There are more than 200 different kinds of us going extinct every day, heading towards a million different kinds of us gone forever by 2030.  We are dying because of human activities and human consumption desires.  The more of us that pass into history, the less humans will be able to rely o…

What a country, right? As we celebrate America’s 246th birthday on the 4th of July, let’s pause and list a few reasons to love America.

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This week in "TN History for Kids," Bill Carey talks about how Tennessee got its shape. Read the full column here. 

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This weekend, we have a guest column from Mackenzie Davis, APRN, at Vanderbilt Integrated Pediatrics in Tullahoma. Read her full column here. 

Oh, how our nation has changed in recent years. We have lost more than a million people to a disease that some said would go away in a matter of weeks. We started wearing masks and stopped eating out, shaking hands, and hugging. We no longer consider good character or intellect to be importa…

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Between deer, drunks and the hand of the Almighty himself, I just can’t have nice things. It’s like fate goes out of its way to put me back in my place when I get a little uppity.

Gas prices are skyrocketing, and until supply exceeds demand, there’s nothing we can do about it.

Buffalo, Uvalde, Laguna Woods, Tulsa. Recent mass shootings at grocery stores, schools, churches, and hospitals in the United States have rekindled a variety of complex debates. What no one disagrees about is that our population experiences real stress and trauma bearing witness to these tra…

According to the polls, most Americans blame our nation’s ills on President Biden. His popularity is somewhere between prison food and monkeypox. In all honesty, he doesn’t actually control everything in the world, but when you’re angry, you have to take it out on someone.

Almost 80 years ago, the Allied assault on Nazi territory landed on the beaches of Normandy. The sacrifice of over 2,500 American troops that day and countless others throughout the rest of the Second World War made the defeat of the Nazis a reality. Today, our service members have not waver…

There are a lot of examples out there of places being renamed. A dorm at my alma mater used to be called Confederate Hall; now it’s Memorial Hall. I once skied at Squaw Valley Resort in California, now known as Palisades Tahoe. The highest mountain in the United States, once officially known…

Summer has finally sprung and what a joy it is to finally see so many beautiful flowers, to have some warm sunny days, and be able to be outdoors, especially after the frigid winter.  Now our thoughts are turning to gardening, the end of the school year, and summer vacations!

A few days ago, I tried to watch one of the nightly network newscasts. After the first two minutes (the “tease” period, where they try to get your attention), I was worn out.

Tullahoma has always put great emphasis on football. And we are so proud of this year’s team becoming the state champions.

At a recent book signing, a friend asked, “Who’s the most famous person you have met?”

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When it comes to making important health decisions for yourself, knowing fact from fiction can be critical to your long term health—and even lifesaving. This Women’s Health Month, we want to empower women in Coffee County to make educated health decisions by addressing some of the most commo…

High school graduations have gotten a lot of attention lately, because for the first time since 2019, most seniors will finally get to “walk,” and accept their diploma, while their families cheer.

I LOVE TO READ A NEWSPAPER! This started when I was a child. My parents subscribed to both The Nashville Tennessean and The Nashville Banner, as well as our hometown paper (first called The Tullahoma News and Guardian and then The Tullahoma News). Of course, the first part of the paper that …

As a TV news anchor, I try to avoid cliché’s, because they turn up on the news too often.

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Summer break used to give kids time to explore – camping trips, games of hide and seek, and picnics in the park. But as of late, students with free time on their hands have traded adventure for more screen time. School is almost out, and before the last bell rings, parents and caretakers nee…

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This week we bid farewell my managing editor, Erin McCullough, who has taken a job in the big city with Channel 2 News. Her last day was Wednesday and while we hate see her go, we wish her well in her future endeavors.

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Everyone experiences joint pain at some point. Sometimes joint pain is simply from trying a new activity that pushes your body in new ways, but other times it arises from a more damaging process: the inflammatory condition known as arthritis.

Every election cycle, we see an onslaught of poll results. If we don’t agree with the polls, we are quick to say, “Who did they poll? Nobody polled me!”

I’ve been thinking a lot about Character Education. A few decades back, I began seeing colorful Character Education posters in schools. It was part of a curriculum that promoted the basic character traits: responsibility, cooperation, perseverance, kindness, honesty, and respect.

Here’s a story about our planet:  business as usual, the status quo, the concentration of power (and money) to the top elites, the tendency toward oligarchy, authoritarianism, and totalitarianism, profit as the bottom line societal and economic motivator, the loss of knowledge that earth is …

I just listened to the CBS Mornings segment on which the lead singer of the group “Imagine Dragons” was featured. 

Election season is upon us, seemingly minutes after the last one ended. Early voting has begun in my neck of the woods. You can’t miss the landscape-littering signs and TV ads featuring gun-totin’ millionaires wearing plaid shirts because they’re just regular folks like us.

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This week, Duane talks about how his father backslide every Easter Sunday. Read his full column here. 

Tax Day is right around the corner, and some taxpayers who haven’t filed their returns might be getting anxious about getting them done in time.

Here’s a blast from the past: a telephone attached to a wall. Nowadays, if we were suddenly confined to a phone cord that only allowed about ten feet of space, we’d go crazy. What? We can’t talk on the phone while on the porch, in the back yard, or most importantly, in the waiting room at th…

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I once visited Marion County’s Nickajack Cave and was sad about how little the history of the place is told there. The woods near the cave have a trail and boardwalk, and the area is maintained as a wildlife refuge by TVA and the Tennessee Wildlife Refuge Agency. But, in my opinion, the cave…

A stealth caption bill that seeks to lock down citizen access to police body cam and dashcam footage has emerged late in session and will be heard in two key committees on Wednesday. The bill allows a law enforcement agency to delete most body cam and dashcam footage after 30 days and preven…

On a recent Sunday night, my wife Cindy and I were among the thirteen Americans actually watching the Academy Awards. Of course, a few hundred million have now seen Will Smith spring from his front row seat, charging toward Chris Rock to avenge a tacky joke about his wife Jada Pinkett Smith.

December 4, 2021 will always hold a significant spot in the timeline of historically significant athletic events at the high school and collegiate levels.  From a collegiate perspective, Alabama defeated Georgia to be crowned the SEC champs in football once again.  However, the Crimson Tide …

There was a brief period in my teen years where I thought I would one day become a music educator, specifically some kind of professional clarinetist. I’d been playing the clarinet since the sixth grade, when my middle school band director Marion Coleman and her colleague Atticus Hensley had…

At this stage of my life, I need a challenge. It’s time to take on something most people will never conquer. Sure, I could go the easy route and become a rocket scientist. Nah, let’s go with brain surgery, that might test my limits. Or if I wanted to excel physically, I could climb Mount Eve…

It’s been nearly a quarter century since I was in the Legislative Plaza office of state senator Tommy Burks. We talked about his proposal for Tennessee to go back to elected, rather than appointed, school districts. I’d gotten the quote I needed, then stood up to walk out of the office. Want…

We are living in a time where it seems even more that the pretty things or the shiny things are what catches the attention of people.  Pictures of people on social media are enhanced to make them look more appealing.  More value is placed on things that have all the so-called bells and whist…

Thirteen years ago I gave in, and joined Facebook. It was at the urging of an old radio pal, who assured me my fears about Facebook were unfounded. Although I had often lectured my teenage sons about Facebook being a waste of time, my buddy told me that it was a great way to reconnect with f…