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On July 12, some of Georgia’s leading behavioral health advocates held a press conference in the Capitol rotunda to raise awareness of the next pandemic that will affect our state: mental health.

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No matter which side of the fence, or wall, or aisle you align with, we can all pretty well agree there are a lot of big problems facing us in the world today.

One of my former co-workers reached out a couple of months ago and wrote “What do you think about the CRT?

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Lately my thoughts have been on past journeys I have taken to London, and I am often left with a sense of homesickness when I recount the times my feet have wandered those city streets.

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I was speaking with Northwest Georgia District Public Health Director Dr. Gary Voccio on Thursday afternoon and he sounded thoroughly exasperated. This COVID-19 Delta variant seems to be racing into Northwest Georgia just as it seems to be terrorizing much of the rest of the country.

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I’ve had a really hard time figuring out what in the name of heaven is wrong with people. Here’s the thing. I like people. I’ve always liked people. I am a “people” myself, but something has happened to people in general. They have become less tolerant, more hateful, and have totally lost th…

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I recall some things that I saw people do that seemed odd. Having no knowledge why they were doing these things got my curiosity up. So I would ask them. Got some strange answers. As a young fellow, it seemed strange to see a grown up doing things that didn’t make sense to me.

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I celebrated my birthday this past weekend. Birthdays are a strange thing. How we view them changes as we get older. As we age, many of us will say that our birthdays don’t matter to us, but secretly we all hope that at least a few people acknowledge them.

“My freedom, my rights, my choices!” My, my, my, how many times have we heard those expressions! “You can’t make me do something I don’t want to do!” Well, folks, we have a bunch of people saying such words to excuse some inexcusable actions.

While the eyes of the world are fixed on athletes of the 32nd Olympiad going for gold in Tokyo, I thought it would be fun if Rome had its own Olympic games.

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We are still in monsoon season in New Mexico, and this year has been a watery blessing. If you follow the national weather scene you know that the American Southwest has been dry, dry, dry. Most of us do not have lawns to water out here in New Mexico, but the big alfalfa fields in my neck of…

I realize many don’t want to hear my words. In regard to the pandemic in general and vaccines specifically, opinions have been formed and outlooks set.

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Has this happened to you? You call your dentist to make an appointment for your annual checkup, and you discover that you haven't been to see him since April 2019. You are getting dressed for a meeting when you suddenly realize you already attended it — two days ago. You find yourself checking the calendar because you can't remember what day of the week it is, and then realize you don't know ...

Here’s the thing: If you had worked all of your adult life and found yourself living in the rural section of the U.S., separated from the main population of the country, and there is no one who can come to your rescue but your government, you too would be looking to the government to give as…

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The last couple of weeks have witnessed a pair of extravagant dreams come true. First, Sir Richard Branson flew his Virgin Galactic rocket into space. Then, this past Tuesday, Jeff Bezos was buckled in to his Blue Origin spacecraft for a 10-minute ride of a lifetime.

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Mmmmmmmmm…. Yep! It’s that time of year. Take a drive anywhere around here and behind most homes, especially in the country, folks have a garden growing.

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To appreciate the altruistic endeavor that enraptures Erin Barger, you begin with her formative years. She was born with a good heart. She is as selfless as Mother Theresa. She has the giving and caring gene.

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When you start to read this, you will think that I am talking about the Rome Speedway. No, I am writing about the car races, foot races and all other kinds that come from being a police officer. They can occur at any time of the day or night and I have been involved in all of them.

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…

“Grandma, why do your hands look like that,” she asked as she held my hand and pointed to all the freckles and visible veins. “Well, honey, unlike you, I have light, fair skin, which often comes with freckles and veins.”

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One of the things I enjoy doing each summer is making jam. There is something quite satisfying about taking bits of fruit and creating little glass jars of brilliantly colored goodness to enjoy on biscuits and bread in the middle of winter.

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Have you ever like me ever questioned God as to why you were having to go through some particular trial or tribulation?

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Living in a hovel, hearing tales of the great silver city across the meadow and over the hill, Adalhard thought one day he would be brave enough to venture there.

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Of all the Southernisms that I have heard throughout my Georgia rearing, this phrase has been one of my melodramatic favorites.

Yes, summer is here in full bloom, bringing all of the glorious insects with it. Seen and unseen, singing mosquitoes and nonsinging mosquitoes, nits, flies, ticks and the 13- and 17-year cicadas. I am having my share of incidents with them, or should I say more than my share.

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I recently had a lovely reunion with my dear friend and her husband in Decatur. As I was leaving their home I asked if they knew of a good place to grab some used CDs.

Working in the news industry in markets like Waycross, Columbus, Montgomery and Rome for the past 43 years has given me the opportunity to tell stories about people and places that have, for the most part, been fascinating and fun. I thought I’d take a few minutes in this space today to reca…

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Ever since the dawn of time, or at least when humans became more human, we have had a fascination with getting from point A to point B as quickly as possible. Legs with feet attached got us there quicker than crawling, but humans were developing better brains and, lo and behold, the wheel wa…

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A funny thing happened years ago following an introduction to a specialty golf ball manufacturer who wanted help promoting his product for which he would pay a modest fee.

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We moved from Kingston to Rome when I was a small boy. We moved to Armstrong Street that ran off of Allen Street. Allen Street is now the part of John Davenport that runs from the railroad tracks to Division Street.

There are times in our lives when we need to reorganize our priorities to rediscover the fundamentals of happiness. Often, we don’t understand what causes our sadness or lack of enthusiasm.

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Jesus was an itinerant preacher, turned away from his hometown because they didn’t like the message he had to deliver.

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Not by any means or stretch of suggestion am I educated to an extent Rabbinic wisdom is an expertise I share with any authority. But I have lived a life of ups and downs, triumphs and failures, rights and wrongs, and Rabbinic wisdom and Jesus’ words speak to life.

Donald Rumsfeld played a major role in our American politics, and yet there is so much that is unknown about him. He once said that there are the known knowns, the known unknowns and the unknown unknowns. Most people’s understanding of Rumsfeld would fall into the unknown unknowns.