April 23, 2014

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Tenn. calendar worth owning
Written by Bob Baird   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:42 PM

I was born and raised in LaFollette in Campbell County Tenn. This is in the northeast section of the state, 50 miles north of Knoxville.

After my hitch in the Army, I left for Hamilton County Ohio in July 1953 never to return except for short visits with relatives.

During my early years in Tennessee, Haskel “Hack” Ayers was born about 1936. When Hack was 7, his father, John, was killed by cops during a whiskey raid.

In addition to farming, running a restaurant motel and other ventures, John Ayers was in the whiskey business in a dry county.

Hack came to Cincinnati for a short time, but returned home to Tennessee. I have no regrets but when I am asked if I am rich like the old businessman I reply I’m comfortable.

Good old days
If Hack was asked the same question, he would no doubt reply that he was the richest man in Campbell County Tennessee.

My reason for writing this is because a friend, Pat Goins, told me about a calendar with old photos that Hack’s, Ayers Auction & Real Estate, had.

I asked Pat to send me one.She asked Hack, who remembered Mildred and me, and he also sent me many older calendars, articles etc. from the good old days.

My father-in-law, Frank Archer, helped Hack in his auction business when he returned to Tennessee.

Archer was a great and intelligent man. Ayers has been involved in Tennessee politics and other community causes.

If you are going to the Norris Lake area this summer, Hack owns a couple of first class motels near Interstate 75.

I plan on a last visit to my birthplace with some of my grandchildren this summer. I plan on staying at Hack’s Hampton Inn near Caryville at exit 134.

If you visit my hometown area be sure to look up Hack. He is downhome, likable and never met a stranger.

I have never heard of anything bad or dishonest in his dealings with people.

How many successful people in business can you say that about?

Bill Baird is a Whitewater Township resident who writes a weekly column about old movies and Hollywood trivia.

Support renewal of developmental disabilities services levy on May 6
Written by Cindy Molloy   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:40 PM

On Tuesday, May 6, voters in Hamilton County will be asked to renew the property tax levy that has supported Developmental Disabilities Services since 1974.

This renewal will not increase taxes but it is critical to maintaining DD Services in our county.
Currently, 72 percent of the agency’s funding comes from this levy. The Hamilton County Tax

Levy Review Committee, and other outside audits have commended DD Services on its efficient use of these funds.

Most of this local money flows right back into our local economy by way of public-private partnerships.

DD Services partners with 300 community agencies to support 9000 individuals with DD in Hamilton County. This support ranges from early intervention services for babies and toddlers to residential support for an aging population of people with DD whose parents have died or can simply no longer provide care.

There is a wide range of challenges confronting people with DD, and DD Services has worked with its partners to provide a wide range of solutions.

There are programs to help school districts support students with DD in their own neighborhood schools. For students with the most challenging medical or behavioral needs, DD Services provides direct support in its own schools and satellite classrooms.

This range of solutions extends to young adults as they age out of the education system. DD

Services supports integrated employment through Ohio’s Employment First Initiative, promotes vocational training with partners like Ohio Valley Goodwill and Easter Seals TriState, and provides direct support for those who need it in the county’s four adult centers.

The headlines tell us the number of people diagnosed with DD has been increasing rapidly over the last few decades (autism now 1 in 68).

As more families struggle with these challenges, the effects ripple out to the larger community.

A school bus driver may be distracted by a son’s escalating behavior issues, a surgeon may be worried about a nonverbal daughter being victimized or any employee of any company may be forced to take time off because there is no one else to assist a struggling sibling.

Hamilton County DD Services exists to support these families and their loved ones with DD.

As the numbers increase, the agency is committed to finding ways to meet the increased need within the current budget through creative programming and capacity-building community partnerships.

They need your help. Vote for Issue 3. It will not raise taxes. It will make a difference.

Cindy Molloy, director of the
Harrison Community Network

Service ain’t free; it just ain’t free
Written by Joe Awad   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:39 PM

On an unusually sultry day last October, I dragged my dog-tired carcass into the Harrison fire department to interview Chief Rob Hursong.

I immediately sat down, breathing heavily, heart beating like a bird’s, sweating profusely. He gave me a bottled water, and looked at me inquisitively. Before I knew it, he and the lads slapped a heart monitor on me. I was sweating so vigorously the pads kept sliding off.

The next thing I knew, I was in the back of an ambulance headed to Good Sam. The issue was narrowed down to my intolerance of a medication that insidiously subdued me. Translation: I felt like shit.

As we entered the ER, I remember a nurse saying something like the Harrison Life Squad “is the best.”

Here we are seven months later, and the Harrison squad, fire department and police are struggling to remain the best. Harrison is a fortunate community with a public safety network second to none.

It’s a true blessing that every squad run contains two first-responder paramedics, but that quality of service doesn’t stand a chance to continue if Harrison voters do not approve the safety service tax levy that will make the ballot in November or perhaps on a special election this summer.

A committee has been formed between city leaders and union members to formulate a plan and drive home the necessity to pass the levy. If it fails, make no mistake, services will suffer.

Joe Awad is editor of The Harrison Press.

Dear Mr. Bently: take this advice to heart
Written by Jim Robertson   
Tuesday, April 22, 2014 1:38 PM

Dear Mr. Bently:

You have obviously had a problem with the permitting process in Harrison.

Despite your pleas to the contrary, it does exist to serve the public by channeling various projects in a safe and pleasing aesthetic.

True, it is your property and within reason you have the right to do anything with it you want with one big caveat;

You can’t infringe on the rights of those occupying the property around you.

Most building codes are there to insure that projects above a certain size are constructed properly with an eye toward safety.

If you were allowed to put up any kind of a lean-to that your heart desired, it would probably be only a matter of time before other city employees would be extricating you from the wreckage.

In all application and permitting processes, a certain amount of time is going to pass.

You can’t jump out of bed on a Saturday morning and decide, I’m going to build a deck today.

Lack of planning on your part does not create an emergency on our part.

As to putting the blast on the politicians, it is important for you and other like-minded individuals to understand that most of us “politicians” aren’t here for the money or the power.

In small cities such as Harrison, many civic-minded individuals step forward to serve their fellow citizens.

But it gets harder and harder to find folks willing to step up.

Witness the last council election: four running for four seats.

If you feel that strongly that you are being wronged by the current crop, I look forward to seeing your name on the ballot in the future.  But be careful of what you wish for.

Many a newly elected official has come along during my tenure and they all have an idea, that is until they get on the other side of the table and find out that what they felt was a good notion to their surprise had been thought of by former seat holders and the flaws in those ideas exposed.

As to “thinking out of the box,” I am going to take issue with your quick fix on the recycling setup in effect.

You aren’t the first individual to suggest another dumpster or having them emptied more times per week, which you would have known had you chosen to ask somebody involved rather than just spewing your bile in print.

For the record, I take great pride in trying to maintain a recycling drop off site to supplement the curbside residential efforts.

I too get frustrated when I have individuals finding the dumpsters full, casually tossing their crap on the ground.  I have gone after some of the offenders if we can identify the culprits.

As to adding a dumpster or more pickups, that costs money.  An additional pickup per week would raise costs by 50 percent.  Another dumpster, 25 percent.

We are fast getting to the point where the cost effective move would be to discontinue the service.

We shouldn’t have to do that if everyone would realize that recycling properly takes some effort.

It isn’t just loading up on Sunday night and chucking the stuff on the ground.

Recycle the proper items.  Styrofoam ain’t one of them.  Break down your cardboard boxes. Saves room.  Thinking outside the box would be to create a black hole inside the dumpster so that no matter how much stuff you shove into it, it never gets full.

Jim Robertson is a longtime Harrison resident, a member of Harrison City Council, and a weekly columnist for The Harrison Press.