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Week 1 in the SEC: History in Columbia

After weeks—nay, months—of anticipation, it’s finally here. Abilene Christian at Georgia State. Tonight. The wait is over. Okay, so the first game of the 2014 college football season involving an FBS team (that would be Georgia State, by the way) seems a bit anticlimactic. Understood. If you prefer to think of Thursday as the season’s

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Honey Do List: A four-letter word

Doug Green For the FFP Since 1882, the Labor Day holiday has been observed in this country, celebrating that four letter word, “work.” According to the U.S. Department of Labor website (www.dol.gov), “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements

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Dave Says: August 27

Will the government take it? Dear Dave, I have a 5-year-old daughter, and I want to start a 529 for her. However, I’m concerned that the government might seize the 529 assets in order to pay off debt and give people treasury bonds instead. Do you think this might happen? Barry Dear Barry, I think

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Unknown Journey: Let’s trudge on

Published on August 27th, 2014 by in Columns

By Gail Motes [Editor’s note: Spruce Pine resident Gail Motes, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, will keep a journal of her treatment and progress in the Franklin Free Press during the coming months. She would appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time.] Do you realize we’re almost through with our chemo journey? This

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Degrees of criminal mischief

I participate in an Internet online legal service wherein people seek answers to legal questions from licensed attorneys online. None of these questions are from local folks. I was asked a question the other day about someone who cut off services for a water meter. He said that he cut off the lock because he

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Honey Do: Where are the kids?

Doug Green For the FFP Yes, summer has flown by and the kids are, once again, back in school, going to practice (band, football, cheerleader, etc, etc…), and, just maybe, you are settling down and finding time to work on some long put-off projects. Whether your student is moving miles away or just entering the

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Unknown Journey: Everybody has to be sick some time

Published on August 19th, 2014 by in Columns

By Gail Motes [Editor’s note: Spruce Pine resident Gail Motes, recently diagnosed with breast cancer, will keep a journal of her treatment and progress in the Franklin Free Press during the coming months. She would appreciate your prayers and support during this difficult time.] As I was taking one of my chemo treatments this past

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Even the best legal representation comes with no guarantee

This week a person came to my office and said they had a written guarantee from an attorney stating that they would be found not guilty. Any ethical, honest attorney will tell you that no outcome can be guaranteed. Ultimately, juries and judges decide the outcome of criminal cases. No one can guarantee what 12

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Dave Says – August 20

Asking for a raise Dear Dave, What’s your advice on asking for a raise at work when you have more responsibility than a co-worker but the same title on paper? After being with my company four years, I feel like I should make more money and I have the right to complain about this. Vanessa

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Kershaw concert highlights terrific Watermelon Festival

John Pilati Franklin Free Press I don’t often write cushy “thank-you” columns in this space. Most often, those are the product of lazy writers who throw together a story at the last minute after being fussed at by their editor. But what I saw at the 34th annual Franklin County Watermelon Festival (before, during and

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