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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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School Board Appreciation Week set for Jan. 24-30
School Board Appreciation Week set for Jan. 24-30

Gov. Bill Haslam has declared Jan. 24-30, 2016 as School Board Appreciation Week in Tennessee. This week helps build awareness and understanding of the vital functions our locally elected boards of education play in our community.

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January's last week puts focus on mental wellness
January's last week puts focus on mental wellness

Among a list of priorities to begin a new year should be a person's own mental wellness, according to Nathan Miller, director of Cumberland Mental Health Center, Lebanon.

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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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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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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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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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Parting the Canebrakes: Merry Christmas

In the times of my youth in the early 1960s, the Christmas parade was always held at night after the fall of darkness. The Christmas decorations on the light poles were never turned on until the Christmas parade was taking place. The Christmas parade always went from east to west on East Main Street and around the Public Square and then onto West Main Street.

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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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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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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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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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A Little Vision Can Go a Long Way

It seems like we spend a lot of time talking about how great it is to have a healthy sales tax revenue to help to keep our property taxes low. While this is true, it's not the only contributor. The 24 businesses lining the route we know as the 840 corridor bring in over $4 million a year in both real and personal property taxes, but this hasn't always been the case.

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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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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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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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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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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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Kiwanis Club sponsors Veteran's event
Kiwanis Club sponsors Veteran's event

The Kiwanis Club of Lebanon celebrated a great event on Monday, October 26, as the local civic organization hosted Edgar Harrell, USMC survivor of the embattled USS Indianapolis, to speak about his experience and rescue from the Pacific Ocean while stationed on the Naval vessel during World War II.

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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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Homelessness doesn't pick and choose
Homelessness doesn't pick and choose

November brings with it a season of thankfulness.

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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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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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