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The 428,000 net new jobs last month in the Labor Department’s recent report is mildly encouraging since every major industry added workers. But the report also contains a warning that inflationary … more
There’s a story behind every boundary — why it’s here and not over there, why it shifts this way and then that way. Take Tennessee’s western border, for instance. Many people assume that … more
This time of year still hits me hard. It is the anniversary of the death of my best girlfriend, Angel, who died too young and left an angel-shaped hole in my life.In the six years since she died at … more
“You wanna borrow, you gotta pay the man.” Rocky Balboa was right, even way back in Rocky I.Rocky didn’t break Bob’s thumb like Mr. Gazzo told him. Bob was late on his payments and Gazzo … more
It all started with the nationwide COVID-19 lockdown in spring 2020, and it’s one of the few lingering effects of the experience that hasn’t tempted me to seek intense electroshock therapy.You … more
We know spring is here when commencements break out all over town. It means the arrival of brilliant azalea blossoms, the Masters golf tournament on TV, warm afternoons and high pollen … more
As a TV news anchor, I try to avoid cliché’s, because they turn up on the news too often. I grimace when I hear that "officials are tight-lipped." In fact, I usually tighten my own lips, to … more
“It’s a great time to get old!” That’s what my husband, Peter, says.He’s right. And getting old is — as the saying goes — better than the alternative. I was thinking this while waiting … more
It’s heartbreaking that Naomi Judd is dead.And the reason for her death is especially heartbreaking.On the day of her death, Naomi’s daughters Wynonna and Ashley issued a statement which said in … more
The Department of Homeland Security is no longer just for groping citizens anymore! Unencumbered by actually patrolling our porous southern border, this government agency has been tapped to control … more
Don’t you hate getting snookered?  Somebody gives you a Texas-size discount on your subscription only to stick it to you six months down the road.  I’m afraid … more
Millions of young women dream of being honored on Mother’s Day. Millions of others know in their hearts that they don’t want to have children, or at least not on someone else’s timetable.Many … more
Between Aug. 1-5, 1945, the Washington Senators played five consecutive doubleheaders. In a normal season, a scheduling burden of that magnitude wouldn’t have mattered much to the lowly Senators. … more
Dear Editor: I oppose turning our fine 5ive Points Museum Center into a fountain of wine and whiskey. State Rep. and Senate candidate Mark Hall is promoting legislation to let the museum sell … more
(This column is part of a series written for Tennessee Press Association member newspapers that explores transparency in government in Tennessee.)Citizen discovery is most important issue in vetting … more
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