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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
Cleveland Mayor Kevin Brooks has never made a secret of it: When new industries or businesses, or even retirees or whole families, consider relocating to Cleveland one of the most frequently asked … more
Followers of historic literature will recognize the 1859 parable by English novelist Charles Dickens whose words from “A Tale of Two Cities” still offer this haunting reminder, “It was the best … 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
Like a 2008 bill enacted by state legislators requiring scrap-metal dealers to register with the Tennessee Department of Commerce & Insurance — thereby putting a significant dent in the theft … 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
Early fans of “Monday Night Football” sportscasts grew to love the folksy humor of former NFL quarterback and TV analyst “Dandy” Don Meredith who closed many games — once the outcome had … 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
Tanner and Dakota are waiting for me. They’re standing at the corner of their chain-link fence, watching the sidewalk. They know I’m coming, even if they don’t know exactly when, even if … more
To The Editor:The Tennessee State Senate needs to concur with HJR8 in 2022 for the state to join Florida, Alabama, Missouri and West Virginia in calling for the Term Limits Convention.Term limits are … more
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