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Local Columns

Supporting Tennessee’s rural citizens

Supporting Tennessee’s rural citizens has been a top priority of mine since I signed my very first executive order. Executive Order 1 required each State department to examine its impact on our rural communities and make recommendations on how to better serve rural Tennesseans. As a result, ...

From LA to a W. Va. farm

Johnson, one of Doc’s grandsons, was visiting this week from Los Angeles, so I asked Doc if I could put him to work in the garden. “Hell, yes,” said Doc, or words to that effect. He didn’t ask Johnson before committing him to help me dig potatoes. A retired general, Doc is used to ...

Staying together for her child

Dear Annie: I have been married for 11 years and have a wonderful 10-year-old son; however, my marriage is on very shaky ground. I work more than 70 hours a week to maintain a wonderful home in a great community for the sake of my son. My husband, on the other hand, can barely see fit to get ...

ARC and West Virginia: Partners in a state of improvement

For every home improvement project, big or small, you need the right tools to get the job done. That’s one way to think about the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). Since 1965, ARC has been committed to investing in Appalachia by providing essential resources to build our communities, ...

Hyper-involved school officials

Dear Annie: My 10-year-old’s school administrators are over-the-top nosey and won’t stay out of our business. I think they mean well, but at times, they try to micromanage the care of our child. For example, his favorite pair of shoes are falling apart, and although he has new shoes, he ...

A Very Old Wagon Bed

If you’re a Miller and something breaks, you don’t throw it away, at least, not right away. You put it up somewhere, to be fixed later. . .”later” often meaning in a generation or two. Or three or four. If you are a Miller you have no problem with waiting for someone to be born into ...