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Canning and freezing

By Joe Rector Amy and I moved into our house in December 1978. This year, for the first time, I put out tomato plants. The funny thing is I’m not…

An angel among us

By Joe Rector Our lives are sometimes difficult. All of us experience problems, but a few have much harder times than others. That’s when angels appear. Yes, I firmly believe…

Robin Williams

By Joe Rector How many lives will you touch during your time on earth? Yes, that’s a question without an answer. We all hope that our contact with others will…

Test Driving My Nerves

By Joe Rector Sometimes in life, the things a person likes the least pop up. It’s then that they have to try to handle the situation as well as possible.…

A welcome end to elections

By Joe Rector By the time this column is printed, the primaries will be finished. I say, “Thank you, Lord!” Like most people, I’m tired of the endless television commercials, recorded…

Sewing Desk

By Joe Rector My work desk is an antique sewing desk. Its top is more than five feet long with a cut-out section to place a sewing machine. Both sides…

Bicycle Memories

By Joe Rector A friend of mine related the story of how his son took a short bike ride not long ago. Daniel Dooley hopped on his bike and rode…

I Like My Job

By Joe Rector I’m around all makes and models of cars in my job. It’s fun to drive them without having to make a monthly payment or haggle with a…

It Grows Sadder and Sadder

By Joe Rector The brouhaha over Knox County Schools just keeps going. The school is led by a superintendent who has minimal experience in the classroom and is a numbers…

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