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Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication?According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75% of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between being able … more
“Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong … more
Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me. They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming, even if they don’t know exactly when, even if … more
To The Editor:The Tennessee State Senate needs to concur with HJR8 in 2022 for the state to join Florida, Alabama, Missouri and West Virginia in calling for the Term Limits Convention.Term limits are … more
As Americans observe Flag Day on Monday, we at the Cleveland Daily Banner continue a tradition started years ago. In observance of this special day — which doesn't always get the kind of … more
I’m throwing together a hodgepodge of things I’ve had on my mind this week.I saw the saddest thing I think I’ve ever seen driving down the highway yesterday.A cardinal — which I presume had … more
If we had a specific answer, we would offer it. But, we don’t. So, we won’t.Then again, U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann (R-Tenn.) who represents the state’s Third Congressional District, made some … more
On Monday night, I presented my 21st annual county budget proposal to the Bradley County Commission. The 2021-22 budget totals $195 million, and I am proud once again to have proposed a balanced … more
Heroes comes in all sizes, shapes, packages … and numbers.One case in point can be found with the recent Memorial Day observance on the steps of the Bradley County Courthouse. Lining the plaza … more
At the May 27 meeting of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway board, we were pleased to welcome a dozen members of the Cleveland Police Department. Led by Chief Mark Gibson and Lt. Daniel Gibbs, … more
 In recent years, merchants and city leaders have worked hard to promote downtown Cleveland. It’s an uphill battle.  As in other small towns across America, most shopping and dining … more
It is a well-known fact that we are allowed to chew out the people we care about. Most recently, this came to mind when I gave my old friend, Andrew, a serious tongue-lashing.  Andrew is a … more
Recently, I spent several days in Florida visiting my brother, my son and grandchildren.It seems when you are on the speedway of life and the finish line is in view, there's a need to shift gears, … more
As Bradley County continues to escape the cold talons of the COVID-19 pandemic, a group of third-graders from Oak Grove Elementary School have given voice to the frustrations of most adults in saying … more
When it comes to community impact, there is nothing small about small business.Most can’t compare in physical size and annual payroll to the giants of our town — big-box stores, certain … more
You probably saw recently where the yacht Amazon founder Jeff Bezos commissioned some two years ago still isn’t finished.He should’ve bought it from Amazon. It would’ve been there in two … more
Not to be insensitive to a social theme now shaping America’s moral compass, but allow us to offer this reminder — using some of the same words — in the rising debate on priorities between the … more
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