Jackson County Sentinel

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Lou 86

Cookeville, TN

#1 Dec 28, 2009
Why does Jackson County not have a better newspaper? I mean all the sentinel does is rehash stories and print them again such as Bible Stories i bet ive the same stories multiple times over the years and to top all off their from the sixities. The worst was couple of weeks when they were talking about East Germany suppressing people right to read the bible. For petes sake Germany has be unified for twenty years and communism is no more. The rest of the paper is ads and notices from funeral home of the all people who have died. Certaintly their alot of interesting stuff that goes on in this town. Any Comments?
Still the same

Gainesboro, TN

#2 Dec 28, 2009
I agree with Lou 86. And have you noticed all the front page news about the Sheriffs Dept and the County Mayors Office? Makes you wonder who is getting more front page coverage, Charlie Collier or Charlie Hix!! You can tell election time is coming.
just saying

Gainesboro, TN

#3 Dec 28, 2009
What interesting stuff might that be? This is Jackson county after all. I enjoy reading Danny Holders articles.I'm sure they'd be open to printing weekly column if it was tastefully written. This is a small town newspaper and they probably don't have the resources that larger papers do.
misty

Gainesboro, TN

#4 Dec 29, 2009
The paper is not what it could be. As with so many other things in this county, it has become stagnant. If there was a major change of hands in the internal governing of this county, the paper would have more to report. New people bring in new ideas. A change is direly needed, for the survival, of the citizens that love it here.
guest

Gainesboro, TN

#5 Dec 29, 2009
Still the same wrote:
I agree with Lou 86. And have you noticed all the front page news about the Sheriffs Dept and the County Mayors Office? Makes you wonder who is getting more front page coverage, Charlie Collier or Charlie Hix!! You can tell election time is coming.
they wont print what really happens in the county,just charlie hix setting behind a desk holding a ink pen pretending he is doing something,or what the local police departments are doing i seen where they printed that the policeheld inservice,who cares.
just saying

Gainesboro, TN

#6 Dec 30, 2009
I agree with you Misty. What are these news worthy events that you think should be printed Lou 86 & guest?
Scottie C

Cookeville, TN

#7 Dec 30, 2009
Your right every police dept has inservice
but thats what makes this a small town and a small town paper, if you wont crime and murder move to Nashville.....
Wanderer

Gainesboro, TN

#8 Dec 30, 2009
Scottie, do you remember when we had a real newspaper called the Jackson County Times? If the Times was still around we would have reports of training of emergency personnel AND sheriff's bad acts AND what really happens reported as meaningful news instead of pruned and dried accounts of municipal and legislative meetings. All we get now is press releases and rewrites last week's Herald-Citizen stories. The Sentinel used to have a motto on its masthead:'An informed public means good government" and the standing local joke was 'that's why we have poor government, because the Sentimental has such poor information'.
Barry

Cookeville, TN

#9 Dec 30, 2009
why do we blame the sentinel its you and me that elect these fools not the paper
misty

Gainesboro, TN

#10 Dec 31, 2009
Barry wrote:
why do we blame the sentinel its you and me that elect these fools not the paper
I believe it's called "investigative reporting." What ever happened to the First Amendment! Everyone here knows that this town is full of "stories." Without violating anyones personal integrity, I know that the paper could be informative and useful. It just needs to be reinvented...like so many other things in the county. It takes more than just typing on your pc. It demands the work of committed people with a common goal. The salvation of the very place we live and love is vital. So when do we start?
Perhaps

Granville, TN

#11 Dec 31, 2009
The people that own and run the Sentinel are good people. Unfortunately, with the small town politics and such, they get placed over a barrel if they run anything remotely controversial. What you see about county meetings is submitted by the county. (At least it used to be.) They get pressure as well, and with a limited population to serve and limited advertisers, they have to watch themselves more carefully than they would probably like. They also can't afford to pay much in this market. Maybe if people wouldn't have a hissy fit if they raised the prices a little more, they could use the expanded budget to pay for more (and/or better) reporting. The citizens themselves would have to stand behind the paper though, especially when it comes to politicians raising cain that they printed anything other than the basics. Instead of complaining here, why not respectfully request the things you think are missing, and support the paper and it's efforts.
Food For Thought

Granville, TN

#12 Dec 31, 2009
Stories run in the Sentinel that are as newsworthy as we know some to be, could be picked up by larger outlets, and the media coverage could pressure higher ups to do something. Even if it didn't, in depth coverage in our little paper would lead to more citizens knowing what is and isn't happening in this town, and would really make our elected officials watch themselves. So far, no one is watching closely, and that's just how they like it.
misty

Gainesboro, TN

#13 Dec 31, 2009
This is just an idea..what if the paper held an open forum column? Invite citizens of all ages to contribute articles that interest them. People are diversified in their daily lives. The paper could be a tool, the community would utilize and enlighten the lives of many.
guest

Gainesboro, TN

#14 Dec 31, 2009
Perhaps wrote:
The people that own and run the Sentinel are good people. Unfortunately, with the small town politics and such, they get placed over a barrel if they run anything remotely controversial. What you see about county meetings is submitted by the county.(At least it used to be.) They get pressure as well, and with a limited population to serve and limited advertisers, they have to watch themselves more carefully than they would probably like. They also can't afford to pay much in this market. Maybe if people wouldn't have a hissy fit if they raised the prices a little more, they could use the expanded budget to pay for more (and/or better) reporting. The citizens themselves would have to stand behind the paper though, especially when it comes to politicians raising cain that they printed anything other than the basics. Instead of complaining here, why not respectfully request the things you think are missing, and support the paper and it's efforts.
you are exactly wright,what about all the stuff that has happened at the city police dept.and the ambulance service that the county commisioners and alderman are suppose to be over seeing,i understand they have had a change at the ambulance service the director was fired or let go,wich has been kept quit because it involved a city officer and a commissioner,and there was a officer fired or let go at the city,and i donr remember seeing any of this printed,and what is up with them hiring everybody out of the county,i seen the police inservice and most of them in the picture was from another county,and the commissioners hired a guy that lives in cookeville to run they ambulance service,when we have people in the county trained and very capable of doing the job,so i live in 4th district and i wont vote for anyone that is in there now.
King of the South

Granville, TN

#15 Jan 29, 2010
Perhaps wrote:
The people that own and run the Sentinel are good people. Unfortunately, with the small town politics and such, they get placed over a barrel if they run anything remotely controversial. What you see about county meetings is submitted by the county.(At least it used to be.) They get pressure as well, and with a limited population to serve and limited advertisers, they have to watch themselves more carefully than they would probably like. They also can't afford to pay much in this market. Maybe if people wouldn't have a hissy fit if they raised the prices a little more, they could use the expanded budget to pay for more (and/or better) reporting. The citizens themselves would have to stand behind the paper though, especially when it comes to politicians raising cain that they printed anything other than the basics. Instead of complaining here, why not respectfully request the things you think are missing, and support the paper and it's efforts.
They're already charging fifty cents for four pages, and two of those are ads. So that comes out to a quarter a page just to read
about the same people getting arrested week after week, and see Charley Hix's bald head every once and awhile. So, I'd say not only is that a fair price, It's hwy robbery for something that's
not worth wrapping last week's fish in. For that kind of money
I can get the Tennessean for pennies a page, and get real informative news to boot. But, of course, you wouldn't get to
read about Betty Lou and Bobby Jack getting married, or get to
see Cindy Sue's new little tow headed baby. Oh yeah, Who give
a crap. Not me, that's who, and that's why I, and very few other
people buy the Sentinel.
lawman

Gainesboro, TN

#16 Jan 29, 2010
King of the South wrote:
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They're already charging fifty cents for four pages, and two of those are ads. So that comes out to a quarter a page just to read
about the same people getting arrested week after week, and see Charley Hix's bald head every once and awhile. So, I'd say not only is that a fair price, It's hwy robbery for something that's
not worth wrapping last week's fish in. For that kind of money
I can get the Tennessean for pennies a page, and get real informative news to boot. But, of course, you wouldn't get to
read about Betty Lou and Bobby Jack getting married, or get to
see Cindy Sue's new little tow headed baby. Oh yeah, Who give
a crap. Not me, that's who, and that's why I, and very few other
people buy the Sentinel.
There was a time when there was a real newspaper in JCounty and it ran real news. Like what really happened at County and City meetings, reported by significance, not by what the board or commission wanted to see in the paper. That paper was called the Jackson County Times, and it was real, honest and successful, and then the owner, Osia Williams of the Cookeville Dispatch, found out that it was making a profit and succeeding where the Dispatch was going broke. She rescinded her promise and contract with Kevin Isom the editor to sell him the Times, and locked the door in an effort to recapture the only profitable aspect of her enterprise. She cheated Jackson County out of having a real newspaper. The Times reported municipal meetings the way they took place, and called things the way they most clearly appeared to be and that made some enemies, but that apparently suited the local reading public because the times had a larger circulation than the century old Sentimentel in only 3 years of operation. It can be done and has been done, Jackson County got real news in real time, once upon a time, but it may never happen again except perhaps online.
Being Blamed

United States

#17 Jan 31, 2010
this paper has nothing better to do then to run & read the f*****court dockets..But they are too damn sorry & lazy to put if charges were dropped or dismissed or whatevr.....In this paper you are guilty b-4 you ever go to court. ALOT of people have been proven not-guilty but that part is NEVER in there. HANGING BY J.C. PAPER!!!!!
Expose Them

Gainesboro, TN

#18 Feb 1, 2010
I like the idea of the court dockets being published, but also think if it is dismissed or dropped, etc that should be published also.

Expose them if they are guilty - Clear their name if not guilty
Being Blamed

United States

#19 Feb 8, 2010
Expose Them....That is my point. They do not finish the stories. Clearing the not guilty needs to be done.By just printing the dockets & not the out come can really mess up somebodies life. People think that just bacause you were in court you are guilty. maybe if enough hell is raised they will start doing the right thing. As you said, "Expose them if they ARE GUILTY,CLEAR THEM IF NOT" I read the "court" section myself. But just below it they need to put the out come of the week b-4.
I KNOW

Jamestown, TN

#20 Feb 9, 2010
lawman wrote:
<quoted text>
There was a time when there was a real newspaper in JCounty and it ran real news. Like what really happened at County and City meetings, reported by significance, not by what the board or commission wanted to see in the paper. That paper was called the Jackson County Times, and it was real, honest and successful, and then the owner, Osia Williams of the Cookeville Dispatch, found out that it was making a profit and succeeding where the Dispatch was going broke. She rescinded her promise and contract with Kevin Isom the editor to sell him the Times, and locked the door in an effort to recapture the only profitable aspect of her enterprise. She cheated Jackson County out of having a real newspaper. The Times reported municipal meetings the way they took place, and called things the way they most clearly appeared to be and that made some enemies, but that apparently suited the local reading public because the times had a larger circulation than the century old Sentimentel in only 3 years of operation. It can be done and has been done, Jackson County got real news in real time, once upon a time, but it may never happen again except perhaps online.
i know what happened, i was there. kevin isom sold drugs out of the times office, and her son pat williams got wind of it and fired him. pat had a jackson county local dumbass go there to buy drugs to confirm it. as i said i know what happened, i was there. where do you get your information, do you make it up?

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