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Fri
24
Oct
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What is Government Transparency?

It is the catch phrase of the local election, it is the catch phrase of the decade — Local Government Transparency.

You have heard that phrase tossed around a lot these days and it is a phrase that has echoed through Robertson County often taking center stage for this election, but what is it, what is a .pdf file, what does transparency mean for Robertson County.

Robertson County is transparent, just not very user friendly. Any record filled in the County or District Clerks offices are available for your inspection. You just have to go to the office and pull the records you want and read them. You can take a picture with your camera phone of the documents or even bring in your laptop and hand-held scanner and scan the documents that you want.

Fri
03
Oct
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Letters To The Editor - 10/2/2014

Ed. Note: This is a combination of two letters sent by Cathy Lazarus. These are printed in the order they were received.

Fri
03
Oct
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The state of our union

September has proven to be an amazing month for the Robertson County News. I wanted to take a minute to recap and bring everyone up to speed on just what has been going on.

As many know, we are now located in our new building at 114 W. Fourth Street in historic downtown Hearne. Having the need for a new location, the City of Hearne offered up for bid the old Smith-Welch Library building. Winning the bid for $23,000.00 the process of renovation and relocation began. With the help of the Hearne 4A and 4B boards, we were granted $30,000.00 to help with the restoration of the building. I want to personally thank Mayor Ruben Gomez and Kent Brunette for all their hard work to help us achieve our goals of staying in downtown where this newspaper has been located for 126 years. Without these two guys, along with all the city council members and board members, this would not have been possible.

Thu
18
Sep
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Letters To The Editor 09/18/2014

Dear Editor,
I recently sent an email to the County public information officer, Judge Jan Roe.  For clarity, I created a table to detail the exact data I was seeking.  This request was looking for specific figures for property market value, certified taxable value, tax rate, and a few other figures related to assessing and collecting our taxes.  I asked for these figures by year from 2004-2014.  I really did not expect these figures to be difficult to obtain and certainly did not intend for the County to fill in the chart as presented.  I said an Excel or other spreadsheet file would be fine.

A week later I received a reply from Brian Russ, Jr. that said the County was not obligated to provide the public information in the format requested and I could make an appointment at the courthouse to inspect the public records. 

Thu
18
Sep
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Progress is the sure sign of success

Moving forward, never being afraid to take calculated risks and daring chances seem to be a theme followed by many successful businesses.

Look at Coke, a well established American company that has had it’s ups and downs, but never shied away from change, or taking risk. Can you remember the Pepsi Challenge? That was a very taxing time on the carbonated beverage leader. A smart, witty advertising campaign that forced Coke-A-Cola to rethink it’s marketing and ultimately it’s base product.

In this case, welcome New Coke. New Coke was a brief, 3-month epic failure, however the fine folks at Coke knew they needed to do something to compete with the Pepsi Challenge. The point is, New Coke was a success within it’s own failure. What followed was a mountain of news coverage; publicity that over-shadowed the Pepsi Challenge and the results were right on the money, literally.

Thu
04
Sep
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A new day for an old friend

Every now and then, things just need a second chance. I’m excited to announce that starting in the third week of September the Franklin Advocate website will launch a new e-edition of the Franklin Advocate. This is just the first step in a long process of re-creating and old friend. But you have to start somewhere. Subscriptions to the e-edition will be available when the website goes live.

This week, we are moving into our new office in Franklin for the Advocate. It is located in the same shopping center as the new Pizza Hut. Partnering with K&H Signs, Kevin and I will be sharing an office to help grow both our businesses and we would love for you to stop in and visit when the doors open in a week or two. Just keep an eye out, we have a lot of work to
do to get the office ready for visitors, but y’all are more like family, so come on by.

Fri
29
Aug
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What did the bugs do before I came?

The Gracious Mistress of the Parsonage and Yours Truly finally exercised our right to a vacation and planned for a whole week to spend with our son and his family.
It was to be a great week of relaxing and spending time with our son and his family in the state of Ohio. When my wife and I think of Ohio we think of one thing: our grandchildren.

It was about the middle of the week and my wife and I were sitting outside enjoying the cool weather. All of the grandchildren had been snuggled down into their beds for the night. It certainly is tiring to spend the day with grandchildren who have no shortage of energy and whose tongue is a well oiled machine and does not know how to be quiet.
Our ears were still tingling from the day’s childish verbiage extravaganza.

Thu
14
Aug
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It seems like yesterday he made me smile

In 1977, I was all of 12 years old. In that time, television was purer, fewer channels to choose from, pretty much everyone was watching the same things. Monday Night Baseball/Football, Johnny Carson, and the news was then brought to us by Camel Cigarettes courtesy of Walter Cronkite and the CBS News team.

For kids, we were routine with shows like Batman, The Monkees, The Waltons and Happy Days. While Dad and Mom tuned into Gunsmoke, we were watching the Duke Boys (and girl) tear up the roads of Hazzard County.

I remember the episode of Happy Days as if it were yesterday. I looked up the date; it was 1977, not so much yesterday after all. Robin Williams made an appearance as Mork from Ork. The show was a two-parter, the cliffhanger was The Fonz frozen by Mork, but what we as kids were seeing was one of the very first television debuts of a comedic mastermind.

Thu
10
Jul
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Last chance, get those ballots turned in

I love Best of the Best month. It is always fun in the office to watch the ballots come flooding in from all over the county. The goal, get your favorite business, person or service the banner for the year.

Each year, The Robertson County News hosts a “Best of Robertson County” reader’s poll where you the reader have the chance to vote for your favorite businesses or persons.
Last year more than 1000 ballots hit the box in the news office, and 2014 is shaping up to be no different. In fact, already more than 800 ballots are here and this is the last week, so I expect many, many more.

The task can be a bit daunting for the news staff. We hand count each ballot and take on a new appreciation of the work that Trudy Hancock and her staff at the Robertson County Elections Administration face with every election.

Thu
10
Jul
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Have a blessed day; now fire me if you dare!

Dr. James Snyder | Robertson County News

For me, watching television is not an obsession; it is more like a distraction. I do not follow every little bit on the television screen. For me it is not a matter of life or death, it is just a matter of recreation. I know that nothing on TV is real. We can be in the middle of the next program and I do not realize that the first program has ended. Talk about confusing!
When something does catch my attention, boy does it have my attention.

“Did you,” I ask my wife, “hear that?”

“What?” She said with a very confused look on her face.

So I had to explain the news story that I just happened to catch. I do not know all of the details, I was not paying that much attention, just that someone was fired from their job for saying to a customer, “Have a blessed day.”

My wife then asked the question I was thinking. “What is wrong with telling someone to have a blessed day?”

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