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Imagine this: The date is August 18, 1920, and you are Tennessee state legislator Harry T. Burn. Elected at age 22, it’s your first term in the Tennessee House of Representatives. Your governor has called a special session of the General Assembly to consider the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which would grant women the right to vote. The 19th Amendment—approved by Congress the previous year—requires ratification by at least 36 of the 48 states to become law. Thirty-five states have ratified the amendment, eight states have rejected it and five have not vo…

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Times are still tough. At this writing, we’re still pretty much stuck at home, in some cases bored and looking for creative ways to endure our “imprisonment.” Being especially desperate to pass the time, I searched the web for information to pass along to you, my faithful iPhone readers.

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Writer’s note:Sally Buckner is an A.C.E. certified health coach and personal trainer with additional specialty certifications in Senior Fitness, Fitness Nutrition, Behavioral Coaching, Mind-Body Fitness and Weight Management.

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If you have ever been to a Big Canoe Acoustic Showcase performance, chances are you have heard a John Prine song. He is much loved by our Big Canoe pickers and singers, especially Paul Jones. (It is widely rumored that Paul is Prine’s double first cousin, once removed.)  

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Fire up your computers—the Big Canoe Travel Club will meet via Zoom, Wednesday, Aug. 19, 6 p.m. Carl Crews of Celebrity Cruises will speak about the wellbeing of the company during the COVID-19 crisis. His talk will feature a group trip to the mysterious, delightful Galapagos Islands schedul…

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I was in law enforcement for over twelve years. Many things, like the high incarceration rate of black males, have disturbed me about our criminal justice system. But when it came to police brutality, I believed in the “few rotten apples” theory. I understand the pressures police face from a…
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Max Brooks had a massive bestseller on his hands back in 2006 when he wrote that War and Peace of zombie novels, World War Z. The book's title was later used in a Brad Pitt movie that otherwise had virtually nothing in common with the book other than hordes of shambling undead, but millions …
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The action of Matthew Carr's second novel (following 2017's The Devils of Cardona) kicks off in Barcelona in the summer of 1909. It features private detective Harry Lawton, who arrives in the city just in time to be drawn into a series of bizarre killings. Several people have been killed by …
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Jill McCorkle's new novel Hieroglyphics is on one level a quiet, modest story about a battered, durable, loving marriage. Lil and Frank Wishart have been together for years, their long marriage first cemented by the fact that each of them had already been deeply wounded by personal bereaveme…
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A new writer has piqued my curiosity. Well, Lydia Davis is not a new writer, as she has at least 16 books to her credit. Only one of them is a novel, “The End of the Story.” I have not read it and likely will not read it. A brief description of the story made me think it would not hold my interest.
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