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This Week in History 1-25
The following items were compiled by the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library from old issues of the Cleveland Daily Banner and its forerunners, the Cleveland Banner, the Journal, and the Journa...
Jan 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Inkspots: Cleansing the palate in a big ol’ world of souse
“We can only proselytize fresh meat; putrid meat begins to have strong convictions of its own.” — Samuel Butler English author (1835-1902) ——— Some things in life are best left unsaid; the same pri...
Jan 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Joy Writing: Learning to rollerblade: It’s not so different in life
It was something I hadn’t done in about two years — rollerblading. But when I was invited to a Unity Center skating party I dug out my skates and rolled to the occasion. I have never been good at r...
Jan 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Stories of a world gone mad: An offer on some extra buttons that I don’t need
I am fairly good about embracing technology. I have a smartphone and a laptop. I can upload and download data. I can even stream TV shows. Although technology changes the way we work, consume infor...
Jan 23, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Fresh ideas, new directions for ‘The City With Spirit’
Last summer, an online survey asked Cleveland residents to respond to a series of questions about our city. Responses came from 334 people. Nearly two-thirds were women and just over one-third men....
Jan 22, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Understanding the lingo of teens and drug abuse
Ask an average adult and an average teen about “pharming” (pronounced “farming”), and you will likely get two very different answers. Unfortunately adults, we’re not talking hayrides with tractors....
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Offering a freshman legislator’s first impressions on the process
Last week, the 109th General Assembly officially kicked off in Nashville. On Tuesday, I took the oath of office alongside my colleagues in the House. I was so happy to have my wife, Beverlee, on th...
Jan 21, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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109th General Assembly convenes; House oaths taken, leaders elected
The 109th General Assembly convened last week as Nashville was blasted with wintry weather. Since 1979, the General Assembly has convened on the second Tuesday in January for an organizational sess...
Jan 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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A salute to Susan Griffith and Alex Abercrombie
Inspiration comes in many forms. There are amazing sunsets, the heralded stories of those who have overcome many obstacles to achieve success, and those who simply refuse to “go along with the crow...
Jan 20, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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Understanding why people might disagree with you
Several weeks ago I acquired some knowledge that has been very helpful to me. For what it’s worth, I would like to share the essence with you, in the hope that you may benefit as well. If you have ...
Jan 19, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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LOOKING BACK: That ’54 Studebaker Commander: At half price, it was my first and favorite car!
Your first car is a once-in-a-lifetime event. In the mid-portion of the 20th century it meant you were getting away from the family sedan and getting a ride of your own. If it was sporty, fast and ...
Jan 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 2 2 recommendations | email to a friend
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INKSPOTS: Keeping resolutions real and reasonable: Part 2
“We spend January 1 walking through our lives, room by room, drawing up a list of work to be done, cracks to be patched. Maybe this year, to balance the list, we ought to walk through the rooms of ...
Jan 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend
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Keeping it Green: Home owners, buyers generally want property with access to a Greenway
When cities are privileged to have greenways in their communities, the question may be asked, “What kind of financial impact does it have on the local economy?” Another aspect is the potential effe...
Jan 18, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend
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Automated restrooms are not for the faint of heart
I wouldn't call myself a control freak, but I do like for situations to go according to plan. Given a choice, I will never leave things to chance. And, that's why I don't care for automatic fixture...
Jan 16, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 7 7 recommendations | email to a friend
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Budget award is another milestone for city finance
Last week our Cleveland Department of Finance and Administration received the prestigious Distinguished Budget Presentation Award. It marked the 17th consecutive year the department has received th...
Jan 15, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend
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