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In response to the Mr. David Dale's letter in this Week's Manchester Times. The misrepresentations are almost too numerous to respond to. To being with, President Trump did not make those disparaging remarks about "dead soldiers being losers and suckers. This has been soundly debunked by tho…

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Tennessee Firearms Association raised a number of concerns prior to the passage of the Governor’s permitless carry legislation (HB786/SB765) including concerns that provisions of the legislation needlessly created a violation of the 2nd and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution b…

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There are certain times when as a small town reporter one’s drive to get the best picture he (me) can imagine lands him (me) some peculiar situations. For instance I had the great opportunity to crawl into a commercial dryer for this week’s laundry service feature.

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There’s little argument that 2020 was one doozy of a year. We lost a Supreme Court Justice, an aviation pioneer and ran out of toilet paper. It is the natural human condition to want to blame something when bad times befall us, to in effect, find a cause that distances us from the misfortune.

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Tennessee Firearms Association raised a number of concerns prior to the passage of the Governor’s permitless carry legislation (HB786/SB765) including concerns that provisions of the legislation needlessly created a violation of the 2nd and 14th Amendments to the United States Constitution b…

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At my age, grandchildren are a major factor in our lives.  I always heard what people said about loving grandchildren when you became a grandparent, and what a great experience it is. So, let me validate that – it is.

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Most anyone in journalism will tell you that writing a headline, a really good one at least, is most times harder that righting the story.

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The other day I was coming in from a walk with my 4 year old. I reached out, and we walked back to the house hand in hand in warm glow of an afternoon sun. And I realized that human contact is something that is sorely missing these days.

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The Crimson Clover Master Gardener Association has partnered with the Tennessee Environmental Council to host Tennessee Tree Day in Coffee County on March 19 and 20.

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My column concerning our “Will you take the vaccine” poll left me with conclusion that the coronavirus conspiracies are too broad to address in one story. From Bill Gates and nanotech to Walmart and Chinese communist, these conspiracies would be entertaining if not for the misinformation tha…

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One of our ongoing home improvement projects is the removal of an oak stump in the side yard.  We dig. Well, I dig and my 4-year-old son, Sean, plays in the dirt.

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There are certain times when as a small town reporter one’s drive to get the best picture he (me) can imagine lands him (me) some peculiar situations. For instance I had the great opportunity to crawl into a commercial dryer for this week’s laundry service feature.

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There’s little argument that 2020 was one doozy of a year. We lost a Supreme Court Justice, an aviation pioneer and ran out of toilet paper. It is the natural human condition to want to blame something when bad times befall us, to in effect, find a cause that distances us from the misfortune.

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With the passing of famed pilot Chuck Yeager, the nation loses one of its last great heroes, one of the larger-than-life people like Amelia Earhart or Charles Lindbergh whose bold actions inspired the nation.

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As careful as any 4-year-old boy can be, toys still break, and when they do at our house, they end up in “The Shop,” a countertop dedicated to repairing monster trucks, Lightning McQueens and an occasional choo-choo.

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You can’t always tell a politician by what the opposition is saying about him. Case in point: Jimmy Carter.

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I wanted to write a column about a book that weaves food and aromas into the story to make the plot come to life. When I mentioned to staff writer John Coffelt my idea to write about “The Little Paris Bookshop,” by Nina George, published 2013, John told me about “Red Sparrow” (2013), by Jaso…

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It has never been more challenging to work in the field of public education as it has been this school year. The classroom is a sacred place upon which the very foundation of a fruitful society and an educated electorate is built. The process of teaching and learning has fundamentally change…

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While Elizabeth Gilbert is probably best known for “Eat, Pray, Love,” becoming a movie in 2010, starring Julia Roberts, my favorite of Gilbert’s books is “Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear,” a book about fulfilling creative ideas. Gilbert writes about her experience of finding inspirati…

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True beauty has meaning and lasts longer than outward pretty appearance, which may be gorgeous and may attract your eyes but fades quickly and leaves no memory.

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With so much troubling news and devastation that has hit our country and the world since the beginning of the pandemic, looking for and appreciating beauty and positivity can provide comfort. Coffee County has suffered too many heartbreaking losses lately, reflected on the pages of The Times…

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My mother, Mariyana Kircheva, who was born in Bulgaria, became a United States citizen. She spent several months preparing for the civics test, which she passed a few weeks ago. She took the Oath of Allegiance to the United States on Oct. 16 and proudly held her Naturalization Certificate wh…

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Just before a county committee met to discuss a change in the zoning that would allow a quarry in Beech Grove, two activists came in the office to share with us their information about how a quarry would affect the ecology of the region.

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Let’s think for a moment. Would you want police officers who were too afraid to answer a 911 call for fear of being shot?  How about a firefighter who was too afraid of getting burnt to fight a fire?  Who then would want a president who is scared to death, and I mean spitless scared, of the …

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Dan Evins founded the first Cracker Barrel Old Country Store in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1969. Back then, the menu was hand-written and changed a lot.

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About a year ago, Pauline Vaughn, who serves as director of the Coffee County Public Library in Manchester told me about the Libby app while we were waiting for a meeting of the Coffee County Budget and Finance Committee to begin. Our conversation about books was a much-welcomed escape from …

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‘Clutch’ is a word that is used quite a bit in the sports world. Some of the best athletes that have ever graced American sports have been described as such. This sporting year, even with all the strangeness of COVID, has already demonstrated the value of this trait. But what does it mean to…

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My mother, Mariyana Marina, makes me laugh and drives me crazy. She scolds me and spoils me. While she believes I can conquer any endeavor, she still wants to give me directions for simple tasks. She’s the hardest worker I know, but she always tells me I need to take a break.  

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This cartoon will be published in the Dec. 25 issue of The Manchester Times Dec. 25.

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Someone may need to hear this today, and I feel the need to say it.

Each year, I write an "I was wrong" column. In case you haven't noticed, most columnists are right about everything. Just ask them. They will tell you why a particular politician is inept, or why a football coach should be fired. These columnists are well-paid experts who regularly offer the…

Worries about Iran’s attacks on Saudi ships in the Strait of Hormuz caused many to fear war in the region. The warmongering neocon faction of the GOP, thankfully no longer in the White House, and Obama’s passive/aggressive team, might have had us at war by now.  And based on U.S. “intelligen…

News moves quickly in this age of Trump. Remember when, just weeks ago, Trump was a “Russian spy” and Stormy Daniels’ attorney Michael Avenatti was on TV every night being hailed as a leading Democrat nominee for President? Here are a few topics I prepared to write on, but then Trump did som…

I know it isn’t cool to say this in 2019, but it needs to be said. Let me get this out in the open, and state it for the record. I am a newspaper addict. On vacation, I pack a roll of quarters, and I have been known to track down the last paper rack in town. If I cannot find my daily dose of…

You lead a busy life. You cannot be expected to keep up with all the major happenings of the world. That is why I am here. As you read this column, you are burdened by someone who cares. So in my continuing efforts to keep you informed, here are some of the earth-shattering news nuggets you …

As the most anxious group (called “Gen Z”) of recent grads enters the hottest job market in recent history, here’s some advice. Buckle up, buttercups; the real world is nothing like that for which those left-wing, unionized teachers prepared you. It’s a jungle out there and only the fittest …

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We recently moved into our new house (location undisclosed, don’t bother me), which is not THAT far off the beaten path. We are 10-15 minutes from town, and about that far from any kind of high-speed internet. But this move, which locates us near my grandparents, leads my grandpa (on a weekl…

This month marks the seventieth anniversary of Mental Health Month. In the decades since the first observance, stigma surrounding mental health issues has greatly reduced. However, misconceptions and misinformation still exist. It is vital for the one in five Americans who live with mental h…

Happy Mother's Day to my dear wife who is a great mom and to every Mother everywhere!