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As a proud member of the Cocke County High School Class of 1969, I’m giddy with excitement over our upcoming 50-year reunion.

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The past year has brought significant milestones to Rev. James Suggs, pastor of Cave Hill Baptist Church.

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From the earliest days of Cocke County, many of our citizens have opted to move elsewhere in search of greener pastures.

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The visit of an American President, Vice-President, First Lady, and/or other dignitary today calls for hours of strategic planning, security clearances, and down-to-the-minute itineraries, complete with Secret Service details, sharpshooters, and press.

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The name “Leonard” appears many times in the two hundred-plus years the Huff family has lived in what would become Cocke County, Tennessee. Three Huff brothers, John, Peter, and Joseph, settled in the Del Rio, Bybee, and Cosby communities respectively. Each branch of the family tells the sto…

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Judy McGaha’s dreams of saving Laurel Springs Primitive Baptist Church from the ravages of time took a giant step forward this week when Lindsay Crockett, East Tennessee Development District’s Historic Preservation/Housing Planner, pronounced, “The odds are pretty good.”

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Have you ever played a game in which you’re asked, “If you could have a conversation with any deceased person, who would it be and why?

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It won’t be long before the Newport Plain Talk publishes Let the Stories Be Told – Part II. The special collection of tales handed down from generation to generation by local families will appear at the end of January and promises to be filled with more fascinating stories, some dating back …

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Much has been written and discussed about Newport Utilities’ current project to replace the water and sewer lines in downtown Newport. There have been a few strong words uttered, too, as drivers found themselves caught in traffic and truck drivers ignored clearly worded directions regarding …

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Much has been written in the past weeks about the family storyteller as the Newport Plain Talk prepared its annual Smoky Mountain Homeplace special edition. The eagerly anticipated issue will be part of the Tuesday, October 30, 2018, paper. This year’s theme is Let the Stories Be Told!

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On Saturday, November 3, the Newport Theatre Guild will present The Secret Garden, a musical based on a novel of the same name, penned by Frances Hodgson Burnett.

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When families gather, and especially when there are young children around, the family stories often include references to an ancestor’s traits and how the same traits reappear in succeeding generations.

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Several months ago, Jim Shelton shared the story of his son Jeremy’s first visit to Rattling Cave. Recently Jeremy and two friends paid another visit to this wonder of nature. Jim shares their story and pictures today.

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About twenty years ago, my family and I were visiting friends Larry and Debbie Collins in Collierville, Tennessee, one of the satellite cities outside Memphis. It was in July with daily temperatures in the 90s.

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I’m not a user of Facebook. Sometimes I think it’s the work of the Devil, a place where anyone can say anything, be it truthful, kind, mean-spirited, or just a flat out lie. And with the news this week that private conversations among Facebook followers could have been “leaked” due to a “gli…

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On Monday, May 28, 2018, Memorial Day will be celebrated in the United States. As an annual event, it marks the beginning of summer vacation (which will end in September on Labor Day).