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Opinion

Sen. Corker focuses on human slavery, ransoms, fighting ISIS

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CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. – The threat from ISIS, a possible use of military force, a bipartisan proposal to combat modern slavery around the world and immigration were key points that U.S. Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.) discussed Monday. He was appearing on NBC’s “Meet the Press” following his recent trip to Turkey, Kuwait and Iraq. Excerpts follow. ISIS […]

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Embrace the moment, slow down, enjoy life

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Imagine that it’s finally Friday night, the beginning of a weekend of freedom, which also happens to include your birthday. Your family, friends and spouse all have celebratory plans for you. You have a rewarding career and a network of beautiful people who want to rejoice in your life. As you walk out to your […]

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Winter storms are no match for country boy

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The recent winter weather, along with the state of emergency being issued in the Volunteer State, has sent many of us into a state of “cabin fever” that hasn’t been seen around these parts since people used to have cabins as their main abode of residence. I found myself panicking during the ice storm, not […]

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Watch who funds politicians working on net neutrality bill

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Late last month, Rep. Fred Upton (R-MI) and Rep. Greg Walden (R-OR) held a hearing to discuss congressional action on net neutrality. The representatives, who chair House committees that oversee the Federal Communica-tions Commission (FCC), also released an early draft of a bill to regulate the open flow of information on the Internet. The top […]

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Time is running out to sign up for CSP

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Time is running out for farmers and ranchers who want to participate in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) this year. Feb. 27 is the deadline for the 2015 round. Producers should visit their local Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) office before that date to initiate the application process. The CSP rewards farmers, ranchers, and foresters […]

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Sen. Alexander supports childhood vaccinations

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From smallpox to polio, we have learned in the U.S. that vaccines save lives. And yet a troubling number of parents are not vaccinating their children. Here in the U.S., we are now experiencing a large outbreak of measles, a disease for which we have a vaccine. Last week, the Senate health committee that I chair […]

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Savor each moment as time marches on

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It is the year 2015. This year has special significance for me. For on June 15, I will turn 59. Now, if you were in my presence, this is when you would involuntarily gasp, then say in utter disbelief, “No! There’s no way! You don’t look a day over 40!” Well, maybe 50. It is […]

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6 steps could revitalize nuclear power in the U.S.

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The day the United States is without nuclear power is a day we don’t want to see in our country’s future. That may seem like a distant and unlikely scenario to some, but in fact it’s a very real threat to our economy and way of life – and an important part of the energy […]

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Label protocol lets consumers understand food’s origins

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During a recent visit to the local grocery store, I heard a young mother give her toddler advice that I had not heard since my children were small. It was the same advice that mothers have been using since Eve had to deal with Cain and Abel, and it is just as important today as […]

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Circling from columnist to novelist and back again

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BOOK SIGNING When: 5-7 p.m. Feb. 19 Where:Trustmark Bank, 6767 Summer Ave., Bartlett Details: <Attend to get signed copies of “Driven,” hear a reading from the original narrator and enjoy wine and appetizers with local dignitaries. Okay, so I’ve been really, really busy. And that has kept me from writing this column, one of my […]

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