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During Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is traditionally observed in October, I encourage you to take a moment to think about how breast cancer has affected your life. If you haven’t been … more
Fall weather has descended upon us, with cooling temperatures and shorter days. We are in the thick of the fall festival season, and are approaching Halloween this week.  This season … more
 Our top headline Wednesday, “COMMISSION APPROVES BUCKETS, BONUSES,” should have been worded “COMMISSION APPROVES BUCKETS OF BONUSES.”   I’ll cut to … more
For years we have talked about the possibility of a greenway running along Bradley County’s largest waterway, Candies Creek. Through some generous and visionary property owners and funds donated … more
  A few months ago, I sat in the waiting area of a Cleveland automobile dealership hoping for the best in the mechanic’s diagnosis of my car’s hiccup.   Without rhyme … more
I met my former mother-in-law, “Mama Lou,” and my former father-in-law, “Poppo,” when I was not yet 20 years old. I hitched a ride to meet them, terrified because I’d spoken to my future … more
I am quite the University of Tennessee football fan.We had season tickets for more than 20 years. Combine that with my time as a child and a student, and I’ve probably been to 150 games.Some were … more
Everyone loves a deal, including scammers. BBB is seeing a spike in the use of too-good-to-be-true discounts by con artists who hope that price-conscious consumers will jump on these “deals” … more
The Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta says people who walk 150 minutes a week or about 21 minutes a day, seven days a week, can reduce their health risks of early death, heart disease, Type II … more
My husband, Peter, and I have matching folding chairs. Every Thursday evening this summer, we have attended the outdoor concert held in a local park. The music is usually good, but the food trucks … more
Morning ... the bright sunlight peeping through an open window as the sounds of little birds can be heard singing their morning songs.What a lovely way to awaken to a new day of thrills and … more
“There are only three things that can kill a farmer: lightning, rolling over in a tractor, and old age.”— Bill BrysonAmerican-Britishauthor on travel,language, science(b. 1951)When my wife and … more
“I can’t tell you the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone.”— Ed SheeranMany of you may have stumbled upon an unfamiliar comic in last Sunday’s edition of … more
“I’m tired of living in exile!” my husband, Peter, exclaimed as, for the second day in a row, we packed up everything we would need to be out of our home long enough for the floor to … more
Humbled a couple weeks ago upon receiving a 2021 Community First Award — compliments of a college whose name is anchored in community — I am reminded of two pertinent sayings: … more
I am devastated to be learning just now that a new version of the “ABC Song” has surfaced.Someone should’ve told me this sooner.Apparently, the change dates back to 2019, but the story went … more
Rarely are lawmakers across the political spectrum so unified. And rarely do they act so rapidly.As we commemorate National Newspaper Week, I’ve been considering the question why America Needs … more
If you happened to read the Albuquerque Journal recently you would have learned about a family who used their (galloping) goats to gobble up weeds and earn some extra money while keeping the city’s … more
With the rise of supposed online threats and viral challenges, it has never been more important to know and understand the role parents must play in the digital age we live in.The following is a … more
Who doesn’t enjoy the ringing of bells?  Real bells, from a church steeple or the bell tower of a grand public building? It’s a nostalgic, lovely sound, and as long as there has been a … more
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