Wednesday, September 23, 2020
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I was back in the Grand Canyon riding a mule a couple of weeks back — something I have done many times in the past 20 years. My love of mules and mule riding take me back to my boyhood days in the Brim Hollow. My grandfather Brim had two mules, Kate and Liz (That’s Liz with a long “I,” as in…

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It feels like Oz lately. Like someone is manning the controls and manipulating everything we see, do, and think. It’s like we are being forced to wear green glasses in order to see the city as emerald and not because we are living in the emerald city. To put it in 21st century terms, it’s li…

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Hundreds of classic cars, customs and bikes drove in to the Wilson County Fairgrounds over the weekend for the 15th Annual Redneck Rumble Car Show & Swap Meet.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020
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Plan to check your credit reports once a year. It’s free and can save you major credit hassles. The Fair Credit Reporting Act gives you one free credit report per year from three of the major credit bureaus. The bureaus are Equifax, Experian and TransUnion. It’s a good idea to check your rep…

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I’m not quite sure when the word “stress” became so prominent in the modern vocabulary. When I was growing up the word was seldom used. My mother, a father’s wife, and busy homemaker, and mother of five never mentioned the word “stress” in our hearing, and I know she was often times pushed t…

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On day one, Jackson woke up with a headache and a runny nose. That sounds benign, cute even. But a 5-year-old headache and runny nose is totally different than a 16-year-old headache and runny nose. A 5-year-old needs snuggles, a swig of liquid Tylenol, and cinnamon toast. A 16-year-old need…

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Although there is really no “slack time” for a cattle producer, hopefully as fall rolls around you will be able to devote some time to your pasture and grass hay weed management program. According to Neil Rhodes, weed management specialist, this is an excellent time to review your notes from…

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Over the past few years, I’ve seen an influx of landscapes including edible plants. This concept of edible landscaping has really taken off and blueberries are leading the charge. In the spring you are greeted with delicate bell-shaped white flowers. During the summer you will be harvesting …

Wednesday, September 09, 2020
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I have been accused of commenting on the circle of life. I stand in another position today as I look back on life. Life has, in my opinion, three circles each within our lifetime and each purposeful and in preparation for the next one ahead.

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My thoughts often take me back to my earliest years in Sunday School Class. From the time I began in the “card” class, Mrs. Johnnie Mae Denton made sure her students learned the great stories in the Old Testament. Those stories which come quickest to mind are “Abraham and Isaac,” “Moses and …

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If you’re one of those people who took the last few months to get healthier, get stronger and become more in tune with you inner-self, then we’re probably not friends.

Wednesday, September 02, 2020
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Late summer marks a fascinating time of the year for me. It is usually in the month named after Caesar Augustus that the rustle of leaves stirred by the wind takes on a different sound. It is to me the first sign that fall is near.

Wednesday, August 26, 2020
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One of the things I have noticed since the beginning of the coronavirus crisis and with the ongoing urban demonstrations and rioting in our land is an increasing absence of joy among our people.

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This weekend as I scrolled through Facebook, I saw so many moms and dads taking their kids to college for the first time. I knew exactly what they were going through! It’s a sad time for the parents and an exciting one for our kids. We are scared for them and they are often fearless, which s…

Wednesday, August 19, 2020
Wednesday, August 12, 2020
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I am not a horseman. I have never claimed to be. I grew up on a farm with cattle and hogs, cats and dogs. The only horse I vividly remember was “ ‘Ol’ Charlie,” a big, black, work horse. By the time I was old enough to be around him he had been replaced with a Super “A” Farmall tractor. He w…

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Tracy Underwood, who owns A.J.’s Flowers & Gifts in Lebanon with her mother Marcia Pruitte, has always loved seeing green bows hanging in support of Sherry’s Run throughout the community.

Wednesday, August 05, 2020
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I heard and read a while back with both disdain and amazement that state bureaucrats in New York had deemed some kid’s games unsafe due to safety risks. Among the games listed were freeze tag, kick the can, red rover, dodge ball, and (will someone help me please!) Wiffle ball ... Wiffle ball…

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I do it every time. EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. We pick the place. We plan the logistics of travel routes. We secure reservations. Then begins the countdown. The countdown of the inevitable emotional breakdown because no one, not even yours truly, is living up to the unrealistic expectations I set …

Tuesday, August 04, 2020
Wednesday, July 29, 2020
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I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not but there seems to be lot of purging going on in our world these days. There are those among us who are intent on removing any vestige of our history which they find offensive. This purging has been on full display in recent months as statues honoring me…

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The disruptions from COVID-19 continue, and the U.S. Census Bureau has developed a survey to measure social and economic impacts of this pandemic. University of Tennessee Extension has received several inquiries about this survey.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020
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The performing arts have been thrown into a world of uncertainty with COVID-19, but Wilson County’s community theaters are back in action and looking to help people unwind.

Wednesday, July 08, 2020
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In a million years, I never thought I’d write an article about mask personalities. But here we are and like it or not, we are in this mess, so we might as well find something to laugh about.

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On this the anniversary of the Declaration of Independence I am moved to write of my love for our homeland, the United States of America.

Wednesday, July 01, 2020
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The Broadway production of Porgy and Bess featured a George Gershwin tune titled “Summertime.” One line in the song went like this: “Summer time and the livin’ is easy.” When I think back on the summers of my boyhood, I don’t remember any of them being particularly “easy.”

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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June Dairy Month started out as a way to distribute extra milk during the warm months of summer. The commemoration was established in 1937 by grocer organizations sponsoring “National Milk Month.” By 1939, June became the official “dairy month.” ‘Yeah for ice cream in the summer! Can’t beat …

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Pumpkins are generally planted the middle of June if you are looking for fall decorations, but be sure to look at the days of maturity. It’s always good to plant a diverse group of pumpkins so that you can have that fresh pumpkin pie in the fall also. Some pumpkins are more ornamental instea…

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Matching our mind and body can help us stress less and live healthier lives. Research shows the mind and physical body are connected. Chronic emotional and mental stress can increase risk of many chronic diseases. Stress reduction practices such as mindfulness can help change the bodies reac…

Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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The Wilson County Fair, a signature event that draws more than 500,000 people to Lebanon every summer, has been canceled because of the coronavirus.

Wednesday, June 03, 2020
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I never fully appreciated the amount of food my parents had to purchase between 1974-1999. During that time, one or more of their six children were teenagers. This means that on any given month, they were spending more on food than their mortgage, electricity, and water combined. No wonder w…

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A recent donation to Sherry’s Run will assist in the important work the organization carries out on a year-round basis.

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My wife, Kathy, and I visited Gatlinburg again a couple of weekends ago. We had anticipated our favorite motor lodge would be re-opened, but we arrived a week too early. In checking with the Gatlinburg Chamber of Commerce we found a list of properties which were back in business. We were abl…

Wednesday, May 27, 2020
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My friends and I are in the almost “empty nest” stage of life. Our children are either in their final years of high school or have recently graduated and are moving on with their own lives.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020
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I’m not quite sure from where the motivation came, but years ago one of my goals, when I began to seriously make the professional speaking circuit, was to make a speech in each of the 50 United States.

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We sat in the rocking chairs at Saddlebrook this past week and the conversations varied in many directions. Who is moving in or who is moving out? Where did you get your mask and it matches your outfit.

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I wouldn’t make it. I am so positive of this that I’ve instructed my husband that if an apocalypse befalls, he is to cut me loose. This is not an act of martyrdom. This is the cold, hard truth of accepting that I’m not equipped to handle a Jupiter Effect, Zombie, Interplanetary Contamination…

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The majority of Tennessee Valley Authority developed recreation areas and six dam reservation campgrounds reopened Friday. The areas were closed in March as part of the overall federal and state response to slowing the spread of the COVID-19 virus.