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Danny Brewer
Danny Brewer is a life-long resident of Smyrna. Growing up, he always tried to be an athlete. Now as an adult, he has become an athletic supporter (no comments please). “My family is the shining light of my life. My wife Lisa has always been there for me, sons Drew and Beauregard are my best pals, and daughter Lexi is the sweetest little thing.” Having written sports for a variety of publications over the past 16 years, sports has also been a large part of his existence. As a fun-loving guy, Danny has always felt sports should bring a smile to your face in the end. “Hopefully most of my columns will as well. Never have I claimed to be intelligent. However, I do lay claim to being a very lucky man. In becoming part of the Reader's staff, I feel as though the game of life dealt me blackjack.”

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Gloria Shacklett Christy
is the oldest daughter of long-time residents and business owners, Ginny
and Dick Shacklett. Gloria is married to Tom Christy, who along with her brother, Bill Shacklett are owners and partners in Shacklett’s Photography. Gloria and Tom have four grown sons--Ian, Matt, Ben, and Will. In 1971, Gloria received a BS from Middle Tennessee State University in Education. She taught kindergarten and first grade for 7 years for Murfreesboro City Schools. In 1984, Gloria became the Education Director for Oaklands Historic House Museum where she developed a passion for the history of this area. Also, in 1984, she became the director of Uncle Dave Macon Days for twenty-three years and is now the president of this organization. Gloria began writing for the Rutherford Reader in 2000. Her zeal and love for history have had venue for nearly nine years thanks to the Reader.

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Pete Doughtie
was born in 1941 and grew up in Suffolk, Virginia. There he attended public schools
and lettered in football and track. He entered the US Army just out of high school, serving for over five years. Upon discharge he started his newspaper career with the Hammond Times in Hammond, IN, (a Howard Publication paper at that time). His career also included time at the Suffolk News Herald in Virginia. In 1970 he moved his family to Oceanside, CA, rejoining Howard Publication at the Blade Tribune. He spend 12 years there before moving to the Santa Maria Times, a Scripts League paper in 1981. In June, 1983, he became a partner and publisher of Chalfant Press in Bishop, CA producing a three day per week newspaper serving Inyo County, and a two-day per week newspaper in Mammoth Lakes, CA, which included the Sierra Ski Magazine. Chalfant Press also included a full print shop. These publications were sold in May, 1996 and the Doughties moved to Murfreesboro, TN. Pete’s newspaper career has spanned over 40 years. He’s been very active in each community with local projects, Chamber of Commerce boards, president of two Rotary Clubs and a Foundation board member for the Tri-City Hospital District in Oceanside, CA. He has been married to Kaye Sadler since 1961. He met Kaye in the first grade in Suffolk, VA. They have 4 sons, 9 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild. The Reader is produced weekly by Kaye, Pete and their youngest sons Lee and Jay, along with the contributors on this page. In addition to hobbies, Pete and Kaye look forward each year to spending time at Nags Head, NC, (the Outer Banks). The family is members of Lighthouse Baptist Church in Murfreesboro.

“Everything is not the Same”
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Patrick Doughtie
is a native to no where and was born at the end of a dirt road somewhere in
Kentucky in 1965. Raised by wolves in the foothills of the Sierra mountain range in California, he quickly developed a sense for the wild, living off scraps and berries given to him by his wolf parents. Rescued by humans at the tender age 16, he managed to complete his schooling within two years, graduating and moving on to the University of Hard Knocks, where he still attends. Patrick is a veteran of the U.S. Army where he served bravely during peace time as a Military Police Officer in the Bavarian Alps where he met the first of three wives, complete with lederhosen and hairy armpits. Though difficult to replace her, the barren Mojave Desert was no place for the queen of the Alps. He later moved to Nashville to pursue a music career (skip text) and had a son, Tyler. (Serious now) He is currently married to the love of his life, Heather with a 12 year old daughter, Savanah, and 5 year old rascal, Brendan. Patrick is the screenwriter and co-director of an upcoming film titled “Letters to God,” due in theaters early 2010. He is authoring a book of the same title. Both projects were inspired by his son Tyler who was diagnosed at age 7 with a brain tumor. Tyler passed away March 7, 2005. Patrick enjoys chasing his tail, coaching soccer and sitting around thinking up stupid stuff to write about. When he’s not writing his column or screenplays you can usually catch him sleeping at a security desk, or playing on a computer.

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Kevin Neal Fisher
"I am a simple man.God has blessed me with so much to be grateful for, a wonderful
son whom I am raising alone, a good community and good friends. My goal is simply to share with
you readers how I feel about the world around us.We live in changing times. There are so many issues out there that need to be discussed that it seems the media just doesn't "want" to discuss. I ran for State Representative in 2006 as a republican, and plan to stay active in politics. Oh, and for all you eligible, single women out there, yes, I am single.

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David Grubbs
is a native Pennsylvanian, born in 1929, and educated in public schools there. He then
attended Maryville College in Maryville, Tennessee. He received a Masters Degree from UT/Knoxville. His doctorate is from the University of Pennsylvania. His teaching career included Colby Collage in Waterville, Maine, the University of Tennessee Knoxville, and Middle Tennessee State University. All degrees and teaching positions were in Political Science. He served as chair of the MTSU Political Science Department from 1969 through 1988. He retired as MTSU Professor of Political Science Emeritus in 1994. He co-authored a book on Tennessee Government and Politics and wrote many articles and presented papers at professional meetings.Work outside the academy included the City of Philadelphia Finance Department and the Tennessee State Planning Commission. He has three daughters and seven grandchildren. He has been marred to Sue Summers Grubbs since 1953. He has been a member of First Presbyterian Church in Murfreesboro since 1966 having served as an elder for several terms and now is a reserved elder. He grew up as a conservative Republican but moved over time to a liberal Democrat.

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Ken Ivey
aka "the Web Czar" - is a veteran technology addict, consultant, and President of MidTN
Technology, a Murfreesboro web design and marketing firm. Drawing on over 20 years of online experience, Ken has been helping business embrace technology since 1987.

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J. Geoffrey Jones
has had a multi-faceted career with remarkable highpoints. He studied painting,
as a boy, with Grandma Moses. He provided Byron reference exhibits for the academy award
winning actor, William Hurt, when Hurt portrayed Lord Byron on stage. He did graphic art for two
important historical projects: The Hudson River Clearwater Sloop restoration,(The effort that led to
the clean-up of the Hudson River in New York State ) and Kim Basinger's Braselton Project which
worked to restore and draw attention to that historic Georgia town. Recently he has been developing a Victorian play based on a genuine journal from the Romantic-Victorian period. He is also working on another historical study. He has made many unusual discoveries including books that belonged to the poets, Lord Byron and Emily Dickinson. He paints, writes and enjoys historical and literary research for his Rutherford Reader articles.

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M.E. Rosson, PhD
was born in Nashville, TN in 1960 and raised in Tennessee, Michigan and West
Virginia. He graduated high school and went to Appalachian Bible College before joining the Air Force in 1979. Rosson spent 20 years in the USAF and then obtained a PhD in Divinity. Dr. Rosson works as the Patient Advocate at the Alvin C York VA Medical Center and as an Evangelist and Conference Speaker. He is a weekly columnist for the Rutherford County Reader and has published severa l works through the years including “Sandals in the Dust,” “Abraham and the Middle East Today” and the “All the Books of the Bible” Series. M. E. Rosson is available as a Conference or Church speaker upon request.

“All the Books of the Bible”
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Mitch Tinney
operates Tennessee's longest running guide service. He is recognized as one of the
foremost authorities on inland Striped Bass. His exploits have been the subject of many television
shows and magazine articles. As a member of the Southeastern Outdoor Press Association, Mitch
has logged over two-hundred published articles about Fishing Tennessee waters. Mitch lives in
Smyrna with his wife Denise.

“Fishing Tips”
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Kevin Youse
was born August 21, 1951 in Lehighton, PA and was raised in a very religious
Pennsylvania Dutch home. He married Kathleen Bertram on November 24, 1972. Kathy has been a
faithful help meet and mother. She has been the underpinning for his family and ministry. They have 3 children living locally. Youse was in the U.S. Air Force and is a Vietnam vet and achieved the rank of Sergeant. Salvation and call to ministry in 1972 in Sumter, SC with full time ministry occurring in 1973. He was ordained in 1975 as a Baptist Pastor and preacher. Life verse is Is. 40:30,31. Today Kevin and Kathy are building “The Eagles’ Nest,” a retreat for those in Christian service overlooking Normandy Lake in Normandy, TN Kevin continues to preach and write from his retreat

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