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A couple of days ago, I saw a video on Facebook shot down a train track toward a tunnel.A heavy snow blanketed the ground, and the tree limbs and dormant blackberry vines sagged under the weight of … more
In today’s partisan divide where political debate resembles more a feud than negotiation, a recent session of the Bradley County Commission came as a breath of fresh air.We have several individual … more
In the last installment of this column we took a look back to the developments leading up to the launch of the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway, particularly Phase 1, of which we celebrate 20 years … more
Bradley County Mayor D. Gary Davis’ column this week — published today instead of its traditional spot in Wednesday’s print edition — speaks volumes to the importance of the property … more
The property tax is often called "the tax people love to hate." While it may be unpopular, it is a primary source of stable revenue for most local governments in the United States. Without a stable, … more
 We heard him say it hundreds of times, as did many of you: “Talent on loan from God.” Some of Rush Limbaugh’s detractors liked to claim the statement was haughty. But those of us who knew … more
With Cleveland and Bradley County businesses — from tiny to large — working to emerge from the debris of COVID-19, it is more critical now than ever that they be given fair opportunity.As such, … more
    Feet no longer dangling from the bed of a turnip truck, I was bemused to learn recently of the reason behind my grocery store’s most recent reset.   For those not … more
Labeling themselves “The Future Wright Brothers,” six young visionaries — three from Bradley Central High School and three from Walker Valley High School — are positioning for the future.In a … more
Steve Martin has always been a comedian I thought was really funny. After all, he was a “wild and crazy guy.”A favorite saying of mine is, "Life is too short to be serious all the time.”I have … more
A friend of mine told me something so amazing I had to look it up to see if it was true.In 1960, a series of experiments was done with flatworms in which a bunch of flatworms were taught where to … more
When I was a little kid, I would sometimes get a balsa-wood glider.You know what I’m talking about — lightweight, a couple of red stars on the wings and a metal clip on the nose for weight.If you … more
While state lawmakers toil through legislation in Nashville aimed at improving quality of life for Tennesseans — in both the short- and long-term — it is important that Cleveland and Bradley … more
Two days ago financial offices and federal, state and also some local government offices closed in observance of Presidents' Day. Did you know that currently Presidents' Day never falls on the actual … more
For the last several weeks of this column we have been revisiting the initial planning of our Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway. As we celebrate the 20th anniversary of the first phase all this year, … more
    Whether prompted by the approach of Valentine’s Day or an acceptance that the years are piling on, I cannot say; but, the other day my thoughts drifted to memories of young … more
Funerals aren’t fun and they are an event we really try to avoid, but the older I get it seems the more of them I attend.We attend them as spectators now. But, one day we will attend them as the … more
On this Valentine's Day 2021, a time reserved for love, it is important to take note of this community's expressions of support for one another that closed out the pandemic-riddled year of 2020.As … more
With the fast approach of Valentine’s Day, we can offer no better suggestions for the sincerest gifts of love toward others than the following:• Wear your face mask, both consistently and … more
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