10:00 PM Dec 20, 2014
When I first ran for Congress, I told Tennesseans that, while we may not always agree, they would know where I stand and why.
9:00 PM Dec 19, 2014
The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge visited America recently. Maybe you heard about it. If you didn’t, I’m sorry to hear about your coma and hope they can wake you up soon.
9:00 PM Dec 13, 2014
The University of Tennessee’s drive to become a top 25 research university has always rested on the uneasy footing of being funded by a state whose lawmakers appear more hesitant about spending on anything than proudly willing to invest in higher education.
12:00 PM Dec 9, 2014
Sunday afternoon in the Southwest corner was a bit different from our usual weekend routine.
4:08 PM Dec 6, 2014
The lights are bright. The air is crisp. Delightful desserts are all around. But how do we celebrate the holidays when we know there is darkness and despair for others?
7:00 PM Dec 5, 2014
Surefire holiday recipes for anyone
3:00 PM Nov 26, 2014
Crissy and I find ourselves with much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving.
4:00 PM Nov 25, 2014
There have been many changes taking place recently. A brisk chill in the air, leaves turning beautiful colors and the setting of our clocks back one hour making for an early darkness. But these are not the only changes many people in our community are going through.
6:00 PM Nov 8, 2014
With Halloween come and gone, we have also passed the deadline for high school seniors to apply for the Tennessee Promise scholarship. More than 8,500 mentors and 53,000 of Tennessee’s 71,000 seniors signed up.
4:00 PM Nov 5, 2014
In light of recent events, I was reminded of a poem from high school, “Richard Cory,” by Edwin Arlington Robinson. It describes a man of education and wealth who is polite, well spoken and admired by all in the town who then suddenly, without warning, takes his own life.
8:00 PM Nov 1, 2014
A news reporter in Nashville called me recently when a public information officer with the Metropolitan Development and Housing Agency refused to release a document that had been voted upon a few days earlier by a subcommittee of the public agency’s board of directors.
2:00 PM Oct 28, 2014
This column was written before we returned to the Southwest corner last Saturday.
3:00 PM Oct 14, 2014
The first two years are critical to a university student.
4:00 PM Oct 11, 2014
Depending on the dictionary source, stigma is defined as “a mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality of person”. An example for the word’s use is “the stigma of mental disorder”. As a mental health professional, I’m incensed by their example.
4:00 PM Oct 9, 2014
Tucked inside the 4H building at the Minnesota State Fair is a working museum filled with old presses, two Linotypes and other features of a 1930s-era newspaper.
3:00 PM Oct 7, 2014
There are hundreds of beautiful towns in the United States. And each of them has a claim to fame.
5:00 PM Oct 4, 2014
Earlier this month, Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey, House Speaker Beth Harwell and I convened key stakeholders in K-12 education from across the state for Tennessee’s Education Summit: Progress of the Past, Present and Future.