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Looking Back From Our Archives… 10 YEARS AGO — A one-minute response by the McKenzie Fire Department prevented what could have been a disaster as the rear tires of a gasoline tanker caught fire near Nantucket Cove due to overheated brakes. The tanker contained a payload of 4,900 gallons. *The Town of Huntingdon was among seven recipients of a Governor’s ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR POLICY

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR POLICY Letters to the editor bear the opinion of the letter writer, and not necessarily that of the newspaper management or staff. Letters of opinion are not verified for accuracy of fact and truly stand only as the writer’s opinion. Letters to the editor of public interest are solicited. Most letters, not libelous or harmful, will ...

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Hunker Down with Kes: Paying It Forward

Coach John Camp could get right in your face. And mostly when he did, he was demanding more of you than you could give! Intense wouldn’t half cover it! He was on fire about the way you played basketball! I was a fifteen year old sophomore, the tenth man on a ten man team, hanging on by my toenails… You ...

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Editor’s Sidelines: There Were Six

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There Were Six Last year, I had the privilege of traveling to Cuba with Bethel University’s Global Studies. As a Baby Boomer, Cuba was always considered to be an enemy of the United States. That was for good reason, especially after the country accepted ballistic missiles from Russia and Fidel Castro nationalized all the industries, including the American companies located ...

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Letter: Our Schoolchildren Deserve Better

The nation’s schoolchildren in general, Tennessee’s schoolchildren in particular, and their parents deserve a qualified Secretary of Education to shape educational policy for the next four years. They do not deserve Betsy DeVos. In what areas in the work force do qualifications not matter? Obviously to the fifty senators and Vice President Mike Pence, who voted to confirm Mrs. DeVos ...

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Fake News is a Threat to Democracy

Fake News is a Threat to Democracy With retro styling, portable, local, updated news needs no batteries and has no pop-ups! Subscribe Now! Fake news is becoming a real problem, according to successive presidents of the United States. Barack Obama described it as a threat to democracy, while President Trump decried it as a threat to his administration. So it ...

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…But Thou Excellest Them All

HUNKER DOWN WITH KES …But Thou Excellest Them All I have a Valentine story for you. It started the last week of May, 1966. I was hired to teach swimming and lifeguard at a municipal pool in Trenton, Tennessee. I had just completed my freshman year of college and I was in dire need of money. The quest to finance ...

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Representative Holt Hopes to Reduce Legislative Receptions

Representative Holt Hopes to Reduce Legislative Receptions NASHVILLE (Feb. 9) — State Rep Andy Holt (R-Dresden) announced he will file legislation to strengthen Tennessee’s lobbying ethics laws with respect to legislative receptions. As WSMV has previously reported, spending on legislative receptions (parties funded by lobbying organizations with exclusive invitations to members of the legislature) have recently reached an all-time high ...

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR POLICY

LETTER TO THE EDITOR POLICY Letters to the editor bear the opinion of the letter writer, and not necessarily that of the newspaper management or staff. Letters of opinion are not verifi ed for accuracy of fact and truly stand only as the writer’s opinion. Letters to the editor of public interest are solicited. Most letters, not libelous or harmful, ...

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Letters

Letters The Readers Speak … And There Was No One Left… Martin Niemöller (1892–1984) was a Protestant Pastor who lived in Nazi Germany. He is noted for his ‘… they came for …’ writings. The following is one version of his statement. “First they came for the Jews and I did not speak out because I was not a Jew. ...

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