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Just for the record

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By Calen McKinney

From time to time, I visit the Topix message board to read what posters are writing about what's going on in Taylor County.

Most (if not all, really) of what is posted is pure garbage, written only to hurt and embarrass people. The other part is completely incorrect information that further confuses people as to what is really going on in our community.

Lately, however, I have seen so much misinformation posted that it seemed only proper that I set a few issues correct.

First, Taylor County Fiscal Court is the governmental entity that built the Taylor County Detention Center, not Campbellsville City Council.

Building a jail was first brought up during Taylor County Judge/Executive Eddie Rogers' first term, the term before former Judge/Executive Paul Patton's term.

Construction of the jail, however, was stopped by a lawsuit filed by Dan Hayes before he became a member of the City Council. At that point, the issue was abruptly halted. During Patton's term, the jail was again given life. It was during his term that magistrates officially voted to build a jail. As they say, the rest is history.

There, I feel better.

Those who have been blaming the City Council members for building the jail can stand corrected. They had nothing to do with it.

Secondly, I feel I should set something else straight that really is so simple that it's frustrating to me that people can't get it right.

The city of Campbellsville lies inside Taylor County ... so that means ... wait for it ... the city is part of the county. Therefore, whatever benefits the city also benefits county residents. Yes, I am my father's daughter ... and he has said that for many years.

I am a Taylor County resident who happens to live inside the limits of the city of Campbellsville. I pay both city and county taxes, and now a city AND county occupational tax. So for those of you like me, we should receive benefits from both city and county government.

For example, a ladder truck the City will purchase for the Campbellsville Fire Department (see my story about last week's Fiscal Court meeting in the Thursday, July 16 issue) will be a great benefit to County residents.

Just because we live inside the city limits does not mean county government shouldn't provide for us, too. Contact your magistrate and City Council members.

Lastly, something has been weighing on my mind lately and I would like to give my two cents on it, since I wasn't allowed to at the time.

Part of my job at the News-Journal includes gathering public records entries, like traffic tickets, lawsuits, criminal charges, etc.

Our policy (that hasn't changed for years) states that we print these records without exception ... meaning that if I (or any other News-Journal employee) got a speeding ticket in Taylor County, I would have to print it.

I received two very - very - angry phone calls lately about public record entries. For those of you who know me, you know that I don't like confrontation and would like to avoid all conflict if possible. But those who know me also know that it's not uncommon for me to stick up for myself when I'm backed into a corner and confronted by an angry person looking to start an argument.

Let me just start by saying that these two callers were both unnecessarily rude and belligerent. One called me several hateful names that aren't suitable to be repeated in print. The other told me I was purposely publishing public records to embarrass a particular person ... who, mind you, is someone I have never met and wouldn't know even if I did.

To both of these people, I have to say that I was simply doing my job, and I tried to explain that to you. One of you wouldn't let me get a word in and the other seemed to simply not understand how newspapers and the court system work.

I have always been taught that you get further with people if you are nice to them. That's absolutely true of me.

The next time anyone has a complaint about public record, just give me a call at 465-8111 Ext. 235 or e-mail me at reporter@cknj.com and I'll be glad to do whatever I can to help you. But don't call me names ... don't threaten me ... and don't insult me.

After all, if you hadn't have committed the crime, I wouldn't have as much to write about, would I?