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Train up a child and keep praying

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Every child, whether he turns out to be wonderful or less than desirable, is to some degree the product of a mom and dad. It’s true that some parents have invested very little enthusiasm into their children’s development, but – generally speaking – mothers and fathers dearly love their kids and want the best for […]

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Double negatives add up to positives in Grandpa’s heart

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“Everybody doesn’t like something, but nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.” Remember this commercial? If you’re old enough, you will. I consider it the second greatest use of a double-negative I’ve ever heard. And I have to believe a child said it first. “But Daddy,” a sweet, sincere toddler’s voice said, “nobody doesn’t like Sara Lee.” […]

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Toddlers are magical, but silence is golden

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Things are different around the house once you have grandchildren living with you. Noticeable things. Take noise. As I write this, the past three days have been grandchildren-free days because both Caleb and Izzy went to visit with Gran and Aunt Jan for a long weekend. They were both giddy with excitement. As were Susie […]

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Biking for a cure: 31 cycle to Florida for cancer awareness, funds

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GERMANTOWN — A group of 31 Mid-South men biked 525 miles in five days, from the West Cancer Center in Germantown to the Town Center in Rosemary Beach, Fla. Their goal was to promote cancer awareness, encourage a healthy lifestyle and raise funds for the WINGS Supportive Care Division within The University of Tennessee/West Institute for […]

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Cancer survivor Raquel Gomez: ‘Nobody’s gonna take my smile away from my face’

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Joys and worries — that’s how Raquel Gomez of Bartlett remembers 2013. It’s the year her second grandchild was born. The year her son made her cry with happiness because he got out of a gang. The year she proudly became an American citizen. And the year she was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was doing […]

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Veterinary hospital accepting donations for pets in Key West

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When Hurricane Irma slammed into the coast of Florida, it wasn’t only people who were affected by the storm damage; their pets were affected, too. Day and Night Animal Hospital, located at 4670 Summer Ave., Memphis, has started collecting pet supplies to send to hurricane victims in Key West. On Sept. 18, Day and Night […]

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‘Starting over’: Grandparents take on the tasks, joys of rearing grandchildren

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Starting over. I guess that’s one way to look at it. And, at my age, looking at it that way is a little, well, let’s say daunting. I mean, if you’re in the middle of a movie and your spouse suddenly joins you, and she wants you to start it over, you’re looking at maybe […]

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Alert Bartlett man reunites family with lost dachshund

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After four frightful days, Avery is back home, thanks to an alert Bartlett family and their neighbors. A six-year-old long-haired dachshund, Avery took off running last Monday morning when an AT&T service man came to the door of Martha Williams, the grandmother of owner Ashley Tilton. Tilton and her husband, James, are residents of Bixby, […]

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Teen drivers, parents encouraged to get smart about auto insurance

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With the back-to-school season underway, many teen drivers are taking the wheel and driving themselves to class for the first time. Before handing over the keys, the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance (TDCI) encourages parents to do their homework on auto insurance and talk to their teens about the importance of responsible driving. “It’s […]

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More grandparents are now raising grandkids: 3 things they need to know

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From single parents to traditional and multigenerational households, modern families come in all shapes and sizes. But did you know there’s an uptick in the number of grandparents raising grandkids? According to data from The Pew Charitable Trusts, 2.9 million grandparents were raising their grandchildren in 2015 compared with 2.5 million in 2005. Oftentimes, grandparents […]

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July 4 tips to keep pets happy, healthy

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According to the pet experts at Ask.Vet — a service that lets you text licensed vets for quick advice — July 4 is one of the most dangerous pet holidays, and pet owners shouldn’t take it lightly. Here are 5 tips to keep your pet safe (and yourself sane) this July 4.

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ECS day camp brings out big smiles

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