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DEAR ABBY: My daughter “Melanie” is very close with a cousin she grew up with. This cousin is getting married in five months, and Melanie will be a bridesmaid. The shower date was announced. Then my son-in-law’s best friend from childhood announced his wedding date. The wedding is on the sam…

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DEAR ABBY: I’m a woman in my mid-30s without much family. I’m an only child and have no relationship with my father. The relationship I have with my mother is extremely toxic. 

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If you dream about the sweets and treats of your childhood but want something a little more special than the standard chocolate chip cookie or vanilla ice cream, look no further than Emma Duckworth’s Simply Sweet Nostalgic Bakes (2021, Page Street Publishing Co.).

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DEAR ABBY: I married a proud Scotsman a year ago who often wears kilts. When we go out, women think nothing of coming over and lifting his kilt, which exposes him to anyone who has a visual advantage. These women scream with glee and then become physically aggressive with their hands. Frankl…

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The “fall of the year,” they call it. Leaves fall, many flowering plants fall, skies fall and daylight falls. I prefer the nomenclature “autumn,” which has a more pleasant resonance. 

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DEAR ABBY: When the house next door sold, we were delighted to have new neighbors. My husband and I greeted them with a welcome gift. They asked us three times about the property line, and we showed them the marker. They asked the people on the other side, as well as those in the back of the…

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DEAR ABBY: My husband and I have been happily married for 10 years. This is a second marriage for both of us. We don’t have children together, but my husband has grown daughters in their 50s from a previous marriage. Generally, we have good relationships with each other. My problem is, my hu…

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DEAR ABBY: I have been with a man for the last six years. He has been separated for 20 years. When I asked him if he was going to finalize his divorce, he said no. When I said I would like a commitment, he said he gave me one when he moved in five years ago. I said I want more. His wife even…

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The Puryear High School Class of 1955 observed its 66th anniversary recently at the Methodist Church Life Center in Puryear. There were nine class members present for the reunion on July 9. Pictured are (front row, from left) Ann Snow Alexander, Tony Van Dyke, Judy Enoch Wade and (back row) …

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Sarah Brown of Paris and Michael Laws of Clarksville were joined in holy matrimony July 18, 2021, at the White River National Forest’s Sapphire Point Overlook in Dillon, Colo.

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Scared, nervous, excited and anxious. These are a few of the feelings I felt the first time I did 4-H public speaking.Wow! I am glad I conquered my fears and participated not only once, but twice in the 4-H public speaking event.In fourth grade, I had my first opportunity to participate in a…

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Many people dread public speaking, but I have grown to love the 4-H Public Speaking Contest.In fourth grade, I found out 4-H was alot of fun.I don’t really have many other memories of 4-H in fourth grade, but the one thing that has stuck out foreverin my memory was the factI received a red r…

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I’m Jaida Wellman, a sophomore at Henry County High School, where I have taken my FFA and 4-H experience to a whole different level. Since I was young, horses have always been my favorite animal and the piece of livestock I’ve always wanted to own. Some say that I just haven’t left the pony …

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On June 10, 2021, I had the opportunity to participatein the state 4-H Academic Conference at the University of Tennessee at Martin campus.The academic conference is an activity where you get to be in college-type classes for the day. My classes were in the nu- trition, health and fitness pr…

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Hi, my name is Kadie Ste- phenson. My parents are Matt and Leanne Stephenson.I have been a 4-H mem- ber going on four years now and my experience has been amazing. The poster contest, creative art contest, and play- ing games are a few of the fun things you do in 4-H.However, by far, showing…

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At 4-H camp, there were fifth-graders and sixth- graders. This event was in the summer, so all the kids could participate with no problem.This event takes place be- cause more children need to get outside and have fun. This event is a great way for you to get outside and exercise. There were…

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Hi y’all, my name is Bryleigh Hayes, and I’ve been doing 4-H market hog shows for nine years. Through these years of me showing, I’ve learned so much and have grown stron- ger from the advice I have received.Showing hogs is a very big job. Showing pigs, you need to feed them, either hand fee…

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From waffles to kickball, the 4-H Healthy Livin’ summer program was a fun way to be healthy, to exercise and to con- nect with nature in my very own backyard.We learned about the 4-H Healthy Livin’ Summer ac- tivities on the Tennessee 4-H Facebook page.There were loads of fun things to do. T…

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Every fall, Angela Wilson leads a group of junior high and senior high 4-H’ers in weekly livestock judging prac- tices.Students learn to judge classes of cattle, lambs, goats and hogs, grouped into male and female, and then further broken down into commercial and breeding classes.These anima…

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I started showing cattle two years ago and I attended my first Tennessee Beef Expo this year.Beef Expo is a 4-H show that everyone in the state of Ten- nessee is eligible to attend. I had a great time and made lots of memories with my friends and family. Many people from Henry County attende…

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I participated in the 4-H country ham project at the 2021 Henry County Fair for the first time in August. Back in March, Staci Foy, our 4-H leader, gave us information on this project and I took it home to my parents. My mom immediately said she wanted me to be a part of the event. I will ad…

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Hi, my name is Addalon Davis, but everyone calls me “A.A.” I am now a fifth-grader at Paris Elementary School. The fourth grade was my first year in 4-H. It was one of the best experiences of my life. I competed in several 4-H competitions at school this past year. I also showed a market hog…

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The 4-H Outdoor Adventure Camp was held on July 29 at Land Between the Lakes. It was a day of fun and adventure in the outdoors. The day consisted of a lot of activities like hiking a dry creek bed, making trail mix, learning about different species of plant life, creek stomping, learning ab…

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This vegan and grain-free Mexican Style Oaxacan Bowl is chock full of flavor and good-for-you ingredients. Toasted chipotle pecans add a flavorful and nutritious crunch to a bowl full of chipotle sweet potatoes, roasted sweet peppers, seasoned black beans and cabbage slaw.

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My name is Serena Gladwell, and this is my second year showing a steer through 4-H. My family has been raising beef cattle for decades now and both my grandfather and mother showed cattle in 4-H when they were young. Both of my older siblings showed in Henry County. This is truly a family af…

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Made with eggs, half and half, Idaho® potatoes, zucchini, broccoli florets, a diced red bell pepper, one carrot, a sliced green onion, spices and a combination of feta, Parmesan and Swiss cheeses, few things will brighten your day more than eating forkfuls of this spectacular entree. Unlike …

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When it comes to switching to a plant-based diet, it can seem almost impossible for someone to know where their protein will be coming from since they’re eliminating meat from their diet. Luckily, there is a vast variety of plant-based alternatives to meat. It’s recommended adults get a mini…

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October has been called “the golden month,” and for good reason. When I was outdoors editor here, I always had a column on the benefits of October, with its harvest of early wild game seasons and looking forward to ducks and quail to follow. Then, of course, there was the excellent fall fish…