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This weekend marks the annual Sales Tax Holiday in Tennessee. School Supplies, clothing and computers will all be available tax-free! In addition to these items, food will also be … more
"Do you have time for this?" my husband, Peter, asked. Peter almost never questions what I'm doing unless I'm doing something particularly stupid. Yesterday, I had a meeting on Zoom. I figured I … more
    In the hours surrounding midnight on the eve of our 44th wedding anniversary, I saved two lives — the first, my beloved wife, and the second, an unsightly home … more
Holidays are days designated to honor someone or something; they are days that should be celebrated with family and friends.There are several good things that result from holidays. Food is usually … more
The only thing wrong with sending these billionaires into space is that they keep coming back.I’m sure someone else has said something similar, but until I see it elsewhere, I’m taking credit for … more
You seem to hear more and more complaints and stories recently about phone scams. These calls appear to originate from legitimate government offices and agencies, showing up on your caller ID. Some … more
  Eerily prophetic and haunting in their way, his words ring as true today as five years ago when they were first spoken.   “You’ll know when the time is right. It … more
It’s an old dream of mine and I just may do it: Buy a travel trailer and live on the American road for weeks at a time.Recreational-vehicle living is a growing trend, particularly for younger … more
A cousin of mine reportedly said, “I can’t imagine living in a house where other people have lived!” I don’t know if she really said this, as I heard the story secondhand. But, it stuck … more
We were heading home on the interstate yesterday when we came upon an official yellow truck with flashing lights parked on the shoulder.It had a flashing sign which informed all 50,000 of us of an … more
With the Fourth-of-July holiday behind us, we are in the midst of the hottest part of the summer.  Kids are out of school. Pools are open. Families are taking vacations. People are visiting our … more
The Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway is partnering with Terra Running Company of Cleveland to sponsor several celebratory races in conjunction with their traditional Thanksgiving Day 5K on … more
  To borrow from a familiar adage, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.”   It’s just as true in getting haircuts, though COVID-19 has added some … more
(Editor's Note: This is a partial text of a speech delivered to a celebration of the lives and service of 225 veterans and their loved ones at Westwood Baptist Church on Tuesday, June 29, during the … more
I just deleted 259 words of the column I was writing for this week.I wanted to tell that story, but not enough to give satisfaction to the person who emailed me and said I bored him.In preparation … more
Tuesday night’s voting session of the Bradley County Commission finalized the budget process for the 2021-22 Fiscal Year.  The commission voted to approve the final budget proposal with minor … more
      In a time long ago and a state just a border away, I routinely spent a slice of my Fourth of July at the Denson reunion — my mother’s side of the family … more
For those who regard politics as America's most entertaining spectator sport, the current United States Senate is superbly set up for constant drama. Fifty Republicans and 50 Democrats make the … more
You can become an American citizen by being born in the USA or you can become one by getting “naturalized.”Becoming naturalized is a heck of a lot harder.It not only means having to meet all the … more
As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal.  Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation … more
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