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Media still gives options to voters

The media tells us what is important, and then allowing us to make up our minds as to what we want to do about it.

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Thanks a lot, Thanksgiving

Sometimes it seems we've lost the true meaning of Thanksgiving amid the commercialized hustle-bustle of modern life, and forget it all began when the first Pilgrim peeked out of his cabin, saw his shadow, and was in for six more weeks of bad weather.

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Bill Cosby: Mr. Huxtable or All-American Huckster?

My earliest memory of Bill Cosby goes back to the mid '60s, when he, along with actor Robert Culp, starred in the highly successful TV action-espionage series "I Spy." Resultant of his role in "I Spy," Cosby became the first African-American to co-star in a dramatic TV series.

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Seven reasons to call your doctor's office now

Here are 7 reasons to make your appointments now.

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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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INSIDE MTSU: Accolades roll in, but MTSU is most grateful for students' success
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VINSON: Wild Bird of Nemea: Greek mythology or fact?

As mentioned in previous columns, I have an interest in Greek mythology, particularly Hercules, the Greek god of strength.

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WHITTLE: 'Stars and Stripes' newspaper crucial for U.S. soldiers

As a seasoned and salty old newspaperman, I was honored recently to speak at the Stars and Stripes Museum/Library in Bloomfield, Mo., where the military newspaper was born in 1861 when Union soldiers captured the town formerly occupied by Confederate forces.

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LOGUE: Health advertisements animate the drugs themselves

The advertising world has yet to figure out how to reach the television audience when discussing health concerns.

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KESTNER: Vitamin C plays a key role in our immune systems

There is now a large amount of research that indicates vitamin C (ascorbic acid) actually plays a much larger role in human function than previously recognized.

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COMMUNITY MATTERS: Why not sponsor a family this Christmas?

The Child Advocacy Center of Rutherford County serves children who have been sexually or physically abused. The center provides a child-friendly environment where victims of alleged abuse can be interviewed and counseled by caring, well-trained professionals. The center also offers services to the non-offending parents, grandparents and family members.

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Haven't we've been trying to get away from the 'mainframe?'

There's a saying we've heard quite a bit, "What goes around comes around," and it's related to another cliché, "There is nothing new under the sun."

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INSIDE MTSU: Mark calendar: Nov. 22 vets' salute, Dec. 1 scholarship deadline

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday and MTSU fall commencement a few weeks later, we want to make you aware of two special dates along the way.

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WOODY: Oh boo hoo, there's no longer Honey Boo Boo?

If you're like me, you've got considerably more idle entertainment time since the cancelation of "Here Comes Honey Boo Boo."

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VINSON: 'Message: The Bible & church, or rock 'n' roll and the Fillmores?'

The other day I was sifting through the Oct. 28, 2014 issue of "The Tennessean/USA Today," and the very top and very bottom of "The Tennessean's" front page caught my attention right off.

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VAUGHN: Book literally and spiritually helps make cup overflow

I recently re-connected with a friend whom I had not seen in several years. Although the recent time together was brief, Matt Ward of Murfreesboro told me about his book - "Universal RX: The Hug:- which is a collection of poems, essays and short stories that he has written over 30 years.

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BURRISS: 'The War of the Worlds' hasn't lost its allure

It's been 76 years since Orson Welles scared the bejeebers out of the nation with his radio adaptation of "The War of the Worlds."

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LOGUE: Can children tell difference in violence and Hollywood?

Most of the violence on movie screens today comes from computer-generated imagery (CGI) and is no more real than Saturday morning cartoons.

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MTSU Greeks initiate 'It's On Us' campaign

Lately, it's an issue that is as old as the human race and as fresh as today's headlines.

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WOODY: Tales of terror from the costume shopping crypt

The other day I saw an advertisement for Halloween costumes and it scared the daylights out of me.

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VINSON: Monica Lewinsky and Halloween: Trick or Treat?

Halloween is only a few moons away, and costume stores are already selling out of costumes. Indeed, come Friday, Oct. 31, youngsters will become little witches, trolls, wolf men, Draculas, Frankensteins, and any other of a number of "dark" characters that have etched out an immoral spot in American culture.

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KESTNER: Ebola still a surprise after 4 decades of outbreaks

In case you had never heard of the menacing Ebola virus prior to this month, you are not alone.

Prior to September of this year Ebola virus outbreaks were restricted to some of the poorest countries in the world. The entry of Ebola into more affluent countries was not anticipated, even by the Centers For Disease Control.

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