• Kathie Tierney
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I was born in Maine where trick-or-treating required eight layers of clothing, and the climate in Northern Ireland where I was raised required the same attire. In Florida, everything changed. Trick-or-treating in 90-degree weather is not fun, and I was forced to break the heart of my Elmo-lo…

  • Kathie Tierney
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I will admit, when I first heard about the changes coming to the Independent, I was hesitant to accept them. I am a creature of habit, and I have never been a fan of change of any kind.

  • By Kathie Tierney
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In 2006, Bullying Prevention Month was first introduced during the month of October as a national campaign to educate and raise awareness about bullying.

  • By Kathie Tierney
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As a child, Halloween brought me such joy, and I loved the search for the perfect pumpkin upon which to carve my masterpiece.  I would eagerly light the candle in my pumpkin each evening, and count down the days until I could go trick-or-treating. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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This morning, as this issue of The Independent makes its way to press, headlines are once again flooding the media waves in an all-too-familiar way.  There has been yet another heartbreaking and senseless mass shooting.

  • Kathie Tierney
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Amidst the ongoing media frenzy surrounding the NFL, I was inclined to avoid this topic.  In my opinion however, I would be remiss if I ignored it.

  • Kathie Tierney
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It has been a long-standing tradition in Marion County, and in a great number of neighboring communities, to open football games with a prayer, along with dozens of other sporting and public events.

  • Will Whaley
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In light of Marion County Mayor Jackson’s Proclamation declaring September Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, columnist Will Whaley from our sister newspaper, The Daily Sentinel, shares his personal story: 

  • By Pastor William Watters, Faith Baptist Church, Jasper
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Over the next few weeks, Pastor Billy Watters will be examining the steps to answered prayers:

  • Kathie Tierney
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This Friday night, football fans across the region will flock to Marion County High School to witness a historical rivalry game between the Warriors and the Pirates, representing one of the oldest rivalries in the State of Tennessee.

  • Kathie Tierney
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Another school year is upon us, as is my renewed fear of weeknights and the homework that often accompanies them.

  • Kathie Tierney
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I became fascinated, and some would say, obsessed, with animals at a very young age.   I had a “fierce” tomcat that my parents had obtained to help keep the mouse population at bay, but I quickly turned him into a pink bonnet-wearing baby in a carriage who was pushed all over the house, alon…

  • Kathie Tierney
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Since I was a little girl, I have always been an avid football fan, and to this day, I am glued to the television watching the Monsters of the Midway every time they take the field. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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Last weekend, I was invited to attend the wedding of a friend of mine, and the invitation clearly stated, “Children are welcome.”

  • Kathie Tierney
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July is a busy month in the Tierney household.  While juggling work, summer camps, All-Stars baseball, visits from out of town family and friends, play dates, yard work and never-ending vegetable garden maintenance, we also have two boys’ birthdays, just days apart.

  • Kathie Tierney
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Last week, we gathered with 20 extended family members in Chicago to attend a Cubs game at Wrigley Field.  With a couple of budding ball players in my home who worshipped the Cubs, the level of excitement was insurmountable. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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Growing up, I grew tired constantly hearing “because we love you”, or worse, “you’ll understand some day when you are a parent.”  Such phrases often elicited an irritated rolling of my eyes in response.

  • Kathie Tierney
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This week, the Sequatchie Valley Independent celebrates its one-year anniversary.  Fifty-two weeks have passed since our debut issue of The Independent newspaper, and we would like to extend our thanks to you.

  • Kathie Tierney
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Twenty years ago, Bill Cosby hosted a television show called “Kid's Say The Darndest Things” which was supposed to be a one-time special, but due to its overwhelming popularity, was later developed into a series.  I remember the outlandish things the kids would come up with in response to so…

  • Kathie Tierney
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Littering is a problem that plagues not only our beautiful Marion County, but the country as a whole.  According to www.keeptnbeautiful.org, over 51 billion pieces of garbage litter our roadways each year, which is about 6,700 items per mile of road.  To combat this problem, it costs the U.S…

  • Kathie Tierney
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In celebration of Mother’s Day next month, we at The Independent will be hosting a contest asking children to create an artistic masterpiece of their mothers, and sending them in to us. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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Following our move to Marion County several years ago, I was ridiculed for having never heard of the Cornbread Festival.   However, since my first Cornbread Festival experience, I have become a huge fan.  Between the food, crafts, vendors, fundraisers, dance, fireworks, contests, competition…

  • Kathie Tierney
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As with most religious holidays, Easter has become widely recognized by secular symbols that have materialized and taken over, fueled by commercialism. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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The concept of ‘Pay it Forward’ has become a very popular trend in recent months, with inspiring stories flooding the news that are often heartwarming and extraordinary. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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Since I was a child, I have been a huge Peanuts fan, and I have collected the comic strips, books and memorabilia my whole life.  My favorite character was Woodstock, whose name I was unable to pronounce, and he forever was dubbed “Wodstick.”  My love for Snoopy, Wodstick, and the whole Pean…

  • Kathie Tierney
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With Saint Patrick’s Day right around the corner, the time for all things Irish will soon be upon us.  On March 17, my children will insist on wearing green clothing to school to keep them invisible to the leprechauns, and thus avoid the inevitable pinches from their classmates. They will al…

  • Kathie Tierney
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In this busy society in which we live, everyone always seems to be in a hurry, running to and fro, never really seeing what is before them.

  • Kathie Tierney
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In the age-old debate of nature versus nurture, my experiences have caused me to lean towards the side of nurture, where anything can be accomplished with love, dedication, and hard work.

  • Kathie Tierney
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Last week, dear friends of mine went through a terrifying time when their young son underwent brain surgery.

  • Kathie Tierney
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When I moved to Marion County several years ago, one of the first things I learned was that this area loves its sports, and boasts some fairly intense rivalries within the county itself.

  • Kathie Tierney
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Too often, people have grievances against one another that linger and fester.  We are quick to judge and criticize those around us, to point fingers, or blame others for our own problems. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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Early January is always a time when folks reflect on themselves, their relationships, their jobs, their health, and oftentimes, goals are set to attain various improvements in one or more of those areas.  Waving goodbye to the year before, people tend to embrace the New Year with vigor, and …

  • Kathie Tierney
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The mission of the North American Areospace Defense Command (NORAD) is to continually monitor airspace and waterways in the defense of North America. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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As I write, I am sitting in my living room next to our brightly lit tree covered in candy canes, traditional and handmade ornaments, some containing pictures of my children, others created by little hands, lights, berries, pinecones, nutcrackers and snowmen.

  • Kathie Tierney
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As a child, my family and I moved to Northern Ireland in the fall, just as the holiday season was creeping up on us. After a sad Halloween where I failed miserably trying to carve a turnip into a Jack-O-Lantern and a non-existent Thanksgiving, I was filled with much trepidation as Christmas …

  • Brad Shurett
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I'm a member of the media. I hear all of the time how the media has lost all credibility, doesn't have the trust of the general public, is biased, etc.

  • Kathie Tierney
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Throughout the month of November, I cleaned, decorated and planned.  Menus were discussed at length, guests were confirmed, and Thanksgiving was upon us.

  • Kathie Tierney
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In light of the post-election hysteria that exists across the country currently, our Nation has been especially troubled lately.

  • Pastor Jim Diehl, First United Methodist of Whitwell
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Thanksgiving is right around the corner.  All the TV shows will soon be doing their Thanksgiving episodes.  This often consists of the family and friends sitting around a table and each saying something they are thankful for.  Of course, they can’t mention God, so they don’t thank God.  Inst…

  • Kathie Tierney
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After 108 years, the longest drought in baseball history, Chicago Cubs fans are still celebrating across the country.

  • Kathie Tierney
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In honor of National Adoption Awareness Month, I thought I would share my adoption story.  What has been an incredibly emotional journey filled with laughter, tears, anger, frustration and outrage, was all fueled by an enormous amount of love that I never deemed possible. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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October is breast cancer awareness month, and I love to see the tremendous support for this disease both in our own community, and across the country. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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In 2006, Bullying Prevention Month was first introduced during the month of October as a national campaign to educate and raise awareness about bullying.  This year marks the movement’s tenth anniversary. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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I was born in Maine where trick or treating required eight layers of clothing and fuzzy costumes, and the climate in Northern Ireland where I was raised required the same attire. In Florida, everything changed. Trick or treating in 90-degree weather is not fun, and I was forced to break the …

  • Mike Partin
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In the 2012 national elections, voter turnout dropped by 9 percent overall, but the decline in rural counties was 18 percent—twice that of the nation as a whole. Today, Sequachee Valley Electric Cooperative is joining a national program to help turn this around by encouraging our employees a…

  • Kathie Tierney
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As a child, Halloween brought me such joy, and I loved the search for the perfect pumpkin upon which to carve my masterpiece.  I would eagerly light the candle in my pumpkin each evening, and count down the days until I could go trick-or-treating. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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This year marks the 50th Anniversary of The Great Pumpkin, the beloved television special, stemming from the popular Peanuts comic strip which premiered on October 2, 1950.

  • Kathie Tierney
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I slept in that morning. I worked as a paralegal in downtown Chicago, and I commuted by train into the city every day.  I flew to the train station and cursed my tardiness as I saw the express train pull away.  Living far out in the suburbs, missing the express added an hour to my commute. 

  • Kathie Tierney
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Since I was a little girl, I have always been an avid football fan, and to this day, I am glued to the television watching the Monsters of the Midway every time they take the field.  When I moved to Tennessee, I feared that I would be a lonely Bears fan in a land of Titans, but I quickly lea…

  • Kathie Tierney
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During a recent discussion with a childhood friend who lives in Ireland, I told him of our upcoming family Labor Day plans.  As I was questioned about the origin of the holiday, I shamefully realized that I had absolutely no idea, as I weakly described a fun-filled, family day that marks the…

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