• Pat on Politics: A Tale of Two Cities Part 1 06/12/2014 OK folks I have been writing on this particular opinion piece for about a month. It has been an evolving document to say the least. It seems like every time I thought I had it done something else so ludicrous would happen that I thought to myself, “this must be included.” ...
  • Green Meets Green: A Fable of Cronyism 08/05/2013 Jack and John have been friends since childhood. Now in their fifties, both have enjoyed successful careers. Jack is a local business man with a company that he inherited from his grandfather. John is a local activist and powerful member of county commission. Now these two men have many times been political rivals in public, ...
  • Guest column: Keeping kids safe on the internet 03/08/2013 Did you know 1 in 4 girls and 1 in 6 boys are sexually abused before their 18th Birthdays? This means that in any classroom or neighborhood full of children, there are children who are silently bearing the burden of sexual abuse. 1 in 5 children are sexually solicited while on the internet. Nearly 70% of all ...
  • Special Guest Editorial: Stop Fighting and Start Winning 02/26/2013 This weekend I attended a “Day of Resistance” Rally in Sevierville, Tennessee and was not surprised to see mainly folks from the Tea Party movement in attendance. The event was part of a national movement in support of defending our rights under the Second Amendment in response to the national debate over proposed gun ...
  • Special guest column: What have our holidays become 02/21/2013 Playwright William Shakespeare once said, “A rose by any other name smells just as sweet.” Sometimes, I think this statement also refers to holidays as well, but sometimes the “sweet” can be replaced with a bitter disgust. In many cases, there’s so much unnecessary hype in regards to holidays anymore. Don’t get me wrong. I love ...
  • Weekly Guest Editorial kicks off with Nancy Green LaFollette Librarian 02/13/2013 I feel so honored to have been asked to write as a guest editorial for the Volunteer Times and I am so glad to be able to tell you all about the new LaFollette Public Library. We are now located at 201 South 9th Street, the former location of the Recreation Center. We went from ...
  • AUNT HESTER’S GENERAL STORE: MERRY CHRISTMAS 12/26/2012 Well My Darlings, I’ve made my last batch of Chocolate Do Das, wrapped my last present, and I’m ready for Christmas. Just these past few weeks, I’ve sat out on the porch of the store and watched as people have been coming and going and I’ve been busy at the store. I did have a ...
  • Readers encouraged to give to homeless 12/10/2012 In this time of year there are many people that are homeless. This young lady shows us all how we ought to act towards our fellow man. We hear of people going and helping people in other countries yet the people right hear we walk by with no words said. We turn our head and ...
  • Aunt Hester’s General Store: What a Beautiful Autumn 10/30/2012 Darlings, we have been blessed this year with an Autumn that is just absolutely spectacular. Almost everywhere you look, the trees are displaying brilliant colors that I haven’t seen for ages. And as the week has gone on, the leaves are falling and it’s beautiful. Of course, it’s only a few days now until Halloween, the ...
  • Aunt Hester’s General Store: Part II: For Women Only-Men Not allowed to Read This 09/26/2012 Ladies, sit down here with me and let’s have one more chat about this so-called War on Women. Before we start, help yourself to a few of my Double Dipped Dark Chocolate Bon Bons and a cup of coffee. Now, for weeks on end, I’ve heard nothing but talk about this War On Women. What ...
  • Aunt Hester’s General Store: For Women Only-Men Not Allowed to Read This 08/24/2012 As I was putting the final touches on my four-layer, really rich and creamy, double homicide, Chocolate Cake, it came to me, as I was licking the spoon, that a conversation that had just been finished in the General Store, needed to be shared with all you women out there. What we were discussing was ...
  • Jeremy’z Journey: Visions of a better world 08/15/2012 We all have that wonderful thought in the back of our minds of world peace, even if the thought has become an overplayed cliché to talk about in our modern day. Sure, every president and pageant contestant talks about it in a speech at some point. As painful as this might be for older readers to ...
  • Aunt Hester’s General Store: Back To School 08/14/2012 Yes, school has started again and for the life of me, I have yet to see the advantage of beginning school until after Labor Day. There must be a reason and for whatever the reason, it hasn’t seemed to improve the standard of education. The United States is 27th in the world when it comes ...
  • Jeremy’z Journey: Steadily follow Christ and you’ll win the race 08/09/2012 Remember the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon imitating the fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. It happens to be one of my favorites, although the Looney Tunes in general falls in the favorite category. When Bugs goes flying by that lethargically sluggish tortoise and spins it around faster than a tornado and it makes me ...
  • Jeremy’z Journey: Traditions – Part I 07/25/2012 Tradition – noun 1. the handing down of statements, beliefs, legends, customs, information, etc., from generation to generation, especially by word of mouth or by practice: a story that has come down to us by popular tradition. 2. something that is handed down: the traditions of the Eskimos. 3. a long-established or inherited way of thinking ...
  • Aunt Hester’s General Store: Taking Up of Serpents 07/20/2012 Darlings, I’ve been listening and watching these past few weeks to the goings on at the Campbell County Commission and other places and I’m gob smacked by what I’ve been hearing and seeing. For months, I’ve been raising a ruckus about not allowing people to speak at the Campbell County Commission Meeting and being subjected ...
  • Pat on Politics: Free speech 07/18/2012 Yesterday I watched the video of this month’s county commission meeting. The night before Jerry Chadwell had already given me a partial blow-by-blow account when I ran into him at Pizza Hut. It was a fine case of our county government trying to restrict the ability of the citizens addressing the commission. Now I ...
  • Jeremy’z Journey: Home Bible study bandit nabbed. What next? 07/18/2012 So I’m sure many of you are aware that Charlie Sheen has a new show. Sheen portrays an anger management therapist on a channel number far above that of his previous show of sexual debauchery. Yes, I occasionally laughed at the three-or-1/3 rejects when the children weren’t in the room of course. More often I ...
  • Jeremy’z Journey: Will a man rob God? 07/11/2012 Somewhere in audio cassette history is a recorded skit for Christian puppet shows called Pathetic Prayers. Pathetic Prayers were prayers that God should never hear from us. I remember one with the lead character Eggmont, a very small and meek sounding boy who once prayed that God would smite his bully “This Nelson Guy.” However, the ...
  • Jeremy’z Journey: Physical freedom losing; Freedom in Spirit remains untouchable 07/04/2012 Independence Day, a.k.a. the Fourth of July, is a United States federal holiday commemorating the signing and ratification of the Declaration of Independence. Sitting in a church fellowship hall, commemorating an anniversary of two people who had dedicated fifty years of life to each other I watch the line of a couple hundred people shuffle around ...