Right to privacy leans partly on Article 9
While the other articles of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights are straightforward – at least, enough for Americans to bicker over in court – the Ninth Amendment might cause a bit of confusion.
It reads: “The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.”
There are no rights enumerated, and it might be difficult to argue one’s Ninth Amendment rights in court, though it has been done successfully.
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society and Native American Student Associationat Northeastern State University hosted a traditional stickball game as part of closing cultural activities during the 42nd annual Symposium on the American Indian Friday. Participants included, from left: Nathan Wolf, Disosdi Elk and Chris Smith.
City council to discuss ‘green building’
Tahlequah City Council will hold a special meeting Friday, April 11, at 5:30 p.m. to discuss, among other items, applying grant money to renovate the city’s “green building” at the corner of Water and Morgan, near Norris Park.
Alcohol screening can be critical
It has been decades since Prohibition brought Americans gangsters, flappers and speakeasies, but statistics for alcohol addiction are staggering.
Millions of Americans suffer from alcohol addiction and abuse, which affects families and friends.
Today, April 10, is the annual National Alcohol Screening Day, and raising awareness through education, outreach and screening programs is the goal, according to the website at www.mentalhealthscreening.org.
Law enforcement agencies to get new facility
Area law enforcement agencies will soon have a new training facility in Cherokee County.
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office is building the new training room near its gun range, located north of the detention center. Sheriff Norman Fisher said tax dollars were not used for the building.
“This is something we’ve been trying to work on, and it was built with no money from the taxpayers,” said Fisher. “It was paid for with drug forfeitures and gun sales.”
Promise Hotels to build Holiday Inn Express prototype
Tulsa-based company Promise Hotels broke ground recently on the nation’s first new Holiday Inn Express & Suites prototype. The new 46,000 square foot, 80-room hotel will be in Tahlequah near the intersection of South Muskogee Avenue and the highway loop.
Construction will begin immediately with an anticipated completion date of February 2015. The $7.22 million hotel will feature a new contemporary look with an indoor pool, sauna, fitness center, and larger meeting room.
Music still in the blood of retired music teacher
Volunteer opportunities Harris supports include Court Appointed Special Advocates of Cherokee Country, Feed My Sheep, and directing the Go Ye Village Women’s Choir. She’s also served for many years as musical director of Tahlequah Community Playhouse.
Most STDs easily treated if detected early
They are easily detected, and most are treated without difficulty. But many people are reluctant to undergo testing for them.
Sexually transmitted diseases may cause feelings of shame, but the stigma is unjustified because they are actually common.
Just about any sexual behavior carries a risk of infection, but STDs fit into a particular category of being passed only through sexual contact.
Farmers’ market set for Saturday opening
Spring is in full swing, and area residents will get their first opportunity to shop the Tahlequah Farmers’ Market this Saturday, April 5.
Rutherford’s pottery mirrors that of ancestors
After losing her job in late 2012, one area woman seized the opportunity to focus on art as a business.
Lisa Rutherford specializes in 18th-century arts, saying her passion is traditional pottery and 18th and 19th century textiles, clothing and beadwork.
“I have been making traditional pottery since 2005. I dig my own clay, clean and process it, build my pottery by hand coiling, and fire in a wood fire,” said Rutherford. “I took a photo in 2012 when I was firing pottery. That was the first time I had fired in an open fire where I could see the pottery glow. I had it printed on canvas for the Potter and the Painter exhibit – the painter being Delaware artist Jim Van Deman – at Red Earth Gallery in Oklahoma City.”
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