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Impact Study in Macon County

The demand for local foods keeps expanding, and you see it mentioned in magazines, books and other media. There could be a hundred vegetable farms like ours in Macon County, supplying middle Tennessee with fresh produce so they wouldn’t have to keep getting it from California and Mexico. The demand is there, and we could supply it.
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Digging Up Political Bones

According to the news media, thirty persons have been dispatched to Alaska to dig up bones. This reminds us of Randy Travis’ hit song of a few years back, “Digging Up Bones.” But these people aren’t archeologists. They are flunkies who are employed by the leftwing segment of the Democratic Party to hopefully dig up political bones that will cool the momentum of Sarah Palin. Boys, boys, why are you so afraid of this little woman? Oh, I know, you’re not afraid of her; it is the truth that she is so skillfully articulating that scares the daylights out of you.
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Laugh As If Nobody's Watching . . .

Sometimes I think Peter Pan had it right all along and maybe we should always hold tight to that childlike part of ourselves that seems to diminish with each passing year. That part of us that unintentionally makes our feet tap or our heads bob to the sound of a great song, that inner spirit that urges us to stomp a rain puddle, that tiny voice inside that tells us to dive, head first, into a freshly raked pile of leaves. 

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Canning Tomatoes

Canning tomatoes is an opportunity to relive the past. All the equipment – jars, canner, tongs, and bowls – are just like moms. Heirloom tomatoes, scalded, peeled, and boiled, get packed in hot jars. As I remember, a wonderful aroma fills up the kitchen. Rows of red maters, promising winter dinners, sit on cellar shelves.
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The New Weapons That Frightens The Liberals A Modern Deborah

John McCain has unleashed a new weapon that is sending shock waves throughout the liberal camp. I can’t believe it, but they are scared to death of McCain’s new addition to his arsenal. Can you believe that one little woman could give so many liberals a bad case of the jitters? Well, Sarah Palin has done it. They appear to be afraid that Governor Palin won’t be intimidated by their insults and lies. They are right, she won’t. Boys, you’ve got a tiger by the tail. Rest assured, Palin will rally the troops to the conservative cause.
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Neither Candidate To Get My Vote

It is with a broken heart that I greet you this week as my beloved kitty Benny Hill was savagely mauled and killed by what I believe to be two roaming dogs in Red Boiling Springs that have apparently been causing great concern to others besides myself.
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Apples

The boughs are bowing with the weight of fruit, as Mother Nature makes up for last year’s dearth with an over abundance of apples. Every tree is loaded and has bending branches. Nature always redeems herself.
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Protecting The Crops

Last year I made the raccoon families happy. This year our club of 200 families rejoices instead. Four stands of electrified wire encircle the entire sweet corn patch within a foot of the ground. Baited with a dab of peanut butter in aluminum foil hanging on the wire, the fence was a shock to the annual  ‘coon corn convention.
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“Tell It Like It Is”

Mealy months are far from being appreciated. They may think they are being diplomatic or politically correct, but their hypocrisy is highly audible to those on the sidelines. They are fooling no one but themselves. The people who pay the taxes are keenly aware of these oxymorons.
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Write-In Candidate

The following was passed along to me by friend, Evelyn Cole of the Thomas House in Red Boiling Springs. It is so good that I wanted to share it with my readers.
I HAVE DECIDED TO BECOME A WRITE-IN CANDIDATE.
HERE IS MY PLATFORM:
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Even When All is Remarkably Quiet . . .


Sometimes, even when all is remarkably quiet, the room is dark, our eyes are shut and our pillows are situated just right, we still find it impossible to fall asleep.
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A Film About Barack Obama

Get ready for a flurry of conservative film projects to be released in time for audiences to see prior to the November elections. A film about Barack Obama is in the works for those of use who know there are plenty of reasons to doubt this man’s ability to run the country, as well as doubt his somewhat dubious past. Can’t wait. There is also a film under way about the refusal of Disney to allow the movie “The Path to 9/11” to be released on DVD.
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The Potato Crop

Potatoes here, potatoes there, potatoes everywhere. This is what happens when you plant 1300 pounds of seed potatoes into a well-composted field. With a lot of help from our friends, 300 bushels are out of the field and ready for their next stage sorting.
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Wilson Fair Gives In To Atheists Discount


Wilson County Fair officials had planned to offer a church bulletin discount only to Christian groups attending the Goad and Country Day this past Sunday in Lebanon, but atheists “threw a monkey wrench” into their well-intended plans by demanding a discount for all atheists.
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Rising Fuel Prices

I want to thank everyone who turned out to participate in the gas price protest parade and attend the Ronnie McDowell concert in Red Boiling Springs on Sunday. Our good friend, nationally syndicated radio talk show host and author Phil Valentine drove his classic Mercedes Benz, powered by his own homemade bio-diesel, in the parade that included dozens of horses, numerous tractors, and several horse drawn wagons. Thanks to all the spectators that lined the streets to offer support. The concert was a big success and American Idol and Gone Country star Diana DeGarmo wowed the audience as well. We all had a ball. I also want to thank my family members who volunteered their services to help with the serving of food as well as all those who brought covered dishes for the crowd. You all are so appreciated! With that said, let’s get… right to it!
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The View

I can’t thank my friends enough for the continual calls of support that I receive concerning my mom’s hospitalization and illness. I am constantly amazed by the love and concern shown by my adopted community in Macon County, as well as elsewhere around the community and the country.
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Michelle Obama's Princeton University Thesis

Okay, how many of you have heard about the little story that has been buried by the mainstream media concerning former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards? It seems that a nasty little rumor swirled around a few months ago about Edwards and another woman with whom he fathered a child. Now it seems that Edwards was caught by paparazzi ducking out of a Beverly Hills hotel the other night, the same hotel where his paramour was registered and staying with her little bundle of joy. Edwards retreated to a hotel men’s room where photographers waited him out and he had to summon hotel security to escort him out of the hotel. This guy is reprehensible. And he wanted to be our president? I feel for his poor family. With that said, let’s get…right to it!
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The Bright Side

Dark clouds have a silver lining, and there is a bright side to everything. As gas prices rise, so does the cost of produce grown elsewhere. The demand for locally grown food dwarfs the supply, especially if the fertilizer has been cow manure. For the first time in my short farming career (35 years), the prospects for the small organic farmer are blooming.
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How I Grow Carrots

Five years ago I produced a TV show about carrots, in which I made a “carrot box”. This was for home gardeners who had trouble raising carrots in heavy, clay soils. The box was filled with sand, compost and good soil. I took the opportunity to explain rock dusts, such as rock phosphate, granite meal and lime. But it’s not the way I raise carrots.
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Picking Beans

I’m notoriously known to disappear during bean picking. It’s easy to find something else to do. But there were many long rows for the workers to harvest so I jumped right in there, in an effort to keep myself from planting more beans. It didn’t work.
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