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  • When I was little, my father never drove the interstate to Knoxville.
    Or, if we planned a trip to visit family for the day in Clinton, we would drive Tenn. 116 into Lake City.
    Rarely ever did we see the green dragon or the (now removed) Thacker Christmas Inn tree sign, as we were always on the other side of the dusty trail. My brother and I would cruise along in the backseat of our silver Dodge Dynasty, singing along to the latest hits on the weekly top 40 and enjoy the commentary provided by DJ Casey Kasem.

  • You turned 6 this week. Six.

    How is it possible that I have a 6-year-old?

    One minute you were snuggled deep into my arms in an itchy hospital blanket, and the next you are choosing your own bedroom paint colors.

    Then it will be braces and then college.

    But we are not even going to discuss those today.

  • JACKSBORO—Summer school students at Jacksboro Middle School planted the “Don Nance Campbell County Community Garden”—which was revealed to the community Friday.
    “It’s so good to see young people, and to see you out here and willing to be a part,” said Phyllis Clingner, who gave the program overview.
    Different vegetables—such as celery, beets, squash and tomatoes—are growing in the garden, which will be used to feed people in the community.

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    There’s just something about putting in a hard day’s work that makes a man sleep better at night.

    And when you build a porch from scratch, you sleep like a baby.

    We have officially dove headfirst into home improvement projects lately, considering trips to Lowe’s with its car buggies “fun for the whole family.”

    And who knew you could cram 1x4 boards into the floorboard of a minivan?

    You learn something new every day.

    And so it began.

  •  No matter what you call her—your Mamaw, Grandma, Nana, Grammy, Mimi or Granny–she surely has the cure for what ails you. A home cooked meal. A big hug. And a good smack on the rear, if you get out of line. 

    If your mamaw is from the South, she’s likely full of folk remedies from the days when a book-learned doctor was so far away that the ill would be cured—or dead—by the time he arrived. 

  • I can remember when I was a teenager, secretly dying to be 30.
    I thought: “People would finally take me serious when I am 30.”
    Kind of like when you are in elementary school and you cannot wait to get acne—because it is a mark of age.
    Growing up, all we want to do is grow up.
    We want time to fly, years to pass, until we get to that magical age where everything comes together and life just makes sense.
    I turned 31 last weekend.
    And life still does not make any sense.

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  • Ahh, Mother’s Day. That special day reserved for the ladies who wipe noses and raise future leaders.  Who sacrifice time and energy to create an atmosphere conducive to mothering and loving little ones. Most women are adorned with flowers, sweets, lovely cards or brunch on a patio overlooking the tranquil waves of the lake.
    I got a goat.

  •  JACKSBORO—The Campbell County High School Theatre Arts Spring Semester classes present their final play production of the year: Yearbook. 

  • Dear husband,

    Whenever you part ways with the homestead to endure training for any length of time, things tend to take on a different form around here. The grass grows taller, the laundry pile is smaller, and the children are at a level of crazy of which even the best of scientists and parenting experts offer no explanation. So, allow me to grant you a small window into life as we know it in your absence:

  •  JACKSBORO—Campbell County High School presents “Young Frankenstein” — a collaborative effort between the Advanced Vocal Music class of John Edwards and the Advanced Theatre Arts class of Billie Jo Ralston. 

  •  Bless you, allergy sufferers. That sneezing-wheezing-coughing-itching, hard-to-focus-on-anything time of year is back with a vengeance. Symptoms associated with allergies are annoying for most. But for others, allergic reactions may lead to more serious conditions such as asthma and sinus infections. If left untreated, a patient’s quality of life may suffer. An estimated 26 million Americans — roughly 20 percent of the population — are affected by seasonal allergies, according to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. 

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    Meals served daily, $4 per person

     

    Thursday

                                                                 

    9:30 a.m. Line Dance Class

  • Campbell County

    School Menu

    April 15 – April 19

     

    Monday 

    Hamburger with wheat bun

    Baked potato with toppings

    Lettuce, tomato

    Onion, pickle

    French fries

    Chilled applesauce

    Ice cream

     

    Tuesday

    Spaghetti with meat sauce

    Pizza

    Garden salad

    Green beans

    Garlic bread

    Fresh melon cup

     

    Wednesday

    Taco salad

    Crispito

  • Change is inevitable as they say, even to long-lived life forms such as trees.  Our area presently have a fairly uniform oak-hickory type forest (average age 60 to 110 years) in the upland ridges, and young mixed hardwood forests in the hollows and drains. 

    Several forces are at work that could change the look and function of our forests.

  • I am continuing this week with the though of sharing the plan of salvation. I believe as Christ gave the Disciples the Great Commission to go into all the world… We may not have to go into all the world… but we are responsible for sharing Christ with others.

  •                    “Ah, Lord God! Behold, Thou hast made the heavens and the earth by Thy great power and by thine outstretched arm. Nothing is too difficult for Thee”(Jeremiah 32:17).

  •  April

    Town Cleanup

    April is Cleanup Caryville Month. Appliances, furniture, tires, etc. will be picked up each Thursday, in April. Call 562-9478 or (865) 740-9820.

    April 4

    Performance

    Knoxville Symphony Orchestra quartet perform “How Many Cats?”. 10:30 a.m. Caryville Public Library. Free. 562-1108.

    April 5

    Singing