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Resolving to tighten and cherish those ‘ties that bind’ for 2013

Rick Jacobs

By Rick Jacobs Columnist When this column goes to print, Christmas will have come and gone. The gifts have been opened and the lines to exchange or return some of them will be long and slow moving. Lights and trees will come down. Christmas music will be shelved until next year. In a few short […]

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Future advanced technology: Let’s define ‘advanced’

Robert_McGowan

By Robert McGowan Columnist Have you heard or read about graphene? If you haven’t, it is a newly discovered and very special form of graphite. This is a special breakthrough — so special that two scientists who were the first to produce single-atomic thick crystals of graphite were awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics. […]

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3 lessons I got right this year

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By Carolyn Bahm Express Editor Once again, I look back over an imperfect year and see many small steps (the only kind that ever seem to get me anywhere) that helped me be more authentic, kind, and happy today. It’s been an uneven path of successes and failures: I worked hard to lose 60 pounds, […]

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Love the city, kind of hate my washer

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By Carolyn Bahm Editor The first week on the job has been a trip. I’ve gotten to talk to all three of the Bartlett superintendent candidates and can’t wait to see who will take on the challenge of hiring, inspiring, and firing up everything the district needs by summer 2014. I cast votes for the […]

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Tennessee tradition must continue

Pettus Read

By Pettus Read Columnist Christmas is a special time of the year for most of us, especially those of us who have come from rural backgrounds. It is when most of the farm harvest is complete and the coldness of winter is settling in. In years past, it was also a great time to go […]

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Using the Tao to understand happiness

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By Robert McGowan Columnist A few days ago I watched a television program called “What Is Happiness.” I wish they would have answered the question for me. However, not unexpectedly, they didn’t or couldn’t. The program, a hodgepodge of inconsistencies and expanded trivialities, did motivate me to look again into a couple of books that […]

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My feeders are not a McDonald’s for deer

Pettus Read

By Pettus L. Read As a young boy walking the lanes of my grandparents’ farm, I often heard the beautiful calls of a certain bird that seemed to make those days a little bit brighter, no matter what the purpose of my trip involved. If the walk involved getting up the milk cows for the […]

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Lucky and qualified to write today’s thoughts

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By Robert McGowan Yep, in a few months I’ll be 92 years old. I suppose that’s old and I will admit to stopping my writing here because I don’t know what to say next. I am really thankful to be such a lucky guy in many ways. Yes, lucky in many ways. But, instead of […]

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News from the North Pole

Rick Jacobs

By Rick Jacobs The wait is over! It is time once again for my annual, “News From the North Pole” column! (I will pause for a moment for the applause to die down). From the North Pole:   Santa’s elves have had to call in extra help from the Jockey Guild and work around the […]

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Thankful for the right to be unthankful

Rick Jacobs

By Rick Jacobs Thanksgiving is upon us. Again. I understand the idea behind it. This is the day when everyone gathers with family and loved ones to celebrate their blessings by eating until we’re barely able to walk. We do this on the fourth Thursday of every November. On the fourth Friday, we convert the […]

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Without sorrow, there is no joy

By Rick Jacobs A few weeks ago a fundraiser was held for my sister, Becky. For those who don’t know, she is in the fight of her life, for her life, against cancer. This has been, far and away, the most difficult life-challenge my family has ever had to face. And, naturally, thoughts and questions […]

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Saint Francis most recent target of BlueCross network disruption

By Jeremy Clark As a local healthcare leader providing care for the people in our community, Saint Francis embraces and enjoys many partnerships that make our mission possible. Some of these include working with other healthcare companies and some are simply with local individuals who advocate for what we provide our community. Regardless of their […]

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