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  I’m a doer.   When I was a little kid, Daddy and I would watch the NBA game on Sunday after-noon.   Back then, there was one professional basketball game per … more
The geography — or “lay of the land” — that gives our region the vast array of beauty and amazing natural resources also tends to facilitate and favor certain weather patterns. The Tennessee … more
Of Bradley County’s recent loss of three gallant members from The Greatest Generation — each of whom served heroically in World War II — Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks might have said it best … more
Dax stared at me in disbelief. I am the Treat Lady, and I had no treats. It was inexplicable. Dax is one of my regular customers. He is a young black dog with a lot of energy. His sister, Zia, … more
In spite of just two letters, “if” sometimes struggles with being one of — if not “the” — biggest words in the English alphabet. Seems like everything depends on “if.”Over the … more
“Veterans know better than anyone else the price of freedom, for they have suffered the scars of war. We can offer them no better tribute than to protect what they have won for us.”— Ronald … more
In the last installment of this column we took a look back at the developments leading up to the launch of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. This year, we celebrate 20 years since the opening of … more
Recently, I’ve noticed a lot of people talking about food.Food ... food is what people and animals eat to live, a definition I found that has come to be the focal point of our lives, but that’s … more
My 2021 calendar is hanging from the closet door. Every year I’ve lived in this house, I’ve gotten a cloth calendar, hung from a dowel. My mother’s mother always had a cloth calendar … more
Just when I thought today's world couldn’t get any weirder, it did.Who would’ve ever thought Bernie Sanders would give both sides of the political spectrum some common ground?His get-up at the … more
While their reasons for serving remain as diverse as their educational backgrounds, there is little doubt as to the commonality of thought among school board members: all want to give back to their … more
In a devolving age when warped minds lay siege to the hallowed halls of American democracy, when social media becomes a battleground for sharp, unthinking tongues and when politicians would rather … more
Last week I was informed by the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security professionals of a group of people who — in my opinion — are some of the lowest forms of … more
Life’s pleasures ... there are many. Some are more enjoyable than others as I recently shared about a good cigar.I must admit a good meal or tasty snack during a good movie is a great way to … more
      Now that 2021 has barged into our living rooms with a darkening roar every bit as abysmal as its predecessor — a feat no one could have thought imaginable — … more
Although they might not have received grand play from news media outlets, state House of Representatives Speaker Cameron Sexton’s words spoke volumes when he opened the 112th Session of the … more
Here’s what I am going to do.I’m going to go to my news app and scroll until I start seeing stories that aren’t about politics or the pandemic.Stand by. Don’t go anywhere. I’ll be right … more
Whether they are to be congratulated or pitied, two members of Bradley County’s legislative delegation have accepted huge responsibilities as the 112th Session of the Tennessee General Assembly … more
If Bradley County’s COVID-19 deaths — as of this writing, 90 and counting — are still not enough to soften the hoax theorists, then maybe the heartfelt plea of a Cleveland teen whose dad faced … more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was two days ago. The beginning of this new year was 20 days ago. The Nov. 3 election was 78 days ago. It is important to remember, and to also honor, those who have … more
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