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Growing up, I was fortunate to have a collection of supportive adults who made my life richer by providing positive leadership and opportunity. Back then, I was unaware of the ongoing effect they would have on my life, but today, I realize they taught me things I would use and expand on for …

It was the dreaded day of my daughter’s attempt at earning her driver’s license. Mind you, the dread did not come from any fear over how she would do, but over the DMV experience itself. To say the least, in spite of the great people who work at those offices, the government mandated red tap…

In my continuing quest to write about something that doesn’t include the word “pandemic,” I’d like to explore how kids are spending their time during this...uh...event.

No other democratic republic has a supreme court with the authority to interpret the constitution as we do. And as the third branch of government the U.S. Supreme Court was intended to be completely independent of the executive and legislative branches and as divorced from politics as possib…

No other democratic republic has a supreme court with the authority to interpret the constitution as we do. And as the third branch of government the U.S. Supreme Court was intended to be completely independent of the executive and legislative branches and as divorced from politics as possib…

It was, I suppose, the most unorthodox of prayer meetings. Most prayer meetings are conducted in the lovely confines of a church or perhaps in the sawdust of a gospel tent. But this one was harder to get to. Pass the front of the nursing home, go down the backside, brush past the prickly hol…

Traditionally you have had larger computers called servers that your organizations did most of their computer work on and the data was stored on them. These servers were in the computer room at your organizations. The organization had to buy powerful enough machines to handle things at the h…

As I write this, it has been 113 days since the first COVID-19 case was identified in my home county. Within an hour, the school system announced schools would be closed for two weeks in order to give classrooms a thorough scrubbing. Little did we know.

Due to our geographical remoteness, German and Japanese bombers were unable to reach the North American continent during World War II. Consequently, we emerged from the war the only major power with its manufacturing base and infrastructure still intact, even enhanced by wartime expansion.

Due to our geographical remoteness, German and Japanese bombers were unable to reach the North American continent during World War II. Consequently, we emerged from the war the only major power with its manufacturing base and infrastructure still intact, even enhanced by wartime expansion.

If you are still watching television news (I rarely do these days), you will notice that the protests across the country seem to be as much generational as racial. There are a lot of young white kids marching with blacks. That tells me these protests are going to be with us awhile. What youn…

Dear America, happy birthday! If I may be so forward as to say so, you are the prettiest 244-year-old I have ever seen. Now, don’t blush at that; you deserve it. I know you probably aren’t hearing that very often these days, but I say it unashamedly.

A lot has been made of facial recognition in the last few years. It has been used in various ways to spot people in crowds, to identify users of phones to let them in the phone, to determine who people are in pictures on Facebook, etc.

The United States of America turns 244 years old this July Fourth. We have our problems, to be sure — just like every other country on the face of the earth. We are made up of human beings, flawed all.

Probably the most significant decision by President Ronald Reagan was his increase in U.S. defense spending that forced the Soviet Union to increase its own to keep up. This policy soon bankrupted the USSR’s already failing socialist economy and led to the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Empire.

Probably the most significant decision by President Ronald Reagan was his increase in U.S. defense spending that forced the Soviet Union to increase its own to keep up. This policy soon bankrupted the USSR’s already failing socialist economy and led to the ultimate collapse of the Soviet Empire.

My daughter loves to poke around in the wet weather creek that runs under our driveway, and on a recent trip to the mailbox, I found myself waiting for her with my son in his stroller. I let her get her fill of the microcosm that any body of water, even a drying one, presents.

In case you haven’t heard, there is a big stink permeating the offices of the New York Times. Let me ask the question for you: Why should you care? Let me answer the question for you: We may be entering an era where opposing viewpoints are no longer acceptable. That bothers me. I hope it bot…

As we prepare to celebrate July 4th in this year of 2020, we do so as a people in turmoil. Everyone can see that. The only question is, who is at fault and what are we to do about it?

While doing some research on an upcoming book project, I was looking through some 1930s era newspapers. One theater proudly advertised, “Coming Distractions!” I don’t know if that was a typo, or if they were indeed offering people “distractions” from the Great Depression.

When confronted with the embarrassing fact that Hillary Clinton outpolled him by almost 3 million popular votes in the 2016 election, Donald Trump claimed it was due to “millions of cases of voter fraud.” This outlandish accusation, like so many others, is supported by no tangible evidence w…

When confronted with the embarrassing fact that Hillary Clinton outpolled him by almost 3 million popular votes in the 2016 election, Donald Trump claimed it was due to “millions of cases of voter fraud.” This outlandish accusation, like so many others, is supported by no tangible evidence w…

Times-Journal Inc., parent company for The Catoosa County News and Walker County Messenger, published the following column written by TJI Vice President of Content J.K. Murphy, who has spent 40 years in the newspaper business. It explains the challenges all newspapers face in the digital age.

Let us pause a moment from the endless angst and anguish over racial issues, the uncertainty of the status of COVID-19, faulty voting machines and who is to blame, political campaigns that seem to have no end, a hemorrhaging state budget and no Major League baseball. Sunday, June 21, is Fath…

To say that I was never going to make it to the NBA would not come as a shock to anyone who knows me. At five feet, ten inches tall, and much more of a power lifter build than a lean jumper, it simply was never going to happen. Nonetheless, since I always enjoyed playing the game, I jumped a…

A mesh network is where you have a number of access points and they are all communicating with each other and spreading the wireless signal from them. This in turn gives better coverage through your network area.

Last week my wife said, “Remember when we used to go to the movies?” It really hasn’t been that long ago, but it sounded like one of those horse and buggy chats from the olden days. “Movin’ pictures? Like in one of them there aero-condition thee-a-ters?”

Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, pragmatists, ideologs, Presbyterians, or whatever, can never seem to agree on economic theories or tax policies. And if Republicans plan on winning this November they should make sure their economic theories might work. But supply-side economi…

Republicans, Democrats, liberals, conservatives, pragmatists, ideologs, Presbyterians, or whatever, can never seem to agree on economic theories or tax policies. And if Republicans plan on winning this November they should make sure their economic theories might work. But supply-side economi…