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  • JAI TEMPLETON
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Agriculture is important to the 67,000 farmers across this state who make all or part of their living from producing our food, fiber, and fuel. It is also important to the 6.7+ million Tennessee residents who enjoy and depend on the fruits of their labor. We have long understood that agricul…

  • DAVID CHAVERN
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Every day at the News Media Alliance headquarters, a stack of newspapers arrives for myself and the staff. But with the Department of Commerce and the International Trade Commission currently considering tariffs on Canadian newsprint, those days of screen-free reading could be coming to an end.

  • SABI 'DOC' KUMAR
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Under the leadership of Governor Bill Haslam, our state has made significant progress in education. From perennially being in the second last spot (49 out of 50 states), Tennessee has moved to number 35 in National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) ratings. In this report card, we ar…

  • GOV. BILL HASLAM
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Monday night in my eighth and final State of the State address, I issued a bold new challenge to our great state: Tennessee will lead the nation in jobs, education and government efficiency.

  • RENATA MCGHEE
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We've all known someone profoundly affected by chronic pain. It is miserable to watch loved ones suffer, agonizing to stand in the presence of affliction in seeming helplessness. As a nurse practitioner at a pain treatment center, I can attest to this. I have seen it all first-hand.

  • PATRICK NIX
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It’s true, one of my favorite Christmas shows is the Dr. Seuss classic, ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas!’ (1966).  The wiry villain plans to dress up like Santa and sneak into houses to steal stockings and presents and trees… that is, until he meets little Cindy Lou Who from Whoville.  But y…

  • MARK CARROLL
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I recently read an article from a blog on the internet and it talked about The South American monkey trap.  The trap is very simple to us. The hunter takes a jar or a gourd with an opening slightly larger than a monkey’s hand. He ties a rope around the neck of it using a knot, called a monke…

  • SABI ‘DOC’ KUMAR
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A parade is a ‘procession of people’ to celebrate an occasion! Participants are often in costume, accompanied by marching bands, floats, antique or decorated vehicles and balloons. Sounds like fun!

  • JOE RUSHING
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Roger passed away October 16, 2010 of a massive heart attack. One of his greatest accomplishments was a year of sobriety by "living one day at a time." He realized his battle against drugs and alcohol would never be won without God's abiding help. He started each of those sober days with a t…

Thanksgiving Day is a good reminder for ALL of us to stop and “Give Thanks.” However, thankfulness is a daily practice that would serve all of us in a very positive manner.  I believe, most if not all, would agree that it is pleasant and enjoyable to be around people who are thankful versus …

  • ASHLEY MOFIELD
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            Who are you?  Not as in, your first, middle, and last name?  Or where are you from?  I’m not even addressing where you worship, work, or play.  I mean, truly, who are you?  Or, as they say, who in the world do you think you are?  At the core of your personhood, in the deepest par…

  • SABI ‘DOC’ KUMAR
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As the fall semester ends, I think of our young students and hope that they are doing well in their studies. As your State Representative, it has been a special privilege for Linda and me to attend High School Graduations in our county. Yes, we attend all eight graduations every year! When I…

Plants such as forage sorghum, sorghum x sudangrass hybrids, and johnsongrass can become toxic after a frost.  The frost stresses the plants causing the release of prussic acid, or cyanide. Small amounts of prussic acid can be toxic to cattle because it blocks the transfer of oxygen from the…