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Opinion

Medical identity theft could cause disaster

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By now, most people know about the perils of identity theft, where someone steals your personal or financial account information and makes fraudulent charges or opens bogus accounts in your name. Lately, a not-so-new twist has been getting a lot of attention – medical identity theft. That’s where someone gains access to your health insurance […]

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Laws prevent employer abuses of teen workers

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If you are like me, you have pretty much always been working since you were a youngster. At age 9, I started mowing yards and kept that up in my teen years. But my first job outside yard work was washing dishes at a Huddle House. Scraping food off stranger’s plates (along with cigarette butts […]

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Country people know art of ‘mater saminch’

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Here we are once again in the glory days of homegrown ‘maters (tomatoes), and I’m still finding folks who can’t make a ‘mater saminch (sandwich). I put out one of those videos a couple of years back, wrote articles, was featured in a few fancy magazines scraping a Miracle Whip jar with a knife and […]

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Decision against TNVA is criticized

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The Center for Education Reform strongly condemns the recent directive by the Tennessee Education Commissioner to un-enroll 626 students from the Tennessee Virtual Academy (TNVA), denying them their school choice rights. “It’s an outrage that these 626 legally enrolled students are now being forcefully turned away, just two weeks before the start of the school […]

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Stick horses moved farm boy’s imagination

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Not long ago, I wrote about the selling of my family home. Of course, the house and attic held many memories, but who would have believed an old shed filled with a pile of my father’s tobacco sticks, which he used to raise tobacco, would revive memories for this not-so-young farm boy? Those sticks were […]

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Boomer reflects on poor but priceless childhood

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I have recently been attending budget hearings in my county to learn more about where our tax dollars go. And after you come out of one of those meetings, you have to grab hold of something to stop your head from spinning around. My county’s school system, for example, is the fifth largest in the […]

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Dairy numbers: Short, but ‘udderly’ vital

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With National Dairy Month quickly approaching in June, let’s honor the contributions of our dairy farmers who look after our good health and provide us with fresh, wholesome dairy products. The industry has generated billions of dollars for our state’s economy for years and continues to do so even though the number of dairy farms […]

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Memories are the best seasoning for food

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I have been spending a lot of time lately working in a pick-your-own berry patch located almost in the heart of one of Tennessee’s fastest growing cities, which gives me the opportunity to meet a lot of people. Many of them have moved to our state from other parts of the country and world to […]

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Local teacher, columnist retires pen at age 92

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After 31 years of teaching college students at the University of Memphis, former Fayette County resident Robert McGowan spent another 23 educating local newspaper readers with his always informative weekly columns. Now, at the age of 92, McGowan has decided to retire his dated computer after more than 1,100 consecutive weeks of writing. “I never […]

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Federal R&D funding needs expansion, not cuts

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Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion. People who believe in public belt-tightening applaud drops like that. I understand why: there are many reasons to reduce government spending. But in this case they’re wrong. We need to boost the […]

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