Have you ever paid attention driving down Highway 35, from Section to Scottsboro? Would you believe people drive hundreds of miles to see the view?

Have you stood at Weathington Park and glared across the Tennessee River?

We can argue about this and that, but one thing is clear, we live in a place of beauty that can rival anywhere.

It’s easy to take things for granted. It’s easy to complain, many times rightfully so.

In our little corner of the world, though, we still have something special. We have the beauty of mountains and the lake. We also have the people.

We have our everyday struggles.

We need better roads.

Our children need the best education possible. We need jobs.

Today, though, is about hope. Today, let’s talk about people. Alice Whitaker worked 35 years at Captain D’s, serving customers as if they were her own family. She epitomizes our little place in the world, where people still work hard and look out for one another.

When a disaster strikes, we rally. We come alive when tragedy strikes, like a tornado that destroys everything in its path.

Neighbors help neighbors. Strangers help because that’s what we do in Jackson County. We help one another, in our most desperate time.

We get caught in life. Slow down today, and think of all the good you have.

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