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We have wrapped up another successful year in the Tennessee General Assembly, and we tackled the issues that are important to Tennesseans. Serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives these last eight years has been the greatest honor of my professional life, and we have accomplished s…

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Many Americans gaze at the sky and see only a vast uncharted frontier for exploration. But President Donald Trump reminds Americans that there’s another potential reality in space: It could become a military battlefield, a place where this nation’s independence is protected or lost.

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I’m reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today.

 “Deaths of despair” sound like something that would be found in miserable, wretched places — refugee camps, war-torn cities, famine-wracked villages in poverty-stricken countries. In fact, the term has emerged to describe a crisis in one of the most advanced societies on the planet — ours.

The 2018 Legislative Session adjourned almost two months ago and I have been busy with my trucking duties, getting hay baled for the winter, playing some golf, playing with the grandkids, and traveling with my family.

Why do people teach? The major reason someone says they teach is the ability to make a real difference in the lives of children. There are other reasons, including the fact that someone believes they are “called” to teach. Almost all teachers are linked together by a passion for educating ch…

Editor’s note: U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander addressed Tennessee Boys and Girls State last week. Boys and Girls State brings over 1,000 high school juniors from across Tennessee together to spend a week learning about local, county and state government by electing officials, including a governor…

By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, & Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association

On average, there are 321,500 victims, ages 12 or older, of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.

Letter to the Editor: What happens to a dream deferred? This famous line of poetry was written in 1951 by poet Langston Hughes, but it very well represents what’s at stake in the 2018 race for the 14th Senate District of Tennessee.

The recent revelations by gubernatorial candidates Karl Dean, a Democrat, and Randy Boyd, a Republican, hopefully will continue the wave of transparency that the majority of top-tier candidates now have embraced.

Forgive us for being preachy, but with the extreme cold weather and numerous reports of fires, it seems we should share some information that — who knows — might save a life.

As the landscape of the newspaper business continues to change in today’s world of social media and readers’ online consumption of news, the sight of newspaper hawks at the corner of intersections in small towns across America is a growing rarity. Last week, we here in Fayetteville and Linco…

Democrats think they see parallels between Obamacare and this year’s tax cut measure. According to polling at the time of passage, both measures were broadly unpopular. The Obamacare numbers translated into huge Republican gains in 2010 elections. Democrats think tax cuts will cause the same…

Not since the roaring Reagan economy has small business optimism been as high as it was in November, according to the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Index of Small Business Optimism, released today.

School board members from around the state, serving as their districts’ official delegates to the Tennessee School Boards Association’s (TSBA) Delegate Assembly, established TSBA’s legislative agenda for the upcoming General Assembly session. The agenda guides TSBA’s advocacy efforts through…

The Republican plan to rewrite the U.S. tax code is a massive document with dozens of complex provisions. Folks in eastern North Carolina, however, ought to pay attention to one point in particular: the federal historic preservation tax credits.