Just A Pinch- Fall Recipes

complied by Teresa Vinson–  I know we are all ready for the cooler and beautiful fall season. I recently read that, with the passing of Labor Day, everything automatically turns to pumpkin spice. I have already begun baking pumpkin spice desserts that I found in fall magazines and have tried some new ones that are…

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That Most Wonderful Time of Year- Fall

by Melissa Moore France-  Days after the autumnal equinox (the time when the sun crosses the celestial equator), everything outside my office window is still green, but not a lush, vibrant green. It is more of a crunchy, dusty, tired-of-the-brutal-heat-and-humidity green. However, the iconic southern crepe myrtles are still squeezing out small, sparsely scattered, yet…

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Seniors Today- Celebrating Fall and Farming

by Emily Akin-   What does fall mean to most people these days? Fall break! Time off from school and maybe a short vacation trip. It’s also the season for fall festivals, Halloween parties, Thanksgiving, and perhaps a chance to see the harvest moon. But fall also means harvest, the winding down of summer gardens and…

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American Life in Poetry

Column 594 Readers of this column have probably noticed how much I love poems that give us new ways of looking at things, and in this example Faith Shearin does just that. I especially like “four-legged relative / of the moon,” which so perfectly describes the coat of a possum in partial light. Shearin lives…

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The Coates Family Farm

by Nelda Rachels- Boys will be boys, farmers’ boys especially. After cleaning the dairy barn and completing other chores, David and his brother Jeff Coates used to have those epic corncob fights—the ones that left bruises in the wake of lots of fun. Then there was the climbing, no doubt over fences, in and out…

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Who Says There is Nothing to Do in Union City

-by Mary Nita Bondurant- Fall is here, and it’s off to the races at Discovery Park of America in Union City! According to Event Director Lauren Jones, Discovery Park might just be the event capital of the world; or at least of Northwest, Tennessee! “We have something planned for everyone during the fourth quarter of…

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The Sliding Scale- Building Trust With the Badge

by Kurt Dugger- First, let me say nothing here should be seen as derogatory towards law enforcement. There is way too much of that going around now, and most of it undeserved. Law enforcement officers have a very difficult and frustrating job, from keeping accident scenes safe to chasing meth addicts at 2:00 a.m. It’s…

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The Rives Park Gets A Make Over

by Kate Dugger– Rives, Tennessee, is like many small rural towns. The population at last count was 314, and they all know each other. The town consists of a volunteer fire department which doubles as a polling station during elections, a post office, a city hall, three railroad crossings (at which I am perpetually stuck),…

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5 Ways to Find Inspiration

(Family Features) When a significant goal or challenge stands before you, it may be tough to envision the finish line. Finding and drawing on what motivates and inspires you will make the journey toward that successful finish line more pleasant, and your ultimate victory that much sweeter.   Dig deep and find the fortitude you…

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In Case of Raptors

        by Kate Dugger-    These days Hollywood has great special effects. With Tinseltown setting the bar ever higher, it is hard for me, even as an adult, not to believe in movie characters. As children, movies are much more than entertainment; they are whole new worlds to explore and to become part of—sometimes even…

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