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.”
9:50 AM Mar 9, 2013
“You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who'll decide where to go.” — Dr. Seuss The last time I was asked to read ...
9:50 AM Mar 2, 2013
“Like everyone else who makes the mistake of getting older, I begin each day with coffee and obituaries.”
10:00 AM Feb 23, 2013
This week has been big for economic development in Wilson County, and according to G.C. Hixson, executive director of the Joint Economic and Community Development Board of Wilson County, the future looks bright. The Democrat’s confirmation Thursday of Starbucks’ anticipated mo...
9:30 AM Feb 23, 2013
“Newman and I were friends. We were great teammates, and he needs to check his trophy case on that Daytona 500 trophy I helped him get years ago.”
9:50 AM Feb 9, 2013
“Printer’s ink is the great apostle of progress, whose pulpit is the press.”
9:00 AM Feb 6, 2013
The great American philosopher Will Rogers once said, “The business of government is to keep the government out of business – that is, unless business needs government aid.” That statement couldn’t be more true in Lebanon today. Mayor Philip Craighead’s dream...
10:15 AM Jan 26, 2013
“All fathers are invisible in daytime; daytime is ruled by mothers, and fathers come out at night. Darkness brings home fathers, with their real, unspeakable power. There is more to fathers than meets the eye.” — Margaret Atwood At the writing of ...

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