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I have told many people in Cleveland that my last day at the Cleveland Daily Banner would be at the end of October. I turned in my notice in late September, well before the recent changes in ownership of the Banner, thinking it was just my time to “fade into the sunset.” more
To The Editor: In 1968, the Vietnam War was raging. The military draft was a means to fill the ranks with needed personnel. Men of my age were being drafted from all walks of life. Consequently … more
In 1846, Rutherford County slaveholder Robert Weakly published an ad in a Nashville newspaper offering fifty dollars for the return of an enslaved man named Ben Singleton. more
It’s not like Philadelphians haven’t been here before. There have been moments in time when it seemed as if God forgave us our lack of couth, our insufficient grace, our loud and … more
I hadn’t flown since Kim and I went to Europe in early 2018. But a couple of weeks ago, we went to New York City to visit our son. As far as air travel goes, a lot has changed in those four … more
In 1997, the Cooperstown Hall of Fame honored the Acerra family, an all-Italian, 12-brother semi-pro team that played .700 winning baseball from 1938 to 1952. more
I’m proud of my son Gideon for doing his civic duty and casting a vote for the first time. (This comes mere months after he did his civic duty and signed up for Selective Service. And, would … more
A few weeks before Halloween and many years ago, when I was still married to my former husband, he and I and a couple we knew all decided we would celebrate Halloween dressed as the Midwest. more
Last week I wrote about the nonstop, eardrum-assaulting chatter during baseball games from certain TV sports announcers. Although my complaint was limited to the fact that they don’t allow viewers to enjoy the game’s natural, easygoing rhythm, some of you pointed out another trend. Many of today’s announcers have the same bland style, unlike the voices of games past. I couldn’t agree more. more
To The Editor: For over two years, the Bradley County Commission has been approached with the idea to move communications from the audience from the end of commission meetings to the … more
Ever since the Cleveland/Bradley County Greenway was established back in 2001, the ultimate goal has been for a greenway to follow Mouse Creek from the Village Green Town Center to the Hiwassee River. Since then, more than five miles of greenway have been laid, along with spurs and smaller greenways at various locations all over town. Not to mention the latest focus on building greenways along Candies Creek and Fillauer Branch as well. more
When the Civil War broke out, the vast majority of Nashville residents sided with the Confederacy and were eager to go war. However, one man made his loyalty to the union clear and even published his opinion in the newspaper at the most difficult of times. more
We are living in a time when we can take for granted so many things that a mere hundred years ago would have been considered miracles or the height of fantasy. more
Perhaps it’s partly because my mother owns a huge antique desk from Milky Way Farm (the former estate of Franklin C. Mars, founder of Mars Candies), but I pay keen attention to the annual flurry of “filler” news items about Halloween candy. more
This week I dug up an amazing — and scary — radio commentary my father delivered on Sept. 1, 1976. more
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