Hometown: Huntsville, AL
Birthday: March 3, 1988
Bio: Jessie is the Local Editor for the Spring Valley and St. Andrews Patches. She was born and raised in Alabama and graduated from the University of Alabama in 2010. She spent four months at the Chattanooga Times Free Press before coming to Patch in October 2010.
At Patch, we promise always to report the facts as objectively as possible and otherwise adhere to the principles of good journalism. However, we also acknowledge that true impartiality is impossible because human beings have beliefs. So in the spirit of simple honesty, our policy is to encourage our editors to reveal their beliefs to the extent they feel comfortable. This disclosure is not a license for you to inject your beliefs into stories or to dictate coverage according to them. In fact, the intent is the opposite: we hope that the knowledge that your beliefs are on the record will cause you to be ever mindful to write, report and edit in a fair, balanced way. And if you ever see evidence that we failed in this mission, please let us know.
How would you describe your political beliefs? In a word- jaded.
Are you registered with a certain party? No.
How religious would you consider yourself? (casual, observant, devout, non religious)
I've been a missionary in three countries and I'm pretty sure I left a big part of my heart with some Kuna Indians in the Darien Rainforest in Panama. Other than walking around daydreaming about my Panamanian babies (which I've undoubtedly brought up if we've talked for more than 5 minutes), I try to bless others as much as I've been blessed myself. I regularly volunteer with local animal shelters and I teach ballet to inner city little girls.
Local Hot-Button Issues
What do you think are the most important issues facing the community?
Small businesses, crime, child safety, schools