The Commerce News
August 18, 1999
Poor Showing By
Cities At Important Meeting
The open meeting held last Thursday so city officials could express
their interest in and need for a special purpose local option
tax shows how hard it is going to be to convince voters to support
Only representatives of two city governments, Commerce and Hoschton,
bothered to show up, in spite of the fact that all local governments
will share in the tax proceeds and all reportedly have needs
that would be funded by the tax.
If the city officials are not interested enough in a sales tax
to attend a meeting, why should we expect the voters to care
enough to impose a one-cent tax?
There was no shortage of complaining in the summer of 1998 when
the SPLOST failed by 66 votes, but the reason it failed was that
none of the potential recipients showed enough initiative to
try to sell voters on the idea. So far, in a pair of meetings
held to get public input and in the meeting designed to get the
input from local elected officials, that resounding lack of interest
appears to remain.
It was good to see Mayor Charles L. Hardy Jr. there to speak
about the many needs Commerce has for water and sewer work. Hoschton
also had a representative. But the elected officials of Arcade,
Braselton, Jefferson, Maysville, Nicholson, Pendergrass and Talmo
all apparently slept through another opportunity to do something
for their constituents.
to the Editor
August 18, 1999
It's A Shame What They're Doing To The Nursing
It is a shame what they are trying to do to BJC Nursing Home.
The patients who are complaining should know they will have no
place to go.
My aunt Clara Cole spent ten years at BJC and she had nothing
to complain about. She always said the nurses and aides were
so good to her. She liked the food, playing Bingo and attending
the services from different churches.
I pray they won't close the home. The people won't have anyone
to care for them.
Mary Lou Hix Commerce
Nursing Home Needs More Help
My mother, Clara Cole, was on B Floor (at BJC Nursing Home),
with more than 40 patients, for 10 years. There were so many
weekends that there would be only two aides on duty. It is not
possible to do what they have to do with only two, to do all
They were kind and good to Mama and, therefore, to me.
Commerce needs this nursing home. I am grateful that I live close
and could visit often. They need more aides badly.
Sincerely, Marguerite Chandler Commerce
The Commerce News
August 18, 1999
France, And Paris, TN, All In One Year!
I may be the only person in Jackson County
who has been to Paris twice this year. Well, to Paris, France,
and Paris, TN. It was in the latter that my money and credit
card were not stolen.
It was the greatest disappointment of the summer, however, that
in Paris, TN, I was unable to locate its version of the Eiffel
Tower. I had hoped to have a photo of myself taken in front of
it to go along with the one I had made in France. I found out
later that the Tennessee Eiffel Tower is actually only about
30 feet tall and is in a city park, not on the square. Shame.
I did not drive to Paris, TN, to see its version of the Eiffel
Tower. I was in the neighborhood, nearby Dover to be exact, to
meet a cousin from St. Louis for a few days of fishing in Kentucky
Lake and Lake Barkley. Paris was just too good not to visit while
there and, in retrospect, was one of the highlights of our trip,
which tells a lot about the quality of the fishing.
We found the fish had migrated elsewhere to escape the heat,
our having selected the hottest five days of the year for our
annual jaunt. But we got to see the "Surrender House"
in Dover, where Ulysses S. Grant accepted the surrender of Confederate
troops guarding the Tennessee and Cumberland rivers. The Confederates,
out-numbered, out-trained and out-equipped, didn't put up much
of a fight, and two of their generals fled to leave a third to
surrender. It was a battle that helped pave the way to Vicksburg
and to cut the Confederacy in two, though I am reluctant to reopen
the great Civil War of Northern Aggression Between the States
issue from last April.
It was my first time stopping in the Land Between the Lakes.
I'd been through at least once before, but never thought to slow
down. I'll go back, at a more reasonable time of year, because
lakes Barkley and Kentucky offer promising fishing and are somewhat
mid-point between my cousin and me.
If you don't fish or hunt, there's not much reason to live there,
but if either is your passion, it's akin to paradise. I almost
got my first deer one night, missing by about an inch as it plodded
across The Trace as though my aging Chevy S-10 was invisible.
Deer hunting is a tremendous business in that part of the woods.
If you go up The Trace 30 or 40 miles, you can see a herd of
buffalo and perhaps catch sight of an elk.
We caught sight of few fish, though we caught largemouth, smallmouth,
white and yellow bass, crappie and bluegill.
We also helped relieve the drought. As it has for every one of
the five other times we've met in Tennessee to fish, it rained
while we were there. Judging from the various crops, their drought
is not as severe as ours, but I can vouch for their dusty roads.
I enjoyed my first tow truck ride in years, the result of a battery
with a dead cell that manifested itself at 9:00 one night on
the edge of Kentucky Lake well into LBL. I consumed a little
too much beer, way too much caffeine and got little sleep. But
my cousin and I caught up on what's been happening to each other,
relived old family stories and plotted a return to the two lakes,
if not to Paris.
Tennessee, that is. The fishing is lousy in that other Paris
all of the time.