6:00 PM Jul 24, 2014
There are several words that are called “fighting words” these days, but “Common Core State Standards” may head the list in public education.
5:00 PM Jul 11, 2014
Today was a perfect day to mow the lawn. Bright and sunny, the birds were singing, the bees were busy. Yes, today was the perfect day to mow the lawn. As was every day for the last three weeks. If only my lawnmower weren’t down at Snuffy’s Small Engine Repair and Produce.
3:00 PM Jul 5, 2014
In a unanimous decision issued last week, the U.S. Supreme Court strengthened privacy rights by ruling that police in most cases must obtain a search warrant before reviewing the data stored in cellphones.
3:00 PM Jul 2, 2014
On Thursday, Tennessee lost a hero and a distinguished statesman, and I lost a friend and mentor.
12:00 PM Jun 28, 2014
• Nov. 15, 1925: Baker is born in Huntsville to Howard Henry Baker and Dora Ladd Baker.
7:00 PM Jun 18, 2014
Gov. Bill Haslam’s plan to combat prescription drug abuse focuses on reducing the amount of medication prescribed in the state while increasing the resources for intervention and treatment.
9:00 PM Jun 6, 2014
My family and I are excited about the opportunity we have before us to own, operate, and rejuvenate Wilson County’s Superspeedway.
6:00 PM May 29, 2014
Summer vacation for Tennessee’s students is upon us. It’s a time when children can enjoy being outdoors, playing video games or doing any of the other fun things they like to do. It’s also a time when they often forget a significant portion of what they learned in school the year before.
5:00 PM May 23, 2014
On Tuesday, the Tennessee Department of Education announced that third- through eighth-grade Quick Scores, the portion of students’ final grades that come from TCAP testing as mandated by state law, would not be available until May 30th. This means that elementary and middle schools across the state will either fail to follow the legal reporting standards or will be required to distribute final report cards twice in one month.
10:00 PM May 21, 2014
Cancer…Wow, never thought I’d hear that word on my 72nd birthday. I heard those words last year, and my life changed. I thought I was doing all the right things, going for checkups, having mammograms, trying to exercise a little each day and staying busy with my family, friends, crafts and spending time between Lebanon and my home in the Smoky Mountains.
7:00 PM May 9, 2014
In most small towns, the biggest and most elegant building on Main Street is the funeral home. Or an old-age home. These buildings always look as if they might be the starring attraction in Stephen King’s next novel.
10:00 PM May 2, 2014
In most small towns, the biggest and most elegant building on Main Street is the funeral home. Or an old-age home. These buildings always look as if they might be the starring attraction in Stephen King’s next novel.
6:00 PM May 1, 2014
On Wednesday morning, I visited Fayetteville in Lincoln County, where we lost two Tennesseans as a result of Monday’s tornadoes. Crissy’s and my deepest sympathies and prayers go out to all affected by these devastating storms.
9:00 AM Apr 15, 2014
Last month, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush was in Nashville and joined U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and me for a great discussion about education and workforce readiness.
9:00 AM Apr 10, 2014
One of the things we remember most about the late President Ronald Reagan is what he said about government programs: “The closest you will come to eternal life on this Earth is a government program.”
9:00 AM Mar 27, 2014
Sporadic outbursts of reasonable legislating erupted in Nashville last week, with lawmakers advancing a few beneficial bills while killing or blocking some misguided ones.
8:00 PM Mar 26, 2014
Subterranean termites are the most destructive wood-feeding insect in Tennessee, and even though they do their part to recycle dead and fallen trees back into the soil, termites can also attack the wood, paper and other wood scrap sources around a home, according to University of Tennessee entomologist, Dr. Karen Vail.