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I have a Facebook friend in Colorado, another Christian writer I’ve met with a number of times over the years at various Christian publishing events. For the past few years she’s been writing about her oldest son, Zach, who is a drug addict.

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I met Amber, 20, and Luke, 19, at a bookstore recently. They’re from a small Hoosier town near the Ohio border and they were gracious enough to give me their take on a few questions I posed.

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De'Yonte' Jenkins once played sports for his pastime, but after a redirection of hobbies, he unexpectedly found a calling in theatre.

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Cliff Alexander certainly hasn’t been exempt from all the discouraging headlines plaguing our country today. With so much of today’s reading material being heavy and difficult to disconnect from, Alexander decided he wanted to write the polar opposite. Subsequently, the former Portland resid…

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An old African proverb says “It takes a village to raise a child.” And while many have used that phrase throughout the years, Portland residents saw how much compassion a village can have for a child when Tennesseeans turned out in droves to support a Portland police officer’s family trying …

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The historical Moore House on College Street in Portland and its carriage house contain many secrets, some of which came to light at last week’s meeting of the Highland Rim Historical Society (HRHS).

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The members of the Portland Church of Christ continued to celebrate their sesquicentennial year last week, when the congregation, along with guests, met on the grounds of Richland Park in front of Cold Springs School.

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Sabrina McClard, principal at J. W. Wiseman Elementary School, and Tressa Sanders, assistant principal at Jack Anderson Elementary School, have been chosen to participate in the Governor’s Academy for School Leadership.

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The passing of former City Recorder Nancy Keen leaves a legacy for her community and fellow workers in many arenas. She served as a role model for all employees of city hall and was the measure for what a good employee should strive to be.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Dakota W. McLeod graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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U.S. Air Force Airman Larry J. Key II graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

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When John Evan Flatt graduated from Portland High School in 2013, all who knew him knew his future was looking bright. With a Purdue University scholarship under his belt, he headed for the world of aeronautical engineering technology. Flatt’s passion for his line of study began with buildin…

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Gracie May Woodall is known for being vivacious and energetic. Though she’s just 3 years old, this sweet child has already had to undergo open-heart surgery more than once. Now, her family is preparing for another surgery in July.

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Tennessee College of Applied Technology/Portland Computer Information Technology student Harley Gifford received a gold medal in Computer Programming at Tennessee SkillsUSA State Leadership and Skills Conference in Chattanooga in April.

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Navy Fireman Matthew Burke Webb, son of Bethany and Michael Webb of Portland, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill.

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NASHVILLE — Veteran music publisher and industry executive, Troy Tomlinson, was presented the 2016 Robert E. Mulloy Award of Excellence from Belmont University’s Mike Curb College of Entertainment & Music Business on Tuesday, April 26. The event was held at Belmont University’s Wedgewood…

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Middle Technical College High School at Portland welding student Cody Frensley won second place in the Welding Sculpture Competition at the Tennessee SkillsUSA State Competition held in Chattanooga.

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Local music fans will have a variety of entertainment to fill their summer calendars with in the coming months. The Chamber of Commerce has officially announced the Music on Main acts for the summer. The sponsored concert series which began last year remains a free family event. Sherri Fergu…

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Mr. and Mrs. Brent Meador of Franklin, Ky. announce the engagement of their daughter, Meghan Elizabeth Meador, to Alexander Owen Oldham, son of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Oldham of Rockfield, Ky.

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Gail and Ronnie Strange of Adams proudly announce the marriage of their daughter, Brittany Strange, to Jay Bell, son of Alyce and Johnnye Bell of Cottontown. The small garden wedding was held on Friday, April 1, 2016 at The Russell House in Springfield. Bro. James Dean officiated the ceremony.

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GALLATIN — Torrey Zimmerman of Portland was recently honored with the Robert M. Ruff Distinguished Leadership Award during the annual Student Leadership Luncheon at Volunteer State Community College.

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Highland Rim Historical Society unveiled the plaque honoring the people that have made a historical contribution to the history of Portland on Sunday, April 24th at Cold Springs School in Richland Park.

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Each week, more and more Strawberry Festival activities and appearances are being confirmed. The latest addition to the list is award-winning storyteller, Bil Lepp. The well-known author and five-time champion of West Virginia’s Liar contest will tell his stories on Saturday, May 14 at the P…

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First-graders at Clyde Riggs Elementary School are participating in the Dig It Program with the National Ag in the Classroom Program and Tractor Supply. The Dig It Program is new this year and is being launched in New York and Tennessee. The program will grow across American in the future.

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Gail and Ronnie Strange of Adams proudly announce the engagement and forthcoming wedding of their daughter, Brittany Dawn Strange, to Jay Allen Bell, son of Alyce and Johnnye Bell of Cottontown.

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Portland High School is seeking additional names to its Wall of Honor, which recognizes former students who are enlisted in the various branches of military service. The Wall is on display in the lobby of the school and features 100 “dog tags” with the names of former PHS students, lined up …

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Dr. Lou Ponce competed in a ballroom dance competition in Nashville late February with dance instructor/partner Katie May Lee. The duo competed in the Latin, or rhythm, competition and was awarded first place. The Latin dance competition includes Swing, Rumba, Cha-cha, Samba, Merengue and Ma…

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A traveling photo memorial of Tennessee’s fallen soldiers will be on display for the next two weeks in Gallatin.

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At an Eagle Court of Honor held on Feb. 13, 2016, Alexander Ponce received his Eagle pin and badge. The Eagle Court of Honor was held at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, where the troop is chartered. Judge Joe Thompson was the keynote speaker at the event.

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Recently four cadets participated in their first orientation flight through the Sumner County Civil Air Patrol program. The cadet orientation flight program shares with cadets the thrill of flying. Civil Air Patrol allows Cadets under 18 the opportunity to participate in five powered orienta…

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Portland High School theatre teacher Melody Williams Allen has been named Sumner County School System High School Teacher of the Year. Allen advanced from being named Portland High School Teacher of the Year.

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Dr. Barry Ligon will present an informative slide show presentation at the Portland Public Library about his experiences as a volunteer veterinarian with the Iditarod in Anchorage, Alaska.

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The annual Central Region 4-H Horse Bowl and Hippology contests were held on Jan. 16 at Cumberland University in Lebanon, Tennessee. The Horse Bowl is a high-speed contest that challenges youth to learn scientific information about horse nutrition, reproduction, genetics, behavior, health, a…

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Portland Police Captain Dewell Scruggs was named interim police chief (IPC) Friday morning by Mayor Ken Wilber. Scruggs will serve until a new chief is selected by the city council. He has been with the Portland Police Department for 28 years.

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Traveling to faraway places is a dream many have, but few live. Brandon Sorrow, a Portland High School graduate, who is now a sophomore at the University of Tennessee, recently got to experience this memorable reality.

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Not many people put on a cap and gown and walk a graduation line at age 65, but Portland resident Allan Linson did just that on Dec. 4, 2015, when he graduated from John A. Gupton Mortuary College in Nashville. He took the funeral director’s certification course of study.

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Portland High School alumnus Victoria Wilson (2011) spent the last month of her senior year at Western Kentucky University participating in the International Student Teaching program in Ireland.

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During the “most wonderful time of the year,” giving back is a feeling most find fulfilling. Local musician Lee Bogan feels blessed to have recently had that very experience, while playing music for a worthy cause.

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Never has there been a better time to introduce a youth mentoring program than the present. Josh Jones, a Portland High School graduate, has witnessed the community need and has felt a tug on the heart to take action.

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The last thing Danny Keen felt like wearing after his quadruple bypass was a defibrillator vest. But just four days after his surgery, the LifeVest, a wearable defibrillator that shocks the heart back into rhythm upon detecting arrhythmia, proved to be worth every bit of initial discomfort w…

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Amy Lynn Zeh and Robert Matthew Reed were joined in marriage on Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015 at Angel's View Chapel in Pigeon Forge. Minister Chad Driskell officiated the service.

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The day had finally arrived. The elders of the Bridge at Highland were taking flight in the open skies.

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