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(Because we are at the beginning of another school year, the next three columns will be reprints of previous columns offering hints and tips on how to get your kids ready and out the door for school.)

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I know what you are thinking: “Mooty’s done lost his mind.” I mean, what kind of title is that for a newspaper column?

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Several years ago, our Southern Baptist Convention was held for the umpteenth time in San Antonio; and, since I was working in the Baptist Press Room, I arrived days early and left days late; and then hours early and hours late each day. It was demanding work; but, since it served a very use…

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The days of cleaning out a pumpkin, cubing, cooking and pureeing the contents are long gone with the advent of canned pumpkin. And pumpkin seems to be one of the most favorite foods of today’s cooks.

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Last week I was able to share pictures of Congressman Roe and his staff as they visited local Veterans and others throughout the community. As I said that Matt Winter, NPT News Editor, was covering the “civilian” events and I would take care of my side of the street. There are a couple of th…

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It takes a team effort for children to be successful in school. The teacher’s role is carried out primarily at school, while the parents’ real impact happens mostly at home.

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What a happy day it was when Buddy Woods married LuAn and brought her to Newport to help in the Woods’ family business, the Grease Rack. Although she works behind the scenes, one can taste her creations every time they eat there.

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A man was traveling alone with his preschool grandson when the boy lost interest in his toys and other distractions in the airport. Disruptive behavior was imminent. Grandpa was losing his patience and was working hard not to raise his voice.

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Connie Carlton of Anchorage, Alaska, who has been visiting here for some time, is now spending time in Virginia with her sister Barbara Sue and her family.

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At the young age of eight, Kristi began her venture into the world of cuisine. Her mentors were her mom, Becky Dance Boggan and her nan-nan, Ina Norris. She followed them around the kitchen learning many family secrets of great cooking in the traditional ways.

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In my June 25th column I wrote about the implementation of the Missions Act and how it will help local Veterans who meet the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) criteria find faster, closer health care.

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Employers say they have trouble finding new hires with good oral communication skills. But relatively few schools explicitly teach those skills, and even fewer teach them with real-world workplace scenarios.

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Here we go with round two of vintage recipes. Unfortunately, I didn’t receive any more recipes from the locals, but I have researched turn of the century recipes and even found one from 1736.

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I have been a life member of the Disabled American Veterans for almost the last forty years. I began by joining Chapter 120 in Land O’ Lakes, Florida and retained my membership there until I transferred to Newport’s Chapter 102 five years ago. When I first went to the Chapter I was not happy…

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So...what on earth is a vintage recipe? It is a very old recipe handed down through the generations of great cooks in our community. This idea was presented to me by Lynne Ellen Freshour Burgess, who was canning pickled tomatoes from a very old family recipe. I presented it on Facebook and i…

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This week I received a news release from Congressman Roe that concerns protecting Veterans Second Amendment Rights. Over the years there have been many pieces of legislation that address guns and the rights of ownership for Americans.

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The great British Clergyman, Charles Spurgeon was speaking at a conference on preaching with several young preachers; and he was asked “what his secret was” in his very effective preaching style.

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Leland Michael was feeling pretty jaded one morning as two different sets of parents stopped him in the school supplies aisle to complain about how much they had to get their kids this year.

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It is the time of year when the three Veterans organizations in Cocke County elect their new leaders. As I receive their information, I will be doing an overview of each organization, their Commanders and other officers.

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Taking part in extracurricular activities offers significant academic, social, and emotional benefits for students.

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When it has come to working on and promoting events much of my philosophy over the years has been loosely based on the 1989 movie “Field of Dreams.”

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According to Steven Singer, there is a narrative spun by “reformers” that American schools are in “crisis” and are “failing” based on international test scores.

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I remember a class I had in “Civics” back in the dark ages. I think I remember it as being in Mrs. Horton’s northeast corner third grade classroom on the ground floor of the old building of Newport Grammar School. Let’s see, that would have been 1949 – 1950 and the President was Mr. Truman, …

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Like the title says, “You are not going to want to miss this.” The mural I have been writing about that is replacing the old faded 4-foot by 8-foot plywood sign on the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) wall has turned into what the community will be able to see beginning this coming Thursday,…

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Hello, everyone once again. How are you doing this week? If you’re like me, there are good days and bad days. It took me a while to figure that out. We’re really getting more and more storms every day. On Monday, they issued tornado watches for East Tennessee. We’ve had lots of trees blown d…

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Starting in the early 1990s, voucher proponents promoted the idea that vouchers help students learn.

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After the grilling, after the picnics, after the barbecues sometimes we want a piece of cool, smooth, creamy summertime pie. Today it is my pleasure to share some of the best summertime pie recipes I could find.

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For many years the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical care system has been broken. On June 6, 2018, President Trump signed into law the “John S. McCain III, Daniel K. Akaka, and Samuel R. Johnson VA Maintaining Internal Systems and Strengthening Integrated Outside Networks Act of 20…

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Teaching confident speaking and communication skills to middle-school students can lay the groundwork for greater success even before they enter high school and also help them prepare for college or a career.

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Today we start by sending get well wishes to Little Kalyenn Ramsey, who has been hospitalized. She and her family need prayers.

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Senate Bill 299, the Blue Water Navy Act of 2019, passed with a unanimous vote. The House version H.R, 299 had passed in May by a vote of 410-0. This same Bill was passed by the House last year by unanimous vote but lost in the Senate by one vote. The Bill which will open the avenue to file …

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“Failure is not an option” is the tag line of the 1995 film Apollo 13. However, it is certainly not the theme of Tennessee’s testing vendors.

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Several years ago, a dear friend of mine, and a member (and deacon) in our Church, Joe Myers excitedly called to inform me that The Lord had impressed him and Juanita to get involved with the basically unreached tribes that inhabit a string of islands that are located in the Atlantic Ocean f…