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The United Way of McMinn & Meigs Counties is an organization that makes a powerful impact on the community. But it doesn’t do so by itself. In fact, it needs you in order to help fund the United Way partner agencies that do so many good works in our communities.

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Just like a punch in the face, words hurt. The sting is especially venomous to the crystalline-fragile psyche of school-age children, those still trying to determine just who they are in this world.

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Athens City Councilwoman Yvonne Raper is absolutely correct when she said people shouldn’t be on their cell phones during public meetings. No one wants to hear the phones ringing, especially with some of the annoying and vulgar custom ringtones so many have downloaded to their phones. No one…

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The local community festival and fair season is upon us, giving all of us much to see and enjoy. These fabulous festivals and fairs help us celebrate our local heritage and stay connected to our families and neighbors.

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We see them every day standing at the busiest intersections of town, holding signs with messages about being down on their luck and in need of help. They often claim they're homeless, out of work, stranded or that they will work for food.

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I've been a small-town guy most all of my life. I was born in one and have spent most all of my years in small towns. I've lived one city for just a few months and couldn't wait to get back to a small town.

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Seems Bill Haslam had $46,000 just burning a hole in his governor's pants pocket, so he decided to spend it to buy a new Tennessee logo.

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11Graduation isn't so much a certificate as it is recognition of moving from one step in life to another, taking lessons learned and applying them toward a new opportunity.

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