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“If you keep doing what you’ve always done, you’ll keep getting what you’ve always gotten.” This is an anonymous quote that is often used or spoken when trying to influence a change of … more
I loved growing up in the 1960s and '70s. It was an era unlike any I have seen or read about.Most of my stories — maybe 99% of them — depict things that happened to me, my brothers or actually … more
I finished my bath and saw that the rust-orange towel had molted all over my body. I was covered with tufts of orange fur. It was not a good look, and it felt worse than it looked. Worse yet, it … more
  In his living years, Paul Edward Goins and I talked once, maybe twice at the most.   Most of my contact with the Goins brothers over the years has been with Robert, known to his … more
Abuse, what is it? Are there different kinds of abuse? Abuse is defined as any action that intentionally injures or harms another person. There are nine different types of abuse: physical, … more
Freedom is not free: It is a reminder to all, especially any who have lost loved ones on the battlefield, whether near or far.It is heartwarming testimony to one of life’s realities in a world … more
Just before 8 a.m., on Dec. 7, 1941, hundreds of Japanese warplanes bombed the Pearl Harbor naval base.Twenty ships and 300 airplanes were destroyed.Around 1,000 were wounded.Most importantly, … more
It is doubtful Bradley County native son Paul Edward Goins read the novels, essays or short stories of Rabindranath Tagore, the late Indian poet whose life of social reform ended Aug. 7, 1941, in his … more
Three days into a two-week campaign to put more teeth in the familiar “Click It or Ticket” campaign, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office and Bradley County Sheriff’s Office are telling … more
This weekend many across Bradley County and our region will enjoy some time with family as we all pause to celebrate what many have begun to call the beginning of summer; that is, the Memorial Day … more
“But these few are the salt of the earth; without them, human life would become a stagnant pool. Not only is it they who introduce good things which did not before exist, it is they who keep the … more
“Oh my gosh. I don’t want to open that box.”Moving furniture and books and clothing is easy. It’s moving memories that is hard. I am going through the last of my boxes. I used to say I … more
The saying, “you can’t go home,” has always puzzled me.My thoughts are you get in your car, take a bus, purchase an airline ticket or do what we did in my younger days: stick out your thumb and … more
Whether or not she realized it at the time, Cleveland City Councilwoman Marsha McKenzie spoke on behalf of a growing number of local residents whose collective frustrations deepen by the day over the … more
Around the world and right here in Tennessee, we celebrate May as Mental Health Month.  After the last year, the opportunity to pause, reflect and evaluate our own mental health and that of the … more
We visited my hometown over the weekend.This is momentous for two reasons.It’s the first time I’ve been back there since Mama’s funeral in 2013.And, it’s the first time we’ve stayed in a … more
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