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Ok, gang; I was teaching our Wednesday Night Bible Study; and we came to the Passage of Scripture that described the ultimate demise of the ultimate traitor, Judas Iscariot.

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(Because of the current release of “A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood,” here is a reprint of a previous column.)

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It’s been nearly three months since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats initiated their sham impeachment inquiry. The key fact remains that President Trump and President Zelensky agree there was no pressure to initiate investigations.

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A newspaper reporter was taking a poll on the street; and he asked people the very same question: “What are your chances of going to heaven when you die?”

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My April column, “8,000 Veterans Will Not Live Another 365 Days”, was about the March 5, 2019, Executive Order (E.O.) 13861 signed by President Trump. The E.O. established the “National Initiative to Empower Veterans and End Veterans Suicide” better known as the “President’s Roadmap to Empow…

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The Four Agreements was published in 1997 by Don Miguel Ruiz. According to the author, everything we do is based on agreements we have made—agreements with ourselves, with other people, with God, and with life. However, the most important agreements are the ones we make with ourselves.

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As you will read further into this story, Toni is not only a great cook, but she is an educator in the field of cooking and cuisine. Cooking is also a ministry for her on a personal level, so read on, and enjoy this column about one of the finest cooks in our community.

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Last week I shared the information on the House passing H.R. 3224 the Deborah Sampson Act. This bill is designed to make changes, at Veteran Administration (VA) Medical Centers, to address the specific needs and services of women Veterans.

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Is there a way to raise smart and kind kids? According to Kelly Holmes, there is something parents can do that only takes 10-15 minutes per day.

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Unless you have been living under a rock somewhere on the back side of Frogpond, Tennessee; you have heard about my critters.

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Over the last decade, hospital closures have hit rural America hard – especially in Tennessee. During that time, 11 rural hospitals closed across Tennessee, the second highest number of closures in the nation. When a rural hospital closes, patients are left without adequate medical care, oft…

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This past weekend, in our Sunday Morning Service, we were able to present a check in the amount of $20,000 to help the Isaiah 117 House in their initial efforts to get up and running here in Newport/Cocke County.

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This week a news release from Congressman Roe’s office shared that there were nine bills aimed at helping Veterans passed by the U.S. House of Representatives. Several bills address facilities “buildings and maintenance” issues, tele-health, and remembering fallen soldiers and their families.

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Tim knows his way around the kitchen. He is one of the great cooks from the Del Rio community. His mom, who worked seasonally at Bush’s, began teaching him to cook when he was around eleven years old. She began by teaching him how to make bread, and he states, “It went on from there!” to bea…

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Hi guys, it’s so good to be spending these five marvelous minutes with you. Funny thing about a newspaper; it can go where you go; and, believe me; I thank God for your comments.

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With only limited time remaining this year, House Democrats are spending another week on their sham impeachment inquiry against President Trump instead of working on priorities that actually improve people’s lives.

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The Education Law Center (ELC) just issued its report, Making the Grade 2019. The report provides compelling evidence that K-12 public school funding continues to be deeply unfair in many states, including Tennessee.

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It was my distinct pleasure to be able to sit in the audience and watch my friends and neighbors; classmates and congregants perform in the recent rendition of “Annie” in the newly refurbished auditorium at Cocke County High School.

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Pecans are a staple for the upcoming holiday season. The nut is cultivated primarily in Georgia and in Mexico, which supply 80% of the world’s pecans. They are delicious, nutrient-packed powerhouses that are an ideal snack, condiment, or ingredient for many favorite recipes.

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Remember when the PE teacher just threw balls out onto the gym floor, sent you outside to play, or had you running endless laps? Jasmine Stiles, the PE coordinator in Encinitas, CA, is out to change that.

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Major Homer L. Pease, a Johnson City native, is the embodiment of the heroes we honor on Veterans Day. As a young boy of 13, he felt called to serve his country. Pease lied about his age in order to enlist in the U.S. Army and was assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, where he volunteered…

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It has taken me three years to feature Jean as a cook. She is the wife of a minister, which in itself lends to a very busy life for her, but here she is. Please delight in every word of today’s column.

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It’s been a busy week setting up the 2nd Annual “Glimpse into Our Wars” exhibit at the Newport, TN National Guard Armory, 7055 Armory Road. I had some really great help from Kenneth Calfee, Frank Nance, Mac Kincheloe, and Larry Hartsell. We also received a lot of support from Sergeants Metca…

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I have heard of a painting in which the artist depicted the boy Jesus with an armful of wood, on His way to Joseph’s carpenter shop. In that painting, the rays of sunlight which fall across His shoulders leave the shadow of a cross on the ground beside Him.

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Growing up, my father worked in a factory and my mother worked as a bank teller. I lived at home while attending Austin Peay State University before enrolling in medical school at the University of Tennessee.

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After a generation of disruptive reforms—No Child Left Behind, Value-added Measurement, Race to the Top, and Common Core—after over a decade of disinvestment in education, after years of bashing and demoralizing teachers, the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) for 2019 shows …

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My column several weeks ago on soups was so well received that I was asked to do another one. The season is finally upon us that we want to sit down to a nice, hot bowl of soup. Isn’t that right, Dawn Bryant Mousseau, who can eat soup any time. However, in our locale, fall and winter are the…

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This past weekend I started off Saturday with a tune in my head from the 70s, the Fifth Dimension song “Up, Up and Away”. I was headed to the Lakeside of the Smokies Balloon Festival and could imagine how I would like to “Ride in a beautiful balloon.”

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Starting next fall, some students who take the ACT will have a new option as they try to improve their scores: They’ll be allowed to retake individual sections of the exam, instead of having to sit for the entire test again.

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Old Ben Thomas sat on the creaky old front porch of his unpainted house that morning, just as he had done for many, many mornings in the past. He had worked hard for many years, but he was now beyond work; and he contented himself to spending his time rocking on the old boarded front porch. …

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Everyone in Cocke County should be looking in their trunks, attics and barns for military items they or a relative might have brought home or just kept from their experiences serving in the military. It is time for the 2nd Annual “A Glimpse into Our Wars,” military art and artifacts exhibit.

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When Sandra was a young girl, she helped her mom in the kitchen as much as time would allow; however, her mom worked late, and their time together was limited. She did learn some of the basics, and her mom would call her before she left work and tell her to bake a pan of cornbread. She marri…

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Homework is a hot-button issue for both parents and teachers. A recent poll indicated a consensus among educators and parents that homework is not appropriate in all grades, especially the elementary levels. And research supports this perspective—homework in the early years doesn’t do a lot …

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Many of us can remember those incredible scenes in Teheran, Iran when our diplomatic corps was paraded in front of the television cameras in blindfolds and handcuffs as the people screamed obscenities at them. It was a totally humiliating experience for them – and for us.

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The prayer goes: “… Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven …”.

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Last January in my column, “Let the Stories Live On”, I wrote about a new project that was being introduced to the 1st District by Congressman Dr. Phil Roe. Congressman Roe introduced his new staff member Terry Harris who would be working throughout the district, recording the stories of Veterans.

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Hello to everyone reading this today. My wish for you all is to have a very nice day. I hope all of you are taking care of yourselves during these hot days and nights. So many records have been broken with each passing day, and now the weathermen are say we’re in a drought.

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Oddly enough, this column, written in 2009, has generated more talk around the water coolers than any other (as far as I know); and it has been repeated more than once; but you still ask for it again.

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Researchers have devoted decades to studying how to study. The research literature is frankly overwhelming. The authors of a comprehensive guide published a few years ago examined ten different study techniques and drew on the results of nearly 400 prior studies. They awarded ratings to the …

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Teachers and parents who read aloud to children have long known that good stories have the power to captivate the most restless of children.

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In the seemingly never-ending supply of reality shows on television; this oft-repeated expression is oft-repeated: “What’s in it for me?”

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Does this sound familiar? “The evidence is pretty clear that there was collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russians,” said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) on November 17, 2018.

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Long, long ago, in the film universe far away; before I was even born (I know, I know, that does not seem possible, but it is – there were stuff and things happening before Tommy graced the domicile of Fred Marvin and Josephine Celeste Mooty’s place).