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On the first day of November, the month many people pause to give thanks for things big and small, I posted a photo on social media of mother and I in pilgrim costumes and my sister in a Native American dress. I included the following commentary with the photo, “Kicking off this month of Tha…

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(AUTHOR'S NOTE: The following is the first of a three-part series having to do with a western swing to hunt deer, duck and pheasant; and to fly fish for brown and rainbow trout.)

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Terry Kay, the venerated and highly regarded author, was a sports reporter and columnist before he segued to a more literary lifestyle. He experienced the strict fundamentals of journalism while on the sports beat.

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KNOXVILLE—Getting here from Athens (Georgia not Tennessee) remains an ordeal if you drive — even by connecting with Interstates 85 and 75 which take you around the mountain.

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Fall is the perfect time to visit the Smoky Mountains and there is no place more beautiful to visit than Sevierville, Tenn., the hometown of Dolly Parton. A statue of the iconic country music star in downtown Sevierville is Dolly’s favorite tribute. It is also the first stop of many visitors…

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Agnew Peacock was a rock of a man in his days of yore. The passing years, however, brought about a decline with his health that made him compatible with the notion that sometimes it is better to leave this sometimes discordant world than to remain with agony riding shotgun in your life.

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Losing a best friend is like losing a family member. Death is so abrupt and leaves one with such emptiness. You reflect on the happy times you remember when there was never any resignation that there would be an eternal separation. You are always aware that finality eventually comes about, b…

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Freshman Democratic Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York made an interesting statement over the weekend when she tweeted, “At this point, the bigger national scandal isn’t the president’s lawbreaking behavior — it is the Democratic Party’s refusal to impeach him for it.”

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After working full time in the print journalism business for almost a quarter of a century, questions are still directed at me from time to time about the future of print media.

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In the feature article this week, Ted Studdard reflects on the people who were an influence to him growing up. I think we can all remember wonderful people if we just take the time to do a little reminiscing. Thanks to Mr. Studdard for reminding me of this.

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After working full-time in the print journalism business for almost a quarter of a century, questions are still directed to me from time to time about the future of print media.

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As I reflect on 9/11 eighteen years ago today, my heart still breaks. My husband walks away from the TV, he can't watch the recount of that grave day, his emotions are in overdrive, for he was a firefighter and his heart remains heavy for his fallen "brothers." Our country so united on that …

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Dear Editor: The 47th annual Holiday Festival was held in Homer on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 30 and 31. The organizers of the parade made the decision to honor the World War II Veterans during this time, and asked the remaining World War II Veterans in Banks County to serve as the grand mars…

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I call him my “main man,” but that’s OK with my husband, Chris, because this little fellow is his Paw Paw’s pride and joy as well.

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Dear Editor: There ought to be a law to stop hate speech! Our president recently called for it: “In one voice, our nation must condemn racism, bigotry and white supremacy.”

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CASTELLINA in CHIANTI, Italy – To allow you to become familiar with a signature wine tasting in the heart of Italy’s celebrated Chianti Classico region, we begin with verbiage from a flyer that we came in possession of while on a trip to North Palm Beach, Fla. several months ago:

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When I hear a speech and someone quotes a famous person, it typically doesn’t move me at all. I am usually moved by personal anecdote told with conviction, not some words of wisdom from long ago.

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One of my favorite things about vintage football media guides is that they often would give you insight into a player that regular fans would not have known otherwise. The player’s favorite food, favorite television show, favorite hobby, etc. were just some of the items which would often be …

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Twenty-five years ago, I was a very quiet, very shy teenager who had an interest in working in the newspaper field. I called my hometown newspaper and asked the editor if she had a job opening. She told me to come in and do some filing and inventory and, 25 years later, I’m still working for…

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The sports world lost another icon in recent days with the passing of “Dandy” Don Meredith. While my father could no doubt tell you about Meredith as a player on the football field for the Dallas Cowboys in the 1960s, my memories of “Dandy” Don were as an announcer, primarily as part of the …

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My mother has instilled in me a strong Christian background that has helped me deal with the difficult times in life, as well as enjoy the many blessings that come my way. I know from my mother's example that prayer is important and we should always put God first in our lives. From my father…

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I love what I do for a living. Like anyone in any profession, however, we all need a breather from time to time. That’s why taking some time off, even a day here or there, is vital. It’s important to help recharge the batteries. Such was the case for me last Friday when I mapped out a day of…

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I love what I do for a living. Like anyone in any profession, however, we all need a breather from time to time. That’s why taking some time off, even a day here or there, is vital. It’s important to help recharge the batteries. Such was the case for me last Friday when I mapped out a day of…

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In case you missed it — and I’m sure many of you did — a funeral of sorts was held in recent days. It seems Sony has decided to stop production of the Walkman, a part of 80s culture which, quite frankly, I didn’t even realize was still being sent down the assembly line. How many teenagers to…

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In theory, I suppose, your favorite month should be the one you were born in. However, while I was born in May (a fine month to be sure), I’ve always put the month of October at the vry top of my list.

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To many, the newspaper business seems glamorous. It’s that way with most professions that you don’t work in. “From the outside it’s a castle, from the inside it’s a prison,” is a phrase I like to use. It’s that way with anyone’s profession. No matter how much we enjoy what we do for a living…

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I’m not sure if something has been off in the universe or what but the past five weeks have been some of the most hectic and chaotic days I can remember. Whatever the reason for it, I’ve found myself struggling to keep up. With so many events to cover, it seems there is never enough time in …

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I received a Facebook friend request from a former teammate from my Little League baseball days earlier this week and I must admit it brought back a flood of memories from those “glory days” of mine on the diamond. First, let me once again give a thumbs up to Facebook. This type of thing was…

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There were many storylines from last week’s primary. One could look at the pathetic voter turnout as a major storyline. However, how many of us that really follow elections were really surprised by this?

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In the middle of one of most hectic and stressful weeks in memory for me, I performed what I consider my patriotic duty last Thursday. I walked in, filled out some paperwork and within a few minutes had cast votes for the candidates of my choice in the 2010 primary. Who I voted for doesn’t m…

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The countdown to the primary election has now moved under a week. Candidates have been on the stump for months now doing their best to get their message to connect with voters. Of course, money plays a big part in all this. The more money a candidate has, the better chance his or her message…

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Even as the final firecracker has now sizzled out, I remain in a thankful frame of mind this week. It goes beyond the usual events associated with the July 4 holiday. While things like cookouts, swimming and summer fun in general are important (and I am thankful for each one), there is so mu…

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Items from the political notebook as we draw closer to this year’s primary election: •Candidates have different ways to get their message across to potential voters, although some are more irritating than others.