Thursday, July 29, 2021
Thursday, July 22, 2021
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In a heightened tone of excitement, he announced that he had something to show us. As my father coaxed my sister and me outside, a 1960 Oldsmobile 88 Convertible was sitting in our driveway. It was the most beautiful automobile I had ever seen. Daddy said it was ours.

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Growing up in the early years of Major League Baseball in Atlanta, the sport was so easy to love. Teams had pitchers who could go the whole nine innings, hitters who could bunt and steal bases, and managers who could fire up an entire stadium by getting in the umpire’s face.

Thursday, July 15, 2021
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Regret in life can be overwhelming. There are a multitude of scarred people who struggle daily with their past and the recollection of failures, sins and/or missed opportunities. The root of bitterness settles deeply within the soul and poisons the spirit. The ball and chain of life’s conseq…

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Each week the Associated Press publishes “Not Real News: A Look at What Didn’t Happen Last Week.” It is a collection of fake news, most of which has been shared online. The stories usually include quotes taken out of context, Photoshopped images, and doctored audio.

Thursday, July 08, 2021
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Walter Shaub, who served as the director of the U.S. Office of Government Ethics under former President Barack Obama, wrote, “Authoritarianism and corruption go hand in hand. If we don’t clean up government, we’re setting the table for the next authoritarian.” Surprisingly, Mr. Shaub was not…

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Frederick Douglass addressed students and fellow abolitionists at Rochester’s Corinthian Hall on July 5th, 1852 where he stated, “Where justice is denied, where poverty is enforced, where ignorance prevails, and where any one class is made to feel that society is an organized conspiracy to o…

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“Do we want to give the wealthiest people in America another tax cut, “ asked Joe Biden, “or do you want to give every high school graduate the ability to earn a community college degree?”

Thursday, July 01, 2021
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I am unapologetically Christian. My personal faith in God is the anchor of my life and the doctrines of the Bible define my worldview. While my faith serves as my “true north” and “moral compass,” I respect the differences of others in a pluralistic society. I endeavor to demonstrate love fo…

Thursday, June 24, 2021
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Christians are encouraged with promises found in the Holy Bible. Those precious promises are the fuel necessary to keep moving us forward, for His glory, and to fulfill His purposes for our lives. Our hand in His hand, all the days of our lives. What an exciting expedition we take together!

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The Democrats’ promises of free healthcare, education, and citizenship have thrust our southern border into chaos. Even after illegal crossings reached their highest rate in two decades, border czar and Vice President Kamala Harris still refuses to visit the U.S.-Mexico border. The Biden adm…

Thursday, June 17, 2021
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This Sunday many families, including mine, will celebrate Father’s Day. Being a father is one of the most important parts of my life and has only intensified my belief in protecting the sanctity of life. I am grateful for my two sons, Guy and Sam, and all that I have learned and experienced …

Thursday, June 10, 2021
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Every person has a right to feel valued and respected in society. Donna Hicks writes in Psychology Today: “The glue that holds all of our relationships together is the mutual recognition of the desire to be seen, heard, listened to, and treated fairly; to be recognized, understood, and to fe…

Thursday, June 03, 2021
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He sat in his relining chair critically examining the balsa wood he held in this hand. Precise measurements were exacted as he proceeded to reach for a small blade that would cut with precision.

Thursday, May 27, 2021
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Summer vacation had finally arrived and another school year was complete. The exhilaration of having two months away from the classroom filled every fiber of my being. The chance to sleep in, to go on camping trips and playing with my friends had me fantasizing about the best summer ever. Th…

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“It was like someone flipped a switch.” That was my son in Washington, D.C., reporting on what he saw last weekend as he walked the streets. “One day, everyone was wearing a mask, with no eye contact or small talk, and the next day, it was like everything was back to normal.”

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Iran-backed Palestinian terrorists are launching indiscriminate attacks that kill innocents while the terrorists shield themselves behind civilians — a familiar and predictable pattern. In response, Israel is rightly exercising its sovereign and inherent right to defend itself and its people…

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Plateau Pediatrics in Crossville combines an information-filled website, digital tools such as electronic medical records, and traditional face-to-face visits to provide quality patient care. Donna Summerford, owner of Aunt Dee’s Soaps & Lotions, successfully used the Internet to first e…

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Since January, President Joe Biden has talked a big talk about his desire to reverse the economic downturn caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. But no amount of campaign slogans or claims that we can “build back better” can hide the fact that the impact of his budget-busting policies on everyday…

Thursday, May 20, 2021
Thursday, May 13, 2021
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My parents told us they had a special surprise. They loaded up my 4-year-old sister and me into the car, and we headed out for a scenic drive into the country. The route seemed familiar from my back seat view. We were excited for what we were about to see. Were we going to a birthday party? …

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For too long Americans have watched Big Tech trample on the principles of the First Amendment — free speech, freedom of thought and belief, free assembly and the open exchange of ideas. As more information is filtered through online platforms, the First Amendment is becoming a dead letter. T…

Thursday, May 06, 2021
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The House and Senate of the 112th General Assembly on Thursday successfully approved a no-debt, $42.6 billion budget that provides strategic investments in education, health care, public safety and economic development initiatives.

Thursday, April 29, 2021
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How do we solve the mass shootings? Do we take away all the guns? Or, do we require that every American carry a gun and be prepared to shoot back? Do we eliminate the assault rifles? Or, do we have more security guards at malls, grocery stores and work places carry assault rifles? We have a …

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There are many reasons that children succeed in school. One element is constant: every child deserves excellent teachers and administrators. The research and science of learning and development tell us that it is critical to focus our learning environments around building long-term relations…

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Senators Roy Blunt, R-Mo., and Chris Murphy, D-Conn., recently introduced legislation that would allow licensed medical professionals to provide treatment in any state through the remainder of the pandemic.

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When the shutdowns began last March, our health care facilities quickly became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Local hospitals and clinics canceled routine appointments and treatment visits to accommodate the unprecedented strain on the system. With much of the Volunteer State reopening,…

Thursday, April 22, 2021
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The photographer captured the moment. Folks were gathered together in front of the last log cabin built in the Welsh Hills. Some of the individuals were standing, while others were seated on hardback chairs. None of subjects were smiling, as was typical in bygone generations. Even the family…

Thursday, April 15, 2021
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On the outskirts of a small village in Ohio is a rural countryside known as the Welsh Hills. Many settlers of the village are buried together in the Welsh Hills Cemetery, which dates back to the 18th century. These hearty immigrants from Wales pioneered this gorgeous region of fertile ground…

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After a year of devastating tornadoes that ripped through neighborhoods and flash floods that left roads and bridges underwater, Tennesseans are no strangers to deteriorating infrastructure. Even as many parents and workers are still navigating floodwaters to find reliable paths to school an…