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Buchanan Tropical Sno

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Buchanan Tropical Sno has been a staple business in the Tri-State area since 1998. Junior Buchanan opened the business of vendor trailers and quickly began setting up at the Giles Flea Market, little league games and Bible schools.Tropical Sno offers 14 standard flavors of shaved ice, hundreds of mix recipe flavors as well as fresh squeezed lemonade.Buchanan currently sets up at two locations at the flea market every Saturday and Sunday. He also sets up at local businesses for employee and customer appreciation days, numerous local events and traveling as far as Pigeon Forge for car shows.Buchanan normally has four employees at each event — two in each trailer — unless there is a big event that he feels requires additional help.


When God answers prayer, ‘not yet’

A pastor thought God gave Him an idea, and he presented it at the church board meeting. After giving his most impassioned plea and really “selling” the idea, the board voted and voted down the pastor’s proposed changes 12-1. The head elder looked at the pastor and said, “Well pastor, its 12 votes to 1. It looks like you’ve been out voted, and it is time to go home. Will you please close in prayer.” The pastor, not wanting to give up yet on what he felt God ...

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Fight like a Butterfly

Decades ago, while speaking of an upcoming championship bout, Muhammad Ali constructed a poetic couplet of epic proportions. With glitzy words corresponding to his style both in and out of the ring, “The Greatest” claimed he would “Float like a butterfly and sting like a bee,” because his opponent’s “hands can’t hit what his eyes can’t see.”

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Should the 4th of July be a world holiday?

I’m not one to go for all this “A United World” stuff, but I do think the entire planet should celebrate the 4th of July. Here is why.For thousands of years, the human race trudged along pretty much the same way as it always had and then along came America. Since the founding of America think of how far we’ve come.Medicine: When American independence was declared, doctors believed that “bleeding” someone was the best way to cure what a...

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God deserves this exaltation

America is the country of great men like:*Patrick Henry who said “Give me liberty or give me death.”*George Washington, whose army of farmers defeated the greatest military power in the world to earn the independence of a fledgling country.*Abraham Lincoln, who fought a civil war to free those bound by the oppression of slavery*Teddy Roosevelt, who walked softly and carried a big stick.*Franklin Roosevelt, who said, “We ...

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Hearing God’s quiet voice in man’s noisy world

…after the strong wind and earthquake…after the earthquake a fire…after the fire a still small voice… 1 Kings 19:11-12It was a fun evening and a fairly common one around our house. Our oldest was home from her first year of college. Our youngest was out his admissions application and would leave for college at the end of the summer. But for that moment they were home.

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Deceased World War I vet gets another recruitment notice

KINGSTON, Pa. — The Selective Service wants World War I veteran Bert Huey back.Huey, who died in 1995 at the age of 100, fought in the U.S. Army during WWI and if he were alive today — even at 119 — his grandson said he would probably take the letter to the Selective Service and offer to sign up.“If he was here, yeah, he would probably laugh and say, ‘Yeah, I’ll go.’ He was that kind of guy,” said Chuck Huey, Bert’s 7...

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Daily Bible Thought

God’s names, which describe His character, can bring comfort when we need it most.The name of the Lord is a strong tower. — Proverbs 18:10

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Today in History — July 12

By the Associated Press Today is Saturday, July 12, the 193rd day of 2014. There are 172 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On July 12, 1984, Democratic presidential candidate Walter F. Mondale announced his choice of U.S. Rep. Geraldine A. Ferraro of New York to be his running mate; Ferraro was the first woman to run for vice president on a major-party ticket.On this date:...

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Deer in a camera’s sights

Ray Welch|Daily NewsAs mountains create an certain ambiance in the background, two deer make their way across an open field.

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Friends group gives to Gap

Cumberland Gap National Historical Park has a helping hand for funding and events.The organization Friends of Cumberland Gap National Park helps to raise money and awareness for things happening within the park.The most recent fundraising event by FOCGNP was a formal movie premier for Kent Masterson Brown’s film, Daniel Boone and the Opening of the American West. The evening included finger foods, a red carpet, socializing and a showing of the movie.R...

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Gap BMA talks bears, finances

It looks as though the local bear population refuses to halt its rambles through the historic town of Cumberland Gap, Tenn., foraging meals from trash cans, picnic tables and anywhere edibles are inadvertently left to entice the voracious animals.The problem has become one of urgency to nearby Cumberland Gap National Historical Park (CGNHP), as well, prompting park ranger Jenny Beeler to discuss the matter last week during the July meeting of the Gap Board of Mayor and Aldermen....

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College degrees on the rise in Kentucky

A preliminary report released by Kentucky’s Council on Postsecondary Education estimates college degrees and advanced education credentials earned at public and private colleges and universities are on the rise.This is good news for the state, suggesting an increased understanding by Kentuckians of the importance of higher education not only for themselves, but for our communities, too.The report released by the council June 20 estimates nearly 63,150 degrees and c...

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Marion Adams recalls the aftermath of D-Day

Marion Adams, 91, a retired farmer from Newton Township, Ohio, says of June 6, 1944, “I try to forget it. No one has a right to know. They wouldn’t believe it anyway.”Those of us who watched PBS on Memorial Day of this year don’t need a description: we saw the horrors of Normandy in black-and-white on our televisions.Adams was aboard LST 491 as a U.S. Navy radio operator on D Day. In response to the question, “Why did you live when so many d...

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Woodland owners: Got questions? Get answers

Woodland owners who are wondering how to get the most from their property should think about attending one of three Woodland Owners Short Courses being offered around the state this summer, said Billy Thomas, University of Kentucky Cooperative Extension forester.When woodlands are managed properly, their health improves and they can produce a cash crop of valuable timber, as well as attract more wildlife and provide a place for family recreation. The 2014 Woodland Owners Short Cour...

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State coal group sues TVA over Paradise plant

LOUISVILLE (AP) — A group of landowners and a Kentucky coal industry group want a federal judge to halt plans to shut down two coal-fired units at a Tennessee Valley Authority power plant that is switching to natural gas.The Kentucky Coal Association argued in a lawsuit filed Thursday that the TVA did not follow proper federal procedure and its own rules in deciding to close the units at the Paradise Fossil Plant in western Kentucky. The TVA announced last yea...

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State ends fiscal year with $90 million shortfall

FRANKFORT (AP) — Kentuckians are buying more stuff, they just aren’t paying as much in taxes.That’s why the state ended the 2014 fiscal year on June 30 with a $90 million shortfall in its general fund.Sales taxes — the extra 6 percent consumers pay on their purchases — were up $109 million, the largest increase of any state funding source.But the state’s largest revenue source — individual income taxes — grew les...

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Tobacco firms Reynolds, Lorillard in merger talks

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Cigarette makers Reynolds American Inc. and Lorillard Inc. on Friday said they are in talks of a possible merger that would combine two of the nation’s oldest and biggest tobacco companies.The announcement follows media reports over the past few months about the possible combination that would create a formidable No. 2 to rival Altria Group Inc., owner of Philip Morris USA, and could spur a wave of consolidation in the tobacco busine...

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