Little steps today yield rewards tomorrow

Posted 8/7/18

The saying that goes "Yard by yard makes a project hard, but inch by inch anything is a cinch,” holds a tremendous amount of truth to me. This upcoming month there are many across our community who …

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Little steps today yield rewards tomorrow


The saying that goes "Yard by yard makes a project hard, but inch by inch anything is a cinch,” holds a tremendous amount of truth to me.

This upcoming month there are many across our community who are in the process of learning new subjects, and also possibly undertaking new responsibilities. Back to school is a very exciting time for thousands of youth in our community. Those who were successful in their recent election bid are now discovering that with this new title they will also be undertaking a very definite learning curve.

The state of Tennessee and the University of Tennessee work together to provide the necessary training for each and every newly elected official across our great state.

These training events are held to make it possible to learn the laws that govern each office, and what is expected of each representative of state and local governments. There will also be an explanation given – for those who choose to continue their educational process – of the possibility of completing the coursework to further their understanding of state and local government.

During my tenure as your county mayor, it has been an honor and a privilege to have completed the additional coursework and to have earned the designation as a “Certified Public Administrator." This designation is one that less than one-third of the 95 county mayors across Tennessee have completed. The coursework was difficult and the time involved was extensive. But, over time this investment has proven not only useful but time, and money, that were very well spent.

Those who will be leaving their public service time have my thanks for their service, and those who are just now starting upon this journey have my admiration, as well.

We may not always agree on the process and the path upon how to achieve a common goal, but they will know that they will have a person who is approachable and who will also listen to their concerns and ideas.

There are many parents who have endured their child embarking on the process of learning how to play a new musical instrument. Over time, the process becomes less painful for their child, and also for them, as the music students learn not only how to play music, but also how to do so with a group. And by the end-of-the-year concert, it is truly remarkable how much progress is made with their child, and with the group as a whole.

A similar process will unfold with the members of each and every elected board, council, commission, legislative body and elected office-holder in the weeks and months to come. There will be incorrect notes, mistaken statements and also missed opportunities, but with patience and practice we will all benefit by those who do not give up, and who keep striving to improve themselves and their community in the process.

If you have read this far, and somehow feel that I think I have all of the answers and am somehow revealing wisdom that I hope others to achieve, please understand that that's not, nor will it ever be, my opinion. I am simply speaking from experience that has been learned over time, and through coursework. In my opinion, we all need to learn from experience and training.

A common goal is a good thing. Proven ideas and new ways of looking for solutions are both useful. And we can each disagree, without becoming disagreeable.

Bradley County and our region are better because of those who have served, are serving, and will serve our community in the future. Each of these men and women, along with their families, deserve our respect and appreciation for doing their part to keep Bradley County, Tennessee at its best!


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