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What feels more like summer than sitting by the lake, grilling up a few steaks or burgers? Smoke on the Water Boathouse Grill, which opened in May on Nickajack Lake, takes care of the grilling, allowing patrons to sit back and take in the views in a reformatted houseboat docked at Hales Bar Marina.

Addictions are an easy way out when you think about it.

By Drew Johnson Staff Writer Barbecue restaurants that take a little work to find either stay in business because they are great or because they're the only thing around. Bailey's BBQ, on Highway 41 between East Ridge and Ringgold, isn't the most convenie

Sunday marks the beginning of Sunshine Week, an annual effort to raise awareness of the importance of open government and freedom of information.

On Tuesday, the United Nations gave Americans yet another reason not to trust their tax dollars, policy decisions or military forces with the increasingly outlandish international organization.

The Corn Palace is one of South Dakota's most famous tourist attractions, and easily the corniest waste of tax dollars anywhere in America.

This week, the Wyoming State Fair celebrates its 100th anniversary. The fair’s centennial celebration features a swine show, a weight-gaining competition for hogs and even a “pig ‘n’ mud” wrestling championship.

Hold on to your wallet. Earmarks, the most corruptible and wasteful type of government spending, will be making a comeback if a handful of House Republicans have their way. These pigs in elephants’ clothing want to end a three-year moratorium on earmarks and start trading pork projects for votes in order to pass legislation.

Criticizing stimulus spending is so 2009. Still, as American taxpayers consider how few new jobs and little meaningful economic recovery came as a result of the $800 billion spent on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- a price tag which is actually closer to $1.2 trillion when the interest is figured in -- it's hard not to think about where some of those dollars went.

When most people think of Canton, Ohio, the Pro Football Hall of Fame comes to mind. However, the wilting rustbelt town has another, lesser-known, tourist trap: the National Park Service-managed First Ladies National Historic Site.

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