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Standing the test of time

WE’VE ALL seen it in the movies or read about it in books—the romantic story of when a boy meets a girl, and an instant connection is made. Some might even call it love at first sight. The destined pair then rides off into the sunset and into what we know as happily...

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From the heart

From the heart

IMAGINE LIFE is a car, and our goal is to make it from one side of the country to the other. The only way to do that is by having a full tank of gas. What is the gas in our lives, as humans, that...

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Keeping History Alive

Keeping History Alive

STANDING TALL and regal amongst the background of downtown Manchester is the event venue, The Church @117. The building’s historic brick and architecture tell a story of rich history. Over the...

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Standing the test of time

Standing the test of time

WE’VE ALL seen it in the movies or read about it in books—the romantic story of when a boy meets a girl, and an instant connection is made. Some might even call it love at first sight. The destined...

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Love and Barbecue

Love and Barbecue

IT IS commonly believed among love experts that there are seven love languages: activity, appreciation, emotional, financial, intellectual, physical, and practical. For the happily married couple,...

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Love Brotherly Forever

Love Brotherly Forever

BRO, BUDDY, sidekick, comrade, sibling, big brother, and kidbrother— whatever you may call them, you can’t deny the unbreakable bond between brothers Daniel and Stephen Ray. A seven-year age...

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Stepping into the new year

Stepping into the new year

STARTING THE new year off right, folks strapped on their walking boots and braved the cold for the annual First Day Hike at Old Stone Archeological Park. The hike was part of a series of First Day...

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History over and over again

History over and over again

I AM IN the middle of my third decade of life, and within the last two years, I’ve discovered something I always ignored: music from the midcentury. Life does not seem to be slowing down. Our...

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If I can dream

OUR COMMUNITY has a rich history. Businesses, people, and locations have created the foundation of who we are today. Each decade is a building block to our identity, creating a beautiful masterpiece...

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‘Just as you are’

FOR OVER 30 years, children’s television host Mister Rogers came into the homes of millions via our television sets and told each of us one of the most important things a person could say to us. “I...

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Creating from the divine

Creating from the divine

ARTISTS ARE unique creatures. They see things in a way that most of us take for granted or don’t have the patience to see. Their minds wander; they imagine and solve invisible problems about making...

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A Fresh Start With Your Health

A Fresh Start With Your Health

THE START of a new year means the gym will be packed. The possibilities seem endless when the clock strikes midnight on New Year’s Eve. We’ve shrugged off an old year. Now, what will we do with the...

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Care Comes Home

Care Comes Home

TWO WORDS strike fear and dread in our hearts. Cancer is number two. While number one is associated with it, it is no longer exclusive to it. Any number of conditions can lead to a call for it; the...

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Time Travel Through Nature

Time Travel Through Nature

PARKS CAN be magical places. They offer a sense of wonder and produce curiosity of a time long ago. Back to a time long before the internet, cars, indoor plumbing, or air conditioning—to a time when...

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Ingredients for the best year yet!

MAYBE IT’S superstitious. Perhaps it’s tradition. Or it’s possible that it’s because the food is just so darn good. Whatever the reason, Southerners cannot seem to get enough traditional New Year’s...

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Marching to Honor

Marching to Honor

THE FOURTH annual Manchester Veterans Day parade was held on November 19. People lined the city streets in honor of those who have served. This year’s parade theme was “A Salute to Military Service...

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Tis the season

Tis the season

ALL I want for Christmas iiiiiiis…yoooooOOooooOOoouuuUUUuuu.” Can you hear it already? It’s that time of year once again. A time of year when a heated blanket feels like a hug. Every inch of the...

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The gift of less

The gift of less

SOMETIMES THE holidays can seem all about the "more." More decorations, more gifts, more food, more events. But what if less was actually the more we were looking for? Tullahoma native Makayla...

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A meal full of hope

A meal full of hope

THE SIMPLE act of sitting down to eat a meal with others has great significance. It conjures thoughts of historical meals, such as Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples, Norman Rockwell’s...

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A gift of compassion

A gift of compassion

THE HOLIDAYS are a joyous time of the year for many. Days filled with family and friends coming together to celebrate and spend time with each other. But for many, it can often be a stressful and...

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Where your small town shines

Where your small town shines

THERE ARE the famous ones such as the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in New York with its larger-than-life floats, and the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago where they color the river bright...

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Go straight to the best

TAKE A deep breath and smell the aroma of lunch cooking in the kitchen. It was a very important meal. Jesus and the 12 stopped in to visit the home of Martha and Mary, in Bethany. Through the...

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History over and over again

Life’s short; eat dessert.

WE DUST off the artificial pumpkin decorations and pull orange and purple wreaths from storage. We pull out rakes and sweaters as the weather drops like the leaves do. The weather feels therapeutic...

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Wrapped up in hope

Wrapped up in hope

IF YOU stop and listen, you might hear computer keys clacking. Local author Janice Lynn has been busy crafting her latest manuscripts, “Celebrating all things Christmas,” “Sweet Romance,” and...

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Hats off to Coffee Community Chat

Hats off to Coffee Community Chat

OVER THE years, Stacey Stone has worn many hats. She’s known as “the realtor who wears many hats.” She’s donned graduation caps from both Manchester Central High School and Middle Tennessee State...

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A night out for creative souls

A night out for creative souls

THE CREATIVE souls of Manchester regularly enjoy wonderful, relaxing evenings at Manchester’s Board & Brush Creative Studio learning how to create signs as well as many other things from etched...

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We’ve got the sauce

We’ve got the sauce

IT STARTED with the sauce. Take crushed tomatoes, add a splash of red wine, a whole lot of basil, and a few secret ingredients, and you get a hearty and authentic Italian red sauce that’s not too...

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A labor of love

A labor of love

IF YOU’RE looking for classic comfort food or freshly baked goods, The Mercantile Cafe in downtown Manchester is the perfect spot. Their wide variety of easy-to-grab selections for lunch and dinner...

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It Never Gets Old

It Never Gets Old

THE “ULTIMATE Oldies” traveling show brought the house down at the Manchester Arts Center during their Elvis Tribute in October. The group started in 2010 as a way for founder and director Jamie...

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Someone Has Your Back

WHEN THE SMELL of warm caramel coffee lingers in the air of your vehicle on the way to work, you don’t have to think about watching your back. While not every driver on the road is aware of their...

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When reruns are Home Runs

When reruns are Home Runs

NECESSITY MAY be the mother of invention, but the pandemic birthed many new creative ventures – directly and indirectly. Lona Bailey’s is the indirect variety. Many of us rediscovered old television...

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Into the Flames

Into the Flames

A YOUNG BOY watched as firefighters attempted to save his grandmother’s home, the home where his mother and her siblings had grown up, and his Grandmother Taylor still lived. The hearts of those...

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Behind the Scenes Guy

Behind the Scenes Guy

AT HOME on his day off he’s making pancakes for his children, calming his crying child after a tumble, and picking up around the house while his wife, a teacher, is at work. With quiet patience,...

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When Mrs. Smith Calls

When Mrs. Smith Calls

MENTION “EMERGENCY,” and a child of the ‘70s may have a totally different mental image than a generation or two removed. Gage, DeSoto, and the crew at Station 51 of the Los Angeles County Fire...

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With care and appreciation

With care and appreciation

WHEN TRAGEDY and hardship strike, we want to help. We demonstrate our love and care in various ways, but feeding those hit hard meets a basic need and fuels them to manage their situations. Few...

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Pittman: The Persistent Player

Pittman: The Persistent Player

THIS PRACTICE wasn’t like all the others. It was the last practice before the season opener; the official start of the season. You could feel the tension and excitement amongst the players. It was...

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This drum major is unstoppable!

This drum major is unstoppable!

THE AFTERNOON SUN beats down, throwing its last few heated punches before it sets for the evening. The smell of hotdogs and popcorn waft through the air luring patrons to the concession stands....

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All or Nothing

All or Nothing

THE CROWD is wild with excitement, chanting louder and louder. The band chimes in alongside the crowd, performing the jubilant number that welcomes their team onto the field. The cheerleaders wave...

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“Right Where I Need to be”

“Right Where I Need to be”

WHEN WE tell the story of our lives, it is not solely about us. When we tell the story of our successes, our triumphs, and even our failures, it involves more than just ourselves. There are a whole...

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‘Tempus Perfectum’

‘Tempus Perfectum’

IT’S QUIET. Which is very uncommon for a Friday night football game. The score is close, and one right or wrong play could decide the whole game. It’s almost as if the whole crowd knows this, and...

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It’s Good To Be Back!

It’s finally here! Although the outside temperature argues for summer, your school spirit knows it’s fall. Tonight you’ve chosen shorts and flip-flops, but soon it will be flannel shirts, pants, and...

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Game Day Party Recipes

THE ELECTRIFYING atmosphere under Friday night lights is majorly fueled by loyal fans scattered across stadium seats. Young children with painted faces, parents with cushioned seats, and...

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Playing for a Hometown Crowd

Playing for a Hometown Crowd

IT’S HOT. The humidity is as thick as honey on a fluffy buttermilk biscuit that has just come out of the oven. People sit in their camp chairs and fan themselves with whatever is in arm’s reach as...

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Classrooms made of steel

Classrooms made of steel

THE CLASSROOM is like railroad tracks. Hard workers spent years, decades—centuries even—laying the groundwork for the trains to run smoothly from coast to coast. They’re strong. And they last for...

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So much more than teaching

DEFINING THE meaning of teacher requires more than Merriam-Webster; it takes a deeper look and a second glance. More than a job with a summer-long vacation, teachers are motivated by their love for...

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Prepping for Back to School

IT MIGHT be one of the most exciting yet stressful times of the year, rivaling that of Christmas. It requires preparation, planning, logistics, time, and money. I’m almost sure there are military...

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Like a rock tossed into the water

SURROUNDED BY a sea of classmates, a student filled with potential may feel invisible or wish he could disappear. Another student’s highest aim might be to coast through school until graduation. One...

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But, God

WITH THE first cup of steaming coffee in my hand and the stiffness still in my joints, I gently ease into my spot on the couch. A fresh, new day offers a blank page, although the to-do list in my...

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Making Manchester safer

Making Manchester safer

SAFETY HAS always been a goal for the Manchester Public Works department. This is especially true now, as the department continues work on multiple sidewalks across Manchester. The project has been...

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Classroom Approved

THE WORDS “back to school” can stir up many different emotions. Some young parents hear “school” and are instantly filled with dread and anxiety. Leaving their wide eyed babes for the first time can...

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Good changes in industry

Good changes in industry

THE BEGINNING of the year marked a large change in the industrial community of Coffee County, as Cookeville native Stephen Crook was hired as the Coffee County Industrial Board executive director....

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The rescuing bond of love

The rescuing bond of love

THE BOND between a girl and her horse is one that cannot be broken. A horse can be broken, meaning it can undergo skillful training to become accustomed to carrying a rider. Similarly, a young...

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A teacher all about relationships

A teacher all about relationships

GENERALLY SPEAKING, one of the most dramatic periods of a person’s life happens during the adolescent years when the prefrontal cortex of the brain region (responsible for things like planning,...

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Lemonade Day

Lemonade Day

DON’T LET the image of a roadside lemonade stand staffed with a child dreaming of a pony fool you. Lemonade Day is the real deal. Instead of a pony, the stands’ operators are dreaming of owning and...

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