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Granny Has A Gun

A 72-year-old Southern California grandmother who shot at — and narrowly missed — a man trying to break into her home said Tuesday she was shocked at the attention her action was getting but does not regret defending herself and her husband, an 85-year-old World War II veteran who uses a wheelchair.


A Commentary on Government Surveillance Situation

I just want to share an article that was posted on the website The Week. Before you make an opinion listen to what Paul Brandus says in his commentary.


He writes:

To understand what Edward Snowden did — out a massive National Security Agency surveillance program that he says is undermining American democracy — it's helpful to go back to Sept. 11, 2001.

Mayor Rogero Wants Your Help

Perhaps the Mayor heard the uproar over the plans for the old Baptist Hospital, because this time Knoxville Mayor Madeline Rogero is asking for your help to decide the future of Lakeshore Park.


After the state shut down Lakeshore Mental Health Institute, it agreed to give an additional 60 acres to the city, which will be used to expand the existing city park already on the property.


Elkmont Fireflies

THEY ARE BACK!  And everyone loves them!

One of the most spectacular shows in the Smokies is underway, and you will have to act fast if you want to see it.

Every year, thousands of people come from all over to see the synchronous fireflies at Elkmont in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. It's one of only a few places in the world where the "lightening bugs" light up in unison, and they only do it for a couple of weeks.

The peak time for this year is expected to be NOW through Thursday, June 13.

Free Doughnut Day!

On Friday we'll celebrate National Doughnut Day, a holiday that wouldn't sound nearly as pleasant if we called it "National Oily Cakes Day" or "National Treats-Fried-in-Mili tary-Headgear Day."

Well, get it back again because free doughnuts -- the correct spelling, no matter what those Dunkin' people tell you -- is coming to hundreds of shops across the United States.

The history of those oily cakes. 

Town Takes A New Approach To Bullying

A Wisconsin town is taking a unique approach to the problem of bullying among children and teens by allowing police officers to ticket the alleged bully's parents for a municipal code violation, which could come with a fine of over $100.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports the new tactic is part of a broader ordinance aimed at curbing bullying that was passed by the city council in Monona on May 20.

Unhappy Americans

Americans are not a joyful lot at the moment, with only 33 percent of Americans reporting that they were very happy in a recent poll.

Fast Food Ice May Be Full of Bacteria!

Summer's here and with the sun bearing down on you, a nice cold glass of tea or lemondae sure sounds, unless you visited a fast food restaurant for that beverage!

Thanks to a school project by a 12 year old, we now know what's in THAT cold glass of refreshment:  E. coli bacteria. YUCK!!

If The Shoe Fits...

I think this takes the adage:  if the shoes fits… wear it. 

But 10 year old Kaylee got a taste of her own medicine when her parents made her wear some unusual clothing.

Kaylee is in 4th grade at Viewmont  Elementary in Utah and Kaylee used to think she was a “fashionesta” because she loved to let her school mates know exactly how well or unwell they dressed!

For the past few weeks, Kaylee has been teasing classmates about their clothes!  She told some of them you look trashy,  you dress like a slob, or your clothes look sleaszy!

Local Middle School Alcohol Bust!

At least one student was taken to the hospital last week after Powell Middle School officials discovered alcohol among a group of students shortly before school began, school officials said today.

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