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I went into the backyard last week when the predawn sky was not yet silver. I knew the croaky, barking, screamlike sound was neither bird, squirrel nor frog. I listened intently and heard a twig snap in the adjacent woods.

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In 1985, Bro. Bill Yates, with the ardent support of many Giles County citizens, established the New Canaan Ranch to provide a new ministry for men to conquer their addictions through faith in the power of God. The men who entered this new program lived on campus for a year and graduated, em…

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President Biden hasn’t hesitated in boasting about the supposedly “historic middle-class tax cut” making its way through the halls of Congress. But, his speeches delivered behind teleprompters hide the inconvenient reality of the “historic” agenda.

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Do y’all remember that guy who used to constantly tell you what he thought about everything and got on your nerves because: 1) He didn’t have a lick of sense; 2) You didn’t really care about whatever it was he was going on about and 3) He would never stop? Social media is that guy. Well, may…

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When the General Assembly meets in January, one of the top issues on the agenda will be reapportionment of the state’s House, Senate and congressional districts. It is an arduous task, done every 10 years after the U.S. Census is completed.  

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Most laws enacted by the General Assembly have July 1, Jan. 1 enactment dates or become law upon the governor’s signature. Occasionally, another date is set by legislation and that is the case with an important law passed this year to protect elderly and vulnerable Tennesseans.   

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Recent tragedies over the last couple of weeks have underscored why they call Tennessee the Volunteer State. Although we gained the nickname in the War of 1812 for our state’s role in sending far more than the requested number of volunteers into battle, that moniker is still alive and well i…

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One of the most tragic outcomes of the Civil War is that the real heroes and winners of the war have been completely ignored and forgotten by the historians and the descendants of the 200,000 former slaves who joined the Union Army and Navy. They valiantly fought and died to provide freedom …

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PES Energize would like to provide an update on the broadband accessibility grants, which have been changing weekly. Additionally, I would like to thank those of you who have reached out to PES Energize and provided support letters for expanding broadband services into the rural parts of Gil…

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In 2022, there will be two initiatives put before Tennessee voters to enshrine new amendments to the Tennessee Constitution. Both ballot initiatives have passed the Tennessee General Assembly with a two thirds majority vote in each chamber and must now receive a majority of the vote in the g…

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Q. We found a snake in our yard in Charleston, S.C., but have been unable to identify it from pictures in a field guide or on the web. Is it an exotic species?  

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A neighbor contacted me recently about some bees she had in her yard. They had taken up residence in a bird box right outside of her back door.

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