Give a Little Hope, Help Make a Little Miracle

Giving hope... making miracles. That's the slogan of the Children's Organ Transplant Association (COTA), an organization that helps children and young adults that need life-saving transplant surgery by providing fundraising assistance and family support. Since 1986 COTA has helped nearly 2,000 kids and adults, raising over $70 million. Every dollar raised in honor of COTA's… [Read more]

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Kaufman Second Graders Warm Up Needy with Blankets

Imagine having a broken home with very little income and no warming comfort or being diagnosed with an illness as awful as cancer where you are constantly cold. All you would want is a warm blanket to hold onto to feel some sort of safety. Well, the second graders of Kaufman Elementary School managed to do just that. This past Wednesday as school was just getting under way,… [Read more]

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Possible Tighter Flounder and Trout Restrictions Questioned

Catching spotted sea trout and flounder along the Gulf Coast is more than just a point of pride for outdoorsmen in Texas. The pastime attracts sporting fishermen from around the world, part of a renowned saltwater recreational fishing industry that adds $2 billion to the Texas economy each year. So the mere suggestion of new restrictions being placed on the saltwater fish has… [Read more]

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How to Utilize Privacy Tools to Safely Browse the Web

In the course of writing her book, Dragnet Nation, ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin tried various strategies to protect her privacy. In this blog post, she distills the lessons from her privacy experiments into useful tips for readers. One of the easiest and simplest things you can do to protect your privacy is to be a smarter Web browser. This is surprisingly difficult because… [Read more]

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Unknown Soldiers: Real Life Heroes

For me, the most moving part of "Lone Survivor," Peter Berg's film based on real events in Afghanistan, comes just before the final credits. As Peter Gabriel's cover of the classic David Bowie song "Heroes" plays, we see photos of not only the real life heroes of the Operation Red Wings mission, but many of their loved ones. I was particularly touched by the picture of U.S. Navy… [Read more]

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Fight in Texas Over Payday Loans, From Capitol to Campaign Trail

The payday lending controversy that exploded in the governor’s race in recent weeks highlights the state's lack of regulation and the challenge that lawmakers have faced with an issue that has been as contentious at the Capitol as it is on the campaign trail. Last year, a major legislative effort to impose state regulations on lenders failed, and since then, Houston has… [Read more]

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‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’: Chris Pine in a Franchise Reboot

"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is a "Bourne" movie without the showpiece action scenes, the quirky characters or the carefully layered narrative. There's plenty of "Bourne"-like vehicular mayhem, and there's a ferocious close-quarters fight scene, too; but little of it is new, and its familiarity … [Read More...]

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

I have never kept a normal bedtime schedule for my entire adult life. To me, the grandest ideal of being an adult is the freedom to choose my own bedtime. That, and maybe eating Oreo cookies and pizza rolls in mass quantities with nobody's permission but my own. My bad bedtime habits began in my … [Read More...]

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Dave Says, “Don’t Just Throw Up Your Hands and Default”

Dear Dave, My husband and I have about $60,000 in federally insured student loans. Can our wages be garnished if we’re paying less than the actual payment amount? If so, how far behind do we have to be for that to happen? Jennifer Dear Jennifer, To the best of my knowledge there’s no set … [Read More...]

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One Step Forward, Two Steps Back with the iPhone

The Huffington Post is onto something. In a recent report, the website listed seven things that the iPhone, first released to the public only seven years ago, has made obsolete — though there are surely plenty more than seven. Up first, says the website: roadmaps. Thanks to Google Maps, which … [Read More...]

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LBJ’s ‘Great Society’ at 50: Ensuring a Nation’s Safety Net

Fifty years after President Lyndon Johnson declared "unconditional war on poverty," no one can reasonably argue that the government's massive effort didn't help. It's more a question of how much it helped. And today, it's a question of how to make these essential programs more effective and … [Read More...]

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So Much More Going On at the 2014 Winter Olympics

Hundreds of millions of people will be following the 2014 Winter Olympics, even though the underwhelming motto ("Hot. Cool. Yours.") sounds less like a paean to athletic excellence than the sort of progression that accompanies a court-ordered paternity suit. Of course some people will be more … [Read More...]

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Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace

It's hard to choose which was the bigger shock: a federal judge ruled Oklahoma's ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, or the founder of a Republican gay-rights group quit the Republican Party. What could have ever driven a gay advocate from the GOP? Was it something they said? Jimmy … [Read More...]

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That Rising Tide Has Lifted Only the Luxury Yachts

As a new year dawns, life in the land of opportunity isn't what it used to be for many Americans. Today, our nation is marred by growing inequality, constricting opportunity, and declining social mobility- it has become a place where record-setting corporate profits do not translate to increased … [Read More...]


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Give a Little Hope, Help Make a Little Miracle

Giving hope... making miracles. That's the slogan of the Children's Organ Transplant Association … Read More

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Eleven Questions With… Makenna Spencer, ORHS Whirlwind

There are a whole bunch of interesting and dynamic people in our community, and we at Oak Ridge Now … Read More

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In Other News: Clark Griswold Christmas Lights Edition

Earlier this month I asked on the Oak Ridge Now Facebook page where the best place were in our area … [Read More...]

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In Other News: Christmas Shoes Edition

Thanksgiving, Black Friday, Small Business Saturday (is that catching on yet?), and Cyber Monday … [Read More...]

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In Other News: Grand Parkway Construction Edition

Winter has come early to Texas, the kids are out of school for a week, and folks are getting ready … [Read More...]

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Possible Tighter Flounder and Trout Restrictions Questioned

Catching spotted sea trout and flounder along the Gulf Coast is more than just a point of pride for … Read More

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Fight in Texas Over Payday Loans, From Capitol to Campaign Trail

The payday lending controversy that exploded in the governor’s race in recent weeks highlights the … Read More

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Enrollments Grow in Texas, Where Uninsured Rates Are High

Texas enrollments in the online insurance marketplace created under the Affordable Care Act rose … Read More

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Percentage of Foreign-Born Texas Is Growing

A growing percentage of Texans are originally from foreign countries, including one in four in the … Read More

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How to Utilize Privacy Tools to Safely Browse the Web

In the course of writing her book, Dragnet Nation, ProPublica reporter Julia Angwin tried various … Read More

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A Midterm Report Card for Obamacare

The first half of the Obamacare open enrollment period is over, and yesterday, federal health … Read More

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The Health Law Takes Effect: A Consumer’s Guide

Starting Jan. 1, central provisions of the Affordable Care Act kick in, allowing many uninsured … Read More

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War Eagles Go 2-2 in Conroe Christmas Classic Tournament

The Oak Ridge High School boys roundballers took to Conroe this past week to participate in the 49th … Read More

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Lady War Eagles Blow Out College Park 66-43 for First District Win

Sixth year Oak Ridge Lady War Eagles basketball head coach Molly Gibson brought her charges to … Read More

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War Eagles Crushed by Westfield 52-21 in Playoffs

"Everything ends badly, otherwise it wouldn't end." - Tom Cruise, Cocktail The 2013 football … Read More

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Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night

I have never kept a normal bedtime schedule for my entire adult life. To me, the grandest ideal of being an adult is the … Read More

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‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’: Chris Pine in a Franchise Reboot

"Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit" is a "Bourne" movie without the showpiece action scenes, the quirky characters or the … Read More

U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Brandon Eggleston spends time with his wife, Karen, and two daughters, Molly (left) and Avery (right) before leaving for his third combat deployment. Staff Sgt. Eggleston, 29, was killed in Afghanistan on Apr. 26, 2012. Photo courtesy of Karen Eggleston.

Unknown Soldiers: He’ll Always Be With Us

Moments after Karen Eggleston learned that her husband had been killed in Afghanistan, the couple's oldest daughter, … Read More

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Kaufman Second Graders Warm Up Needy with Blankets

Imagine having a broken home with very little income and no warming comfort or being diagnosed with … Read More

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Friday Night Lights Are So, So Much Better This Year

When 5:30 pm rolls around on Friday nights, Woodforest Bank Stadium immediately becomes a place of … Read More

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Oak Ridge Cheer – State Champions

The Oak Ridge High School cheer squad traveled to San Marcos's Texas State University to compete in … Read More

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Faith

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Celebrating Christmas and the Holidays, Then and Now

Nine-in-ten Americans say they celebrate Christmas, and three-quarters say they believe in the … Read More

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Is the Pope Catholic? Yep. He’s a Christian, Too.

As a practicing — but manifestly imperfect — Catholic, I am pleased Time magazine has named Good … Read More

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Last Week, In Case You Missed It: December 29, 2013

The last week in 2013 was a busy one at Oak Ridge Now, as it probably was for you and yours. As such, may may not have caught everything we published. Here's a quick recap of what went on. Our Lady War Eagles blew out one of their nemeses, the Lady Cavaliers of College Park, 66-43 to score their first district win of the season. Big congratulations were in order for them. In our Texas news, … Read More

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