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Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation to host Flick N’ Float for July

The Murfreesboro Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a free outdoor movie at SportsCom’s “Boro Beach” outdoor pool on Wednesday, July 9. Bring your own float for the pool or a blanket to watch poolside.

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The Moving Picture Boys screen Shovels & Rope documentary at Nashville Film Festival
The Moving Picture Boys screen Shovels & Rope documentary at Nashville Film Festival

The Nashville Film Festival is set to take place April 17-26 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Green Hills Stadium 16 and Downtown Nashville.

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BURRISS: New ‘Noah’ movie creates controversy

 

The release of the latest Bible-based movie, “Noah,” has reignited the debate about the relationships between Christianity, or religion in general, and Hollywood. But the controversy is not simply about how religion is portrayed.

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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Making the most of movie momentum

For decades we in the Bible belt have been decrying the decline of television and the movie industry. It seemed that with every new entertainment season the direction of Hollywood was to mock, misrepresent and malign every moral sentiment and family value that we held sacred.

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'Echoes from a Cathedral' to feature classical works

On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Middle Tennessee State University Concert Chorale and Middle Tennessee Choral Society will present "Echoes from a Cathedral" at MTSU.

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Gospel group to sing at Trinity United Methodist

Gospel quartet Work in Progress will be singing at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m.

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BURRISS: Reporters need survival skills given political climate

When my fellow professors and I talk to journalism students about job opportunities, we often mention the chance to travel to exotic lands and to experience first-hand events that readers and viewers are only going to see and read about.

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LOGUE: Pedophiles keep slipping into education system

How do pedophiles find their way into the teaching profession?

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Wanna hear The WannaBeatles?
Wanna hear The WannaBeatles?

Gladeville music minister rocks with Fab Four sound-alikes

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'An Oriental Monsoon' blows into town Thursday
'An Oriental Monsoon' blows into town Thursday

The forecast calls for “An Oriental Monsoon” at Middle Tennessee State University as a powerful, swirling display of light and sound heads for residents.

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Tennessee Valley Winds to take center stage
Tennessee Valley Winds to take center stage

The Tennessee Valley Winds will perform a free concert under the direction of composer Robert Sheldon on Thursday, Feb. 6, at Middle Tennessee State University.

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WOODY: Athletes owe it to fans to speak up
WOODY: Athletes owe it to fans to speak up

When I read that the NFL had fined Seattle running back Marshawn Lynch $50,000 for refusing to talk to the media during the regular season, I had one reaction: good.

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VINSON: Bloodshed on Senate floor prescursor to Civil War?

Right off, allow me to declare I am not a Civil War historian or expert by any stretch of the imagination.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Diary will provide memories forever
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Diary will provide memories forever

You may have noticed that I skirted by new year’s resolutions this year.

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BURRISS: People have right to know what data are collected

With all of the news about the National Security Agency tracking our cell phones and emails, it is easy to forget that it is not just the federal government that is collecting information about us.

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LOGUE: Defending Sherman's rant makes no sense
LOGUE: Defending Sherman's rant makes no sense

The rationalizations of Richard Sherman’s behavior by some members of the chattering class are rather interesting.

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MyTV30 introduces 'High School Hoops' to area
MyTV30 introduces 'High School Hoops' to area

Two Rutherford County high school rivals faced off on the hardwood last week when Oakland and Blackman met in another key District 7-AAA game.

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Springhouse Theatre to present 'Pride and Prejudice'
Springhouse Theatre to present 'Pride and Prejudice'

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the Springhouse Theatre Company, located at 14119 Old Nashville Highway, will present Jane Austen’s "Pride and Prejudice," beginning next month.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: American flicks help teach foreign students

Ever since the world’s first motion picture exhibition was given in New York City in 1894 on one of Thomas Edison’s Kinetoscopes, the United States has consistently dominated the world of film-making.

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Tankards wrap up 1st season of reality show

Murfreesboro family stars in hit series

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WOODY: What is real reason for freezing temperatures?
WOODY: What is real reason for freezing temperatures?

Outside the cave an icy wind howled and snow and sleet swirled, but inside it was nice and toasty as Org hunkered by his campfire roasting a mammoth haunch and watching the sports channel.

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VINSON: Parking lot would have been smarter choice

Unless you’re wandering around lost in the parking lot, you should be familiar with, at least, the rudiments of the scandal involving New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.

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DADS 2 DADS: Try to be 'that guy' even from a distance

When we started writing this column, we said we would tackle only those common ordinary hurdles of fatherhood.

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BURRISS: Is net neutrality worth it?
BURRISS: Is net neutrality worth it?

Service providers have expended great sums of money on Internet infrastructure, so should they not be allowed to set whatever rates they want, with more favorable rates going to the largest users?

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Public Notice Week gives citizens reasons to celebrate

Starting Tuesday, April 1, Tennessee newspapers that print public notices will also post them on the newspaper’s local website and upload them to a statewide website, www.tnpublicnotice.com, operated by the Tennessee Press Association.

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LETTER: Mooseheart provides real help

Since July 1913, Moosheart has provided opportunities for children whose families have fallen on considerable hardship.

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WHITTLE: Am I really here?

As I near 70, it has dawned on me – I’m here, but I’m not.

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HUNTER: Home has been sweet for MTSU squads

In the 40 years that the Murphy Center has been open, both the MTSU men's and women's teams have enjoyed a lot of success inside the “Glass House.”

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LETTER: Government should leave care to doctors

As a health care provider, I must provide personalized care to every one of my patients.

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Out Front On Main to present musical

Out Front On Main Inc. will present “Evil Dead: The Musical” beginning Thursday, Jan. 23.

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VINSON: Boy offers defining moment with story

At first, it struck me as the movie “Big Fat Liar” meets the television series “Married with Children.”

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WOODY: Fascination with cooking shows is baffling

Every time I turn on the TV, there is a new cooking show. There are celebrity chefs, reality shows and even an entire channel devoted to food.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Recent deaths certainly hit home
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Recent deaths certainly hit home

Our daughter, Anne, became engaged in February 2005, and hours later one of her friends called to chat about it, saying: “And they’re getting married in May and moving to New York.”

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LOGUE: Canada's prostitution stance worth examining
LOGUE: Canada's prostitution stance worth examining

The world’s oldest profession just might be in for some new legal wrangling.

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BURRISS: Copyright laws sometimes make no sense

A couple of weeks ago, a Chicago judge ruled that the characters Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John H. Watson have lost most of their copyright protection, and are in the public domain.

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MTSU alumnus brings cooking skills to 'The Taste'

Known for his tasty celebrity cake creations, Jay Qualls is bringing his culinary know-how to reality TV as one of 16 competitors on the cooking contest “The Taste,” which recently launched its second season on ABC.

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Borovino coming to Murfreesboro

The Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center will host the Third Annual Borovino wine tasting event on Saturday, Jan. 25.

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'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions
'America's Got Talent' to hold auditions

Residents are invited to show off their talents for the chance to compete for a $1 million dollar prize on the upcoming season of “America’s Got Talent.”

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Library plans 'Downton Abbey' tea party

To celebrate the return of “Downton Abbey” for its fourth season on PBS, the La Vergne Public Library is hosting a tea party for fans of the show.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Frank's bits might not be best gift after all

While gathering birthday gifts for my daughter, Anne, this week, I found a hidden treasure in the basement that I planned to send.

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HALE: Biggio gets raw deal for 2nd straight year

Some people in this profession continue to amaze me, particularly those who are fortunate to vote on the Baseball Hall of Fame.

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Unleash your inner rock star at music camp

Carpe Artista is now accepting registrations for its third annual rock ‘n’ roll camp for adults, Jukebox Hero.

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WOODY: Remote works wonders if you want to duck ‘Dynasty’
WOODY: Remote works wonders if you want to duck ‘Dynasty’

As I followed the recent “Duck Dynasty” uproar, it occurred to me how simple it would be to duck it – and other similar squabbles: If you don’t like something or someone on television, turn the channel.

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BURRISS: Take control of your online choices

With the beginning of the new year, it is time for all those new year's resolutions, those promises we are going to make to try to make our lives better.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Breaking Bad' binge watching made finale not so bad

“Breaking Bad” recently ended its five-season run and has been rated all over the Internet as the greatest TV show of the past decade, if not all time.

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VINSON: Take nothing for granted

For my first column of the year 2014, I had intended to write short review of a story a friend shared with me about some gritty bootlegger relatives who, years ago, behaved rather wildly in the area of Cannon and DeKalb counties.

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Comedian learning the ropes while poking fun at himself
Comedian learning the ropes while poking fun at himself

People would be hard-pressed to find a comedian who was named after his mother's lesbian lover.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Twitter lingo sure has changed communication
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Twitter lingo sure has changed communication

With rapid advances in technology and the popularity of texting, numerous new terms and acronyms have been cropping up in print and in the digital world.

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WOODY: Another silent season for Superspeedway

Middle Tennessee's biggest 2013 racing story was no story.

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LETTER: Survey participation vital for library
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Student-soldier featured in next 'MTSU On the Record'

Efforts to assist students who are military veterans will be the focus of the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.

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WOODY: When mayo hits the fan
WOODY: When mayo hits the fan

A tractor trailer recently crashed on a stretch of I-44 outside Springfield, Mo., spilling 20 tons of mayonnaise on the road.

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VINSON: Traveling to Memphis

When one thinks of Memphis, four areas of historical and cultural significance immediately come to mind: great barbecue, birthplace of blues music, home of Elvis Presley, and, infamously, site of the assassination of Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.

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HUNTER: Winter Olympics just days away

Believe it or not, the 2014 Winter Olympic Games are less than two months away from taking place in Sochi, Russia. Team USA will be hoping for the same success like it had in Vancouver four years ago.

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MTSU alumnus launches reality show

Calling himself a “coachepreneur,” Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Micheal Burt is a leadership coach of the highest order — bold, demanding and encouraging.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: 2013 was good

I’m sure there are those of you out there ready to see 2013 leave, but things have been going well for me this year and I am a little sad to see it go ‑‑ unlike some other years.

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LIVING WELL: Changing your habits key to lasting success

One of the things I noted is most very accomplished people place immense importance on the value of choosing their own habits.

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Shrek to take center stage
Shrek to take center stage

The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts will stage the popular “Shrek the Musical” beginning Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.

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Get ready to boogie on Broadway
Get ready to boogie on Broadway

Artists to take Music City for New Year's Eve bash

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BURRISS: Church assured Virginia Santa does exist

In the fall of 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had a problem.

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LETTER: Thank you for showing compassion

I have met more people willing to be so compassionate even when they don’t even know me.

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LOGUE: Memories remain for film stars

Of all the actors who have joined the real stars in the heavens this year, two hold special places in my heart.

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VINSON: Hand jive makes a comeback

I remember those with enough rhythm to pull it off would eagerly hit the dance floor at nightclubs and perform the hand jive.

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WOODY: Stop the presses for Urban haircut?

Don't know if you missed it the other day, amid the floods, fires, famines and assorted other minor distractions, but Keith Urban got a haircut.

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WHITTLE: Recalling Christmases past

It was Christmas Eve 2003, when we laid Momma (Ruby Lee) Whittle to rest in Smyrna’s beautiful Maple View Cemetery.

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LETTER: Country headed down dangerous path

Trading constitutionally backed freedoms for security is a dangerous path.

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BURRISS: Private companies share blame too
BURRISS: Private companies share blame too

Two things seem to have gotten people really stirred up about privacy lately: the revelations that the National Security Agency has a massive program of data mining and the fact that so many companies are collecting an inordinate amount of it about each of us.

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LOGUE: Reality TV continues to get out of hand

Reality television inches closer and closer to becoming a parody of itself, but the comedy is so dark that it’s not always easy to laugh.

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WOODY: To tree or not to tree?
WOODY: To tree or not to tree?

About this time of year, we have the great Christmas tree debate at our house: To tree or not to tree? That is the question.

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HALE: Random thoughts as Christmas rapidly approaches

I use the Christmas theme because if you want to give a gift to a friend or a relative, apparently there is a bargain out there for you.

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VINSON: Music led to learning about Mandela

Possibly, the biggest gathering of celebrities, heads of state, and religious leaders the world has ever seen took place on Tuesday in a near-100,000 capacity football stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Symphony to perform holiday classics
Symphony to perform holiday classics

'Sounds of Christmas' to celebrate season

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Baking Christmas goodies still fun despite hiccups

I’ve had an opportunity recently to indulge in a pleasure that has evaded me for a couple of years. I’ve been baking Christmas goodies.

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BURRISS: Self-restraint likely best online strategy

Can you sign away your right to criticize a company you do business with?

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LOGUE: Washington puts unique spin on holidays
LOGUE: Washington puts unique spin on holidays

They celebrate the holidays a little differently in the U.S. Capitol, where I have been enjoying a little recreational time with friends.

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LETTER: Time has come to raise minimum wage

Cities that have passed living wage laws require higher than minimum wage so that workers contribute to the local community as consumers.

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Sinatra holiday review opens Friday

Nothing is silent about this night when four singers serve up cool versions of Frank Sinatra mainstays like “Fly Me To The Moon” in a holiday musical review of "Christmas My Way."

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Young Africans to perform at local church
Young Africans to perform at local church

The Young Africans, a group of performers who were all once a part of the African Children’s Choir, will perform Friday, Dec. 20, at Journey Pointe Church.

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Spruce up your iPhone with these apps

Lately, I have been more and more into taking great pictures with my iPhone 5, and I have found the best apps around that will help you take better photos on your iPhone’s 10-meagpixel camera.

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VINSON: Bullying can be downright scary
VINSON: Bullying can be downright scary

A definition for the word “bully” is a person who uses strength and power to harm or intimidate those who are weaker, according to the Oxford American Dictionary.

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O Christmas trees!
O Christmas trees!

Wildwood Tree Farm offers holiday family fun

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WOODY: Watch out for snakes
WOODY: Watch out for snakes

My late golfing accomplice, Joe Caldwell, once described my swing as “looking like somebody killing a snake in the weeds.”

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Talented songwriter made it big in Music City

Joe Chambers would be the first to tell anyone about the importance of relationships. His successful career is proof positive, and he also admits that hard work and creativity are just as important.

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LOGUE: Poll highlights sad trend

To the great surprise of no one in an age ruled by cynicism and irony, a poll conducted for the Associated Press by the firm General Social Survey finds that only one-third of Americans believe that most people are worthy of their trust.

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BURRISS: Nothing new about political satire
BURRISS: Nothing new about political satire

To hear kids today tell it, programs such as “The Daily Show” and “The Colbert Report” have broken all kinds of new ground and brought viewers a brave, new world of televised political satire.

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HALE: Remembering yesteryear's best sports toy gifts

Black Friday has passed and the Christmas shopping season is in full swing.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Plot thickens with DC Comics

I have never been a huge fan of comic books, but movies based on them have always been interesting to me.

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Dancers bringing ‘The Nutcracker’ to town
Dancers bringing ‘The Nutcracker’ to town

The Linebaugh Public Library will welcome storytellers on toes for selections from “The Nutcracker” ballet and story time on Friday, Dec. 6, at 4 p.m.

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VINSON: Breaking bad can get you cuffed
VINSON: Breaking bad can get you cuffed

While staunch believers attribute the Garden of Eden as the birthplace of crime, non-believers might cite genetic error as the reason for bad behavior.

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FAIR: Words never been so eloquently written

As Tennessee’s high school football guru, I am often contacted about the game and what it means to so many people.

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MTSU choir to perform 'Messiah'
MTSU choir to perform 'Messiah'

The MTSU Concert Chorale and Middle Tennessee Choral Society will present George Handel’s “Messiah” to the community this week.

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JORDAN: Murphy Center is glass house full of fun

Have you been to an MTSU men or women’s basketball game lately?

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Celebrate holidays with 'The Homecoming'
Celebrate holidays with 'The Homecoming'

Murfreesboro theater to present Christmas play

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INSIDE MTSU: University grateful for many blessings

At Middle Tennessee State University, we can be thankful for many things.

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LOGUE: North Dakota surprisingly ranks No. 1 for youth
LOGUE: North Dakota surprisingly ranks No. 1 for youth

Youth is a time of movement, both physical and geographical. They feel free to go just about anywhere their hearts, minds and careers take them.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Movies on Thanksgiving remain family tradition

In my family, we go big for any cause for celebration, but the holiday that we have always assigned the most tradition to has always been Thanksgiving.

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BURRISS: American psyche changed through Kennedy years

Over the last few weeks, we have seen an outpouring of remembrances about President John Kennedy and the impact of his assassination 50 years ago.

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JazzFest named among top events in South
JazzFest named among top events in South

The Southeast Tourism Society has named Main Street JazzFest one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast for May 2014.

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WOODY: Thanks for our Thanksgiving traditions

With Thanksgiving at hand, it’s fitting to reflect back on the original festival, when the Pilgrims invited neighboring Indians over to eat turkey.

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VINSON: Jennings amazed with his own state of independence
VINSON: Jennings amazed with his own state of independence

As of 1976, I very seldom listened to country music.

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Whittle brings Canalou to light in new book

Call it a seven-year itch. Actually, it goes back longer than that for Dan Whittle.

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HALE: Witty personalities make sports more enjoyable

Sports personalities, whether it be coaches, players or announcers, have always been an entertaining part of their respective teams.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Mayor has great way with words

I’ve written about the person who inspired my love for watching movies before, that being my father, Tommy Bragg, but I have never sat down and asked him about what his favorite movies are and why.

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LOGUE: Survey results reveal much about personalities

An expatriate who lives in England thinks he knows how we’re feeling.

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BURRISS: Opinions vary on Kennedy assassination
BURRISS: Opinions vary on Kennedy assassination

A few years ago, I visited Dallas, Texas, and sat on the grassy knoll, the location from which some people believe a second gunman shot President Kennedy.

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LETTER: Citizens in uncivilized countries are brainwashed

I wonder if readers of The Murfreesboro Post notice the difference in civilized countries and uncivilized ones?

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Make the most of what you have

I have a lot of interests and do a lot of things halfway, but one of the things I think I do well is making do with what I have.

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WOODY: Decapitated dinosaur mystery finally solved
WOODY: Decapitated dinosaur mystery finally solved

If you're like me, you've often wondered: how on earth did a tyrannosaurus manage to eat a triceratops?

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VINSON: Stairway to heaven

A stunning redhead, a buxom brunette, and a leggy, athletic blonde — all former Playmates of the Year — walked toward the pearly gates.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Now is time to transform higher education
GUEST EDITORIAL: Now is time to transform higher education

These are exciting and challenging times for higher education.

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LOGUE: Social media can be detrimental to future college students

Oh, my gosh! Your collegiate career could be scuttled by your use of social media.

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BRAGG: Newspapers should still get support in social media age

The rapid development of the Internet over the past 21 years in conjunction with the arrival of smartphones and tablet computers, has made the move from print editions of newspapers into online formats the standard in most circumstances.

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BURRISS: Media blur reality with recent crash coverage

For years, we criticized television news operations for editing interviews out of sequence and creating false impressions about what newsmakers really said.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Veterans face challenges beyond battlefield
GUEST EDITORIAL: Veterans face challenges beyond battlefield

Upon returning from active duty, veterans often face considerable challenges as they try to reconnect with family and friends, search for jobs, and reclaim the lives they once knew while battling painful memories.

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LETTER: Everyone should support universal background checks

What would it take for you to support universal background checks for gun ownership? Would it be a mass shooting in a Tennessee school?

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VINSON: What split-second decision would you make?
VINSON: What split-second decision would you make?

It’s a given that on a near-daily basis most people cope with a variety of stresses that can lead them to being on edge – to some degree, at least.

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WOODY: NASCAR chase features bland vs. bland
WOODY: NASCAR chase features bland vs. bland

NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship is down to two – two races, two drivers – but with a one-flavor choice: vanilla.

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Singer passes music on to next generation
Singer passes music on to next generation

Henson helps new artists find their way

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INSIDE MTSU: Recent projects offer big boost for students

Watching MTSU students scrambling behind the scenes at the recent Barry Gibb event in Tucker Theatre and at “Freedom Sings” in Nashville got me thinking.

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BURRISS: Newspapers should rethink approach
BURRISS: Newspapers should rethink approach

Perhaps, it’s time to rethink what we mean by “journalism” and “newspaper.”

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LOGUE: Remembering my dear mother

One of my favorite poems is the Emily Dickinson verse that begins, “After great pain, a formal feeling comes/The nerves sit ceremonious, like tombs.”

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'Fall Festival of Magic' returns with diverse lineup

As they prepare for the upcoming production of "The Fall Festival of Magic," organizers responsible for the overall look of the show say they are striving to showcase as wide a variety of magical talents as possible for local audiences.

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MTSU concert offers salute to veterans

The MTSU Concert Chorale and the Middle Tennessee Choral Society will team with the Faculty Brass Quintet to present a special “Salute to Veterans” this weekend.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Moviegoers can be drawn into symbolic complex

Like anyone who loves movies, I have always been drawn to films I haven’t seen but are constantly referred to by friends, seen online, or in other movies.

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Musician recalls Lascassas school performance
Musician recalls Lascassas school performance

Billy Henson made music in more ways than one with Loretta Lynn.

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WOODY: Unlucky groom learns to check the backseat
WOODY: Unlucky groom learns to check the backseat

On their way home from their honeymoon, a German groom ran off and left his bride at a filling station when he stopped for gas.

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VINSON: Gun debate should focus on mental health

The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides citizens with the right to own and bear arms.

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First Stewarts Creek play honors veterans
First Stewarts Creek play honors veterans

This week’s play, “Ordinary Heroes,” at Stewarts Creek High School is anything but ordinary. It is a production so extraordinary that area veterans and families may want to salute the student actors.

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Bradley Academy students to showcase acting talents

The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts is teaming up with Bradley Academy for the play “Yes, Virginia!” beginning Friday, Nov. 15, to give local students a chance to hone their acting chops.

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LOGUE: Dangerous trend sweeps Washington
LOGUE: Dangerous trend sweeps Washington

Some grown-ups who use Halloween as an excuse to party fail to exercise much sense.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Enjoy spooky good time with these flicks

These thrilling flicks, which are by far some of my favorite to watch, are sure to be a hit if you're not going out on the town in celebration of Halloween and choosing to stay home out of the hustle and bustle.

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LETTER: Religious leaders should focus on economy

Local Christians, Jews and Muslims are increasingly building bridges of understanding through interfaith events.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tips to cozy up your guest room
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tips to cozy up your guest room

I received a real estate agent’s newsletter this week that featured several tips on how to make your guest room more comfortable for holiday visitors.

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VINSON: When the ax was almost axed
VINSON: When the ax was almost axed

I imagine most rock ‘n’ roll guitar players and enthusiasts have heard the electric guitar referred to as an “ax.”

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WOODY: Critics rightly back down after TWRA attack
WOODY: Critics rightly back down after TWRA attack

Stinging comments from a longtime Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency critic has drawn sharp response from the agency’s defenders, and resulted in an updated – and more fair and accurate – story about a routine audit.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Serve veterans as well as they served us

During the recent government shutdown, many numbers were thrown around, but there is one number that stands out and it has nothing to do with the debate over the federal budget.

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FAIR: Trip to Union City proves more than worthwhile

At this time of the year, it’s always a struggle trying to decide what football games I plan to attend.

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BURRISS: Consumers need opt-in option

For years, consumers have been warned to read the fine print in any kind of financial transaction.

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LOGUE: Cyberbullying makes its way to court
LOGUE: Cyberbullying makes its way to court

If a child who has been bullied in cyberspace by your child commits suicide, should you, as a parent, be held criminally liable?

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Pair enjoys horror video game fever
Pair enjoys horror video game fever

Gaming duo vanquishes goblins in October

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VINSON: October Magic: The human vacuum cleaner

As of this writing, many are predicting the American League’s Boston Red Sox will duke it out with the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals for the 2013 Major League Baseball World Series Championship.

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WOODY: UT had long haul to Bristol

Last week’s announcement that Tennessee will play Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016 had been 17 years in the making.

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WHITTLE: Spelling bee competitors appear too smart

There I was, looking nice, not bothering anyone, the Whittle Way, while speeding 73 mph down Interstate 24 when pretty Patricia spouts a challenge: Spell "judicious.”

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: How I met my husband
MRS. MURFREESBORO: How I met my husband

I met my husband, Tommy Bragg, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1968.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Top 5 television comedy shows to watch
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BURRISS: First Amendment exposes many abuses
BURRISS: First Amendment exposes many abuses

Media critic A.J. Liebling is reported to have said, “Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.”

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'Aida' coming to Murfreesboro
'Aida' coming to Murfreesboro

The creative team that staged the hit production of "The Color Purple" in 2012 has reunited to bring "Aida" to Murfreesboro, starting Friday, Oct. 18.

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VINSON: Standing in the rain at Parkland

Had I not been versed on the history thereof, my first impression very well might have been that it was a cultlike gathering, similar to Jim Jones and Jonestown, Guyana, or David Koresh and Waco, Texas.

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WOODY: Stop the presses for yoga?

Oh, my. A newspaper in a town up north has started conducting yoga workouts for its staffers.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: These websites are worth visiting

As an online society, we are very fortunate to have such a large amount of online data and news to draw upon when we want to learn more about a subject.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Birthdays bring mixed feelings
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Birthdays bring mixed feelings

I am at a place in my life right now where fortunately I have mostly good days, but among the loneliest days a parent endures, in my opinion, is the day when their child who has a birthday lives in another town.

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JORDAN: Some friendly advice for all who play sports

This week, I’m going to try and help the image and reputation of many present and future players of every sport, from professional to middle school.

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Music in the Middle brings acts to hills
Music in the Middle brings acts to hills

With the various festivals and city music scenes in the region, Music in the Middle gave fans one more reason to look forward to October each year.

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HALE: MTSU amid most difficult part of schedule

MTSU’s football team is in the midst of a very difficult four-game grind.

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Award-winning pianist set to perform at MTSU
Award-winning pianist set to perform at MTSU

Drawing from pop, sacred and classical styles, award-winning pianist Mac Frampton will present a free public concert at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, in Murfreesboro.

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VINSON: Waiting for the heavyweight

Now, the following story is first hand: I was there when it went down and know all of the characters involved.

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WOODY: Global warming caused by models?
WOODY: Global warming caused by models?

Made you look, didn’t I?

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Newspapers can make a difference
GUEST EDITORIAL: Newspapers can make a difference

As a publisher of a weekly newspaper, you find yourself doing a lot of different things. Both news and advertising become part of the daily routine.

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Rutherford's Got Talent to showcase local performers

The county government will hold its annual Rutherford’s Got Talent event to benefit the United Way of Rutherford and Cannon Counties later this month in Murfreesboro.

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BURRISS: Someone has to pay for programming

Remember back when all we had was over-the-air television, and everything was advertiser sponsored? We were told that the reason we had all of those free programs was because of advertising. 

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HALE: A lot can happen in next few weeks

Another week of District 7-AAA and District 9-A games are on tap as we inch our way closer to the TSSAA state playoffs.

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‘Saturday Night Live’ returns with strong season opener

The 39th season of “Saturday Night Live” premiered Saturday on NBC, and with it one of the most indelible icons of American popular culture returned to our television sets and back into our collective pulse.

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VINSON: Manly claws against paws tale still entertains
VINSON: Manly claws against paws tale still entertains

I’ll be the first to admit that a columnist has to be cautious and ethically responsible when writing a story revealed to him by a second party, versus experiencing the story first hand.

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WOODY: Slithery hellbenders need love too

Have you hugged a hellbender lately? Me neither.

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FAIR: 5-class football system could return to TSSAA

The days of six classes of Division I high school football in Tennessee may be numbered. Now in its fifth year of existence, the current classification plan has survived despite a great deal of criticism.

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WHITTLE: A free press remains vital

As a career newspaperman, I’ve been blessed to know some of the most remarkable people on the planet, including Jackie Robinson and John Seigenthaler.

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CityTV wins national awards for programming

Murfreesboro’s Communications Department, home to Murfreesboro CityTV, received three national awards during the 28th annual Government Television Programming Awards presented by the National Association of Telecommunications Officers and Advisors.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Get organized with these favorite finds

I’m always open to things that make life easier and have found a few goodies that I would like to share with you.

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Country artist changes his beat

Larsen tunes talent for Christian outreach

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BURRISS: Proposed shield law sets dangerous precedence
BURRISS: Proposed shield law sets dangerous precedence

One of the big questions we have had to deal with since the inception of the Internet is, “Who exactly is a journalist?” 

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LOGUE: Emmy snubs underscore disconnect with viewers

The only parts of televised entertainment awards shows that entice me to watch are the In Memoriam packages.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Laughs abound with 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine' launch

Last week, I set my DVR to record Fox’s newest police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” starring Andy Samberg as an experiment.

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VINSON: Online-only constraints could be deadly for some

It’s common knowledge that a majority of business communications is conducted online.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Collectibles bring back days gone by
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Collectibles bring back days gone by

I read once that to qualify as a collector you needed to have seven of something. I have sevens of a lot of things, and all are important to me.

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WOODY: Bambi still laughing at lettuce bikini stunt
WOODY: Bambi still laughing at lettuce bikini stunt

Sultry model Courtney Stodden recently donned a lettuce leaf bikini to show her support for vegetarianism.

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LOGUE: Password etiquette can be quite tricky

How many passwords do you have? I have so many entrees to the digital world that take me to so many password-protected places now that I can’t remember them all.

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BURRISS: Controversial figures should still be heard
BURRISS: Controversial figures should still be heard

If a news organization, be it newspaper, magazine, radio or television, gives space or time to a political figure, does that necessarily imply an endorsement of that person?

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Entertainment options abound this fall

As a big fan of movies, cable television can either be a highly enjoyable companion for movie viewing, or it can be a truly dreadful and necessary evil.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: No reason to panic over tapering

A Federal Reserve that argues it must prop up the economy with massive stimulus does not engender trust in that economy.

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Live on the Green wraps up season with area artists

On its final night, Live on the Green had a special 615 flair with The Wild Feathers, Will Hoge, The Weeks and Moon Taxi.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Fall lineup means busy DVR

With the exception of football games, which I love watching, television programming has been relatively boring lately, so I am ready for the new lineups that will come out this fall.

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FANN: Students show professionalism with 'Les Miserables'

I had never seen a performance of “Les Misérables” in its entirety, neither a dramatic staging nor a musical version, until this month.

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'Les Miserables' coming to Tucker Theatre
'Les Miserables' coming to Tucker Theatre

MTSU students to present Broadway classic

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Keeping up with Young
Keeping up with Young

Murfreesboro's country star releases new album

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WEEKEND PLANNER: 'Seussical the Musical' takes the stage
WEEKEND PLANNER: 'Seussical the Musical' takes the stage

The stories of Dr. Seuss will spring to life again this weekend with three performances of “Seussical the Musical” at the Murfreesboro Little Theatre.

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LOGUE: Characters like Frost harder to come by today
LOGUE: Characters like Frost harder to come by today

Like Alistair Cooke a generation before him, Sir David Frost was one of Britain’s most delightful gifts to the United States.

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BURRISS: Ethical line grows murky in sports journalism

This past week was some kind of perfect sports and media storm.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Moviegoing experience needs overhaul

One topic I have touched on before is how, as a film columnist, I absolutely dread going to the movie theater. Before I am criticized, let me explain. My reasons are pretty simple.

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Gear-grinding fireball leaves audiences feeling mangled

“Moderation in all things,” cautioned the ancient Roman dramatist Terence, who obviously didn’t have anything to do with this smoking backfire of a modern movie.

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VINSON: World's best athlete came from MTSU

What would be your initial reaction if I boasted that years ago I used to hang out with a man who, arguably, was the greatest athlete in the world?

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WOODY: Rare blind spider weaves costly web
WOODY: Rare blind spider weaves costly web

A rare spider has been discovered living in the path of a San Antonio highway construction site, causing a shutdown of the $15 million project while officials figure out how to proceed.

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WHITTLE: Older siblings sometimes worst role models

Older siblings tend to hold high ranking in the eyes and hearts of younger brothers and sisters.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer comes to close as fall begins

While reading the newspaper this morning, I heard a subtle thump at the window and noticed two hummingbirds knocking it as they flew erratically through the air.

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FAIR: New rule means TSSAA needs more referees

In all the years that I have been writing columns that deal with matters surrounding high school football, the content of these columns has generally been for the fans.

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Frightened Rabbit returns to Nashville next week

The relationship between Scotland and Tennessee can be traced back to the 1800s, but Glasgow-based rock group, Frightened Rabbit is making the acquaintance a more causal one of late.

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BURRISS: Texting drivers could get you arrested maybe
BURRISS: Texting drivers could get you arrested maybe

Last week, the “Twitter-verse” and blogo-sphere were all agog with stories about how if you text a driver who then gets into accident, you could be arrested.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Cult classics resonant with audiences

There are many reasons that a film might not make many waves when it is originally released, but luckily viewers have numerous ways to take a second look.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Attitude can change bad day
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Attitude can change bad day

Do you have those days when nothing goes your way?

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GUEST EDITORIAL: To authorize or not to authorize

Does President Barack Obama have constitutional authority to attack Syria on his own? Must he seek congressional approval? Should he do so?

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VINSON: Visitors were entertainment in old days

A beloved, departed family member – who would be 96 years old, if alive – shared this story with me several years ago.

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VAUGHN: Caregivers are special people

I appreciate and commend everyone who has chosen the health care industry as a career.

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Manager takes director's chair
Manager takes director's chair

Smith takes the lead at Center for the Arts

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Sondheim comes to town
Sondheim comes to town

The Stephen Sondheim musical revue is coming to the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts in September.

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Rhythm Kitchen ready to party in Woodbury

To say Rhythm Kitchen is excited about its upcoming show at the Arts Center of Cannon County is an understatement.

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LOGUE: Meetings make us dumber

Everyone reading this column who believes in the power of meetings, raise your hand.

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BURRISS: Anonymous Internet falls to name calling

Back in the early days of the Republic, newspapers were filled with scathing columns and editorials written by anonymous essayists.

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WEEKEND PLANNER: AdamsPlace to host Chefin It Up

As host, AdamsPlace will present dueling dishes at the Chefin It Up annual fundraiser, slated for 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 29, at the assisted living home, located at 1927 Memorial Blvd. in Murfreesboro.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: New flick is no stick in the mud

This summer, before I went to Spain to teach, I noticed that several of my friends had asked me if I had seen the 2012 film “Mud.”

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VINSON: Some secrets may be worth keeping forever

As a teenage girl, Carol Broderick has bounced around from one foster home to the other. With a few dollars saved, Carol packs some bags, catches a bus, and runs away from her foster home.

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WOODY: Bird poop beauty secrets revealed

For $180, a fancy beauty parlor in New York will smear bird poop on your face.

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Loving adults are responsible for idyllic childhoods

There is not a week that goes by that I don’t hear someone who grew up here say, “What has happened to Rutherford County? I just don’t recognize it anymore. I’m just glad that I grew up here in those good 'ole days.”

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WHITTLE: Wrong amount of water can kill you

It’s been in the news the past few months that multiple U.S. cities are suffering from lack of water.

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LETTER: US policies prop up Egyptian military
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Music City has more than country
Music City has more than country

Nashville may be Music City, but metal is not always the top genre that comes to mind when people think about what the city’s nickname embodies.

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BURRISS: E-mail should have same privacy protections

When you send letters or packages via the postal service do you expect the letter carriers to open them up to have a peek just because they want to?

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Chris Young released from hospital

Singer-songwriter Chris Young was released from a Denver hospital after contracting a dangerous bacterial infection as a result of a small cut on his leg.

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Proposed drive-in theater gets green light

The Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a proposal to build a drive-in movie theater on Florence Road in Murfreesboro.

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LOGUE: Savers are sexy

Can you imagine Jack Benny as the idol of today’s millennials?

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Music in the Middle downsizes

After complaints from the community, organizers of the up-coming Music in the Middle festival have downsized the concert from a three-day gathering to a one-day event.

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FAIR: Heed dire warnings before it's too late

Last month, I received a warning that saved my life.

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WHITTLE: Loyal friends will never be forgotten

Neighbor Poppy Gowen was my first best friend.

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VINSON: Sinking of Sultana caused ‘Blue’ day in Memphis
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Snake handler show doesn't get tax breaks as 'Nashville'

Although Tennessee taxpayers help subsidize film and television programs like ABC’s “Nashville” provided they film on location, not all productions get the same treatment.

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LETTER: The message I brought to Washington
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Mazda's Skyactiv technology not run of the mill

Mazda engineers and designers appear to be different from the rest of the auto industry.

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LOGUE: Are you smarter than an 8th grader?
LOGUE: Are you smarter than an 8th grader?

Does it seem as though 100 years have passed since you were in the eighth grade?

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Cast makes 'Parks and Recreation'

By far, my favorite show on television at the current moment is NBC’s comedy “Parks and Recreation,” which follows the day-to-day operation of the fictional Pawnee, Ind., Parks department.

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WOODY: Uh no, ‘Crazy Ants’ are coming to Tennesee
WOODY: Uh no, ‘Crazy Ants’ are coming to Tennesee

A story on TV awhile back about ‘Crazy Ants’ invading the Southeast caught my attention.

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VINSON: ‘Whitey’ Bulger, Dr. J have something in common

Regardless of race, creed or political preference, most everyone is intrigued by a good old-fashioned gangster story.

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Amish market days big business in Lawrence County

I accompanied Rutherford County farmer Danny Fraley to Amish farming country where custom-made, blacksmith-hammered-out metal products are produced.

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MRS BORO: Old dogs can learn new tricks

I learned three new things today.

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DR. KESTNER: Climate change is real and coming soon

This article has no political agenda and is not based on the musings of Al Gore.

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City’s first was born in house on Square
City’s first was born in house on Square
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Some sequels are better than originals

Sometimes, sequels are terrible. They lack the original creativity of the project, like in “The Hangover” films, or they just don’t have the same amount of character that others do.

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BURRISS: 'Sharknado' shows draw of creature features
BURRISS: 'Sharknado' shows draw of creature features

When I’m talking to community groups about television, and someone says “there’s nothing good to watch,” I remind them of all of the educational and cultural programs available.

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'Alice in Wonderland' opens this weekend

Family theater takes on a literal meaning when The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts presents “Alice in Wonderland" this weekend.

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INSIDE MTSU: Professor offering new animation class
INSIDE MTSU: Professor offering new animation class

The latest new course at Middle Tennessee State University is designed to appeal to the kid in all of us.

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WOODY: Empty seats scary sign for NASCAR
WOODY: Empty seats scary sign for NASCAR

Before launching into a doom-and-gloom rant about the sea of empty seats in which NASCAR is drowning, let’s add a tad of perspective: It’s not just a racing problem.

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VINSON: Assassin's bullet proves most powerful
VINSON: Assassin's bullet proves most powerful

The spoken word is powerful thing, more powerful, some might argue, than a bullet of the highest caliber.

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VAUGHN: Love of storytelling comes from mother

I count it a privilege to write my column, "Sharing Thoughts," once a month for The Murfreesboro Post.

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Cool music festivals lead into fall months

Though many of us are still experiencing a Bonnaroo hangover at this point in the year, there is much music on the horizon in the midstate for the remainder of the year.

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LETTER: Obama administration supports terrorists in Syria
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Extra work pays dividends
Extra work pays dividends

Recently, I was selected as an extra for the upcoming season premier of "Nashville."

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BURRISS: Control of media rests with consumers
BURRISS: Control of media rests with consumers

It’s certainly been an interesting couple of weeks for the media.

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Original stars reunite for espionage romp

A sequel to the surprise 2010 hit, this comedy-espionage romp reunites the original cast of Bruce Willis, John Malkovich and Helen Mirren as a trio of elite CIA assassins forced once again out of retirement to blast the rust off their not-quite-over-the-hill stuff.

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LOGUE: Monogamy is all about calories

Some men claim that men are hard-wired not to accept a state of monogamy.

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VINSON: Zimmerman defined as 'white Hispanic'

The thing that rubbed me the rawest was some anchors and race-baiting guests referring to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.”

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Technology brings world to you

Who could have envisioned – even 10 years ago – the conveniences of modern life that we now enjoy?

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WOODY: American curiosity over monarch is puzzling

Did you hear about a baby being born last week to some young couple in England? I think there was something in the news about it.

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Costuming challenge takes dedication
Costuming challenge takes dedication

Little did one woman know that one day her expertise in sewing would lead to her making the costumes for “Hello Dolly” at the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts.

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Murfreesboro Little Theatre wraps up 50th season

Murfreesboro Little Theatre is wrapping up its 50th anniversary season with “Anniversary Waltz.”

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Wal-Mart offers good career path

Unfortunately, too few people understand Wal-Mart’s commitment to providing good, stable jobs and long-term career opportunities to its 1.4 million associates.

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LETTER: Parallels with Haslam, Sundquist are striking
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Payne is always a joy

Lately, I’ve been penning articles about my favorite filmmakers, those directors who constantly make movies that are engaging and highly enjoyable to watch.

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INSIDE MTSU: Make time to saddle up for Project Help

There’s no doubt that Saddle Up for Project Help puts the “fun” in “fundraiser” as few events can.

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VINSON: World could change remarkably by 2025

The year 2525 is almost 500 years away, and a lot can happen in 500 years.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer's bounty fills farmers markets
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Summer's bounty fills farmers markets

The rain has caused mixed blessings for all of this summer.

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'The Heat' brings laughs with zesty zingers
'The Heat' brings laughs with zesty zingers

“Being a woman in this field is hard,” says Sandra Bullock’s character at one point in this zesty zinger of a summer comedy in which she plays an uptight FBI agent ordered to track down a brutal drug smuggler.

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BURRISS: Nothing halts fun at film conference
BURRISS: Nothing halts fun at film conference

How many of you remember the 1958 version of “The Blob,” with Steve McQueen in one of his first movie roles?

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Uncle Dave Macon Days Winners
Uncle Dave Macon Days Winners

Here are the winners for competitions held Friday, the first day of the annual Uncle Dave Macon Days, in Murfreesboro.

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VINSON: Midstate sees chilling Independence Day
VINSON: Midstate sees chilling Independence Day

Middle Tennessee set record for lowest high for July 4th.

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SHARING THOUGHTS: Howell flies into aviation history
SHARING THOUGHTS: Howell flies into aviation history

Reece Howell has a long and distinguished career in aviation that stretches more than 60 years.

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WOODY: Shark drops in, tees off golfers

I’ve heard of pool sharks and card sharks, but never a golf shark.

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WHITTLE THIS: Smyrna chaplin is gem among men

When events get the roughest, that’s when the police call Jim Diamond, chaplain.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Nashville boasts many stops for daytrippers
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Nashville boasts many stops for daytrippers

Like others my sister has been intrigued by the television show “Nashville” but had never truly visited many of sites.

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DR. KESTNER: Obesity is reversible disease

Recently it was announced that medical authorities should henceforth call obesity a disease according to the American Medical Association. 

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PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Tombstone' still amazes
PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Tombstone' still amazes

Since the beginning of cinema, the film world has been fascinated by tales of the old Wild West.

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LOGUE: Making work easier would be best family value
LOGUE: Making work easier would be best family value

Your mama used to say, “If you wait until you have enough money before you have a baby, you’ll never have a baby.”

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BURRISS: Obama right to refuse Westboro petition

Last week, President Barack Obama and his administration refused to cave in to public pressure to label Westboro Baptist Church a hate group.

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Woodbury festival aims to showcase talent
Woodbury festival aims to showcase talent

Music merges in the middle this fall

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Roasting impacts coffee's flavor

This year, I will attend the Roasters Guild’s annual retreat.

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Uncle Dave Macon Days highlights country music roots
Uncle Dave Macon Days highlights country music roots

On Nov. 28, 1925, a white-bearded man sat before a carbon microphone to play a few fiddle tunes on WSM Radio.

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New ESPN documentary reaches for Summitt

ESPN Films has turned its award winning “30 for 30” film series into a special “Nine for IX” series to highlight famous women in sports.

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Pickler’s trophy finds home at Country Music Hall of Fame

Kellie Pickler’s "Dancing with the Stars" finale costume and trophy are now on display at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

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VINSON: Public has double standard on violence

An acquaintance chided me for being such a huge fan of “The Sopranos,” alleging that it promoted criminality, violence, and set a bad example for the public, especially impressionable young people.

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WOODY: More guys apparently getting dolled up these days
WOODY: More guys apparently getting dolled up these days

A TV news reporter read a story the other night about a growing trend: More and more men are using cosmetics.

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Local chef’s hot chicken hits the airwaves
Local chef’s hot chicken hits the airwaves

Restaurant owner to appear on TV show

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WHITTLE: Commercials are often quite distressing

Being a lifelong-addicted newspaper reader, I believe in commercial advertising of merchandise and services.

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Add Broadway to your bucket list

I am becoming a victim of too much information.

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Baron set to record Down at Brown's

Lascassas native Jordan Baron is a man on a mission with his new sophomore project, "Down on Brown's."

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Banjo boy of the Glade
Banjo boy of the Glade

Williams picks on strings with gusto

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Court made right call in mosque lawsuit

There was good reason to exhale when the Tennessee Court of Appeals reversed a Murfreesboro judge’s ruling in a public notice case that involved the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro.

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BURRISS: Printed word remains relevant despite Internet
BURRISS: Printed word remains relevant despite Internet

I don’t know how many times I have heard that no one cares about print any more.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Travel abroad without leaving your seat

I’m in Spain teaching this summer, and, naturally,  the idea of traveling has been on my mind a good bit. So, here are my favorite films about Americans traveling abroad.

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LOGUE: Independence should be easier to come by

Unfortunately, many of your fellow Americans aren’t feeling terribly independent this Independence Day.

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Mayors featured in 'Murfreesboro Storytellers'

The July edition of "Murfreesboro Storytellers" on City TV will feature the mayors of Rutherford County and Murfreesboro, officials announced Monday.

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VINSON: Gandolfini breathed life into fictional gangster

The first time I recall being aware of actor James Gandolfini was back in 1993, in “True Romance.” 

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Local sports coverage at all-time high

Following Major League Baseball, especially the St. Louis Cardinals, was bred into farm boys who grew up in the cotton fields of remote southeast Missouri. 

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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Books make perfect travel companions

I’ve been traveling a lot lately and have found some good books to accompany me along the way. 

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WOODY: Put 'country' back into country music

My late pal Waylon Jennings said it best one morning when we were on the Carl P. Mayfield radio show and Carl P asked Waylon what he thought about a recent CMA awards program.

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Chappelle shows maturity to faithful fans
Chappelle shows maturity to faithful fans

It’s been a while since the name Dave Chappelle was in the press, but his faithful flock had the chance to catch his much-anticipated rebirth this week.

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Fincher is perfectionist on silver screen

David Fincher is one of the best directors working today. His films include “Se7en,” “The Social Network,” and “Fight Club,” to name a few.

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LOGUE: Recovery possible if Congress concurs
LOGUE: Recovery possible if Congress concurs

If the researchers at Georgetown University are correct, Tennessee is in for some long overdue positive economic news.

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Left-behind actors face apocalypse in riotous flick

"This Is The End" is an adults-only, stoner comedy at its most extreme, straining hard to make sure every icky, grody, envelope-pushing moment of its R-rating is covered. 

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BURRISS: Snowden not first to spring leak

Despite all of the publicity surrounding the actions of former National Security Agency employee Edward Snowden, this will not be the last instance of government employees leaking secret information.

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VINSON: Consider this soul-searching question

Regardless of whether you are a preacher, kindergarten teacher, college student, criminal, judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, no one is immune to this issue.

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WHITTLE: These heroes enhance life
Heroes, I’ve known a few, though not the famous ones such as Jackie Robinson.
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WOODY: Bridge-jumping granny really quite inspiring
WOODY: Bridge-jumping granny really quite inspiring

Last week, a woman in Iowa jumped off a bridge to celebrate her 102nd birthday. I hope when that age I’m just able to blow out the candles on my birthday cake.

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A night at the drive-in
A night at the drive-in

Munching popcorn, baby boomer Donna Houston lounged in a lawn chair on a recent Friday evening, eagerly anticipating the double feature to begin at Woodbury’s Moonlite Drive-In.

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GUEST EDITORIAL: Fix the federal budget
The trajectory of our federal budget is not just fiscally irresponsible; it is morally bankrupt.
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LETTER: Felons should be given second chance

The purpose of this letter is to express my thoughts and feelings regarding the mistreatment of convicted felons released back into society.

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LOGUE: Police can now use ESP in interrogations
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police may assume a talent for clairvoyance that they do not possess.
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McCartney leads star-studded cast at Bonnaroo
McCartney leads star-studded cast at Bonnaroo

Music legends wow thousands at festival

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PICKIN' ON FILM: Johnson consistently makes detailed films
Some directors are hit and miss, others are not. A director whose work I feel is consistently great is Rian Johnson.
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BURRISS: 'Happy Birthday' embroiled in unhappy fight
Every once in a while we need to step back from doom and gloom, coups and catastrophes, floods, fires and famines, and deal with something really, really important.
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PART II: Music triggers Rutherford County tourism
Across Murfreesboro Public Square on MTSU’s campus, Southern Gospel music rings the rafters of Wright Music Hall each July.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Thoughts of dad flood Father's Day
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Thoughts of dad flood Father's Day
Father’s Day is bittersweet every year because, while I celebrate the loving father my husband is to our children, I don’t have my own father to hug anymore.
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WOODY: Could spitting be national pastime?

I don’t know what it is about the Grand Old Game that makes players drool and salivate.

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VINSON: DOJ lights more fireworks in Coffee County
My curiosity piqued when I learned about a public meeting sponsored by the Muslim community in Coffee County, though for different reasons.
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HUNTER: Celebrate Father's Day with variety of sports
Along with many other families across the country, one of the traditions in my family is either attending or watching a sporting event on television with my father.
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Music legends travel to Manchester
Music legends travel to Manchester
Sophisticated lineup headed to Bonnaroo
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Television is no longer wasteland
Lately, I have been watching more television than movies and been pleased with what is on the air.
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BURRISS: Companies just as guilty as government
BURRISS: Companies just as guilty as government
It’s been said it is better to debate an issue and not have it settled, than to settle an issue with no debate.
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MLT cast shines throughout 'The Tempest'
Local actors showcase exceptional talent
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WEEKEND PLANNER: 'Rent' opens Friday in Murfreesboro
The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts presents the rock musical “Rent,” beginning Friday, June 14.
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WOODY: Witnesses take winding road to straight answers
WOODY: Witnesses take winding road to straight answers
I thought about the swear-to-tell-the-truth process the other day while watching assorted government employees being grilled on C-SPAN by congressional committees.
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Cultures invade for Folkfest
Cultures invade for Folkfest
Dancers converge in Murfreesboro
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PART I: Music triggers Rutherford County tourism
If you’re a fan of country or bluegrass, you have heard the music and names of Bill Monroe, Grandpa Jones and Leroy Troy, all of who have served as Heritage Award Winners at Uncle Dave Macon Days.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Make life easier by seeing ahead
Within the past few months, I have started having difficulty reading street signs well even though directions were sometimes luxuriously offered to me by an automated voice on my car’s GPS.
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LOGUE: NFL should lose nonprofit status
If the National Football league is a nonprofit organization, then why did Roger Goodell make more than $11 million in salary in 2012?
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McBride mixes early influences on latest album
McBride mixes early influences on latest album
Somewhere in the middle of Americana and classic soul is where you find Tom McBride, a Boston native who has called Nashville home for the past few years.
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Report: Bonnaroo injects $50M into local economy
Report: Bonnaroo injects $50M into local economy
The study reports that the festival generated $36 million in direct expenditures and an additional $15 million in indirect and induced economic activity.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Worried Democrats should join repeal efforts
Some Democrats are extremely nervous that once Americans get a taste of Obamacare, voters will hold them accountable - and rightly so. But by postponing the law, they hope to avoid its political fallout.
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HUNTER: MT Athletics should add sports with C-USA move
With the impending move, I would like to make some suggestions to Director of Athletics Chris Massaro and Senior Women’s Administrator Diane Turnham about the 11 sports I would add to the Blue Raider program.
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WOODY: Cheating is part of NASCAR's history
How long has cheating gone on in NASCAR? From Day One, that’s how long.
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VINSON: Lost treasures uncover value of spring cleaning
Procrastination is a constant variable in the human formula. Though some are more prone than others, everyone at some point in life purposely puts off doing something he knows needs to be done.
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Morton was Uncle Dave’s ‘fairest child’
Rachel Morton of Murfreesboro is well-aware that Uncle Dave Macon Days are coming up on July 11-13 at Cannonsburgh Village.
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WHITTLE: Sumner, Faircloth families shared Great Depression
To the nation, J.D. Sumner was the legendary “voice” of gospel. To Dwight Faircloth, he was a lifelong friend.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Share, save your interests on Pinterest
It’s hard for me to get any work done on the computer lately because all I want to do is cruise Pinterest.
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DR. KESTNER: Spinal steroid injections controversy intensifies
DR. KESTNER: Spinal steroid injections controversy intensifies
There is now a similar situation developing in Newbern, Tenn.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Flick examines strange life of Liberace
Over the long weekend I was able to catch Steven Soderbergh’s new film “Behind The Candelabra,” a story based off of Scott Thorson’s novel about his relationship with piano virtuoso Liberace.
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BURRISS: Does less danger mean more freedom?
One of the hallmarks of the American judicial system is the idea that you do not need a law if there isn’t a problem.
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HUNTER: Memorial Day weekend brings racing excitement
Memorial Day means three of the biggest races of the year all being held on the same day in different series.
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Secret Garden Party channels British drama
The Discovery Center at Murfree Spring will present the 21st annual Secret Garden Party and silent auction at 7 p.m. Friday, June 7, at 2261 Oakleigh Drive in Murfreesboro.
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WOODY: Visit showed Simpson's split personality
WOODY: Visit showed Simpson's split personality
With O.J. Simpson back in the news attempting to get his prison sentence overturned, I am reminded of a day in Murfreesboro when he went out of his way to befriend me.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Lost coat makes surprise appearance
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Lost coat makes surprise appearance
It is May 19, as I type and we have just returned from the wedding of a nephew in Florida.
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LIVING WELL: Concussions can cause serious consequences
LIVING WELL: Concussions can cause serious consequences

Along with this increase of soccer enthusiasm has come a disturbing increase in the frequency and severity of injuries, especially concussions.

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JORDAN: Football just a few months away
So, the major question today is: When does high school football start?
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VINSON: Manzarek opened doors of rock
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear “Light My Fire” on 105.9 FM.
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Dispatch returns with live album on horizon
A decade is a long hiatus for many, but when it comes to making music, Dispatch member Brad Corrigan admits it may be how you keep a band together.
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BURRISS: Press should be free to work without intrusion
Somehow, I thought we were done with various government agencies secretly accessing reporters’ phone records, but apparently not.
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Local actors romp through Shakespeare this weekend
Local actors romp through Shakespeare this weekend
The Murfreesboro Little Theater continues the comedic gem “Complete Works of William Shakespeare Abridged” at 7 p.m. Friday, May 24, and Saturday, May 25.
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Wartrace MusicFest to feature diverse lineup
The ninth annual Wartrace MusicFest, set for Saturday, June 8, will feature a lineup of musical talent that will include an award-winning teenage blues band and a rising rock trio.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Love of movies born at father's knee
When I think about my intense love for movies, I sometimes think about where that love came from and wonder how I developed it.
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HUNTER: Pro wrestling heads to Nashville
The best kept secret in professional wrestling is coming to Music City for a Nashville Pro Wrestling event Friday, May 24.
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VINSON: Doesn’t take astronaut to plan space party
VINSON: Doesn’t take astronaut to plan space party
I will share this story with you only if you promise to not flog me the next time you see me in public. Also, be forewarned that once you read this and decide to repeat it in public, you might want to have a quick exit strategy in place to avoid being attacked yourself.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Spring finally blooms
I’ve been outside smelling the roses – coffee in hand – this morning.
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LIVING WELL: B3 can help cholesterol
LIVING WELL: B3 can help cholesterol
Cholesterol drugs account for some of the greatest profit sources ever developed by the pharmacological industry.
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JORDAN: Sports make Murfreesboro a destination
Until Sunday, May 26, Rutherford County will be the destination for thousands of high school student-athletes, their parents and fans of baseball, softball, boy’s soccer, tennis and track.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Teachers deserve praise
Public education reform has been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels for several years.
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WHITTLE: 'Pay it forward' acts melt pain away
It started as a grey, gloomy and cold day, complete with sore throat, coughs, and accompanying headache.
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DR. KESTNER: Super tips to help memory problems
DR. KESTNER: Super tips to help memory problems
If you have problems with recalling names, remembering dates or details, or concentrating, you are in good company.
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Murfreesboro staple releases new album
Murfreesboro staple releases new album
The Features open up about 20-year history
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JORDAN: Choosing dinner guests takes much consideration
A few weeks ago I challenged you come up with one or more former or present athletes, living or dead, with who you would like to have dinner. I promised you my list and possibly another person’s list. Lucky you. Today is the day.
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Radio Hall of Fame inducts 2nd class
More than 300 members and guests attended the second annual Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held May 4 at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Murfreesboro.
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LOGUE: America has a rape problem
Despite whatever politically correct words they are using in public, it is clear that some men still don’t get it. The latest in a long line of sexual harassment scandals in the U.S. military brings this to light clearly.
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BURRISS: First Web page marks 20th birthday
BURRISS: First Web page marks 20th birthday
And unlike the first connections, which were pretty much limited to universities and government agencies, today anyone can go to the CERN website and see what was going on a little more than 20 years ago.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Movies make perfect summer getaways
It’s graduation week here at the academy where I teach writing, so in honor of the closing of the school year here are five great movies about summer.
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HUNTER: Nashville Sounds inspire young fans
On May 7, the Nashville Sounds knocked off the Fresno Grizzlies 5-2 at Greer Stadium in Music City.
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LETTER: Precious metals better investment than paper money
I would like to prevail upon the people to give some thought into legalizing gold and silver as a medium of exchange and not subject to sales tax in Tennessee.
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Author treks from Short Mountain to bestseller list
Author treks from Short Mountain to bestseller list
Author Sandor “Sandy” Ellix Katz has achieved global scientific and academic acclaim.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Grandchildren greatest Mother's Day gifts
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Grandchildren greatest Mother's Day gifts
Meeting deadlines for a newspaper should not be new to me, but I still fail to realize that articles come out on holidays and occasions, like Mother’s Day.
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WOODY: Reality TV not exactly Masterpiece Theater
Every time I think the glut of TV reality shows can’t get any quirkier, I change the channel and discover I was wrong.
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Man had 'pearl of great price'
At 47, the Rev. Robert Henderson had finally forsaken all, being determined to die to all selfish elements.
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LIVING WELL: Look past usual suspects solve pain mysteries
Not long ago a patient came to see me about pain in the lower back. She had had the pain for several years. She had tried chiropractic care at another clinic in town, as well as medications and physical therapy.
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VINSON: New Jackie Robinson flick hits grand slam
On May 3, a friend and I went to the Cowan Oldham Theater in McMinnville to watch the much-talked about movie, “42,” which is based on Jackie Robinson becoming the first African-American to play Major League Baseball.
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BURRISS: Better to be roughly right, than wrong
One of the things beginning journalism students often tell me is they want to go into a profession that doesn’t have a whole lot of numbers.
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LIVING WELL: Natural solutions could keep legs still
A few years ago, a patient came to see me with a fairly common complaint. She told me that she had trouble sitting still.
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HUNTER: New media partners show promise
Plans are starting to come together for Blue Raider fans to listen and watch the football team starting in August. Honestly, I like what I'm reading so far about the new broadcast partners both on the radio and television.
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Gowow to debut new EP at Murfreesboro show
Gowow to debut new EP at Murfreesboro show
If you’ve been hanging around Murfreesboro in the last decade, you could have run into Jonathon Gower behind a piano, singing at your favorite soiree or even at your dinner table at Five Senses.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Kubrick made best horror film ever
Numerous times this year, I have been sitting in my journalism class spitballing story ideas with my students when our discussion will inevitably turn to the topic of movies.
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LETTER: Media stereotypes all Muslims as violent
It might seem parodoxical that Muslims insist Islam is a peaceful religion, yet the media report terrorist attacks, killings and internecine fighting in Muslim lands on a daily basis.
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Road to stardom leads to pulpit
Road to stardom leads to pulpit
The scene happens over and over again on a regular basis.
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JUST LOVE COFFEE: New roasters among latest trends
The Specialty Coffee Associations 2013 Expo, or the “Event” as it’s known in the industry, was held in Boston this year on a chilly and rainy three days in late April – great weather for great coffee.
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'Evil Dead' rises again
'Evil Dead' rises again
The original “Evil Dead” is an agonizingly realistic plight where Fede Alvarez tells the story of five friends venturing to a secluded Tennessee cabin where they find a mystical book.
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VINSON: ‘The Possum’ has gone to heaven
Regarding George Jones being referred to as “The Possum,” I couldn’t find anything definitive and reliable about how that particular moniker originated.
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WOODY: It’s dirty job, but someone has to do it
WOODY: It’s dirty job, but someone has to do it
The other day I saw a survey that ranked news reporting No. 1 on a list of “worst jobs.”
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Beer. Autism. Hope.
Beer. Autism. Hope.
Lance Rice’s enthusiasm for beer goes beyond that of most people.
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No regrets for Craig Campbell
Country singer cherishes family life in Eagleville
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Johnny Barnett sounds trumpet in heaven
Smyrna loses ‘bedrock’ family member
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MRS. BORO: Movies show best of possibilities
It is rare that I watch a television show from start to conclusion but I watched two complete movies in one day recently.
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Cruise plays spaceman in sci-fi mindbender
Cruise plays spaceman in sci-fi mindbender
Imagine his surprise when a decades-old NASA space pod crashes, and out pops that same beautiful, exotic-looking woman.
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LOGUE: Keep a Texas state of mind
LOGUE: Keep a Texas state of mind
The media have been poking and probing into every post-mortem angle of the Boston Marathon bombings and are still doing so.
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BURRISS: Print provides accuracy and detail
We all know television can bring us memorable visuals, and can provide an immediacy that is, quite frankly, impossible for newspapers and magazines.
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VINSON: Marathon is symbol of strength, discipline
VINSON: Marathon is symbol of strength, discipline
Inspired by the success of the first modern-day marathon competition in the 1896 Summer Olympics, the Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and ranks as one of the world’s best-known sporting events.
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New reality series features ‘Boro business owner
New reality series features ‘Boro business owner

Murfreesboro’s Brooklyn Tankard is celebrating the success of her new business.

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Southeast’s ‘prettiest’ mules expected in Woodbury
Southeast’s ‘prettiest’ mules expected in Woodbury
Mules will be hauling “tourism dollars” into Cannon County by the wagon loads at the May 11 Middle Tennessee Mule Skinner’s Show.
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HUNTER: Perks, pits of America’s worst job
A recent study by CareerCast.com found being a newspaper reporter is the worst job in the nation.
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LOGUE: Report: Best, worst jobs in America
Study finds actuary as best, reporter as worst
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DESJARLAIS: The Real Objective of President Obama’s Gun Control Efforts
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WOODY: Drive-by hooligans pick elephant-sized target
WOODY: Drive-by hooligans pick elephant-sized target
Tupelo, Miss., police are investigating what they describe as a drive-by shooting of an elephant.
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INSIDE SPORTS: Collecting sports is a sport
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WHITTLE: Life’s road has led to fascinating places
You’ve got to love an inquiring mind.
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MRS. BORO: Warm weather brings thoughts of spring cleaning
Spring has finally arrived – about a month later than the calendar announced – and I’m enjoying the prolific blooms.
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DR. KESTNER: Be wary of drug side effects
DR. KESTNER: Be wary of drug side effects
In a perfect world, we would all enjoy tremendous health and never need drugs at all.
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HUNTER: Driver hopes to dominate in Long Beach
Tennessee is home to one of the top up and coming IndyCar Series stars, Josef Newgarden.
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LOGUE: Bullying doesn’t stop in schoolyard
LOGUE: Bullying doesn’t stop in schoolyard
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VINSON: Preacher is lesson in what's real
VINSON: Preacher is lesson in what's real
As most are aware, mega evangelist Joel Osteen recently was the victim of an elaborate, and potentially destructive hoax.
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WOODY: In my day, we handled our own skunks
WOODY: In my day, we handled our own skunks
Awhile back I read a story about a local elementary school that was evacuated after somebody smelled a skunk.
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Science fiction finds way into sports
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WHITTLE: Local radio rife with sports talk
If you were a farm boy of the 1940 or ’50s-era in Middle and East Tennessee, chances were you listened to Atlanta Braves baseball on the radio. But being a Missouri farm boy, Cardinal baseball was in our DNA.
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MRS. BORO: Prepare to travel, no matter destination
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JORDAN: Some random thoughts on state of sports
Did you ever have the discussion that happens when friends gather about being stranded on a desert island and your choice of one companion?
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Head of arts center leaves director's chair
Head of arts center leaves director's chair
Cimono steps down from top spot
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Hall of Fame honors legacy of many
Since an initial meeting of 25 former and current radio broadcasters back in December 2010, the Tennessee Radio Hall of Fame has grown into a self-supporting organization with a proven track record.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Keep handgun records public
The handgun carry permit registry maintained by the Tennessee Department of Safety has been open for public review since 1996 without any proof that public access has endangered any registrant.
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WOODY: Nothing wrong with NRA race sponsorship
Eddie Gossage, an MTSU grad and president of Texas Motor Speedway, has stirred up a tempest by granting the NRA naming rights for his upcoming NASCAR race.
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WHITTLE: Is it a bird bath or Muslim foot-washing basin?
Am I, a veteran American journalist who has faithfully operated under the U.S. Constitution’s guaranteed Freedom of the Press for more than 50- years, under suspicion?
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LOGUE: Shoot for the moon with BRAIN project
LOGUE: Shoot for the moon with BRAIN project
President Barack Obama has been persuaded of something I have thought for a long time – inner space, not outer space, is the last frontier.
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BURRISS: International news colors view of foreign cultures
BURRISS: International news colors view of foreign cultures
What do most Americans know about foreign cultures, and what kinds of pictures of foreign countries do we get from the news?
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Star's family life recorded in pictures
Star's family life recorded in pictures
Stuart to sign copies of new book
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Epic flicks can be epic stories
Many times a great director and great story produce some excellent films that captivate audiences for decades.
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HUNTER: Dad turns golden
On April Fools' Day, my father celebrated his 50th birthday, and my family threw a huge surprise party in his honor. He deserved every bit of it because of the influence he has had on my life.
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MTSU to present popular Sondheim musical
MTSU to present popular Sondheim musical
The Middle Tennessee State University fine arts department will present the Stephen Sondheim musical comedy classic, “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” beginning Thursday, April 4.
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Bonnaroo announces comedy lineup
Comedy has been an integral part of the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival over the years, and this year it recently announced additions to the lineup.
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WOODY: Punxsutawney Phil needs new Doppler
A Pittsburgh lawyer has suggested that Punxsutawney Phil, the famous weather-predicting groundhog, be given the death penalty for being wrong about his spring forecast.
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WHITTLE: Miracles come home as bundles of joy
With Beckett being only 3 years old, it was a tedious and dangerous surgery, but the good Lord hooked his parents, Patrick and Amanda, up with one of only two surgeons in the U.S. who perform the procedure.
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INSIDE MTSU: Celebrate spring with the arts
Spring seems to be arriving late this year, but Middle Tennessee State University art events are still busting out all over campus, as prevalent as pollen but much more pleasant.
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LETTER: Assessment on education correct
Larry Burriss’s March 21 column (“Media should be used more in education”) caught my eye, and I agree with his ideas 100 percent.
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Central Magnet named finalist for NBC grant
Central Magnet School’s theater program has qualified as one of 30 national finalists for NBC’s “SMASH” Make a Musical contest but needs votes to win the top prize.
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BURRISS: Anything can become a vice
BURRISS: Anything can become a vice
How many of you complain about your spouse spending too much time using the microwave oven? Sounds pretty silly, doesn’t it?
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Music springs eternal with new albums
Music springs eternal with new albums
Though Old Man Winter may have come back into the weather pattern this past week, there are plenty of new releases from the music world in the forecast for spring.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Why I hate 'Girls'
I decided not long ago that I’ve had enough of HBO’s “Girls.” If you’re not familiar with it, the television series follows the post-college lives of four 20-something female friends living in present-day Brooklyn.
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LOGUE: Pundits are not celebrities
What happens when reporters become as famous as the people they cover?
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: City brims with sewing resources
MRS. MURFREESBORO: City brims with sewing resources
I love to sew. And while sewing seems to have skipped my children’s generation, it appears to be resurfacing with the next.
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WOODY: NFL finally recognizes its own fumble
WOODY: NFL finally recognizes its own fumble
The NFL has finally succumbed to criticism and rescinded its so-called “tuck rule.”
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BURRISS: Media should be used more in education
At an educational conference I’m attending, two strands keep coming up: Students at all levels don't know how to read, compute, communicate or think, and the media are having a negative impact on these same students.
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Allman lets it all hang out
Allman lets it all hang out
Legend recounts time in Middle Tenn.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Gangster movies echo changes in Hollywood
The progression from the old Hollywood of the 1920s to the new Hollywood of the 1970s ushered in the change from films being driven by good guys conquering over the bad into the bad guys becoming the heroes.
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How wizard got to Oz
Everyone knows the story of “The Wizard of Oz.” But that story, at least the one in the 1939 movie, begins and ends with Dorothy.
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LOGUE: What happened to recess?
If childhood obesity has risen to the level of a national crisis, why are schools cutting physical education classes?
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Central Magnet students to present 'The Secret Garden'
Come and experience a story about love, loss, and self-discovery that will be presented by talented young actors and instrumentalists at Central Magnet School in Murfreesboro.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Busy week produces quality bills
GUEST EDITORIAL: Busy week produces quality bills
Monday kicked off Sunshine Week, which is a time to emphasize the importance of transparency within the government in the United States.
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LETTER: Stop playing politics with American energy
President Barack Obama and his administration are once again threatening to raise taxes on American oil and gas companies.
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VINSON: No quacks is the genius of 'Duck Dynasty'
To say "Duck Dynasty" is popular would be a gross understatement.
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WOODY: Manatee crime spree teaches good lesson
WOODY: Manatee crime spree teaches good lesson
Sometimes, you feel the urge to ride a manatee for the same reason you climb a mountain: Because, it is there.
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Library, MTSU celebrating American music
The Center for Popular Music at Middle Tennessee State University, in partnership with Linebaugh Public Library and the city of Murfreesboro, has been awarded a grant to mount a six-week “Celebration of America’s Music” program.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Being great grandparent is worth it
Within the past few minutes my granddaughter has taken everything out of the garbage can, figured out how to pull single sheets out of the filing cabinet, and fussed when I led her away from the shift bar on the computer.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Soundtrack should complement movie
Creating a movie soundtrack is a tough task, I'd imagine. Out of thousands of songs, how does one pick the perfect 10 or 12 to compliment a film?
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LIVING WELL: Everyone is an inventor
An ingenious fellow on “Shark Tank” has introduced a handy product that has become invaluable to me.
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WHITTLE: Sunshine Week is time for reaffirmation
It was at nearby Alexandria’s historic DeKalb County Fair that I first met Ray Blanton, a man destined to be one of the most infamous governors in Tennessee history.
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Award-winning musicians to headline MTSU conference
Award-winning musicians to headline MTSU conference
Two award-winning musicians who have performed with several well-loved bands will perform this weekend at MTSU in Murfreesboro during an annual saxophone conference.
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INSIDE MTSU: Students to make films in Italy
The founder and former chief executive officer of The Documentary Channel, plans to take several students to Florence, Italy, in May so they can make films in the heart of the Renaissance.
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VINSON: Many could lose under judicial redistricting
With Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey (R-Blountville) and Speaker of the House Beth Harwell (R-Nashville) apparently at the forefront, the Tennessee Republican party is turning up the heat to redraw state judicial districts.
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Musician, mule share top billing for Distillery Day
Musician, mule share top billing for Distillery Day
Leroy Troy, the banjo-clawing star of "The Marty Stuart Show," will perform Saturday, March 23, at the first anniversary celebration of Short Mountain Distillery.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Past makes me appreciate parenting today
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Past makes me appreciate parenting today
Some friends were raised in a two-parent home with times that sounded like the Cleavers, but further admissions have revealed that they, too, had secrets all their own.
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Artist returns to MTSU for film screening Tuesday
Artist returns to MTSU for film screening Tuesday
Wayne White is proud to say that MTSU is where his art and his life began to bloom.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Top 5 most overrated movies
It may take a few years, but eventually the public figures out that some best picture winners or box-office smashes were highly overrated.
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Orchestra to perform well-known symphonies
The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents "The Music of Heaven and Earth" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at First United Methodist Church.
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JazzFest schedule, lineup released
Main Street Murfreesboro has confirmed the weekend of May 3-4 for this year’s Main Street JazzFest.
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LOGUE: KlanWatch finds more than ever
Maybe they’re not as obvious as they used to be because we don’t see as many uniforms or costumes that help us identify them.
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'Flashdance' opens March 19 in Nashville
"Flashdance The Musical" is the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation.
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'Jesus Christ Superstar' opens this week
Based on the strength of rehearsals, the Center for the Arts decided to open "Jesus Christ Superstar" a week earlier than originally scheduled.
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Backstage Bash to benefit local theater
The Center for the Arts swings into action Saturday, March 16, for its fourth annual Backstage Bash fundraising gala that will be held in downtown Murfreesboro.
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WOODY: Cruise ship passengers afloat in sea of sick
I’ll bet you, just like me, were riveted by the recent ordeal of the Carnival Cruise ship that became stranded at sea when its motor conked out and the captain discovered he had left the paddle back at the dock.
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VINSON: Misperception could be deadly these days
VINSON: Misperception could be deadly these days
In walked this stocky man, dressed in winter garb such as mentioned above. For some strange reason, this man immediately exuded a menacing presence that permeated the entire store.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Struggle to organize touches all
While it is against my inherent nature to be organized, I strive to be so daily.
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BURRISS: Companies have bad luck with celebrity endorsements
We are way beyond simple questions about whether celebrities use the products they endorse.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Oscars deliver few surprises
Admittedly, I only watched about 45 actual minutes of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, but what I saw I generally liked.
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SWANN: Nostalgia brings up early audio memories
It seems the way people listen to music changes every day.
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LOGUE: Nashville is sadder than Murfreesboro
LOGUE: Nashville is sadder than Murfreesboro
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that an academic study has found Hawaii to be the happiest state in the union.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Winter days bring fireside nights
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Winter days bring fireside nights
These blustery winter days have kept me confined to home lately, but I have enjoyed knitting and smocking by the fireplace while my husband, Tommy, watches television.
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Chuck Wagon Gang to perform in Smyrna
Chuck Wagon Gang to perform in Smyrna
Living gospel music history will be on stage Sunday, March 3, when the Chuck Wagon Gang will appear in concert at Parkway Baptist Church in Smyrna.
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VINSON: Blaxploitation films leave impression
VINSON: Blaxploitation films leave impression
The term “blaxploitation” comes from combining the words “black” and “exploit,” much the same as the term “smog” derives from a combination of “smoke” and “fog.”
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LETTER: Local Muslims owed an apology
Like many Americans, I am a member of a religious minority. The overwhelming majority, including those who do not belong to any of the above religions, are good and decent people.
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Flip, twirl and jump for 'Traces'
Flip, twirl and jump for 'Traces'
Energetic show comes to TPAC
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Arts Center celebrates Beatles this week
Arts Center celebrates Beatles this week
The Arts Center of Cannon County presents the music of The Beatles on Friday, Feb. 22, in celebration of the music that forever changed rock ‘n’ roll history.
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Living in Style expo slated for Saturday
The Living in Style expo is set for Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Middle Tennessee Expo Center in Murfreesboro.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Sports films offer endless enjoyment
Sports films have a special place in the American psyche. Ask any fan about what his or her favorite film is and you’re likely to get a myriad of answers.
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LETTER: Hollywood crosses line of decency
The media once again crossed the line of decency on Feb. 16.
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LOGUE: Value of reading lost along the way
By now, we all know Johnny can’t read. Apparently, other people can, though, because the president of Central Connecticut State University has compiled his yearly ranking of America’s most literate cities.
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WOODY: Today's advertising has nothing on comics
While rummaging through the attic, I came across my old comic book collection, circa the 1950s, and as I thumbed through the silverfish-nibbled copies they brought back some nostalgic memories.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Techology can be harder than it looks
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Techology can be harder than it looks
My goal for this week is to back up my iPad to my computer. It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It is not.
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Knoxville's Rhythm N' Blooms releases lineup for April festival
Rhythm N’ Blooms has recently announced the lineup for their April festival that will take place across several venues in Knoxville.
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Miss Daisy drives into Center for the Arts this weekend
Miss Daisy drives into the Center for the Arts this weekend for a two-week stand.
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'Little Mermaid' extends stay in Woodbury
'Little Mermaid' extends stay in Woodbury
Because of the tremendous demand for tickets, the Arts Center of Cannon County has added three additional matinee performances to Disney’s "The Little Mermaid Jr."
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An Affair Of The Art gets superstar preview
An Affair Of The Art gets superstar preview
The cast of "Jesus Christ Superstar" treated patrons to a preview of the show during An Affair of the Art benefit held Tuesday at Middle Tennessee State University.
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MTSU alumni score at Grammys
MTSU alumni score at Grammys
Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Josh Kear brought home his third country song of the year honor Sunday at the 55th annual Grammy Awards for Carrie Underwood’s hit single “Blown Away.”
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VINSON: Next generation woefully lacks gardening skills
Recently, a friend that he felt as though we – American society collectively – are raising a generation of modern-day morons and imbeciles.
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WOODY: NASCAR stars should prepare for singles spotlight
WOODY: NASCAR stars should prepare for singles spotlight
It’s not unusual for the ship of matrimony to crash on the rocky reef of discord – it happens all the time – but when it occurs to high-profile celebrity couples it generates attention.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Trivial concerns occupy my thoughts
I bought a quality name-brand down-filled coat on sale last year, and at first, I loved it. But after about five wearings, the zipper started separating at tummy level.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: WSIX changes morning lineup
The Big 98 WSIX announced it will begin broadcasting "The Bobby Bones Show" weekday mornings from 5 a.m. till 10 a.m., beginning Monday, Feb. 18.
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Lamplighter's Theatre to present story of love
With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, the Lamplighter’s Theatre Company is offering the best love story many have never heard of, “Last Train To Nibroc.”
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Tickets for 'The Lion King' go on sale Friday
Tickets for 'The Lion King' go on sale Friday
The Tennessee Performing Arts Center has announced that tickets for the long-awaited return engagement of “The Lion King” will go on sale to the public this week.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Seven Psychopaths' delivers on point
While watching Martin McDonagh’s film “Seven Psycopaths,” I recently came to the conclusion that he is one of the most talented writers and directors working today.
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Fiction Family reunites for new album
Fiction Family reunites for new album
Collaborations have their place in the overall framework of the music landscape. Such is the case with Fiction Family.
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LOGUE: UK company gets smart with wearable phone
LOGUE: UK company gets smart with wearable phone
There’s a new product for sale in the United Kingdom that is either an indicator of consumer confidence or consumer nuttiness.
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BURRISS: Demand for knowledge will continue in China
News out of China this past week has shown a more liberal policy toward the media, as government officials seem to be easing restrictions against newspapers and the Internet.
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Travel beneath the sea with Ariel this weekend
Travel beneath the sea with Ariel this weekend
Residents are invited to go "under the sea" as the Arts Center of Cannon County joins Ariel (Rachel Nichols), a young mermaid who longs to leave her ocean home for the world above, in "The Little Mermaid Jr."
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Former first lady’s favorite tunes focus of concerts
Thanks to the Center for Popular Music and the James K. Polk Ancestral Home in Columbia, the community can get a glimpse into the music of a former first lady in two free public concerts.
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VINSON: Shades of Marlboro Man reflected at public library
It has been said the Marlboro Man campaign is the most successful of all time, reportedly increasing sales of the name-brand cigarette, worldwide.
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LIVING WELL: Viral illnesses spreading rapidly through state
Every day that you are in close contact with other people is a day you are being exposed to a variety of viral illnesses.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memorials bring thoughts on life
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memorials bring thoughts on life
Although it may sound somber, I enjoy reading stories at the end of a year about about people who have passed.
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VAUGHN: Humble beginnings taught importance of hard work
Many of us Baby Boomers believe that our parents and others from that age group were truly the Greatest Generation.
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INSIDE MTSU: Customized alerts keep campus safer
But it can be a life-saving one. So, can the free emergency-alert system at Middle Tennessee State University.
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Shovels and Rope play their song all night long
Shovels and Rope play their song all night long
Shovels & Rope could quite possibly be one of the best-kept secrets of the previous year, but the secret will soon be out the door.
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Stevens makes comedy music at the Mill
Stevens makes comedy music at the Mill
Longtime personality to perform Saturday
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Sometimes movies just as good as book
When I started to do some research for this article, I looked up movies based off novels and ended up finding the results to be too numerous to codify.
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WMOT celebrates Black History Month with abolitionist music
Middle Tennessee Public Radio, WMOT-FM 89.5, is joining hands with a New England peer to celebrate Black History Month with “Let Freedom Sing: The Music of the Abolitionists.”
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Music ensemble brings history to life Sunday
Music ensemble brings history to life Sunday
Performing the music beloved by a gender bending, 17th century Swedish queen sounds like quite a challenge, but the acclaimed musical ensemble Armonia Celeste is ready to meet it.
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VINSON: Cooking up white lies eventually burns everyone
Based on my experience, a white lie refers to an untruth that, for the most part, is benign and not intended to actually hurt anyone, versus an outright lie purposely told with malice, with the potential to hurt the innocent.
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WHITTLE: Arming teachers might just blow up in our face
As a 50-year veteran of covering crime scenes for the news media, I never dreamt – or had the nightmare – that our society would ever be faced with a need for armed educators in elementary schools.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: To-do list clutters the new year
Is it because it’s the first of the year that my mind is bouncing around with so many things to do? Or is it because we’ve been so busy since Thanksgiving that I feel so burdened?
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Businesses embrace new technology
Businesses embrace new technology
Companies turn to social media
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WOODY: Pimpleback not just an insult anymore
WOODY: Pimpleback not just an insult anymore
The Cumberland monkeyface and orangefoot pimpleback are among some 70 endangered species in Tennessee, and we’re not supposed to mess with them.
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Christian artist sheds light at Believer's Chapel
Christian artist sheds light at Believer's Chapel
Peterson to perform in Murfreesboro
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Depiction of bin Laden manhunt leaves much up to viewers
This gripping Oscar-nominated drama about America’s decade-long manhunt for Osama bin Laden was making sparks fly even before it hit the screen.
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Bahamas brings southern drawl and more to Nashville
Bahamas brings southern drawl and more to Nashville
The music of Bahamas is definitely a getaway in its own right.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Cast defines this list of favorite films
My top five favorite films with an ensemble cast encompass a variety of genres.
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Flute Festival at MTSU to feature guest-artist recital
Flute Festival at MTSU to feature guest-artist recital
The 13th annual MTSU Flute Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, in Murfreesboro
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MTSU professor to share movie-making knowledge
MTSU professor to share movie-making knowledge
An accomplished filmmaker and Middle Tennessee State University professor will share his knowledge of student film-making with the Nashville artistic community next month.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Tricky printers take up too much time
I often write about my innate tendency to be disorganized, though I try very hard to fight it, and I get peeved when objects or things betray me.
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VINSON: New movies leave audiences wondering
VINSON: New movies leave audiences wondering
These days, as is the case with many others, I very seldom go to a theater to watch a movie on the big screen.
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WHITTLE: Quiet beauty of Mother Nature is all around
Jim Demos and I recently broke bread of fellowship and shared the wisdom of actually listening to people and the beauty of Mother Nature.
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WOODY: Another forlorn forecast for racing fans
WOODY: Another forlorn forecast for racing fans
Nashville Superspeedway is destined for another season of silence, a somber symbol of the state of auto racing in Middle Tennessee.
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BROWN: Nonprofits still have needs after holidays
Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.
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BURRISS: Conspiracy theories thrive for many reasons
BURRISS: Conspiracy theories thrive for many reasons
Here’s a little computer exercise for you to try: Go to Google and search for the name “Emilie Parker.”
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Catch them while you can
Catch them while you can
Driving down the road last week, a live cut of “Nashville to Kentucky” shuffled through my iPod, and it immediately made me reminisce about the first time I heard it.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Awards season has arrived
A friend encouraged me to watch the Golden Globe Awards last week, and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcomes of my viewing.
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LIVING WELL: Weather can cause pain for several reasons
This past week’s drastic weather changes have brought about increased pain for a number of area residents who have arthritis or sinus-related issues.
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HUNTER: Next media star could be just around the corner
For a long time, Middle Tennessee State University has been known for having one of the best electronic mass communication programs in the nation.
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TPAC stages '50 Shades of Grey' parody
The hilarious new comedy that brings all the naughty fun of the best-selling book to life, comes to the Tennessee Performing Arts Center’s James K. Polk Theater in May
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Comic books revisited in 'Kavalier and Clay' adventure
Michael Chabon’s “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay” was recently recommended to me by a friend and teaching colleague, and then, oddly enough, by Nora Ephron.
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LOGUE: Country's moral compass thrown off by Armstrong
LOGUE: Country's moral compass thrown off by Armstrong
The Lance Armstrong debacle brings to mind several thoughts about both hero worship and the confessional culture.
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VINSON: Designer bottled water comes at high price
VINSON: Designer bottled water comes at high price
Over the years, I’ve stated many times the concept of “bottled water” falls somewhere between one of the biggest scams of all time versus one of the most brilliant marketing strategies of all time.
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WOODY: Sad demise of storied New Year’s Eve tradition
Folks in Brasstown, N.C., couldn’t properly ring in the New Year awhile back when they weren’t permitted to plunge a possum off a rooftop.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Holiday hangover lingers on
It’s been two weeks since Christmas left, and I still feel like I’ve been run over by a freight train.
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Musician’s talent started with mother’s prayer
Musician’s talent started with mother’s prayer
While musician Billy Yearwood was in his mother’s womb 85 years ago, she prayed, asking God for a musician son.
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Resolve to drink more coffee this year
Resolve to drink more coffee this year
In this attempt for self improvement many people decide to reduce or cut out their intake of caffeine.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Guilty pleasures are better than nothing
Over last weekend, I saw Quentin Tarantino’s new film “Django Unchained.” It was a great film peppered with horrific violence, sparkling yet vulgar dialogue, and a great ensemble cast.
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LOGUE: Fickle finger of fate flips off neighbors
LOGUE: Fickle finger of fate flips off neighbors
Santa Claus and his eight tiny reindeer, led by the intrepid red-nosed Rudolph, weren’t the only things in the sky over the Christmas holiday.
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Go rest high on yonder mountain
It is a fair estimate to claim the amount of artists surfacing over the past several years playing string music or Americana has moved as fast as a Tennessee season.
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Beloved musical makes impressive big-screen splash
Beloved musical makes impressive big-screen splash
By now, if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve probably heard the buzz about Anne Hathaway’s hair-raising performance.
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BURRISS: Reality remains elusive in recent movies
I remember back in high school I had to do a report about Julius Caesar, and for one of my references I used Shakespeare’s play.
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VINSON: Remember to hit the streets with open eyes
Many years ago, at Vanderbilt University’s Sarratt Center in Nashville, a symposium featured renowned Hollywood director and producer Robert Wise as the guest speaker.
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WOODY: Tomorrow came without my toothbrush
WOODY: Tomorrow came without my toothbrush
When my alarm clock went off the other morning, I knew I was in trouble. The world hadn’t come to an end overnight, as the Mayans predicted.
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Center for the Arts to stage 'Footloose'
A generational clash between a stern pastor and small town teenagers comes to the Center for the Arts beginning Friday, Jan. 11, in the form of the musical “Footloose."
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MTSU alumna publishes first novel
MTSU alumna publishes first novel
Inspired by the guidance she received while in school, one Middle Tennessee State University alumna has published her first novel, “The Baker’s Man."
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WHITTLE: Black-eye peas could offer more than luck
Fellow fast food fan Fant Smith has resolved to not eat any meal dispersed out of a window during 2013.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Countdown until next visit begins
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Countdown until next visit begins
This was our year to have the grandchildren for Christmas, and they came like a windstorm and left like a tornado. Things are normally fairly calm around here, but when all that activity arrives, it is mayhem.
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Sports metaphors can be found in everyday use
The world is run in large part by the government and private business, but the nation’s No. 1 hobby appears to be sports.
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New Tarantino film not for the squeamish
New Tarantino film not for the squeamish
The “D” of the title may be silent, but director Quentin Tarantino’s super-charged, violent, sporadically comical movie mash-up of sweaty ’60s spaghetti Westerns and old South pulp starts out with a bang and gets even louder.
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Casting call extended for musical
The Center for the Arts has filled almost all of its roles for the March production of “Jesus Christ Superstar” but still needs a few adult actors to serve as high priests in the cast ensemble.
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Award ceremonies pay tribute in song
Award ceremonies pay tribute in song
Last week, the Kennedy Center honored musicians Buddy Guy and Led Zeppelin, two longtime veterans of the game whose work can stand up against any other group or artist to this day.
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BURRISS: Being too open minded could cause side effects
In case you missed it, the world was supposed to end last week.
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Residents invited to take the plunge Saturday
The 10th annual Polar Bear Plunge will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 5, in the outdoor Boro Beach pool at SportsCom in Murfreesboro.
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VINSON: Teaching children well may be only hope
Just mention “Columbine,” and most any adult will immediately recognize the event to which you’re referring.
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WOODY: ‘Progress’ is political-speak for more tax money
My buddy and I didn’t go quail hunting this fall because the old sage field we’d hunted in since we were kids is now a housing development.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Resolved not to resolve in 2013
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Resolved not to resolve in 2013
My resolutions for 2012 didn’t materialize at all, and while they’d still be worthy goals for 2013, I’m not going to have a plan this year.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Christmas no longer holds surprises
I told my daughter Beth there aren’t any surprises in Christmas any more. I remember more surprises in earlier years.
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VINSON: Story of Elijah is quite amazing
VINSON: Story of Elijah is quite amazing
With the Christmas holiday a mere two days away, this story, from a different angle, should fit the bill.
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Various factors determine price at auction
People always want to know what how much their home will sell for at auction. There are many factors that can affect selling price of a home at auction.
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WOODY: Before Danica, there was Janet
It’s ironic – and fitting – that a week after Danica Patrick was voted the most popular driver in NASCAR’s Nationwide Series, Janet Guthrie was honored at the Winners Circle Awards Celebration in Indianapolis.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Batman sees perfect end to trilogy
Last week I wrote about the amount of time I waited to see Christopher Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises,” and about how I avoid going to the actual movie theaters like the plague. This week I wanted to tell you what I thought of the film. It was amazing.
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Butler stars in scrambled soccer-themed flick
Butler stars in scrambled soccer-themed flick
In the spirit of the last-minute holiday scramble, here’s a father-son heart-tugger wrapped around a mushy reconciliation romantic comedy sprinkled with the tinsel of shiny Hollywood supporting stars acting like they’re in another movie entirely.
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LOGUE: There is no UN plot
LOGUE: There is no UN plot
Rick Santorum, call your proctologist. The doctor found your head.
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Downtown offers ideas for procrastinators
Downtown offers ideas for procrastinators
Whether you’re searching for that final gift or just beginning your holiday shopping, locally owned businesses have it all.
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Plan for New Year's now
The year is drawing to a close and over the next week many resolutions and choices will be top of mind.
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BURRISS: Newspapers are worth the cost
It seems almost an article of business faith that as revenues shrink you make the product smaller in an effort to save money.
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VINSON: Lighthouse provides more than a home
The first time I pulled open the door to walk inside, I admit I had mixed feelings: I needed to conduct my business as quickly as possible and vacate the premise as quickly as possible.
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WHITTLE: Searching for the perfect Christmas tree
This farm boy’s overall galluses had nearly burst with chest-swollen pride when Daddy decided I, at age 5, was old enough to be chosen to go with him in search of the perfect Christmas tree.
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WOODY: Heed the Christmas humbugs
WOODY: Heed the Christmas humbugs
Christmas gets more complicated every season.
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What does the future hold for sports?
My grandson, Jake Bolden, is a freshman at Eagleville, a baseball player and a real sports fan. One problem: He thinks he knows everything. Another problem: He just might.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Why people avoid the movie theater
Last week was big for movies and myself. After waiting the better part of two years, I finally saw “The Dark Knight Rises,” the final film in Christopher Nolan’s Dark Knight Batman trilogy.
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Stunning tale of survival offers much to ponder
An epic tale of faith, survival and the circle of coexistence, the stunning-looking “Life of Pi” loads a lot – and a lot to think about – into its more than two hours of running time.
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Kneiser finds balance in solo project
Kneiser finds balance in solo project
Murfreesboro artist releases new album
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Players to present Christmas classic
The Sunshine Players will stage the holiday classic “A Christmas Carol” beginning Friday, Dec. 14 through Sunday, Dec. 16, in the Patterson Park Community Center Theatre in Murfreesboro.
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VINSON: Wild night leads to stranger in hotel room
VINSON: Wild night leads to stranger in hotel room
The friend who shared the following story with me is not your soft, run-of-the-mill Joe who is easily unnerved. Rather, he is a crusty, street-savvy, hardened type who has “been there and done that,” as the old saying goes.
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WOODY: Good deer hunter has smell of success
On opening day of deer season, I got up early to get my makeup on.
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WHITTLE: Car talk helped pass time while chopping cotton
A gathering cloud of dust on our unpaved farm road triggered great interest, during the crop-growing seasons of youth.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Bug sends holiday plans down the drain
While 'tis the season to be jolly, Mother Nature overturned my holiday plans by presenting me with a nasty abdominal virus this week.
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Median home prices rising
The biggest real estate news is that the national median home sales prices are up 11.1 percent from last year.
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INSIDE MTSU: Put time-saving calendar on your to-do list
There is one gift you can give yourself this holiday that will help. You can even make it part of a New Year’s resolution, if you like. Bookmark, and use, the University Master Calendar.
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Help local theatre raise money for the arts
Help local theatre raise money for the arts
In “It’s a Wonderful Life,” Uncle Billy loses $8,000 in cash, which almost bankrupts the Bailey Building and Loan and causes most of the drama for the show’s hero, George.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Movie relives Hilter's last days
Growing up, my father, Tommy Bragg, was in the Air National Guard where he was fortunate to retire as a colonel.
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LOGUE: Chiefs should have postponed game
LOGUE: Chiefs should have postponed game
The rationale behind the decision by the Kansas City Chiefs to play the scheduled game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday baffles me.
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Record shop brings nostalgia back
Record shop brings nostalgia back
Music abounds in downtown Murfreesboro
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Tolkien creates fairy tales for all ages
Whether you have been a long-time J.R.R. Tolkien enthusiast, or are merely passing acquaintances, "Letters from Father Christmas" deserve a spot on your bookshelf, if for no other time than the holidays.
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Hood recalls past in latest album
Hood recalls past in latest album
With his third solo album, Patterson Hood summons up a period when he was at a low and pins it against the new stage that he is in now in life.
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Spunky tale puts edgy twist on familiar characters
Spunky tale puts edgy twist on familiar characters
Do you believe in Santa Claus? For children, there should only be one answer to that question – and the Guardians want to keep it that way.
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BURRISS: Staff likely behind pope Twitter feed
As of Monday morning, Pope Benedict XVI supposedly has his own Twitter account, which has the potential of having billions and billions of followers.
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LIVING WELL: Everyone can be successful at something
Have you ever had a goal or dream that you gave up on?
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Danica divorce adds intrigue to NASCAR
Danica divorce adds intrigue to NASCAR
Danica is a celebrity, the most famous woman racer since the invention of the wheel, and celebrity is a double-edged sword. It cuts both ways, conveniently and inconveniently.
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VINSON: Petreaus scandal is spooky
Did retired Gen. David Petraeus admit to an affair only because he was backed into a corner and had no other choice?
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Favorite finds make perfect gifts
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Favorite finds make perfect gifts
If you’re reading this on Sunday there are 23 days left until Christmas and you may still be looking for that “perfect” gift.
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INSIDE MTSU: Blessed to help generate media attention
Although we occasionally face challenges with not-so-good news, there is an abundance of good, positive news that makes our beacon shine even brighter.
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Every time we say goodbye
Every time we say goodbye
Local jazz legend remembered
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PICKIN' ON FILM: These great movies are worth watching
Now that winterlike temperatures are keeping many people from enjoying the outdoors, here are five great movies to watch indoors.
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LIVING WELL: Coffee has some surprising health benefits
LIVING WELL: Coffee has some surprising health benefits
As my wife, Ginny, will attest, I am kind of a nut about coffee. I’m not a coffee nut, just a little bit eccentric about coffee.
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LOGUE: Hollywood should forget 'Casablanca' sequel
LOGUE: Hollywood should forget 'Casablanca' sequel
How can any rational human being suggest a sequel to “Casablanca?”
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BURRISS: Petraeus scandal highlights privacy issues
Supporters of government intrusion into private lives often like to say, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, what does it matter?”
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Football team repels invaders in misguided remake
The bad news: We’ve been invaded. The good news: Kids are taking America back.
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VINSON: Trimble exuded dignity over the years
VINSON: Trimble exuded dignity over the years
Many years ago, Frank Ritter, a close friend and former columnist with the The Tennessean, told me the Marcia Trimble murder case was the most significant murder case in Nashville’s history.
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WOODY: Keselowski is refreshing as NASCAR champ
A few years ago, I sat in a local eatery with a young race car driver, and over burgers and fries listened as he gushed about his plans to be a NASCAR champion someday.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Time to declutter those cabinets
It’s that time of year when papers, magazines and notes start finding their way into stacks. And it’s already getting on my last nerve.
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LIVING WELL: Time to fill the red kettle
LIVING WELL: Time to fill the red kettle
One of my favorite activities leading up to Christmas is to volunteer as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.
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BURRISS: Powerful people are just as clueless
One of the great things about scandals is that we get to laugh at those in power and say, “How could they be so stupid? Even I know better than to try that.”
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Cheekwood holiday festivities begin Friday
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art begins its monthlong celebration Friday of “A Storybook Christmas" with performances and festivities for the entire family.
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Craig is sensational in latest Bond flick
Craig is sensational in latest Bond flick
Daniel Craig makes his third appearance as 007, the dapper British MI6 officer with a license to kill in the latest Bond flick, "Skyfall."
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MTSU Can Jam to benefit local food banks
An upcoming concert at Middle Tennessee State University will be more than a feast for the ears — it’ll also provide a good meal for hungry students and community neighbors in need.
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WOODY: Leave Charlie Brown alone
WOODY: Leave Charlie Brown alone
Just when you thought the politically correct police couldn’t possibly get any nuttier, they proved us wrong.
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VINSON: Rolling Stones still rocking 50 years later
VINSON: Rolling Stones still rocking 50 years later
For this week’s column, I had to make a difficult choice between two high-profile subjects: David Petraeus and the Rolling Stones.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Fall colors are reason enough to thankful
These last few weeks of fall weather been beautiful, haven’t they?
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LIVING WELL: Effectiveness of epidural steroids questioned
Recent news involving the deaths of dozens of patients from spinal meningitis resulting from epidural injections has brought this treatment option to the forefront of medical news.
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Sugar Plum Fairy to visit Smyrna in holiday classic
Sugar Plum Fairy to visit Smyrna in holiday classic
The sparkling magic of the season comes to life in Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s enchanting version of "The Nutcracker."
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Isbell puts Heart of Dixie on the map
Barr Weissman’s documentary explores the Drive-By Truckers at a tumultuous time when their existence was somewhat reminiscent of the characters about which they write.
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LOGUE: Thanksgiving is time to be thankful
Some of the magic of the Black Friday sales extravaganza escapes me, I must admit.
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BURRISS: Big data is watching you
One of the newest buzz words going around these days is “big data,” the idea that organizations are collecting more and more information about all of us.
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‘White gold’ is center of sweet saga in Cuban documentary
The story of sugar’s prominence as the “white gold” of the Caribbean will be told at the world premiere of an MTSU professor’s new documentary.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Themes clash darkly 'In Bruges'
One summer away from home during my undergraduate studies at Rhodes College I spent a summer taking classes at St. John’s College, one of the 29 schools that make up Oxford University.
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Washington stars as pilot in terrific new drama
After what was obviously a wild night, a hung-over Whip Whitaker rouses from his stupor.
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Lorrie Morgan’s Christmas gift
Lorrie Morgan’s Christmas gift
Country star sings for the holidays
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MOVIE: Hostage drama based on true 1979 story
Ben Affleck stars as Tony Mendez in Argo a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films.
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VINSON: Streaker left quite an impression
Now, what I’m about to share with you, indeed, was a trendsetter and – by far – got more attention and drew greater enthusiasm than any other single event I can recall during my years at Middle Tennessee State University.
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WOODY: Mole rats need love too
WOODY: Mole rats need love too
Awhile back there was a story about a gaggle of animal activists who were up in arms over the plight of baby fur seals.
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Arts Center plans trip to Neverland
Arts Center plans trip to Neverland
Peter Pan flies into the Arts Center of Cannon County this month for children of all ages to enjoy.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Weekly news binge quite informative
Wednesday is my favorite day to read newspapers. I read three papers a day and it can take up a lot of time, depending on how much I have to spend.
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Album still sounds young after 40 years
Album still sounds young after 40 years
Some albums never get old. When speaking on this subject, Neil Young’s 1972 classic, “Harvest,” is always one that comes to mind.
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Murfreesboro performers to offer singular sensation
That singular sensation is coming to The Center for the Arts starting Friday, Nov. 2, in Murfreesboro.
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BURRISS: Do your part to make sure our system works
It might be hard to believe, but the 2012 election season is rapidly winding down; some of us would say, "not rapidly enough."
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LOGUE: Youth of America saw Obama as hero
LOGUE: Youth of America saw Obama as hero
The “can-do, one-person-can-change-the-world” spirit associated with youth is still there, but is it there in sufficient numbers to re-elect Barack Obama?
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'Sinister' is unsettlingly scary
'Sinister' is unsettlingly scary
If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween jolt here’s a scary-movie treat that’ll do the trick.
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WOODY: Health concerns could signal changes for Dale Jr.
WOODY: Health concerns could signal changes for Dale Jr.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was wise to sit out a couple of races after suffering a concussion in an Oct. 7 crash in Talladega, Ala.
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LIVING WELL: Ghost surgeons do exist
Not many would think of a modern day surgeon as being a ghost. Yet, some of the scariest tales that some patients have heard involve “ghost surgeons.”
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Auctions offer sellers a multitude of perks
Selling your home is a major life decision, but figuring out how to sell it is even more important. One important method most homeowners overlook is the real estate auction method.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Be sure to enjoy the wonders of fall
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Be sure to enjoy the wonders of fall
Cooler weather, trees in brilliant colors, and darker mornings can only mean one thing: It’s fall.
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LETTER: Romney is best choice for president
I have followed with interest your recent coverage of the election. However, one key fact has been under emphasized in your reporting.
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GUEST EDITORIAL: Working families are real job creators
GUEST EDITORIAL: Working families are real job creators
The phrase “job creators” has become a political buzzword that is often times used to denounce any form of regulation and used to support theories that big corporations should continue to receive large tax breaks and exemptions.
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LETTER: Obama should be re-elected
Since taking office, President Barack Obama has worked tirelessly to stabilize the economy and rebuild America’s middle class.
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East goes west to record new double disc album
Making a record can be a difficult task, but for Nashville’s Anderson East the notion was one that took time and well-thought exercise.
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Boy riffs on classic horror in new Disney film
Before director Tim Burton struck box-office gold, he toiled away in obscurity as a 22-year-old animator apprentice for Walt Disney Studios.
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Anderson movie full of romantic references
I mentioned a few weeks back about Stanley Kubrick being the greatest director who ever lived. This week, I want to talk about my favorite living director, Wes Anderson.
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Magic returns to Murfreesboro
As The Middle Tennessee Magic Club prepares for their next big production, “The Fall Festival of Magic 2012,” the team responsible for the overall look of the show is striving to showcase as wide a variety of talents as possible.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Placing blame becomes silly habit
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Placing blame becomes silly habit
My husband, Tommy, and I have been spending a lot of time together lately. Several of our conversations have started with, “Do you remember where you put my (fill in the blank)?”
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VINSON: Kennedy endured communist threats with resolve
VINSON: Kennedy endured communist threats with resolve
This month marks the 50th anniversary of the Cuban missile crisis. The media has been covering this historical event with in-depth regularity, so I’ve been attempting to gather my thoughts on how I would approach this week’s column.
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WOODY: PETA chooses sharks over swimmers in Florida
WOODY: PETA chooses sharks over swimmers in Florida
After a Florida teenager almost lost a leg in a shark attack while spear-fishing, PETA showed which side of the food chain it’s on.
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Music is a family tradition
Music is a family tradition
Ancestors continue spreading country tunes worldwide
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Music abounds this fall in midstate
It’s difficult to believe, but we’re kicking off the fourth quarter, and it brings with it another mix of music choices to the midstate.
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King story was instant classic
King story was instant classic
Much like every typical day, I was on the Internet Movie Database and looking for something to spark my imagination for the particular periodical I hope you’re reading at the moment.
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Mind bender could become new sci-fi classic
Imagine a future America in which mobsters use time travel to zap anyone on their hit list back 30 years to 2044.
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LOGUE: Debates show little of consequence
LOGUE: Debates show little of consequence
If there’s one thing that’s not up for debate in this presidential campaign, it’s the debates themselves – they stink.
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Clay expressions to be featured at art gallery
The Todd Art Gallery will present “Forms of Expression: A Survey in Contemporary Clay” from Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 1.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Rain brings quiet sounds of fall
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Rain brings quiet sounds of fall
Until recently, every time my head hit the pillow, my eyes immediately shut, and I was off to Never-Never Land. Lately, things have changed.
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Affirmative action remains one hot potato
Affirmative action remains one hot potato
If an issue at hand has anything to do with a political campaign, the vast majority of candidates are prone to say whatever best serves their personal agenda.
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Salt in coffee can enhance natural flavors
So, I recently read an article in a trade publication about using salt in your coffee to enhance flavors.
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Laughs abound in world of college singing groups
Laughs abound in world of college singing groups
Fans of “Glee” and popular singing competitions will dig this high-spirited, youthful comedy romp.
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Is Big Bird protected under labor laws?
I have to start with a confession, or disclosure, or whatever the politically correct term is: I have personally met both Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch.
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Closing public access hurts researchers of all stripes
Closing public access hurts researchers of all stripes
Social Security officials are finding out that making it more difficult for citizens to gain access to death records is hurting millions of people.
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Whitehorse set to play The Basement
Whitehorse set to play The Basement
The husband and wife duo, Whitehorse, is set to play The Basement on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Nashville.
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American students could learn from humble girl
American students could learn from humble girl
If you've been at a Tennessee elementary school lately and observed school-age children, you have probably noticed a worrisome trend: Too many are overweight.
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Case of sleepy defendant defies logic
Case of sleepy defendant defies logic
It could be called the sleepyhead defense. An airplane passenger went bonkers, pitched a fit and has to be restrained, yet afterward was found not guilty by reason of insomnia.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Making dinner vegetarian style
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Making dinner vegetarian style
Television personality Dr. Nehmet Oz had a food expert on his show this week who discounted the value of Omega 3 acids found in fish.
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Heart problems lead to life revelations
Columnist recalls his battle with heart disease
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Heart disease does have funny side
When I was released from the hospital after eight days, the medical professionals gave me some specific instructions.
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Uncle Dave Macon Days named best festival in midstate
Uncle Dave Macon Days named best festival in midstate
The readers of The Tennessee Magazine have selected Uncle Dave Macon Days as the best festival in Middle Tennessee.
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Greene finds silver lining with new project
It hasn’t been too many moons since Jackie Greene broke onto the music scene and radio waves with the single, “Honey I Been Thinking About You,” in 2005, but since then, he’s come a long way.
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Kubrick’s demands turned into cinematic genius
If you’ve read my articles, you’ve probably noticed that I tend to pick out particular directors and cite them as the genesis of incredible vision on most movies.
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LIVING WELL: Learning to live without pain
LIVING WELL: Learning to live without pain
Everyone I know has pain, at least occasionally. Sometimes, we all have to just accept a little discomfort and press on with our lives. That is not the same as living with chronic pain.
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Sun Belt deserves more respect
I hope the Sun Belt finally gets some respect after MTSU went into Georgia Tech territory Saturday and pulled off an unbelievable 49-28 victory over the ACC school.
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War of words leaves voters confused
Boy, am I ever dazed and confused. In just a few weeks, we’ll be talking about how, in late October 1938, hundreds of thousands of people thought a radio dramatization about a Martian invasion of the earth was real.
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If talk show hosts were drugs
If talk show hosts were drugs
Only the creative mind of Billy Wilder could praise someone by comparing him to not one, but two drugs.
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October Scarefest is waiting in the dark for you
Frighten yourself into a monthlong film frenzy when the Student Programming and Activities Films Council brings October Scarefest, its annual offering of horror movies, back to the Middle Tennessee State University campus.
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Gere stars as corrupt billionaire in web of lies
He’s been an American Gigolo, an Officer and a Gentleman, and a Pretty Woman’s prince charming. And now Richard Gere has found another memorable, meaty role – just not in a movie with a title anywhere near as catchy.
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A carnival of commonality shows power of words
What does a lion, train wreck and carnival have in common? More than what you might think, I wager. Yet, the commonality among the three might not be what you think.
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Parkway Baptist dedication to be star-studded event
Parkway Baptist dedication to be star-studded event
Country music stars Connie Smith and Marty Stuart are scheduled to present a “Country Gospel Concert” as part of a dedication of a new sanctuary for Smyrna Parkway Baptist Church the night of Sunday, Oct. 14.
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Comedic showcase to examine racial stereotypes
Racial stereotypes, ethnic clichés and culture differences will be at the forefront Tuesday, Oct. 2, as The Out Front on Main Theatre plays host to "The Most Races Show on Earth."
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memories remain locked away
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Memories remain locked away
My husband, Tommy, said the other day that no one has photographs anymore because they're all locked up in someone's computer or camera. The more I think about it, he's right.
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Haunting history in Murfreesboro
Haunting history in Murfreesboro

Shadow Chasers holding Halloween walks

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Play hide 'n' seek in a cornfield near you
Shuck-N-Shake turns grain into grins
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Volunteer spirit breathes new life into Granville
Volunteer spirit breathes new life into Granville
Longtime educator returns to Jackson County roots
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Normandy concert a time to give back
Normandy concert a time to give back
There’s much that runs through the blood of musicians, and the question of whether many do it for the money or the love is always one to consider.
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'Godfather' leads all movies
While the gangster genre is filled with incredible, tightly wound pictures that shed light on the darker sides of life, like “Goodfellas” or “Bonnie & Clyde, “the best and most famous is “The Godfather.”
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Baseball drama hits sweet spot
Baseball drama hits sweet spot
A Hollywood icon takes a swing at America’s pastime in “Trouble With the Curve,” a about an elderly professional baseball scout who strikes out when it comes to relating to his now-grown-up daughter.
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Paleo diet may help stem weight gain
Many people in the health field attribute a lot of the blame for chronic illnesses and the epidemic of obesity to our modern diet.
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Lockout hurting more than NHL
The National Hockey League has done it again, staging another lockout for the fourth time in the past 20 seasons.
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Vinyl captures very best music has to offer
All the way back in 1811 a movement began in England which lent its name to people who are accused of being opposed to technological developments: Luddites.
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Hollywood doesn't shun disabled like society
Hollywood doesn't shun disabled like society
The woman entered the conference room prepared to make a contribution to the committee meeting.
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MTSU performers open season in ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’
Tennessee students will depict a tragic and confusing moment in history when MTSU Theatre and Dance opens its 2012-13 season Wednesday, Oct. 3, with George Brant’s “Elephant’s Graveyard.”
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MTSU alumnus named chair of prestigious film program
Clinton is an award-winning film composer who has built a reputation for scoring diverse films including the Austin Powers’ movies, Mortal Kombat, and Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee, among others.
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WOODY: Life could use more Burma Shave poetry
WOODY: Life could use more Burma Shave poetry
Back in the 1940s automobiles – like everything else – traveled at a considerably slower pace, allowing motorists ample opportunity to soak in the roadside sights.
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VINSON: Cell phones welcomed, no drawers allowed in hospitals
VINSON: Cell phones welcomed, no drawers allowed in hospitals
Many columns back, I wrote that the two most significant inventions of my 58 years on earth are the Internet and the cell phone.
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WHITTLE: ‘Real men’ must take united urinal stand
In seventh grade, a “fancy dan” school teacher with long polished and manicured finger nails attempted to teach us country boys about good hygiene.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Needing vacation from my vacation
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Needing vacation from my vacation
I ran into my friend Andy Womack the other day, and he had a good idea for a column based on a conversation we had years ago.
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Prohibition saga packs a strong punch
Like a familiar song goes, the hills of “Lawless” are alive. But the thing that keeps the Prohibition-era community of Appalachian mountain men humming in this movie isn’t music, but moonshine.
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'Hunger Games' proves book usually better than movie
Recently, I took a group of students on a weekend trip to Disney’s Blizzard Beach and after getting bored with the water slides, I sat down at the fake beach and read “The Hunger Games” cover to cover.
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LIVING WELL: Pineapple may help joint pain
As long ago as the 1800s, a constituent of the pineapple plant has been used to treat inflammation and pain. As a bonus, this substance may benefit digestion.
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Being sports reporter still a dream job
Being a sports reporter is a dream job for me. It’s something I have wanted to do since I was a child.
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People cause riots, not movies
In what may be an apocryphal story, Abraham Lincoln supposedly greeted Harriet Beecher Stowe, the author of “Uncle Toms’ Cabin,” as “the little woman who wrote the book that made this great war.”
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Being inspired to read does not translate into writing
Teachers used to ask why Johnny can’t read. Now, they’re asking why Johnny can’t write.
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WOODY: Isn’t road-kill stew, highway hash yummy?
WOODY: Isn’t road-kill stew, highway hash yummy?
A few years ago our august State Legislature, with nothing better to do to earn their per diem, passed a law allowing their constituents to collect and eat road kill.
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VINSON: Saint Peter and Jethro Bodine show value of an education
VINSON: Saint Peter and Jethro Bodine show value of an education
One day, St. Peter was sitting at the Pearly Gates working on his crossword puzzle.
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MTSU alumni bring 'Thursday Night Lights' to life
MTSU alumni bring 'Thursday Night Lights' to life
Each week, a group of former MTSU students help bring the biggest high school games in the area to the public.
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WHITTLE: ‘Burma Shave’ signs marked girl's early Middle TN journey
WHITTLE: ‘Burma Shave’ signs marked girl's early Middle TN journey
It started with Sunday go-to-meeting clothes and long drives in the 1940s.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: iLove my iPhone
MRS. MURFREESBORO: iLove my iPhone
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but it seems that all the world has iPhones these days.
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DR. KESTNER: Reverse effects of aging by increasing flexibility
DR. KESTNER: Reverse effects of aging by increasing flexibility
If you have ever awoke with stiffness or acutely realized that you can’t turn or bend a certain way, this article is for you.
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SoundLand releases lineup for 2012 festival
SoundLand Music Festival is less than a month away and it's gearing up for the biggest year ever.
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VINSON: ‘Hidden’ message in old Burma Shave ads
VINSON: ‘Hidden’ message in old Burma Shave ads
When I was a young boy, late ‘50s-early ‘60s, life was much more simple and common-sense themed than now.
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WHITTLE: Man slipped surly bonds of earth with Armstrong
WHITTLE: Man slipped surly bonds of earth with Armstrong
Former Sewart Air Force Base “army brat” David Bucher shared two milestone dates with famed astronaut Neil Alden Armstrong.
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: World is too much with us
MRS. MURFREESBORO: World is too much with us
If William Wordsworth were alive to see how encumbered by the world I am in 2012 I think he’d be truly shocked.
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Ingenuity resonates at Americana festival
Ingenuity resonates at Americana festival
The 13th Americana Music Festival is scheduled to jumpstart next week across five venues in Nashville with more than 100 performers.
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Routine run becomes deadly pursuit
In “Premium Rush,” an everyday routine turns deadly when a corrupt cop tries to intersect an envelope that’s been handed over to a bicycle delivery courier.
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News provides fertile ground for films
As a writer, I love to see movies about the business of writing.
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Campaign ads lack substance
If the past is any indication, some hot-button issues will consume more and more radio and television time until the election in November.
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Time for NFL football
Last night, America’s No. 1 popular sport,the National Football League, began its 2012 season with a match up between NFC East divisional rivals, the Dallas Cowboys and the defending Super Bowl champions, New York Giants.
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BUSINESS BRIEFS: Local art supply owner's work on display
Local business owner Glenn Merchant spends his time helping young artists flourish through his art supply shop Moxie! located in historic downtown Murfreesboro.
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VINSON: Nursing home helps in dealing with Alzheimer’s
VINSON: Nursing home helps in dealing with Alzheimer’s
In 2007, around mother’s 90th birthday, it became abundantly clear that her mental capacity had deteriorated to the extent that it no longer was safe for her to live alone.
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WOODY: Leaping lizards! Who’s No. 1 for slimy creatures?
WOODY: Leaping lizards! Who’s No. 1 for slimy creatures?
I read a story the other day that said Georgia is No. 1 in the nation in salamanders.
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RALPH VAUGHN: Milton church celebrates centennial year
Ward’s Grove Baptist Church on Halls Hill Pike in Milton has reason to celebrate.
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WHITTLE: ‘Town Teams’ helped rural folks cope with Great Depression and War
‘Town team’ baseball provided much-needed distraction
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MRS. MURFREESBORO: Grandchildren make me slow down, enjoy life
MRS. MURFREESBORO: Grandchildren make me slow down, enjoy life
I’m relishing the role I’ve been playing this week – the one where I get to be a grandmother.
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DR. KESTNER: Cholesterol drugs can injure liver, damage muscle, cause memory problems
DR. KESTNER: Cholesterol drugs can injure liver, damage muscle, cause memory problems
If you or someone you know is taking drugs for cholesterol, often called statin drugs, this information is very important.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Hilarious flick holds special spot in top picks
Well, the time has come for me to round out my series of articles on my five favorite films. Up this week is a film I’ve written a little bit about before. That film is Adam McKay’s “Anchorman.”
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Election parody unifies with bipartisan humor
Election parody unifies with bipartisan humor
Politics sure can be polarizing, but laughter has the power to bring people together.
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Muddy Roots show strength in third installment
Muddy Roots show strength in third installment
Music and its culture are in the blood of Jason Galaz, a shirt designer by day, who trades in his craft of screen-printing and artwork services for the love of music.
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Charting correct path brings questions to light
Classes start at Middle Tennessee State University this week, and as nearly 26,000 students come back to campus, we in the College of Mass Communication find ourselves facing the perennial question, “Are we a trade school or are we an academic school?”
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NFL leadership passes on common sense
NFL leadership passes on common sense
Over the years, NFL Films has spliced together hilarious highlights of coaches and players expressing their extreme disagreement with the officials’ calls.
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Children's music festival to benefit nonprofit
The Lead Belly "Blues for Blue" Children's Music Festival fundraiser for the Boys and Girls Club and the Lead Belly Foundation will be held on Saturday, Sept. 1, at the grounds of the Boys and Girls Club in Murfreesboro.
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WOODY: Avoid being run over by ambulance chasers
I once was threatened with a defamation lawsuit for comparing a trial lawyer to an intestinal parasite.
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VINSON: Tower of Babel remains relevant today
There has been talk in the Tennessee General Assembly of no longer requiring cursive writing in public schools. Legislators justified this proposal due to the technology-driven world in which we live.
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BRAGG: Wasting time is actually quite exciting
I've been fortunate to have had a couple of days with nothing but time on my hands.
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Fall colors usher in bevy of music
Fall colors usher in bevy of music
The dog days of summer are drawing nearer to a close and with that come a bevy of music shows in the midstate area.
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Renner takes reins in lates spy-thriller franchise
The fourth movie based on the espionage-thriller novels of Robert Ludlum comes to the screen with its name brand intact and its dark, cloak-and-dagger world as treacherous as ever, but with its familiar leading man in hiding.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Dark comedy ode to days gone by
Continuing in the vein of my fast few articles about my Top 5 favorite films, I’ll now turn to Wes Anderson’s 1998 film, “Rushmore.”
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LIVING WELL: Helping others part of finding true happiness
LIVING WELL: Helping others part of finding true happiness
I watched as my 4-year-old daughter conquered a small challenge earlier this week, as she diligently put forth efforts to learn to write.
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Traveling used to be enjoyable
As summer comes to a close, my mind wanders back to a time when travel was fun. Do you remember fun?
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Lamplighter's kicks off new season
Lamplighter's kicks off new season
The Lamplighter's Theatre Company opens its "A Journey of Discovery" season Friday, Sept. 7, with the return of "Man of LaMancha."
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WHITTLE: Huge crowd observes Stones River baptismal service
From rivers, to warm indoor climate-controlled church baptisteries, back to the river has been the evolutionary trail of Christian baptizing services over past centuries, dating back to the immersion of Christ, in the biblical account of John the Baptist.
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New York trip inspires Mexican meal
Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to go to New York City for a cooking contest I won through Natural Bliss Coffee Creamer.
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New comedy repeatedly hits low target
Four suburban citizen patrollers find themselves facing down an army of space aliens in The Watch, a comedy that sounds funnier than it turns out to be.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Movie brings us closer to humanity
A few weeks ago, I wrote about a series of articles focusing on my five favorite movies. This week I’ll talk about the most serious film involved, Steven Spielberg’s "Schindler’s List."
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LIVING WELL: A tale of two Christians
This is the story of two men that lived in Denmark during the early-1800s. The men had initials of H.C.O. and H.C.A.
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MEDIA MATTERS: Music can be found in stars
Humanity returned to Mars last week, and I was reminded that it was Pythagoras who linked music and the cosmos through the concept of music of the spheres.
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INSIDE THE ISSUES: What values do houses reflect?
A McMansion is a curious thing.
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Cripple Creek Cloggers return from Baltic States
Cripple Creek Cloggers return from Baltic States
Cripple Creek Cloggers and its accompanying string band returned recently from touring festivals in the Baltic States.
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MTSU welcomes community with fall concert series
To celebrate the new academic year at Middle Tennessee State University, the School of Music is bringing new and returning concert-series performances to the Wright Music Building this fall.
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Nashville ranked top music hub
Musicians and fans of all walks should take pride in the place where they reside.
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Dancing impressive in latest 'Step Up'
Dancing impressive in latest 'Step Up'
“Calling out around the world, are you ready for a brand new beat?” goes a classic ’60s Motown hit. “Summer’s here and the time is right for dancing in the street.”
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PICKIN' ON FILM: 'Chinatown' is amazing
A few weeks back, I wrote about my all-time favorite movie, “Barry Lyndon.” In the next few columns, give or take, I will focus on the other four in my Top 5.
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LIVING WELL: Plant more seeds for better harvest tomorrow
When my father passed away a few years ago, many visitors at his funeral talked to me about the kind things he had done for them.
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MEDIA MATTERS: True fans care more about performance
Because just about everyone else is talking about the Olympic Games, I might was well jump in, too.
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TECH WISE: Use social media to company's advantage
You have a business and a social media page, now what? How do you turn your friends and followers into return customers of your business? Social media marketing is like any other marketing you can do. It requires effort and some cost to do it right.
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Murfreesboro City Hall celebrates history
The Murfreesboro City Hall Art Committee announced the opening of the exhibit: "Our Stories - Mapping the Growth of Murfreesboro - Historical Maps and Murfreesboro: Through the Artist's Eye."
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VAUGHN: Arts Center of Cannon County is countywide effort
Woodbury and Cannon County have earned a solid reputation for being an arts community; going back several generations with hand-crafted white oak baskets, rocking chairs and more.
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Literary detectives always overcome evil
I was hooked on Nancy Drew from the first page. She was 16 and everything I aspired to be: rich, attractive and smart.
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Barbecue's best prepares for McMinnville festival
The McMinnville-Warren County Chamber of Commerce and the City of McMinnville will hold its annual Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned Smokin’ in McMinnville barbecue festival Saturday, Aug. 11, in the McMinnville Civic Center.
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Check it out now, the funk soul sister
Check it out now, the funk soul sister
Everyone loves free music. And when it is good free music then that makes the deal even more enticing.
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Supercharged saga ends grand trilogy
It opens with a funeral, ends with a burial, and fills the nearly three hours in between ramping up to an apocalyptic nightmare.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Producer got start in front of camera
A few weeks back, I wrote about “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” chronicling the career of Robert Evans, who was one of the most legendary producers in Hollywood history.
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Johnnaroo to showcase musical talent
Johnnaroo to showcase musical talent
Concert slated for next week
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HUDGINS: Enjoy arts for good cause
Looking for an evening of art and entertainment? How about two?
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VINSON: Aurora shooting will bring out dirty laundry
Every great once and a while, Hollywood will come out with a big-screen movie that features a character of omnipresent effect – a character so overwhelmingly convincing it is known, treasured and remembered by virtually everyone, everywhere, for eternity.
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WHITTLE: Tenn. Guard sustained life for war refugees
Apparently, one never completely gets over being in a war zone where live ammo tears through flesh and ends lives.
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Stuck in the mud but loving it
Stuck in the mud but loving it
Ivy Bluff Mud Bog a Saturday night delight
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WHITTLE: Today's female stars find Wells blazed global trails
WHITTLE: Today's female stars find Wells blazed global trails
Muriel Deason meant to be a "house wife," instead she became "Kitty Wells."
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Murfreesboro theatre looks to exciting summer
Murfreesboro Little Theatre has got all kinds of intriguing events coming up for the next few months.
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Fresh spin on crime-fighting web-slinger
Fresh spin on crime-fighting web-slinger
The superhero summer continues with the latest movie adaptation of Marvel Comics’ iconic web-slinging do-gooder.
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LOGUE: Sandusky sticks like thorns  in Nittany Lion’s paws
LOGUE: Sandusky sticks like thorns in Nittany Lion’s paws
The Penn State scandal is not exclusively about the climate created by a consistently successful, highly lucrative NCAA Division I football program.
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Premiere 6 goes digital
Premiere 6 goes digital
Now capable of playing 3-D movies
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WOODY: Don’t believe every old tale Old Wives tell
WOODY: Don’t believe every old tale Old Wives tell
I once made the mistake of believing the Old Wives Tale that a skunk can’t throw its scent if quickly dispatched.
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DR. KESTNER: MTSU research could lead to discoveries
DR. KESTNER: MTSU research could lead to discoveries
In our culture of Western-based prescription medicines, we have become largely separated from the notion that plants are used for their curative properties.
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Medieval twist on teen rebellion
Medieval twist on teen rebellion
After a dozen critically acclaimed films set in the alternative worlds, the animation wizards at Pixar studios hoe a much more conventional row with Brave.
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DR. KESTNER: Gator bite victim used spider web to stop bleeding
You may have seen the news earlier this week about a young man named Kaleb Langdale.
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BURRISS: Mobile etiquette for the masses
BURRISS: Mobile etiquette for the masses
I remember some 20 years ago everyone was concerned about what was called “netiquette,” proper behavior on the Internet.
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LOGUE: What happened to recess?
LOGUE: What happened to recess?
Schools sacrifice physical education for balance budgets
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HUDGINS: Start plannning for college now
With college tuitions on the rise, Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro is offering a workshop to help students and parents prepare for education costs.
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Waitress reaches national stage
Waitress reaches national stage
Rhoads competes in Hooters swimsuit pageant
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WHITTLE: 'Friday the 13th' lucky day for solo flight
WHITTLE: 'Friday the 13th' lucky day for solo flight
Mention Friday the 13th, and Ray Goad's spirit soars with the eagles.
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DR. KESTNER: MTSU medicine hunters research new cures
DR. KESTNER: MTSU medicine hunters research new cures
When you think of MTSU, you might think of an exceptional college offering degrees for professions ranging from teachers to nurses to concrete experts and air traffic controllers.
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VINSON: Slimy journalism whips up frenzy with pink scare
Most are well aware of the “pink slime scare” of 2012.
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Both hands point north for MidDay Farm Report
Both hands point north for MidDay Farm Report
The sounds of Ray Wylie Hubbard can spark many notions in the mind. But when playing it in preparation for a family’s final barn dance, it, along with a few other factors helped ignite the MidDay Farm Report, a new rural rock ‘n’ roll group from Middle Tennessee.
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High-spirited musical saturated with hair band tunes
“Rock of Ages” wastes no time in cueing the audience it’s a musical set in the 1980s.
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Nicholson continues to win over new audiences
It seems like every few years, a handful of famous actors have spectacular personal meltdowns and are relegated to the pages of tabloids until a role comes along and helps them reinvent their careers, if at all.
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LIVING WELL: Researchers take innovative approach to Parkinson's
Parkinson’s disease is a slowly progressive neurological disease affecting voluntary movement and other functions.
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MEDIA MATTERS: Indecency rules will be tough to determine
So, after the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling about indecency, broadcast stations can do anything they want, right?
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INSIDE THE ISSUES: Silence is golden to donors
Here’s a slightly existential question for Independence Day week.
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WOODY: Junior’s victory perfect tonic for NASCAR
WOODY: Junior’s victory perfect tonic for NASCAR
It was a long time coming, and it may have arrived just in time to shake NASCAR out of its doldrums.
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DR. KESTNER: Always be prepared before trip
Traveling away from home means that you will not have easy access to emergency supplies if a medical need arises.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Kubrick inspired love of movies
Although I love many movies, my all time favorite is "Barry Lyndon."
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INSIDE THE ISSUES: Should kids drive latest car?
INSIDE THE ISSUES: Should kids drive latest car?
Executives think that they can create Toyota traditions in families if they start with the kids.
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VINSON: Weather, like the times, are a-changin’
Given the unusual weather and temperatures over the past few months, I decided to do little digging in the Bible.
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WOODY: Time for British royalty to get off public dole
All the major media recently went bonkers over an unemployed little old lady in London, let’s call her “Liz,” who has lived her entire life in public housing.
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BRAGG: What are you reading this summer?
I’m a book junkie. My husband, Tommy, is a book junkie, too.
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BROWN: Community matters to many in Rutherford County
I often hear that Murfreesboro is a great place to live because the people are so generous with both their time and resources. That has certainly been my experience.
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LIVING WELL: Arsenic in apple juice stirs concerns
LIVING WELL: Arsenic in apple juice stirs concerns
Recently, a controversy ignited after testing revealed many apple juice products being sold in America contained a level of arsenic higher than what is permitted in drinking water.
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Bonnaroo remains well-oiled musical machine
Bonnaroo remains well-oiled musical machine
Festival continues to adapt with times
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Tennessee artisans prepare for Porter Flea
Tennessee artisans prepare for Porter Flea
Independent crafts festival slated for this weekend
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Star-packed pregnancy comedy fails to deliver
Since 1984, millions of women have become disciples of the bestselling series of “What To Expect” books by Heidi Murkoff and Sharon Mazell, which continue to guide pregnant and new moms in detail though the stages and phases of prenatal and childhood development.
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LIVING WELL: Research reveals benefits of acupuncture
Acupuncture has been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years to treat many disorders.
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INSIDE THE ISSUES: Cable pundits not celebrities
What happens when reporters become as famous as the people they cover?
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MEDIA MATTERS: Watergate precedent still important today
It was 40 years ago this week, June 17, 1972, that five men broke into the headquarters of the Democratic National Committee and touched off the greatest scandal in American politics: Watergate.
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Several websites offer limitless film facts
For those of you wanting to learn more about the film industry, check out these great websites.
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International Folkfest celebrates diversity
International Folkfest celebrates diversity
Dancers from around the world to perform in Rutherford County
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Bonnaroo packed with great headliners
Bonnaroo packed with great headliners
The Bonnaroo season has quickly arrived and with that it brings us many good things – headliners of Phish, Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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Music icon takes final bow
Music icon takes final bow
Americans, particularly Southerners, lost one of the last living bridges to our cultural past when seven-time Grammy award-winning folk musician Arthel “Doc” Watson passed away last week near his home in rural North Carolina.
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'Men in Black' franchise takes time-travel twist
'Men in Black' franchise takes time-travel twist
Fifteen years ago, the first “Men in Black” movie introduced the characters of Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones as special agents in charge of maintaining a “safe zone” for extraterrestrial-alien refugees disguised as Earthlings.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Tarantino captures audience through unique approach
When discussing the all time greatest directors, one thinks of Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Woody Allen. Surprisingly enough, one was born a few hours away in Knoxville.
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INSIDE THE ISSUES: For richer or poorer?
INSIDE THE ISSUES: For richer or poorer?
At least one survey shows that September is gaining on June as the No. 1 month for weddings.
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MEDIA MATTERS: Do mosque opponents want other properties nixed too?
It’s amazing sometimes how what we think of as obscure laws can have such unforeseen consequences.
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La Vergne holds host of family friendly events
La Vergne holds host of family friendly events
The city of La Vergne kicks off a host of summer activities starting this Saturday with “Music in the Park.”
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Manchester readies for Bonnaroo crowd
As the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival returns to Manchester for the 2012 event, the tight-knit town is already taking steps to warmly welcome the more than 100,000 visitors.
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VINSON: Mysteries of eagle too amazing not to share
“The way of an eagle in the air; The way of a serpent upon a rock,” reads Proverbs 30:19.
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Americana Music Association releases nominees for honors ceremony
The Americana Music Association recently announced nominees for this year’s Americana Honors & Awards during a ceremony in Los Angeles.
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WINE GUYS: Winemaker takes skills out into field
WINE GUYS: Winemaker takes skills out into field
You may not know John Duval, but you probably know Grange, one of the most legendary wines in the world.
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Aliens attack in classic board game spin-off
Aliens attack in classic board game spin-off
It’s summer, and you know what that means: We’re under attack from outer space again! And this time, it’s the U.S. Navy to the rescue in “Battleship,” a big-budget blast-o-rama based on the classic Hasbro board game.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Making a movie takes real effort
Last week, I wrote about my experience working in New Orleans on the set of an independent film called "Breaking Night." This week: what went on during our four days of filming.
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LIVING WELL: Life is what you make of it
Not long ago, I came across a book online that tackles how pessimism affects a person's life, and I couldn't help be amused at some of its reviews.
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MEDIA MATTERS: Protecting free speech essential to democracy
We've heard a lot lately about what it takes to be a “real” American.
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INSIDE THE ISSUES: Take a peek into modern reality
INSIDE THE ISSUES: Take a peek into modern reality
There’s nothing new about voyeurism. There are just more ways than ever to conduct it.
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VINSON: Jack Daniel’s coming into work early intoxicating
VINSON: Jack Daniel’s coming into work early intoxicating
A sane guess is a majority of readers are familiar with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.
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BRAGG: Technology is frustrating
Anytime I tell daughter Beth I’m having a computer issue she rolls her eyes as if to say: “What’s new, Mom?”
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Beale Street blues floods muddy Mississippi
Beale Street blues floods muddy Mississippi
During the first weekend of May, an estimated 100,000 people were found at the Tom Lee Park situated in downtown Memphis.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Dreams come true in New Orleans
I got to fulfill a decade-long dream of mine: working on a movie set.
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LIVING WELL: Lecture reveals hidden body mysteries
I listened to a lecture presented by a virologist last week that may have been disconcerting to some.
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Spring Fling brings out best in Murfreesboro
Spring Fling brings out best in Murfreesboro
The best high school athletes from around the state in five different sports have traveled to the greatest city in Tennessee for this week’s 2012 BlueCross Spring Fling.
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INSIDE THE ISSUES: Efforts continue to block sexual predators
Louisiana is taking a second stab at trying to keep registered sex offenders off social media websites.
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MEDIA MATTERS: Photographing police protects public
The on-going Occupy protests, and the protests and demonstrations at the NATO summit in Chicago this week, are once again highlighting the issue of citizens photographing police activities in public places.
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Some Bonnaroo fans choose comfort over closeness
Some Bonnaroo fans choose comfort over closeness
Festival loses luster among some music enthusiasts
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Celebrate this Memorial Day with local restaurant
Famous Dave’s Legendary Pit Barbecue restaurants in Tennessee, including the Smyrna location, invite local residents to join “Operation Famous Salute” over the Memorial Day weekend.
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Music fest brings needed income to Gulf Coast
The Gulf of Mexico’s coastline continues to recover from BP’s 2010 oil spill, but thanks to a three-day music festival, Alabama’s Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are back in business.
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BRAGG: Plight of ‘vertically challenged’
BRAGG: Plight of ‘vertically challenged’
So while I may bemoan the fact that my less than average height causes issues, I guess I should appreciate the fact that it can serve me well.
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Duck River beckons day trippers to Normandy
Duck River beckons day trippers to Normandy
Kayaking rental offers relaxing vacation
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Southern girls ready to rock
The role of the woman in the musical landscape has never been better than it is today.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Unraveling 'Citizen Kane'
In 1998, the American Film Institute released “100 Years…100 Movies,” a definitive list of 100 of the best American-made films.
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Film offers frightfully fresh twist on horror cliches
Film offers frightfully fresh twist on horror cliches
Five college students head out for a weekend of fun in a remote bungalow. But things don’t go as planned, and it’s only a matter of time before the bodies begin to pile up.
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LIVING WELL: Second opinions may provide solutions
A patient sat in my office last week and said to me, “My doctor told me there is nothing to do about my condition and I should just learn to live with it.”
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MEDIA MATTERS: Is publishing flu research dangerous?
MEDIA MATTERS: Is publishing flu research dangerous?
One of the criteria both judges and reporters use in determining whether or not to publish what may be dangerous material is, is the hazard resulting from the publication real, or is it merely theoretical?
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VINSON: Face-to-face is preferable to Facebook
VINSON: Face-to-face is preferable to Facebook
Facebook has become a global phenomenon.
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MOVIE: Marvel superheroes unite in mega-mission
MOVIE: Marvel superheroes unite in mega-mission
If you’re looking to stretch your movie-superhero dollar, here’s some serious blockbuster bang for your cinema buck.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Analyze films through new perspective
It wasn’t until 1975 that the genre of the Blockbuster began, with an adaptation of Peter Benchley’s novel, “Jaws,” by a then little-known director of a few films, a couple television shows, and future billionaire.
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DR. KESTNER: Being overweight is new normal
DR. KESTNER: Being overweight is new normal
According to a study in the news this week, most moms of overweight toddlers think their child is normal size.
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Making a joyful noise
Making a joyful noise
Coming home to fill Auburntown with gospel sound
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WINE GUYS: Problems with claret go back to source
The Murfreesboro Post's experts answer readers' questions about a variety of wine-related topics.
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Helm remembered among all walks of life
Words fell during the past weeks in remembrance and celebration for the life of Levon Helm.
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Modern makeover hilarious tribute to holy trio
Modern makeover hilarious tribute to holy trio
With roots as a vaudeville act in the 1920s, the holy trinity of knuckleheads became comedy icons decades later as television began syndicating their short films, nursing a new generation of young viewers on their manic mix of eye-poking, hair-pulling, face-slapping, noggin-busting shtick.
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LIVING WELL: You may have metabolic syndrome
LIVING WELL: You may have metabolic syndrome
Certain symptoms, when combined, may be a sign of this condition, which is often a forerunner of several serious health issues.
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PICKIN' ON FILM: Movies are form of art
In the early ’80s, about the time I was 3 years old, my parents would wake up on weekend mornings to find me sitting on the floor in front of our massive TV cabinet, staring up at the screen.
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SPORTS: Athletes awarded well-deserved recognition
SPORTS: Athletes awarded well-deserved recognition
Last week's MTSU awards ceremony gave all of the student-athletes a chance to be honored for all of the hard work they do both on the court and in the classroom.
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INSIDE THE ISSUES: Activist court hated by both parties
INSIDE THE ISSUES: Activist court hated by both parties
We all know that the president and U.S. Congress have low ratings in public opinion polls from time to time.
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MEDIA MATTERS: What is the true value of technology?
How many of you remember the myriad of stories you heard as children about the self-made millionaire?
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WOODY: To tell the truth, fish-fibbing is an art
WOODY: To tell the truth, fish-fibbing is an art
My fishing buddy Bob swears he doesn’t fib any more than he absolutely has to. That makes him pretty honest. For a fisherman.
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Crazy-sounding project is laughter-sprinkled romance
Crazy-sounding project is laughter-sprinkled romance
If you’ve ever felt misled, confused or ill informed by the title of a movie, here’s a film that’s about exactly what you think it’s about when you hear what it’s called.
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BURRISS: No wonder Americans move at light speed
BURRISS: No wonder Americans move at light speed
My son came home from school one time and we got to talking about how his day had gone.
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VINSON: Prime time knockout! Judd - guts, class, common sense
VINSON: Prime time knockout! Judd - guts, class, common sense
Popular actress Ashley Judd recently gave the public a refreshing reprieve by bravely countering baseless assaults from a prime time media “Gone Wild!”
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WOODY: Terrell Davis has the last word on racing
Terrell Davis, a Hoosier transplant who since age three has made his home in Rutherford County, is a member of fading fraternity: a racing journalist.
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MOVIE: Roberts hams it up in new spin on old fairytale
MOVIE: Roberts hams it up in new spin on old fairytale
Julia Roberts plays the wicked queen, so jealous of her royal stepdaughter’s legendary beauty that she can’t rest until she’s figured out a plan to get rid of her.
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LOGUE: Attitude of nation is lazy at best
LOGUE: Attitude of nation is lazy at best
When the sociologists and historians of the future look back at us and write the chronicle of our times, will they refer to us as the “it is what it is” generation?
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BURRISS: Retailers accused of price fixing
BURRISS: Retailers accused of price fixing
I’ve often talked about printed books versus e-books, and I still think there is something better about the printed versions.
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WOODY: New snake slithers into news headlines
WOODY: New snake slithers into news headlines
A headline the other day caught my attention: “New Snake Discovered.”
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DR. KESTNER: Myth about swallowed chewing gum
DR. KESTNER: Myth about swallowed chewing gum
A single piece of gum should make the trip from beginning to end in a couple of days.
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Spring into good music with upcoming festivals
Spring has arrived in full force and is bringing welcoming temperatures to the midstate.
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Sisters' tale shows importance of choice
Sisters' tale shows importance of choice
I had a preliminary consultation with a gentleman seeking acupuncture for a specific health condition a few months ago.
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Time to get Stanley Cup crazy
Could this be the year that Nashville finally beats its hated rival for the first time in the playoffs since the franchise was born in 1998?
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Plain speech protected civil right
A lot of people are counting on your inability to understand their writing to protect their jobs and enhance their companies’ bottom lines.
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Lack of exposure means biased news coverage
The recent Supreme Court arguments regarding the health care lawsuits have sparked numerous calls for a more open court, specifically real-time, or at a minimum, delayed video coverage.
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MOVIE: Blockbuster movie details freaky future
MOVIE: Blockbuster movie details freaky future
Fan of author Suzanne Collins’ smash 2008 novel “The Hunger Games” scarfed down the movie over its box-office-busting, $152 million opening weekend.
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Symphony to end 2012 season with bang
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Dolly spins her classics for Cracker Barrel
Dolly spins her classics for Cracker Barrel
Effervescent country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton is so excited about what’s swirling around her that you might think she’s off her rocker.
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Vinyl still in demand despite trends
Vinyl still in demand despite trends
Record Store Day celebrates five years
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America's pasttime continues to reflect culture
It’s time to hit the diamond as Major League Baseball opened its season Wednesday.
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BURRISS: Fifty dirty words banned from NYC classrooms
Some 40 years ago comedian George Carlin told us there were only seven dirty words you couldn’t say on radio.
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RuCo is one of healthiest in state, lags nationally
RuCo is one of healthiest in state, lags nationally
Of Tennessee’s 95 counties, Rutherford ranks third in overall health.
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MOVIE: Undercover-cop TV series gets hilarious reboot
MOVIE: Undercover-cop TV series gets hilarious reboot
The ’80s TV series that kick-started Johnny Depp’s acting career gets a raunchy, rollicking reboot in the year’s first laugh-out-loud comedy for grown-ups.
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LOGUE: Educational failure puts nation at risk
LOGUE: Educational failure puts nation at risk
If your motor vehicle sports one of those “My kid can beat up your honor student” bumper stickers, you pose a threat to your country.
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Young guns for greatness
Young guns for greatness
Chris Young aims for sixth consecutive No. 1 tune
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BURRISS: Media should be flustered over false Apple reports
Apple Computer, The New York Times, American Public Media and National Public Radio, are dealing with a 21st century play that has been passing fiction off as fact.
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FOOD: Drink wine with merry heart at Beachaven
FOOD: Drink wine with merry heart at Beachaven
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Beachaven Winery is one of Tennessee’s 32 wineries.
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MOVIE: Lorax makes green cool again
MOVIE: Lorax makes green cool again
Dr. Suess’ 1971 save-the-planet wake-up call gets a big-budget, 3-D animated update with the voices of Taylor Swift, Zac Efron and Danny DeVito.
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VINSON: Birth control debate raises important questions
VINSON: Birth control debate raises important questions
What is at stake are the thin line separating the constitutional rights of freedom of speech and freedom of the press from defamatory and libelous statements, and how we differ on priorities.
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Local nonprofits unite for ‘The Hunger Games’
Four Rutherford County nonprofit organizations are joining together for a premiere party Thursday, March 22, for the highly anticipated movie based on “The Hunger Games,” as part of an effort to gather food donations for the community.
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LOGUE: GOP candidates nipping at each others’ heels
LOGUE: GOP candidates nipping at each others’ heels
The Republican primary sweepstakes changed from a horse race to a dog race on Tuesday night.
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SPORTS: March Madness is spring break for adults
Starting today, the nation will either be in front of the television, or watching at work while their bosses are not around, the 2012 NCAA Men’s basketball tournament.
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Character by ‘Tarzan’ author finally comes to big screen
A 100-year-old pulp-fiction character finally makes it into the movies in “John Carter.”
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FOOD: So, you want to roast coffee at home
You probably have all you need to give roasting coffee at home a try.
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Hangout Music Fest adds more artists to line-up
Adding even more talent to already impressive line-up, The Hangout Music Fest has announced the inclusion of six more performers to their 2012 roster, ranging from rising indie stars to veteran performers.
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Tennessee ranks third in national poll
Tennessee ranks as the third most favorable state, according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey results.
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MINUTE: Cali Studios offers dance-infused fitness classes
MINUTE: Cali Studios offers dance-infused fitness classes
Local fitness expert Amy Ayers has brought West Coast flair to Murfreesboro with the opening of Cali Studios.
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LOGUE: Sorry is hardest word
LOGUE: Sorry is hardest word
Apologies certainly aren’t what they used to be.
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SPORTS: Hype heating up over Wrestlemania lineup
It may be the middle of the college basketball post-season, and both the MTSU men’s and women’s teams are preparing for the brackets to be finalized this weekend, but the month of March also means it is time for the road to Wrestlemania.
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MOVIE: Action-adventure drama keeps audience guessing
A CIA rookie plunges out of his humdrum day job into an international gauntlet of conspiracy, lies, and life-or-death danger in the action-adventure drama “Safe House.”
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VINSON: Hoover changes course of American history
“We must never forget our history,” said J. Edgar Hoover.
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WOODY: Shocking findings released about fainting goats
WOODY: Shocking findings released about fainting goats
Scientists are studying a special kind of goat that faints when it’s frightened. They’re curious about what triggers Billy’s blackouts.
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DR. KESTNER: Alternatives to disc surgery growing in popularity
Not too long ago, if a patient had a herniated spinal disc severely pinching a nerve, the only treatment option would have been spinal surgery.
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Murfreesboro: Then and Now
Murfreesboro: Then and Now
New book tells city’s history through photos
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Trapper Haskins crafts new EP of aged favorites
Trapper Haskins crafts new EP of aged favorites
Stumble upon some South Cumberland soul from artist Trapper Haskins & The Bitter Swill.
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Navy SEALs in movie-military hybrid
You’ve probably seen war movies before, but chances are you’ve never seen anything quite like “Act of Valor,” a rather unique hybrid of Hollywood hotwiring and military promotional muscle.
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DR. KESTNER: Unusual case of carpal tunnel syndrome
DR. KESTNER: Unusual case of carpal tunnel syndrome
Not long ago a patient came to see me about pain and tingling in her hand that turned up another problem entirely.
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Music City Roots releases new album
Music City Roots is embarking upon new territory with the release of their new album, Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts From Season One.
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Uncle Dave is smiling
Uncle Dave is smiling
Annual event names award winners
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BRAGG: Lent provides amends for failed resolutions
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LOGUE: Vending machines not for some items
The machine also offers condoms, pregnancy tests and decongestants, just in case you made love in a drafty motel room.
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BURRISS: Astronaut Glenn celebrates  50 years since orbiting earth
BURRISS: Astronaut Glenn celebrates 50 years since orbiting earth
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SPORTS: Olympic anniversary worth remembering
This week is the 10-year anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
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‘The Vow’ is fuzzy, date-night memory mush
“The Vow” is a new chick-flick romance hoping to set hearts a-flutter with the eye-candy charms of Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum.
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New Van Etten album reveals maturity
The closing song of Sharon Van Etten’s previous album, Epic, is one that showcases subject matter of a damaged soul – one that is broken and in need of repair.
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Disease is ‘more than skin deep’
Disease is ‘more than skin deep’
MTSU alumna to turn experience into film
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Lady Warrior’s last season game was great
This year the Smyrna girls picked up a nice win over Shelbyville and Oakland beat Independence for win No. 23.
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LOGUE: State of one best for retirement
LOGUE: State of one best for retirement
Tennessee ranks ninth on MoneyRates.com list
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BURRISS: Right to free speech comes with limits
BURRISS: Right to free speech comes with limits
Members of the Occupy movement have hurt their cause by their own activities that are unrelated to free speech.
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SPORTS: It's time again to 'Unplug & Read'
This week there is a movement around town, thanks to Read To Succeed, to “Unplug and Read.”
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Have you Yazoo’d?
Have you Yazoo’d?
Yazoo Brewery is a no-brainer destination.
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Bonnaroo reveals initial lineup for festival
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced its initial lineup for the 2012 festival.
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DR. KESTNER: Some people luckier than others
DR. KESTNER: Some people luckier than others
Recently, a patient told me that he could not imagine what a headache felt like.
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VINSON: Lesson in life — to be ‘one’ for someone
VINSON: Lesson in life — to be ‘one’ for someone
As I understand it, the following story is based on an actual event. Regardless its authenticity, it’s a good lesson in life.
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MTSU Grammy nominations ‘show depth, breadth’
MTSU faculty and alumni are once again in illustrious company for their roles in musical performances nominated for the 54th Grammy Awards, which will be announced on Sunday, Feb. 12.
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LOGUE: Founding Fathers’ ideals see waning influence
LOGUE: Founding Fathers’ ideals see waning influence
The United States Constitution will turn 215 years old this year, and it doesn’t look a day over 195.
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SPORTS: Blue Raiders need chip on shoulder
For the Blue Raiders, they hope the 2012 season does not end the same way it did last year.
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DR. KESTNER: Spinal discs need water, movement for health
Have you ever noticed that people tend to "shrink" as they age?
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High-flying yarn of WWII heroes misses its mark
High-flying yarn of WWII heroes misses its mark
The Tuskegee Airmenwere American’s first African-American military aviators.
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Truckers ain’t never gonna change
Tomorrow night, the Drive-By Truckers will start a two-night stand at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom.
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DR. KESTNER: Lower back pain may be caused by foot problems
DR. KESTNER: Lower back pain may be caused by foot problems
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BURRISS: New Timeline highlights reason for being careful
There’s an old, old saying that you can run but you can’t hide.
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SPORTS: Coaches don sneakers to fight cancer
If you went to the Blue Raider men's basketball game last week, you might have noticed something unusual.
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Dueling divas hit false note in newest comedy
Dueling divas hit false note in newest comedy
Dolly Parton and hip-hopper-turned-actress Queen Latifa tussle for the musical direction of their church choir in 'Joyful Noise.'
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Local eateries serve up affordable dishes
Most people who have driven through Murfreesboro know that we are community filled with a variety of restaurants.
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The power of love
Southern author looks to history for inspiration
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Meat-and-three with a twist
Meat-and-three with a twist
The Blue Porch expands with restaurant in Woodbury
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MTSU students produce country star’s show for network
MTSU students produce country star’s show for network
America’s music made, recorded at MTSU
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DR. KESTNER: The perplexing role of digestive enzymes
Think about a delicious food for a moment. Maybe a chocolate shake. Or a fresh-baked, hot pizza. Maybe a juicy steak. Or a tasty garden-fresh green salad.
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BURRISS: Journalists should not inject themselves into news stories
BURRISS: Journalists should not inject themselves into news stories
Remember when the heart of journalism was gathering facts and then writing a story based on those facts?
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LOGUE: Old adage about food should be reassessed
LOGUE: Old adage about food should be reassessed
If restaurants stopped offering so-called “all you can eat” buffets, would that have any positive effect on the national obesity epidemic?
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MOVIE: Dark comedy questions true meaning of success
The premise of “Young Adult” – a former prom queen returns to her hometown to wow her old boyfriend – might make you think it’s a comedy bubbling with bawdy reunion laughs and lost-love lightning.
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WINE GUYS: Good wine can be wallet friendly
A while back, we offered a list of recommended wines that cost less than $15 after hearing from a loyal reader who said this was the category where his palate and pocketbook were at.
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For the love of music
For the love of music
There is always a grand impression left behind when one can take note of a band that plays music just for the love of it. And one of those groups is Star & Micey.
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VINSON: Blanton’s pardon legacy lives on with Barbour
VINSON: Blanton’s pardon legacy lives on with Barbour
All these historical tidbits of political duplicity lead us up to the most current scandal: former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
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WOODY: Danica Patrick is racy, but can she race?
The Tattooed Lady is joining NASCAR’s circus.
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WHITTLE: Young missionary already has global ministry
At age 16, Beth Tucker received confirmation about her ministerial destiny.
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BRAGG: Put some pork on my fork

I was fortunate this week to be a judge at A Taste of Elegance, a recipe contest sponsored by the Tennessee Pork Producers. The contest is held in conjunction with the their yearly convention at the Doubletree Hotel.

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KELTON: Caring for furry friends as temperatures drop
Winter can be a beautiful time of year here in Murfreesboro. Frosty mornings with the frozen dew on the grass and trees provide a striking backdrop to our day.
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BURRISS: What exactly is indecent?
BURRISS: What exactly is indecent?
Almost everyone agrees that broadcasters should be prohibited from broadcasting “indecent” material.
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LOGUE: Synthetic drugs cause enormous damage
LOGUE: Synthetic drugs cause enormous damage
If the latest news about bath salts doesn’t prompt all intravenous recreational drug users to put down their needles immediately, there must be a lot of people in this country with subconscious death wishes.
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DR. KESTNER: Internet is minefield for worried minds
Many of the ideas for column topics originate during my conversations with patients.
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Damon follows animal instincts in family film
It’s loosely based on a true story, Matt Damon plays a journalist whose creative juices dried up after his wife’s death from an unspecified condition.
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VINSON: King’s message transcended cultural crossroads
VINSON: King’s message transcended cultural crossroads
Very seldom is it that an individual makes such noteworthy contributions to society that he is both honored with a splendid sculpture and a national holiday.
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WOODY: New public relations campaign needed for rats
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Symphony to honor student-musicians
On Jan. 28, the Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra will present the Richard Siegel Foundation and Music Excellence Awards to public school students in the sixth to 12th grades for their outstanding musical excellence as well as citizenship.
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MTSU group makes debut with baroque tunes, instruments
“Ensemble 1720,” a newly formed MTSU School of Music faculty period-instrument group, will make its debut Friday in the university’s Hinton Music Hall inside the Wright Music Building.
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DR. KESTNER: Arthritis may not be causing your pain
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ON THE HOUSE: Water in the basement - a very bad thing
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BURRISS: Where can readers find reliable information?
BURRISS: Where can readers find reliable information?
Let me start with what I think is true: Information we got from newspapers, magazines, radio and television in the ‘50s, ‘60s and ‘70s was pretty accurate.
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LOGUE: Racial slurs are not  best customer service
LOGUE: Racial slurs are not best customer service
Two recent incidents at two separate national fast-food chains fascinate me, and I humbly submit a possible solution to the problems they caused.
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MOVIE: Cruise returns for action-packed spy jinks
MOVIE: Cruise returns for action-packed spy jinks
Tom Cruise returns as Ethan Hunt, the leader of the super-elite Impossible Missions Force team, for the fourth installment of the popular movie franchise.
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Options abound for music fans in winter months
Options abound for music fans in winter months
The post-holiday music cycle is kicking off nicely at the start of the New Year to say the least.
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VINSON: From scared man to Playboy — classic tale of irony
VINSON: From scared man to Playboy — classic tale of irony
Vinson finds himself in Playboy magazine.
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WOODY: Beware when NAS-KARMA circles around
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'Only in America'
'Only in America'
Larry the Cable Guy continues to ‘Git-R-Done’
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WHITTLE: Local media outlet swipes Hinckley article
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BRAGG: Retaliate against stress by reading
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DR. KESTNER: Time to take a ‘sleepcation’ at home
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KELTON: Tips for reducing winter home heating bills
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BURRISS: Writing clearly remains vital in age of texting
BURRISS: Writing clearly remains vital in age of texting
What do the printing press, telegraph, telephone, television and everything about the Internet have in common?
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MOVIE: Thriller not intended for squeamish
One of the most anticipated movies of the year, "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo," arrived just in time to ensure no one overdosed on seasonal sweetness.
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What’s old is cool again
Vinyl shows staying power in new age of music
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Opening night of 'Guys and Dolls' set for Friday
Opening night of 'Guys and Dolls' set for Friday
The Center for the Arts and Bridgestone will welcome the new year with the classic Broadway show “Guys and Dolls,” directed by Logan Huber, beginning Friday.
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‘Five Women Wearing the Same Dress’
Out Front On Main Inc. will kick off 2012 Alan Ball style with his stellar southern comedy “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.”
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VINSON: Is National Defense Authorization Act ‘Highway to Hell’?
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WOODY: Pudgy pets add up to weighty problem
Updated: I saw a story on TV awhile back about an alarming situation.
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VAUGHN: Personal hero pulled self up by bootstraps
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DR. KESTNER: New hope for headache pain
In spite of hundreds of drugs on the market aimed at relieving headache pain, there are millions of people that continue to experience chronic headaches.
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LOGUE: Live, learn and love in New Year
I hereby resolve in 2012 ...
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BURRISS: Cigarette warning labels
BURRISS: Cigarette warning labels
One of the hot button issues around these days relates to the notion of “paternalism:” The government telling us what we can and cannot do in our own best interest.
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INSIDE MTSU: All is quiet on campus
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Keeping a Nashville music tradition alive
‘Music City Roots’ affordable night of great fun for entire family
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BURRIS: Changing technology redefines journalism
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VINSON: Treasured memory - song lost in translation
VINSON: Treasured memory - song lost in translation
It was decades ago, and I was an active-duty soldier in the U.S. Army, stationed in Hanau, West Germany.
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DR. KESTNER: Friends don’t let friends drink and drive
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LOGUE: Get over Tebow’s devotion to faith
Well, everyone else in the free world has decided to weigh in on Tim Tebow, the NFL starting quarterback for the Denver Broncos. I might as well join the chattering herd.
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BURRISS: Front-runners should be nailed
BURRISS: Front-runners should be nailed
At the moment, former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich appears to be leading other Republican presidential contenders in the polls.
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Muppets make a merry comeback
Muppets make a merry comeback
Can a new generation of moviegoers weaned on computer-effect razzmatazz cozy up to characters made out of old-school felt and foam?
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VINSON: Reasons I would not take a polygraph test
VINSON: Reasons I would not take a polygraph test
We, the public, rely on law enforcement personnel to protect us, right?
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ANOTHER MINUTE: Snowmen book raises dollars for Meals on Wheels
Red Cross urges residents to 'give something that means something'
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LOGUE: Black-and-white movies take shine off culture
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Day of infamy changed media, government’s relationship
Day of infamy changed media, government’s relationship
This week is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
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SPORTS: Army-Navy game showcases true heroes
At 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, the best rivalry in sports Army versus Navy, will meet for the 112th time.
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MOVIE: Supernatural romance gets wedding-Bella blues
MOVIE: Supernatural romance gets wedding-Bella blues
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson & Taylor Lautner. 113 min., PG-13
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Rhythm Kitchen cooks up mix of bluesy rock with soul
Rhythm Kitchen cooks up mix of bluesy rock with soul
In the short span of less than a year, Murfreesboro’s Rhythm Kitchen has become one of the hottest bands on the local scene.
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What’s your favorite Christmas classic?
Here are 20 TV and movie must-haves ‘yule’ love
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DR. KESTNER: Tennessee kids are too obese
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MOVIE: Sandler doubly dumb in comedic catastrophe
MOVIE: Sandler doubly dumb in comedic catastrophe
The latest comedy from Adam Sandler shares its title with the nursery rhyme about two children whose trek up a hill is beset by catastrophe.
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Changing trends make music for the ages
Top albums of 2011
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MTSU dance students to perform this week
Members of MTSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance are dusting off their dancing shoes to wow audiences with the Dance Theatre Fall Concert this week in the Tucker Theatre.
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HUDGINS: Dollar General has sights on Lascassas Pike
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BLACK: Balanced budget amendment failure is missed opportunity
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VINSON: Rockers understand more than some in education
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WOODY: Magic ride ends for ‘Five-Time’ Jimmie
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Chorale Society to perform ‘Messiah’
Chorale Society to perform ‘Messiah’
The MTSU Concert Chorale and Middle Tennessee Chorale Society will partner once again to create the memorable music of Handel’s “Messiah” for the community next week.
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WHITTLE: Is Thanksgiving more heartfelt than Christmas?
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BRAGG: There’s no place like home
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DR. KESTNER: Create more joy in your life this holiday season
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MTSU to celebrate centennial book release
Residents are invited to celebrate the release of Middle Tennessee State University: A Centennial Legacy with members of the university community Tuesday at 3 p.m. in the Tom Jackson Building on campus.
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Prepping your holiday playlist
Prepping your holiday playlist
It was only weeks ago that tunes like “Monster Mash” and “Igor’s Party” were put away as October and Halloween passed by swiftly, giving way to November and the holiday season.
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LOGUE: Women of Faith find friendship
Women of Faith celebrated its one-year anniversary in October.
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BURRISS: Stop Online Piracy Act could stop some sites
BURRISS: Stop Online Piracy Act could stop some sites
Ever since the early days of broadcasting, nearly 100 years ago, the law has had an almost impossible time trying to keep up with technology.
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MOVIE: Stiller, Murphy steal from rich, give to poor
MOVIE: Stiller, Murphy steal from rich, give to poor
“Tower Heist” is certainly well timed, as America is roiling with unease about Wall Street gluttony, corporate greed and the ever-deepening chasm between the have-it-alls and the have-nots.
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MTSU School of Music releases classical album
The MTSU Wind Ensemble unveiled its newly released album Wednesday – making it the first and only college musical group in the state to record for the world’s largest classical music label.
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INSIDE MTSU: Arts soar to new level
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VINSON: In light of series, what about white population?
VINSON: In light of series, what about white population?
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WOODY: Time to get your gobble on, my fellow Americans
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JORDAN: Central Magnet on its way
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WHITTLE: Illinois third graders want to know about Tennessee
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DR. KESTNER: Surprising history of Thanksgiving tradition
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Americana awards to premiere on PBS
Americana awards to premiere on PBS
The Americana Music Association’s music festival and honors awards are set to premiere nationwide Nov. 19 in a special episode on PBS stations.
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It’s a Darlins world
It’s a Darlins world
Jessi Darlin and her band rocked Gilligan’s Friday night in Murfreesboro.
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Romp smears Shakespeare
Romp smears Shakespeare
Was one of the most significant literary figures of all time a sham?
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DR. KESTNER: There’s more to life than social networks
How many “friends” do you have?
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LOGUE: Viagra vs. Kotex
Is there no area free from sexism in our patriarchal society?
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BURRISS: Watergate is one scandal that never ceases to give
BURRISS: Watergate is one scandal that never ceases to give
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WOODY: Benching Busch sends belated message
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DR. KESTNER: How Thanksgiving became a national holiday
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MTSU puts on 'Underwear: The Musical'
MTSU puts on 'Underwear: The Musical'
MTSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance is ready to escort audiences into outer space with “Underwear: The Musical."
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COFFEE TALK: What makes specialty coffee so special?
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LOGUE: Playing devil’s advocate
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BURRISS: Public information belongs to the public for good reason
BURRISS: Public information belongs to the public for good reason
It’s been said that all politics is local, meaning the most important political decisions are really made at the local level, not the state and national.
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Bands cash in on covers
Bands cash in on covers
Local rock outfits blanket Square with familiar tunes
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MOVIE: Everybody cut ‘Footloose’
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LOGUE: ‘Silent scream’ is best way to express agony
It’s amazing how several works of art employ the “silent scream” concept as a way to convey the most gut-wrenching agony a human being can possibly feel.
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BURRISS: Protests, demonstrations are part of the American way
BURRISS: Protests, demonstrations are part of the American way
I made a silly mistake in class last year, and asked my students how many of them remember the riots that helped end the Vietnam War.
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ANOTHER MINUTE: Belk sale to benefit local groups
Store to offer discounts to shoppers
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It’s a hard, knock life for this little orphan
It’s a hard, knock life for this little orphan
The Center for the Arts presents "Annie," beginning Nov. 3 at 7:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. Sundays.
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Put some red dirt in your country
Put some red dirt in your country
Jason Boland and the Stragglers release new album and plan for show at Exit/In
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Blackfoot Gypsies embrace American music
Blackfoot Gypsies embrace American music
Spoken word master Gil Scott Heron stated it right when he said, “the Blues has (sic) always been totally American,” in his “Bicentennial Blues” serenade.
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MOVIE: Campaign newcomer learns dirty tricks big-league politics
George Clooney has his hands full, both on screen and behind the scenes, with “Ides Of March,” a tense political drama for which he serves as star, director and co-writer.
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BURRISS: Real dish on zombies
BURRISS: Real dish on zombies
My father had a saying he used more often than I liked: “If a job be great or small, do it right or not at all.”
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Now that’s Americana
Now that’s Americana
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Rock’em, sock’em robots
It’ll be difficult for anyone of a certain age to watch Disney’s “Real Steel” and not think of a popular kids game from the 1960s.
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LOGUE: Triumph on YouTube
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VINSON: Casting stones at the WALL — ‘numbers’
VINSON: Casting stones at the WALL — ‘numbers’
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MTSU Centennial Homecoming celebrates past, looks to future
MTSU Centennial Homecoming celebrates past, looks to future
Updated: Week of festivities begins Friday
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BRAGG: Weather inspires food
BRAGG: Weather inspires food
The weather has been so picture-perfect lately that is has been inspirational.
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BLOG: Imagine weekend with no sports
As for me, 9/11 started out normal, but like all of us it changed the way I live, forever.
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TPAC presents 'Art of Jack Daniels'
TPAC presents 'Art of Jack Daniels'
The fun and educational tasting series, “The Art of” will begin its second year on Thursday, Oct. 20, with “The Art of Jack Daniel’s.”
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DR. KESTNER: Your computer may be causing your pain
DR. KESTNER: Your computer may be causing your pain
Although our work and leisure activities involve a considerable amount of time sitting in a static position immobilized before a backlit LCD or LED screen, our bodies are really suited to more dynamic activities.
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BLOG: The NFL is Back
Finally after four and half months of disagreement between the NFL players and owners, the locks have broken off and the NFL is back in business.
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Blog: Looking back at Atlanta 15 years later
This week marks the 15th year anniversary of the city of Atlanta welcoming the world for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
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Blog: Title IX celebrates 40 years
Has enough progress been made?
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Blog: College Sports Fans Needs to Grow Up
People treat the SEC on Saturday like they treat service on Sunday, but need to realize the players are students, not pros.
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Men see better life expectancy in RuCo
If someone told you that Rutherford County is a better place for a man to live than the nation of Slovenia, you’d say, “Tell me something I don’t know.”
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Blog: Baseball brings back memories of dad
With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, baseball has played a part in my relationship with my father.
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Blog: Is NBC's $4 billion Olympic deal worth it?
This week, NBC won the right to continue their partnership with the Olympics Games that started back with the 1988 Summer Games and in 2002 the network added the Winter Olympics.
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Blog: Memorial Day turns into bad luck for National Guard cars
National Guard cars saw misfortune in the final turn at Coke 600 and Indy 500.
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WHITTLE: Two youths overcome childhood illnesses
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Blog: Fans please use golden rule at games
Don't act like a soccer hooligan this Memorial Day
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State flunks Women’s Health Report Card
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Blog: ESPN has issues
Or at least a new book
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Blog: Brickyard celebrates 100 years of racing
This weekend begins the road to one of the best sporting events in the nation, The Indianapolis 500.
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READ ALL ABOUT IT: Time to get into sales
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Blog: Playing through pain
Youth baseball brings team from devastated Ringgold, Ga. to town.
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HOFFMANN: Special deals aren’t always special
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Blog: Wide World of Sports celebrates golden anniversary
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Tennessee’s farmers keep low profile on Earth Day
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Blog: March Madness fades to Cup Craziness
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Blog: Is baseball still 'America's Pastime'?
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HOFFMANN: Don't get in too deep, mulch with care
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Blog: Lack of depth costs Lady Raiders
Unfortunately for Blue Raider fans and head coach Rick Insell, the bench was not remotely prepared for the kind of stage presented by the NCAA Tournament.
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Blog: March Madness rolls in like lion
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BRAGG: Favorite Finds are 'bees knees'
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GIBSON: 'Get point' on public notices
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CORNELIUS: REA responds to anti-union legislation
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VINSON: Fargo Strut: an Ode to the Good ol’ Days of Rasslin’
For this week’s column, I’m going to borrow from Post correspondent David Hunter’s Jan. 16 article, “Lawler, Mantell return for match of the century.”
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BURRISS: Tucson shooting opens debate about debate
Last weekend’s shooting in Tucson, Ariz., has prompted well-deserved calls for more civility in public discourse.
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VINSON: Red Alert! ‘Phone Spoofing,’ Read for your own safety
If I knew that some mentally-deranged maniac was totin’ a .44 magnum handgun and threatening to blow your head clean off your shoulders, you’d want me to alert you to this, correct?
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WHITTLE: Shipp sailed with sports elite of America
This Shipp was launched in land-locked Middle Tennessee. Born in 1929, career trade winds took Ken Shipp around the sports’ world multiple times.
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MRS. BORO: Organized office starts with snowball’s chance
There’s nothing like a full blanket of snow to make the world seem right again, in my opinion.
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KESTNER: Wanted: Local bee keepers for hive work
You may not have ever considered the importance of honeybees.
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KESTNER: Suggestions to avoid needing pain relievers
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Majestic swans’ arrival foretold white Christmas
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KESTNER: With many choices, which pain reliever is best?
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Rocky road ahead for open government in TN
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Polls quickly multiply as 2012 elections approach
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Popular music and its effect on society
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Play’s charm, ‘belly laughs’ warm cold winter night
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Children make sweetest sounds
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Notice — weekly newspapers get the job done
According to Tennessee law and precedent, The Murfreesboro Post is a newspaper of general circulation.
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DR. KESTNER: Predictions for future of your health care
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LARRY BURRIS: What’s your name? Fame
By now you’re probably saturated with “all Lindsay Lohan, all the time.”
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MIKE VINSON: Good ‘walkin’ ‘round’ sense
On a daily basis, we encounter headline stories that are troublesome: a weak economy growing weaker with each passing second, earthquakes and other geo-eco disasters of such magnitude that talk about the “end of time” rules early morning conversations at local restaurants, and the list continues.
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DR. KESTNER: Five pieces of bad advice for bad backs
During my last 30 years of caring for people with back problems, I have seen and heard an amazing variety of tips and suggestions for relieving back pain.
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Getting the upper hand with arthritis
Hand care tips from the Stones River Pain Clinic
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Art in Bloom to be held at AdamsPlace
Thirty-six pieces of original art will be on display, representing more than 30 local artists.
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Dr. Kestner: Certain foods may make allergy symptoms worse
Now that the entire world seems to be thickly coated in a layer of yellow pollen, allergy symptoms are affecting thousands of Middle Tennesseans.
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Dr. Kestner: Some allergy specialists foregoing needle for drops
f you know anyone that has undergone medical treatment for allergies, you know that they have likely made repeated weekly visits to the doctor’s office for a year or more to receive injections.
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Sharing Thoughts: For children Easter prayers lead to eggs, candy
Easter Sunday brings back childhood memories
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Dr. Kestner: Can acupuncture help allergies?
Research is mixed
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Dr. Kestner: Happiness is free, but instructions cost $11.95
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Mrs. 'Boro: Time to dump stuff
Take on spring cleaning before its too late.
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Dr. Kestner: Save up your change, be glad that you did
Feeding your piggy bank can help you meet goals
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Learning about science of teaching
If the mother’s lap is the child’s first classroom, I wish I had had a crash course in education.
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Dr. Kestner: Spring ... can your ol’ bod handle it?
Try this exclusive Murfreesboro Post spring fitness test
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Dr. Kestner: Those morning pains can be solved
Start day by stretching instead of pain relievers
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The Edge: Mullins legacy lives on with grandson
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Dr. Kestner: This lady reduced her stress…
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Dr. Kestner: A special Valentine's Day salute
Perfect time to pay tribute to loved ones
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Dr. Kestner: What if your diagnosis proves wrong?
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Sharing Thoughts: Nuggets of wisdom sometimes blow in from the blue
Sharing a Naomi Judd story
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Dr. Kestner: Chiropractic secrets revealed
Spinal problems can be prevented
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Dr. Kestner: Some curious facts about your neighbors
Most of us don’t really know much about the people living next door or down the street.
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Dr. Kestner: Human brain filled with mysteries
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Dr. Kestner: Let's cast 2010 challenges, predictions
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Sharing Thoughts: Jennings A. Jones still stands tall
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Dr. Kestner: Lessons learned from Ellie and her Papaw
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Sharing Thoughts: Heavy rain prompts story of responsibility
Sour day turns into treasured memory
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Dr. Kestner: Enthusiastic headache relief
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Dr. Kestner: Choose perfect gifts this Christmas
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Dr. Kestner: Pest control, pepper spray & pain relief
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Dr. Kestner: Chronic inflammation will probably be what kills you
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Dr. Kestner: Some assisted living centers combine quality care, caring
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YEAH center celebrates opening today
Taylor Gibbs, 17, said it would take more than words to describe what the Youth Empowerment through Arts and Humanities after school hangout and educational center for kids means to her.
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Dr. Kestner: This lady had a itchy problem
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Sharing Thoughts: How Coach Murphy reached major turning point ...
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Dr. Kestner: Want to live longer? Eat Smarter!
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Dr. Kestner: Some progress in pain management…
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Dr. Kestner: You’ve got to be kidding… KUDZU?!
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Sharing Thoughts: Aubrey Weatherly: True role model, entre...
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Dr. Kestner: How a colicky baby learned to giggle
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Dr. Kestner: There’s a fungus among us
I am dreadfully regretful to bring you this news. There is no way to say it except to just say it. OK, here goes: Your body is hosting a fungus.
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Local horror film accepted into film festival
"Beyond the Wall of Sleep," a short film by a group of Murfreesboro filmmakers, has been accepted as an official selection of the 2009 H.P. Lovecraft Film Festival.
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Dr. Kestner: Ten tips that may help reduce arthritis pain
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Dr. Kestner: “New” arthritis treatment method may be 5,000 years old
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Sharing Thoughts: On teachers hall of fame: a state one, a personal one
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Dr. Kestner: A better way to lower your cholesterol?
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Sharing Thoughts: School name recognizes Native American heritage
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Dr. Kestner: Are your smoke alarms as dangerously ineffective as these?
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Dr. Kestner: This reluctant spinal disc patient was in for a surprise
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Sharing Thoughts: Tommy Martin’s disposition earned title, ‘Mr. Murfreesboro’
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Dr. Kestner: Meet my new best friend, my urologist!
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Dr. Kestner: Do doctors really die earlier than their patients?
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Dr. Kestner: Bat poop? In Mascara? You’re kidding, right?
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Ralph Vaughn: Sharecropper’s son grew up to meet, befriend boyhood hero
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Dr. Kestner: Murfreesboro Post to 'Go Green' by adopting TXT Publishing Language
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Dr. Kestner: Have you tried the recession diet?
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Dr. Kestner: Seven Tips to Help You Prepare for Spring
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Dr. Kestner: Research: Real and fake acupuncture more effective than drugs for chronic pain
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Dr. Kestner: This year’s award for most sinister dietary fat goes to…
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Dr. Kestner: Professor Van Nostrand’s healthy heart message for Murfreesboro
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Garcia’s fills serious gap in Mexican restaurants
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Dr. Kestner: Learn to eat well while avoiding common food additives
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Dr. Kestner: Is sugar addictive? New research says ‘Maybe’
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Dr. Kestner: Ten great tips to help you stay healthy all winter
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Dr. Kestner: What miracle product can help muscle spasms, headaches, heart palpitations and improve sleep?
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Sharing Thoughts: Remember people who had impact upon your life
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Dr. Kestner: A Tribute to Creatively Lazy People
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Dr. Kestner: Will you be attending the New Year’s ‘Possum Drop?
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Dr. Kestner: A special Christmas delivery: One year later
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Dr. Kestner: Some practical gift ideas for living well
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Dr. Kestner: A story of three modern wise men
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Dr. Kestner: Five reminders that have nothing to do with Thanksgiving
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Thanksgiving – From the tiny to the most important
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Dr. Kestner: Why is interest in acupuncture and chiropractic growing so rapidly?
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Dr. Kestner: The first female (physician) in the White House
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Dr. Kestner: What do you feed the great pumpkin?
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Dr. Kestner:Experiencing chronic pain? You could be lacking essential vitamin D
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Dr. Kestner: Want to know about vitamin C? Ask an expert!
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Dr. Kestner: Maybe you should become a limey?
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Dr. Kestner: Does it really matter when life begins?
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Dr. Mark Kestner: Do you really need to see a doctor about your headaches?
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Dr. Mark Kestner: Effective but unproven remedies for migraine headaches
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Dr. Mark Kestner: What to do when your insurance company says no
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Dr. Mark Kestner: Finding the ideal job during tough times

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Dr. Mark Kestner: A sure-fire plan for accumulating money

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'Bonnaroo': South’s best festival gets hotter
'Bonnaroo': South’s best festival gets hotter
More than 80,000 music fans will converge on Middle Tennessee roadways this week for the seventh annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester.
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Award-winning music label got humble start
Award-winning music label got humble start

Uncle Dave collection first brought national attention

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Generation for Creation talent show winners announced
Generation for Creation talent show winners announced
Monica Johnson, director of Generation for Creation, a nonprofit visual and performing arts program based in Murfreesboro, is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Children’s Benefit Talent Show.
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Red State breakout
Murfreesboro had an unexpected voice in the CNN/YouTube debate Monday night.
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Local film set for a July 3 DVD release
The coming-of-age movie filmed in Shelbyville three summers ago that launched the acting career of a Murfreesboro native is heading to DVD.
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Oscar broadcast lifts teacher back to red carpet
Oscar broadcast lifts teacher back to red carpet
Brenda Lewis attended 2003 Academy Awards
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Night with remote provides TV smorgasbord
When my friend Ted LaRoche read my article about the television shows Cash Cab and Project Runway, he said, "You watch too much TV.
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Does acupuncture really work?
A patient came into the clinic to inquire about acupuncture.
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