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Opinion

Grandfather ‘walked on water’

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With more than 44 years on the job, which kept me in an automobile much of the time, I have spent a lot of time on our Tennessee roads, and when that sort of time involves interstate driving, you find yourself quite often looking at the double doors of the rear end of an 18-wheeler. […]

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Purple hues of henbit overflow this spring

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As I have been driving the back roads of Tennessee the last few days, I have noticed an interesting purple hue forming across the landscape of our state’s countryside. A purple flower that has taken over fields, yards and spaces that once contained vegetation of some type in months past is forming this amazing early […]

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Wind gives small towns a boost

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The wind energy industry has been a big boost to communities across the country, providing a new income source to farmers and ranchers that host projects, reinvigorating small communities by providing new economic opportunities and funding for fire and police departments, schools, infrastructure, and other public services. State renewable energy standards and the national Production […]

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Politicians can say the stupidest things

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“If you take out the killings, Washington has a very low crime rate.” — Marion Barry, Mayor of Washington, D.C. “I always wait until a jury has spoken before I anticipate what they will do.” — U. S. Attorney General Janet Reno “Reader, suppose you were an idiot, and suppose you were a member of […]

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House erred in delaying Common Core

By the Citizen Tribune Special to The Express MORRISTOWN, Tenn. — It appears a vast majority of Tennessee’s House of Representatives need to go back to school. Or at the least, maybe we could send a contingent of local students to Nashville to provide our “leaders” with the definition of irony. As part of the […]

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Just how busy did Noah have to be?

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Anyone who has any familiarity with my weekly columns during the past almost 25 years is aware that I don’t profess to be an authority on the Christian Bible — familiar, yes, authority, no. I have enjoyed reading Bishop John Shelby Spong’s “Why Christianity Must Change or Die.” Karen L. King, professor of New Testament […]

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Ovarian cancer survivor urges insurance signup

Ovarian cancer survivor urges insurance signup As an advocate for women with ovarian cancer, and a two-time gynecologic cancer survivor myself, I believe that access to healthcare is crucial to women with a history of cancer. Open enrollment for health insurance via the Affordable Care Act closes on March 31. I encourage uninsured Tennesseans, especially […]

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Year’s work delivers goal: A novel is born

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The great American novel has been written. Well, at least my great American novel. After more than a year of writing, rewriting, despair, exhilaration, self-motivation and, ultimately, euphoria, I wrote the final two words that every novelist, amateur or professional, so looks forward to: The End. Of course, the words were completely false. There remains […]

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Grocery wine sales: Too handy, too risky

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The following information is taken from the book “Learn Something New Every Day: 365 Facts to Fulfill Your Life,” by Kee Malesky, published by John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2012. In February 2011, the World Health Organization released its Global States Report on Alcohol and Health. The report provided data on the use of alcohol […]

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The paranoid reader finds an unnerving resource

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Perhaps I should apologize to my readers for contents of today’s column. What happened? I picked up a small hardback book yesterday with the interesting title (at least, to me) — “The Paranoid’s Pocket Guide — Hundreds of Things you Never Knew You Had To Worry About.” Well, that’s just what I need, and knowing […]

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