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Opinion

Bullies are a troubling product of immaturity

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As children, we only think about life on a surface level. Having fun, our toys, food and security are usually at the top of our priority list, and this is normal. However, when we become older, we hopefully begin understanding things with a more mature perspective. I’m reminded of the Scripture found in I Corinthians, […]

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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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Custodial grandparents dig into emotional, financial reserves

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“I feel guilty because I don’t want my grandsons living with me. I love them dearly but I’m so tired … I raised 4 children all on my own and just when I finally get a little breathing room … my daughter starts getting high and I become an instant mama! It’s not fair … […]

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GOP tax plan hurts Tennessee’s working families, communities

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Today (Nov. 17) every Tennessee Republican member of Congress voted to cut Medicare, raise taxes on working families and continue their failed economic policies that are leaving millions of us behind. These are not Tennessee values. Tennessee families are struggling. They need leaders who will put them first, not big corporations. “Every Tennessean, no matter […]

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Funding for veterans homes included in state budget

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[Editor’s note: At our request, Sen. Mark Norris provided comments on recent legislative work on behalf of veterans.] I continue to serve as chairman of the Veterans Oversight Subcommittee of State and Local Government. I was honored to receive the Department of Defense Certificate of Appreciation “for leadership on public policy changes positively impacting the […]

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Sen. Alexander wants to repay ‘debt of gratitude’ to veterans

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[Editor’s note: At our request, the office of U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.) provided comments about legislative work on behalf of veterans. We added additional details about the appropriations bill he mentioned.] “We owe our veterans a debt of gratitude we cannot pay and must ensure they receive the health care, benefits and support they […]

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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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Letter to the Editor: Celebrate National Friends of Libraries Week through Oct. 21

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Dear Editor, A wise man once asked: “Does it worry you to be alone?” Fortunately, this is not a problem we have to grapple with: To paraphrase Ringo Starr, we at the Bartlett Library get by with a little help from our Friends! In fact, we’ve been getting by a lot of help from the […]

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Starting Over: Previously childfree home now resembles Daddy Daycare

Adjustment. Noun. The act of adjusting; adaptation to a particular condition, position, or purpose. Yeah, I guess that’s one way of putting it. But it just doesn’t seem to capture the enormity of how life changes when you find your once empty nest is suddenly filled with two extraordinary young people. Extraordinarily energetic. Extraordinarily loud. […]

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Meaning of Madea is no laughing matter

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The names are Alma Springfield and Minnie Lou Johnson. But to all those they loved and influenced, the women were simply known as Madea. The term Madea once stood for the strongest matriarchal figure in a black family. Once an honorable title for a sage, seasoned mother figure in the African-American community, Madea is now […]

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Flip in the rankings

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