Valentine’s Day Nostalgia

Valentine Plans Gone Wrong -by Norman Williams- Alan was 17 years old and had not yet the courage to speak to her. His neck was sore from watching her walk from the pencil sharpener to her desk in the back of the room. Her last name was Zumwalt and his was Aaron. He had a…

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Digital Entertainment Viewing Options

-by John Dunker- The cost of watching television is rising every year. Cable or satellite packages, excluding promotions, can easily run $70 to $100 a month and more. You get hundreds of diverse channels; ESPN for sports lovers, premium channels like HBO and Showtime, major networks and other options. Unfortunately, a-la-carte channel choices are not…

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A Tribute to Mama Lee in her 103rd Year

-by LeEllen Fox Smith-   Mama Lee sits on her father’s lap in this Tate family photo.      “Mama Lee” recently celebrated her 103rd birthday with her family at the Ethridge House. Ethel Lee Fox today.   Photo taken by Susan Harris. Do you ever wonder about what life was like 100 years ago? I don’t…

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St. Patrick’s Day: Holiday or Holy Day?

-by Emily Akin- What are you doing on St. Patrick’s Day? Wearing the green so you won’t get pinched? Carrying around a shamrock hoping for the luck of the Irish? Wondering who St. Patrick is and why there’s a festival in his honor? Originally, St. Patricks’ Day was a holy day, set aside by the…

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Presidents Day: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway?

-by Emily Akin- “In America, anyone can become president. That’s one of the risks you take.” Adlai Stevenson (lost two bids for President, 1952 and 1956). Maybe it’s a risk, but it’s also what makes the USA special. On the third Monday in February, we celebrate Presidents’ Day, honoring all American presidents. Or is it…

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Changing The World, One Letter At A Time

-by Nelda Rachels- Letters can change the world. They’ve certainly changed mine. Two people in Aetna and Flatwoods, Tennessee, exchange postcard letters in 1907-1910. The two marry, becoming my great grandparents. A woman sends a letter to a random US soldier in Korea. He writes back. They eventually marry, becoming my parents. One summer, a…

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Give Me Some ZZZ’s Please

-Beth Dugger Brown- You have your favorite pajamas on. You have clean sheets. Your room is the perfect temperature and your pillows are arranged just how you like them. It is a struggle to keep your eyes open. With a satisfied sigh you turn off the bedside lamp and close your eyes, sinking into slumber-land….

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Fight Fire With Water: A Life Of Nonviolence

-By Kurt Dugger- So let’s say November has rolled around again, and now it’s Election Day. You get off work and drive down to your local voting establishment, wait in a short line. Finally it’s your turn to approach the volunteers handing out voting forms. Then you get a surprise. The volunteer pulls up a…

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