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    BRISTOL, Tenn. — The spices flowed Saturday as crowds gathered to watch six contestants take the stage at the fourth annual Bristol Pepper Fest to compete in both the Ultimate “Beat the Heat” Pepper Eating contest, an all-out pepper eating endurance competition, as well as the Quaker Steak &…

      The Bluegrass Hall of Fame says Shelby, North Carolina native Earl Scruggs “not only pioneered the three-finger banjo but played it to standards of taste and technique unmatched by thousands of disciples over seven decades.”

        Sometimes I just sit and think. And other times, I just sit. I tell myself I need to move. Then I sit and think about how to do it.

        The three walls surrounding a bathtub take a lot of abuse, especially if the bathroom serves a house of family members who bathe daily. Those conditions call for a hard-working, durable wall surface with the ability to withstand the moisture and continued use. Solid Surface is a manufactured material, made of acrylic resin, polyester resin or a combination of the...


        A team of volunteer specialist doctors has set up a mobile clinic in a cramped municipal building in a former front-line village in Ukraine. The clinic's front window is boarded up with plywood, but it's a lifeline for the residents. Access to specialist medical help was available only to those who could get to the city even before the war. But the village near the eastern Ukrainian city of Sloviansk did have a primary care doctor. A Ukrainian-Israeli volunteer medical organization has been running mobile clinics staffed with specialist doctors in villages and towns near the front lines or in recently retaken areas to help improve the situation.

        No Republican has done more to restrict abortion rights than Donald Trump. But in the early days of the 2024 presidential contest, no Republican has worked harder to avoid the issue than the former president either. More than his GOP rivals, Trump is sidestepping the polarizing topic just nine months after he celebrated the Supreme Court's stunning decision to strip women’s constitutional right to abortion. Look no further than Trump’s trip to Iowa last week for evidence of his balancing act. Trump repeatedly refused to say whether he would support a federal abortion ban when asked. And in multiple public appearances, he didn't mention the word “abortion” once.

        California Gov. Gavin Newsom's latest plan for the state's homelessness crisis asks voters to fund a major expansion of housing and treatment for residents suffering from mental illness and addiction. Newsom announced Sunday that he will ask allies in the Democratic-controlled Legislature for a measure on the 2024 ballot to authorize funding to build residential facilities where over 10,000 people a year could live and be treated. The plan is the latest by the governor who took office in 2019 vowing to own the issue of homelessness in a state where an estimated 171,000 were unhoused last year.

        ABINGDON, Va. — As many as 50 Abingdon High School students will make a big splash at center stage when the school presents the musical production of “Disney’s The Little Mermaid,” opening in March.

        For the first time in three decades, the U.S. has a new favorite dog breed, according to the American Kennel Club. Adorable in some eyes, deplorable in others, the sturdy, push-faced, perky-eared, world-weary-looking and distinctively droll French bulldog became the nation's most prevalent p…

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