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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…

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This next week Cocke County has two events saluting the Flag that are leading up to the biggest of Newport’s 4th of July’s activities. Many families in the community will be heading to the lakes, parks and family gatherings to celebrate the 4th with fireworks. So, before you take off for tha…

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The American Academy of Pediatrics says that kids spend up to seven hours a day on screens. With summer vacation there is an increased amount of free time available for using computers and mobile devices.

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This Sunday on our church calendar has traditionally been the Sunday we celebrate “Pentecost”; which is a Jewish Holy Festival that dates all the way back to the Old Testament.

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A couple months back at a Cocke County CLB meeting I got to meet our new Emergency Management Agency’s (EMA) new Director. I found that he is a retired Veteran and asked him to be one of my future profiles. He agreed.

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It brings great joy to my heart when I can feature a man who loves to cook, so today I am filled with joy!! Joey started cooking when he was eight years old under the supervision of his Granny Butler.

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Recently, at our Memorial Day Observance at the Court House; one of the speakers was waxing eloquently when – you guessed it – a skein wedge of geese flew over in their annual pilgrimage to – where ever. And that got me to thinking!

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We too often overlook a group of school personnel who are just as important as teachers and make just as much of a difference. That is the support staff of our schools.

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Yesterday was Memorial Day and I know there will be a nice story by Seth Butler in today’s paper about the wonderful and solemn program put on this year by Richard Holt, Commander of AMVETS Post 75 and 2nd Vice Commander for the Department of Tennessee.

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In my seven wonderful years in high school; I can clearly remember learning …; my razor sharp mind absorbed …; well, let’s see now, there must have been something I assimilated by merely being close to the spout of knowledge.

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Love works in mysterious ways and, as it turns out, love and affection are necessary for optimal positive emotional and physical development.

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I hope this is not being written to a bunch of ole dinosaurs who have been living under that great big ole rock in the middle of the Frogpond for the past twenty-thirty-forty years or so!

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Before I get into this week’s subject, I need to mention an event that is happening this afternoon, Tuesday May 21. In Saturday’s edition of the Plain Talk, Seth Butler, Publisher, made the announcement of this year’s visit by the riders who are on the annual “Run for the Wall”.

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“Did you really spend three years in Bonehead English?” is a question I ran into recently. Actually, I was able to squeeze three years of Bonehead English and two years of Bonehead Math neatly into my seven years “on The Hill”; but who’s counting?

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Reading to young kids is one way to motivate learning and foster togetherness in a society where books and printed stories are becoming less and less appreciated. However, barbershops around the country are prompting kids to read to the barbers as a way to strengthen their literacy skills an…

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“Law Enforcement Memorial Week” is rapidly passing by with hardly a ripple on the pond of national events!

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This last week I met some Cocke County students whose thoughts and words have brought them honors above all others. The winners of 2019’s AMVETS annual Americanism Program’s contest were announced at the local Post 75’s monthly meeting. Before I announce the winners let me tell you about thi…

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Ok, I read about these three guys who were charged to get to a town named “Perfection”.

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Our schools are great because of great community support, great parents, amazing students, knowledgeable administrators, and hardworking support staff. It takes a team to make good schools great!

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This week Congressman Roe had his Media Conference call and talked about his travels throughout the 1st district of East Tennessee. He had roundtable meetings in different communities on topics ranging from opioids, human trafficking, immigration to the announcement of the Congressional Art …

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Wendy Reed actually took little interest in cooking until she was 20 years old. Her mother, Trula, was a very good cook, but she and Wendy didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen together.

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“Way back when” in those thrilling “days of yesteryear” our Church, First Baptist of Wartburg, in Morgan County, Tennessee had a semi-professionally produced television program on the local “cable access” channel. It covered the entire county – two counties, actually!

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To quote Ainsley Earhardt on “Fox and Friends”, “What in the world?”

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In last week’s column I wrote about the 8,000 more veterans who could take their lives while waiting on the government to make a plan that helps them. I wrote about the three Veterans who have taken their lives in the last month, at Veteran Affairs facilities. I also shared some of my person…

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In 1975 I was in my second year of college at the Salem, Ohio campus of Kent State University. I was taking my children to school one morning and was t-boned at an intersection. The trauma I experienced triggered an emotional change and what is now recognized as Post Traumatic Stress Disorde…

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Today’s students are the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like smartphones, tablets, and e-readers. There has been more investment in classroom technologies, with students now equipped with school-issued iPads and access to e-textbooks.

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Caution! This is going to sound like sour grapes, rotten apples, regurgitated prunes – all those metaphors; but it isn’t. Just bear with me, please.

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I recall one of my church members of yesteryear regaling me with stories of the adventures of his family. Seems they were city folks and wanted to live in the “Boone Docks”; and so they loaded up the truck and moved to the hills of East Tennessee.

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While I was looking across my calendar, I found two historical events that were happening this week that were closer to each other than I ever remembered. On April 9, General Robert E. Lee surrendered the Army of Northern Virginia to General Ulysses S. Grant at the Appomattox Courthouse. The…