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Posted on October 27, 2014 at 4:00 pm

Pettus L. Read, Tennessee Farm Bureau Lucky Grandkids My grandchildren sure are lucky and the reason is because their Granddaddy is just about as big of a kid as they are when this time of the year comes around. I love this time of the year when the trees across Tennessee allow their leaves to turn an array of colors that would cause an artist’s paint palette to seem dull

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  • Very little to brag about

    Posted on October 21, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    Members of Congress are home now, campaigning for the upcoming elections. Their messages are all over the map, and for a good reason: they have very little to brag about. The Congress that just recessed until after the elections makes the 80th — the one that Harry Truman blasted as “do-nothing” — look like a paragon of productivity. This year’s members did manage to avoid a shutdown, but that’s about

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  • TN Promise off to a good start

    Posted on October 20, 2014 at 3:28 pm

    The Tennessee Promise program, offering free community college education to the state’s high school students, is sometimes dismissed as a pipe dream. It’ll never work, critics say. Tell that to the throng of youngsters who are signing up for two years of tuition-free technical or community college studies. There are 35,016 of them so far, The Tennessean in Nashville reports. The deadline to enroll is Nov. 1. The plan, which

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  • Local newspapers bind people together

    Posted on October 14, 2014 at 4:18 pm

    ROBERT M. WILLIAMS, JR. What do you care most about in life? Most of us would put family at, or near, the top of such a list. Friends would be there. So would our jobs or businesses, our livelihoods. Our homes. Maybe our pets. Our hobbies and pastimes. Add in those around us: Neighbors, the community, etc. That’s our world, our “sphere of influence.” Whatever happens to those who inhabit

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  • Read All About It

    Posted on October 13, 2014 at 4:18 pm

                      Harmonia Axyridis are back and I’m not happy Pettus L. Read, Tennessee Farm Bureau     It is October once again, and once again, I despise Asian lady beetles. For those of you who are not plagued by these impostures of cute little Lady Bugs, consider yourself a very blessed group of individuals. During this time of the year whenever we have

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  • Eloba threat as serious as ISIS

    Posted on October 8, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    Sen. Lamar Alexander

    LAMAR ALEXANDER u.s. senator The Ebola epidemic in West Africa is a deadly, dangerous threat to the world, and the United States must take this threat as seriously as we are taking the threat of ISIS, the most deadly terrorist group we’ve ever seen. This is one of the most explosive, dangerous epidemics in modern times, and it will require an immediate and huge response to get under control. The

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  • Preventing abuse of prescription medicine

    Posted on October 6, 2014 at 3:06 pm

    SHEILA NICKELL When we hear the word addiction, we typically think of alcohol, cocaine, heroin or methamphetamine. However, none of these — or even several of them combined — are anywhere near the most significant substance abuse challenge we face in Tennessee: prescription drugs. The most prevalent addiction problem in our state is abuse of prescription opioids — pain relievers. In the most recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

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