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“The AP is reporting as of June 7, the New Hampshire Department of Corrections is going to allow inmates to request the in-person visits that were suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, and will have permission to hug their COVID-19-screened visitors. There you go: A vaccine strategy tha…

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What do about 95% of Tennessee’s businesses have in common? They employ 50 or fewer employees. You might even own, or work for, one of these businesses.

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I’ve been formally working since I was 17, and this is the first time I’ve heard of people having a disincentive to work.

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The majority should not deny the minority any rights that the majority enjoys, and the minority should not demand nor have more rights than the majority. That seems like a very clear and simple declaration, and should be the motto of every nation, government and people who aspire to have com…

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It was the night of the pink super moon when Benny would cross the gulf from this world. The voice of his best friend breaks as the ache effuses from him. The anguish in his soul is an arrow to pierce the veil of my own pain. The doc gave him a year to live when he diagnosed him with cancer …

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Tennessee Secretary of State Tre Hargett’s Safe at Home Address Confidentiality Program has been expanded as a result of SB0885/HB1128, sponsored by State Sen. John Stevens, R-Huntingdon, and State Rep. Andrew Farmer, R-Sevierville.

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Plan your telephone call to say hello to Mom this Sunday. Better yet, if possible, make a visit with a card or even some flowers or maybe some brownies or a special treat. Moms deserve to be treated special. 

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I want to offer to those of you who have a beating heart love of Dixie and who desire to see a permanent reconciliation of Southern whites and Southern blacks based on mutual respect what I think is a good example of how to deal with the race issue as it pops up, as well as a very simple rep…

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To the Graduating Class of 2021, First and foremost, I’d like to congratulate each and everyone of you for a job well done on completing a very important milestone — your high school graduation. Twenty-one years ago, I sat exactly where you are sitting now. Y2K was a real fear, Faith Hill’s …

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After reading my column on baseball, a Kentucky reader asked: “I have wondered for years (and especially the last two months) if we can ever overcome diseases with baseball players spitting all over creation every pitch of every game? “My wife — a huge fan — refuses to watch games with me an…

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When I was 16 years old, my very first job was at a Captain D’s in East Tennessee. I was so excited to have this job and be making some spending money. I worked hard and did all I could to please my managers. I followed this job by working at Sears in the mall. At both, I was one who worked …

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Our rights bestowed to us as a divine gift from the Creator isn’t a mere old adage to morph from the quill and inkwell of our founding fathers. It’s a tip of the hat to the breadth of their foresight. They had the providence to pen this inalienable promise as a fail-safe to shield us from th…

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For 149 years, Americans have marked Arbor Day on the last Friday in April by planting trees. Now business leaders, politicians, YouTubers and celebrities are calling for the planting of millions, billions or even trillions of trees to slow climate change.

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Even if we didn’t have the World’s Biggest Fish Fry and today’s Grand Parade, today would be an occasion for celebration. I don’t need an excuse other than being alive, but as I offer three reasons why, I hope you will join me. First, more than 200 million people have been vaccinated; second…

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“If I’ve got this right, Amazon is now working toward having customers at its brick-and-mortar operations conduct transactions by doing pre-programmed scans of the customers’ hands at their checkout stands — y’know, kinda like when you’d go into the Old Buchanan Store and they’d do a visual …

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Tennessee has been a leader in addressing abuse within the family. Many new laws have been enacted and other enhancements have been added that help authorities in arrests, prosecution, safety measures and reporting. Last week, we enumerated many of the actions that have been put into action.…

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“Took note of HCHS residential construction teacher John Harrison’s picture on Page Two of Tuesday’s Post-Intelligencer. Residential construction? My greatest high school shop class production was a single table lamp. Curiosity on the topic grabbed me, and I pulled up the Henry County High S…

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So have you noticed, some of the same people who refused to wear a mask this last year are now refusing to get the vaccine? Just a few days ago, I was hanging out with a few people around a local establishment’s watering hole. We were discussing how relieved we felt to be able to be fully va…

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“Isn’t it great?” Doc asked the assembled tailgaters in the Mule Barn truck stop’s parking lot. “It’s April. It’s spring. The crocuses are croaking, the flamdoodles are flamdoodling,” “There’s no such thing as a flamdoodle, Doc,” Bert said. “They musta crocused, too,” Steve threw in. “Facts …

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One item on Gov. Bill Lee’s agenda has been criminal justice reform, and two bills that the governor is pushing in this area have passed out of the committee system and are set to be heard on the House floor this Thursday morning. However, if these bills — which are reckless and soft on crim…

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“The good news is the movie Godzilla vs. Kong is having a good cash run at the box office. The bad news is I’d have thought they woulda worked out their differences by now.” — Clyde Peterson, Houston.

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Dear Dave, I’m 24, single and I make $60,000 a year. I’m also debt-free and live in an apartment, plus I have about $550,000 in a brokerage account that’s made up of 75 percent mutual funds and 25 percent single stocks. The money in the brokerage account was originally an inheritance of $280…

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This week in my class, we started reading a novel that the author wrote in honor of his parents. In the foreword, he thanked them for giving him both roots and wings. I had my students write what they thought that statement meant and then to put themselves in the place of a parent, and name …

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“So comes the word that President Joe Biden will be withdrawing the last U.S. troops from Afghanistan by the very significant date of Sept. 11 this year.  Now to anticipate how thick or thin will be the volumes of reports on what was accomplished in that harsh land in 20 years of combat, exp…

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