featured

It’s funny what you can see in your rearview mirror with just a glance when you’re rolling down the road at highway speed.

I was in line at an all-too familiar spot, a fast food place, and some customers began grumbling.

  • Updated

After getting vaccinated, I eagerly returned to some parts of normal life, expecting the essential workers I interacted with would be already vaccinated. After all, they became eligible for the vaccine before I did, and our county has one of the highest rates of vaccinations in the country.

  • Updated

This past weekend marked Memorial Day and the end of Military Appreciation Month. But here in Tennessee, showing our gratitude to our service members and their families isn’t something we do just once a year. It’s part of our way of life.

featured

This week from "That New Guy," Duane describes living without air conditioning for a weekend as "living in a sweat box." Read his full column at the link. 

  • Updated

The once-rummaged shelves at grocery stores are full once more, but for parents stocking up on snacks and summer cookout supplies, something still looks wrong. Prices are on the rise.

It is graduation season, and pre-COVID, I was occasionally asked to speak at a commencement program, but this year most of the organizers just want to get it over with. I don’t blame them.

featured

“Is that the eyes or nose or–what is that?” I asked as I turned my head sideways, trying to understand what I was looking at. “Am I looking at it the wrong way because, frankly, I ain’t seeing it.”

For many Americans, the calamitously slow vaccine roll-out in countries like Germany, France, and Italy comes as a surprise. After all, in the early days of the pandemic, Europe’s response to the crisis seemed highly competent, especially compared to the United States.

Plateau Pediatrics in Crossville combines an information-filled website, digital tools such as electronic medical records, and traditional face-to-face visits to provide quality patient care. Donna Summerford, owner of Aunt Dee’s Soaps & Lotions, successfully used the internet to first e…

top story

What do about 95 percent of Tennessee's businesses have in common? They employ 50 or fewer employees. You might even own or work for one of these businesses. Small businesses are truly the backbone of our state's economy and have an incalculable impact on our communities. Unfortunately, many…

Around the world and right here in Tennessee, we celebrate May as Mental Health Month. After the last year, the opportunity to pause, reflect, and evaluate our own mental health and that of the people in our lives has never been more important.

featured

I wouldn’t make a good mother. Sure, I think I’m the best father there is. I even have a “The Best Dad Ever” T-shirt to prove it. I pull the shirt (that was given to me by my sons a few years ago) out of mothballs every Father’s Day to trumpet my Super Dad status, even though it usually just…

  • Updated

It’s easy to put stories of the crisis facing our nation at a distance when you live and work more than a thousand miles north of the US-Mexico border. But as the effects of mass illegal immigration spread northward, Tennesseans are facing a stark new reality: when our border isn’t secure, e…

featured

It happens like clockwork: every six weeks I “go clown” and have to walk around with the condition until I can get an appointment to get it taken care of by a professional.

  • Updated

From watching our grandkids play video games to typing out our weekly grocery lists, mobile devices have become a part of practically everything we do. But how much do we really know about the corporations who control those devices?

  • Updated

When the shutdowns began last March, our health care facilities quickly became overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients. Local hospitals and clinics canceled routine appointments and treatment visits to accommodate the unprecedented strain on the system. With much of the Volunteer State reopening,…

featured

A year of horror is finally at an end as the rat that had stalked my mom’s house and perhaps her dreams gave up to the ghost.

  • Updated

If you liked the chaos of the pandemic election, you’re going to love the left’s new effort to complicate voting in America. Despite its innocuous name, the For the People Act, known in the Senate as “S.1,” is a harbinger of anything but productive election reform. It is a federal takeover o…

top story

When most people hear the word “literacy,” they think about it in terms of having the ability to read and write. And rightfully so. That is the classic definition of the word, and the topic receives a great deal of attention in the education world. The ability to read, write and comprehend s…

featured

The most important aspect of Easter is, of course, the resurrection of Jesus Christ, but the holiday also reminds me of the year I won the kindergarten Easter Egg Hunt.

featured

“Very early in the morning, on the first day of the week, the women went to the tomb … Entering the tomb, they saw a young man dressed in a white robe, and they were alarmed. The angel said to them: “Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He has risen; He is not he…

featured

Many of us long for an opportunity to prove ourselves. Despite the misery lack of appreciation we endure in life, we continue to work hard in the hopes that we will one day be rewarded and that we will be allowed to live the life we desire. For those who come from less fortunate backgrounds,…

featured

You’d think after months of quarantine, without getting out and doing anything that my mother would be chomping at the bit to fly the coop once she got her COVID shots.

featured

The 117th Congress is just beginning, and it is my sincere honor to serve a second term as your U.S. Representative for the Sixth Congressional District. As a lifelong Tennessean, it is a privilege to be your voice in Washington and to fight for Tennessee values every day. This position is m…

featured

In the Writer's Corner this week Paul Martin Mulroy presents, "The Crestfallen Quacker." Read the poem here.

  • Updated

If you tune into China Central Television (CCTV), you’ll see forced prisoner confessions, government propaganda, and the NBA. That’s right, basketball.

featured

National Future Farmers of America (FFA) Week is a special time for me–an opportunity to reflect on the vital role agriculture has played in my life and the direct impact it has on the success of Tennessee.

featured

Throughout my thirty years military service, Arnold Air Force Base was famous. Not just because of the storied history of General Henry “Hap” Arnold (Father of the Air Force), or the incredible cutting-edge work accomplished for our nation’s defense, or because of Dustin Lynch’s album cover …

Just days after U.S. forces in Iraq suffered casualties from a rocket attack likely launched by an Iran-backed militia, the Biden administration appeared to turn the other cheek by signaling openness last week to talks with Iran to reenter the flawed nuclear deal that President Donald Trump …

top story

OUR VIEWPOINT: In Gov. Bill Lee's third State of the State Address, he highlighted a number of spending items important to members of the Tennessee Press Association and our readers. Read the full column here.

featured

This week in Sarah's Book Corner, Sarah talks about the "In Grandma's Attic" series by Arleta Richardson. Read her full column here.

top story

This weekend, we have a guest editorial from local resident Bob Bates. Read his full column here.

top story

Today, the Tennessee Highway Safety Office (THSO) is partnering with the Tennessee Titans to remind Tennesseans that “Fans Don’t Let Fans Drive Drunk.” “Voice of the Titans” Mike Keith joined the THSO for a public service announcement.

top story

This week in the "Writer's Corner," Paul Martin Mulroy presents the second part of "Tennessee Twig People."