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Grief

By David Peel Around the holidays there is a bit of a paradox. Everyone is excited for kids and grandkids to open presents. But it’s also a time where widows miss their husbands. Grief is a strange process.  Having buried quite a few folks most notably both my parents, I feel sure that my experiences […]

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Southern Raisin’ What If For The New Year?

By Otis Griffin What If…many changes were made to help all of our society, instead of just benefiting a few?  What If…Our United States of our America stopped sending money overseas to foreign countries, supposedly to maintain good relations?  What If…we sent my Southern Country farmers crops overseas, instead?  What If…the countries couldn’t use our […]

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What’s important?

By David Peel Those who will be gathered around your deathbed one day are the most important people in the world. It is not the stuff around the tree, or the lack thereof. The boss that you labor for, who has you working holidays or overtime, is unlikely to be there. His priorities will change. […]

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Gone But Don’t Forget

By Otis Griffin When was the last time you sat around reminiscing about yo’ ole school days?  Why the kids would cut their eyes like you just stepped off an alien ship coming out of a kudzu patch.  Most of the old schools in our era have been demolished (that’s city for torn down) or […]

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Medical Malpractice

By David Peel Medical Negligence happens every day in our area. According to the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA), medical negligence is the third leading cause of death in the U.S.—right behind heart disease and cancer. However, very little medical negligence actually leads to a medical malpractice suit. To have such a suit, […]

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Do It Yourself Disability Policy

By David Peel The week after your funeral, would your family prefer your insurance agent bring a tuna casserole or a half-million dollar check? That’s the rhetorical question that tells you how much life insurance matters.  A rule of thumb is to insure yourself for ten times your annual salary. Family:  How Do I Set […]

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Strongly And Wisely Designed

By Otis Griffin My dear friend James bought an old Chevrolet station wagon a few decades ago so luckily we didn’t have to walk or thumb any longer.  The classic had wooden sides that ‘pert nigh’ two dozen families of termites had hibernated in for several years and by the soft splinters decaying evidently they […]

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Insurance limits

By David Peel Most people are surprised to learn that Tennessee has still not increased its requirement of a driver to carry just 25,000 per person on their car liability limits. You quickly can spend $25,000 at any local emergency room if you are hurt. I can tell you that a life flight from the […]

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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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Self-Driving Trucks On Interstate 40

By David Peel Self-driving vehicle technology is already available in cars. Google has a self-driving car driven over 100,000 miles without accident, for example. Tesla has only had one fatality in thousands of miles driven. But this automation is now also present in 40-ton 18-wheelers. It is only a matter of time until unmanned behemoths […]

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