At the Knox County Commission meeting Monday, an elderly man beseeched the Commission to help him retrieve his driver's license and car, taken from him by his adult children after they diagnosed him with Alzheimer's. Allotted five minutes, he spoke for more than 10, moving from the death of his wife to his inability to cook—while the audience exhibited a mix of curiosity, sympathy, and impatience. Commissioner Greg "Lumpy" Lambert eventually stepped in, telling the man there was probably not anything the Commission could for him, but adding, "There is a God in heaven, and He looks down on things. What comes around goes around."
The man, who in the course of speaking described himself as a regular churchgoer, was apparently looking for a more timely and worldly response, declaring, "Yeah, but that's not helping me!"