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In Tennessee, 62,000 children are residing in a home where the grandparents are responsible for their grandchildren either on a part-time or full-time basis, according to the 2010 Census. 2nd Stage, a ministry of help and encourage second time parents, hopes to help grandparents “meet and realize they are not alone,” according to Annie Baynes, founder. “There is a huge need,” Baynes said. There are very few resources for grandparents. A local counselor noted a guestimate is that 25 to 35 percent of local children are being raised by grandparents without a parent in the home. more
Dear Rusty: From what I’ve researched, the formula for spousal benefits seems very complicated. I read somewhere that it was a good idea to start the lower earning spouse’s benefit at age 62 … more
There is an amazing child in Cleveland. With the help of her sister, Paisley, she is thinking up ways to help others. She puts much effort into getting it done. Wyllow Maclaren, 8, was born with bilateral hearing loss with progression, which means she was profoundly deaf when she was born. She was diagnosed at 9 months. “The doctors wanted to fit her with hearing aids,” her mother Shannon said. “We were pretty sure the hearing aids would help her; but because our insurance was self-funded, we did not have the ability to purchase hearing aids. We exceeded the financial limit for TennCare.” more
CHRIS MCDANIEL, above, who was formerly with Confederate Railroad, speaks during the fifth anniversary observance of Celebrate Recovery at South Cleveland Church of God. more
Recently, the Harry S. Truman Club of Bradley County donated $1,000 to the Cleveland/Bradley Senior Activities Center in honor of Sharon L. Westfield, recipient of the clubs’ annual Citizenship … more
Judge Daniel R. Swafford recently celebrated his retirement with a drop-in reception at the Bradley County Juvenile Center. more
In August of 2012, Eileen Schriner was diagnosed with Stage 3A breast cancer.  “I skipped my mammogram for one time,” she said. “I had 15 months of treatment — … more
Dear Rusty: I retired from a municipal Fire Department seven years ago at the age of 54. It is a private pension, and I was exempt from Social Security while I was working. I receive about … more
Virtual reunion preserves 62-year tradition Almost 50 Roark and Conner descendants and relatives from around the United States participated in the first Roark-Conner Association (R-CA’s) 2020 Virtual Reunion held online from Sept. 25 through 27. more
By Christy Wright   Have you ever felt overwhelmed? We all have at some point in our lives, especially when we’re faced with the unknown, something we can’t control, or a season of life when our to-do list seems never ending. Wait, isn’t that every season?  Let’s be honest, 2020 has made most of us feel overwhelmed on a whole new level. We’ve been trying to make decisions about major things in our lives based on little to no information, and we’ve faced a ton of things that are outside our control. We can’t solve all the world’s problems (as much as we want to), but we can solve our problems. You are in control of how overwhelmed you allow yourself to get. And whether you realize it or not, solving your own problems will make more of an impact on your life than living in frustration about all the world’s problems you can’t fix. Here are three simple ways to stop being overwhelmed in your life: Stop talking about how overwhelmed you are Stop talking about it. Yep, it sounds simple, but the more you say, “I’m overwhelmed,” the bigger and more real it becomes for you — and the more overwhelmed you get! Remember, whatever you focus on increases, so let’s change the focus and the narrative. Don’t hide it or pretend you’re not overwhelmed, but you can stop fueling it by changing your focus.  Write down what you’re overwhelmed about Get out a piece of paper and a pen and write out what you’re overwhelmed by. Write down facts about the things that are stressing you out. Here are some examples: • I am overwhelmed by social media. • I am overwhelmed because I don’t know if school is ever going to be back in session. • I am overwhelmed by my calendar and to-do list. Simply writing down the things that stress you out can lower your stress. You get all the swirling thoughts out of the battlefield of your mind and into the real world on paper. It’s not only therapeutic, but it also helps you know what action to take next. Do something After you write down what’s stressing you out, I want you to look at your list and ask yourself: Is there anything I can do about this? If the answer is no, then all you can do is let it go and give it to God. If there’s something you can do . . . do it! You are in charge of your life, your calendar, and your to-do list. When you take action (any action) on things that stress you out, you feel more in control, productive, and confident. As a result, your feelings of being overwhelmed lessen. I don’t know what this season holds for you. I don’t know if you’re homeschooling or trying to figure out a new normal for your family. But here’s what I do know: You have more power over your life, your feelings, and your outcomes than you think you do!  more
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