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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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News You Can Use- A schedule to keep Thanksgiving safe
News You Can Use- A schedule to keep Thanksgiving safe

Hosting Thanksgiving can be a logistical challenge that starts with planning what to cook and ends with figuring out what to do with all of those leftovers. Janie Burney, a food safety specialist with University of Tennessee Extension, recommends that you streamline your Thanksgiving planning to ensure you have a fun and food-safe holiday.

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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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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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Council discussing transportation issues
Council discussing transportation issues

As the county mayor, I deal with issues that arise on a county level. At times, I also deal with issues that arise on a city level within the county. Once a month, and sometimes more, I represent Wilson County on four different boards on a regional level.

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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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Parting the Canebrakes

As I have repeatedly told you, some stories must be told in their entirety, not just snippets of the story.

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You never know
You never know

I once received a call from one of our wonderful residents who wanted to tell me about her life and how it might inspire or help others.

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Wilson searching for new Tourism Director
Wilson searching for new Tourism Director

Wilson County is currently in the process of hiring a new director for the convention and visitors bureau. In an effort to effectively and openly communicate with the citizens of Wilson County, I would like to give you an update on where we are with the tourism department and the search for a new tourism director.

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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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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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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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