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For Tennesseans who are dependent on public assistance benefits, a difference of $100 or $200 in their monthly budgets can dramatically affect the way they live. If their monthly income drops by even a small amount, it can mean that bills don’t get paid and belts have to be tightened, if tha…

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I have these friends, the Knudsens — Paul and Natalie. A few years back they moved to the sunny South, settling in northern Middle Tennessee. Prior to relocating, they spent about five years looking for property to purchase in God’s country.

Happy New Year Gallatin! I hope that everyone had a wonderful holiday season and is ready for a great new year in 2020. Many people like to start a new year with resolutions that usually have to deal with making themselves better in some form or fashion. Instead of a new year's resolution, I…

So much of the news about personal financial identity is so negative and for good reason.  Many are trying to take yours. But let me share what might be some good news. I got a phone call from a family member who had received a notice about funds of hers that had been turned over to the Stat…

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It’s so easy to lose focus during this busy time of the year! There are many places to be and people to see that before you know it, Christmas can come and go without ever being able to focus on the “reason for the season.”

Editor’s note: During this holiday season tens of thousands of soldiers, marines, sailors and airmen will be deployed to Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait and dozens of other often times remote locations around the globe.  As a retired United States Army officer I ask each of you to remember these f…

Tis the season to be jolly, spread cheer, give gifts, and maybe even catch your home on fire. Yep, I just said that because it is the unfortunate truth. 

Scams, schemes and fraud; they are the last things on our minds this holiday season. However, we need to have a plan to be aware and avoid fraud. If we do not have a plan, someone else will - and our information and money could disappear.

I suppose we all have stored in our memories a few favorite quotes and sayings of famous people and persons we have known. There are words that encourage us, words that instruct us, and words of warning. It seems to me, as time goes by, fewer and fewer words of warning are being heeded.

Now is the time when many homes will be adorned with holiday plants including cactus, amaryllis and poinsettias. I think that every home that decorates for Christmas should have at least one poinsettia, the No. 1-selling potted plant in the world.

Four days, 14 schools visited, 4,800 students reached and 1,573 miles traveled – all to spread the word to high school juniors and seniors about the University of Tennessee’s new, innovative scholarship program called UT Promise. 

Particularly this time of year, many are feeling more philanthropic than usual and rightfully so. It’s a great thing to think of your fellow man and provide support at a level with which you are comfortable. But con artists prey upon the combination of the holiday season and your heightened …

Recently, Tennessee received the highest grade in the entire nation from Shared Hope International for laws we have passed to end human trafficking in this state. In fact, the anti-human trafficking organization has recognized Tennessee with the top distinction in the country in each of the …

After our weather gets off to a decent start for the beginning of the week, an unsettled pattern is shaping up beginning Dec. 6, with chances of rain every day through Dec. 10.  

Tennessee’s District Attorneys General are on a mission to protect seniors from elder abuse.  We are improving laws and increasing public awareness, along with criminal investigations and courtroom prosecutions, in order to protect our seniors from elder abuse.  We need the help of informed …

As a former regular Black Friday shopper, I can certainly understand the thrill and adrenaline rush that comes from the seemingly great deals and early morning hours. However, there’s a whole other set of feelings and rewards that come from shopping small! When you shop small, you’re not jus…

The Thanksgiving holiday traditionally finds many Americans grateful and confident about their future.  However, this holiday season finds many Americans filled with anxiety, fear, helplessness, and hopelessness.