Weekend rains were expected to usher in much colder weather for our hometown, as January trudges to its long end but the icy news about Conagra’s planned Newport plant closing took away the sunshine.
After some cold and threatening weather blowing us into 2020, the sunshine about our hometown is sure to warm the mountains and hollows this weekend and extend for many winter days.
The New Year 2020 arrived with some cold brisk weather to motivate us after the holidays in our hometown with school back in session and the attention returning to school basketball.
Sunshine passed over Christmas and carried us warmly into the weekend before more rain threatened our hometown—perched days away from the New Year with its matching numbers: 2020.
At the end of this week the first day of winter is here, though with the snow and ice of last week our hometown felt what could have been the early arrival of winter, yet the shortest day of the year remains December 21.
Except for some gusty days, the recent December weather for our hometown has favored those who have to work outdoors to make a living. I visited one of those construction tradesmen who is marking 45 years building houses and structures in East Tennessee.
Fierce Wednesday winds last week in our hometown forced tens of thousands of loose leaves to flee across parking lots, on highways, and sidewalks scurrying around curbs before falling exhausted to the ground, when the wind rested.
Workers took advantage of a warm week of afternoons with little rain, for our hometown, to complete the shingled roof for the Kickliter building under construction across from the Plain Talk.
You can thank the early fogs in August for bringing in an early snowfall and bone chilling weather last week for our hometown that is seeing the sun return with briskness.
I just want to say if you weren’t able to make the Newport Theatre Guild performance of Annie, you missed a great production. I can’t say enough about the local talent and the performance that they put on.
Grayer skies with hints of rain because of a cold front threatening these mountains greeted our hometown where folks will be turning up the heat and piling on blankets, as the temperature drops into the low 20s mid week
Weather forecasters promised rain and there was plenty of it arriving last Thursday afternoon at the tip of a cold front that sent temperatures for our hometown down to freezing. A rude awakening for November.
Shining Sumac reds contrasted against Tulip Poplar pale yellows have suddenly appeared after some showers and much cooler mornings for our hometown where fall is running late where forests are in no hurry to shed their leaves for winter.
Since the day President Trump was elected, Democrats have been more interested in getting rid of him by any means necessary than they have in working with him. Without evidence, prominent Democrat leaders accused President Trump of colluding with Russia to win the 2016 election. After a year…
In 2011, President Obama decided against negotiating a continued status of forces agreement for U.S. military forces in Iraq and instead went ahead with a rapid drawdown of forces. Too many American lives were lost fighting in Iraq, and no one believed we could continue on there forever.
By 11 a.m. last Thursday the temperature had bounced up from about 39 degrees to near 50 degrees in our hometown with reports of light frost across the pumpkin patches, and it seemed like a good morning to visit a junkyard. But before I tell you about some of Drew Ramsey’s hidden vehicle tre…
Crisp air, football well underway, and thoughts of Thanksgiving all channel our hometown thoughts to the way things used to be and today that takes us back to May and June of 1974 from the Newport Plain Talk files.
Sunday is supposed to begin a trend of cooler weather after rain for our parched hometown where the current 90s fall to the low 70s by Monday, Oct. 7 and shower chances increase.
Lonely raindrops, they finally started arriving late Thursday to dampen the blanket of loose leaves about our hometown while weather forecasters promise some 70-degee days towards mid-October.
As your State Treasurer, my job is to responsibly manage our state’s financial resources. My personal goal is to lead all Tennesseans toward sound financial management in their own lives. I believe the key to improving the financial outlook of Tennesseans begins with getting our young people…
A few rain drops splash danced off dry pavement or knocked the stubbornly dead leaves off trees around our hometown but gave only slight relief from the heat, thus it looks like many days to a frost.
In contrast to the record heat wave for mid September 2019 in East Tennessee for our hometown, Newport’s cool spring weather greeted events and change in 1974, as reported in the Newport Plain Talk pages in April that year.
This August, I had the honor of visiting Israel with a congressional delegation to renew and strengthen the unique friendship between our two countries, to learn more about their culture firsthand, and to advocate for greater economic cooperation in several areas of joint interest.
Just when all eyes have been watching Hurricane Dorian shuffle slowly up the east coast flooding cities and states, in our mountain hometown the weather remains hot and dry. Any breeze dislodges the dry brown leaves in cascades.
Former President Theodore Roosevelt gave an often-cited speech about citizenship in a Republic called The Man in the Arena at the Sorbonne in Paris, France on April 23, 1910.
Earlier this week, America celebrated Labor Day, a holiday that honors our nation’s workforce – the hardest workers in the world. This year, American workers certainly have good reason to celebrate: our economy is the strongest it has ever been in my lifetime, with workers benefiting like ne…
Suddenly some brilliant red leaves have appeared on a few trees anticipating the arrival of fall not far away for our hometown that shivered a little, when the temperature dropped to about 60 degrees this past Friday morning.
This month, I’ve been privileged to meet with East Tennesseans and listen to their ideas and concerns. I met with leaders from different groups in our communities including: housing officials, volunteer firefighters, women business leaders, students, educators, veterans, doctors, pastors, st…
A lattice work of late evening lightning announced the arrival of heavy rains last Thursday night, jarring the owls from their perches about our hometown, where residents look for cooler days the last week of August.
Ever so slowly like a hot August afternoon, the Cocke County scene shifts over decades, covering and uncovering the past. The new and the bright still to be revealed.
August is living up to its reputation of heat and drier days for our hometown, where athletes take to the fields to prepare for fall football and students return to their studies.
First, I’d like to take a moment to recognize the victims of the recent tragic events in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas. My heart breaks for the families and friends of the victims of these recent shootings. I join President Trump and all political leaders in denouncing the hateful ideology…
There is no better investment we can make for our future than one that benefits our children – early childhood education. Early learning is proven to help children perform better in school, get higher-paying jobs, rely less on social programs, save taxpayer money and contribute more to the e…
A distinct cool spell fell over the mountains in late July to dispel some of the early heavy rains for our hometown, yet the arrival of August seems to have brushed away the chill.
With morning temperatures in the mountains challenging the low 60 degrees accompanied by low humidity for our hometown you might begin to think about fall football.
As sure as the baby blue cornflowers have been opening every morning the thunderstorms returned daily drenching our hometown that is barely dry for the last days. The highlight happened to be a clear patch of sky for the full buck moon on July 16.
It is said that sunshine is the best medicine and the best sunshine is found during the summer. The concept of an Endless Summer was based on a 1964 Bruce Brown movie built on the idea that if someone had enough time and money would it be possible to chase summer across the world.
One thing that makes America the greatest nation in the world is our belief in the dignity of work. Work can provide purpose in our lives, and we take pride in the work we do. Hardworking Americans can provide for their families because of good-paying jobs.
Immediately before Congress adjourned for Independence Day, the House finally passed the Emergency Supplemental Appropriations for Humanitarian Assistance and Security at the Southern Border Act. It fulfilled the President’s request for much-needed, long-overdue humanitarian aid and funding …
A recent visit to Belfast Metropolitan College helped heighten my own awareness of the role of higher education and job training in promoting economic growth, not only in Northern Ireland but also here in East Tennessee. Some of our students at Walters State may soon have a similar opportunity.
June rumblings rolled into July thunderheads that dumped rain on Thursday laced with blazing bolts of lightning until the cooler night air arrived for our hometown at this mid-month point in time.
Less rain and more heat for July cast its spell over the mountain landscape for our hometown, yet drying days improved chances of harvesting summer hay and taking advantage of outdoor picnics for the holidays.