Susan Steen: Gatekeepers separate fresh ideas and community

“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be. But, before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.” — Bob Marley When my daughter-in-law and I first began a podcast a couple of years ago, she and our first guest talked a lot about the climbing […]

Weekly Devotional: Build your hopes on things eternal

“Covet not this world’s vain riches, that so rapidly decay. Seek to gain the heavenly treasures, they will never pass away.” – Jennie B. Wilson  Christ asked a thought-provoking question to His disciples. “What shall it profit a man to gain the whole world and forfeit his own soul, or better yet, what shall a man give in exchange for […]

Marsha Blackburn: Democrats put illegal immigrants first and Americans last

5.3 million. That’s the estimated number of illegal immigrants who have been apprehended at the southern border since Joe Biden took office. Another 1.5 million so-called “gotaways” have evaded Border Patrol agents and entered the country without being caught. An Afghan national and a Pakistani national, both on the FBI Terrorism Watch List, were caught trying to enter the U.S. last week. Just days ago, a group of 30 […]

Legal Aid Society: TennCare changes could leave elderly, disabled without health benefits

For elderly and disabled people, doctor and hospital visits can be a regular part of life, causing a seemingly neverending stream of medical bills. For those with low incomes, even the portion of those bills not covered by Medicare can be unaffordable. Thankfully, a set of programs known as the Medicare Savings Programs offer additional state-administered financial assistance to help […]

Jack McCall: Beatles and sights top my “bucket list”

I can’t say I have ever had a bucket list. Of course, the concept of a bucket list was popularized by the 2007 movie titled “The Bucket List,” starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. It was about two old guys who had a bunch of things they wanted to do before they died. So, they made a list – a […]

Denver vs. Miami is far from boring

This Denver vs. Miami series is only through one game so far with the Nuggets taking the first game 104-93.  There’s been some talk that this series would be “boring” or “dull” but I don’t believe that to be the case. Now, I also need to admit that I do think that Denver is immensely better and it will take […]

Should you consider 401(k) loans or withdrawals?

At some point, you may have more money in your 401(k) than in any other investment. And even though your 401(k) is intended for your retirement, you may one day think you have to tap into your account early — but should you? And if you do, how should you go about it? If it’s possible to avoid taking money […]

Susan Steen: Organized files always help in emergency

“For every minute spent organizing, an hour is earned.” – Benjamin Franklin The panic set in. Where was that piece of paper? I knew exactly where it was, but I tore several areas of the house apart looking for it. It was in a manila folder. Or was it? No, it turned out it wasn’t. And when I changed what […]

Jack McCall: The years rolled by in the bed of pickup trucks

I attended a legislative conference in Gatlinburg recently. It was a gathering of county road supervisors, county commissioners and county mayors. The meeting was held at the Park Plaza Hotel high above Gatlinburg. The conference featured informative sessions and interesting speakers. I found networking with other mayors to be most beneficial. I have never seen so many pickup trucks in […]

Weekly Devotional: Pastor, feed the flock of God with God’s word

“Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.” (2 Timothy 4:2) Preacher, get relevant and understand what God is saying in this crucial time. Go to your prayer closet and don’t come out until you can come forth with a “thus saith the Lord” that will arrest the attention […]

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