I love armchair editors

Posted on May 28, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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I have recently become the target of several people who love to critize and know nothing else. Only a fool would not listen to their criticism. I would love for some of them to sit in my chair, hear, and see what I see. It has been a bit of an eye opener, I now understand why some people have been getting on me about how they are characterized on our blogs. Some of the comments can be a bit cruel, especially if they are unfounded.
Yet, I can only fault myself for this. I have created a “monster” of unbelievable portions. It is so easy for people … CONTINUED

He was right to do what he did

Posted on April 23, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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In March 2009, County Executive Herd Sullivan made a good decision, one that may not be viewed by the commissioners as right. DeKalb County needed a place to dump part of their garbage for a few weeks while their landfill was expanded. Just over 559 tons was deposited during this time. DeKalb County paid White County a standard tipping fee of approximately $41.25 per ton. That amounted came to $23,058 in fees.
Several commissioners objected to this action based on a resolution passed in November of 1997 that implemented a solid waste disposal fee and eliminated all out-of-town garbage at the landfill. Though the commissioners had a right … CONTINUED

It‘s not as big as you might imagine

Posted on January 22, 2009 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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Two weeks ago, the Expositor headlines read “Water and Sewer bills to go up 52%. It is amazing that a $4.50 increase a month in residential rates would raise such uproar. Now I will be first to say I hate anything that increases my expenses, whether it is here at the paper or at home. Nevertheless, I did not want you to think that Sparta was any different that other cities across the United States. This article was sent to me, and I thought I should share it with you. I think it will help explain why such increases are necessary and who/what actually controls rates.
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Is it not time to look at change?

Posted on November 21, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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With the recent landslide election by the Democrats in Washington, a sense of change has swept this country. Even here on a local level, this change has started coming forth. Our surrounding counties are also starting to view their own well being as more important than previous moral or ethical views and standards.
During the recent election, Baxter, Tenn., voted to sell alcoholic beverage by the drink, and it passed overwhelmingly as it did in Crossville. Baxter probably did so to help stop the out-flow of tax dollars to Cookeville and Gainesboro. Now White County is practically surrounded and tax dollars are once again going to our neighbor’s … CONTINUED

Singled out in a crowd

Posted on April 27, 2008 12:12 am by Sparta Live

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The Thursday, April 24th, edition of The Expositor reported that B.K. Luna, of Luna and Son Tires, was found to be in violation of the state ethics law by doing business with the county school system. Since Mr. Luna is a county commissioner, sate ethics law prohibits such action. The penalty is a class C misdemeanor.
What bothers me is the fact that other commissioners also do business with the county, yet Mr. Luna was the only one cited. I, for one, believe that we need a strong ethics law, but how it was handled was not fair or accurate. This is not to say that … CONTINUED

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