7 things I’d do if I wanted to keep poor people poor

Posted by | September 6, 2018 8:14 am

Language of Liberty – By By Brian Balfour

If I wanted to keep poor people poor, there are several government policies I would favor. Let’s count them down.

1: An Expanding Welfare State

For starters, I would advocate for a robust and ever-expanding welfare state—programs like Medicaid, food stamps, unemployment insurance, etc.

I would recognize that an effective recipe for keeping poor people poor is to create incentives that push them into decisions that prevent them from climbing out of poverty.

Rather than help individuals, the perverse economic incentives created by the “social safety net” trap aid recipients on welfare.

Case in point: A 2012 study by Pennsylvania’s … Read More


The joy of hard work and reaping the benefits

Posted by | September 6, 2018 8:10 am

Grayson and Anderson worked so hard, I just had to reward them…besides, they are so stinking cute. But, honestly, it was the hard work that I rewarded – not their cuteness.

Sammie and I, plus Whitney’s dad, had helped load the second rental truck – thereby becoming accomplices to their move to Nashville. Those of us left behind weren’t too crazy about the move, but, just the same, we had helped. After loading up, Sammie and I accompanied Stephen, Whitney, and the boys to their new home in suburban Mount Juliet.

As we began to unload the truck, Grayson and Anderson pitched in like Trojans. They had helped, … Read More


Eller pushes for more autism awareness

Posted by | September 6, 2018 8:09 am

Stories like the one from Dickson County in which a father was arrested for allegedly killing his 5-year-old autistic son are the subject of nightmares for parents who have children with special needs.

It is because of this story and others like it that Lisa Eller, who has a non-verbal autistic son, thought there should be more awareness brought to autism.

Eller stated her history of working with special needs children and adults aided her in recognizing the signs that her son could have autism at a young age. She stated he was already in therapy before he got an official diagnosis, and she knew he needed speech … Read More


Sept. 11, 2001 – Remembering when the towers fell

Posted by | September 6, 2018 8:06 am

Arlington, Va. (Sep. 14, 2001). Agents from several federal agencies, firefighters, rescue workers and engineers work at the Pentagon crash site on Sep. 14, 2001, where a hijacked American Airlines flight slammed into the building on Sep. 11. The terrorist attack caused extensive damage to the west face of the building and followed similar attacks on the twin towers of the World Trade Center in New York City. American Airlines FLT 77 was bound for Los Angeles from Washington Dulles with 58 passengers and 6 crew. All aboard the aircraft were killed, along with 125 people in the Pentagon. DoD photo by Tech. Sgt. Cedric H. Rudisill. (RELEASED)

Lt. Col. Al Klee, U.S. Army, ret.

Just like the Kennedy assassination, almost everyone can remember where they were when the planes went through the World Trade Center towers, on Sept. 11, 2001.

Some could not believe it was happening, while others were there in the midst of the chaos and devastation. When asked if anything was different at the courthouse on the day that it happened, newly elected county court clerk Sasha Wilson, who was an assistant in the clerk’s office at the time, said nothing was out of the ordinary that day.

“I was on my way to work when I heard it on the radio … Read More


Dobson decides to remain as student resource officer

Posted by | September 6, 2018 8:00 am

Kenny Dobson

For 21 years White County parents have become accustomed to seeing Sgt. Kenny Dobson directing traffic in front of the White County Middle School. Imagining someone else standing out on Turntable Road in the early morning hours would, to some, be considered unimaginable.

Dobson felt the same way, which is why he has made the decision to stay where he is. Dobson informed Sheriff Steve Page that he had changed his mind about becoming chief deputy for the White County Sheriff Department to which Page reportedly told him he wants him to be happy in his job and to do whatever it takes for that to happen.

“I … Read More


Pauline Kirby

Posted by | September 6, 2018 7:52 am

Pauline Kirby, 90, of Sparta, the mother of Martha Bumbalough, passed away Sept. 5, 2018, at her residence.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Joe Williams

Posted by | September 5, 2018 6:11 am

Joe Williams, 72, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Edna Ruth Woody Guffey

Posted by | September 5, 2018 6:08 am

Edna Ruth Woody Guffey, 46 of Sparta, passed away Aug. 27, 2018.

A memorial service will be held at 5 p.m., Sept. 9, 2018, at Highland Cemetery.

Ms. Guffey’s family has entrusted Hunter Funeral Home with her cremation.


Carol M. Roberts

Posted by | September 5, 2018 5:23 am

Carol M. Roberts, 81, of Sparta, passed away Tuesday, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Funeral arrangements are incomplete at this time.

Hunter Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Ruby Elega Sims

Posted by | September 4, 2018 1:44 pm

Ruby Elega Stamps Sims, 90, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 4, 2018, at Saint Thomas Highlands Hospital, in Sparta.

Mrs. Sims was born Jan. 4, 1928, in Akron, Ohio, to Luther and Myrtle Stamps.

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Earl Sims; and a foster sister, Elsie Griffin.

Survivors include one son, Robert Earl (Tammy) Sims, of Sparta; three daughters, Darnell (Gary) Day, of Decherd, Earlayne (Jim) Cantrell, of Quebeck, Leanne (Greg) Frasier, of Sparta; sister-in-law, Karin Sims; six grandchildren, Angela Howell, Wendy (Gary) Capley, Will (Ashley) Day, Payton (Brandi) Sims, Jessica (Lanny) Wheeler, Jarred (Annie) Cantrell; 10 great-grandchildren;

Taylor Cowley, Madelyn and Emma … Read More


John Thomas Eller

Posted by | September 4, 2018 1:34 pm

John Thomas Eller, 72, of Sparta, passed away Sept. 3, 2018, at NHC Healthcare of Sparta.

Mr. Eller was born Feb. 28, 1946, in Sparta, the son of Arthur Eller and Edna Selby Eller.

He was a member of Plainview Church of Christ for 60 years.

Mr. Eller was preceded in death by his parents; his son, John David Eller; his brother, Gene Eller; and an infant daughter.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Eller, of Sparta; son, Todd Eller (Kim), of Sparta; granddaughters, Katie Eller, Anabelle Eller; uncle, Herman Eller; aunt, Jewell Prater; and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Sept. … Read More


Franklin D. Marsh

Posted by | September 4, 2018 8:52 am

Franklin D. Marsh, 81, of Sparta, formerly of Okeechobee, Florida, passed away Sept. 2, 2018.

Mr. Marsh was born Oct. 21, 1936, in Cordova, Alabama, to Earnest March and Lucile Dover Marsh.

A memorial service will be at a later date, in Okeechobee, Florida.

Oak Lawn Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Wayne Edward Simmons

Posted by | September 4, 2018 8:51 am

Wayne Edward Simmons, 63, of Spencer, passed from this life, on Sept. 2, 2018, at Generations Center of Spencer.

Mr. Simmons was born June 20, 1955, in Spencer, to John Simmons and Marie Hale Simmons.

Funeral service will be 1 p.m., Sept. 5, 2018, at Spencer Funeral Home, with burial in Skurlock Cemetery, in Doyle. The family will receive friends 4-9 p.m., Sept. 4, and 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Sept. 5, at the funeral home.

Spencer Funeral Home, in Van Buren County, is in charge of arrangements.


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