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Opinion

OPINION: Take steps to fulfill goals on your life’s ‘bucket list’

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I don’t know when I first heard about a bucket list. I’ve always loved the idea that there are a number of things that we all want to do with our lives before we kick the proverbial bucket and die. But reducing them to writing is rare. Rarer still is actually figuring out the action […]

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OPINION: TN Democratic Party and coalition condemn hateful racist ideologies

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. — On Aug. 17, the Tennessee Democratic Party, the NAACP, the Service Employees International Union Local 205 and the Tennessee College Democrats held a press conference to denounce the hateful ideologies that led to tragedy in Charlottesville. They also called on the leaders of the Republican Party in Tennessee to condemn President Trump for […]

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Worry arises about ‘end times’: Be aware without fearing

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Lately, people have been asking me about the solar eclipse and now the situation with North Korea. It seems whenever strange or crisis events are predicted, people become nervous. Of course, it’s only natural to wonder what is going to happen and I am reminded of the famous Y2K scare that was a huge topic […]

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‘Living on Purpose’: Are we spectators or participators in helping?

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We do not have to look very far to find someone who needs a miracle. There are lots of people who are suffering some type of crisis with everything from health problems, their children, and grieving over a loss, to finances, marriage issues and addictions. When we see and hear about difficulties, we become sympathetic, […]

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Civil and human rights org decries Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ rights

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Vanita Gupta, president and CEO of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, released the following statement on July 26 after President Donald Trump announced his decision to ban transgender people from serving in the military “in any capacity.” “President Trump stated on the campaign trail that he would be an […]

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Kelsey: ‘I will always advocate on behalf of Tennesseans’

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I have been spending my time working to improve the juvenile justice system in our state and making sure that the issues important to Tennesseans are heard. Juvenile justice I was honored to be appointed by Lieutenant Governor Randy McNally to serve as a member of the Joint Ad Hoc Tennessee Blue Ribbon Task Force […]

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TN mayor doubles down on alleged constitutional violation

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The Freedom From Religion Foundation is asking a Tennessee county mayor to reconsider his unwise decision to keep religious inscriptions on its courthouse walls. FFRF is alarmed by Henderson County’s plan to retain a biblical engraving on its courthouse after receiving a letter in June from FFRF Staff Attorney Rebecca Markert advising the county to […]

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Legislative Roundup

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Corker urges sanctions after N. Korea’s missle launch CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. — U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, has released the following statement in response to reports of a ballistic missile launch by North Korea. He supported near-unanimous Senate passage of legislation to sanction Iran, Russia and North Korea, which […]

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‘Living on Purpose”: True friends are among life’s greatest blessings

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I was thinking the other day about how wonderful it is to have friends and how rare it is to have good ones. I believe we can all agree there are levels and categories with the people we know that range from those who seem like a brother or sister to the casual acquaintance. Our […]

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Letter to the Editor

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Ballew Bridal rescues wedding from designer’s abrupt shutdown Dear Editor, My name is Melanie Brooks and up until recent I have been an excited bride due to wed on the 23rd of September. Planning a wedding can be exciting, fun, and stressful. Every woman longs for the experience of picking a dress for herself and […]

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6 things not to say to bereaved parents

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Joan Markwell knows the gut-wrenching, hollow feeling left behind when a child is taken too early. It’s a feeling that mothers have experienced recently and throughout the last few years after tragic attacks in Orlando, Manchester, London, San Bernardino, Calif., and Charleston, S.C., just to name a few. With every new tragedy, vigil, story on […]

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Teachers’ union leader draws fire from education reform group

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Last Thursday, July 20, USA Today reported on a strongly worded speech that same day by Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, criticizing U.S. Education Secretary Betsy DeVos. The speech criticized her for refusing to acknowledge “the good in our public schools and their foundational place in our democracy.” Weingarten said the […]

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