The city of Piedmont has come together in full force to support one of their beloved police officers. Kevin Blue, 51, of Alexandria, was recently diagnosed with glioblastoma, an aggressive type of brain cancer.

Jacksonville began Class 4A, Area 12 baseball action with a home-and-home series against Cherokee County on Thursday and Friday. The Golden Eagles dropped both games but starting pitchers Blake Morris and Colton Clark each pitched a complete game and each deserved a better fate.

Longtime Ragland resident Anthony Soles has experience in the food industry he has accumulated over many years. He once worked at the Holiday Inn in Oxford and then ran TCT Ice Cream parlor in Ragland. His best customers were the 200 or so employees at Ragland Clay Products. He also fed them from a red food truck. Then, in 2008, the country’s recession eliminated much of the company’s workforce, which brought Chef T’s business to a stop.

In early June, my daughter, her family, and I went to Arlington Cemetery in Washington, D.C. to watch the Changing of the Guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. She lives near there and has been to the cemetery several times with friends and family who visit. She had tips on where we should stand as we watched: on the right section of the steps as we faced the Tomb Guard Sentinel who paced back and forth, heels clicking with each turn, rifle on his shoulder. She had to whisper to tell us her reasoning: one of the most interesting things to see is when an accompanying sentinel, called the, walks ahead of the oncoming sentinel, pausing as they enter from the right. Usually, the commander turns sharply, faces the sentinel, and conducts a minutes-long inspection of the sentinel’s rifle and uniform.