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Smells and memories

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I was with someone recently who was using one of those “vape” things, “E-cigarettes,” that help people to either cut down on smoking or to smoke without the tar and carcinogens. From the vapor, or “smoke,” came a very pleasant aroma that triggered something happy in my mind.

Memorial Day

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The Memorial Day weekend is upon us. Memorial Day, according to History.com, is an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May, and honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military.

A benefit of a long tenure

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I read recently that the average tenure for pastors is 18 months. In my early days, I served as a youth minister for a year in one church and for a year in another. As a pastor, I served in my first church for a year before moving to serve about two years in another.

Christmas is coming!

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It’s been in the 70s and low 80s here in Georgia. Spring is here, the flowers are blooming, certain trees are flowering, the birds have built nests, bees are buzzing, butterflies are dancing, and people are getting ready to open their backyard pools.

The Legion pool

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When I was a kid, I spent a good part of my summers at the Legion Pool in Kingsport, Tenn. Two or three miles from where I lived, I could get on the city bus that stopped just a few yards from my house and be dropped off at the pool.

A fork in the road

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I thought I had lost a friend. I had been visiting the Fork in the Road Restaurant in Peachtree City for several years. I enjoyed this restaurant because:
• It was locally owned and operated, with the owners among those cooking and serving;

Bishop Bernard Njoroge

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I read a few days ago that my denomination’s senior bishop in Africa, The Most. Rev’d Bernard Njoroge is retiring. He will be stepping down as a member of the International Patriarch’s Council, as General Secretary of Kenya, and as the Bishop of Nairobi.

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Government

The Georgia Department of Labor announced this week that the unemployment rate in the Three Rivers region in July was 7.1 percent, up five-tenths of a percentage point from 6.6 percent in June.

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Opinion

When I was a kid growing up in Kingsport, Tenn., my next-door neighbor, and a few years older than me, was Lonnie Bailey. He was the coolest guy I knew.

Community

The 26th Annual Native American Festival & Powwow, sponsored by the Butts County Historical Society, is scheduled for Sept. 12-13 at Indian Springs Hotel/Museum, 1807 Hwy. 42 S.

Sports

Northgate 45, Shaw 0 Pace Academy 34, Our Lady of Mercy 3 Starr's Mill 21, Whitewater 7 Jonesboro 17, Sandy Creek 15 East Coweta 35, Arabia Mountain 28

Lifestyle

Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary W. Black is alerting Georgians to the recall of certain Jansal Valley Raw Macadamia Nuts distributed in Georgia due to potential health risk.