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To The Editor:   What if someone told you, “I am a Black man trapped in a White man’s body?"   We would quickly understand that this person has mental and spiritual … 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
Two weeks into the opening phase of a massive $3.5 million sidewalk project, the city of Cleveland is doing with tax dollars — whether city, county, state or federal — what tax dollars are … 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
Irony — a good irony filled with the realities of need and response — filled the air on a recent Friday morning when Cleveland State Community College welcomed a visit by Gov. Bill Lee to … 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
Looking at the big picture, it’s difficult to believe the Bradley County community has been battling the COVID-19 coronavirus for a full year; but, looking a little deeper makes us realize it feels … 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
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