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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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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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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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Pasture lands are greening against the backdrop of yellow blazes of forsythia in time for St. Patrick’s Day Sunday, and not far behind for our hometown, in the March calendar constellation, is the first day of spring, the Vernal Equinox, arriving 5:58 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20.

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The countryside is bright with yellow forsythia bushes; harbingers of spring soon to arrive in our hometown, where resident are looking in the rearview mirror at the passing cold and glistening white veil dissolving on mountain tops.

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You don’t need much of a memory to recall what has been happening about our hometown during the shortest month of the year, when most of the time it has been rain and cool days. Yet the yellow daffodils are already taking a peek at the month to come.

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Looking out the window at the slow drifting snow or if you are in the higher elevations, the tree branches cased in pale blue and white ice, it seems time doesn’t move much. Yet, when I chatted with Terry Ottinger again last Thursday in our hometown, I was astonished it has been about four y…

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The later days in January are living up to its reputation of being a cold and dark month, as you can look to the mountain tops somber with frosty heads about our hometown, where we are hunkered down for the winter nights to come.

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Nothing is as whimsical as the weather with hot and cold fronts clashing over the mountains of our hometown, creating plenty of rain, some snow, but not much sunshine as citizens slide into winter this weekend.

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Last Wednesday happened to be one of those many gray and cold December days, when I drove over for another visit with Rick Foust at Foust Screen Designs. The reason for the trip being his business expansion underway and long overdue, he said.

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This past week despite temperatures dropping to 20 degrees, surrounding our hometown with sleet and snow flurries, some folks had to stay active outside and working. One of those I’ve been talking with is Gary Gregg, whose family operated the Custom Care dry cleaning business in Newport.

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Last Thursday morning mountain temperatures dropped into the 30s for our hometown but most of us saw no frost and lows in the 40s. Just now the higher elevations are showing the traditional leaf color change.

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Rain and cooler temperatures arrived on the coat tails of fall for late September, cooling parched fields and coating dusty highways in our hometown, where golden rods rule the fields and the pale purple flowered Joe Pye weed is ending its late summer season.

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Have you noticed the great increase in highway and interstate traffic in and about our hometown since Hurricane Florence tried to drown the citizens of North Carolina? We escaped with just a couple of days of drizzle and then sun returned to usher in the first day of fall this weekend.

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If we though Newport has seen too much rain this summer, then let’s wait to see what is in store for our hometown these last days of summer. Fall officially arrives Saturday, September 22, at night. And in between is Hurricane Florence.

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With the downtown utilities construction winding down at the end of October for our hometown, businesses like the Rustic Cow ice cream shop are glad to see the increase in traffic buying cold cones on hot afternoons.

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Weather took a cool turn late last week when temperatures settled into the low 60s and an early fog covered the last of summer’s green about our hometown, anticipating a new month soon.

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Students have returned to their respective schools in early August at our hometown where they can escape some of the middle summer heat and where I found Randy Bethea at the Newport Ben Hooper Vocational/Technical School. He teaches auto mechanics.

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If you are old enough you still might hear the faint echoes over time from the years the Tennessee Carolina Race Track brought thunder to our hometown, lately what we’ve been hearing is the storm thunder, as summer fights to hold its reign over its remaining days.

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Late June erupted in thunderstorms over the mountains with sheets of rain cooling hot pavement in Newport, welcoming in July with its own fireworks. You’ve seen the many fireworks tents in place to serve up exciting nights this week.

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Cocke County slipped into summer last Thursday, June 21, the Summer Solstice, at 6:07 a.m. giving our hometown folks the longest day of the year. It is all downhill with shorter days, about a minute per day shorter, until the arrival of the Winter Solstice in late December just before Christmas.

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Happy frog songs during the evenings seem to have been created by the endless late spring rainy days for our hometown, while occasional patches of afternoon sunshine point to an approaching summer.