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Give yourself a gift of art -- and quiet -- at free Murfree Gallery exhibit

While you're scrambling around town the next couple of weeks buying gifts and groceries, paying bills, preparing for pre- and post-holiday events and finishing year-end work projects, we have a suggestion.

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VAUGHN: Smithville inventor passionate about saving lives of children

Pete Love of Smithville is emphatic when he says, "I want to save lives. It's not about recognition or money. It's about saving lives."

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BURRISS: 'Rolling Stone' article doesn't tell us both sides of story

By now the "Rolling Stone"- University of Virginia rape story has been scrutinized and analyzed, investigated and evaluated, inspected and, dare I say, rejected.

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'VINSON: Chokehold on America: Where's the referee?'
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LOGUE: Refreshing to see sportsmanship at a hockey game

You've heard the old joke, "I went to a fight and a hockey game broke out."

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WOODY: 'Eaten Alive' nothing more than a big rip-off

A documentary producer recently allowed himself to be "eaten alive" by a giant anaconda while wearing a special "snake-gut-cam" that was supposed to record the dining experience for posterity.

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KESTNER: Internet a mixed bag of health information

I have found that many of my new patients have already been searching for information on the internet about their condition before coming to see me.

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Hershel Lake promoted community-building newspapers

Steve Hershel Lake, one of Tennessee journalism's prominently-known innovative leaders, died Nov. 29, 2014 at a hospital in Nashville following a lengthy illness.

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WHITTLE: Will Ferguson Follow Cairo, Ill., that's never recovered?

In my news-gathering career, I've covered two race riots -- my first and last. It was a terrifying experience.

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WOODY: There ought to be a law

Did you know that in Tennessee it's illegal to harm or harass a Bigfoot -- even though the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency insists there is no such critter?

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VINSON: Raisin' hell in Kentucky . . . River of Fire!

When the topic is "oil wells," states such as Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana generally are the first ones that come to mind.

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LOGUE: Mindfulness classes can ease stress on teenagers

Here's one way for teenagers to ease the stress of midterm exams and meeting the criteria for college admissions.

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Education Day solidifies MTSU, City Schools partnership

The smile Murfreesboro City Schools Director Linda Gilbert exhibited Wednesday, Dec. 3 kept getting larger as teachers, principals and students marched past her on the MTSU Murphy Center track level.

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KESTNER: New tips that can help your memory

A few years ago in one of my columns I discussed a researcher who said that you and I have all of the events and thoughts of our life stored in our brain; it is just the ability to access that information that is difficult. It is encouraging that experts have hope that we can improve our ability to recall important information.

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FORD: Simple suggestions for your upcoming holiday parties

Congratulations! The holiday season has begun. You may have all your holiday decorations and Christmas shopping done. You may be caught up on things and feeling pretty good. But there is still one more challenge ahead for many of us in the kitchen. What to do for that afternoon or evening holiday party.

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WOODY: Big old heavy dinosaur sends modern message

Scientists in Argentina have unearthed the bones of a dinosaur that lived 80 million years ago and weighed an estimated 65 tons -- a prehistoric Rosie O'Donnell. (Technically, Rosie doesn't weigh 65 tons. It just seems like it.)

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VINSON: Race relations and the price of land in Ferguson

I wrote about the Michael Brown shooting death in my Aug. 23, 2014 column, titled "Mess in Ferguson: 'Revelation before REVOLUTION." However, as usual, I'll provide a short recap to ensure all readers are up to speed:

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KESTNER: OMG - I think I've got text neck!

"Text neck" may sound unusual, but people all around the world are developing a new type of neck pain from using their hand-held devices.

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INSIDE MTSU: Visiting Artist's Seminar to focus on stop-action animation

Although MTSU has excellent faculty members who are knowledgeable and helpful, they don't always do all the teaching.

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BURRISS: Media was on hand to cover Buffalo snow fall

BUFFALO, N.Y. - You know a song that's always kind of creeped me out: "Wildfire," by Michael Murphy. Do you remember it: there was a killing frost followed by a blizzard followed by an early snow? And apparently some girl is chasing a horse, Wildfire, that somehow died amidst all of these weather anomalies.

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WHITTLE: 'Listening' - Good for friendships & newspapering

This is a column about a good friend ... and listening to others.

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BURRISS: Accounts of bin Laden killing certainly differ

I'm thinking of sponsoring a contest to finally determine who really shot Osama bin Laden. Here are the rules: you have to have been alive back in 2011 when the terrorist leader was shot. You can find your own witnesses, you can manufacture you own evidence, and your story doesn't even have to match the official version of what happened. As an added bonus, you get to refute the other applicants by simply saying, "Nah-nee, Nah-nee boo boo, your story isn't true!"

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'Hell's Angels and the entering the Pearly Gates'

A fellow named Joe, mid 30s, died and found himself standing in front of the Pearly Gates, face-to-face with the one-and-only Saint Peter, whose stoical expression could be best defined as barely above a frown and just below a smile.

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KESTNER: Achy joint season definitely has arrived

I've been serving the needs of patients with recurring or chronic joint pain for almost 30 years, and this is the time that we will see more patients begin to have increased trouble.

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FORD: Create soups with basics and combine with new trends

It is soup season for sure! Days vary between downright freezing to somewhat sunny and mild. Parents are trying to stretch budgets to meet holiday wishes. Charities are asked to feed more folks. Schedules are tighter and everybody wants easy meals that fill bellies and warm hearts.

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