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.
The Nashville Film Festival is set to take place April 17-26 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Green Hills Stadium 16 and Downtown Nashville.
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.
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.
On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Middle Tennessee State University Concert Chorale and Middle Tennessee Choral Society will present "Echoes from a Cathedral" at MTSU.
Gospel quartet Work in Progress will be singing at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, Feb. 8, at 6 p.m.
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.
How do pedophiles find their way into the teaching profession?
Gladeville music minister rocks with Fab Four sound-alikes
The forecast calls for “An Oriental Monsoon” at Middle Tennessee State University as a powerful, swirling display of light and sound heads for residents.
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.
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.
Right off, allow me to declare I am not a Civil War historian or expert by any stretch of the imagination.
You may have noticed that I skirted by new year’s resolutions this year.
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.
The rationalizations of Richard Sherman’s behavior by some members of the chattering class are rather interesting.
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.
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.
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.
Murfreesboro family stars in hit series
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.
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.
When we started writing this column, we said we would tackle only those common ordinary hurdles of fatherhood.
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?
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.
Since July 1913, Moosheart has provided opportunities for children whose families have fallen on considerable hardship.
As I near 70, it has dawned on me – I’m here, but I’m not.
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.”
As a health care provider, I must provide personalized care to every one of my patients.
Out Front On Main Inc. will present “Evil Dead: The Musical” beginning Thursday, Jan. 23.
At first, it struck me as the movie “Big Fat Liar” meets the television series “Married with Children.”
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.
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.”
The world’s oldest profession just might be in for some new legal wrangling.
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.
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.
The Embassy Suites Hotel and Conference Center will host the Third Annual Borovino wine tasting event on Saturday, Jan. 25.
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.”
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.
While gathering birthday gifts for my daughter, Anne, this week, I found a hidden treasure in the basement that I planned to send.
Some people in this profession continue to amaze me, particularly those who are fortunate to vote on the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Carpe Artista is now accepting registrations for its third annual rock ‘n’ roll camp for adults, Jukebox Hero.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
People would be hard-pressed to find a comedian who was named after his mother's lesbian lover.
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.
Middle Tennessee's biggest 2013 racing story was no story.
Efforts to assist students who are military veterans will be the focus of the next edition of the “MTSU On the Record” radio program.
A tractor trailer recently crashed on a stretch of I-44 outside Springfield, Mo., spilling 20 tons of mayonnaise on the road.
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.
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.
Calling himself a “coachepreneur,” Middle Tennessee State University alumnus Micheal Burt is a leadership coach of the highest order — bold, demanding and encouraging.
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.
One of the things I noted is most very accomplished people place immense importance on the value of choosing their own habits.
The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts will stage the popular “Shrek the Musical” beginning Friday, Jan. 10, 2014.
Artists to take Music City for New Year's Eve bash
In the fall of 1897, 8-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon had a problem.
I have met more people willing to be so compassionate even when they don’t even know me.
Of all the actors who have joined the real stars in the heavens this year, two hold special places in my heart.
I remember those with enough rhythm to pull it off would eagerly hit the dance floor at nightclubs and perform the hand jive.
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.
It was Christmas Eve 2003, when we laid Momma (Ruby Lee) Whittle to rest in Smyrna’s beautiful Maple View Cemetery.
Trading constitutionally backed freedoms for security is a dangerous path.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
'Sounds of Christmas' to celebrate season
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.
Can you sign away your right to criticize a company you do business with?
They celebrate the holidays a little differently in the U.S. Capitol, where I have been enjoying a little recreational time with friends.
Cities that have passed living wage laws require higher than minimum wage so that workers contribute to the local community as consumers.
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."
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.
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.
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.
Wildwood Tree Farm offers holiday family fun
My late golfing accomplice, Joe Caldwell, once described my swing as “looking like somebody killing a snake in the weeds.”
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.
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.
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.
Black Friday has passed and the Christmas shopping season is in full swing.
I have never been a huge fan of comic books, but movies based on them have always been interesting to me.
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.
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.
As Tennessee’s high school football guru, I am often contacted about the game and what it means to so many people.
The MTSU Concert Chorale and Middle Tennessee Choral Society will present George Handel’s “Messiah” to the community this week.
Have you been to an MTSU men or women’s basketball game lately?
Murfreesboro theater to present Christmas play
At Middle Tennessee State University, we can be thankful for many things.
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.
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.
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.
The Southeast Tourism Society has named Main Street JazzFest one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast for May 2014.
With Thanksgiving at hand, it’s fitting to reflect back on the original festival, when the Pilgrims invited neighboring Indians over to eat turkey.
As of 1976, I very seldom listened to country music.
Call it a seven-year itch. Actually, it goes back longer than that for Dan Whittle.
Sports personalities, whether it be coaches, players or announcers, have always been an entertaining part of their respective teams.
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.
An expatriate who lives in England thinks he knows how we’re feeling.
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.
I wonder if readers of The Murfreesboro Post notice the difference in civilized countries and uncivilized ones?
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.
If you're like me, you've often wondered: how on earth did a tyrannosaurus manage to eat a triceratops?
A stunning redhead, a buxom brunette, and a leggy, athletic blonde — all former Playmates of the Year — walked toward the pearly gates.
These are exciting and challenging times for higher education.
Oh, my gosh! Your collegiate career could be scuttled by your use of social media.
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.
For years, we criticized television news operations for editing interviews out of sequence and creating false impressions about what newsmakers really said.
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.
What would it take for you to support universal background checks for gun ownership? Would it be a mass shooting in a Tennessee school?
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.
NASCAR’s Chase for the Championship is down to two – two races, two drivers – but with a one-flavor choice: vanilla.
Henson helps new artists find their way
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.
Perhaps, it’s time to rethink what we mean by “journalism” and “newspaper.”
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.”
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.
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.
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.
Billy Henson made music in more ways than one with Loretta Lynn.
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.
The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution provides citizens with the right to own and bear arms.
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.
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.
Some grown-ups who use Halloween as an excuse to party fail to exercise much sense.
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.
Local Christians, Jews and Muslims are increasingly building bridges of understanding through interfaith events.
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.
I imagine most rock ‘n’ roll guitar players and enthusiasts have heard the electric guitar referred to as an “ax.”
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.
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.
At this time of the year, it’s always a struggle trying to decide what football games I plan to attend.
For years, consumers have been warned to read the fine print in any kind of financial transaction.
If a child who has been bullied in cyberspace by your child commits suicide, should you, as a parent, be held criminally liable?
Gaming duo vanquishes goblins in October
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.
Last week’s announcement that Tennessee will play Virginia Tech at Bristol Motor Speedway in 2016 had been 17 years in the making.
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.”
I met my husband, Tommy Bragg, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville in 1968.
Media critic A.J. Liebling is reported to have said, “Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.”
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.
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.
Oh, my. A newspaper in a town up north has started conducting yoga workouts for its staffers.
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.
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.
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.
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.
MTSU’s football team is in the midst of a very difficult four-game grind.
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.
Now, the following story is first hand: I was there when it went down and know all of the characters involved.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Have you hugged a hellbender lately? Me neither.
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.
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.
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.
I’m always open to things that make life easier and have found a few goodies that I would like to share with you.
Larsen tunes talent for Christian outreach
One of the big questions we have had to deal with since the inception of the Internet is, “Who exactly is a journalist?”
The only parts of televised entertainment awards shows that entice me to watch are the In Memoriam packages.
Last week, I set my DVR to record Fox’s newest police sitcom “Brooklyn Nine-Nine” starring Andy Samberg as an experiment.
It’s common knowledge that a majority of business communications is conducted online.
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.
Sultry model Courtney Stodden recently donned a lettuce leaf bikini to show her support for vegetarianism.
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.
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?
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.
A Federal Reserve that argues it must prop up the economy with massive stimulus does not engender trust in that economy.
On its final night, Live on the Green had a special 615 flair with The Wild Feathers, Will Hoge, The Weeks and Moon Taxi.
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.
I had never seen a performance of “Les Misérables” in its entirety, neither a dramatic staging nor a musical version, until this month.
MTSU students to present Broadway classic
Murfreesboro's country star releases new album
The stories of Dr. Seuss will spring to life again this weekend with three performances of “Seussical the Musical” at the Murfreesboro Little Theatre.
Like Alistair Cooke a generation before him, Sir David Frost was one of Britain’s most delightful gifts to the United States.
This past week was some kind of perfect sports and media storm.
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.
“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.
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?
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.
Older siblings tend to hold high ranking in the eyes and hearts of younger brothers and sisters.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do you have those days when nothing goes your way?
Does President Barack Obama have constitutional authority to attack Syria on his own? Must he seek congressional approval? Should he do so?
A beloved, departed family member – who would be 96 years old, if alive – shared this story with me several years ago.
I appreciate and commend everyone who has chosen the health care industry as a career.
Smith takes the lead at Center for the Arts
The Stephen Sondheim musical revue is coming to the Murfreesboro Center for the Arts in September.
To say Rhythm Kitchen is excited about its upcoming show at the Arts Center of Cannon County is an understatement.
Everyone reading this column who believes in the power of meetings, raise your hand.
Back in the early days of the Republic, newspapers were filled with scathing columns and editorials written by anonymous essayists.
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.
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.”
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.
For $180, a fancy beauty parlor in New York will smear bird poop on your face.
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.”
It’s been in the news the past few months that multiple U.S. cities are suffering from lack of water.
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.
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?
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.
The Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals has approved a proposal to build a drive-in movie theater on Florence Road in Murfreesboro.
Can you imagine Jack Benny as the idol of today’s millennials?
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.
Last month, I received a warning that saved my life.
Neighbor Poppy Gowen was my first best friend.
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.
Mazda engineers and designers appear to be different from the rest of the auto industry.
Does it seem as though 100 years have passed since you were in the eighth grade?
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.
A story on TV awhile back about ‘Crazy Ants’ invading the Southeast caught my attention.
Regardless of race, creed or political preference, most everyone is intrigued by a good old-fashioned gangster story.
I accompanied Rutherford County farmer Danny Fraley to Amish farming country where custom-made, blacksmith-hammered-out metal products are produced.
I learned three new things today.
This article has no political agenda and is not based on the musings of Al Gore.
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.
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.
Family theater takes on a literal meaning when The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts presents “Alice in Wonderland" this weekend.
The latest new course at Middle Tennessee State University is designed to appeal to the kid in all of us.
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.
The spoken word is powerful thing, more powerful, some might argue, than a bullet of the highest caliber.
I count it a privilege to write my column, "Sharing Thoughts," once a month for The Murfreesboro Post.
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.
Recently, I was selected as an extra for the upcoming season premier of "Nashville."
It’s certainly been an interesting couple of weeks for the media.
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.
Some men claim that men are hard-wired not to accept a state of monogamy.
The thing that rubbed me the rawest was some anchors and race-baiting guests referring to Zimmerman as a “white Hispanic.”
Who could have envisioned – even 10 years ago – the conveniences of modern life that we now enjoy?
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.
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.
Murfreesboro Little Theatre is wrapping up its 50th anniversary season with “Anniversary Waltz.”
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.
Lately, I’ve been penning articles about my favorite filmmakers, those directors who constantly make movies that are engaging and highly enjoyable to watch.
There’s no doubt that Saddle Up for Project Help puts the “fun” in “fundraiser” as few events can.
The year 2525 is almost 500 years away, and a lot can happen in 500 years.
The rain has caused mixed blessings for all of this summer.
“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.
How many of you remember the 1958 version of “The Blob,” with Steve McQueen in one of his first movie roles?
Here are the winners for competitions held Friday, the first day of the annual Uncle Dave Macon Days, in Murfreesboro.
Middle Tennessee set record for lowest high for July 4th.
Reece Howell has a long and distinguished career in aviation that stretches more than 60 years.
I’ve heard of pool sharks and card sharks, but never a golf shark.
When events get the roughest, that’s when the police call Jim Diamond, chaplain.
Like others my sister has been intrigued by the television show “Nashville” but had never truly visited many of sites.
Recently it was announced that medical authorities should henceforth call obesity a disease according to the American Medical Association.
Since the beginning of cinema, the film world has been fascinated by tales of the old Wild West.
Your mama used to say, “If you wait until you have enough money before you have a baby, you’ll never have a baby.”
Last week, President Barack Obama and his administration refused to cave in to public pressure to label Westboro Baptist Church a hate group.
Music merges in the middle this fall
This year, I will attend the Roasters Guild’s annual retreat.
On Nov. 28, 1925, a white-bearded man sat before a carbon microphone to play a few fiddle tunes on WSM Radio.
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.
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.
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.
A TV news reporter read a story the other night about a growing trend: More and more men are using cosmetics.
Restaurant owner to appear on TV show
Being a lifelong-addicted newspaper reader, I believe in commercial advertising of merchandise and services.
I am becoming a victim of too much information.
Lascassas native Jordan Baron is a man on a mission with his new sophomore project, "Down on Brown's."
Williams picks on strings with gusto
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.
I don’t know how many times I have heard that no one cares about print any more.
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.
Unfortunately, many of your fellow Americans aren’t feeling terribly independent this Independence Day.
The July edition of "Murfreesboro Storytellers" on City TV will feature the mayors of Rutherford County and Murfreesboro, officials announced Monday.
The first time I recall being aware of actor James Gandolfini was back in 1993, in “True Romance.”
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.
I’ve been traveling a lot lately and have found some good books to accompany me along the way.
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.
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.
David Fincher is one of the best directors working today. His films include “Se7en,” “The Social Network,” and “Fight Club,” to name a few.
If the researchers at Georgetown University are correct, Tennessee is in for some long overdue positive economic news.
"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.
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.
Regardless of whether you are a preacher, kindergarten teacher, college student, criminal, judge, prosecutor, defense attorney, no one is immune to this issue.
Heroes, I’ve known a few, though not the famous ones such as Jackie Robinson.
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.
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.
The trajectory of our federal budget is not just fiscally irresponsible; it is morally bankrupt.
The purpose of this letter is to express my thoughts and feelings regarding the mistreatment of convicted felons released back into society.
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that police may assume a talent for clairvoyance that they do not possess.
Music legends wow thousands at festival
Some directors are hit and miss, others are not. A director whose work I feel is consistently great is Rian Johnson.
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.
Across Murfreesboro Public Square on MTSU’s campus, Southern Gospel music rings the rafters of Wright Music Hall each July.
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.
I don’t know what it is about the Grand Old Game that makes players drool and salivate.
My curiosity piqued when I learned about a public meeting sponsored by the Muslim community in Coffee County, though for different reasons.
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.
Sophisticated lineup headed to Bonnaroo
Lately, I have been watching more television than movies and been pleased with what is on the air.
It’s been said it is better to debate an issue and not have it settled, than to settle an issue with no debate.
Local actors showcase exceptional talent
The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts presents the rock musical “Rent,” beginning Friday, June 14.
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.
Dancers converge in Murfreesboro
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.
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.
If the National Football league is a nonprofit organization, then why did Roger Goodell make more than $11 million in salary in 2012?
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.
The study reports that the festival generated $36 million in direct expenditures and an additional $15 million in indirect and induced economic activity.
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.
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.
How long has cheating gone on in NASCAR? From Day One, that’s how long.
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.
Rachel Morton of Murfreesboro is well-aware that Uncle Dave Macon Days are coming up on July 11-13 at Cannonsburgh Village.
To the nation, J.D. Sumner was the legendary “voice” of gospel. To Dwight Faircloth, he was a lifelong friend.
It’s hard for me to get any work done on the computer lately because all I want to do is cruise Pinterest.
There is now a similar situation developing in Newbern, Tenn.
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.
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.
Memorial Day means three of the biggest races of the year all being held on the same day in different series.
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.
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.
It is May 19, as I type and we have just returned from the wedding of a nephew in Florida.
Along with this increase of soccer enthusiasm has come a disturbing increase in the frequency and severity of injuries, especially concussions.
So, the major question today is: When does high school football start?
Hardly a week goes by that I don’t hear “Light My Fire” on 105.9 FM.
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.
Somehow, I thought we were done with various government agencies secretly accessing reporters’ phone records, but apparently not.
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.
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.
When I think about my intense love for movies, I sometimes think about where that love came from and wonder how I developed it.
The best kept secret in professional wrestling is coming to Music City for a Nashville Pro Wrestling event Friday, May 24.
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.
I’ve been outside smelling the roses – coffee in hand – this morning.
Cholesterol drugs account for some of the greatest profit sources ever developed by the pharmacological industry.
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.
Public education reform has been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels for several years.
It started as a grey, gloomy and cold day, complete with sore throat, coughs, and accompanying headache.
If you have problems with recalling names, remembering dates or details, or concentrating, you are in good company.
The Features open up about 20-year history
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On May 7, the Nashville Sounds knocked off the Fresno Grizzlies 5-2 at Greer Stadium in Music City.
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.
Author Sandor “Sandy” Ellix Katz has achieved global scientific and academic acclaim.
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.
Every time I think the glut of TV reality shows can’t get any quirkier, I change the channel and discover I was wrong.
At 47, the Rev. Robert Henderson had finally forsaken all, being determined to die to all selfish elements.
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.
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.
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.
A few years ago, a patient came to see me with a fairly common complaint. She told me that she had trouble sitting still.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The scene happens over and over again on a regular basis.
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.
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.
Regarding George Jones being referred to as “The Possum,” I couldn’t find anything definitive and reliable about how that particular moniker originated.
The other day I saw a survey that ranked news reporting No. 1 on a list of “worst jobs.”
Lance Rice’s enthusiasm for beer goes beyond that of most people.
Country singer cherishes family life in Eagleville
Smyrna loses ‘bedrock’ family member
It is rare that I watch a television show from start to conclusion but I watched two complete movies in one day recently.
Imagine his surprise when a decades-old NASA space pod crashes, and out pops that same beautiful, exotic-looking woman.
The media have been poking and probing into every post-mortem angle of the Boston Marathon bombings and are still doing so.
We all know television can bring us memorable visuals, and can provide an immediacy that is, quite frankly, impossible for newspapers and magazines.
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.
Murfreesboro’s Brooklyn Tankard is celebrating the success of her new business.
Mules will be hauling “tourism dollars” into Cannon County by the wagon loads at the May 11 Middle Tennessee Mule Skinner’s Show.
A recent study by CareerCast.com found being a newspaper reporter is the worst job in the nation.
Study finds actuary as best, reporter as worst
Tupelo, Miss., police are investigating what they describe as a drive-by shooting of an elephant.
You’ve got to love an inquiring mind.
Spring has finally arrived – about a month later than the calendar announced – and I’m enjoying the prolific blooms.
In a perfect world, we would all enjoy tremendous health and never need drugs at all.
Tennessee is home to one of the top up and coming IndyCar Series stars, Josef Newgarden.
As most are aware, mega evangelist Joel Osteen recently was the victim of an elaborate, and potentially destructive hoax.
Awhile back I read a story about a local elementary school that was evacuated after somebody smelled a skunk.
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.
Did you ever have the discussion that happens when friends gather about being stranded on a desert island and your choice of one companion?
Cimono steps down from top spot
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.
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.
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.
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?
President Barack Obama has been persuaded of something I have thought for a long time – inner space, not outer space, is the last frontier.
What do most Americans know about foreign cultures, and what kinds of pictures of foreign countries do we get from the news?
Stuart to sign copies of new book
Many times a great director and great story produce some excellent films that captivate audiences for decades.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Larry Burriss’s March 21 column (“Media should be used more in education”) caught my eye, and I agree with his ideas 100 percent.
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.
How many of you complain about your spouse spending too much time using the microwave oven? Sounds pretty silly, doesn’t it?
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.
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.
What happens when reporters become as famous as the people they cover?
I love to sew. And while sewing seems to have skipped my children’s generation, it appears to be resurfacing with the next.
The NFL has finally succumbed to criticism and rescinded its so-called “tuck rule.”
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.
Legend recounts time in Middle Tenn.
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.
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.
If childhood obesity has risen to the level of a national crisis, why are schools cutting physical education classes?
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.
Monday kicked off Sunshine Week, which is a time to emphasize the importance of transparency within the government in the United States.
President Barack Obama and his administration are once again threatening to raise taxes on American oil and gas companies.
To say "Duck Dynasty" is popular would be a gross understatement.
Sometimes, you feel the urge to ride a manatee for the same reason you climb a mountain: Because, it is there.
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.
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.
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?
An ingenious fellow on “Shark Tank” has introduced a handy product that has become invaluable to me.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wayne White is proud to say that MTSU is where his art and his life began to bloom.
It may take a few years, but eventually the public figures out that some best picture winners or box-office smashes were highly overrated.
The Murfreesboro Symphony Orchestra presents "The Music of Heaven and Earth" at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at First United Methodist Church.
Main Street Murfreesboro has confirmed the weekend of May 3-4 for this year’s Main Street JazzFest.
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.
"Flashdance The Musical" is the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation.
Based on the strength of rehearsals, the Center for the Arts decided to open "Jesus Christ Superstar" a week earlier than originally scheduled.
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.
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.
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.
While it is against my inherent nature to be organized, I strive to be so daily.
We are way beyond simple questions about whether celebrities use the products they endorse.
Admittedly, I only watched about 45 actual minutes of the 85th Academy Awards ceremony on Sunday, but what I saw I generally liked.
It seems the way people listen to music changes every day.
It probably won’t surprise you to learn that an academic study has found Hawaii to be the happiest state in the union.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Energetic show comes to TPAC
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.
The Living in Style expo is set for Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Middle Tennessee Expo Center in Murfreesboro.
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.
The media once again crossed the line of decency on Feb. 16.
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.
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.
My goal for this week is to back up my iPad to my computer. It sounds simple enough, doesn’t it? It is not.
Rhythm N’ Blooms has recently announced the lineup for their April festival that will take place across several venues in Knoxville.
Miss Daisy drives into the Center for the Arts this weekend for a two-week stand.
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."
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.
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.”
Recently, a friend that he felt as though we – American society collectively – are raising a generation of modern-day morons and imbeciles.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
Collaborations have their place in the overall framework of the music landscape. Such is the case with Fiction Family.
There’s a new product for sale in the United Kingdom that is either an indicator of consumer confidence or consumer nuttiness.
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.
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."
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.
It has been said the Marlboro Man campaign is the most successful of all time, reportedly increasing sales of the name-brand cigarette, worldwide.
Every day that you are in close contact with other people is a day you are being exposed to a variety of viral illnesses.
Although it may sound somber, I enjoy reading stories at the end of a year about about people who have passed.
Many of us Baby Boomers believe that our parents and others from that age group were truly the Greatest Generation.
But it can be a life-saving one. So, can the free emergency-alert system at Middle Tennessee State University.
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.
Longtime personality to perform Saturday
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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?
Companies turn to social media
The Cumberland monkeyface and orangefoot pimpleback are among some 70 endangered species in Tennessee, and we’re not supposed to mess with them.
Peterson to perform in Murfreesboro
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.
The music of Bahamas is definitely a getaway in its own right.
My top five favorite films with an ensemble cast encompass a variety of genres.
The 13th annual MTSU Flute Festival will be held Saturday, Jan. 26, in Murfreesboro
An accomplished filmmaker and Middle Tennessee State University professor will share his knowledge of student film-making with the Nashville artistic community next month.
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.
These days, as is the case with many others, I very seldom go to a theater to watch a movie on the big screen.
Jim Demos and I recently broke bread of fellowship and shared the wisdom of actually listening to people and the beauty of Mother Nature.
Nashville Superspeedway is destined for another season of silence, a somber symbol of the state of auto racing in Middle Tennessee.
Are you looking for useful ways to volunteer? Read on to discover how you can make a difference in Rutherford County.
Here’s a little computer exercise for you to try: Go to Google and search for the name “Emilie Parker.”
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.
A friend encouraged me to watch the Golden Globe Awards last week, and I was pleasantly surprised with the outcomes of my viewing.
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.
For a long time, Middle Tennessee State University has been known for having one of the best electronic mass communication programs in the nation.
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
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.
The Lance Armstrong debacle brings to mind several thoughts about both hero worship and the confessional culture.
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.
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.
It’s been two weeks since Christmas left, and I still feel like I’ve been run over by a freight train.
While musician Billy Yearwood was in his mother’s womb 85 years ago, she prayed, asking God for a musician son.
In this attempt for self improvement many people decide to reduce or cut out their intake of caffeine.
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.
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.
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.
By now, if you haven’t seen the movie, you’ve probably heard the buzz about Anne Hathaway’s hair-raising performance.
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.
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.
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.
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."
Inspired by the guidance she received while in school, one Middle Tennessee State University alumna has published her first novel, “The Baker’s Man."
Fellow fast food fan Fant Smith has resolved to not eat any meal dispersed out of a window during 2013.
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.
The world is run in large part by the government and private business, but the nation’s No. 1 hobby appears to be sports.
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.
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.
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.
In case you missed it, the world was supposed to end last week.
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.
Just mention “Columbine,” and most any adult will immediately recognize the event to which you’re referring.
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.
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.
I told my daughter Beth there aren’t any surprises in Christmas any more. I remember more surprises in earlier years.
With the Christmas holiday a mere two days away, this story, from a different angle, should fit the bill.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Rick Santorum, call your proctologist. The doctor found your head.
Whether you’re searching for that final gift or just beginning your holiday shopping, locally owned businesses have it all.
The year is drawing to a close and over the next week many resolutions and choices will be top of mind.
It seems almost an article of business faith that as revenues shrink you make the product smaller in an effort to save money.
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.
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.
Christmas gets more complicated every season.
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.
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.
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.
Murfreesboro artist releases new album
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.
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.
On opening day of deer season, I got up early to get my makeup on.
A gathering cloud of dust on our unpaved farm road triggered great interest, during the crop-growing seasons of youth.
While 'tis the season to be jolly, Mother Nature overturned my holiday plans by presenting me with a nasty abdominal virus this week.
The biggest real estate news is that the national median home sales prices are up 11.1 percent from last year.
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.
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.
Growing up, my father, Tommy Bragg, was in the Air National Guard where he was fortunate to retire as a colonel.
The rationale behind the decision by the Kansas City Chiefs to play the scheduled game against the Carolina Panthers on Sunday baffles me.
Music abounds in downtown Murfreesboro
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.
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.
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.
As of Monday morning, Pope Benedict XVI supposedly has his own Twitter account, which has the potential of having billions and billions of followers.
Have you ever had a goal or dream that you gave up on?
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.
Did retired Gen. David Petraeus admit to an affair only because he was backed into a corner and had no other choice?
If you’re reading this on Sunday there are 23 days left until Christmas and you may still be looking for that “perfect” gift.
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.
Local jazz legend remembered
Now that winterlike temperatures are keeping many people from enjoying the outdoors, here are five great movies to watch indoors.
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.
How can any rational human being suggest a sequel to “Casablanca?”
Supporters of government intrusion into private lives often like to say, “If you aren’t doing anything wrong, what does it matter?”
The bad news: We’ve been invaded. The good news: Kids are taking America back.
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.
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.
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.
One of my favorite activities leading up to Christmas is to volunteer as a bell-ringer for the Salvation Army.
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.”
Cheekwood Botanical Garden and Museum of Art begins its monthlong celebration Friday of “A Storybook Christmas" with performances and festivities for the entire family.
Daniel Craig makes his third appearance as 007, the dapper British MI6 officer with a license to kill in the latest Bond flick, "Skyfall."
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.
Just when you thought the politically correct police couldn’t possibly get any nuttier, they proved us wrong.
For this week’s column, I had to make a difficult choice between two high-profile subjects: David Petraeus and the Rolling Stones.
These last few weeks of fall weather been beautiful, haven’t they?
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.
The sparkling magic of the season comes to life in Dance Theatre of Tennessee’s enchanting version of "The Nutcracker."
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.
Some of the magic of the Black Friday sales extravaganza escapes me, I must admit.
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.
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.
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.
After what was obviously a wild night, a hung-over Whip Whitaker rouses from his stupor.
Country star sings for the holidays
Ben Affleck stars as Tony Mendez in Argo a presentation of Warner Bros. Pictures in association with GK Films.
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.
Awhile back there was a story about a gaggle of animal activists who were up in arms over the plight of baby fur seals.
Peter Pan flies into the Arts Center of Cannon County this month for children of all ages to enjoy.
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.
Some albums never get old. When speaking on this subject, Neil Young’s 1972 classic, “Harvest,” is always one that comes to mind.
That singular sensation is coming to The Center for the Arts starting Friday, Nov. 2, in Murfreesboro.
It might be hard to believe, but the 2012 election season is rapidly winding down; some of us would say, "not rapidly enough."
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?
If you’re looking for a last-minute Halloween jolt here’s a scary-movie treat that’ll do the trick.
Dale Earnhardt Jr. was wise to sit out a couple of races after suffering a concussion in an Oct. 7 crash in Talladega, Ala.
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.”
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.
Cooler weather, trees in brilliant colors, and darker mornings can only mean one thing: It’s fall.
I have followed with interest your recent coverage of the election. However, one key fact has been under emphasized in your reporting.
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.
Since taking office, President Barack Obama has worked tirelessly to stabilize the economy and rebuild America’s middle class.
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.
Before director Tim Burton struck box-office gold, he toiled away in obscurity as a 22-year-old animator apprentice for Walt Disney Studios.
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.
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.
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)?”
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.
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.
Ancestors continue spreading country tunes worldwide
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.
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.
Imagine a future America in which mobsters use time travel to zap anyone on their hit list back 30 years to 2044.
If there’s one thing that’s not up for debate in this presidential campaign, it’s the debates themselves – they stink.
The Todd Art Gallery will present “Forms of Expression: A Survey in Contemporary Clay” from Wednesday, Oct. 17, through Thursday, Nov. 1.
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.
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.
So, I recently read an article in a trade publication about using salt in your coffee to enhance flavors.
Fans of “Glee” and popular singing competitions will dig this high-spirited, youthful comedy romp.
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.
Social Security officials are finding out that making it more difficult for citizens to gain access to death records is hurting millions of people.
The husband and wife duo, Whitehorse, is set to play The Basement on Thursday, Oct. 11, in Nashville.
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.
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.
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.
Columnist recalls his battle with heart disease
When I was released from the hospital after eight days, the medical professionals gave me some specific instructions.
The readers of The Tennessee Magazine have selected Uncle Dave Macon Days as the best festival in Middle Tennessee.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Only the creative mind of Billy Wilder could praise someone by comparing him to not one, but two drugs.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
Shadow Chasers holding Halloween walks
Shuck-N-Shake turns grain into grins
Longtime educator returns to Jackson County roots
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.
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.”
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.
Many people in the health field attribute a lot of the blame for chronic illnesses and the epidemic of obesity to our modern diet.
The National Hockey League has done it again, staging another lockout for the fourth time in the past 20 seasons.
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.
The woman entered the conference room prepared to make a contribution to the committee meeting.
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.”
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.
Back in the 1940s automobiles – like everything else – traveled at a considerably slower pace, allowing motorists ample opportunity to soak in the roadside sights.
Many columns back, I wrote that the two most significant inventions of my 58 years on earth are the Internet and the cell phone.
In seventh grade, a “fancy dan” school teacher with long polished and manicured finger nails attempted to teach us country boys about good hygiene.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Being a sports reporter is a dream job for me. It’s something I have wanted to do since I was a child.
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.”
Teachers used to ask why Johnny can’t read. Now, they’re asking why Johnny can’t write.
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.
One day, St. Peter was sitting at the Pearly Gates working on his crossword puzzle.
Each week, a group of former MTSU students help bring the biggest high school games in the area to the public.
It started with Sunday go-to-meeting clothes and long drives in the 1940s.
I’m not sure if you’ve noticed but it seems that all the world has iPhones these days.
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.
SoundLand Music Festival is less than a month away and it's gearing up for the biggest year ever.
When I was a young boy, late ‘50s-early ‘60s, life was much more simple and common-sense themed than now.
Former Sewart Air Force Base “army brat” David Bucher shared two milestone dates with famed astronaut Neil Alden Armstrong.
If William Wordsworth were alive to see how encumbered by the world I am in 2012 I think he’d be truly shocked.
The 13th Americana Music Festival is scheduled to jumpstart next week across five venues in Nashville with more than 100 performers.
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.
As a writer, I love to see movies about the business of writing.
If the past is any indication, some hot-button issues will consume more and more radio and television time until the election in November.
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.
Local business owner Glenn Merchant spends his time helping young artists flourish through his art supply shop Moxie! located in historic downtown Murfreesboro.
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.
I read a story the other day that said Georgia is No. 1 in the nation in salamanders.
Ward’s Grove Baptist Church on Halls Hill Pike in Milton has reason to celebrate.
‘Town team’ baseball provided much-needed distraction
I’m relishing the role I’ve been playing this week – the one where I get to be a grandmother.
If you or someone you know is taking drugs for cholesterol, often called statin drugs, this information is very important.
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.”
Politics sure can be polarizing, but laughter has the power to bring people together.
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.
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?”
Over the years, NFL Films has spliced together hilarious highlights of coaches and players expressing their extreme disagreement with the officials’ calls.
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.
I once was threatened with a defamation lawsuit for comparing a trial lawyer to an intestinal parasite.
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.
I've been fortunate to have had a couple of days with nothing but time on my hands.
The dog days of summer are drawing nearer to a close and with that come a bevy of music shows in the midstate area.
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.
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.”
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.
As summer comes to a close, my mind wanders back to a time when travel was fun. Do you remember fun?
The Lamplighter's Theatre Company opens its "A Journey of Discovery" season Friday, Sept. 7, with the return of "Man of LaMancha."
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.
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.
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.
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."
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.
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.
A McMansion is a curious thing.
Cripple Creek Cloggers and its accompanying string band returned recently from touring festivals in the Baltic States.
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.
Musicians and fans of all walks should take pride in the place where they reside.
“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.”
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.
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.
Because just about everyone else is talking about the Olympic Games, I might was well jump in, too.
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.
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."
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.
I was hooked on Nancy Drew from the first page. She was 16 and everything I aspired to be: rich, attractive and smart.
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.
Everyone loves free music. And when it is good free music then that makes the deal even more enticing.
It opens with a funeral, ends with a burial, and fills the nearly three hours in between ramping up to an apocalyptic nightmare.
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.
Concert slated for next week
Looking for an evening of art and entertainment? How about two?
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.
Apparently, one never completely gets over being in a war zone where live ammo tears through flesh and ends lives.
Ivy Bluff Mud Bog a Saturday night delight
Muriel Deason meant to be a "house wife," instead she became "Kitty Wells."
Murfreesboro Little Theatre has got all kinds of intriguing events coming up for the next few months.
The superhero summer continues with the latest movie adaptation of Marvel Comics’ iconic web-slinging do-gooder.
The Penn State scandal is not exclusively about the climate created by a consistently successful, highly lucrative NCAA Division I football program.
Now capable of playing 3-D movies
I once made the mistake of believing the Old Wives Tale that a skunk can’t throw its scent if quickly dispatched.
In our culture of Western-based prescription medicines, we have become largely separated from the notion that plants are used for their curative properties.
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.
You may have seen the news earlier this week about a young man named Kaleb Langdale.
I remember some 20 years ago everyone was concerned about what was called “netiquette,” proper behavior on the Internet.
Schools sacrifice physical education for balance budgets
With college tuitions on the rise, Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro is offering a workshop to help students and parents prepare for education costs.
Rhoads competes in Hooters swimsuit pageant
Mention Friday the 13th, and Ray Goad's spirit soars with the eagles.
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.
Most are well aware of the “pink slime scare” of 2012.
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.
“Rock of Ages” wastes no time in cueing the audience it’s a musical set in the 1980s.
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.
Parkinson’s disease is a slowly progressive neurological disease affecting voluntary movement and other functions.
So, after the latest U.S. Supreme Court ruling about indecency, broadcast stations can do anything they want, right?
Here’s a slightly existential question for Independence Day week.
It was a long time coming, and it may have arrived just in time to shake NASCAR out of its doldrums.
Traveling away from home means that you will not have easy access to emergency supplies if a medical need arises.
Although I love many movies, my all time favorite is "Barry Lyndon."
Executives think that they can create Toyota traditions in families if they start with the kids.
Given the unusual weather and temperatures over the past few months, I decided to do little digging in the Bible.
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.
I’m a book junkie. My husband, Tommy, is a book junkie, too.
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.
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.
Festival continues to adapt with times
Independent crafts festival slated for this weekend
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.
Acupuncture has been used by many cultures around the world for thousands of years to treat many disorders.
What happens when reporters become as famous as the people they cover?
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.
For those of you wanting to learn more about the film industry, check out these great websites.
Dancers from around the world to perform in Rutherford County
The Bonnaroo season has quickly arrived and with that it brings us many good things – headliners of Phish, Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
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.
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.
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.
At least one survey shows that September is gaining on June as the No. 1 month for weddings.
It’s amazing sometimes how what we think of as obscure laws can have such unforeseen consequences.
The city of La Vergne kicks off a host of summer activities starting this Saturday with “Music in the Park.”
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.
“The way of an eagle in the air; The way of a serpent upon a rock,” reads Proverbs 30:19.
The Americana Music Association recently announced nominees for this year’s Americana Honors & Awards during a ceremony in Los Angeles.
You may not know John Duval, but you probably know Grange, one of the most legendary wines in the world.
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.
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.
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.
We've heard a lot lately about what it takes to be a “real” American.
There’s nothing new about voyeurism. There are just more ways than ever to conduct it.
A sane guess is a majority of readers are familiar with Jack Daniel’s Whiskey.
Anytime I tell daughter Beth I’m having a computer issue she rolls her eyes as if to say: “What’s new, Mom?”
During the first weekend of May, an estimated 100,000 people were found at the Tom Lee Park situated in downtown Memphis.
I got to fulfill a decade-long dream of mine: working on a movie set.
I listened to a lecture presented by a virologist last week that may have been disconcerting to some.
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.
Louisiana is taking a second stab at trying to keep registered sex offenders off social media websites.
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.
Festival loses luster among some music enthusiasts
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.
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.
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.
Kayaking rental offers relaxing vacation
The role of the woman in the musical landscape has never been better than it is today.
In 1998, the American Film Institute released “100 Years…100 Movies,” a definitive list of 100 of the best American-made films.
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.
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.”
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?
Facebook has become a global phenomenon.
If you’re looking to stretch your movie-superhero dollar, here’s some serious blockbuster bang for your cinema buck.
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.
According to a study in the news this week, most moms of overweight toddlers think their child is normal size.
Coming home to fill Auburntown with gospel sound
The Murfreesboro Post's experts answer readers' questions about a variety of wine-related topics.
Words fell during the past weeks in remembrance and celebration for the life of Levon Helm.
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.
Certain symptoms, when combined, may be a sign of this condition, which is often a forerunner of several serious health issues.
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.
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.
We all know that the president and U.S. Congress have low ratings in public opinion polls from time to time.
How many of you remember the myriad of stories you heard as children about the self-made millionaire?
My fishing buddy Bob swears he doesn’t fib any more than he absolutely has to. That makes him pretty honest. For a fisherman.
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.
My son came home from school one time and we got to talking about how his day had gone.
Popular actress Ashley Judd recently gave the public a refreshing reprieve by bravely countering baseless assaults from a prime time media “Gone Wild!”
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.
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.
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?
I’ve often talked about printed books versus e-books, and I still think there is something better about the printed versions.
A headline the other day caught my attention: “New Snake Discovered.”
A single piece of gum should make the trip from beginning to end in a couple of days.
Spring has arrived in full force and is bringing welcoming temperatures to the midstate.
I had a preliminary consultation with a gentleman seeking acupuncture for a specific health condition a few months ago.
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?
A lot of people are counting on your inability to understand their writing to protect their jobs and enhance their companies’ bottom lines.
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.
Fan of author Suzanne Collins’ smash 2008 novel “The Hunger Games” scarfed down the movie over its box-office-busting, $152 million opening weekend.
Effervescent country singer-songwriter Dolly Parton is so excited about what’s swirling around her that you might think she’s off her rocker.
Record Store Day celebrates five years
It’s time to hit the diamond as Major League Baseball opened its season Wednesday.
Some 40 years ago comedian George Carlin told us there were only seven dirty words you couldn’t say on radio.
Of Tennessee’s 95 counties, Rutherford ranks third in overall health.
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.
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.
Chris Young aims for sixth consecutive No. 1 tune
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.
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Beachaven Winery is one of Tennessee’s 32 wineries.
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.
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.
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.
The Republican primary sweepstakes changed from a horse race to a dog race on Tuesday night.
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.
A 100-year-old pulp-fiction character finally makes it into the movies in “John Carter.”
You probably have all you need to give roasting coffee at home a try.
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.
Tennessee ranks as the third most favorable state, according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey results.
Local fitness expert Amy Ayers has brought West Coast flair to Murfreesboro with the opening of Cali Studios.
Apologies certainly aren’t what they used to be.
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.
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.”
“We must never forget our history,” said J. Edgar Hoover.
Scientists are studying a special kind of goat that faints when it’s frightened. They’re curious about what triggers Billy’s blackouts.
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.
New book tells city’s history through photos
Stumble upon some South Cumberland soul from artist Trapper Haskins & The Bitter Swill.
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.
Not long ago a patient came to see me about pain and tingling in her hand that turned up another problem entirely.
Music City Roots is embarking upon new territory with the release of their new album, Roots Moments: Special Live Cuts From Season One.
Annual event names award winners
The machine also offers condoms, pregnancy tests and decongestants, just in case you made love in a drafty motel room.
This week is the 10-year anniversary of the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
“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.
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.
MTSU alumna to turn experience into film
This year the Smyrna girls picked up a nice win over Shelbyville and Oakland beat Independence for win No. 23.
Tennessee ranks ninth on MoneyRates.com list
Members of the Occupy movement have hurt their cause by their own activities that are unrelated to free speech.
This week there is a movement around town, thanks to Read To Succeed, to “Unplug and Read.”
Yazoo Brewery is a no-brainer destination.
The Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has announced its initial lineup for the 2012 festival.
Recently, a patient told me that he could not imagine what a headache felt like.
As I understand it, the following story is based on an actual event. Regardless its authenticity, it’s a good lesson in life.
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.
The United States Constitution will turn 215 years old this year, and it doesn’t look a day over 195.
For the Blue Raiders, they hope the 2012 season does not end the same way it did last year.
Have you ever noticed that people tend to "shrink" as they age?
The Tuskegee Airmenwere American’s first African-American military aviators.
Tomorrow night, the Drive-By Truckers will start a two-night stand at Nashville’s Cannery Ballroom.
There’s an old, old saying that you can run but you can’t hide.
If you went to the Blue Raider men's basketball game last week, you might have noticed something unusual.
Dolly Parton and hip-hopper-turned-actress Queen Latifa tussle for the musical direction of their church choir in 'Joyful Noise.'
Most people who have driven through Murfreesboro know that we are community filled with a variety of restaurants.
Southern author looks to history for inspiration
The Blue Porch expands with restaurant in Woodbury
America’s music made, recorded at MTSU
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.
Remember when the heart of journalism was gathering facts and then writing a story based on those facts?
If restaurants stopped offering so-called “all you can eat” buffets, would that have any positive effect on the national obesity epidemic?
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.
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.
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.
All these historical tidbits of political duplicity lead us up to the most current scandal: former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
The Tattooed Lady is joining NASCAR’s circus.
At age 16, Beth Tucker received confirmation about her ministerial destiny.
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.
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.
Almost everyone agrees that broadcasters should be prohibited from broadcasting “indecent” material.
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.
Many of the ideas for column topics originate during my conversations with patients.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Two recent incidents at two separate national fast-food chains fascinate me, and I humbly submit a possible solution to the problems they caused.
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.
The post-holiday music cycle is kicking off nicely at the start of the New Year to say the least.
Vinson finds himself in Playboy magazine.
Larry the Cable Guy continues to ‘Git-R-Done’
What do the printing press, telegraph, telephone, television and everything about the Internet have in common?
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.
Vinyl shows staying power in new age of music
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.
Out Front On Main Inc. will kick off 2012 Alan Ball style with his stellar southern comedy “Five Women Wearing the Same Dress.”
Updated: I saw a story on TV awhile back about an alarming situation.
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.
I hereby resolve in 2012 ...
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.
‘Music City Roots’ affordable night of great fun for entire family
It was decades ago, and I was an active-duty soldier in the U.S. Army, stationed in Hanau, West Germany.
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.
At the moment, former Speaker of the U.S. House Newt Gingrich appears to be leading other Republican presidential contenders in the polls.
Can a new generation of moviegoers weaned on computer-effect razzmatazz cozy up to characters made out of old-school felt and foam?
We, the public, rely on law enforcement personnel to protect us, right?
Red Cross urges residents to 'give something that means something'
This week is the 70th anniversary of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941.
At 1:30 p.m. this Saturday, the best rivalry in sports Army versus Navy, will meet for the 112th time.
The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1. Starring Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson & Taylor Lautner. 113 min., PG-13
In the short span of less than a year, Murfreesboro’s Rhythm Kitchen has become one of the hottest bands on the local scene.
Here are 20 TV and movie must-haves ‘yule’ love
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Women of Faith celebrated its one-year anniversary in October.
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.
“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.
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.
The Americana Music Association’s music festival and honors awards are set to premiere nationwide Nov. 19 in a special episode on PBS stations.
Jessi Darlin and her band rocked Gilligan’s Friday night in Murfreesboro.
Was one of the most significant literary figures of all time a sham?
How many “friends” do you have?
Is there no area free from sexism in our patriarchal society?
MTSU’s Department of Theatre and Dance is ready to escort audiences into outer space with “Underwear: The Musical."
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.
Local rock outfits blanket Square with familiar tunes
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.
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.
Store to offer discounts to shoppers
The Center for the Arts presents "Annie," beginning Nov. 3 at 7:30 Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights and at 2 p.m. Sundays.
Jason Boland and the Stragglers release new album and plan for show at Exit/In
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.
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.
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.”
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.
Updated: Week of festivities begins Friday
The weather has been so picture-perfect lately that is has been inspirational.
As for me, 9/11 started out normal, but like all of us it changed the way I live, forever.
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.”
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.
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.
This week marks the 15th year anniversary of the city of Atlanta welcoming the world for the 1996 Summer Olympics.
Has enough progress been made?
People treat the SEC on Saturday like they treat service on Sunday, but need to realize the players are students, not pros.
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.”
With Father’s Day coming up this Sunday, baseball has played a part in my relationship with my father.
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.
National Guard cars saw misfortune in the final turn at Coke 600 and Indy 500.
Don't act like a soccer hooligan this Memorial Day
This weekend begins the road to one of the best sporting events in the nation, The Indianapolis 500.
Youth baseball brings team from devastated Ringgold, Ga. to town.
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.
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.”
Last weekend’s shooting in Tucson, Ariz., has prompted well-deserved calls for more civility in public discourse.
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?
This Shipp was launched in land-locked Middle Tennessee. Born in 1929, career trade winds took Ken Shipp around the sports’ world multiple times.
There’s nothing like a full blanket of snow to make the world seem right again, in my opinion.
You may not have ever considered the importance of honeybees.
According to Tennessee law and precedent, The Murfreesboro Post is a newspaper of general circulation.
By now you’re probably saturated with “all Lindsay Lohan, all the time.”
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.
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.
Hand care tips from the Stones River Pain Clinic
Thirty-six pieces of original art will be on display, representing more than 30 local artists.
Now that the entire world seems to be thickly coated in a layer of yellow pollen, allergy symptoms are affecting thousands of Middle Tennesseans.
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.
Easter Sunday brings back childhood memories
Take on spring cleaning before its too late.
Feeding your piggy bank can help you meet goals
If the mother’s lap is the child’s first classroom, I wish I had had a crash course in education.
Try this exclusive Murfreesboro Post spring fitness test
Start day by stretching instead of pain relievers
Perfect time to pay tribute to loved ones
Sharing a Naomi Judd story
Spinal problems can be prevented
Most of us don’t really know much about the people living next door or down the street.
Sour day turns into treasured memory
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.
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.
"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.
More than 80,000 music fans will converge on Middle Tennessee roadways this week for the seventh annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester.
Uncle Dave collection first brought national attention
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.
Murfreesboro had an unexpected voice in the CNN/YouTube debate Monday night.
The coming-of-age movie filmed in Shelbyville three summers ago that launched the acting career of a Murfreesboro native is heading to DVD.
Brenda Lewis attended 2003 Academy Awards
When my friend Ted LaRoche read my article about the television shows Cash Cab and Project Runway, he said, "You watch too much TV.
A patient came into the clinic to inquire about acupuncture.