Letters to the Editor: Net neutrality

Dear Editor,

On June 11, net neutrality protections ceased to exist. This means your internet service provider is now able to engage in content based discrimination. Internet content it likes — for political or financial reasons — can be delivered at top speeds, while content it disfavors can be slowed or even blocked.

But did that start happening on day one? No, because the big telecoms that fought so hard to kill net neutrality are smarter than that.
Internet service providers spent millions of dollars lobbying the Federal Communications Commission to end net neutrality, and they are certainly going to expect a healthy return on that investment. While the ISPs are clearly focused on increasing their profits, here the ISPs are likely to be patient. Their wisest course of action will be to eliminate net neutrality like a slow drip over time in the hope that consumers won’t notice and will stop caring.

The big telecoms know that bipartisan legislation to reject the FCC’s abandonment of net neutrality is pending before the House, after being approved by the Senate last month. They know that 86 percent of all Americans favor restoring the FCC’s net neutrality rules. And they know that three state legislatures and six state governors have already adopted [5] pro-net neutrality measures and that many more are considering joining their ranks.

Given this environment, the ISPs are unlikely to engage in visible, net neutrality violating behavior right away. Shortly after casting his vote in favor of the Senate bill to preserve net neutrality, Sen. John Kennedy (R-La.) said, “If you trust your cable company, you’re not going to like  my vote today. If you don’t trust your cable company, you will.”

Kennedy’s analysis is certainly correct, but his comments also hint at what likely is the next step in the ISPs’ net neutrality playbook: When June 11 came and went, we expected that the ISPs would do little to nothing in response.  After some time has passed, we expect them to point to their inaction as proof  we were wrong to distrust them and their promises not to violate net neutrality in the absence of a federal mandate. And guess what will happen next? Drip. Drip. Drip. And before we know it, a flood will have washed away the free and open internet we all rely on.

So yes, net neutrality ended on June 11. When we will first feel the impact of that loss is unknown, but what is known is that the fight is far from over. To bring net neutrality protections back, call your member of Congress and insist they vote to join the Senate’s
effort under the Congressional Review Act to save net neutrality. For extra effect, when you talk to your member of Congress, be certain to mention that net neutrality will be on your mind when you go to the polls in November.

Although we may have lost net neutrality in the short run, if the 82 percent of Republicans, 90 percent of Democrats, and 85 percent of independents who favor net neutrality make their voices heard, there is no doubt we will win in the end.

Chad Marlow, Advocacy and Policy Counsel, ACLU

Letters to the Editor: Good Neighbor Award

A “thank you” to those supporting Good Neighbor Award recipients

Dear Editor,

On behalf of Delta Kappa Gamma International and its Johnson County chapter, Gamma Mu, I wish to thank those who generously donated to the contents of the “Goodie Bags” that were presented to the recipients of The Good Neighbor Award at a reception in their honor May 1, 2018.Gift cards were donated by Bizzies, Little Caesar’s, McDonald’s, Burger King and Hardees. Elizabethton Federal, Farmer’s State Bank, Johnson County Bank and Mountain Electric also contributed.

To all of these generous business establishments, THANK YOU for helping us recognize and affirm the five Middle School students who were named Good Neighbors for consistently demonstrating the qualities we want in our neighbors: compassion, kindness, and generosity.

In addition to local support, the students were especially honored by Rep. Timothy Hill, who presented each one with a Proclamation which had been read on the floor of the Tennessee House of Representatives in their honor, and Sen. Jon Lundberg sent to each student a flag that had been flown on the Capitol Building in Nashville in their honor. Dr. Phil Roe, our representative in the United States House of Representative, sent a personal note of congratulations to each Good Neighbor as well. Their support of our students means a great deal!

Sheila Cruse
Chair, Educational Excellence Committee
DKG/Gamma Mu

Letters to the editor: Roe’s message confuses supporter

Dear Editor
Yesterday, I attended a golf social hosted by the Sullivan County Young Republicans that Congressman Phil Roe attended and spoke at. I came to the event respecting Congressman Roe for his contributions to my district, but I left the event perplexed. In his speech and comments to people, Congressman Roe persistently associated himself with President Trump’s agenda and successes; however, Congressman Roe also told the audience that “he [Donald Trump] wasn’t my first, second, or third choice” for the Republican nomination. How silly is it that Roe is so opportunistic that he associates himself with the President while also stating that he would have preferred so many others before Trump? I hope that in the future our leaders are more authentic and less focused on riding on the coattails of politicians.

Bryson Marshall

Letter to the editor: Condoms are not the answer

Dear Editor:
Condoms are not of sufficient strength to guarantee that they will not break. A good comparative experiment shows that 60 percent of condoms do not maintain global standards of safety. It was assured by an investigation conducted in the program “Strengthening consumer organizations of Latin America and the Caribbean in the process of normalization”, released by Consumers International and reaffirmed by the International Research and Testing in UK and the Consumers Union of United States group.
It has been proven worldwide that condoms are not the answer, said 150 experts from 36 countries at the Center for Infectious Disease Control in Atlanta, researchers at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, medical experts from the universities of Maastricht, Zurich and the Sorbonne and members of the Academy of Medicine of France.

Gabriel Roselló

Letters to the Editor 5/30/18- Ag Center

Dear Editor

This is in regards to the news item about the proposed Ag Center. In the article it stated that the center “would serve as a formal meeting place to allow for banquets and group meetings hosting large number of participants.” Is this the sole purpose of the Center? If not, why weren’t more details given in the meeting/newspaper [Tomahawk]?

If it’s just for a meeting place then how many meeting places does the county need? The public was informed when the Armory and Welcome Center were built that they would be available for public use for meetings, dinner, etc. We also have the Crewette building and the Kathleen S. Mount meeting room at the library. We also have a few church’s with large fellowship halls and kitchens that are available to the public.

How much cost to the county (taxpayers) will be needed on a monthly, yearly basis for maintenance, utilities, insurance, etc? In other words, is this a necessary expenditure for the continued development of our county?

Lynn Adams

Letters to the Editor 5/30/18- Thank You

The Johnson County Lions Club wishes to thank The Tomahawk for its coverage of the recent Turtle Derby. This is the only fund raising event for the Lions Club each year so we rely upon the help of the local media outlets to help with its promotion.

This well attended event was the fifteenth year for the running of the turtles, and the kids of Johnson County had a wonderful time cheering them to the finish line.
The Lions Club is appreciative of the 93 businesses and individuals who sponsored turtles or provided door prizes to make this event such a success. Special recognition goes to Joe Herman, Herman Trucking, for contributing the two bicycles given as door prizes.
Proceeds will help provide vision care to qualifying Johnson County citizens.

If you are in need of this kind of assistance contact a member of the Lions Club for more information. The local chapter also supports the International Lions Club with other projects such as disaster relief.  In addition the local group is responsible for the flag display in downtown Mountain City on most federal holidays.

Letter to the Editor 5-23-18

Dear Editor,
It is a beautiful day outside. The sun is shining and the weather is nice. Yesterday it was raining and a little chilly. It was still a beautiful day. This is a great Spring, and Summer is coming on fast. We have a very serious problem in the United States with opioids and drugs in general. The children will be out of school soon and they are vulnerable. Everyone is vulnerable; from childhood all the way to folks in Senior Living facilities.The problem shows no real signs of abating. Deaths, physical harm and mental debilitation are still occurring at a horrendous rate.

What to do?

Keep the kids busy this summer. Playing ball, going for walks, going to the library, going to the market, doing chores, playing Frisbee, going swimming, hiking, visiting museums, go back to the library and repeat all summer long. It’s hard, I know. We all have different levels of income and it’s not easy all the time. It can be done, however, and it can be done well.

Walking, talking, visiting, keeping an eye out, these things are good for the children, adults and seniors as well. They’re good for everybody. We need each other. So many people have been hurt and we need to stop it.We can do it and we will do it, all together.  I wish you a happy week and weekend, a wonderful summer time and a bright fall and winter this year. All good things to you and yours,

Alfred Brock

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor,
It is often said that some parents tend to disengage from their children’s education. This translates into “giving up” or resigning the parent role. The exercise of a parent’s authority tends to encounter various difficulties, whether it is due to a parent’s personal education (e.g. lack of clear cut criteria, patience, firmness, or serenity), or due to their children’s education (e.g. lack of love and respect for elders).

However, nowadays it is notably environmental pressures that tend to have a stronger influence.
The following are examples of factors that influence a parent’s authority in a negative manner: the behavior of other parents; the lack of positive mass media; arbitrariness as the standard; the limited cultural content on television; the movies; Internet; confusion caused by doctrines; the rise of eroticism; the manipulation of advertisements; the confusion between tolerance and the abdication of rights and obligations; etc.

Are all environmental influences negative? Of course not, the mass media can also contribute in building critical thinking and maturity in a person. On some occasions, environmental media do not seek to distort users, but neither to educate them. One example is advertising, since its main goal is to sell more than one product, and not to sell it in the best way possible.

An educator, for example, seeks to spend better and not necessarily spend more. The goals of the consumerist society and those of the educational society are not the same. After watching television commercial ads, parents find it more difficult to create an austere family environment.
On other occasions even, environmental pressures directly go against education. Eroticism and pornography, other than generating abundant income for its promoters, they consciously degrade human values.

Due to these and other environmental pressures, nowa-days the exercise of parental authority has become more difficult. This is why it is even more important to reflect upon the education of our children and collaborate with teachers of education centers to carry out the difficult task of educating (Translated by Gianna A. Sanchez Moretti).
Arturo Ramo

Letter to the Editor

Many families take advantage of school report cards to talk with their children about school. Even if the report card is itself important, it should not be the sole standard to evaluate a child’s academic performance, since every child is different and so are his or her circumstances.
A child’s academic performance is satisfactory when it conforms to his or her intellectual capacity and realized effort. Performance is sufficient when a student’s grade level is “passed” or “progresses adequately”.
Two paradoxical situations may occur. The first one would be that the student passes with a sufficient grade point average, but his or her performance is clearly unsatisfactory because the student could have gotten a better grade as a result of improving his or her learning capacity according to what was expected. This is the case of gifted students that with explanations and little effort obtain a passing grade. It also depends, however, how demanding the teacher is and if he or she is satisfied with the minimum obtained basic knowledge.
The second situation would be if the student makes a big effort and dedicates many hours to studying but does not achieve a sufficient grade. This depends on whether the student’s studying methods are efficient (or not), whether the student lacks the minimum basic knowledge of a certain subject in order to progress, or whether the teacher is too demanding.
Nevertheless, parents should not value in themselves the grades their children obtain in school because they could be making three mistakes. The first one is to demand their child less than what he or she is capable of giving, thus fomenting commodity and conformism. By not acquiring the habit of studying, the student s propelled to fail in the future even if now he or she is passing by a margin.
The second one would be to demand the student more than what he or she is capable of giving. Expecting a high performance from an average student that tries hard to progress could stir a state of anguish and anxiety within the student that could lead to desperation and the explicit refusal to study.
The last mistake would be
to demand all children the same expectations, when in reality each one of them is different. Comparisons between siblings or classmates always produce negative consequences and can lead to jealousy or envy.
Rather than assessing the report card itself, one must consider whether the academic performance that each student achieves is satisfactory with his or her capacity, and most of all, if the student has given his or her maximum effort and dedication to the daily labor of studying
Arturo Ramo
(Translated by Giann A. Sanchez Moretti)

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor:
Laura and Javier have learned one of the sharpest lessons of their existence. She aged 18 years took a liking to amphetamines, known as “speed”. Soon the whim of the cocaine consumed her. Now she is 24 and is finishing a therapy to stop this habit in Proyecto Hombre. He aged 21 years started rolling joints and finished captivated by cocaine. These are the experiences of two of the thousands of teenagers who have come to this institution to begin a plan in order to emerge from the darkness of the drugs, according to the spokesperson of Proyecto Hombre “Minors, drugs and society.”
Nobody is free from drugs. Each day comes a greater number of juveniles (63.5 percent) in search of a rehabilitation plan. “Drugs take always a toll on” said the Ministry of Public Health and Consumer Affairs, within the National Plan on Drugs that has as purpose to avoid the waste of drugs among adolescents.
Drugs directly affect the brain. The study by the National Audit Office of the Drug Addiction of Washington confirms that narcotics can result in damage, such as anxiety, melancholy, psychotic episodes or suicide tendencies. Will be it what some people are looking for, in clear line with the culture of death? It is urgent to attack drugs which are contrary to the health. Nowadays, the drug is one of the plagues of our society.
The rate of drugs consumption has grown in an alarming way and the authorities are overwhelmed with this serious problem. Drug addiction has been accepted in a part of the youth population around the world. Efforts get under way to finish with this social scourge that only causes self-destruction and death.
Clemente Ferrer

Letters to the Editor

Dear Editor:

How wonderful that the group has established a Tourism Development Council of Johnson County, TN. However, I think the first thing that needs to be developed is getting more Motels in the county.
I am trying to find a motel for my “Step-Granddaughter” and family to stay when they come to visit this summer.
Her children are one and three years old – and my house is NOT child proof. They live in Nashville, TN.
There seems to only be one motel in Mountain City, which has very small rooms, since the other motel is not one where most people want to stay.
I do NOT want the type of places that Vicky Woods offer (which are great if that is what you want) – and I do not want Bed and Breakfast places. I am just seeking a regular Motel like most towns offer.
I should think that would be the first thing the tourism Council would start working on. Most people just drive through Johnson County –
and see a few of the great places that are in Johnson County – and then go on to Boone, NC or Johnson City, TN in order to find a decent Motel.
I am on the Board of the Butler Museum – and most of the visitors there drive to the museum for a one day visit – from out of town – because there are NO motels in the area for them to stay and visit other things in Johnson County.
Advertising to promote the other great things to do in Johnson County is wonderful – but how many are going to see more than one or
two things since they generally will NOT find a decent motel?

Trula Haley

Can schools discipline students for protesting?

Dear Editor,

The American Civil Liberties Union produces 10 to 20 pieces of opinion journalism each week. Please feel free to reprint our articles online or in print free of charge. Please email us at editorial@aclu.org when you publish our material and please let us know if you decide to trim the body of the text. Below is a piece we published this week that we believe will interest your readers. A photo of the author is available on our website. Can Schools Discipline Students for Protesting? By Vera Eidelman, William J. Brennan Fellow, ACLU Speech, Privacy, and Technology Project

Students around the country are turning last week’s heartbreaking school shooting in Parkland, Florida, into an inspiring and exemplary push for legislative change. In the last few days, many people have asked whether schools can discipline students for speaking out. The short answer? It depends on when, where, and how the students decide to express themselves. Plans for coordinated student walkouts have been making national news and have already engendered disciplinary threats from some school administrators. Since the law in virtually all jurisdictions requires students to go to school, schools can typically discipline students for missing class, even if they’re doing so to participate in a protest or otherwise express themselves. But what the school can’t do is discipline students more harshly because they are walking out to express a political view or because school administrators don’t support the views behind the protest. In other words, any disciplinary action for walking out cannot be a response to the content of the protest.

Before deciding whether to join a political walkout, students might want to find out what policies govern discipline for absences in their state, school district, and their particular school so that they’re aware of the potential consequences. They should also know that in addition to walkouts, there are actions they can take for which schools cannot legally impose punishment. For example, during school hours, students cannot be punished for speaking out unless their speech disrupts the functioning of the school. This is because — as the Supreme Court recognized in a 1969 decision upholding the right of Mary Beth Tinker to wear an armband to school in protest of the Vietnam War — students do not lose their constitutional rights “at the schoolhouse gate.” This makes sense given the educational purpose of our school system. As the court held in an earlier decision finding that students cannot be obligated to salute the flag, students’ speech rights must be “scrupulously” protected if we are to have any hope of “educating the young for citizenship” and teaching students not to “discount important principles of our government as mere platitudes.”

While what qualifies as “disruptive” will vary by context, courts have typically held that students have the right to wear expressive clothing that doesn’t target fellow students or disrupt class. Outside of school, students enjoy essentially the same rights to protest and speak out as anyone else. This means that students are likely to be most protected if they organize, protest, and advocate off campus and outside of school hours. Some schools have attempted to extend their power to punish students even for off-campus, online expression, and courts have differed on the constitutionality of such punishments. There is clearly a lot to learn from the students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and their peers nationwide. Their activism inspires confidence in the future of our democracy, and their schools should be proud of them. Schools should recognize that even when they are within their right to discipline students for protests, it doesn’t always mean they should.

Privette says we should recall things of the past into memory

Dear Editor:
As we start a new year, we should recall things of the past into memory several reasons. Most people don’t want to think about the past. As a Christian, I recall the past to remember where God has brought me from. After all, we all have to come from somewhere to get where we are today. You see, God knew before we were born where we would be today. We can revisit our past to make us a better witness for someone who is going through the same things that we have gone through. He brought us on this journey of trials and tribulations to help others. If we had never experienced the things that we have, then how could we help our brothers and sisters that are troubled with these things?
James 2:14-17 says, “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? Can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding, ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.”
So, you ask, what does this have to do with a new year starting now? Everything! We can use the things from our past, coupled with faith and turn them into works, and provide the things needed by our brothers and sisters. So, as we got into a new year, remember the past and where God has brought you from. Not to go back there, but to move forward. In order to get where we are going, we have to look forward. We need to keep our eyes on the prize at the finish line. Jesus. He is at the finish line waiting for us with open arms to take us in to be with Him forever. Our job here on earth will be finished.
Revelation 21:1-8 says, “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God. And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful. And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give until him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely. He that overcometh all shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son. But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers and sorcerers, and idolators, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”
I believe with that, is enough said. It has been spoken by God himself through his word, which is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Amen.
Have a blessed and God filled new year, 2018.
Tommy Privette

The Johnson County Library needs a new wing

The Johnson County Library needs a new wing. Hang out at the Library for a while and you will recognize the need for more space. We are filled with materials, stacks, and computers, leaving little space for people to sit and use library materials.
Our services and the number of patrons are growing. In addition to lending books and digital media we have activities such as children’s reading programs, classes on using computers, the arts, sewing, and quilting. Civic clubs routinely hold regular meetings here. Parents and teachers bring children to explore our collection of children’s books and crafts. Our genealogy materials are well used by county residents and out-of-town visitors. People come daily to read the news and use the internet. Our ten computer terminals are often fully booked. Our Wi-Fi service makes the Internet available to people who bring their own computer. Sometimes we see Internet users sitting in their cars for lack of a comfortable space to sit and work inside. Daily, people come to use our copying and fax services.
People come for help on paper work. Our staff helps people use the Internet to search for employment, write resumes, file job applications as well copy applications. Patrons come to prepare tax forms, court documents, or unemployment claims.
Our Reading programs for children are well attended. Authors of children’s books come to present programs and encourage reading. We annually sponsor Mr. Bond the Science Guy, a science demonstration program for children and parents. The library hosts the Imagination Library annual fund-raising caravel every fall. Area authors hold book signings.
The staff helps patrons select materials to match their interests. This is especially important to people with limited mobility. A typical request is “pick out a book for me, you know what I like, not too many dirty words. The Library staff welcomes children and pays special attention to their needs. A child’s request, “I want a book about worms.” gets immediate attention.
We have an attractive and functional design for a new wing. Last fall we received six bids ranging from $326,000 down to $278,000. At the time we had $230,000, so we could not start the work. We have continued our fund raising efforts and we now have about $246,000. We need to raise at least another $35,000 to enable us to complete and furnish the new wing.
We still have about 40 memorial bricks for sale at one hundred dollars each and are seeking donations. Hopefully we will be able to start building in the spring. All contributions will be helpful. If readers wish to donate make checks payable to the Johnson County Library Building Fund. The address is Johnson County Library, P.O. Box 107, Mountain City, TN 37683. If you have questions please call the Librarian, Linda Icenhour at 423-727-6544.

Thank you for your attention,
Lloyd Taylor
Corresponding Secretary

Haley says the people who should lose their paychecks is Congress

Dear Editor:

Regarding the shutdown of the government – the people who should lose their paycheck is congress as well as they should lose any travel benefits – any rent and meal benefits they have while staying in Washington, DC. They should not be reimbursed any expenses they lose during the shutdown. This would probably stop another government shutdown – because they are not being “hit” in their pocketbooks at all now! Congress has no incentive to avoid a shutdown – just to “prove their point.” The president is not accepting any pay while he is president – but everyone else is taking a “big pay check” plus all expenses which the taxpayers pay!

Trula Haley
Butler, TN

Pleasant is thankful for United Way’s assistance with 4-H program

Dear Editor:
I would like to express my appreciation to the United Way of Mountain City/Johnson County for their continued support of the 4-H program in Johnson County. United Way has partnered with 4-H since its inception to provide funding to assist local youth who participated in many events and activities.

In recent years, the sponsorship has allowed numerous 4-H’ers to attend Junior 4-H camp which is held for a week each summer at the Clyde Austin 4-H Training Center in Greeneville, TN. With the increase of camp fees over the years, we have found that many families cannot afford to send their children to camp. This is especially true for families that have two or more children. With the help of United Way we are able to provide a 4-H camp scholarship to help pay 50% of the camp fee.

The 4-Hers must complete an application and are selected for the scholarship based on financial need and participation in 4-H activities and events throughout the school year. These youth learn valuable life skills by attending camp and for many of the children this would not be possible without the United Way camp scholarship funds.

We encourage everyone to support the local United Way and help play a part in assisting the youth of our county.

Yours truly,
Danielle Plea

Sheriff Reece addresses security concerns

Dear Editor,
Early last year the Johnson County Courthouse took on some very noticeable changes, however not without complaint and concerns.
In January of last year, Sheriff Mike Reece advised the community that the Johnson County Courthouse Security Committee was in the process of making changes to the courthouse that would increase security measures. Tennessee law states that each county will form a security committee in order to determine the security needs of the courtrooms in the county in order to provide a safe and secure facility. Our Johnson County Courthouse Security Committee is made up of Sheriff Mike Reece, Chancellor John Rambo, Clerk and Master Sherrie Fenner, Mayor Larry Potter, and District Attorney General Tony Clark, or a representative from his office. This committee does it’s very best to look after not only the security of the citizens and staff but also their concerns.
Several security changes were implemented this past year partially due to a study that was being done by the Tennessee Law Enforcement Training Academy (TLETA). They came and noted all of the safety issues and then returned to us, the courthouse security committee, their recommendations. However, the most significant change and most complained of, has been the one main entrance.
The main entrance located on the northeast end of the building, also handicap accessible, now has a metal detector secured by a guard, that all public and employees must use before entering further inside the courthouse. The detector will detect any weapon that someone may be trying to conceal in order to take into offices and courtrooms where weapons are prohibited.
These changes were not made to inconvenience anyone. These changes were made with the safety of everyone in mind and again came by the recommendations of TLETA. There are still further recommendations that could still be made, however we cannot proceed with those until the funds are available. The funds used for the changes that are already in place came at no cost to the citizens and we would like for any future changes to also be at no cost to the citizens.
As Sheriff, I was elected and took an oath that I would enforce all laws, whether created by local, state or federal government, without question. With security threats and violent incidents on the rise, regardless of who is sheriff, safety must be a paramount concern for all persons. As a member of the Johnson County Courthouse Security Committee, I intend to take these recommendations seriously, specifically when pertaining to the safety of the citizens and community.
Recently, in two Tennessee county courthouses, there were security breaches in which one resulted in serious injury to a deputy. Due to these security breaches, the Tennessee Administrative Offices of the Court (AOC), launched a one-time security grant program, receiving $2 million. The one-time funds are to improve the court security and to provide safe and secure facilities to “conduct the business and duties of the court.” as required by TCA 16-2-505(d)(1).
Johnson County has applied for this grant and however left out of the list of approved grants reported and presented to the County Commission by the mayor in December, we will be receiving monies for this grant for continued courthouse security. Plans are already being talked about to further the safety at the separate entrance for the inmates from the jail and prison.
Chief Justice Jeff Bivens states, “Court security and safety are issues the Supreme Court of Tennessee takes very seriously.”
AOC Director also adds, “We appreciate the support of the General Assembly and Governor Haslam to help prevent additional violence in our courthouses so that the business of our courts and our citizens can continue safely and efficiently.”
Courthouses across the state and country are being forced to step up security measures. This is partially due to the society that we live in today and how so many things have changed.
While there is no one solution for issues with courthouse security, changes and proper planning must take place.
Sheriff Mike Reece

Trade Community Center thankful for support

Dear Editor,
The Trade Community Center “Chain of Love” would like to thank everyone who came out to our fundraiser on Sunday, November 12th.

We had a great crowd, really great Gospel music all afternoon from five good groups. We would like to thank them, also.
“Chain of Love,” is an outreach we are starting to try to be a blessing to someone in the community when there is a death in their family. Thanks again to everyone.

Trade Community Center Chain of Love


iMke Keefer asks how Congress will pay for reforms

Dear Editor:
The Center for Responsive Politics (OpenSecrets.org) is an independent, non-profit and non-partisan research organization which tracks money in U.S. politics. Its vision is to inform and empower America’s general public and voters. One of its activities is to collect and analyze the required personal financial disclosure forms of members of Congress.
The data for Tennessee’s senators and our 1st District Representative reveal the following in terms of their Net Worth:
● Senator Corker: $69.5Million (Ranked 4th highest in Senate)
● Senator Alexander: $14.2Million (Ranked 9th highest)
● Representative Roe: $5.0 Million (ranked 79th in House)
The above data were from 2015 filings for Corker and Roe and 2016 filings for Alexander. I think one can assume that these figures are presently (2017) higher given stock market performance over the last few years.The above figures should be kept in mind when one thinks about the current debate in Congress over proposed tax reform legislation. The true winners are almost always large corporations and the wealthiest of individuals, the 1%ers, who will enjoy massive increases in their tax reductions and personal net worth. How these “reforms” will be paid for is, of course, the key question.
I would suggest you contact your Congressmen and ask that question.
Mike Keefer

Payne welcomes visitors to World War I tree

Dear Editor,
The year 2017 marks the centennial of the entry of the United States into World War I. During the year and a half that the United States participated in the war, 396 men and one woman from Johnson County, Tennessee served. Fifteen of these men did not survive the war.
A Christmas tree has been decorated in memory of these veterans from Johnson County at the Johnson County Welcome Center. A personalized blue star for each returning veterans hangs on the tree and a gold star for each man who served but did not live to come home. Accompanying the tree is a alphabetized list of all 397 veterans of World War I from Johnson County.
Please try to take time during the month of December to stop by the Welcome Center and visit this Christmas tree to remember those ancestors from our county who served so bravely.
This Christmas tree is a project of the Blue Ridge Mountains DAR Chapter.
Janet Rhea Payne
Blue Ridge Mountains DAR Chapter