Sad State of Jellico
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TNsadness

Strawberry Plains, TN

#1 Sep 4, 2012
Attempted to post this earlier but for some reason apparently it will only let you post negative things about individuals? omg
TNsadness

Strawberry Plains, TN

#2 Sep 4, 2012
You know recently I had the opportunity to stop in your small town and I have to say I was sorely disappointed. Upon stopping we got a room and that was just the beginning of our "why on earth would anyone live here" experience. The room was filthy and seemed as though no one had taken pride in the place in some decades. After cleaning the room and tidying up we decided (at my wifes suggestion) to go out and see what this fair little town had to offer. I think somewhere my wife had convinced herself it must be like a little "Mayberry". Well that could not have been any farther from the truth. First we drove through town looking for a nice little diner or cafe to have some local food as you would think all small towns have one of these. Not so much. The ONLY thing in Jellico was fast food and not a very good selection of that. Going into one of the few fast food places it was just dismal. We waited at the counter for some time for the young lady at Hardee's to get done facebooking on her phone and then she simply walks over and sort of stares at us as though we did something wrong by coming in and disturbing her. We order a burger and the girl says with some disgust that it will be about fifteen minutes or so as they make everything fresh and are cleaning up from lunch. We decide on Arby's. Next door at Arby's was well along the same scale. Upon getting to the counter the young lady was barely even concerned we were there.
TNsadness

Strawberry Plains, TN

#3 Sep 4, 2012
We tried to strike some conversation as this restaurant too was nearly dead. She gave us a smirk and says "you aren't from around here are you?". Walks away and goes towards the back. About ten minutes later after realizing our food was sitting up there we said something to the guy cooking and he walked around and got our order and sat it on the counter and walked back to the back. I was livid. My wife insisted that this was just bad luck and that the entire place couldn't be that way. We finished our half warm food and walked next door to the convenience store to get supplies. At the convenience store we once again attempted to strike up a conversation with the young lady behind the counter and surprisingly she was fairly friendly. We explained we were from out of town and just randomly stopped in for a visit. She laughed in our face. When we asked the reason for her humor she said and I quote "hell most of the people who live here don't even want to be here" and then pointed across to the ran down "motels" and laughs again. We asked if there was anything here we should see while we are in town and she said the only thing here was druggies and the "park". While very discouraging we were determined (my wife I should say) to find something positive about this little place. We dove "downtown", parked and started to walk around to see what we could find. Well in the less than twenty minutes it took to walk around we started to share the same sentiment as the young lady at the counter of the convenience store. In our few minutes walking around we spoke to several of the people around town and a coupe of people at the few existing "shops". In those conversations we learned that aside from really bad attitudes this town was dying and had been killed by its own people. Only one person out of all the people we spoke with in this town was anywhere near what we would call normal or positive. As a note she quickly informed us that she does not live in Jellico and wouldn't that she only comes here to work as a nurse at the local "hospital".(I use the word hospital lightly). So we made our way to the local park to see what was left of this small town.
TNsadness

Strawberry Plains, TN

#4 Sep 4, 2012
I have to say the park was lovely. While it offered absolutely NO amenities it was lovely and quaint. In this park we did meet a lady around her early fifties and had a lovely conversation about our visit. We then learned that in times past Jellico was quite the booming and growing town. Their used to be businesses and shops and movie theater and skating rinks. It sounded like the typical small town. From our conversation with her we learned that basically the past two generations or more had totally destroyed the town. From her perspective, and she is quite a bit older, the churches had taken her small town and turned it into nothing. She told us the stories of how slowly but surely from the time she was a child they had beaten the town down until there was simply nothing left but churches and drug addicts. How they kept on building churches but no businesses or people to drive them. It was a very sad story indeed. She pointed out how at this point there were more churches than businesses. How if any business were to put up a help wanted sign they would be overwhelmed as there were NO jobs here at all. She also pointed out that the town now basicaly had nothing to offer so far as a workforce goes as the youth were 99% on drugs. The more we spoke with her the more we felt her sorrow. She pointed out how the wealthier people back in her day used the coal mines and the churches to control everything and then once they had pulled all the wealth they could out of the area they all left and left Jellico with WAY too many churches for a town its size, crooked politicians and citizens who more time dogging each other than lifting each other up. She pointed out how there are so many churches and yet none of them really do anything that is not self promoting. She said charity was not something Jellico was known for anymore. It was very sad all around for us. We had expected this wholesome nice small town and instead we found a pit of absolute sadness and poverty. I think you should all think about your small town and what you see as its future. Churches are great but they do not make a town and from the looks of things all the praying in the world isn't gonna fix what is messed up about your town. God helps those who help themselves not those who beat others down and hold themselves self riteous. Looking back at Jellico's history now that I am home I better understand what our older Jellicoan friend meant. Perhaps the people of Jellico need to read and learn how prohibition and bible beating closed mindedness has destroyed their town and perhaps may give them a better perspective on how to fix it.
TNsadness

Strawberry Plains, TN

#5 Sep 4, 2012
As a final note and the nail in our coffins on this most unpleasant experience was my wife having a seizure shortly after dinner that night (more fast food). After the seizure we promptly got in the car and drove her to the local hospital as we normally would after one of her more severe seizures. Once again we learned about Jellico. After waiting for nearly forty five minutes to get into the ER my wife was examined and tested and they said basically that it was nothing out of the normal for her seizures and that she should be fine. At this point my wife could barely move her arms, back and legs from the the contractions of the seizure. We politely asked if the girl could give her something until we could get back home and have her taken care of. You would have thought we were criminals. The girl promptly instructed us that they were unable to give her anything for her extreme muscular pain and then pointed out that they don't prescribe narcotics and that if that's what we were looking for we came to the wrong hospital. I politely tried to explain that if they checked my wifes medical records they would see that these seizures are nothing entirely new to us and that to even head back home she would need something to abate the pain. Once again we were treated as though we were some kind of criminals or something. We left the hospital and packed our bags and got out of this 1950's horror story. We drove to our sons place here in Knoxville where we went back to the ER and explained the situation. They contacted my wifes doctor and got her the medications that she needed which according to the dr are only slightly narcotic at that and said the muscle relaxers are actually stronger but it would help to ease the aches. Never again would I stop here or recommend anyone to even stop for gas. This town needs fixed or people just need to walk away from it. Just very very sad.
TNsadness

Strawberry Plains, TN

#6 Sep 4, 2012
This is definately a place that REALLY needs more prayers and churches instead of jobs or life. We can all see all that praying is really doing alot for your population.
Kim

Knoxville, TN

#7 Sep 4, 2012
Very good post, and very sadly true.
TNsadness

Strawberry Plains, TN

#9 Sep 4, 2012
Its just really sad to see a town with so much potential go to such disrepair and poverty. The more I read about Jellico online the sadder it becomes. To think at one point they thought Jellico would be the next Knoxville and even gave it better odds of success than Lexington. Who would ever think that now? I guess in the end all those old churches back in the day got their way. They got rid of all those awful things they didn't care for like jobs and educations and business. Oh and alcohol. So for all their effort and success you now have a town that is nearly dead and whats left is just waiting to die. All those good bible thumpers got exactly what they wanted. A town infested with negativity and drugs. Kids who no longer even have respect for the bigots that raised them and a bunch more bible thumpers going around telling them how what they REALLY need is more religion. So far religion has done what for them? Destroyed their town, gave them no respect for their elders and left them jobless and such a negative outlook that it seemed to us most people there had already given up. I am a christian myself and have been my entire life but that far from makes me a stupid person and if my local community had gotten so caught up in all the religious bs that our town was dying in front of our face I think I might be taking more effective action than just sitting around judging people and praying it gets better. Just saying. I wish you people of Jellico the very best and all the luck in the world cause from the mess you all have made your gonna need it.
And to think at our church we waste our time doing food drives and clothing drives and helping our community. Religion is great but too much of anything can be horribly bad. This weekend I plan on speaking at my church regarding Jellico. I want them to understand just where the Jellico mentality could land us. I want them to understand that being christian means living your life to bring happiness and joy to all even via your faith. NOT to use your faith to condemn those around you or to think that somehow because YOU FIND YOURSELF more religious than others or more devout it does not at all give you the right to condemn.
I do apologize if it seems I am being all negative myself but I think if nothing else Jellico stands as the perfect example of why too much religion is like drugs and can lead you down the same path. They never said religion is the opiate of the masses for no reason. Reading and learning about Jellico has been such a lesson in just that.
God bless every one of you in Jellico and remember: Jesus never turned the water into WINE because he had no choice in what beverage would be created.

LOL just told my sons mother in law about our experience and she says:
"lord I thought people quit thinking like that over a hundred years ago", devout christian of 73yo

Prayer: God please dont let me doubt my christian faith just because of my experience in Jellico. Please lord remind me that all of your followers do not think like that and there are still those of us who follow your message of love, compassion and understanding. Lord I ask you help those people in Jellico who use your name to justify their hate to come out of their darkness and find the light that is your true point. Let them find love for those around them for they too are your children. Let them see that hate and contempt only breed hate and contempt and take that out of their hearts and let them once again find joy in life
Kim

Knoxville, TN

#10 Sep 4, 2012
Very sadly, no one will work together anymore. And if you try, you are talked about like a dog. The drug sellers and drug users don't want anything to change. They want it just like it is. So rather than fight, all you can do is leave, and that is only if you can afford to. Even a new mayor who tries is crucified for doing something new by the bad people in town. Thankfully, he doesn't seem to care what they say. Parents don't seem to raise or punish their kids, and most teachers don't even teach anymore. It's really gotten bad,
citizen

United States

#11 Sep 5, 2012
Kim wrote:
Very sadly, no one will work together anymore. And if you try, you are talked about like a dog. The drug sellers and drug users don't want anything to change. They want it just like it is. So rather than fight, all you can do is leave, and that is only if you can afford to. Even a new mayor who tries is crucified for doing something new by the bad people in town. Thankfully, he doesn't seem to care what they say. Parents don't seem to raise or punish their kids, and most teachers don't even teach anymore. It's really gotten bad,
You are the one who seems to have the most hate. You might want to explain who is hating who. There is high unemployment all over this country and drugs are destroying Americas' youth all over, not just in this town.

You seem to be mocking prayer and the churches and then you pray (just after you pointed out that it is not working). I would be careful about making light of prayer. Religion and jobs have no corelation. Its apples and oranges.
you need help

Corbin, KY

#12 Sep 5, 2012
Kim wrote:
Very sadly, no one will work together anymore. And if you try, you are talked about like a dog. The drug sellers and drug users don't want anything to change. They want it just like it is. So rather than fight, all you can do is leave, and that is only if you can afford to. Even a new mayor who tries is crucified for doing something new by the bad people in town. Thankfully, he doesn't seem to care what they say. Parents don't seem to raise or punish their kids,
and most teachers don't even teach anymore. It's
really gotten bad,
Kim, you are a sad sad girl. You are full of bitterness. If you don't like Jellico....LEAVE!!!!!! if you can't say anything nice.....don't say nothing, keep it to yourself and as for les stores, he's doing nothing but running Jellico into the ground, you must be one of his suckass' not to mention an idiot
Jim

Boiling Springs, SC

#13 Sep 6, 2012
To "tnsadness" sounds to me like your one snooty person, everythng isnt and cannot be perfect (as perfect as you seem to think you are). Why stay here in jellico? No one ask you to, no one invited you here either, if you wasnt happy, why didnt you just get back into your car and keep driveing the 50pluse miles on to your destination? There are good people in this town, its people like you that only look deep for the negetive then bring it to the surface and make it sound worse then it really is! You should be ashamed of yourself! reading your post, it truly
Sounds like your a very unhappy person becuse everything, everyone and everyplace hereyou had much negetive to say about
It.. What if i came to your town and also make it sound a Godforsaken place like you dud ours? This is our home, its not perfect like you think your world is, but its still OUR HOME!
Katrina the Hurricane

United States

#14 Sep 6, 2012
TNsadness wrote:
Attempted to post this earlier but for some reason apparently it will only let you post negative things about individuals? omg
Katrina says that the individual posting this is a local and most likely a white woman, age 64 - 73. It is a truly sad situation when ignorance is bliss. Why would someone fake being from somewhere just to make their own town look bad? You, Miss Leach, really need prayer.
love

Knoxville, TN

#15 Sep 6, 2012
Katrina the Hurricane wrote:
<quoted text>
Katrina says that the individual posting this is a local and most likely a white woman, age 64 - 73. It is a truly sad situation when ignorance is bliss. Why would someone fake being from somewhere just to make their own town look bad? You, Miss Leach, really need prayer.
You talking about Big Red Leach(Rookard) she'd do something like this.....
Kim

Knoxville, TN

#16 Sep 6, 2012
To citizen and you need help. You both are very, very wrong. First of all, I was born and raised here and have every right to call it like I see it. And second of all, I will most certainly leave just as soon as I can afford to. I am currently saving up for it and looking for a job and place. This place can't be saved. You people keep trying to blame others, blame the mayor, whatever, but you refuse to accept any responsibly. And I laught at your response to Church and prayer. I am a religious person and would much rather have mu religion than yours. Churches are wonderful, but they still don't save towns. And it's not all economy either. Some places are doing well. This place just has to come to the current century. There has to be some kind of industry to replace coal. You are both very sad. You are so wrong. There is not one ounce of hate in this body, nor would there ever be any mocking of religion, or prayer. You had best tend to your own religion. I still say its not working amd this town could be so much more. And we have the jewel of I-75 going right through the middle of it. Hundreds of thousands if not millions of people a day driving right by with their tourism dollars just looking for ways to spend it. You might want to find a way to tap it instead of trying to defend it and attack others and be so wrong.
Jim

Boiling Springs, SC

#17 Sep 6, 2012
Kim wrote:
To citizen and you need help. You both are very, very wrong. First of all, I was born and raised here and have every right to call it like I see it. And second of all, I will most certainly leave just as soon as I can afford to. I am currently saving up for it and looking for a job and place. This place can't be saved. You people keep trying to blame others, blame the mayor, whatever, but you refuse to accept any responsibly. And I laught at your response to
Church and prayer. I am a religious person and
would much rather have mu religion than yours.
Churches are wonderful, but they still don't save
towns. And it's not all economy either. Some
places are doing well. This place just has to
come to the current century. There has to be
some kind of industry to replace coal. You are
both very sad. You are so wrong. There is not
one ounce of hate in this body, nor would there
ever be any mocking of religion, or prayer. You
had best tend to your own religion. I still say its
not working amd this town could be so much
more. And we have the jewel of I-75 going right
through the middle of it. Hundreds of thousands
if not millions of people a day driving right by
with their tourism dollars just looking for ways to
spend it. You might want to find a way to tap it
instead of trying to defend it and attack others
and be so wrong.
then instead of running away, why dont you do your part to tap into it? Pratice what you preach..no matter where you go, theres always going to be hardship, drugs, people that dont see eye to eye and people like you.
Kim

Knoxville, TN

#18 Sep 6, 2012
Sorry, I have tried everything I know to do. Sometimes you just have to call it a lost cause and walk away and leave it behind. And I would be going where siblings live and have tried it out for years, and it is much better than here. I wouldn't be going blind. But thank you for our concern. I appreciate it.
citizen

United States

#19 Sep 6, 2012
I'm sorry I replied to the wrong post. It was meant for tnsadness. That poster is the one who I think was making light of prayer, not you. I'm very sorry.

I responded to the tnsadness because I wanted to point out that we have access to anything we want by traveling a few miles north or south.

The election is nearing and this would be a wonderful time to start the changes. Change the President and stop giving food stamps and welfare to abled bodied people and i think we would be amazed at how things change. GIVE EVERY HEALTHY PERSON A JOB AND IF THEY DONT WORK, LET THEM STARVE. This would be the best solution ever.
Kim

Knoxville, TN

#20 Sep 7, 2012
Thank you citizen! I really do appreciate you taking the time to say that. It means a lot to me! And I do agree with you too! I believe in helping people, but there is a time you have to stop. It is meant to help, not be a permanent solution like so many make it now.
LivedHere2Long

Knoxville, TN

#21 Sep 7, 2012
citizen wrote:
I'm sorry I replied to the wrong post. It was meant for tnsadness. That poster is the one who I think was making light of prayer, not you. I'm very sorry.
I responded to the tnsadness because I wanted to point out that we have access to anything we want by traveling a few miles north or south.
The election is nearing and this would be a wonderful time to start the changes. Change the President and stop giving food stamps and welfare to abled bodied people and i think we would be amazed at how things change. GIVE EVERY HEALTHY PERSON A JOB AND IF THEY DONT WORK, LET THEM STARVE. This would be the best solution ever.
You are right about a wonderful opportunity coming up for us to make changes. But, Jellico like the rest of the country won't vote to make a change. Most people in Jellico won't vote at all. We have had so many opportunities to make needed changes through our votes but just either vote to leave things as is or don't vote at all. Unfortunately, the mentality of the majority in Jellico is we like things like they are, no jobs, pregnant teens, poor schools, welfare checks, drugs and alcohol.
LEAVE US BE! WE ARE HAPPY LIKE WE ARE! IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, JUST LEAVE!

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