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Worker training the key to higher wages in region

Worker training the key to higher wages in region

August 22nd, 2015 11:41 am by Editorial Board

Northeast Tennessee's average wage lags the state and the nation according to the U.S. Department of Labor in large part because the region's economy has lost manufacturing jobs and become more service-oriented.

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Drunk driving takes a deadly toll in America

Drunk driving takes a deadly toll in America

August 21st, 2015 11:30 am by Editorial Board

Through Labor Day, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is partnering with law enforcement across the country to take drunk drivers off our roads and, let's hope, get repeat offenders locked up.

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Significant quake in our region unlikely, but effect would be devastating

Significant quake in our region unlikely, but effect would be devastating

August 20th, 2015 11:30 am by Editorial Board

We've long been aware of the earthquake activity in southeastern Tennessee between Knoxville and Chattanooga. But that risk area extends right through the Tri-Cities region, and we have experience with earthquakes.

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Christianity the gorilla in the room

Christianity the gorilla in the room

August 19th, 2015 9:35 am by Letters to the Editor

I guess the next step for our idiotic culture will be to print new money and eliminate the print that says "In God We Trust." We need to return to Godly values that helped make this country as great as it has been in the past.

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Evelyn Rafalowski a good choice for Sullivan schools

Evelyn Rafalowski a good choice for Sullivan schools

August 18th, 2015 11:30 am by Editorial Board

She also has worked under seven superintendents or directors, including immediate past Director Jubal Yennie, Glenn Arwood and John O'Dell, all of whom were references when she successfully applied for the interim position.

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Letters: Lee sheriff has crossed the line

Letters: Lee sheriff has crossed the line

August 17th, 2015 11:30 am by Letters to the Editor

Slapping "In God We Trust" on county property serves a hidden purpose - to rub the nose of secular Virginians with Bible Belt religiosity. This display has the same effect on the non-religious as Confederate flags do on descendants of American slaves.

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Lee County sheriff's squad car messages violate Constitution

Lee County sheriff's squad car messages violate Constitution

August 14th, 2015 11:30 am by Editorial Board

it's difficult to understand why someone like Gary Parsons, sheriff of Lee County, Va., for 20 years, would intentionally violate the law in having the phrase "In God we trust" emblazoned on the county's squad cars

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Give elderly property owners a break

Give elderly property owners a break

August 13th, 2015 11:30 am by Letters to the Editor

If Commissioner Bill Kilgore is truly concerned about lowering the tax burden on elderly property owners, perhaps he and his fellow commissioners should consider adopting the Property Tax Freeze Act for Sullivan County.

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City should double crossing guards' pay

City should double crossing guards' pay

August 12th, 2015 9:30 am by Editorial Board

When you pay someone in effect less even than minimum wage when you include gas and preparation to stand in the street for an hour twice a day, at times in the rain and sleet and putting up with traffic noise and pollution the problem is very clear.

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Cruelty that animals suffer is real

Cruelty that animals suffer is real

August 11th, 2015 11:30 am by Letters to the Editor

Dr. Seuss' stories may be make-believe, but the cruelty that animals endure in the pet trade is a life-and death reality. We can honor Theodor Geisel's love for animals by never buying or keeping birds in cages and by adopting animals from shelters

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