Crossville Chronicle, Crossville, TN

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March 24, 2009

RANDOM THOUGHTS: "Antiques Roadshow" comes to Tennessee

If you are one of the 10 million who watch each episode of the “Antiques Roadshow” mark your calendar. The three upcoming Mondays, March 30, April 6 and April 13, were all taped in Chattanooga last July. The local PBS station had worked long and hard to convince the producers of the show to make a stop in Chattanooga. Finally they were chosen to begin the 13th season of the popular show.

By six on that July morning of the taping people were lined up, each with two items to be appraised. During the 13 hour taping at the convention center about 7,000 folks talked with one of the more than 70 appraisers. By day’s end the producers were pleased they had included Chattanooga in the six cities chosen for this year’s shows. They said, “This is one of the most fun cities we have visited.”

A special feature is a visit to the Chickamauga & Chattanooga National Military Park. The park rangers and Civil War re-enactors fired an original 12-pound field cannon made in Massachusetts.

It was not until last Sunday that any of those who attended the taping learned if they appeared in the show. Chattanooga’s PBS station held a preview party and episodes of the shows were shown.

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Another very different celebration is being held in Oak Ridge this week. Sixty years ago on March 19 the Elza Gate to what was called the secret city during WWII days was opened and the public learned the secret. There the world’s first atomic bomb was built.

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Every Saturday morning we talk with our family in Durango, Colorado. This week our daughter told about a new experience as a mountain hiker. She checked in at the ranger’s station and told him where she planned to hike. He told her the sheriff and a number of his deputies were in the area because cars in that parking lot had been vandalized. Windows had been broken to gain entry to steal anything that was inside the car. I was reminded of a file I had on vandalism.

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  • antique RANDOM THOUGHTS: "Antiques Roadshow" comes to Tennessee If you are one of the 10 million who watch each episode of the “Antiques Roadshow” mark your calendar. The three upcoming Mondays, March 30, April 6 and April 13, were all taped in Chattanooga last July.

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  • WE THE PEOPLE: Veterans storm the Hill When young men and women risk their lives and sacrifice both physical and mental health for their country, a grateful country should at least provide them with shelter, food, and health care. But there is a lot of hypocrisy between what some windbag says on Veterans Day and what the country actually does for veterans.

    March 24, 2009

  • child crying THEREFORE I AM: Kids stress out parents? Well, duh! This just in: According to an expert, children can add stress and strain to a marriage. In other news, further expert studies have indicated that the sky is in fact blue, Paris Hilton is a tad spoiled, peanut butter and chocolate taste great together, and the Middle East has issues. Thank goodness we have experts to tell us these things.

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  • shackles INSIDE THE FIRST AMENDMENT: With shekels come shackles When President Obama launched his faith-based initiative at the National Prayer Breakfast on Feb. 5, he promised not only to sustain the Bush administration’s signature domestic program — but to expand it.

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  • loneranger THEREFORE I AM: Jim Croce and I will keep you safe and sound My philosophy of life is simple: When in doubt, follow the advice of a dead folk-rock star. I always found Jim Croce to be particularly handy in this capacity. Don’t tug on Superman’s cape. Don’t spit into the wind. Don’t pull the mask off that old Lone Ranger, and regardless of how badly you may want to, do not, under any circumstances, mess around with Jim.

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  • STUMPTALK: Stimulating a war on prosperity and freedom Near Bush’s sunset, Treasury Secretary Paulson and Fed chairman Bernanke terrified the nation with “the sky’s falling and America is doomed” unless the government steps in with new regulations, institutional takeovers and massive lending.

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  • WE THE PEOPLE: Thoughts on bringing a recession to heel Responding to the recent full-throated baying of conservative “economic watchdogs,” I slogged into the swamp of their icon Adam Smith’s murky tome, “The Wealth of Nations,” to see if they had finally treed anything of value.

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