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It’s Girl Scout Cookie Time!

Friends in many areas pre-orders for Girl Scout Cookies are being taken. This is the world’s largest girl-led business. To see where you can buy your stash of cookies go to http://www.iwantcookies.org this is for a great cause. The Girl Scout Council of The Southern Appalachians is geared up for this cookie season.

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Tonight we ate dinner at The Dinner Bell a local restaurant in Sweetwater at exit 62 off I-75 going toward Knoxville. Laura had fried chicken breast and I had barbecue. They were great and worth the drive up the road a piece. The atmosphere is country, casual and warm. I have know about this restaurant for years having gone to school at Hiwassee College in nearby Madisonville, TN. The prices are good, the quality is outstanding. We will be going back sometime down the road. Thanks to my wife Laura for taking this picture.

Pat Summitt – The Challenge of Her Life

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In full disclosure I am not a University of Tennessee Volunteer fan and that makes me a rarity in my home state. Today it was announced that Pat Summit who is head coach of the Lady Vols basketball team has early onset dementia that will lead eventually to Alzheimer’s it made me sad.

My grandmother has a similar condition the difference is my grandmother is in her 80’s, coach summit isn’t even 60 yet. It is my hope for coach Summitt is that she will be able to deal with this with grace and will be able to manage her condition and her career on her terms.

This is not going to be easy for her but with support she will be able to have a rich, rewarding life while she battles this condition. At this time in her life having people around her to care for her is going to be a must. She has amazing care at her disposal. There are thousands of people around the world who are dealing with this same thing and perhaps she will be able to help them too. Coach Summitt you are in our prayers.

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This commercial features Hiwassee College in Madisonville, TN. A 4-year, liberal arts school located in the foothills of the scenic Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee. They have scholarships available for academics and athletes alike. Hiwassee is affiliated with the Holston Conference of the United Methodist Church.  

(by barkerpahc)