Banks County Opinions...

MARCH 17, 2004


Editorial

The Banks County News
March 17, 2004

Time to move on
It’s time for the Banks County Board of Commissioners to forget about their differences and move forward.
An effort to change the form of government to a county administrator format was voted down by a majority of the voters in the recent election. There has been talk of holding another election with yet another proposed change. This isn’t the answer.
It’s not wise to hold two elections in the same year on the county administrator question. If people are against a county administrator, it likely won’t matter if there are three commissioners or five commissioners. It’s time for the BOC to overcome their difference of opinion on this matter and move forward. Many important issues are facing the county and we need them to work together.
It’s also time for more communication among the three commissioners. The recent location of a large retail business at Banks Crossing is a prime example of this. Two commissioners apparently didn’t know about this project until it was almost a done deal. This shouldn’t happen. A project of this magnitude should be known by all three of our top elected officials.
It’s time to move forward with the business of the county and open the lines of communication. Bickering and in-fighting won’t accomplish anything.


Support boot drive
It’s wonderful to see the Banks County Fire Department is planning a boot drive to collect money for Jennifer Long, a six-year-old burn victim.
The firemen spend countless hours volunteering throughout our county and saving lives and our property. It’s great to see they are giving up even more of their valuable time to help out a family in time of need.
The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, March 26, and Saturday, March 27. If you see the firemen in the roads with their boots held out, stop and make a donation. Also, thank them for all they do to make our county a better place to live.

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Column

By: Angela Gary
The Banks County News
March 17, 2004

Passing on a love of country music
I love country music. I grew up on rock and roll and have ticket stubs from Prince and INXS concerts from the 1980s. But something changed as I got older. I found myself tuning in to Alan Jackson and Brad Paisley more and more often.
I still love a great variety of types of music, anything from rap (although not the songs with profanity), contemporary Christian, pop and “oldies,” but it’s country that strikes a chord with me most often. It’s so easy to relate to the songs about every-day life and the struggles we all deal with.
I’m afraid, much to my sister’s disdain, I’m passing on my love of country music to my 2-year-old nephew, Jake.
On a recent car trip, I was surprised to hear Jake singing along with Kenny Chesney. “No shoes, no shirt, no problem” came from the back seat in this little voice. Before I could even laugh, he said, “That’s Kenny. I like Kenny.” He can also identify Alan Jackson and Tim McGraw when their songs come on the radio.
My sister may not be as big of a country music fan as I am, but I’m afraid Jake is well on his way to being an even bigger fan than I am.
On a recent weekend trip to Pigeon Forge, Tenn., we went to one of the new theaters, Black Bear Dinner Jamboree. It’s great for small children. Jake loved the dancing bears, animated characters and “dancing girls.” We bought a video of the night’s performance and he has literally worn it out. The tape keeps breaking.
It’s funny to hear him quote parts of the show. Not too long ago, my sister heard him say, “Hello, My name is Johnny Cash.” She called to ask why we taught him to say this. We were puzzled until I recalled a part of the show. One of the band members says, “Hello, My name is Johnny Cash” before breaking into a Johnny Cash tune. It’s so funny that Jake picks up on these small parts of the show.
He has also watched the video so many times that he knows what is coming next. There is a gospel portion and one of the cast members sings, “He’s Alive,” a wonderful song that gives me chills every time I hear it. Jake knows when this is coming and says, “Jesus is next. Jesus is next.”
It’s easy to tire of watching the same video over and over again but Jake’s delight of it each time we watch it makes it all worth while. You would think it’s the first time he’s seen it to watch his laughter and amazement at each scene. He likes to jump up and dance with the “dancing girls” and he claps his hands in excitement at the end of each song and says, “Again.”
Watching Jake listen to country music, makes me love it even more.
Angela Gary is associate editor of The Jackson Herald and editor of The Banks County News. She can be reached at AngieEditor@aol.com.


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