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The very first thing any being said in the Bible is, “Let there be light.” This is the first word that is necessary when sorting out the chaos that is the universe. That scale is still beyond us. The light began the process of separating and sorting that makes the rest of creation possible.

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Recently, we discovered three big sunflower fields close to downtown Knoxville and even closer to Ijams Nature Center. If you Google “Forks of the River Wildlife Management Area,” you will get directions. There is a small parking area. Paved trails will take you to the sunflower fields.

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Alfred Reagan was a farmer, miller, storekeeper, blacksmith, gunsmith, carpenter, and one-time lay preacher; but he must be consider- ed simply as a man with average ability for his time and place. He left no great mark on the land in any of the roles listed above; his deeds were common and …

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With a low cost and high quality of living, it’s no surprise that more than 1.7 million North Carolinians call the Appalachia home. The 29 North Carolina counties that are a part of it offer great opportunities to families living in the region — welcoming communities, a strong small business…

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America has so many regulations that today, often the only way to do something new, to create something great, to “prosper” is to ignore rules.

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The death of George Floyd and the rioting that followed was indeed the sourest of lemons and that taste gagged to breathless a worldwide response. It was seriously bitter.

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During World War I, Luke Lawson was one of the many young men in the Cove who answered his nation’s call. Born May 4, 1896, Luke was a son of Jasper, the son of Dan and Mary Jane (Cable) Lawson. Jasper was born in 1860 in the home that still bears his father’s name. This home was built by Da…

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There are various social media platforms that have groups in which members share school-day memories. As a member of a few of these groups, I find it interesting to take a “look back when…” As we deal with where we are and where we’re going, it’s good to visit where we’ve been. Someone recen…

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It is one of the unfortunate ironies coming out of the Biden administration that, with all the obsession about so-called equity, policies they are putting forth will only hurt the very low-income Americans they pretend to want to help.

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Dear Rusty: My husband and I were only married five years before he passed away from cancer. I am 61 and was told by SS that I don’t qualify to receive his survivor benefits because we weren’t married long enough, and because I made more money than him when he was alive. I still work fulltim…

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Our high school youth group was unlike anything you would see today. It consisted of all of our Lutheran confessing youth who had made their public affirmation of faith after two years of Biblical studies combined with the study of Luther’s Small Catechism.

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This weekend we will celebrate the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th. Over the course of my life the details of that celebration have changed. I have been to parks, riverfronts, a few overseas, and for several years after fireworks became legal, we had a decent show at m…