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I just deleted 259 words of the column I was writing for this week.I wanted to tell that story, but not enough to give satisfaction to the person who emailed me and said I bored him.In preparation … more
Tuesday night’s voting session of the Bradley County Commission finalized the budget process for the 2021-22 Fiscal Year.  The commission voted to approve the final budget proposal with minor … more
      In a time long ago and a state just a border away, I routinely spent a slice of my Fourth of July at the Denson reunion — my mother’s side of the family … more
For those who regard politics as America's most entertaining spectator sport, the current United States Senate is superbly set up for constant drama. Fifty Republicans and 50 Democrats make the … more
You can become an American citizen by being born in the USA or you can become one by getting “naturalized.”Becoming naturalized is a heck of a lot harder.It not only means having to meet all the … more
As we continue to emerge from the pandemic, there’s a sense of relief and optimism that things will return to normal.  Long-awaited family gatherings, birthday parties and graduation … more
Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life” was released in 1976. That would’ve made me around 12. It was a double album that won three Grammys, including Album of the Year and Best Male … more
I know that summer, baseball and apple pie seem to go together. But, I would like to add two items into the mix — a football field and a pot of boiling water. This is an attempt to use both the … more
The old wooden folding table belonged to my grandma. I don’t remember her ever using it.After she moved out of her house and into a retirement home, my sister inherited the table, but she didn’t … more
  After 44 years of marriage, you’d think I knew everything there was to know about Love Muffin.   I was wrong.   Not long ago, I learned of her unknown — … more
I retired in May 2011, several years earlier than I had anticipated. However, sometimes you don’t look a gift horse in the mouth.After making the decision and notifying family members and friends, … more
One of my alma maters will cease to exist in just a few days.On July 1, Martin Methodist College will be absorbed into the University of Tennessee system.After 151 years of operation, Martin will … more
One of the great things about growing up here — not only in the South, but also in Bradley County — are some of the terms that become part of our culture. If you are new to our county, or have … more
Serving as chairman of the board for the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway is a volunteer position, but sometimes it feels like my “real job.” I am not complaining, however. I am regularly … more
Everyone knows that I am attached to my desk. I would argue I have good reason. My desk is an extension of myself. Whereas other people are attached to their phones, I frequently lose track of mine. … more
      Anyone lucky enough to be spending today with your dad should not take it for granted; remember the moment, the place and the time, and don’t let the chance slip … more
When someone passes away, we sometimes throw around the word “legend” loosely — the same way we throw lots of words around loosely.But I can say without a doubt we lost a legend last week.If … more
This weekend, two distinct — yet similar — events occur. One is the time set aside each year to celebrate Father's Day and the other is the calendar event that designates that summer begins, on … more
Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication?According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75% of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between being able … more
“Outside, there was that predawn kind of clarity where the momentum of living has not quite captured the day. The air was not filled with conversation or thought bubbles or laughter or sidelong … more
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