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Graduation season is upon us and, tonight and tomorrow, various students throughout McMinn and Meigs counties will turn to a new chapter in their lives.

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I am proud to be an American. I stand with respect and salute our flag. Singing the National Anthem and pledging allegiance still to this day brings a lump to my throat and makes my heart beat faster.

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For years, I heard people gush over Vermont. Fantastic scenery, they said. Must go there, they said. I finally made my first visit to Vermont about fifteen years ago. I headed out from the airport with my ears bent back, eager to see the landscape that I assumed was prettier than East Tennes…

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January 22, 1973, the United States Supreme Court in Roe vs. Wade legalized abortion on demand. They were wrong then and, 45 years later, it is still wrong. The estimated one million-plus reported abortions per year is a blight on our nation and God will hold America guilty of shedding innoc…

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The recent downpour that flooded businesses in Downtown Etowah generated some discussion about the L&N Canal. Well, more than some. I've lived in Etowah for 48 years, and I've seen a number of downtown flood events. It's always bad for business owners who are faced with the cleanup and l…

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To cut straight to the chase, I am happy to see the area around the Carnegie Library in Etowah opened up again. I understand why some feel a sense of loss over the old fire hall being torn down. After all, firefighting in Etowah harkens back to 1906, when hose reels were placed around town t…

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Former Englewood City Attorney Russ Blair gave Englewood City Commissioners some good advice in his letter of resignation: “…(C)ome together to act in the best interests of the town and its citizens….” Hopefully, unlike some of the other advice he’s given them, the commissioners will actuall…

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People sometimes ask what is meant by the term "sense of place." I suspect the definition varies from person to person. Place might mean a city, farm, neighborhood, or something else. Despite being physically located outside the city limits, many longtime residents of Etowah, Tennessee, cons…

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Here's hoping the Tennessee Historical Commission (THC) approves the City of Athens' application for grant funds to hire a consultant to help develop design guidelines for Athens. As I understand it, the Athens project will result in guidelines for a residential neighborhood with a historic …

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For the past few months, I've had the privilege of writing articles for the local paper here in McMinn County, The Daily Post-Athenian. The editor, Greg Moses, gave me the freedom to write about progressive issues that I thought were important.

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Personally, for the last few years, one of the most convicting parables of Jesus is the Parable of the Talents.

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There is a price to pay for progress beyond just the monetary kind. We see it every day when we travel along Highway 30 in Athens.While the ongoing Highway 30 construction project in Athens will result in long-term benefits upon completion, the work itself has inadvertently impeded some of t…

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Tennessee is on the right track in the battle against the opioid crisis, with Gov. Bill Haslam's announcement Jan. 22 of a $30 million plan that focuses on prevention, treatment and enforcement of laws intended to control the epidemic that reportedly kills at least three people a day in the state.

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My father, Art Kimball, recently retired from his life's profession, having served more than 45 years as a community banker - most of those years in Athens and McMinn County. Community banking was more than a job for him and for our family. It was a life's purpose: A daily call into relation…

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This is medication prescribed by a doctor! It came from a pharmacy; it'll either help me heal or feel better. Since this was prescribed, I need it. Isn't this how we're all programmed to think? Doctors are medical professionals that swear an oath to first do no harm. Physicians are here to h…

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A few weeks ago, my husband and I decided the time was right to share one of our favorite movies with our daughters, who are ages four and seven.

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This past Thursday evening, All McMinn Modern Professionals - AMMP for short - held an event at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum to officially kickoff its membership drive. It was a festive atmosphere with food, fellowship, a cash bar, and information on future events. The group will…

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On Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I was traveling on business to Washington, D.C. En route, my flight was delayed so, rather than scroll through the wearisome news feed on my phone, I spent the extra hour in the airport re-reading Dr. King's 1963 Letter from a Birmingham Jail.

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Like most states, Tennessee is in urgent need of volunteers willing to become a foster parent or serve as a mentor to a child in foster care. This need has grown dramatically in recent years as a result of the opioid crisis, which has forced children from their homes and addicted parents int…

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In Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis delivered a Christmas Eve homily that shined a light on the millions of refugees and immigrants who, like Mary, Joseph, and the baby Jesus, are at this moment fleeing "the Herods of the world" and looking for "room in the inn." Indeed, the latest reports sugge…

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EDITOR'S NOTE: Eight-year-old Virginia O'Hanlon wrote a letter to the editor of The New York Sun, and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial on Sept. 21, 1897. The work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church, featured below, has since become history's most reprinted ne…

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Whether you agree or disagree with the result of the Etowah City Hall location debate, one thing we should all be pleased with is the fact that a deci-sion was made, and now the business of moving Etowah forward can take center stage.

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When he was asked last Thursday morning during his “State of the City” address to the Optimist Club of Athens, “What is the biggest problem currently facing this community?”, Athens City Manager C. Seth Sumner’s answer wasn’t finances or deferred maintenance or school projects or road paving…

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The Daily Post-Athenian pays tribute to the first responders and emergency services personnel who keep us safe – from police officers and sheriff’s deputies to firefighters and rescue squad members to paramedics and E-911 dispatchers to linemen and utility workers – we feel the best way we c…

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It seems a key issue with regard to both Athens City Council proposals for beer sales is setting boundaries – lowering them with regard to beer sales at restaurants and setting them for beer sales at special events.

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This Friday, Dec. 15, is the deadline for enrolling in the Affordable Care Act (ACA) health insurance marketplace. Tennessee is one of 28 states that does not have its own exchange, so that means the federal marketplace is where many of us can acquire heath coverage if we are not able to rec…

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