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Opinion

Same-sex marriage takes center stage at Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON — On Friday, the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to hear the case of Tanco v. Haslam (same-sex marriage) and consolidated petitions from Ohio, Kentucky, Michigan and Tennessee. The court agreed to address two questions: Does the Fourteenth Amendment require a state to license a marriage between two people of the same sex? Does the Fourteenth […]

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Sen. Corker discusses major issues facing Senate

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — Appearing on Fox News Sunday with Chris Wallace on Jan. 4, U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), ranking member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, discussed major issues facing the Senate in 2015: On whether a Senate Republican majority can work with President Obama on issues like tax reform and trade authority: “Absolutely. Look, […]

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January’s blustery cold got to me already

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With the holidays over and the weather being pretty much on the cold side the past few weeks in Tennessee, winter has been the major discussion topic around every country store, church meeting and even over at the bank. Just trying to get from your car to the bank lobby with northern breezes whistling around […]

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A new year, the same need

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Sometimes it’s not what we want, but what we need. Here are a few things we need for our city. We need more of our citizens to be engaged in how our city is being shaped and developed. We need more people to recognize areas for improvement and lend their time and talents. We need […]

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Congress takes family farmers and ranchers for a ride

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What does Congress have against family farmers and ranchers? The $1.1 trillion spending bill passed earlier this month included the full version of the Grain Inspection, Packers & Stockyards Administration (GIPSA) rider passed earlier by the House of Representatives. There are not enough ways to describe how bad this hidden policy package truly is.It limits […]

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Balance new year’s anticipation with old year’s appreciation

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Just the other day, I picked up my annual Normal Rockwell calendar from the drug store for 2015, and as I thumbed through the months, I began to feel a little sorry for 2014. Many people are glad to leave one year and move to another, due to a year full of problems, but I […]

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Preventing shutdown was the right choice

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Congress has a responsibility to both keep our government running and keep the American people safe. I am pleased that many on both sides of the aisle came together this week (Sept. 14-20) to pass H.J.Res.124, which prevents yet another government shutdown and shows our support for President Obama’s plan to degrade and ultimately destroy […]

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Century Farm program honors ag heritage

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A few weeks back, I was invited to speak at the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon. It was a grand day for a visit to one of Tennessee’s top county fairs and a chance to celebrate the Century Farm Program. Government-related guests at the event brought to mind an old story about my Uncle […]

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Trust doctors and patients to make abortion choices

Dear Editor, Pregnancy always poses some health risks for women. Even young and otherwise healthy women can develop serious, sometimes life-threatening complications during pregnancy. Women and their families have to make difficult decisions when complications threaten a woman’s health or when a fetus has a tragic congenital defect incompatible with life. The last thing that […]

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Criticism is inaccurate, Bartlett jail official says

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A man jailed in Bartlett for four days wrote a scathing criticism Sunday of the facility’s cleanliness and the staff’s actions, but a jail spokesman said the facility’s condition and records show that all the allegations are untrue. Jeff Davis of Bartlett said he was jailed for public intoxication. He alleged unsanitary conditions, near-starvation-level food […]

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