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Stuck in a rut? Use one of these lines to get out
Stuck in a rut? Use one of these lines to get out

With our hectic lifestyles and fast-paced lives, we can all find ourselves in a disgruntled and frustrated frame of mind in no time. This can cause anyone to be sad, ill and downright difficult to be around. As you can imagine, having more than one person in this state of mind in any household can cause problems. Therefore, I have compiled a list of positive and inspirational quotes that will hopefully inspire and uplift anyone currently stuck in a rut of frustration. Each author is listed. I hope these quotes make you feel better.

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Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization
Editorials should speak out against Medicare privatization

U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan, Representative Kevin Brady, Chairman, Ways and Means Committee, and Representative Tom Price, Chairman, Budget Committee, who is President-elect Donald Trump's nominee for Secretary of Health and Human Services, are among Republican leaders in the U.S. House who support legislation to privatize Medicare by converting it to a "premium support" system.

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The great thing about gratefulness
The great thing about gratefulness

The sights and sounds of the holidays are all around us. It started before our Halloween candy had even been devoured. Turkeys, trees, candles and lights have popped up everywhere you look and will be with us through the start of the New Year.

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Many benefits of dining in together
Many benefits of dining in together

Dine-In Challenge set for Saturday

Think back. When was the last time your family gathered together for a family meal? If your last family meal seems like a distant memory, you can make a change by participating in the Dine-In Challenge on Family and Consumer Sciences Day.

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Quest for Fall colors
Quest for Fall colors

When there is something beautiful in nature, I want to enjoy it and hold onto it. This fall, as I searched the roadsides for color among the trees, it was beginning to look as if everything was dried up - going from gray to brown instead of the beautiful colors of orange and red seen in falls past. Linda and I went on bike rides into the hills of Middle Tennessee trying to flush out some unusual trees hopefully holding on to their traditional fall plumage that would make us look up in delight.

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Good people make the world go round
Good people make the world go round

This message goes out to all the good-hearted people who on a daily basis make the world a better place in which to live. These are the people who give of their time, sweat, energy, money, love and son just for the betterment of our society - and all from the goodness of their hearts.

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Drive to 55 is about more than college access
Drive to 55 is about more than college access

As the Tennessee Promise has made college attendance a reality for so many more students, we know we have to provide our college campuses with resources they need to teach the skills students need to move into the workforce.

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What's different about Thanksgiving?
What's different about Thanksgiving?

When does the Thanksgiving season start? For holidays like Christmas and Halloween we have decorations and festivities to herald the day. Rhymes, jingles and lights give notice to the timeframe of celebration. Gaudy dresses and bright clothes mark some of the occasions. But it's different with Thanksgiving, and I think I know the reason.

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The blessing of being healthy
The blessing of being healthy

As human beings we sometimes take for granted being healthy or realizing how truly blessed we are to have our health. Normally, only after we've lost something we had before, like good health, do most of us realize the many blessings that come with good health.

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Remember to give thanks
Remember to give thanks

On Thursday, an overwhelming number of families all across Wilson County will celebrate Thanksgiving.

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Hutto: Wilson County has much to be thankful for
Hutto: Wilson County has much to be thankful for

The holiday season is officially in full swing here in Wilson County. With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, it's easy to get caught up in busy schedules and long lines at the supermarket. We rush around trying to accomplish so many things that sometimes it's hard to wrap our minds around what this season is truly about: giving thanks.

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Debunking the Pumpkin
Debunking the Pumpkin

About this time of year I start scratching my head thinking about winter and wondering how severe it will be. I've heard all types of folklore predictions of the upcoming season but have no confidence in any of the natural methods to tell me what to look for.

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Bow season is back
Bow season is back

As I got out my 10-point crossbow I wondered if I'd have enough strength to pull the string back this year and was surprised to find that I could. So I set up the target at 10 yards and pulled the trigger. The arrow, or bolt as they are correctly called, hit just a few inches from my aiming point which put me in business for the start of deer season.

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Support the military family every day
Support the military family every day

On Veterans Day, we honor those who served and sacrificed to our country. Often, what first comes to mind are years of grueling training and harrowing deployments. However, some of the most difficult battles our service members face are being waged behind the scenes - long after active duty has ended. These battles impact the lives of our soldiers and their loved ones.

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Insecurity Digest: Words
Insecurity Digest: Words

I have always been fascinated by a good writer's process. Do they wrangle words from thin air, piecing them together in an ideal symmetry? Or do they take a formless lump of confusion and simply clarify? Either way, a writer possesses the most formidable weapon on earth. Dynamic. Potent. Irrevocable. And not everyone should hold a pen.

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Get out and vote
Get out and vote

I would like to encourage those who have not voted, for whatever reason, to go out and vote. We need to exercise our right and responsibility as citizens, and we must not let the recent negative publicity influence our decision in this election.

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If it ain't broke
If it ain't broke

Before we get started, let me try to talk you out of buying a new computer. We have an old one which was working fine and doing everything I wanted it to do. But there was this notification which came up on the screen stating that the old software and hardware would not be supported by the company that was discontinuing its services.

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We have the power to change government
We have the power to change government

"We the People" really does have the power.

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Rocky Mountain High
Rocky Mountain High

How close can you get to the edge of a rock cliff with a Jeep tire before it breaks off? I can tell you from experience that it takes more than a tire's breadth because that was the margin I had on a ride up to Imogene Pass.

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Jenny's Journey
Jenny's Journey

People have told me for some time I need to write a book and to be honest, I don't know where to start or what to say exactly. So here it goes...

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Best friends last a lifetime
Best friends last a lifetime

When I was 11-years-old, I met one of my forever best friends.

Destini Riordan walked over to me during Orientation Night at Covenant Christian School in Mobile, Alabama.

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Endurance Test
Endurance Test

What is the best way to try to kill yourself on a hot September day? It may be to bike to Norene and back from Cedars of Lebanon State Park.

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Royal Gorge
Royal Gorge

What's the difference between a canyon and a gorge? While the defining characteristics are somewhat arbitrary, a gorge tends to have almost straight-up walls and be about as narrow at the top as it is at the bottom. In contrast, a canyon has more of a funneling configuration of slated walls.

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What ever happened to?
What ever happened to?

What ever happened to front porches? Front porches were great. You could sit on your front porch and watch everything that went on in your neighborhood. You knew who your neighbors were, when they went to work, when they came home, what they drove, where they lived and how many kids they had.

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How many septuagenarians does it take to change a lightbulb?
How many septuagenarians does it take to change a lightbulb?

How much light do you need in a 20' x 20' room? We have a vaulted ceiling in the living room with a new remote-controlled fan. Remote control is good because otherwise you would need a long pull cord to turn it off and on. However, in addition to the fan there is a light fixture that my wife says she likes which is also remotely controlled. In the living room already, and designed from its first construction, are indirect fluorescent bulbs, a heavy two-bulb, large lighted table and three floodlights over the fireplace.

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Youth revisited
Youth revisited

What's the worst distraction to a hard-nosed adult fisherman? It's a little boy, a tagalong son who, when he's not hung up on a log with his fishing line, wants to catch a turtle.

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Try a little tenderness
Try a little tenderness

When it comes to our senior citizens, we must do all that we can to honor and cherish them. Unfortunately, we don't always do that. Just about on a daily basis I hear someone, especially our younger citizens, complaining about some of the things our senior citizens do or don't do. The No. 1 complaint usually pertains to senior citizens' driving poorly. I also must admit that I've seen virtually every age group driving poorly or in an unsafe manner at times as well.

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No-name doctor
No-name doctor

As the countdown to complete retirement continues, I have another dagger-in-the-heart to report. My slowdown seemed to start with a cutback in the office with a loss of space in which to work. As new doctors came into our practice, my work area was gradually cut to make space for them. I used to have three exam rooms and two operators, which are really just rooms with overhead lights designed for minor surgical procedures. I guess I might have made the first move by cutting back my office hours. This was accompanied by the use of "my space" by the other providers.

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Insecurity Digest- Scars
Insecurity Digest- Scars

Dear God, make me an oak. I've written that before. And this last few days, I've meant it.Two nights ago, we had an accident in our home with our new puppy, Boo Radley. After some additional complications, Boo didn't make it. The images I have from that moment will stay with me for a long time, suspended in my memory... especially those of my son, who had finally found his "puppy brother."

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Gone too soon
Gone too soon

Every minute of every day, our precious world and community loses another precious person. These are the precious people who have passed away and went on to a better place. The precious memories we'll carry and cherish forever. The friendships, laughs, smiling faces, personal belongings and even the scent of the person will live forever in our hearts and minds.

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Getting muddy in Bledsoe Creek
Getting muddy in Bledsoe Creek

I couldn't contain my desire to run the rapids in Bledsoe Creek after that five-inches-in-one-night rainfall. I just knew that conditions would be perfect for the adventure which, in all reality, could only happen perhaps once a year. This is because there is so much fall (downward slant of the land) that a lot of water flow is needed to float your canoe. Plus, there is the fact that the temperature has to be such that if you get wet (almost a guarantee) it won't be life-threatening. Can you say hypothermia?

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Let the Countdown Begin
Let the Countdown Begin

Like all good things that must come to an end, this school year is finally almost over. And oh, how things have changed from where we all began.

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President Obama must put national security above political correctness
President Obama must put national security above political correctness

President Obama has made it clear that, as he runs out the clock on his lame-duck Presidency, he is not slowing down. From his dangerously flawed Iran nuclear deal, to his efforts to "normalize" relations with the hostile Cuban regime, to his attempts to unilaterally disarm Americans of their 2nd Amendment rights - this is a President who intends on making the most of his final months to advance his liberal priorities.

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Be Happy, Don't Worry
Be Happy, Don't Worry

Have you ever wondered why we as humans act the way we do sometimes? Why do we worry so much about how other people perceive or think of us? Why are we bothered when people see us not made-up, our hair a mess, non-shaven, the lack of makeup and so on? Why do we apologize about our home not being neat and clean when someone shows up unexpectedly or without notice?

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The well-oiled memory
The well-oiled memory

I was excited to get the new audio CD in the mail. I had ordered it from The Great Courses Company a couple of weeks ago, and I knew it would be interesting. The subject, "Memory throughout the human lifespan," was to be delivered in 24 lectures of 30 minutes each by a college professor. It was supposed to help with both the understanding and performance of memory.

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Thanks to all for supporting Brooks House
Thanks to all for supporting Brooks House

On March 12, 2016, a benefit concert was held to honor Liz Reese and the Brooks House. On behalf of the board of directors of Community Homeless Outreach & Support, Inc. (dba Brooks House) and its residents, we would like to thank all that came out to support and enjoy a wonderful evening.

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Amazonian tribes and the Kane family
Amazonian tribes and the Kane family

Have you heard of those tribes in the rainforests of Brazil that have existed centuries without any contact with modern civilization? Except for the fact that I've been vaccinated for measles and whooping cough and would look ridiculous holding a spear, other than that, I'm pretty certain we've been living parallel lives.

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Ralphie and the Art of Living Filter-Free
Ralphie and the Art of Living Filter-Free

Last week while grocery shopping with my dad, we ran into someone my parents first met at least four decades earlier. Dad didn't remember her but, to be fair, unless you've wronged him or his family in some way, you're a stranger. His son's favorite elementary school teacher, "Sorry, not ringing a bell." The kid who pulled his daughter's hair in fourth grade, "I remember that little bastard."

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Simply Saluting: Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce
Simply Saluting: Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce

Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Mt. Juliet Chamber of Commerce.

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Trip to North Florida avoids cold
Trip to North Florida avoids cold

Thinking that there might be still some bite to winter, we arranged a trip to Lake City, Fla. with Road Scholar for a cultural exchange coupled with a kayaking experience. Even before the formal beginning of the course, Linda and I arrived early at Big Shoals State Park for bicycling on a nice asphalt trail through the scrub forest.

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Right and wrong decisions
Right and wrong decisions

In our lifetimes we will have to make literally thousands, if not millions, of decisions. Some of the decisions we make in our lives will be good ones, while others won't work out as we had hoped or planned. Unfortunately, as a result of the many decisions we have to make on a day-to-day basis, we sometimes find ourselves worrying or stressing about what decision to make. Simply put, it's just life, and every human being on the face of the planet has to make the same decisions each and every day.

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On a scale of one to ten...
On a scale of one to ten...

As I sat in the chair of the Emergency Room, with our middle daughter hooked up to blood pressure and heart rate monitors, her nose packed in ice, I wondered if the nurse could read my mind.

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Drive-by morning message
Drive-by morning message

One morning not long ago I was eager to hear about the stock market, if any news from Mt. Juliet somehow beat me on the newscast and the latest on a dwindling hurricane. So when I glanced at my flickering mini-television stuck on a shelf in my bedroom - while searching for a sweater at the bottom of my closet and trying to figure out how a Velcro curler works without getting stuck - I was taken aback. I stood up, teetered on one heel, buttoned my shirt, left the curler alone and peered at the television.

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Pay Equality Bill Uproar
Pay Equality Bill Uproar

There are no safe assumptions about any bill - even a bill named the "Pay Equality Act."

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Life Lessons
Life Lessons

We had another one of "those" mornings. When my feet hit the floor, I had no idea that the first words out of my mouth would start the day off on a very bad note. By the time "Good Morning America" came on, the guilt kicked in.

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A Charged Household
A Charged Household

Like many of you, my husband and I pay for the lights to turn on in the house. We pay for the food in the fridge, the water that comes out of the tap, and when the heat turns on, that's us, too.

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Insecurity Digest- The Apprentice
Insecurity Digest- The Apprentice

I am the greatest sinner among you. No, I'm serious. Oh, so rich in depravity am I. Weak and troubled, I fall upon God's mercies every morning. Understanding this about myself, I have closely inspected my righteous indignation swirling around this upcoming Presidential election.

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Education: the hardest profession known to (this) man
Education: the hardest profession known to (this) man

It's a cliché, but education, and teaching in particular, has to be the hardest job in the world.

I know because I was one.

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Simply Saluting: Wilson County Community Help Center
Simply Saluting: Wilson County Community Help Center

Each month CedarStone Bank "simply salutes" an influential leader in Wilson County. This month the bank is proud to recognize the Wilson County Community Help Center.

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Telling Tales: Extended Warranty
Telling Tales: Extended Warranty

Like the benefits of good judgment eludes Lindsay Lohan, so does that of extended warranties or extra insurance on any electronic or appliance I have ever purchased.

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Who doesn't like Valentine's Day?
Who doesn't like Valentine's Day?

As we buy candy and cards in the United States and around the world, it might surprise you - it did me - that there are places where the holiday and romantic love in general are frowned upon. How could anyone be against the natural urge to embrace love? Then I thought about the cultures with arranged marriages like India where, even with its British influence, the idea of falling in love hasn't found its way into the masses.

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Hwy. 109 dangers not just news, but real life to many
Hwy. 109 dangers not just news, but real life to many

Brian Harville's article last Friday, "Another one about Hwy. 109" stayed on my mind all weekend. Brian and I view the topic from different perspectives, his from a newsroom, mine from my home less than a mile from Highway 109, but we both realize the seriousness of the problem and the need to address the question he poses, "Why is so very little being done about it?"

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Never. If. It happens.
Never. If. It happens.

As my children get older, more and more, I rely on those bits of parenting wisdom my mom unknowingly doled out while she faced new challenges with her own children.

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Tahiti: Sure cure for the winter doldrums
Tahiti: Sure cure for the winter doldrums

My desire to get out of the cold was fully realized in the trip to the French Polynesian Islands. From our first arrival in the tropical environment with temperatures ranging from 87 degrees daytime to 74 at night, we were able to shed the long-sleeved shirts for swimsuits.

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Another one about Hwy, 109
Another one about Hwy, 109

"There was a bad wreck on 109 yesterday."

It's one of those sentences that, even though it shouldn't, kind of loses its impact after you've heard it over and over and over again, like "and there was another terrorist attack in the Middle East on Tuesday" or "last night, Donald Trump said something no viable presidential candidate in the history of our nation would've gotten away with."

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Don't be an Idiom
Don't be an Idiom

Recently, I conducted a little experiment. So I Googled "most popular idioms." A photo of Sarah Palin popped up. Stupid spellcheck. So I changed the "t" to an "m" and resumed my experiment.

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Telling Tales: All Natural
Telling Tales: All Natural

For several years now, I've been fascinated by all the "organic" offerings in my sister-in-law's home.

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Hwy. 109 more dangerous than ever
Hwy. 109 more dangerous than ever

I live in the small neighborhood behind the Martha Gallatin Recreation area. We are the first neighborhood in Wilson County after leaving Gallatin and crossing the Hwy. 109 bridge. After yet another fatal accident by the bridge, I did a little internet research and found The Wilson Post's article "Who's fighting to keep Hwy. 109 safe?" - dated November 5, 2014.

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Quail hunting with the pros

Phil Neal and Bill Bryson have found how to get a good quail hunt in spite of the diminished number of birds in Wilson County and, actually, all over the state. Phil and Bill invited me and my family to chase the elusive birds and very confidently informed me that I should bring plenty of ammunition.

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Is Retirement Selfish?
Is Retirement Selfish?

I remember first coming to Lebanon in 1974 and learning of the retirement of several doctors at the same time. One that stands out whom I never practiced with was Dr. Lowe. He seemed quite young to me at the time but had given up his work to play tennis and care for his property on Crowell Lane. I remember thinking that losing this asset seemed a real waste and subconsciously made the decision not to end my work prematurely.

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Telling Tales: I Resolve
Telling Tales: I Resolve

The first week of 2016 is upon us. And unlike all the other years before, this year I've resolved to do something that is probably the craziest (yet sanest) things I've ever done.

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I Challenge You
I Challenge You

We're a few days into the new year now. How are those resolutions holding up? Statistically speaking, there are already some readers who have slipped up... and then there's everybody else, wondering what they've gotten themselves into.

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New Year's Resolutions

Now that the New Year is upon us, I thought it would be the best time to tell you to keep up the great work and stay the course with your 2016 resolutions. Every New Year seems to bring many resolutions. Keeping resolutions can be tough if not impossible. Most only last about eight weeks or so. Some resolutions include quitting smoking, quitting drinking alcohol, starting an exercise program and so on.

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A "New" New Year's Resolution

Instead of the same boring goals like, "I want to lose 15 pounds" or "organize every drawer, closet, bank account" or "more reading, less television," this year I've decided to create a doable, more exciting list for 2016.

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It's Good. Except When It's Not
It's Good. Except When It's Not

This is going to be short and sweet.

It finally happened. I've been waiting, anticipating, planning, articulating my beautiful three point sermon with a tiny, but life changing poem in my head. And then, boom.

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Thanks for wonderful Historic Tour of Homes
Thanks for wonderful Historic Tour of Homes

On behalf of Historic Lebanon, I would like to thank the community for a great 2015. Our recent 8th Annual Historic Places Tour had more than 300 participants enjoying a wonderful night in Lebanon.

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Haslam hopeful for higher ed in new year
Haslam hopeful for higher ed in new year

We hope all Tennesseans have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year. Crissy and I fell blessed to live in this great state, and it is an honor to serve as your governor.

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Coming home for Christmas
Coming home for Christmas

Today my younger daughter and three grandchildren got up early to make the 11-hour drive from Baltimore so that they could be home for Christmas. This time they would drive through the blowing rainstorm of a recent front passage, but many times they have tackled snowfall icing the roads to make this trip. Once, the car broke down, and they purchased another one rather than wait for a costly repair.

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Good deeds make the world a better place
Good deeds make the world a better place

Have you ever noticed that we all seem to be more giving and kind when we're in a good or great mood? It's just human nature to do more good deeds and be nicer when we're happier. The struggle of committing good deeds and being nice is harder to do when we're agitated, aggravated, frustrated, mad, ill, tired, impatient, hot, cold, running late or distracted. Wow! It seems there are lots of things that can distract us from being kind, nice and committing good deeds.

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A simple gift
A simple gift

A simple gift can make you happy. A poem by Audrey Bradshaw.

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Avoid the 'blues' of the holiday season

Scents from the kitchen during the holiday season often stir memories of how mom added an extra touch of butter to her Christmas cookies or how dad would slip-in from work early with a bundle of colorfully wrapped packages, sprint to a nearby closet and hide them thinking no one had noticed.

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Get Outta Here!
Get Outta Here!

Well, the weather outside is frightful but the fire is so delightful. And since we've no place to go... go outside, go outside, go outside! What, did you really think I'd mention snow? Pssh, not from me. I'd plant palm trees in my front yard, if they'd survive and if I had a front yard.

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Another Trumpism

As the political arena tightens, we begin to focus on who should lead our country, now only a year away. The latest scare tactic involves the Muslims and their contribution to terror. It plays on the wants of the Western world to distance ourselves from a religion that is little-known and therefore naturally suspect.

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Thanks for making Early Dyer benefit a success

The administration of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office and staff would like to extend our heartfelt gratitude to everyone in our community who has made a contribution in time, gifts, cash or any help to our former WCSO Deputy Earl Dyer, who is currently unable to work due to bilateral stroke, rendering him paralyzed.

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Choose a Gift!
Choose a Gift!

Another poem by Maristone resident Audrey Bradshaw, this one taking a light approach to the holidays.

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How to be a rich person during tough times

With what seems like a daily dose of bad news on our televisions, radios and computers, it's easy to see how someone could get depressed, stressed and become downright miserable. These are tough times most of us have never seen.

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Defining 'thankful'
Defining 'thankful'

Everyone is thankful for something. Even on the day of Thanksgiving, when 40 members of your family are talking loud, complaining about the food temp, and wondering "out loud" if the serving dish used for stuffing belongs to them.

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Get Uncomfortable
Get Uncomfortable

Every time I sit down to write an article, I try to think of something groundbreaking. The want to deliver some life-shattering piece of advice is almost overpowering.

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The Art of Staying Happy

With all the major issues we face as human beings, you would think that some people would have better things to complain about. We've got human beings starving to death, dying in car crashes and suffering major illnesses, while others live very blessed lives but can't seem to do anything but complain. They just simply can't get past complaining long enough to see their many blessings.

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Armageddon 2015
Armageddon 2015

It's strep.

Two words.

Two little words that can bring our entire household to a standstill.

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The new Cedar City Trail

While driving in front of the new Lebanon High School, I happened to notice a parking area just across the road and correctly guessed that it was connected to the proposed trail between the two schools in the area. I don't know when the work was completed, but it looked ready for business as we unloaded the bikes on the freshly lined parking lot.

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Agriculture in Wilson County

We talk a lot about our booming economy in Wilson County; all the new industries that are bringing in new jobs and sales tax dollars. While this is wonderful news for our county, perhaps we don't celebrate, as often, the hard-working men and women who leave their homes each morning to go the barn rather than the office, put on a pair of overalls instead of a suit or uniform, climb up on a tractor, not board the Music City Star. In light of this, let's take a look at the role agriculture plays in Wilson County.

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Attitude of Gratitude

What's not to like about Thanksgiving? The women do all the work, and the men just sit around and eat. This has been the tradition in my family since my grandparents, who lived right across the street from us, invited us over for the big holiday meal.

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Season calls for awareness of homeless
Season calls for awareness of homeless

Vibrant hues of red, orange and gold-colored leaves struggling to remain attached to the limbs from which they were born last spring signal the end of one and the beginning of another season.

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Lebanon needs to implement Notice of Site Plan ordinance immediately
Lebanon needs to implement Notice of Site Plan ordinance immediately

Lebanon has a unique and proud heritage. Since the city's beginning in 1801 as an agricultural/livestock community, Lebanon is now the heart of Wilson County, the second fastest growing county in Tennessee. We are blessed with new residents and longtime residents, good people who continue to pioneer a solid base for families and businesses.

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Schools teaching, not indoctrinating, students on Islam
Schools teaching, not indoctrinating, students on Islam

Claims that the public schools in Tennessee are indoctrinating children by teaching too much of any religion are a logical fallacy at best. Webster defines indoctrination as, "to teach (someone) to fully accept the ideas, opinions, and beliefs of a particular group and to not consider other ideas, opinions, and beliefs."

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Becoming a veteran

Now you have a choice. You can join the Volunteer Army and thus perform the vital function of protecting our nation. But a few years ago (about half a century) it was a little different.

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Get a Job!

Right this very moment, a thief or burglar is preparing to steal property belonging to hard-working and honest citizens who believe if you need something you get a job and work hard to make the money and pay for it yourself.

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East Wilson County growth something to be proud of

Oftentimes, we find ourselves saying, "Nothing good ever happens around here." Well, for the east side of Lebanon and Wilson County that simply isn't true. There have been so many good things happening here that maybe some of them have gone unnoticed or unmentioned. I feel this is a fitting time to remind everyone of the hard work that is taking place.

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Does Lebanon want to grow?
Does Lebanon want to grow?

It's a simple question that I ask myself and coworkers on an almost daily basis.

Does Lebanon want to grow, or is it happy to stay as it has been for the past 10, 20, 30 years or more?

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Four 'preemies' winning race of life
Four 'preemies' winning race of life

I just wanted to share this photo and stories about these four miracle babies! Besides all going to Tuckers Crossroads Elementary and being awesome kids by all accounts, four members of the TXR Cross Country team started out as fighters.

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Getting IT together for the get-together
Getting IT together for the get-together

I'm rushing home with a carload of grocery bags filled with 822 separate ingredients for a dish I volunteered to prepare for a get-together. And why? Because it looked heavenly in a copy of Bon App'etit I swiped from the gynecologist's office earlier in the week. In the back seat sits an 11 year old who isn't talking to me because I said "no" to a sleepover. Up front, sits a 16 year old laughing at something a friend just texted that I probably wouldn't approve of. As we pull in the garage, I mentally start going through my list.

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We All Have a Stake in Mid TN's Future Transportation Plan
We All Have a Stake in Mid TN's Future Transportation Plan

By now, I'll bet you've heard some version of this statistic: Our region is expected to grow by more than one million new residents by 2040. What you may not know is the bulk of that population growth is coming to the nine counties surrounding Nashville - including Wilson County - and many of those newcomers are going to commute into Nashville every day for work. If they bring their cars with them, that spells trouble for our already crowded interstates and major roadways that feed into and out of Nashville.

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Thanks for a successful 'Night Out'
Thanks for a successful 'Night Out'

The administration and staff of the Lebanon Police Department would like to extend our thanks to everyone who helped make the 2015 National Night Out such a huge success. Without the support of the community and local businesses, we would not have been able to put together such a wonderful event.

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Recycling Memories

Cleaning up the garage the other day, I came across a stack of outdated items that I had almost forgotten about. There were two VHS players, still both functional but no longer used because everything is now blu-ray or DVD. I didn't want to throw them away, but there was no use for them anymore except maybe in the realm of educational toys.

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Halloween Safety

Well, it's Halloween time again. With that in mind, I would like to encourage everyone to have a safe and happy Halloween. Below is a list of preventive steps I've prepared for the citizens. These are tips you may find helpful in making your Halloween a safe and fun adventure for all involved.

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The Dangers of Bullying

With school now back in full swing I thought I'd share a little information about the dangers and harm caused by bullying. Did you know that bullying is one of the biggest concerns of young people today? Bullying is a serious problem, with eight out of 10 children bullied at some point in their childhood.

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Launching out on faith

This would be the 16th trip to Catacamas, Honduras to help out with the medical work in the remote village. Every year just when it seemed that things would not come together, we would somehow find enough people, supplies and energy to pull off a successful surgical safari.

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Insecurity Digest: Dancing in the Shadows

I love watching the world fall asleep. Dark, low-hanging clouds cover the expanse like a soft blanket. Nature stands erect, stained in piercing crimsons and radiant golds. The intense beauty is a wonder to behold. And we do. As temperatures fall, humanity is drawn into the splendor. We can't help ourselves. It is in us to marvel at that we do not understand. And with synchronicity and precision, fall arrives, and we are compelled to dance in its shadows.

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And then they do...
And then they do...

They told me it would happen. My sisters, my brother, my friends, strangers in line at the grocery. I didn't listen. In fact, I despised those words, "You're going to miss this stage."

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I stood in the rain to support Trump
I stood in the rain to support Trump

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump visited The Factory in Franklin on Saturday.

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Littering Costly to All

After recently conducting a major trash pickup along various streets in the city, I found myself asking what would make a person disrespect their community, state or country by littering or illegally dumping.

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The 41st Anniversary

Romance isn't dead, but it is receiving CPR. The day was fast approaching, but I forgot about it till that morning and then wondered what we could do to celebrate. Previous years had been marked by eating out and even special trips to Nashville, but when I suggested the options the response came back that we could just stay home.

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Seniors should be worried about benefits

It seems that retirement benefits for hard-working Americans may soon become ancient history if the current trend continues. Although there are numerous "Hallmark Holidays" that acknowledge and celebrate seniors like Oct. 1, the International Day of Older Persons, or Grandparents Day in September, we seniors are seriously worried about companies ending the health benefits we worked a lifetime to earn.

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Why Shop Local First?

When a community's citizens spend their hard-earned tax dollars locally, it is vitally important to that community's economy. With Mt. Juliet's rapid growth and new businesses literally opening daily, we're starting to see an even greater need to spend our tax dollars locally.

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Teen choices may lead to addiction
Teen choices may lead to addiction

Teens today face a complex and often complicated lifestyle.

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Beware of issues relating to depression in youth

As school bells ring across Wilson County signaling the beginning of another school year, many students will soon be confronting new challenges and new issues with which they must deal.

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18 Inches

Most doctors say there is about 18 inches between the heart and brain of the average human being, which got me to thinking about life and the decisions we are faced with each and every day.

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Are you really hungry? Really?
Are you really hungry? Really?

As a personal trainer and nutrition coach, I hear a lot of hungry excuses. Let's see if any of these sounds familiar: "I'm an emotional eater;" "I eat when I'm bored;" "I eat late at night;" or even "I'm not sure why I eat."

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Steps in the right direction

With the firing of the transportation director this week, Wilson County Schools made several decisions about its organization and future.

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Time to try new things
Time to try new things

So the text from my friend Caroline went something like this: "Handgun classes and kickboxing! You go girl! What's next? Eating number 5 at Pad Thai?"

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The Niagara Falls Mystique

What was it about the famous landmark that made me sign up for an autumn trip to the region? I had heard of it all my life, mostly in the context of a honeymoon trip, but after 41 years of marriage this was definitely no honeymoon.

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Good thing football is seasonal

I like watching football. I like to see the long pass that is grasped in the most outstretched fingertips of the streaking receiver.

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National Alliance on Mental Illness forming new support group in Wilson

It's really easy to look at the actions of others and make judgments then tell ourselves how we could have done it differently or better.

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LETTER- Expo Center will make WC Fair better

Now that the Wilson County Expo is a reality and not just a dream, I think about my mother. About 10 years ago, my mother, about 70 years young, made the comment, "Wilson County needs a coliseum at the fairgrounds." She was always a lady of insight. When we, as a family, worked at the Raleigh, N.C. State Fair, a 100-acre fair, a coliseum was packed each night with events and concerts. She met many famous people and attended all the events.

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Is the Square still 'under construction?'
Is the Square still 'under construction?'

I was contemplating all the "newness" of our Public Square at a recent Main Street conference. The lecture was on Creative Placemaking, one of the latest "it" topics for historic downtowns. Every day I receive emails on the current trends such as tactical urbanism, the X-factor, place economics and anything relating to "Millennials," that group of youngsters that is either going to save historic downtowns as we know them or be the ruin of the nation.

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That first drive

Oh to be 15 again. I can remember being 15 and looking forward to getting my driver's license like it was yesterday.

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Thank you, Andy Brummett, for your service

We are writing to publicly acknowledge our appreciation for a true community superhero. Mr. Andy Brummett inspired us last Friday with his stories from his educational career as teacher, principal and school superintendent.

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Local SCV chapter says let Hatton stand
Local SCV chapter says let Hatton stand

General Hatton deserves to be honored, and his rightful place is in the center of our town.

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School Zone and Bus Stop Safety

With school starting back, I wanted to remind all motorists of the importance of obeying all rules of the road in school zones and residential areas. As we all know, student and pedestrian safety in school zones is a paramount concern.

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WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick
WC Commissioners double their pay, cut taxpayers to the quick

Wilson County Commissioners voted last week to increase their own pay from $400 a month to $800 a month by a vote of 16-6 with three commissioners absent.

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It's time to take down Gen. Hatton
It's time to take down Gen. Hatton

The Civil War was about slavery. Yes, it was about States' rights - a state's right to allow slavery. We can be proud of so much of our heritage here in the South. But not slavery. Slavery was shameful.

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Child and Teen Safety Measures

I would like to take a moment to remind all parents of the importance of using good child and teen safety measures and making children and teens aware of "stranger danger" and predators.

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POST OPINION -- We’re too close to give up now on the Expo Center

County leaders have been trying for years to figure out how to fund a Wilson County Expo Center at the James A. Ward Agricultural Center.

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