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ell, the Halloween costumes have been put away, the trick-or-treat candy has all been eaten (what, is that just me?), and stores have started swapping out autumn wreaths for tree decorations and snowflake-printed throw pillows. We’re preparing to transition to the end of Daylight Saving Time — hooray for an extra hour of sleep on Nov. 4! — and in many parts of the country, people have already started breaking out the hats and mittens. But if there’s one thing that really drives home the fact that winter is upon us, it’s the feeling of leaving out as early as 5 p.m. to find that the sun has already set. The hustle and bustle of the holidays will soon be upon us! Are you ready!? I’m not, but I do enjoy spending time with family, sitting around the dining room table at Thanksgiving, listening to stories, talking, and laughing, and lets not forgot the amazing food that for some reason we only cook during the holidays, but it’s oh so good! Thanksgiving is an interesting holiday; every year it seems to be losing that original intent to celebrate being with family and friends. Much like Christmas it is commercialized and marginalized into a shopping extravaganza instead of spending time with loved ones that you don’t see often enough and truly being thankful for what we have in life. Too often we only think about what we don’t have. So in honor of Thanksgiving we want to talk about the things we are thankful for having instead of wanting. I am thankful for my husband who’s hard working, kind, and a good listener, I am so lucky to be able to face the joys and obstacles of life with someone I love so much. I am thankful for my children who have enriched my life in ways too numerous to list, and for just being awesome! I am thankful for my grandchildren who are truly a blessing from God and I am thankful each and every day for the two of them. I am thankful for my family and that I still have my parents. I am thankful for everyone who reads what we write, without you we have no voice. We are thankful for Thunder Roads® Magazine of TN/ KY and the people who work with us, for the team members that keep everything going as smoothly as possible. The great thing about writing down what you are thankful for is you can see how many things are good in your life. There is so much more we thankful for. We are thankful to all military members and their families for what they do to protect our freedom every day. No amount of appreciation will be sufficient enough to honor them. Let us just pray for them and their families. And a heartfelt Veterans Day salute of thanks to those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our country while protecting the freedoms of our great nation. We are deeply thankful for our READERS and ADVERTISERS and extend to you our best wishes for a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Day. May the good things of life be yours in abundance, not only at Thanksgiving but throughout the coming year! Get out and enjoy this beautiful fall riding weather while you can and spend time with your family! Ride Hard Live Free, Denise & Scott

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Pastor Ron Baptiste Founder of Covenant Confirmers Ministries Inc. www.covenantconfirmers.org Covenant Confirmers Ministries; a “Certified Recovery Congregation” with free support group meetings every Monday night @ 7:00 pm

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Founder of TN. Biker Medical Clinic Inc. www.Tennesseebikermedicalclinic.org Messages Available on Podbean https://covenantconfirmers.podbean.com Live You Tube https://www.youtube.com/user/ covenantconfirmers1/live

“THE SPIRITUAL & THE NATURAL” 1 Cor.2: 14 “The natural man receives not the things of the Spirit of God; for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.” The spiritual things defy human logic to the natural man. The natural man depends on his five senses that triggers his emotions. John 14: 1-11 “Let not your heart be troubled… I go to prepare a place for you…and if I go to prepare a place for you… Three places Jesus mention “I go.” Then He said and where I go ye know, and the way ye know,” doubting Thomas replied; “Lord, we know not where thou go and we don’t know the way?” When we contradict Jesus, it’s because we only know Him in the flesh, the natural and not in the spiritual. Vs. 6 Jesus said to Thomas; “I am the way, the truth, and the life!” Vs.7 “If ye had known me, ye should have known my Father also” Vs. 8 “Philip said to Jesus, Lord Show us the Father, and it will suffice us.” Vs. 9 “Jesus said to Philp; have I been so long with you, yet thou has not known me” First Thomas entered into doubt & unbelief in contradicting Jesus, now Philip does the same thing. The disciples only knew Jesus in the natural, they became too familiar with Him. They were with Him twenty-four hours a day for over three years. Jesus was God in the flesh, they didn’t bathe every day, and they didn’t change their clothes every day. Even though the disciple saw Jesus perform all those miracles, they still related to Him in the flesh, in the natural. Thomas contradicting Jesus with “we don’t know where you’re going, we don’t know how to get there?” Philp contradicting Jesus with “show us the father, it will suffice us.” We Christians today have made the same mistake, we have seen the miracles of Christ move in our lives and yet we will contradict the Lord with our lifestyles. Jesus said, “if you have seen me, you have seen the Father.” But we still look at Jesus in the flesh, the natural. Jesus was referring to His heart condition is exactly like the Fathers. Some of are going to be surprised when we do see Jesus, He will look nothing at all like the paintings we have seen of Him. In Isa.53:2 …”there is no beauty that we should desire Him.” After the resurrection that the disciples were walking and Jesus showed up to walk with them, and they didn’t recognize him, November 2019

Luke 24:16 “But their eyes were holden that they should not know Him.” John 20:14 ... “Mary stood at the sepulcher…and knew not that it was Jesus.” John 20:19 …” the doors were shut…and Jesus appeared in the mist.” John 21:4 …” Jesus stood on the shore; but the disciples knew Him not.” We all know Jesus in the natural, but do we know Him in the spiritual? When we get to heaven we’ll ask where is the line to see Jesus, and He will say “your standing in it!” Until next time, keep your face in the wind and your kickstand up. To be found faithful, Pastor Ron

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Baby: This sweet shy lady is named Baby. She came to us from a shelter in S. Georgia ahead of hurricane Dorian. Her original owner passed away, and she is very frightened by the recent changes in her life. Give her some time, love, and chin scratches, and she will be purring up a storm in no time! Baby came to the shelter with another cat, and might enjoy a feline friend in her new home. Chansey: 6 Year Old American Staffy Mix. This here is Chansey, she is a very sweet girl with great manners. She is awesome on a leash and with all body handling. She would make an excellent family member and best friend for anyone looking for someone a little more on the chill side. She does have heartworms right now, but don’t worry, she is being treated for them and they are not contagious! She can go home any time and join your family! Crutch: 2 Year Old American Staffy. Hello new human friend my name is Crutch! I am a very special boy with very special needs, I UNFORTUNATELY AM DEAF! That doesn’t matter to me though because I’m am always so ecstatic when I get to run with ALL my zoomies, play with my favorite toys and furry friends! I can be a bit of a handful when I’m excited and love to play rowdy so I would love an active lifestyle with parents that can be a big part of my life to show all the cool ins and outs of forever home living! Wont you give me the life I deserve and prove to people just because I can’t hear, doesn’t mean I can’t LOVE! (Older kids only, please) Garrison: 1 Year Old Labrador Retriever/American Staffy. Hey there! My name is Garrison! I came to Mckamey as a stray and am in desperate need of a family to love me. I am a little over a year old, so I can still have lots of fun with you! If what you’re looking for is a cuddle bug, I can be that too! I am gentle with strangers and I passed my behavior assessment with flying colors! That means I was well behaved and friendly with behavior assessors during tests on food aggression, body handling, toys, and being put on a leash. Some of the notes the behavior assessors had about me were that I had a calm temperament and that I LOVE affection. I have been in playgroups with other dogs and they became my friends! I do 6

have heartworms which is not contagious and I’m currently being fully treated by Mckamey Animal Center, so don’t worry! Please come visit me, I promise to love you! Rafferty: Who could resist this gentle giant! Rafferty’s wins the Guinness Book World Record for biggest cheeks, and laziest lap cat. Get to know this special guy today and you won’t be sorry. Rafferty is FIV+ which simply means he will need to be indoor only on a quality diet and with regular vet visits - just like any other cat! Come say hello to him today! Thomas: Sweet Senior is Thomas. He is 10 years old and has been having trouble adjusting to shelter life. The staff here loves him, but he’s really looking forward to a comfy couch all of his own, with a window to watch the birds go by. Do you have room in your home to let this gentle giant live out his golden years? Violet: 1 Year Old American Staffy. Say hello to Violet! She can be shy of new things at first but once she gets a chance to check them out, violet is all fun and games! Violet loves being with people so she would love a home where she can enjoy the company of her family as often as possible! She also loves running around a yard with her furry friends, she just needs a chance to meet them when they’re calm because she can get overwhelmed at first. She is guaranteed to make fast friends with them afterwards though, so if you have a friend for her at home, bring them by so they can say hi! Webby: Is a sweet young boy who has been at McKamey since June and has pretty much grown up at the shelter. Get to know him, you won’t be sorry! Webby is a happy-go-lucky feline who would love to settle into a home of his own. He loves to cuddle and explore his environment. He’s ready to find his forever family where he will be loved and cherished for years to come. Could it be with you? Woody: 2 Year Old Boxer Mix. Got any room for this happy boy back home? Woody would love to get a chance to say hi and show you his awesome personality for himself! Just come ask adoptions to let you meet with him! Woody came to us a nervous pup but he quickly came out of his shell and became this happy and confident dog you see today! Woody is almost as athletic as he is loving so once his Heartworm treatment is done, Woody would love an active life where he can play, explore and spend as much time as possible with the people he loves!

McKamey Animal Center 4500 N Access Road, Chattanooga, TN 37415 (423) 305-6500 www.mckameyanimalcenter.org *All animals shown are available for adoption. Thunder Paws® is a legally registered Trademark under Thunder Publishing, LLC. All Rights Reserved.

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Bullet Points TENNESSEE HANDGUN CARRY PERMIT

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o you are 21 years old and can legally own a firearm, and you are interested in carrying a pistol of some kind in the state of TN. There are a couple things that are important to know before you make what can be a costly mistake involving a firearm. The first thing that cannot be stressed enough with firearms, is safety! Anytime a firearm is not under your control, it should be locked up. There are several different methods you can use to properly lock a firearm. Your local gun store can give you advice on the best lock or safe for your firearms. The two types of carries in TN are concealed and open carry. Having a concealed weapon on your person is just that, keeping the pistol hidden from plain view. Open carry is having a pistol that is visible and in plain sight. In the state of TN when you get a permit to carry a firearm, it is not necessarily a concealed carry permit. It is a handgun carry permit, so you may carry openly, or concealed. My personal opinion is that having a carry permit should not be taken lightly. If you are stopped by a Law Enforcement Officer and are carrying, as a permit holder you are required to inform the officer that you in fact have a pistol, where it is located, and present your State issued carry permit. Failure to do so can result in severe penalties. There are many laws in place in TN about carrying a firearm in public and it is in your best interest to know them prior to taking on this new adventure of daily carry. You cannot carry if a building has markings on the door prohibiting the carry or possession of a weapon, AKA a gun free zone (schools, theaters, malls, bars, and any establishment marked). It is the prerogative of the establishments whether or not to allow people to carry on their premises, it is your prerogative whether or not you give those businesses your patronage. If you have received formal training with pistols, TN will recognize this training and you can begin the process of obtaining a carry permit. If you do not have formal training, the best thing you can do is

find a reputable firearm store that offers the training required by the State of TN. During training you will need to have proper eye and ear protection as well as you’re chosen pistol, some stores rent handguns to help you decide what you want. The most important thing in any training is to find a reputable establishment. Long-standing gun stores are your best asset in finding an instructor for this important skill. Tennessee Gun Country and Guns and Leather in Middle TN are both excellent examples of stores that have outstanding reputations as well as professional staff and there are many others across the state. Having completed the training required by the state of TN you can then begin the long and hopefully painless process of officially applying for your Carry permit. You will have to take your training certificate to your local DMV, pay your required fee, have your photo taken, and then go to an offsite location for finger printing. The time you receive your permit, or a letter saying you don’t qualify for a permit can vary. You will have a background check by your County Sheriffs Dept., the TN Bureau of Investigation, and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Don’t be discouraged by what seems like a daunting task. If you feel strongly enough about your right to carry a firearm, I recommend you do it the right way. It may be a hassle to go through the process to get a concealed carry permit but imagine not having the proper training and having a firearm accident! Keep in mind, TN is not a traditional open carry state! You must have a carry permit to conceal or open carry in the state of TN. Don’t make the mistake of not having your permit, do the right thing and take the class! Know your local Laws and the laws of the places you visit! It is your responsibility, not local law enforcements. http://www.handgunlaw.us/states/tennessee.pdf http://tnguncountry.com http://gunsandleather.com https://www.tn.gov/safety/article/handgunmain

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DODGING THE ROADKILL

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THE CONNECTION By Hank Bonecutter

down the highway, it’s a bittersweet goodbye. We didn’t even have a chance to introduce ourselves.

usually find the ideas for my blog while riding. I’m notorious for riding alone, and between the music and the roar of the engine, I get the perfect “symphony” of sounds that inspire me and my next article. 

CONNECTIONS!

It’s easy to write about an event, or to cover a rally or a poker run, but it’s quite another challenge to try and put my feelings into words about this incredible journey I’m on and the connections I make along the way. It hit me the other day as I was thinking about an upcoming trip, that in just the three years I’ve been doing this, I’ve made some amazing connections. Just the new friends, brothers and sisters, and the people I meet on my travels and I quickly realized that I’ve made some incredible connections. The man they call “Chainsaw” who I met at an event in Arkansas last year.  He was battling cancer and didn’t have long to live, but here he was, with his brothers, on his bike, where he wanted to be.  I’m sure he’s passed away now, but we had a great visit and we had a prayer.  I will always remember Chainsaw. CONNECTIONS! The people I met this year when I traveled to the annual Blessing of the Bikes at the Bald Knob Cross of Peace.  The volunteers, the Christian Motorcycle Association members and all the bikers who made their way to this amazing cross on a hill.   CONNECTIONS! When I decided to blog this journey, I did it for me.  I didn’t want this journey to go without leaving something behind for my family.  After years of “connecting” with my listeners on the radio, I wanted to document the connections I made as a result of my motorcycle. I’ve made so many friends through this blog, it warms my heart.  Your response to my journey has been incredible.  I’ve met some of you and there are others I hope I meet.  CONNECTIONS! The many times I’ve been traveling and join up with other bikers headed in my direction.  No words necessary.  Just fall in and throttle up.  And when they take their exit, and leave me rumbling 10

The brothers I’ve found who travel with me, who ride with me, who care for me. It’s such a beautiful thing and I can’t wait to connect with others.  They want nothing from me but my friendship.  Connected by a motorcycle. I met a great couple early in my travels when I traveled to Eminence Missouri.  Alan and Lynet Peters.  They own the Rivers Edge that sits along Jacks Fork of the Current River.  Spectacular place for camping, canoeing, fishing and more.  There’s been a flood there since I visited and I want to go back and see how they’ve recovered.  There was some beautiful roads to ride and I took full advantage, but most of all, the Peters were some of the nicest people I had ever met. CONNECTIONS! We’re all connected by our motorcycle and the people we meet.  When you take the time to remember all of them along the way, you suddenly realize that you’ve had an incredible journey yourself.  You pass another biker, flip the respect sign; CONNECTION! You pull into a gas station, other bikers are there, and you have an immediate CONNECTION! At our work or school, we have connections, but on the back of a Harley, those connections are special.  Everybody is drawn to a motorcycle, but other bikers are drawn to each other.   My blog is filled with those connections and the people who make it happen.  Those of you who have reached out to me about my journey are special to me.  I love the connection that this blog enables me to have. What connections have you made?  Who are the brothers and sisters you’re closest to?  Would they do anything for you, and you for them? CONNECTIONS! It’s a beautiful thing.  Ride safe my friends. 

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38TH ANNUAL BWC TOY RUN AND BENEFIT PARTY O ver the September 20-22 weekend, Bikers Who Care held their 38th Annual Leslie W. Watson Memorial Toy Run and Benefit Party, at the Clarksville Motor Speedway. What a party it was! After a kick-off, where over a thousand bikes paraded around Clarksville, the riders rocked to live band music, watched pretty young ladies dance in burlesque costumes and bikinis, drag raced, showed their bikes, showed off their beards and tattoos, and drank FREE BEER. The $35 advance tickets provided admission to all of the events and tent motorcycle camping. All of the profits, as well as other money raised during the year went to charities involving children. BWC is an organization of motorcycle riders who are dedicated to supporting The Dream Factory of Clarksville, fully funding Camp Rainbow (a week-long camp for children with physical deformities or serious health issues), Buddy Ball, Special Olympics, Dawn Stanfill Foundation, Montgomery County Child Advocacy Center, plus a host of other child related charities. These guys hold other events throughout the year

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to raise money for their charities including: Bikers Who Scare, Oktoberfest, Bubba Langford Memorial Poker Run, TN Red White and Brewfest, Polar Bear Dice Run, holiday turkey shoots, and other events. To support these events, follow Bikers Who Care on Facebook. Don’t expect these guys to be “pink-handed” do gooders. They are the real deal and I would want them at my back.

Thunderstruck AC/DC, and Led Zeppelin 2. Also rocking the stage were Ballistic Pintos, Hotlanta Allman Brothers Tribute, Southern Smoke, Soul Shaker, Richard Waters, Fever, Up From Ashes, and Brusharber Revival. As the Thunder Roads Magazine TN/KY booth was set up right next to the bands, I can testify that the bands were enjoyed by all.

The most popular events at the party are the bands and Animal House. The headliner bands were Black Oak Arkansas,

Animal House, during the day, is the venue for the beard and tattoo contests as well as music, but at 9 PM (after the kids have to leave) continued...

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it’s the wild party venue. Of note, Randy Barnes won awards for Best Mustache, Best Partial Beard, Best Freestyle Beard, and Best of Show, only losing to Glen Tubbs for Best Full Beard. After hours the girls of Music City Burlesque showed off their skills and Katwalk Entertainment performed pole dance, fire twirling, and dance routines, followed by the Miss Toy Run Bikini Contest. The contestants sold the shirts off of their backs for upwards of $100 each. I even felt obligated to donate $100 for the shirt worn by a Miss Toy Run contestant named “Cooper”. After strutting their stuff, Daisy was named Miss Toy Run, with Violet as 1st Runner-up, and Tiffany as 2nd Runner-up. They were all winners in my eyes. In the bike show, Bubby Turley won Best of Show and 1st Place Chopper and Greg Gill won People’s Choice and Best Paint, as well as a special In Memory of plaque for Greg. This year’s entries were some of the best they have had. Thunder Roads Magazine TN/KY was proud to be one of the sponsors of this event, as it has been for the past several years. This is one of the premiere biker events in the area and you should not miss it in the future. The BWC members and sponsors work hard to put on a great event which is both fun for all and for a great cause. They need and appreciate your support. Ride Safe and Have Fun!! Cooper

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FALL MOTORCYCLE RIDING GUIDE - PART 3

By Indian Rider Bill

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elcome to our third and final edition of our Fall Ride Guide. We’re finally creeping into cooler temperatures and peak fall foliage colors. While it’s commonplace to talk about the sights along the way-the sleepy farms with grazing livestock, their red barns and rolled hay dotting the fields, nearby hills exploding with color and the brilliant clear skies above, what we smell is almost more enjoyable. The cool scent of a river bottom carrying up the faint wisp of fallen leaves and then the unmistakable aroma of a campfire confirms we’re in the fall season. From Bristol TN to The Dragon and Cherohala Skyway, this swath of the Appalachian Mountain chain has several hundred miles of scenic twisty’s and turny’s as well as some exceptional off road adventure riding , bar none. And this is where I depart from the norm and head to the lesser known region of Reliance/Ocoee TN and the Copper Basin area of NC. This region is easily accessible from Chattanooga, Tellico Plains and Northern Georgia and is most often passed by as riders head to the bigger known and more often crowded roads in and around the Smokey Mountains. I start in Tellico Plains and ease on down TN 315, Tellico Reliance Rd., and make my first stop at the bridge over the Hiwassee River and junction of TN 30. This stop is better known as Webb Bros General Store. Although the store is now closed for the season, there’s plenty of paved parking for a rest stop. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that from this side of the river, go back across the bridge and taking the road to the right, will lead you along the Hiwassee River and up to the Appalachian Power House. Once there take the foot trail to the footbridge that traverses the river. It‘s a gem overlooked by many. Heading south on TN 30, the road snakes its way down to TN 64 and I ease onto the Ocoee Scenic Byway. The byway threads

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its way through sheer rock cliffs and along the Ocoee River for miles. The Ocoee River, the site of the 1996 Olympic Canoe and Kayak whitewater competition, is typical of the regions rivers: slow moving pools interrupted by fierce rolling rapids. Heading east, the Ocoee Whitewater Center is worth a stop as you’ll learn about the rivers history and the engineering marvel to transform it into the Olympic venue. Back on the road heading east, it slowly climbs and opens up gently rolling into Ducktown. From here, further east, is Murphy, NC. I choose to head north on TN 68 to get back into towering pines, again taking in their piney-citrusy scent and then onto more open farmland. Rolling along I break off at TN 123 and take a short ride out to Hiwassee/Appalachian Dam. A much smaller dam by construction and water volume it contains, is exactly why I stop; less is more. Note to riders: the Joe Brown Hwy, exiting to the right of the parking area, immediately turns into gravel for 1520 miles. Having been fooled by the “Hwy” notation, I rode in 1st and 2nd gear all the way back to TN 68. I’d recommend not taking the “Hwy”. Leaving the Hiwassee Dam on the paved road, it’s a short ride back over to TN 68, up through Turtletown, Coker Creek, and back into Tellico Plains. All in all this ride is about three hours and affords ample opportunities to stop, see and smell this perfect time of year in this perfect corner of East TN.

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f you like Bike Rallies that are old school throw down good time parties, then the West TN Valley Rally is one for you. The small town of Crump, located between Savannah and Adamsville is where you will find Hillbilly’s Wing Shack, Mike and Nina Owen, owners of Hillbilly’s are also the rally promoters. The rally grounds, located about a mile by road behind the wing shack, has plenty of room for camping, whether you camp in a tent or an RV, there are showers on site, food vendors, and other bike related vendors for you to browse and in the evenings there is live music and a cold beverage is never too far away. During the day there is plenty to do too, there are some great riding roads in the area with beautiful scenery like Pickwick Dam and the Tennessee River, and only 5 miles away is the Buford Pusser Home and Museum. If you are a Civil War buff there are several battlefields in the area, The Battle of Shiloh was fought just a few miles to the south and the Battle of Parker’s Crossroads a little further north. If you had rather stay at the rally site there are biker games, a ride in bike show, a corn hole tournament, and a charity poker run. This is a fun rally with an old school feel. It’s the kind of rally you can hang out with friends, or come by yourself and leave with a lot of new friends. If you didn’t make it this year, plan on being there next year. It’s a laid-back old school good time. Watch these pages or Facebook for the family friendly Hillbilly’s Wing Shack June Jam. Same great people, same great place.

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Autumn is one of the best times to ride and experience the splendor of nature. There’s no better way to see the fall foliage than via a motorcycle ride through fields and forests. On a bike, you’re immersed in the ever-changing panorama of foliage colors—unobstructed by a car’s roof and its pillars. Even a convertible places a frame in your line of vision. On a motorcycle, you glide visually unrestricted through the majesty of the trees. Fall foliage season is very symbolic for us riders. It’s a yearly mile marker in our riding season. The swelter of late summer is gone, transformed into the delightful daytime warmth and cool nights of fall. The trees tell us that temperatures are about to fall, as the leaves flutter to the ground.  And those fallen leaves look pretty on the ground. Who doesn’t remember the childhood joy of playing or hiding in leaves? Oh, those beautiful leaves are so pretty on the trees and yet so sneaky when on the ground. Slip and fall—but that’s not all Wet leaves on the road can be as slippery as an oil slick. Watch for them, especially in corners. Cornering uses a good measure of your tire’s available traction. Wet leaves can suddenly take away the remaining traction and lead to a fall. Use caution when braking on wet leaves, as well. Wet leaves between a tire under braking loads and the road surface can cause the tire to lose traction and skid. Even with anti-lock brakes, caution is a good strategy. Wet leaves are also a hazard under your boots when stopping or maneuvering in a parking lot.  November 2019

Fallen leaves, even when dry, present hazards. They can cover the paint lane markings on the road, concealing the lane size and turn directions. This is particularly dangerous at night when sight distance is shorter. Leaves piled along the side of the road can cover surface hazards like: • Open sewer grates • Curbs • Roadside rain gullies • Debris Piles of fallen leaves can conceal many surface hazards at intersections, including: • Low-profile concrete dividers used for traffic calming • Large, slippery preformed thermoplastic lane direction arrows and crosswalk markers • Oil and antifreeze spills • Broken glass and debris from previous fender benders Also, be sure to never park your motorcycle near piles of dry leaves. Hot exhaust pipes can cause a fire. Motorcycles that have catalytic converters are at an increased risk due to higher temperatures. And, please don’t ride through piles of leaves. Remember, a youngster could be playing in them! Till next time, enjoy the foliage and beware the fallen leaves. Ride safe!

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inosaur National Monument is located in Uintah County Utah, near the city of Vernal. It was designated a national monument in 1915 and is comprised of 210,000 acres. This is the only place where you can see and even touch over 1,500 bones from the Jurassic Period, deposited over 149 million years ago. Near the Visitors Center, you can see the Wall of Bones, where the ancient bones remain where the giant reptiles died. Overall, it contains over 800 paleontological sites. In addition, the Monument, if you follow the Tour of Tilted Rocks auto tour, has numerous Native American petroglyphs (chipped into the rocks) and pictographs (painted on the rock. Between 1909 and 1924, paleontologist, Earl Douglas, discovered 10 species of dinosaurs, 20 complete skeletons, and even juvenile dinosaur skeletons. Many of the skeletons are displayed in museums around the world. Even so, what remains at this site gives a close-up view of animals that roamed the earth millions of years ago. The Fremont people recorded themselves, animals around them and even geometric designs, such as lines, circles and spirals, as petroglyphs or pictographs. These people inhabited the monument area from about 200 AD to 1,300 AD. Although it is unknown where the Fremont went or what happened to them, here you can see a lasting record of their lives. The Monument offers camping, hiking and even rafting. Vernal is the starting point for many raft trips through the Grand Canyon. There are no dining or lodging facilities within the Monument. However, the nearby communities have both. Breathtaking picnic areas offer a more scenic option, as do the six campgrounds. Ride Safe and Have Fun!! Cooper 26

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NCOM BIKER NEWSBYTES Compiled & Edited by Bill Bish, National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM)

THE AIM/NCOM MOTORCYCLE E-NEWS SERVICE is brought to you by Aid to Injured Motorcyclists (A.I.M.) and the National Coalition of Motorcyclists (NCOM), and is sponsored by the Law Offices of Richard M. Lester. If you’ve been involved in any kind of accident, call us at 1-(800) ON-A-BIKE or visit www.ON-A-BIKE.com. RPM ACT REINTRODUCED IN THE U.S. SENATE The “Recognizing the Protection of Motorsports (RPM) Act”, S. 2602, was reintroduced in the 116th Congress on October 18, 2019 by Senators Richard Burr (R-NC) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) along with 24 original cosponsors. The bipartisan bill clarifies that it is legal under federal law to modify the emissions system of a motor vehicle that is converted for race-use-only, and protects Americans’ right to convert street cars and motorcycles for motorsports competition. “The RPM Act confirms that transforming motor vehicles into race cars used exclusively for competition does not violate the Clean Air Act,” according to the Specialty Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA), adding; “This American tradition was unquestioned for nearly 50 years until 2015 when the EPA took the position that converted street vehicles that compete on the track must remain emissions-compliant, even though they are not driven on public streets or highways.” The EPA also maintains that the equipment used to transform a street vehicle into a race car is prohibited and is to be addressed in the bill. “American racing runs on traditions,” said Senator Burr. “For more than 50 years, motorsports enthusiasts have purchased cars and modified them to race, off of public roads. However, this tradition was threatened when the Obama EPA attempted to make these modifications illegal. This legislation upholds Congress’ intent of the Clean Air Act and protects motorsports, for professionals and amateurs alike, for years to come.” Motorsports competition involves tens of thousands of participants and vehicle owners each year, both amateur and professional. Retail sales of racing products make up a nearly $2 billion market annually. A majority of the estimated 1,300 race tracks operating across the U.S., including oval, road, dirt and off-road tracks, feature converted race vehicles that the EPA now considers to be illegal. TARIFFS ON EUROPEAN MOTORCYCLES AVOIDED This past summer, representatives from KTM, Indian Motorcycle and the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC) testified before the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR) in Washington, D.C. to oppose the proposed tariffs of up to 100% on motorcycles, parts and accessories arriving from European Union countries. This would have had a devastating effect on motorcycle manufacturers – especially the OEMs from Italy (Ducati, Aprilia, Moto Guzzi), Austria (KTM), Germany (BMW) and the United Kingdom (Triumph), among others. 28

Fortunately for the motorcycle industry, on a global scale, these proposed tariffs have been averted, according to the MIC. “Had the tariffs been enacted, that would have meant extremely high prices for our American consumers of European motorcycles, parts, and accessories,” said Erik Pritchard, incoming MIC president and CEO. “Increased costs would have even discouraged motorcycle riders from performing routine but critical maintenance, such as brake pad and tire replacements, due to potential doubling on the price of parts.” FEDERAL LEGISLATION WOULD LIMIT ETHANOL BLENDING IN U.S. FUEL SUPPLY A bipartisan bill has been introduced in Congress that aims to prevent Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) blending obligations from requiring ethanol to make up more than 9.7% of the total volume of gasoline projected to be sold or introduced into commerce in the U.S. for a given calendar year. Introduced by U.S. Representatives Bill Flores (R-TX) and Peter Welch (D-VT) on May 7, H.R. 2540, titled the “Food and Fuel Consumer Protection Act of 2019,” would cap the ethanol mandate and stop the federal government from forcing E15 fuel into the market and ensure continued availability of E10 and ethanol-free gasoline (E0), which is safer to use in motorcycles and smaller-engined vehicles and gas powered equipment. House Resolution 2540 has been referred to the House Committee on Energy and Commerce. “GREEN ICE INITIATIVE” IN ILLINOIS PROMOTES GRASS-FREE STREETS ABATE of Illinois and Sangamon County Sheriff Jack Campbell have joined together on the “Green Ice Initiative” to keep the streets safer by spreading the word about the dangers of grass clippings on roadways. Dumping grass clippings on the road, they said, not only clogs storm sewers, it presents real dangers to motorcyclists and bicyclists. It is also illegal. Josh Witkowski, the state legislative coordinator for A.B.A.T.E. of Illinois, told KPVI Channel 6 News in Pocatello, IL that the problem is often worse in rural areas, where grass can reach 2 or 3 feet before someone cuts it. The clippings then blow onto the roadway, sometimes 2 inches deep, where it can remain a hazard to riders for days. Witkowski said he was aware of at least two fatalities, one in Kentucky and one in Illinois, where grass on the road was a factor. As with so many other safety issues, Witkowski said it will take both education and law enforcement to create change. Dumping is a violation of the state’s litter law. FEDERAL DATA SHOWS “OUTDOOR RECREATION” IS POWERFUL ECONOMIC DRIVER Motorcycling, ATV riding, and side-by-side driving are among the country’s three largest outdoor recreational activities, when ranked by economic output, says a new federal report. According to newly-released data from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), the top three conventional outdoor

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activities generated $9.1 billion in economic output in 2017. Outdoor recreation accounts for 2.2% of U.S. GDP, creating $778 billion in gross output supporting 5.2 million jobs. And, it’s a growth sector. According to the BEA release, its Outdoor Recreation Satellite Account “shows that inflation-adjusted (real) GDP for the outdoor recreation economy grew by 3.9% in 2017, outpacing the 2.4% growth of the overall U.S. economy. Outdoor recreation is responsible for a larger share of GDP than many major industries, including chemical products manufacturing, farming and ranching, mining, and utilities. The bureau defines “conventional” outdoor recreation as activities done for pleasure, such as camping, hiking, hunting, and fishing, and involving some physical effort. The economic data on the national and, for the first time ever, state levels reinforce what the outdoor recreation industry has long believed: Outdoor recreation is a powerful driver of national and local economies and it is growing faster than the U.S. economy as a whole. This is the second consecutive year that the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce, has released formal, national-level data, a notable milestone for the industry now identified as a unique sector of the economy. “Having a rich set of both state and national data on outdoor recreation to draw upon will inform decision-making by businesses, policymakers, and managers of public lands and waters,” notes the Motorcycle Industry Council (MIC). HARLEY-DAVIDSON TO LAUNCH GROUP-GUIDED CRUISE CONTROL Harley-Davidson has applied for a patent that will enable groups of riders to maintain a constant speed thanks to kinematics and radar-guided cruise control. This new type of adaptive cruise control is specifically aimed at Harley’s current target demographic; groups of riders. November 2019

Adaptive cruise control is nothing new in the world of four-wheeled transportation, but now a major motorcycle manufacturer has stepped in with a system that is claimed to allow a bike to lock on to another bike and keep a set separation distance or separation time from the target bike while offering the rider the chance to pick multiple bikes or cars within a lane to follow. The Harley system incorporates a transceiver that can ping out the bike's location to other vehicles on the road, so with a group of riders sharing the same piece of tarmac, and using the same H-D adaptive cruise control system, a group of bikes can track and monitor the location of each other in real-time for a safer and more controlled group riding experience. WORLD RECORD HARLEY GATHERING Paris Harley-Davidson, a dealership located in Paris, Texas, recently set a new Guinness World Record for the “Most HarleyDavidson Motorcycles in a Parade”. The number to beat was 2,404, which was held by the Hellas Motorcycle Club in Greece since 2010, and on Oct. 5, 2019 the Paris H-D parade crushed that mark with 3,497 motorcycles. Harley enthusiasts from 48 states, Canada and Europe traveled to the event to take part in the historic gathering. ”WE DID IT! We brought it home to AMERICA,” posted motorcycling philanthropist Adam Sandoval, a participant known for riding to every Harley-Davidson dealership in the lower 48 states with his dog Scooter to raise money and awareness for our military and their families. Paris H-D was quick to give props to local law enforcement and first responders, along with countless volunteers and supporters. QUOTABLE QUOTE: “If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about the answers.” ~ Thomas Pynchon (b. 1937), American novelist

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A family is at the dinner table. The son asks the father, ‘Dad, how many kinds of boobs are there?’ The father, surprised, answers, ‘Well son, a woman goes through three phases. In her 20’s a woman’s breasts are like melons, round and firm. In her 30’s and 40’s, they are like pears, still nice, with a nice sway and just a tad drop. After 50, they are like onions. ‘Onions?’ the son asks. ‘Yes. You see them and they make you cry.’ This infuriated his wife and daughter. The daughter asks, ‘Mom, how many different kinds of willies are there?’ The mother smiles and replies, ‘Well dear, a man goes through three phases also. In his 20’s his willy is like an oak tree, mighty, strong and hard. In his 30’s and 40’s it’s like a birch, flexible but very much reliable. After his 50’s it’s like a Christmas tree. ‘A Christmas tree? asks the daughter. ‘Yes, dead from the root up and the balls are just for decoration.’ -------------------------------------------------------------The fact that Kansas and Arkansas bothers me way more than it should Is it the ‘s’ or the ‘c’ in scent that is silent? Why does fridge have a ‘d’ in it, but refrigerator does not? You can drink a drink but you can’t food a food. -------------------------------------------------------------Ever wonder why baby diapers have cute names like Luvs, Huggies and Pampers; while undergarments for old people are called Depends? Well, here’s your answer. When babies crap in their pants, people are still gonna’ Luv’ em’, Hug’ em and Pamper em’… When old people crap in their pants, it “Depends” on who’s in the damn will. -------------------------------------------------------------Is giving birth more painful than getting kicked in the nuts? Women always maintain that giving birth is way more painful than a guy getting kicked in the nuts. Well, after another beer, and some heavy deductive thinking, I have come up with the answer to that question. Getting kicked in the nuts is more painful than having a baby; and here is the reason for my conclusion. A year or so after giving birth, a woman will often say, “it might be nice to have another child.” On the other hand, you never hear a guy say, “You know, I think I might be ready to try another kick in the nuts.” I rest my case. 30

A woman went to the doctor’s office and was seen by one of the new young doctors. After about four minutes in the examination room, she started screaming and ran down the hall. An older doctor stopped her and asked what the problem was, and she told him her story. After listening, he told her to sit down and relax in another room. The older doctor marched down the hallway to the back where the first doctor was and demanded, “What’s the matter with you? Mrs. Terry is 63 years old, she has four grown children and seven grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant?” The new doctor continued to write on his clipboard and, without looking up, said, “Does she still have the hiccups?” --------------------------------------------------------------A Preacher was explaining that he must move on to a larger congregation that will pay him more. There is a hush within the congregation. No one wanted him to leave. Joe Smith, who owns several car dealerships in the City stands up and Proclaims, .. ‘If the Preacher stays, I will provide him with a new Cadillac every year, and his wife with a Honda mini-van to transport their children!’ The congregation sighs in relief, and applauds. Sam Brown, a successful entrepreneur and investor, stands and says, ‘If the Preacher will stay on here, I’ll personally double his salary, and also establish a foundation to guarantee the college education of all his children!’ More sighs and loud applause. Sadie Jones, age 88, stands and announces with a smile, ‘If the Preacher stays, I will give him sex!’ There is total silence. The Preacher, blushing, asks her, ‘Mrs. Jones, whatever possessed you to say that?’ Sadie’s 90 year old husband Jake is now trying to hide, holding his forehead with the palm of his hand, and shaking his head from side to side, while his wife replies, ‘Well , I just asked my husband how we could help, and he said, ‘Screw him!’ --------------------------------------------------------------Old Husband, ‘Why don’t you ever make any indication that you’re having an orgasm? Moan, yell, scream, call out? I hear all my buddies bragging how their wives screaming out actually makes it so much more hot. So why don’t you gyrate around and let me know that you’re about to orgasm? Young Wife, ‘You told me a long time ago never to phone you while you were at work.’

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BARS & RESTAURANTS Bent Wrench Roadhouse 4724 Ashland City Road Fredonia, TN 37146 931-362-4774 www. thebentwrenchroadhouse.com Bobarosa Saloon 2299 Highway 25/70 E Del Rio, TN 37727 (423) 613-9726 www.bobarosasaloon.com Chopper’s Grill & Bar 1200 Donelson Ave Old Hickory, TN 37138 615-894-7020 www.choppertn.com Double E Bar/Grill 4957 Lebanon Pike Old Hickory, TN 37138 615-885-3400 Hillbilly’s Wing Shack 26280 Hwy 69 Crump, TN 38327 (731) 632-2222 Miss Kay’s Country Store & The Nutcracker Shed 960 Brownfield Rd. Dover, TN 37058 (931) 305-6064 www.brownfieldriversideresort.com Nirvana Roadhouse 704 Britton Hollow Rd. Pulaski, TN 38478 (931) 309-2581

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CAMPGROUNDS Bobarosa Saloon & Campground 2299 Highway 25/70 E Del Rio, TN 37727 (423) 613-9726 www.bobarosasaloon.com Cacklebery Campground “Home of the Big Rooster” 560 Tomoka Farms Rd CR 415 New Smyrna Beach, FL 32168 386-428-5459 Little Arrow Outdoor Resort 118 Stables Drive Townsend, TN 37882 (865) 448-6363 www.camplittlearrow.com

DISTILLERIES Old Tennessee Distilling Co. 3605 Outdoor Sportsman Pl Sevierville, TN 37764 (865) 401-2574 oldtennesseedistillingco.com Tennessee Legend Distillery 870 Winfield Dunn Parkway Sevierville, TN 37876 (865) 366-1757 tennesseelegend.com

ENTERTAINMENT Historic Brushy Mtn State Pen 9182 Hwy 116 Petros, TN 37845 (423) 324-8687 https://tourbrushy.com

GROCERIES Lewis Country Store 5106 Old Hickory Blvd. Nashville, TN (615) 255-7755 Gas-Up, Unique Shop, Fresh Food

GUN SHOPS Tennessee Gun Country 1435 Fort Campbell Blvd Clarksville, TN 37042 www.tnguncountry.com (931) 552-2118

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INDEPENDENT SHOPS Highway 12 Motorsports 5110 Ashland City Highway Nashville, TN 37218 Across From Lewis Country Store (615) 891-7850 www.Hwy12Motorsports.com Panhead Phil's Music City Motorcycle 208 17th Ave North Nashville, TN 37203 (615) 963-9508 www.musiccitymotorcycle.com S&G Custom Cycles 1114 Galloway St Columbia, TN 38401 (931) 381-7282 www.sgcustomcycles.com Sid's Cycles 2509 East Lane Nashville, TN 37218 (615) 904-4191 http://sidscycles.com

LEGAL AIM/NCOM Richard M. Lester 800-531-2424/1-800-on-a-bike www.onabike.com Garza Law Firm PLLC 550 West Main Street 550 #340 Knoxville, TN 37902 Phone: 865-329-6982 Toll Free: 866-893-8413 www.garzalaw.com Law Tigers Motorcycle Lawyers 1-844-533-2913 1-800-LawTigers www.lawtigers.com Steelhorse Law 3715 Northside Pkwy NW Building 300, Suite 650 Atlanta, GA 30327 888-382-6878 www.steelhorselaw.com

LEATHER & REPAIR Appalachian Trading and Leather Co. 3020 Newport Hwy Sevierville, TN 37876 (865) 469-0672 Brotherhood Leathers @ Bobarosa Saloon 2299 Highway 25/70 E Del Rio, TN 37727 (423) 293-3777 https://brotherhoodleathers.com Buckle and Hide Leather 197 Enon Spring Road West Smyrna, TN 37167 www.bucklehideleather.com 615-768-5041 Classic Leathers 2704 E Andrew Johnson Hwy Morristown, TN 37814 (423) 586-8944 www.facebook.com/classic.leathers

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MINISTRIES Covenant Confirmers Ministries, Inc. Pastor Ron Baptiste A “Biker Church” for All Bikers & Their Families. (615) 384-9010 www.covenantconfirmers.org

PAINT/PINSTRIPING 3D Head Custom Paint 5405 Cedar Heights Rd. Knoxville, TN 37912 (865) 621-9836 www.3dheadgraphics.com

PARTS & ACCESSORIES Amsoil info@myguy4oil.com 615-389-1149 www.myguy4oil.com Reference #1569065 Catalyst Cycles 1074 Courier Place, Ste 402 Smyrna, TN 37167 (615) 984-7969 www.catalystcycles.com Stereo City 5721 Ringgold Road Chattanooga, TN 37412 423-504-9874

SERVICES Avon the company for women & now men too! For Easy On-Line Ordering Visit: www.youravon.com/denisehigh Bettencourt Originals Tracy Bettencourt Artist trettencourt2014@gmail.com (931) 257-6938 Reliant Realty Keri Gilles Realtor 124 Dunbar Cave Rd. Clarksville, TN 37043 M: (931) 320-8028 O: (931) 245-8800 Keri.gilles@fortcampbellhomefinder.com Sold By Chambers Lisa Chambers Realtor 75 Industrial Drive Mount Juliet, TN 37122 M: (615) 474-0377 H: (615) 288-8292 Soldbychambers@gmail.com Tennessee Biker Medical Clinic 300 10th Ave E Springfield, TN 37172 www.covenantconfirmers.org Wash-Zilla 271 New Shackle Island Rd. Hendersonville, TN 37073 3855 Dickerson Pike Nashville, TN 37207

TRAVEL Mechele MacDaniel AAA Travel 1701 Mallory Ln, Ste 200, Brentwood Tn 37027 mmacdaniel@aaasouth.com 615-376-1601 ext 265 Call for all your travel needs.

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Hillbilly’s Wing Shack Karaoke Night Date: 11/1/2019, 11/08/2019, 11/15/2019, 11/22/2019, 11/29/2019 Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Location: Hillbilly’s Wing Shack, 26280 Hwy 69, Adamsville, TN 38310 Friday Night karaoke is a lot of fun, we start at 7pm, you can come in early and eat so you have plenty of energy to get up and sing (Ha Ha) or just come in and watch as you eat and have good times with friends and family. Come see why we are the # 1 karaoke place around, we love to get out and talk to the crowd. Large groups, please call ahead and we will have a table ready for you. Chopper’s Grill Halloween Party Date: 11/01/2019 Time: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM Location: Chopper’s Grill, 1200 Donelson Ave., Old Hickory, TN 37138 Join us for Chopper’s Grill Halloween Costume Contests and Scary-oke Singing Costume Contest! There will be 3 categories for the costume contest: Sexiest wins Trophy & $50, Scariest wins Trophy & $50, Best Couple wins Trophy & $50. Raffle with prizes! The best costumed singer wins a big glow in the dark Trophy! There will be drink and shot specials with a Halloween themed Buffet! Chopper’s Grill Karaoke Night Date: 11/1/2019, 11/15/2019, 11/29/2019 Time: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM Location: Chopper’s Grill, 1200 Donelson Ave., Old Hickory, TN 37138 Friday Nights are Rocking at The Lil Shack On The Corner! Come sing your favorite songs with us and enjoy our Famous Chopper Burgers and ShackWacker’s! Smoky Mountain H-D Patch Sewing Date: 11/02/2019 Time: 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM Location: Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37801 Susan will be set up from 10am to 4pm on November 2nd to sew some patches!

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H-D Bowling Green Employee Chili Cook-off Date: 11/02/2019 Time: 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM Location: Harley-Davidson Bowling Green, 251 Cumberland Trace Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42103 Your votes will determine who gets bragging rights! Bikers Who Scare Costume Party Date: 11/02/2019 Time: 8:00 PM Location: Bikers Who Care, 201 Providence Boulevard, Clarksville, TN 37042 Come Dressed to Impress!! Live Music, Costume Contest and Much More! Tell a Monster, and bring all your Ghouls. Chopper’s Grill Crystal Karaoke Night Date: 11/02/2019, 11/09/2019, 11/23/2019, 11/30/2019 Time: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM Location: Chopper’s Grill, 1200 Donelson Ave., Old Hickory, TN 37138 Come sing your favorite songs and enjoy an awesome atmosphere or just relax and have a drink....always a good time at Chopper’s Grill! Miss Kay’s Country Store & Nutcracker Shed Halloween Party Date: 11/02/2019 Time: 8:00 PM – 12:00 AM Location: Brownfield Riverside Resort, 960 Brownfield Rd., Dover, TN 37058 Join us for a Fun Family Friendly Halloween Party and Costume Contest with Prizes and Live Music by Rebels! Nirvana Roadhouse Halloween Party Date: 11/02/2019 Time: 8:00 PM Location: Nirvana Roadhouse, 704 Britton Hollow Rd., Pulaski, TN 38478 Yup, we decided to not compete with all the parties on the Saturday night before Halloween and have our party 2 days after. That gives ya a chance to wear your costumes again or get a cheap one on sale! So yeah, lets party! Prizes for best costume male and female, food, games and two awesome bands starting at 9pm, TN Outlaw and Punter and the Nashville Non-Profits! So much great music in one wild night! So come on out and get scary with it!!

23rd Annual Highway 41 Toy Convoy & Show Date: 11/3/2019 Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM Location: Coffee County Raider Academy, 865 McMinnville Hwy, Manchester, TN 37355 This year’s going to be bigger and better than ever with a new venue. Convoy still starts Sunday Nov 3rd at Raiders Academy Manchester in Manchester. Lineup starts at 10am and we roll at 12pm noon with a police escort. Our new route… Hwy 55 up the hill to Highway 41 and turn north. We will travel to Beech Grove to Hwy 64 and down into the square at Wartrace. All vehicles welcome! $10 per vehicle or $20 to show. Everyone is asked to please bring a new unwrapped toy to help the kids in the area. We will end at the square in Wartrace TN with a bike, car, jeep, and truck show. Trophies to the winners, band, door prizes and lots of fun! Call Katy (931) 857-3643 with any questions. Vendors welcome! Chopper’s Grill Funtastic Sunday Date: 11/03/2019, 11/10/2019, 11/17/2019, 11/24/2019 Time: 3:00 PM – 7:00 PM Location: Chopper’s Grill, 1200 Donelson Ave., Old Hickory, TN 37138 Funtastic Sunday’s at Chopper’s are awesome with Cold Beer and Free Food (until it’s gone), Drink and Shot Specials and $1 Jello Shots. This is the place for all your sports and drink specials and a great way to end your weekend! Chopper’s Grill Ladies Night Date: 11/05/2019, 11/12/2019, 11/19/2019, 11/26/2019 Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Location: Chopper’s Grill, 1200 Donelson Ave., Old Hickory, TN 37138 Come check out Tuesday Ladies Night with Mia and Chino! Lots of Drink, Beer and Shot Specials, Appetizer’s Half Price and Karaoke 7-11pm. Come on down to The Lil Shack On The Corner…This Is The Place To Be!

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Chopper’s Grill Bike Night & Crystal Karaoke Date: 11/06/2019, 11/13/2019, 11/20/2019, 11/27/2019 Time: 8:00 PM – 11:00 PM Location: Chopper’s Grill, 1200 Donelson Ave., Old Hickory, TN 37138 Every Wednesday Night at Chopper’s Grill it’s Bike Night with Crystal Karaoke and Free Food! Join us on Wednesday for a Fun Filled Night with the Greatest People and Beer & Drink Specials! Always a great time at the Lil Shack On The Corner! Hillbilly’s Wing Shack Karaoke Night Date: Date: 11/07/2019, 11/14/2019, 11/21/2019, 11/28/2019 Time: 7:00 PM – 11:00 PM Location: Hillbilly’s Wing Shack, 26280 Hwy 69, Adamsville, TN 38310 We have a lot of fun doing karaoke, we have our own system which we run loud enough for you to enjoy but tuned down enough you can still talk to your friends and family and still have fun. Kids are welcome to come sing with us and if they are a little shy, we will be glad to get behind a mic and help them try it out. Food and drink specials. Apple Valley & Thunder Roads TN/KY Loop the Link Anniversary Weekend Date: 11/08/2019 – 11/10/2019 Location: Apple Valley Mountain Village, 7138 E Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Townsend, TN 37882 Join us for a weekend of fun as we celebrate three anniversaries! The 1 year anniversary of the completion of the Foothills Parkway & the Missing Link, the 1 year anniversary of the grand re-opening of the Apple Valley Mountain Village, and Townsend Tennessee Volunteer Fire Departments 40th Anniversary! See ad in this issue for details. Cruzin’ For A Cure Car & Bike Show Date: 11/09/2019 Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Location: Melton Lake Park, Melton Lake Dr., and Emory, Oak Ridge, TN 37830 Bring your cruzin’ cars and bikes to our Cruzin’ For a Cure show on the shore of Melton Lake in the Secret City. 100% of proceeds goes to Diabetes research. Lots of awards, 50/50, food and music. $10 entry fee for cars or bikes.

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H-D Bowling Green Veteran’s Day Ride & Silent Auction Date: 11/09/2019 Time: 10:00 AM Location: Harley-Davidson Bowling Green, 251 Cumberland Trace Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42103 Registration starts at 9am · Kickstands up 10am · Free food upon return · $20 per rider / $10 per passenger. Smoky Mountain H-D Harley’s & Hot Rods for Hero’s Date: 11/09/2019 Time: 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM Location: Smoky Mountain Harley-Davidson, 1820 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37801 Smoky Mountain H-D and Infidels MC present Harley’s & Hot Rods for Hero’s! This is a ride-in car and bike show that is happening on November 9th. $10 donation to register. Registration is from 10am - 1pm. Awards are at 2pm. Silent auction. All proceeds collected will go to Honor Air Knoxville. There will also be a FREE Veteran’s Day lunch for all active and retired military personnel. SOGMC 1st Annual Flat Track Races for Vets Date: 11/09/2019 Time: 11:00 AM Location: Maury County Fair & Exposition, 1018 Maury County Park Dr., Columbia, TN 38401 Flat-track race to raise money to help local Veterans. Gates Open at 9am, Signups 11am, Practice 1pm, Heats 3pm, Main Events 5pm. Gate Fee $15, Age 0-10 Free. Race Entry Fee 30$ Per Class (Kids under 7 Race Free, Spectator Only). Payouts in Each Class. Hooligan, Lady Hooligan, Vintage, Mad Dog, Pro, Youth, Minibike, Fun Classes. Booth Space $50 10x10, $25 Each Additional 10x10. Gold Silver and Bronze Sponsorships Available. FMI: Call (615) 969-8412. Appleton H-D Eagle Toy Run Date: 11/09/2019 Time: 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM Location: Appleton Harley-Davidson, 2501 Hwy 41A Bypass, Clarksville, TN 37043 Join us for the Eagle Toy Run as we support

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our Fort Campbell families for the Holiday Season! Join us to ride, enjoy cold brew, Legends BBQ, vendors, live music by Jared Blake and win up to $1,000 in giveaways. $25 includes shirt or bring a toy. All toys collected benefit USO’s Holiday House. Registration at Old Glory Distillery at 451 Alfred Thun Rd. in Clarksville @ 12pm, KSU @ 1pm. Ride ends at Appleton H-D. Don’t miss out on a chance to honor our military and contribute to a great cause while having a good time! Bobarosa Saloon Rachael’s Dirty Thirty Birthday Bash Date: 11/09/2019 Time: 12:00 PM Location: Bobarosa Saloon, 2299 Highway 25/70 E, Del Rio, TN 37727 Join us as we celebrate Rachael’s 30th Birthday with Live Music from Whiskey Icarus at 8pm. R4O Annual Turkey Shoot Date: 11/16/2019 Time: 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM Location: 5650 Bryant Hollow Rd., Cunningham, TN 37052 Riding 4 Others Motorcycle Organization is hosting their annual Turkey Shoot on Sat., Nov 16th. Follow the signs on Hwy 13, Shoot Starts at 9am until last shooter. Everyone is Welcome! Kids will have a chance to win a Turkey or Ham! R4O is supplying the 12, 16, 20 and 410 Gauge shells and targets. Cost: Turkey Shot $5, Ham Shot $10. The participants earn a chance for the Daily Grand Prize Giveaway with each shot. A crossbow will be given away at the end of the Shoot on Oct. 19th and Nov. 16th. Must be present to win! For more information Contact Chuck Lathrop (931) 624-1215. R40 is a 501(3)C Nonprofit Motorcycle Organization. All profits go to local charities. Check us out at http://r4o-mo.com and Facebook! Bikers Who Care Turkey Shoot Date: 11/16/2019 – 11/17/2019 Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Location: 1302 TN-48, Clarksville, TN 37040 Come on out and getcha a Turkey or Ham right in time for Thanksgiving while Supporting Special Needs Children’s Charities... Tell a Buddy and bring all your Friends!! Saturday 11am-?, Sunday 1pm3pm.

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Chopper’s Grill Chili Cook-Off Date: 11/16/2019 Time: 4:00 PM Location: Chopper’s Grill, 1200 Donelson Ave., Old Hickory, TN 37138 Bring your chili and win some cash! $5 all you can eat! All proceeds go to the Children’s Christmas Fund, Sponsored by Old Hickory Chopper’s Brotherhood and Sisterhood. Light up the Lake Boat Parade for Toys for Tots Date: 11/16/2019 Time: 5:30 PM – 10:00 PM Location: WindRiver Marina, 500 Marina Way, Lenoir City, TN 37772 Light up your boat and join in the celebrations: 1st prize: $500, 2nd prize: $250, 3rd prize: $125. There is a $20 registration fee plus 1 unwrapped toy (no stuffed toys) per adult on board. Registration forms available at the WindRiver Welcome Center, Ft. Loudon Marina office, or email cgbrethen@yahoo.com. Not a boater? Come watch the parade and see Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Marina at WindRiver. Please bring one new unwrapped toy or a cash donation. B97.5 will be there live along with Knoxville’s hometown band, Frequency. Free hot dogs, chips, and hot chocolate and a cash bar will be available. H-D Bowling Green Turkey Ride Date: 11/23/2019 Time: 9:00 AM Location: Harley-Davidson Bowling Green, 251 Cumberland Trace Rd., Bowling Green, KY 42103 Registration 9am · Kickstands up 10am. Knox Moto Social-Danger Company Open House Date: 11/23/2019 Time: 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM Location: The Lad N Lass, 134 Bearden Pl., Knoxville, TN 37917

Ride on in to the next Knox Moto Social at the new Danger Company Co-op Open House! Meet the staff, see our fully equipped rental maintenance bay, relax in our lounge and be part of Knoxville’s biggest biker social event. Live music and real riders doing real stuff. Chopper’s Grill Thanksgiving Dinner Date: 11/28/2019 Time: 3:00 PM Location: Chopper’s Grill, 1200 Donelson Ave., Old Hickory, TN 37138 Please join us for Thanksgiving Dinner Thursday, November 28 at 3pm. We have so much to be thankful for. Appleton H-D Black Friday Event Date: 11/29/2019 – 11/30/2019 Time: 8:00 PM – 6:00 PM Location: Appleton Harley-Davidson, 2501 Hwy 41A Bypass, Clarksville, TN 37043 Doors open at 8am Friday, November 29th and the first 50 in the door score! The first 50 people receive swag bags with special discounts for The Cloud 9 Cabin rentals, Harley-Davidson swag and so much more! Giveaways include a Harley-Davidson Pub Table, a set of Bar Stools, and exclusive entries into the Smokey Mountain Getaway Giveaway for 2 nights & 3 days! Receive up to 50% off official licensed products both Black Friday & Saturday. Smoky Mountain H-D Kendell Marvel Indoor Show Date: 11/30/2019 Time: 6:00 PM – 11:00 PM Location: The Shed’s Smokin’ Monkey Lounge, 1820 W Lamar Alexander Pkwy, Maryville, TN 37801 Kendell Marvel will make his return to The Shed’s Smokin’ Monkey Lounge this Thanksgiving weekend! This show is an indoor show taking place in The Smokin’ Monkey Lounge at The Shed. Doors open

at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door the day of show for $5 more than online tickets pending the show is not sold out. No outside food and drinks are permitted. All tickets purchases are final. Refunds and exchanges are not available. Bikers Who Care Turkey Shoot Date: 12/07/2019 – 12/08/2019 Time: 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM Location: 1302 TN-48, Clarksville, TN 37040 Come on out and getcha a Turkey or Ham right in time for Christmas while Supporting Special Needs Children’s Charities... Tell a Buddy and bring all your Friends!! Saturday 11am-?, Sunday 1pm-3pm.

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by Bob “Bulldog” Ousley

Dear Fellow Veterans and Patriots of Tennessee: My wife an I recently moved to the country. Our former house had a country like setting but the influx of people from New York, Massachusetts, California, Illinois and a list of other Democrat controlled parts of the country was making me feel like a gumdrop on an ant hill. These people are fed up with the high taxes, social deterioration and the government oppression of their former “Blue” state homes. They come to Tennessee to enjoy the financial responsibility and liberty of our Volunteer State. Unfortunately, many of these folks have been brain washed by the communist re-education centers we call universities, media and political correctness and want to change the great state of Tennessee into North Korea, China or New York. If they like Tennessee well enough to move here, why in the hell can’t they enjoy Tennessee the way it is and accept life without liberal oppression!!!! Nashville is one liberal utopia example of what they are doing. I’ve always flown the symbol of our constitutional republic on the front of my house but have never had a real flag pole standing in my front yard. Kids, motorcycles and bills always had a slightly higher priority for my income. Now that I’m retired and have a new life in the country, I finally ordered a real deal flag pole for my front yard. I made sure it is big enough for our American flag and a POW/MIA flag underneath it. I’ve ordered solar powered lights so the flag will be illuminated at night. It’s been my experience that outdoor flags only last about 6 months and I change them out when they are worn but usually, I change them out just before Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day. I’m a Vietnam veteran and spent 20 years in the Army. Over that 20 years seventy-four guys I knew and worked with died protecting our freedom and liberty. When I sign off with “ride for those who can’t,” it’s those men that I ride for. I hope you have someone you ride for. I consider it my duty to live the good and patriotic life they can’t live. I do it to honor them and I know if things were reversed and I had died in service they would have lived a good life to honor me!! I am making a small patio to go around the base of my new

flag pole with a bench. The bench is to remind me of those who are not here to sit with me. I’ve always had an eye for determining the lay of the land and while I was in service, I usually knew what was coming down the pike. When we got alerted to go put out a “fire” somewhere in the world I had a good hunch where we were going before we were told. It helped me be mentally prepared and be a little bit comfortable with what was coming. Likewise, I still look at what is going on and try to read the landscape today. As I read the landscape, we have a very vigorous Marxist inspired civil war going on in our country. You only have to look at what the Marxists are doing to overthrow our duly elected president to see where their radical grab to control our country, overthrow our United States Constitution and establish a communist dictated socialist republic of America is going!! My crystal ball tells me that I’ve made my last move and that I will likely die at home. Hopefully not for at least another 50 years, but I’ll die here. I know the options for how that may go. I may pass in the middle of the night while I’m asleep. I may pass in my front yard while sitting on my bench under my blessed American flag or I may die at the hands of Marxist jack-booted thugs in my front yard after notable resistance. When I joined the Army, I took an oath to protect my country from all enemies, both foreign and domestic. I’ll be faithful to that oath to my last breath. We have a president who is trying his best to turn back the tide of Marxism but he can’t do it alone. It will take the support of every red blooded American to defeat the Marxists at the ballot box and avoid having to defeat them in the streets. Make no mistake, if they are willing to undermine the constitution and overthrow an election, they will massacre their opposition if they succeed in taking over the country. Marxists and communists have done it every time they have secured power!! Keep the faith. Thank a vet for the freedoms we still enjoy and support politicians who will bring back the ones we’ve lost. Fly the flag of the people and be proud you’re an American. Hug the families of those still missing because their quest for closure has not ended. Live the good life and ride for those who can’t. You can comment at bousle19@ comcast.net - Bulldog * My monthly column reflects my personal point of view and does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the Publishers of this magazine, but they, like me, acknowledge the sacrifices made for the privilege of Freedom of Speech, therefore, they gratefully let me rant. Thank you for reading my rants. Hope my opinions don’t offend anyone, but, we all should be grateful for the right to have free opinions.


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