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Last week I was informed by the Cleveland/Bradley County Emergency Management Agency and Homeland Security professionals of a group of people who — in my opinion — are some of the lowest forms of … more
Life’s pleasures ... there are many. Some are more enjoyable than others as I recently shared about a good cigar.I must admit a good meal or tasty snack during a good movie is a great way to … more
      Now that 2021 has barged into our living rooms with a darkening roar every bit as abysmal as its predecessor — a feat no one could have thought imaginable — … more
Although they might not have received grand play from news media outlets, state House of Representatives Speaker Cameron Sexton’s words spoke volumes when he opened the 112th Session of the … more
Here’s what I am going to do.I’m going to go to my news app and scroll until I start seeing stories that aren’t about politics or the pandemic.Stand by. Don’t go anywhere. I’ll be right … more
Whether they are to be congratulated or pitied, two members of Bradley County’s legislative delegation have accepted huge responsibilities as the 112th Session of the Tennessee General Assembly … more
If Bradley County’s COVID-19 deaths — as of this writing, 90 and counting — are still not enough to soften the hoax theorists, then maybe the heartfelt plea of a Cleveland teen whose dad faced … more
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day was two days ago. The beginning of this new year was 20 days ago. The Nov. 3 election was 78 days ago. It is important to remember, and to also honor, those who have … more
Men and women of impact are best remembered by their impactful deeds; yet, it is their words — past and present — that inspire others to take up a humanitarian cause, whether it benefits the … more
This year the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway will be 20 years old. In October 2001, Phase ” of the greenway opened for the community. It was a short quarter-mile stretch of asphalt between the … more
  When the U.S. Supreme Court handed down its landmark decision — Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, 1954 — declaring racial segregation in public schools to be … more
Most of what you are about to read was written on Jan. 4. I have a reason for saying that, which will become clear in about 400 words.I was about two-thirds done. I wasn’t too happy with it. And … more
My friend, Anita, is felting up a storm. Philip is cooking something new and posting a photo of it every day. Megan is reading Shakespeare on video, Jason is doing woodwork projects, Tom and … more
We are all gifted with five senses that help us to orient ourselves to place, time and our environment. This is very helpful indeed, but there is also that innate feeling that “something may not be … more
As America navigates an uncertain path toward healing in the wake of last week’s insidious attack on the U.S. Capitol, we in Cleveland and Bradley County can take solace in knowing this: something … more
  For reasons I’ll keep to myself, taking down the Christmas decorations from my newsroom office two days after the holiday seemed especially depressing.   That’s … more
I am a celebrity among the neighborhood dogs. By now, I have been giving out dog treats on my daily walk for several months. If you think this has gone unnoticed among my town’s dog … more
Today marks a milestone for me.Ten years ago, I walked out the door of my day job for the last time following more than 22 years.I knew I had done all I could do there. In fact, looking back I think … more
As the congressional seeds of debate swell toward impeaching President Donald Trump or forcing his removal by invoking the 25th Amendment, it is critical to remember America draws perilously close to … more
Resolutions are usually a “shot in the dark” and are also frequently not kept; at least, by many people, even those with the best intentions. It is human nature to hope for the best, plan for the … more
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