Serving the public means....
Maintaining respect and integrity
AMANDA HILL BOND
As I reflect on what the role for the PRESS is for this community,
many things come to mind. A newspaper has a huge responsibility to
the people it serves. It must provide truthful facts about the issues
that arise during the daily operations of this community.
There have been, and always will be, controversial issues that
present themselves during the course of these operations. The main
objective and responsibility of this newspaper, or any media source,
is to provide detailed, truthful facts about these situations to the
citizens it serves. In this case, the citizens of Pickett County
because folks have a right to these facts. The PRESS has no
intention, nor reason, to attempt to bias this information.
Unlike social media, where people posting can sometimes remain
“anonymous or seem untouchable”, the PRESS must maintain its
integrity by being truthful and transparent. It has done so, for the
past 54 years. Actually, we are coming up on our anniversary in
That being said, if an article is written, especially on a heated
topic, it has been investigated thoroughly. Items researched are
legal opinions and laws, consults with Tennessee Press Service legal
team, reference to manuals (CTAS-county, MTAS-city, TSBA-school),
along with information from various other cited sources.
It is important to look at any issue from every perspective, gather
all the facts, present those facts, and then allow the people of this
county to make an educated decision of their own.
The citizens of this county elect officials to represent them and
their concerns with regards to operation of the county and city
government. That is the way the forefathers intended it to be.
However, there are certain expectations upon these elected officials.
That is to conduct themselves in a professional manner, with the
common goal of what is best for the entire community.
As any public official knows, there are times when he/she is going to
be subjected to detailed questioning in order to provide a better
understanding on the matters at hand.
All people should be addressed with respect, regardless of their
position on the issue. For any public official to present information
in a meeting, while speaking in a condescending tone, or as if the
people are illiterate, is absolutely unacceptable and an insult to
the people of this county.