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The Ducktown Basin used to be known as “Tennessee’s Badlands.” But unlike the Badlands of South Dakota, Tennessee’s version was manmade. After the Civil War, companies began mining copper … more
We all played pranks, but most of us grew out of it.I participated in a ding dong ditch mission or two back in my day. And I was an accessory once to calling the grocery store and asking if they had … more
Instead of trying to win over voters by putting forward the best thinking in the marketplace of ideas, Democrats use government to make people do what they want them to do. If the people do not, the … more
There’s an old saw among journalists: If your mother tells you she loves you, check it out. In other words, get another source. I’m as grizzled, jaded, skeptical and untrusting as a … more
Whenever the Supreme Court comes down with a particularly momentous decision, it’s customary to look at the majority opinion. After all, the majority makes the law. Sometimes, though, it’s the … more
I was packing for our recent trip to Mexico when I found the old tube of V05.“Do I still have this?” Apparently, I did.Even though my husband, Peter, and I had moved a year ago, a lot of … more
I watched one of my favorite movies the other night, “Quo Vadis.”Despite the cheesy costumes and over-the-top acting, it has important historical value, in that it describes a critical but faded … more
What a country, right? As we celebrate America’s 246th birthday on the Fourth of July, let’s pause and list a few reasons to love America.Thanks to cable TV and YouTube, we can still enjoy the … more
As the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U. S. Capitol heads into its final public hearings phase, early indications are that despite compelling testimony, the … more
Doctor patient confidentiality is a great thing. It’s necessary. That’s what keeps doctors from spilling the beans on their patients to just anyone.It protects people’s privacy. Think about … more
Readers ask me if I think President Joe Biden can do anything more stupid than he just did. I really wish they would stop asking me, as it seems Biden is taking that as a challenge.There could not be … more
My husband, Peter, and I went to our first concert in the park last week.We brought our folding chairs and ate food from the food trucks. The weather was perfect, and the music was good. But … more
While Americans prepare to gather for Independence Day on July 4, there is a silent crisis that threatens the quality of life for every American.Since the start of COVID-19, increasing attention has … more
If you clear away the weeds, you can find the tombstone in the corner of the remote cemetery. Barney Graham, it claims, is “gone but not forgotten.” Eighty-nine years after his murder, I fear … more
On Father’s Day, 1964, Philadelphia Phillies’ right-hander Jim Bunning pitched a perfect game against the New York Mets in Shea Stadium.Bunning’s two-hour, 10-minute masterpiece ⏤ 90 pitches, … more
Oh, how our nation has changed in recent years. We have lost more than a million people to a disease that some said would go away in a matter of weeks. We started wearing masks and stopped eating … more
Since baseball’s earliest years, U.S. presidents have been big fans of the national pastime. Among the most avid baseball fans were William Howard Taft, Woodrow Wilson and Richard M. Nixon. After … more
Believing a politician cares about you is like believing a stripper at a "Gentleman's Club" out near the airport cares for you. The same people believe a strip joint is a "gentlemen's club." Such is … more
There are two types of people in the world: Those who say, “I’ll tell you what you should do,” and those to whom it is said.I am almost always in Group 2.The expression comes in several … more
As the only river in Tennessee that is not part of the Mississippi River system, the Conasauga River is the answer to an interesting trivia question. It nearly became a lot more than that. The … more
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