Thursday, October 07, 2021
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Susan G. Komen, the world’s leading breast cancer organization, recently recognized two widely respected and innovative breast cancer researchers, announcing that Dr. Carlos Caldas and Dr. Judy Garber have been selected as this year’s recipients of the Brinker Awards – Komen’s highest scient…

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A team of Vanderbilt radiologists has published a manuscript in the Journal of Breast Imaging with recommendations for providing equitable breast care to an increasingly diverse population in the United States.

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Women who are longtime smokers could potentially save their lives by undergoing lung screens on the same day they schedule mammograms, according to a study by Vanderbilt researchers published in the Journal of Medical Screening.

Wednesday, October 06, 2021
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Susan G. Komen has announced breast cancer research grants totaling $14 million, including funding for three separate initiatives led by Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center researchers.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2021
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The end of February is the ideal planting time for many of my kitchen staples. These include vegetables that are in the allium family. Growing up, I was not a huge fan of onions, but I feel that it is imperative that every kitchen has at least has three onions ready at any time. Where would …

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The COVID-19 pandemic has created a money crunch for many Tennessee families. Reduced work hours, furloughs and unemployment threaten financial livelihoods, forcing families to reevaluate normal habits of earning, spending and saving. University of Tennessee Extension is partnering with Amer…

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My son Joseph and I have a small cow herd — 30 mama cows in all. I stay involved for two reasons. First, it keeps me tied to the land and to my past. Secondly, it contributes to my mental health. Joseph partners with me because he thinks he’s making money. Of course, raising cattle is not wi…

Wednesday, February 17, 2021
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Recently, my mom gave me several books she had worked on last year that were filled with family photos from both sides of my family. This special gift not only showed to me how much she loves me, but also reminded me how important it is to stay connected to family. Learning about family hist…

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Gardeners are very impatient people and shouldn’t be too eager to start their seedlings inside. It’s easy to get into a rush because seed catalogs start hitting our mailboxes around December. With pandemic gardening rolling over into 2021, many seed companies are having to shut off their web…

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For a decorated car show enthusiast like Lebanon’s Rod Reprogle, life has been full of surprises. But a recent and unexpected exchange with an old friend brought him to tears.

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Sometimes I wonder if I spend too much of my time looking back. I certainly don’t believe in attempting to live in the past. But I am convinced of the importance of taking the best of your past with you as you take on the future.

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One of my favorite memories growing up was playing house with my little brother and little sister. “Our House” consisted of a few blankets, old milk crates, inoperable lamps and the last and most important ingredient — a vivid imagination. This kept us busy for hours. No one explained how to…

Wednesday, February 10, 2021
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I spoke to Dad earlier. He shared what his day consisted of thus far. He ate his usual yogurt with “crunchie stuff” for breakfast. Shortly after, his coffee kicked in then nature took its course. One shower and two bottles of water later, he sat down to watch his favorite episode of “Walker,…

Wednesday, February 03, 2021
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I love to watch the television show “Hoarders.” I’ll usually watch it in the early morning hours, on a Saturday, when all my family is fast asleep.

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We used to call them “blue jeans.” Now we call them “jeans.” Jeans are as much a part of Americana as baseball, hot dogs and apple pie. In my 60-plus years I have observed an interesting, and sometimes amusing, evolution in jean fashion. What started out as sublime now borders on the ridicul…

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With more and more people eating at home, it is important to understand how to adapt recipes to make easier on the home cook. Many recipes can be cut in half or thirds. Use the following measurements if you would like to make 1/2 or 1/3 of a recipe.

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Even though the garden is pretty bare this time of year there is still plenty to be done in the garden. With seed companies selling record numbers of seeds this year it seems that gardeners are already buying up their seeds. If you haven’t purchased your seeds for 2021, it may not be a bad i…

Wednesday, January 27, 2021
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My parenting style has evolved with each child. In the beginning, I thought it was my job to protect my children in such a way that nothing bad would ever happen to them. When my oldest was born, any signal of discomfort was catered to. It wasn’t long before that little boy knew exactly what…

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Business speaker Jim Rohn has said “of the two great eternities that exert a pull on your life — one is called the past, the other is called the future — make sure the greatest pull on your life is the pull of the future. Because you can’t go back.” Paul, the apostle, said it this way: “forg…

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Each year I try to focus my garden on different things. Sometimes they work out and sometimes they are a failure. Gardens should try different things each year and you might be surprised at how something grows in your garden. Here’s three things that I’m trying this year and hopefully you’ll…

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Wilson Rides Inc. was recently given a $5,000 donation by the Caleres/Famous Footwear distribution center in Lebanon. From left are Jon Holler, Famous Footwear director of retail transportation & operations; Maggie Lea, Wilson Rides president; Susan Shaw, Wilson County project administra…

Wednesday, January 13, 2021
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Jan. 9, 1922, is the birthday of my late father, Frank Thomas McCall Sr. A veteran of World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps in the European theater. As an airplane mechanic he never saw combat, but he lost his pilot and best friend who stepped on a land mine while taking a walk in …

Wednesday, January 06, 2021
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Granville’s Sutton Ole Time Music Hour, a bluegrass show performed at the Sutton General Store since 2008, will be livestreamed without an audience each week in January due to COVID-19.

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When I was in 5th grade, I begged and begged and begged my parents to “please, for the love of everything good and holy let me wear makeup.” They said no. They said no in 6th grade and 7th grade. By 8th grade, they caved and allowed me to wear face powder and lip gloss.

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Well, it seems like yesterday I was writing about the beginning of 2020. I’m being serious. When I began to play my treasured Christmas music back in late November, I had a feeling I had just been listening to it a few months before. There just doesn’t seem to be as much time between annual …

Wednesday, December 30, 2020
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Jarret and Brianne Brozik have made a Christmas tradition of turning their yard into a winter wonderland, and this year’s addition may be the biggest yet.

Wednesday, December 23, 2020
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Every so often, while in conversation with another mom or dad, one will say, “Be glad you have boys. At least you don’t have to worry about fill in the blank.” We are usually talking about teenage hormones, self-esteem, or dating. I’m positive no one ever makes statements like that to minimi…

Wednesday, December 16, 2020
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I’m going to continue my articles challenging some common garden myths and legends that many of us take for fact now. The goal is to dispel some common myths that I see floating on social media and give you more information so that you can be a plant nerd, too. All of these myths will be gre…

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The holiday season is here. With Thanksgiving in the not so distant past and other holidays fast approach- ing you may find yourself stressed to the max. Gifts to purchase and wrap, remembering to move the elf, activities to plan, dinners to cook and making safe plans for family traditions. …

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For more than three decades I’ve either been on a diet, researching a diet, trying a new “as seen on TV” miracle ab machine/cellulite cream or starving my way into a new dress or bathing suit. In between attempts, I “weight” around for the next fad to pop up. Every Monday for as long as I ca…

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A few years back, bestselling author John Grisham published a book titled “Skipping Christmas.” It is a delightful story about a family, the Kranks, who decide to skip Christmas all together — no Christmas tree, no holiday parties, no presents. Ultimately, things do not work out the way the …

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This year’s Mt. Juliet Christmas Parade, “Hometown Heroes,” celebrated first responders, health care workers, teachers and many more who have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Wednesday, December 09, 2020
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Looking back on the days of my youth, I suppose there were no days that passed by more slowly than those between Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Eve.