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Opinion

‘Living on Purpose’: Maintaining a close relationship with God and our spouse

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns with similarly universal messages; send your submissions to bartlett.editor@journalinc.com. Last week, I was sitting in my office on a dreary afternoon, tapping on the keyboard and listening to the rain blowing against the window. The […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: We will always be a member of God’s family

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We also welcome local columns on similarly universal topics; send your submissions to bartlett.editor@journalinc.com. As a chaplain for a veterans health care facility, I meet a lot of interesting men and women on a regular basis. I facilitate Bible studies and […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: True peace and joy are only a prayer away

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We are testing it out as a possible new online-only weekly opinion column. Let us know what you think in the comments. We also welcome local columns on similarly universal topics; send your submissions to bartlett.editor@journalinc.com. It is spiritually reassuring to know […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: Connecting with God brings spiritual peace

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Editor’s note: “Living on Purpose” is a Kentucky-based religious column provided free to the Bartlett Express. We are testing it out as a possible new online-only weekly opinion column. Let us know what you think in the comments. We also welcome local columns on similarly universal topics; send your submissions to bartlett.editor@journalinc.com. The author introduces his writing with […]

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TN debuts 31 new or revised laws for 2017

With the new year, Tennessee residents are now subject to more than two dozen new or revised laws that help to fight crime, reduce the number of uninsured drivers, arm qualified people, reduce maternal deaths, make dialing 911 easier on complicated phone systems, track law enforcement-related deaths, brew and buy Tennessee high-gravity beer, and accomplish […]

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Why is Congress becoming more polarized, paralyzed?

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Many people have heard the term “gerrymandering,” but do you know where the name originated and why the practice is a bad one? A congressional district is the best way to demonstrate the point. Back in the days when our republic was youthful and naïve, congressional districts often centered on obvious clusters of voters, such […]

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Watchdog group critiques TN’s proposed open records policy

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A proposed policy and guidelines about open public records are under fire from the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government. TCOG has published comments on the guidelines and forms pertaining to the Office of Open Records Counsel’s proposed “Best Practices & Guidelines and Model Public Records.” TCOG has expressed deep concerns about language that could lead […]

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End Modern Slavery Initiative awaits president’s signature

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The National Defense Authorization Act of 2017, which includes legislation authorizing the End Modern Slavery Initiative, currently awaits the president’s signature. U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, spearheaded the bipartisan initiative, along with his colleague Senator Robert Menendez (D-N.J.). The initiative will help establish a powerful effort in concert […]

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Sen. Norris urges supporting Hunters for the Hungry

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Senator Mark Norris (R-Collierville) is urging residents in West Tennessee to join him in supporting the Tennessee Wildlife Federation’s Hunters for the Hungry program. He understands the important role Hunters for the Hungry plays for the Mid-South Food Bank and hunger-relief organizations across the region. Now he has formally accepted TWF’s Legislative Challenge, held each year […]

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Letters to the Editor for Oct. 13, 2016

Support legislation to limit out-of-pocket medication costs Letters to the Editor Have an opinion? Write a letter to the editor at The Bartlett Express. We want to know what you think about city activities, your pet peeves or wishes, notes of thanks, or your comments on broader state, national, or global topics. All views, respectfully […]

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Kaepernick: Standing up against racism and ableism is needed

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Colin Kaepernick, 49ers quarterback, refused to stand up for the national anthem, saying “I’m not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people of color.” He has focused particularly on the epidemic of young black men who have been killed by police. But there […]

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40 civil rights groups urge census to stop miscounting prisoners

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WASHINGTON—The Census Bureau has come under fire from a coalition of 40 civil rights, faith, and low-income groups for its proposal to continue miscounting prisoners as residents of their prisons, instead of their homes, leading to a “distortion of democracy” and a “discriminatory census result.” In a letter sent to the Census Bureau, the broad […]

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