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A Post Valentine’s Day Analysis

By Cheri Thacker Dear Chief Money Maker, Since I plan to spend the rest of my life with you in spite of the2013 Valentine’s Day disaster, and although I appreciate your valiant efforts, I’m offering you some advice in regards to this Lover’s Day.  Please feel free to apply in years to come only if […]

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Repeating history

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager One of my favorite Forrest Gump quotes is “stupid is as stupid does.” I found it fitting when I learned that the Ku Klux Klan proposed a downtown Memphis rally March 30 in retaliation of the cities’ removal of a marker at Forest Park. That marker memorialized former Klan grand […]

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Moving Day

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager   “It will fit,” my better half implored me. “A little higher… to the left, now back a little. There,” she said, a smug smile upon her face. “I told you it would fit.” “Uh honey?” I interrupted. “How do I get out?” Yep… moving day. Behind surgery, a new […]

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How’s That Working for Ya?

By Cheri Thacker You’ve got to wonder about the kind of life someone lives when they’ve emailed the Dr. Phil Show twice in their lifetime, and both times a producer called to request they appear on the program. Well, I can tell you it is pretty normal—except for those two things I emailed Dr. Phil about. In […]

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Goodbye Mr. Poe

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager It was a thunder-filled day as my then seventh-grade teacher Max Poe ushered me out of his classroom to the “chair”. Located on the edge of a vacuous study hall, the chair was Mr. Poe’s one-on-one space where teacher and student could be free of classroom constraints. Lightening flashed across […]

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An Asterisk to Dave Barry’s column

By Cheri Thacker I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, only this time while sober.  I want to be Dave Barry—without the man parts.  As a new writer, I kept hearing over and over in my head the mantra “write what you know.”  Actually, it was Chief repeating it over and over in […]

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Historic times

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  By Clay Foster CEO Journal Inc. Historic time for Journal Inc. with new press launch   Today’s paper is the culmination of months of planning and hard work to go live on a new printing press. In challenging economic times this was not an easy decision to make, but one that had to be […]

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I predict…

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager   As we look in our rear view window at 2012, we keep one eye looking ahead to the promises and pitfalls of the new year. And while my prognostications are about as accurate as the compass on my Cracker Jacks whistle ring I unabashedly venture forth because, well, I […]

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I resolve…

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager Every man should be born again on the first day of January. Start with a fresh page. Take up one hole more in the buckle if necessary, or let down one, according to circumstances; but on the first of January let every man gird himself once more, with his face […]

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All I want is….

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager What an extraordinary confluence of thought this week as I went from reading and typing hundreds of elementary children’s letters to Santa with the horror that hit us all in the mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Connecticut. There are no words to describe the pain and anguish that […]

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No more complaints – After Friday

By Cheri Thacker I recently complained that the crumb snatchers have reached the age where they aren’t fun to buy Christmas for anymore.  You know how teenagers are—I need the latest, greatest. This, for our household, means that’s about all you get.  But after Friday, I’m thankful that I still have them to buy for. […]

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End of the world

By Brian Bloom Regional Manager With apologies to REM, and for that matter, the Mayan Dynasty, it’s the end of the world as we know it. Try to get that tune out of your head now. The apocalypse is upon us, according to apocalypse observers – do they really put that on their business cards? […]

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