We had another one of “those” mornings.
Wednesday, July 01, 2020
Summer produce is in season, and vendors at the Lebanon and Mt. Juliet farmers’ markets are meeting their sales targets despite some early concerns about COVID-19.
As night falls, colors burst across the sky — it’s fireworks season in Wilson County.
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
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 …
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…
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…
The Sherry’s Run 5K Run/Walk will be held on Saturday, Sept. 12 as a virtual event.
The Wilson County Fair Livestock Shows will go on as planned for the 2020 season at the Wilson County Fairgrounds.
Wednesday, June 10, 2020
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
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…
A recent donation to Sherry’s Run will assist in the important work the organization carries out on a year-round basis.
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…
Phil Baylor was stuck in his house for two months and ready to hit the road, but although his local car show scene had yet to restart its engines, a cruise-in at the Lebanon Outlet Mall lifted his spirits.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
Webster’s Dictionary defines alarmist as “one disposed to expect or prophesy calamity.”
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
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.
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.
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…
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.
Wednesday, May 06, 2020
This will definitely be a “victory garden” year and it’s easy to see that fact with the lack of seeds, plants, and garden supplies in our local stores.
Tuesday, May 05, 2020
Normal is not the same for everyone, just as stress is not the same. During this time, everyone’s normal is very different than just a very few months ago. Now, doing everyday tasks may seem difficult to accomplish. This can become stressful for even the ones that did not stress about much b…
Wednesday, April 29, 2020
If you’re like me, you’re a gardener who procrastinates. This year has not been a year of procrastination though since everyone is staying home. Gardening is on everyone’s mind and we now have more time to do it. My garden this year looks the best it has looked in years because I’m spending …
Many people are receiving an economic stimulus check. What are you going to do with your money? Sit down together with your family and prepare a plan. It’s a proven fact that managed money goes further.
Rick Heronemus’ 75th birthday started out the same as any other day since he began self-isolating nearly two months ago, but then the fire horn sounded — the signal for his wife Valerie to bring him outside.
Wednesday, April 15, 2020
Have you ever dreamed of being a marathon runner but haven’t had the time to properly train or the thought is just too daunting? UT-TSU Extension in Wilson County has joined forces with UT Extension in Robertson and Smith counties to host May Marathon Month! This is a personal challenge that…
Spring is just around the corner with the possibility of lush green pastures that cattle wait for at the end of winter. These grasses will be lush and your cows will tear a fence down to get on the green pastures, but these grasses will be full of moisture and potentially diluted of minerals…
I have no idea what to write about. Initially, I thought about recycling an old column, but considering how drastically the times have changed over the last few weeks, it just didn’t make sense.
The most carefree days of my boyhood were spent in the Brim Hollow, the home of my maternal grandparents, Will Herod and Lena Brim. Throughout the years, the memories of sights and sounds have often taken me back there.
Wednesday, April 08, 2020
The way Becky and I write Telling Tales, is that each week we take a turn writing our weekly column. The week before last was my turn and I pretty much failed.
You’ve heard of March Madness? It’s a phrase associated with each year’s NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament. The tournament is amateur sports at its very best. Each spring the tournament features upsets, surprises, “Cinderellas,” human interest stories, heart-stopping, last-second wins, and cr…
Efficient forage production is key for a cattle operation to be profitable. Feed is the most expensive input for livestock. Since the cheapest way to feed cattle is through grazing, a goal of every cattle producer should be to reduce the amount of hay and stored feed used each year and graze…
Cumberland University has moved the annual Phoenix Ball to Saturday, Aug. 1, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event was originally scheduled for June 6.
If my voicemails and emails are any indication of the amount of gardening that’s going to occur this year, this year will definitely be all about vegetable gardening.
Wednesday, April 01, 2020
So, it’s my turn to write a funny article for the paper and my nerves are a little shot. Between worrying about COVID-19 and the health of my family, friends and employees, I don’t know that I have any funny left in me right now. Instead, I looked through some old articles to try find one to…
Wilson County Fair’s title sponsor is truly stepping up to support our community and our nation during this time of uncertainty and change because of the pandemic of COVID-19. Mid-South Ford shared an article that ran in The Detroit News on March 24.
I doubt that very many people ever heard of Sal Hackett. I would further imagine even fewer people knew him. For the most part, he lived out his life on the Hackett farm in the Lock 7 community of Smith County.
Wednesday, March 25, 2020
Someone has said common sense is not so common. In reality, common sense is really uncommon sense. Some have described common sense as “walking around sense,” implying one’s being in touch with every day reality.
Wednesday, March 18, 2020
Remember the story of Chicken Little? There are many versions. According to one version there was this chicken named Chicken Little. One day, while taking a walk, Chicken Little found himself (or herself) under an apple tree. As Chicken Little stood under the tree minding his own business, a…
As I turn on the television and watch the Sunday evening news, fear grows in me.
Wednesday, March 11, 2020
In 2007, a group of concerned Wilson Countians came together to form the Wilson County Agricultural Hall of Fame. Since Wilson County was founded back in 1799, agriculture has been a cornerstone of this community. To recognize the contributions of the many folks involved in agriculture to ou…
Wednesday, March 04, 2020
Playhouse 615, a new performing arts company, will debut this week with a musical revue at Courtney’s Restaurant in Mt. Juliet.
My wife, Kathy, and I celebrated Valentine’s Day the weekend before the big day this year. Our timing could not have been better. On Friday morning, we woke up to a light blanket of snow gracing the middle Tennessee landscape. Early afternoon found us headed east where we encountered more sn…
They come for the stimulation. They come for the conversation. They come for the dancing and they come for the art.
Library board to roast Mitchell on March 24
Eighth grader Max Taylor has a lifelong passion for music and dreams of drumming for Lebanon High School’s marching band. Seven-year-old Derek Lawson first picked up a pair of sticks in October as a fun emotional outlet.