Making ‘Jesus’ out of whole cloth

An ad in a newspaper offers me an easy way to “work from home and make $$$$$.” The television commercial shows a handy little “shake weight” that can make me look like professional bodybuilder in a matter of weeks. A tattered piece of 4th century papyrus, smaller than a business card and written in Coptic, claims that Jesus Christ had a wife.

Yep, there’s a sucker born every minute.

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Overton-born physician returns to East Texas

Charles Dickens once wrote that every traveler has a home of their own, and they learn to appreciate it more from their wandering.

Overton native Dr. Julie Philley understands this lesson well, having traveled far and wide since taking her first steps in a journey that has now brought her back to East Texas.

Philley, a 1995 honors graduate from Overton High School, has joined the staff of University of Texas Health Science Center at Tyler as a critical care specialist at the Pulmonary Clinic, coming from UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

“I’m really happy to be back,” she said. “I feel very fortunate in having grown up in East Texas and I look forward to working closer to home.”

But it’s not only proximity to family and old friends that brought her back to the area. There’s a professional interest as well.

“I came back here to do mycobacteria research,” she said. “I developed an interest in that during my time in Baltimore and then continued in Dallas when I did my fellowship.”

Philley explained that mycobacteria can cause serious illness in people with damaged lungs when the germs get into their lungs via air, water, or soil.

“So I’m here to really further research into mycobacteria, and the cousins of tuberculosis, research field,” she added.

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