted her artwork to the next level of the competition.

About the Lions Club
For more than 100 years, Lions Clubs International has been serving those in need. With more than 1.4 million members, Lions are the global leader in humanitarian service. The local affiliate of this international organization has been chartered since 2006, and prides itself on serving the local community. For information on the club, please call (423) 494-4894.

The winning poster

O’Rourke To March In Macy’s

It is a Thanksgiving tradition for many folks to get up and watch the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade. For Katie O’Rourke this year will be different. Instead of watching the parade on TV or even in person she will be marching in it.

O’Rourke is originally from LaFollette but is now living in Del Rio, Texas. She is the daughter of Paul O’Rourke and Beth Smith. Her grand parents are Nancy Green, John Greene, Millie O’Rourke and Jim Christopher. She was sponsored for the trip in part by the Friends of the LaFollette Library.

Her extended family are very proud of Katie and encourage you all to tune in to see her in the parade.