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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
  Watching tiredly as the debacle called 2020 plunged into its dark, year-ending abyss, my actions came as little surprise when I bid it adieu with a whispered … more
A couple of days ago, I saw a video on Facebook shot down a train track toward a tunnel.A heavy snow blanketed the ground, and the tree limbs and dormant blackberry vines sagged under the weight of … more
In the last installment of this column we took a look back to the developments leading up to the launch of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, particularly Phase 1, of which we celebrate 20 years … more
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis’ column this week — published today instead of its traditional spot in Wednesday’s print edition — speaks volumes to the importance of the property … more
The property tax is often called "the tax people love to hate." While it may be unpopular, it is a primary source of stable revenue for most local governments in the United States. Without a stable, … more
 We heard him say it hundreds of times, as did many of you: “Talent on loan from God.” Some of Rush Limbaugh’s detractors liked to claim the statement was haughty. But those of us who knew … more
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