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By the time today’s edition has been put to bed and the ink has dried on the newsprint, my office has been cleaned out and my time as the Publisher & Editor of your newspaper has come to an end.

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Every day, millions of Americans receive calls from unknown numbers. Thinking it might be someone they know trying to reach them, they answer but low and behold, it is a robocall. I too receive these countless unwanted calls that are not just annoying but harassment. Many of these calls are …

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June 6th marks the one-year anniversary of President Trump signing the VA MISSION into law. This is also the official launch date of the VA MISSION Act’s community care program, a huge win for veterans that embodies President Trump’s commitment to serving them. The new community care program…

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One of the most infuriating experiences for patients in our health care system occurs when they seek care at what they believe is a facility covered by their insurance, only to find out weeks later they were treated by an out-of-network physician – without the patient’s knowledge – and are n…

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As many of you have likely heard and read by now, my time here as the Publisher & Editor of the Newport Plain Talk is growing nigh.

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The May 18 full moon, some call The Flower Moon, a blue moon because it is an extra full moon for the season, illuminated the heavy blossoms of the blackberry brambles around our hometown that now bakes in 90-degree weather.

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Memorial Day is our country’s most somber holiday, reminding us of the men and women who have died protecting the freedoms we hold dear. As a veteran myself, I believe every veteran who lived through combat and is still alive today feels a little bit of guilt when we think back on our fallen…

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When McKenzie Regional Hospital closed last fall, it meant more than the loss of the only hospital in rural Carroll County. It meant the loss of one of the county’s largest employers. It meant babies born in McKenzie can no longer be delivered there. It meant nursing students at Bethel Unive…

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As a physician, my entire career has been dedicated to caring for patients. I came to Congress because I believed we needed – and still believe we need – health care reform that improves quality and lowers cost. Instead, I watched Democrats ram through the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), ma…

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It was 3 p.m. Monday when my iPhone buzzed on my desk. If you know me, my phone buzzing with some sort of notification is not an unusual occurrence.

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The 2019 session of the 111th General Assembly has adjourned to become a part of Tennessee history with important bills approved during the final week of legislative action. These include the passage of the state budget, legislation expanding TennCare coverage for in-home care for children w…

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Happy Mother’s Day to my dear wife who is a great mom and to every Mother everywhere!

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To all the great and fine citizens of Cocke County, I want to start off by saying thank you for the continued support and encouragement that you are showing to your Sheriff’s office.

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Driving home on Tuesday night after leaving the Cocke County Legislative Body’s Finance Committee, the only thing I could think of was how we are in the position we find ourselves in and just how many years the can has been kicked down the road.

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The most important part of my job is listening to and learning from East Tennesseans to ensure I effectively represent the First District. While in Washington D.C., I host regular telephone town halls and Facebook Live events to stay in touch with constituents, but nothing can replace face-t…

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Steve’s Senate in a MinuteReducing recidivism, clarifying hospital bills, and protecting consumers.

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April is holding on like the new leafy poison ivy vines unfolding in the last rainy days of the month about our hometown, but when May arrives in a rush the temperatures are set to exceed 80 degrees.

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I believe one thing all Americans can agree on is that no one likes Tax Day. April 15 is the day when hardworking Americans focus on how much of their salary has been taken by the government at the expense of more important priorities, such as saving up for retirement or for a child’s colleg…

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The Senate Judiciary Committee voted last week to strengthen Tennessee’s pro-life stance with approval of the Human Life Protection Act. Senate Bill 1257 seeks to proactively trigger the restoration of Tennessee’s abortion law prior to the Roe v. Wade ruling, if and when the power to regulat…

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Senate Committees worked diligently last week, holding 10 more budget hearings and moving a number of important bills out of committee and to the Senate floor for final action. In a sign that the 2019 legislative session is beginning to wind down, the Committee that I chair, the Senate Energ…

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Friday, April 12 marks the 100th day of the new House Democratic majority. In her speech accepting the Speaker’s gavel in January, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated, “And I pledge that this Congress will be transparent, bipartisan and unifying; that we will seek to reach across the aisle in …

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In the wake of the Roe v. Wade decision, some estimates show over 61 million successful abortions have been performed in the U.S. since 1973. The fact there are elected officials in places like New York and Virginia – and the U.S. House – who are working to extend the timeline of abortion av…

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March went out like a lamb this spring and seems to have ushered in a welcome warm front comforting our hometown this week. Rain gave way to temperatures normally seen in May. So time to turn down the thermostats and get rabies vaccinations for your pets.

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The ongoing national security and humanitarian crisis along our southern border is worsening and action is sorely needed to deal with it. Since October 2018, there have been 271,140 apprehensions by U.S. Border Patrol, a staggering number of migrants that are overwhelming our border patrol a…

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The Douglas Lake Clean-Up, held March 23, saw four volunteers, plus one support personnel (who brought lunch) gathered to clean the lake bottoms and surrounding areas of the Douglas Lake.

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All Americans deserve to be compensated fairly for the work they do. Having previously helped to manage a business for over 30 years, I know from firsthand experience nothing makes you feel better than knowing an employee will be able to live comfortably and retire with peace of mind about t…