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Traveling may not be on your mind right now. It probably is not safe enough for most of us to hop on a plane and visit a new area. Even if you traveled by car, you would still have to get out and more than likely be around many other people.

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White dresses, a bright blue suit and flags of “Old Glory” stand out in a new display at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum.

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Paper calendars and the Volstead Act contributed to the closing of the Ithaca Calendar Clock Company in 1918, according to a history written on the company’s website found at www.ithacacalendar

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I had a friend tell me that she had to run out and cut all of her daisies quickly since the hay cutters had arrived earlier than she expected. She had several beautiful vases of flowers in her home. I also have these common daisies growing in my flower beds; they have been very reliable. App…

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Very few people identify a personal life philosophy that governs them. The broad band of humanity travels happily along a road of convenience choosing diverse plans that offer the most for the moment. In our day, commitment levels are low and personal gratification is the main course on the menu.

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I wear a lot of different hats. I am a full-time pastor and I hold a full-time secular job, plus familial responsibilities. On account of this, sometimes I am not able to write on a certain week, but my goal is to never cease writing for two weeks back to back. However, you might have notice…

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On May 22, Gov. Bill Lee issued Executive Order 38, which states that senior centers are to remain closed to seniors and to the public.

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Nestled in the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum’s parlor are plates displaying a “neo classic” pattern of figures within architecture against mountainous backdrops in the Roman/Grecian era.

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Freedom has a beautiful ring to it, but as we all know so well, freedom comes with a very high price.

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Have you ever had anyone try to control you through guilt or shame? They may attempt to make you feel guilty for not attending a function they’re hosting. Or shame you for associating with certain individuals.

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Since we have been closed because of COVID-19, we have continued to deliver frozen meals to our Meals on Wheels seniors. We have also received funds from United Way to be able to help these seniors with their needs. All these seniors have really appreciated the things we have done.

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Winnie is a fox hound described as “famous” in a journal that reveals historical facts, Chesnutt family history and memoirs of J.W. Chesnutt (b. 1800, d. 1868). The journal is named “The Connection Road” and can be found in our artifact collection preserved within the McMinn County Living He…

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I read recently a chilling account of a young woman who plunged to her death from the edge of a rocky cliff. She was attempting to get a picture of herself against the backdrop of a deep ravine.

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If you are like me, you are spending some time while quarantined working outside in your garden. If you took my suggestions from last week and planted some things, I hope you covered the fragile plants to keep them safe during the cold temperatures we have had at night.

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There is an old hymn of whose chorus offers these blissful words: “How beautiful heaven must be. Sweet home of the happy and free; Fair haven of rest for the weary, How beautiful heaven must be.”

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In an effort to put the year 1870 (150 years ago) in perspective, consider the following: Just three years prior (1863), President Abraham Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on Jan. 1 as the nation approached its third year of a bloody civil war.

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I hope all of you are practicing ways to stay safe during this pandemic. I have talked to many of our seniors and most agree that they are not enjoying staying at home and understand that it is to keep them from getting sick.

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Creamware, a type of earthenware that is a cream color, was a popular product of many potters of Staffordshire County, England, with Josiah Wedgwood being the most notable. We have some creamware plates in our collection at the McMinn County Living Heritage Museum.

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Last week, our state received news that the governor had decided to reopen Tennessee businesses. Some people let out a sigh of relief and some were left shaking their heads as if to say “too soon.”

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I recall seeing a humorous skit on a country music program years ago called “Hee-Haw.” Several young ladies were washing clothes on an old-fashion rub board and singing about gossip.

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Athens City Manager C. Seth Sumner was recently honored by the International City/County Management Association (ICMA) for 10 years of service. Sumner (left) is shown here at last week’s Athens City Council meeting with Vice Mayor Bo Perkinson.