A nostalgic look at 2011 while pondering 2012

A nostalgic look at 2011 while pondering 2012

Posted: Friday, December 2, 2011 8:02 pm
By: By Kevin Bowden

A nostalgic look at 2011 while pondering 2012 | Kevin Bowden, Just A Thought
Final column of the year for me.
I’ve just passed my one-year anniversary of being back at The Messenger and what a year it’s been.
Little did I realize when I came back to the newspaper what a wild roller coaster ride I was in for.
There was the Goodyear saga that began with disaster and ended with a little hope following the buyout by Titan Tire.
There were devastating spring floods, a massive marijuana bust, the local National Guard unit deployed to Kuwait, preparations for Reelfoot Lake’s bicentennial, happenings at Everett-Stewart Regional Airport, progress with the Cates Landing project in Lake County, progress on the Discovery Park project and then there was the 10th anniversary of 9/11.
Those are just a few of the major happenings from this past year in Obion County.
All in all, it’s been a pretty interesting 2011 and there’s still a few weeks left before 2012 arrives.
I wonder what the new year will bring for Obion County.
More progress on Discovery Park as well as with local road projects are sure to come. Arrests in the marijuana bust, probably. Some progress on the demolition of the Reelfoot Packing plant, hopefully.
Before I get too far ahead of myself though, I’d like to encourage shopping at home this holiday season. It’s vitally important for our local businesses and for the local economy.
I’d also like to encourage participation in some of the many events this holiday season that benefit the less fortunate. If you’ve never helped deliver Chimes baskets before Christmas you don’t know what you’re missing.
Chimes for Charity is one of several local projects that help those in need during the holiday season.
Donating money or a little time is so rewarding. It’s been my experience that volunteering enriches my life on so many levels. Let’s not forget the popular Christian acronym WWJD this holiday season.
As we draw near to Dec. 25th, I can think of no better way to honor the birth of Jesus than to be in church.
Then there’s the other side of the Christmas holiday — Santa Claus.
Here’s to hoping for a white Christmas and family gatherings filled with joy and love.
With a 2-year-old grandson, I can assure you we’ll have an entertaining Christmas at our house.
And now for a few words harking back to the days of David Bartholomew…
HERE AND THERE: There is some speculation surfacing about a possible tenant for Union City’s spec building…The Kenton mayor and board of aldermen will meet Tuesday night to consider the hiring of a new police chief. The process is not going smoothly and fireworks are expected at Tuesday’s meeting…After a fire gutted his shop on Old Troy Road earlier this year, John Mack Long has reopened his Long’s Custom Leather business. His new shop has an interesting old west museum set up in front…After 36 years with the Obion County School System, Larry Parks will retire Jan. 31. He taught in the county school system for 24 years and for the past 12 years has been director of transportation. He will be sorely missed…Don’t forget Business After Hours tonight in Kenton and the Christmas parades this weekend in Obion, Samburg and Kenton.
Staff Reporter Kevin Bowden may be contacted by email at kmbowden@ucmessenger.com.

Published in The Messenger 12.2.11

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