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March is winding down and my sister-in-law, Lori, is going with it.  There is too much food and too many flowers because that is what we do when someone is dying. When we don’t know what … more
I mentioned in a previous column the 20th anniversary observation of our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. It was back in October 2001 when the first quarter-mile of greenway opened between 20th and … more
  Life’s deepest and most meaningful eulogies should be written by the man or the woman who knew the lost soul best and who most appreciated his spirit, especially when it went unseen … more
Florence, Ala., was where my parents were from and in the late 1950s it was a hard eight- to nine-hour drive from Macon, Ga.In Alabama jobs were not a commodity, so my parents — leaving the … more
If someone would’ve told you exactly one year ago that a mask would still be hanging from your rearview mirror in March 2021, from which bridge would you have immediately jumped?I wouldn’t have … more
Some 38 years ago a song was recorded and then released by a Welsh singer named Bonnie Tyler that eventually became her biggest hit to date. With MTV being a new phenomenon at this time, this song … more
From the first day we met to the last time we talked, Oscar Kelley epitomized the innate goodness in mankind.   Those who knew him, and others who loved him — whether as … more
I’ve never been a fan of March. March is supposedly spring, but we all know it’s not. In much of the country, more snow falls in March than any other month. But it doesn’t have the … more
  Playgrounds have changed since my playground days.   I’m sure that’s for the better. I’m also sure orthopedic doctors lobbied against it.   Nowadays, … more
As local weather starts to warm, people’s thoughts turn to the outdoors and the services offered by the Bradley County Parks and Recreation Department.  At least, Parks & Recreation … more
At last week’s Cleveland City Council meeting, a couple of incidents related to the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway were addressed. Unfortunately, neither of them were “good news” … more
Years ago I graduated from early-morning and evening-news programs, cable talk shows and anything that would begin my day and end my night with negativity.My routine was to arise from my cozy bed, … more
I’ve always loved librarians. I remember my first school librarian. Her name was Mrs. Scheau, and she rode a bicycle to school, back when this was still a novelty. She wore a plaid skirt every … more
If you pass me on the street you may notice my nose stuck up in the air.I’m a blue-blood now — one of those elitists, as people say.I’ll bet you’re dying to know how I achieved such a … more
The votes have been counted, the American people have spoken and Joe Biden has been elected to the highest office in the land. Yes, I am disappointed in the result, but this isn’t the first time my … more
When an adult does something to affirm a young person, the impact can reverberate for years. I grew up in Cleveland, and I recall many episodes when that happened.  Later, as my children … more
My husband, Peter, is taking no chances. I knew this about him before I married him. Peter has a plan for everything and a plan in case the first plan doesn’t pan out. My father would call … more
During the pandemic, members of local and state governing bodies have been allowed to conduct meetings electronically per executive order by Gov. Bill Lee.They have not had to hold physical meetings … more
As the kids say these days, I “did a thing” last week.I went to a lunch meeting for a group I belong to. For the first time in nearly a year, I was in a social situation of more than three … more
Bradley County’s budget process for the 2021-22 fiscal year is now underway. Bradley County Budget Director Rena Samples opened the process last week with a 2 p.m. meeting in the Bradley County … more
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