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Columns

  • Better, better, better

    I’m a firm believer that if you don’t see any room for improvement then you aren’t looking hard enough.

    I think this applies to nearly everything, but since bringing our readers the best local newspaper Morgan County has to offer is my passion, I’m pleased to direct this editorial right back to the hometown Morgan County News.

    Since I’ve taken up the saddle as editor I’ve heard a lot of people tell me how much they think the paper has improved. I have to agree, but I certainly won’t hog all of the credit.

  • Do the research first

    Throughout the week I heard a few interesting comments about how we supposedly misspelled “bologna” as we opted for the phonetic spelling of “baloney” in an article about an award-winning sandwich sold at R.M. Brooks’ Store. Since I have the privilege of taking up this space on the editorial page every week, I figured this would be the best opportunity I’d get to walk through this subject.

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  • Belly and the beast

    It was just about two weeks ago when I did my best to squeeze into the suit I bought after college for the Tennessee Press Association awards ceremony.

    It fit, but just barely. The pants held with just enough extra space to almost cut off circulation at the hips and the snugness of the jacket made me nervous to reach for anything too quickly. Nevertheless, it fit.

  • What a super time

    It’s no secret that the plight of the superhero is a story that interests me greatly. That’s why I was extremely excited to head down to the Wartburg Public Library last Wednesday afternoon to cover the superhero-themed summer reading program.

  • Rain on my parade

    We’ve all heard the phrase before, but this Independence Day these words jumped into real life.

    Armed with a camera to take pictures for the paper, I stood just across from the Abner Ross Center waiting for the Deer Lodge Fourth of July Parade to start. It wasn’t too long after the road was blocked off that the grey clouds started to roll in. Then there was a brief moment of sunshine just before things got underway. I thought it was a nice coincidence, until the rain started to come down heavily as soon as the procession started.

  • Autophobic confessions

    Okay, I’ll admit it:I’m an autophobic.

    When it comes to car trouble I’m probably about as useful as a toddler pushing a plastic lawnmower in the wake of his father’s freshly cut grass.

    Throughout my history with cars I’ve learned how to do a few basic things when it comes to automotive dilemmas. Topping the list is changing a tire, checking the oil, jump-starting a battery and filling up the various, albeit not all, fluids.

  • Traditional or not at all

    If you’ve been going through our paper this week, I’m sure you’ve discovered that Morgan County had a very busy and interesting week.

    With budget talks, dugs busts and everything in between, there really has been a lot to take notice of in such a short amount of time.

    But even with all of the news we’ve been covering there was one thing that struck me on a personal level that I thought I’d take the time to expand upon: Roane State focusing on non-traditional students.

  • My guilty pleasure

    It’s probably a safe assumption that everybody has some sort of guilty pleasure. In most cases these secret interests don’t really incur guilt because they are immoral or socially taboo, but rather that they are strange or just a little out of place.

    So here’s mine: reading comic books.

  • Careful what you ask for

    Being complacent with the rainy season is one thing, but a storm is a whole other ball game.

    Last week I wrote about not minding the rain because the growth after the wet season is splendid. And then look what happened — almost as soon as the paper came out the forecast was calling for a severe storm.

    And while its obvious that nobody (nor their editorial) can control the weather, it goes to show you that you should be careful with what you ask for.