10:00 AM Apr 25, 2013
I am a music fiend. As I type this column, my beloved Sony noise-canceling earbuds blare a Boston Pops Orchestra rendition of The Nutcracker’s Pas de Deux and block out everything but my computer screen and the music. My coworkers know by this point if they want my attention, ...
10:20 AM Apr 24, 2013
Wilson County is blessed to be the home of so many charitable individuals. Tuesday at Pine Creek Golf Course, locals and celebrities gathered with a common goal - helping local children who might not otherwise have the opportunity to be able to open gifts on Christmas morning. More than 20...
5:22 AM Apr 24, 2013
The good news is I made it to the last session of Lean in Lebanon, but it was touch and go there for a while. Last Thursday, I was feeling a bit out of sorts and, of course, started looking for excuses not to attend Lean in Lebanon. I had a city council budget meeting, my asthma was...
8:01 AM Apr 19, 2013
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.” — Bill Gates Friday morning, ...
12:00 PM Apr 18, 2013
It’s not unusual for lawmakers to officially honor people, businesses and organizations. I would wager most, if not all, have proposed dozens of such resolutions during their terms in office. And those resolutions mean a lot to the people being honored; it’s nice to get ...
12:10 PM Apr 11, 2013
When I heard Thursday that a director signed on to remake the ‘90s classic, “Point Break, I was aghast. Part of me understands studios’ un-ending need to remake great – and not-so-great – movies, but that doesn’t mean I like it. Many of these movi...
10:50 AM Apr 6, 2013
“I learned to put 100 percent into what you're doing. I learned about setting goals for yourself, knowing where you want to be and taking small steps toward those goals. I learned about adversity and how to get past it.”
11:00 AM Apr 5, 2013
I’ve always envied skydivers. I don’t necessarily envy the 130-mile-per-hour fall from 14,000 feet. “I never understood why anyone would want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane,” my dad, a pilot for 30 years, liked to say. I can’t say that ...
6:00 AM Apr 4, 2013
If Tuesday’s antics from Wilson County Board of Education chairman Don Weathers and education consultant Wayne Qualls were any indication, a letter further delaying the release of open records regarding Wilson County director of schools candidates’ resumes should come as no surprise. ...
5:38 PM Apr 3, 2013
After a week of waiting, pursuing and generally begging on behalf of Wilson County taxpayers and voters, a request was fulfilled Tuesday by Wilson County Board of Education chairman Don Weathers to release the names of those who have applied for the director of schools position. The Lebano...
11:00 AM Mar 29, 2013
There’s nothing to get a person planning like a 5-minute reprieve from winter does. Don’t get me wrong; I love winter. When it snows. But temperatures were barely out of the 40s before I started planning my upcoming adventures in the great outdoors. And I have to ...
11:20 AM Mar 28, 2013
The drawing board at Cumberland University is full of ideas these days for the future of the college and its presence as a leader in Wilson County. There’s little doubt those plans will place the university’s current and future students in a position where they need to be to g...
11:00 AM Mar 23, 2013
Students and teachers will return from a much-needed two-week vacation Monday as spring break comes to an end in Wilson County for another year. Now the real work and the final push begin. As it stands now, students and teachers alike will have about a month’s worth of instruc...
10:50 AM Mar 23, 2013
Nearly every week when I sit down to write my column, I consider a topic and find an inspirational quote to accompany it. While it’s sometimes the 11th hour before my muse visits to drop off that topic, I knew on Tuesday what I’d be writing about this week. Billy Carr wa...
7:40 AM Mar 20, 2013
We were just going through a normal Tuesday morning at The Lebanon Democrat when news trickled in that Billy Carr had died. For the few who didn’t know him, it’s hard to sum up Billy in a few words. At one point or another, he had done just about every behind the scenes job at ...
10:50 AM Mar 16, 2013
According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, U.S. gasoline consumption in the first quarter of 2012 averaged about 8.5 million barrels a day. And that was down from a peak 9.3 million barrels per day in 2007. On Friday, AAA reported a gallon of regular unleaded cost an average...
2:30 AM Mar 16, 2013
“A popular government, without popular information, or the means of acquiring it, is but a prologue to a farce or a tragedy; or, perhaps, both.”

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