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There are many addictions besides drugs, sex and power. There is also our increasing addiction to debt. According to Money Magazine, reporting on figures from the New York Fed, "Americans' debt hit a new high of $13 trillion last year, surpassing the previous record set in 2008 by $280 billion."

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Ok, I know, officially, the first day of summer is another two weeks away. But for me, summer has arrived. Already a bunch of summer time things are going on. Late rains postponed this year's spring hay crop. Now farmers are dodging rain showers as they try get the hay crop in.

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Gone are the days when it was a common occurrence to see a man following a mule, or a pair of mules, or a work horse through a tobacco patch or corn field. Many a mile has been covered by a working man as he stumbled over newly turned up earth while gripping worn plow handles. But, no more. …

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The intellectual right is in the middle of a huge brouhaha, as some prominent right-wing commentators celebrate what they believe is the end of the "conservative consensus" around classical liberalism -- free markets, limited government, the sovereignty of the individual and even in some cas…

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Observances of the 75th anniversary of D-Day are properly focusing on the troops and the architect of Operation Overlord, Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower, who freed Europe from Hitler and his Nazi hordes.

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If my late mother said it once, she said it a thousand times -- "Lord, have mercy!"

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By this time of year in days gone by my father would have gathered up every bushel basket, wash tub, orange crate and pasteboard box he could get his hands on. It was time to pull tobacco plants.

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Among the many things that frustrate Americans about Washington, D.C., is the unwillingness -- not inability, but unwillingness -- to solve problems.

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To submit a church event, send event information including date and time to Terry McCormick at tmccormick@portlandleader.net

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I had a most interesting travel experience a few weeks back. I was speaking for the National Association of Elevator Contactors. The occasion was the annual NAEC Spring Conference taking place at the Naples Grand Beach Resort, in Naples, FL.

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The Carthage High School (Smith County High School) Class of 1969 celebrates its 50th class reunion this weekend. That's right - number 50! Five decades, half a century! It is hard to believe. I am reminded of the famous words of Charlie Brown from Charles Schultz' Peanuts cartoon, "Good grief!"

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To submit an event for our Community Calendar, please email information including date, time and place to Terry McCormick at tmccormick@portlandleader.net

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To submit an event for our Church Bulletin please email information including date, time and place to Terry McCormick at tmccormick@portlandleader.net

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Head trauma tops the list of severe injuries involving the use of electric scooters - injuries that in many cases could have been prevented with the use of a helmet, according to an investigation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Austin public health department.

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It has "invariably been the fate of conservatism to be dragged along a path not of its own choosing," the philosopher and economist Friedrich Hayek famously wrote. Hayek's larger point was that while conservatism plays an important role in pumping the brakes on radical ideas that go too far,…

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It took a few days, but the New York Times finally got around to apologizing for publishing in its international edition a grossly anti-Semitic cartoon depicting a blind President Trump wearing a yarmulke and being led by a dog resembling Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The dog wo…

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A deadly crime spree unfolded on Saturday, leaving seven people, including a 12-year-old girl, dead in a rural part of Sumner County. An eighth person was injured and the suspect was wounded and is in custody.

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After the District 9-AAA championships two weeks ago, the Portland track team attended the Second Annual Coach Sam Smith High School Invitational on April 20.

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The average American adult now spends about 6½ hours a day sitting -- an increase of about an hour a day since 2007. For teenagers ages 12 to 19, that number is eight hours a day.

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The Portland baseball lost a tough game to visiting White House Saturday after at home by an 8-5 margin. The Panthers trailed 8-3 going into the bottom of the seventh but rallied for two runs before the Blue Devils got the final out for the win.

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The long arm of the PC police has reached back to the '30s and arrested, prosecuted and sentenced the late singer Kate Smith. Smith, who popularized Irving Berlin's song "God Bless America" and was a female pioneer in early television, recorded songs that today in hindsight are viewed as racist.

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I was back in the Brim Hollow a couple of weeks ago. I still go there quite often -- more often in my mind than in reality. But I found some time to get away. So, I grabbed my shotgun and headed out.

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Maybe it is a little early to be discussing the total solar eclipse that will pass through Portland on Aug. 21.

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The City of Portland is seeking a new city judge as longtime Judge Steve Glaser has announced he is stepping down and will reside in the Memphis area with his wife of 44 years, Sonja.

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Several new Tennessee laws went into effect Jan. 1, with the biggest change impacting public safety laws.

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The Portland Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted unanimously to terminate the City of Portland Parks Director Steve Osborne at its Jan. 3, 2016 meeting.

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The Portland Leader is accepting nominations for Educator of the Year, to be presented at the 2017 Portland Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Feb. 21.

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