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Momma Knew and I Didn’t Have to Tell Her

By Otis Griffin Everyone had to try blackberry picking’ with their friends as it was just a way of life. Such as larrupin’ apple pie, snipe huntin’, skinny dippin’, corn cob fightin’ and grape vine puffin’!  In most cases there are consequences you don’t want to own up to, or admit since you would be […]

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Over Correction: West bound (towards left in diagram) vehicle, runs off road on North side, over corrects back to its left, then back to its right, then slides into a spin, until leaving the North side of the road, striking a tree, killing two teens.

Teach Your Teens How to Run Off the Road

By David Peel That sounds like strange safety advice from an accident attorney and parent of teens. But it is critical.  Teens have great reflexes, lightning-quick reaction times, and better hand-eye coordination than any of us old folks, yet they are much worse drivers. Why?  Instincts rule. Teens have not yet learned when NOT to […]

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SOUTHERN RAISIN’ They Said it Had Worked Many Times, but on What?

By Otis Griffin As a youngster when we had some congestion, now that’s a ‘five-dollar word’ for…… stopped up.  Momma would rub this salve down deep into my bony chest.  It was probably the same grease we used on the cows and hogs to reduce swelling, nicks, cuts, fleas, ticks, flies, warts and the deadly […]

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Preventing Slip and Fall Injuries:

By David Peel Slip and fall accidents are common, but almost always preventable. Each year, these accidents cause thousands of serious injuries and result in numerous liability claims. The Hartford, for instance, shared with me that in 2016, slip and falls accounted for 32% of their workers’ compensation claims.  Their slip and fall cases under […]

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A New Football League?

By David Peel The NFL had a pretty rough 2017. Between anthem protests by players kneeling, terrible calls, and bad matchups, Roger Goodell’s league has seen plunging attendance. Could the rival XFL make a comeback? It just might, and Memphis might get a team. If there is a new league, here are some of the […]

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Top Resolutions for 2018

By David Peel Studies show that weight loss resolutions only last 19 days, on average.  So here is a list of easy resolutions that you can actually complete during the downtime between Christmas and New Year’s: Label the back of your old photos. Names, years and places if you know them. Your children and grandchildren […]

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Southern Raisin’ Santy Is A Comin’

By Otis Griffin It seems frost always came earlier in the year when I was a little house ape.  Oh, I didn’t read the papers and wouldn’t know what Bob Neal’s weather forecast on WMPS radio was, but I perked up when he mentioned a White Christmas.  With the fall dampness and the overcast skies, […]

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How Did We Survive?

By David Peel If you are over 40, think of things we lived through.  How on earth did we survive growing up?! No car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags. Riding in the back of a pick-up truck was always special. Child proof lids were not a thing. We rode bikes […]

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LETTER TO EDITOR: No play for Weakley in All-Star Game

Dear Editor; This is my post on Facebook.  With this and the emails to the coaches you should have enough information.  There is no way they “forgot” Carter. We can’t fix what these two men broke; so our goal is to somehow get this out there in order to prevent this from happening to another […]

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Southern Raisin’ You Missed It, Now Gone and Ain’t Returning

By Otis Griffin What, you say?  Why cotton chopping, that’s what, gone forever.  There are only a few that can tell you about one of the greatest Southern traditions, that is only found in history books.  Maybe some stories at the old country store around the pot-belly stove are relived, or possibly remembered on the […]

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