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  By Justin Owens, January 24, 2023  Tennessee has some of the nation’s strongest laws allowing for charter schools. This rich environment has led to more than 100 new school options serving nearly 45,000 families, as well as years of outstanding academic performance.  Charter schools are public schools that are governed by a nonprofit board of directors. While charter schools administer the...
By Dr. Larry Burriss We’ve talked quite a bit here about the dangers inherent in technology, the Internet and computers. Loss of privacy, stolen data and fake news. But last week I heard about an incident in another state in which all of these problems and concerned turned out to be of benefit to at least one person. It’s a cautionary...
*Originally Posted in the TnMagazine.com Publisher’s Note: I will admit that I’m a big fan of United Communications. We’ve been using them as our internet provider for roughly two years at our home and at our business. Basic economic theory shows us that when companies and organizations have to compete for customers—it leads to lower prices, higher quality goods and...
US Mail History
*This story originally posted in the TnMagazine.com  Once part of Tennessee culture, these mail carriers linked our communities together the old-fashioned way. By Bill Carey January 2023 If you Google the words “mail hack,” you’ll be bombarded with information about how people can sabotage your email service. But the two words used to refer to an important part of American culture that...
Overcoming Goliath’s In Our Lives The story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) is a significant factual account  in biblical history that showcases the Lord's intervention on behalf of His people. David, a shepherd and the youngest of Jesse's eight sons from Bethlehem, witnessed the Israelite army, led by King Saul, struggling against the Philistines. Among the Philistines was...
  Whistleblower is ‘happy and thankful to the Russian Federation’ for his citizenship, lawyer says Edward Snowden, the former intelligence contractor who leaked secret files reported on by the Guardian, has received a Russian passport after swearing an oath of allegiance to the country that has sheltered him from US authorities since 2013, according to his lawyer. The decision comes at an...
  Australian defence contractor NIOA Group announced today that it has acquired 100% of Barrett Firearms, thereby expanding the company's global reach. In the same announcement, NIOA Group CEO Robert Nioa confirmed that Barrett will continue to operate under its own brand. All management and staff at Barrett's manufacturing facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee will be retained, and production will continue...
I like to think I keep up with new technology, and certainly can’t be accused of being a technological luddite. But I do think we are approaching the limit of how we use all of these electronic wonders. A woman in Colorado recently had her Google account suspended, and according to The New York Times was very upset because she...
Publisher’s Note: This past Monday my mother-n-law Brenda Smith called me and asked if I could help her friend Bernice Patton. Bernice and her worked together at Nissan for many years. She is putting a send off event at Stars and Stripes parking lot at 333 N Lowry Street in Smyrna this Saturday from 1-3pm for her grandson Arion Carter. Arion...
House Speaker Cameron Sexton (R-Crossville) presides first day of the legislative session in Nashville on Jan. 10, 2023. Legislators were sworn in today. This week’s meetings are largely organizational and ceremonial. House Speaker Cameron Sexton and Senate Speaker Randy McNally were both reelected to their leadership positions by overwhelming margins Tuesday. Bills are being filled as Tennessee lawmakers to propose legislation...

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