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Alex Haley, a close friend and author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel “Roots”, used to have a powerful message that I always try to keep in mind: “Find the good and praise it.”

If you saw a relative, a friend or even a stranger choking, you wouldn’t hesitate to try to help. There might even be a crowd of people trying to help all at the same time. Our response to suicide prevention can be the same! If more of us are trained to see the warning signs, effectively res…

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During these hard and trying times facing our World today, let’s take a moment to reflect and be thankful for all the things we are blessed with each and every day. This small, quaint, wonderful, little community is the place we all call home. We live here, lots of us work here, and all of u…

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America’s small businesses are the backbone of our nation’s economy, but too many are struggling to stay in business as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak. The good news is that sweeping relief is on the way.

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This is an unsettling time for our country and our community, as we are in a public health emergency due to the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). Your elected leaders and public health officials are working around the clock to slow the spread of the virus and provide care to those …

The 2020 Census is getting underway and is ready for America to respond as the first invitations begin to arrive at the nation’s estimated 140 million households. For the first time, nearly everyone will be invited to respond online, by phone or by mail.

Watching hoarders as they empty the shelves of supermarkets, grocery stores and pharmacies as COVID 19, the coronavirus pandemic, takes its toll on daily life in our communities, it is easy to assume that a crisis brings out the worst in people. But, the fact is it can bring out the best in …

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Imagine being pregnant and enduring domestic violence. Many people falsely believe domestic violence lessens or ends during pregnancy, but statistically 50 to 70 percent of women abused before pregnancy continue to be abused during pregnancy. In fact, women with unplanned pregnancies are two…

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“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” ~ Psalm 46:1.

The Lincoln County Anti-Drug Coalition, Helping Everyone Learn Prevention, is alive and well. Our purpose is to education the community about the harmful effects of drug and alcohol abuse. Our purpose is to create, support and maintain a safe, healthy and drug-free Lincoln County and to prov…

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

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When I talk with citizen groups in Tennessee about open government, people tell me they want more information about what their government is doing, not less.

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tnAchieves, the partnering organization to TN Promise in 90 counties, has recruited 9,857 volunteers to serve as mentors for TN Promise applicants from the Class of 2020. The program exceeded its goal of 9,000 mentors and has recruited the most for any single class in the six year history of…

The Pew Research Center finds that only 63 percent of rural Americans have a broadband internet connection at home, and 24 percent of rural adults consider access to high speed internet a major problem in their community.

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For Tennesseans who are dependent on public assistance benefits, a difference of $100 or $200 in their monthly budgets can dramatically affect the way they live. If their monthly income drops by even a small amount, it can mean that bills don’t get paid and belts have to be tightened, if tha…

If you looked only at the big picture, you’d have to say we live in deeply troubled times. It seems we’ve never been more polarized. Political discourse feels more like a war zone than a thoughtful national conversation. But what happens when you zoom in closer?

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The Senate Energy and Natural Resources committee I am a member of just took an important step toward passing the Restore Our Parks Act – bipartisan legislation I introduced that would be the single most important thing to happen to our National Parks, including the Great Smoky Mountains Nat…

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The words “pro bono” — based on a Latin term meaning “for the public good” — might not mean much to anyone outside the legal profession. For most attorneys in Tennessee and around the country, though, pro bono work is a part of our culture that we take very seriously. We consider it part of …

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Black Friday is still the unofficial start of the holiday shopping season, but it doesn’t pack the punch it once did as chain stores and websites launch their holiday sales earlier and earlier in the season. Small Business Saturday, though, keeps getting bigger and bigger.

Everyone needs encouragement. It provides an exhale during times of uncertainty or stress. After more than a decade of leading tnAchieves, the partnering organization to TN Promise in 90 Tennessee counties, I witness the life-changing power of encouragement each day.

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Alongside traffic and coffee, news radio is a staple of my morning commute. As I flip through the stations, I’ll sometimes hear a pundit lament that “Nothing is made in America anymore.”

The Lincoln County school district serves as a leader in the statewide movement to identify and serve students with characteristics of dyslexia, a learning disorder that affects areas of the brain that process language and make reading especially difficult.

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Tennessee is a unique state, not only because we have the greatest citizens, but because of our geography. We border eight states, which can be both an advantage and a disadvantage at times. When economic times are good, people want to relocate to our state. When economic times are difficult…

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October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, a designation recognizing that domestic violence affects millions of people, both women and men, across all sectors of society.

Freedom of the press, of speech, of religion, of assembly and to petition the government are woven, like stars in the flag, into the fabric of the First Amendment.

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Critics like to point out some of the shortcomings of our education system, and we should welcome that debate. A one-size-fits-all system does not work for everyone; it never has and never will. The system will continue to evolve, albeit slowly, and adjustments will always be needed. We shou…

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Advancement in technology has made electric vehicles a viable option for rural residents, allowing for longer travel ranges and faster charging time. But, charging infrastructure is still limited. Most charging stations are located near major highways or interstate routes, or found throughou…

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Technology changes at a rapid pace and the expectations of the workforce evolve along with these advancements. In order to ensure that our students are prepared to enter the workforce in careers that are both personally fulfilling to them and enable them to care for themselves and their fami…

The newspaper business didn’t get off to a good start in America. “Publick Occurrences Both Foreign and Domestick”, the first real newspaper in America, was supposed to be a weekly, but it lasted exactly one issue. It was shut down by the colonial government, in part because it published spe…

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Editor’s note: The following was written by State Rep. Robin Smith of Hamilton County, in conjunction with the Official Committee on the Tennessee Woman Suffrage Centennial. The essay is the first in a series celebrating the Tennessee Press Association’s 150th Anniversary in 2020, taking a l…

Tennessee’s economy is on the move. Amazon, Ernst & Young, Volkswagen, Nissan and FedEx are just a few of the companies that have created thousands of new jobs in the past 10 years by moving to our state or expanding existing operations. These high-skill, high-paying jobs mean that the q…

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Every year, Tennessee’s two Senate offices face-off against each other in a game of softball on the National Mall in Washington. It’s a tradition that goes back years.

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It is said that sunshine is the best medicine and the best sunshine is found during the summer. The concept of an Endless Summer was based on a 1964 Bruce Brown movie built on the idea that if someone had enough time and money would it be possible to chase summer across the world in both the…

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State Rep. Rick Tillis (R-Lewisburg) is updating citizens about the new REAL ID which all persons will be required to have by Oct. 1, 2020 for access to all federal buildings, entrance to nuclear facilities and travel onboard domestic U.S. flights.

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Tennessee’s auto industry has transformed our state’s economy over the past several decades – it has brought good-paying jobs and a better quality of life.