Seeking outside help to move past internal conflict, the Murfreesboro City Council has approved a contract with a national search firm to lead the effort to find a new human resources director.
Dense pack subdivision plans voted down
La Vergne resident, environmental business owner and former Alderman candidate Matt Church was politely but firmly escorted by two La Vergne Police Officers from the July 6 La Vergne Mayor and Aldermen's meeting.
The Rutherford County Election Commission is pleased to announce they have enhanced the campaign financial disclosure reporting process for all county and municipal candidates.
After months of consideration, state Sen. Bill Ketron is ready to leave his state post and make a run for Rutherford County mayor, his fourth time to seek the position.
County Commissioner seeks to succeed Rep. White
Announcements come amid speculation that Ketron will enter county mayoral race
Budget covers cost of Rockvale High despite price increase.
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, reportedly on a list of congressman targeted by Washington, D.C. shooter James Hodgkinson, says the attack was fueled, in part, by celebrity and media dislike for President Donald Trump and conservative Republicans.
Cleveland resident Jack Maddux figures it's time for stronger leadership from Tennessee's 4th Congressional District in Washington, D.C.
Dismissal comes after law firm questions HR staff
'I think Rutherford County deserves somebody who has reasonable experience to lead and manage,' says Burgess.
Council should establish procedures for filling vacancies, says LaLance
"So, I understand Murfreesboro City Council is close to appointing Susan Young to finish her late husband's term? That makes perfect sense, as who else would share a more intimate knowledge of Doug's conflicts of interest?"
Rutherford County Property Assessor wants to repeal gas tax, halt privatization of parks, revamp economic and community development.
Chairwoman of the Black Caucus calls move 'a bit disingenuous.'
'To get it right, we're going to work even harder,' says DesJarlais.
Though 61 percent voted for him in the state, a bare majority approve now
Rep. Black, Sen. Tracy and Rep. Sparks to answer questions.
There are facts, and there apparently are "alternative facts," and the founder of the Pulitzer Prize-winning informational website Politifact has plenty of both to share from the 2016 election during a free public event set Thursday, Feb. 2, at MTSU.
State Sen. Jim Tracy is taking a big step in the Upper Chamber's power hierarchy.
Voters elect African American alderman.
We have much work to do over the next two years, and I am hopeful that under the Trump Administration, the state will have more flexibility to pursue policies that will ensure the prosperity of Tennesseans.
Roughly a year from the campaign trail, two officials are considering a run for Rutherford County mayor in 2018 with Ernest Burgess set to step down after two terms.
The presidential campaign was bitterly divisive and some were threatening to reject the outcome if their favored candidate did not prevail. Rutherford County hosted an extravagant campaign rally for the party with the "non-committed platform."
'Bias-motivated' crime reported against local couple.
"Our political institutions work remarkably well. They are designed to clang against each other. The noise is democracy at work." Michael Novak, philosopher
Republicans rolled to victory in Rutherford County, sweeping state legislative seats.
Riverdale teacher wants to offer 'another answer.'
'We want it to be over,' says one voter.
Early voting for the Nov. 8 general election is now underway.
"What are you afraid of?" asks Democratic Party chairwoman.
But Clinton favored on temperament and expected by more to win election.
Appointed board member Jordan selected by the voters this time.
Weeks of a grueling campaign behind her,Weeks of a grueling campaign behind her, Lisa Eischeid turns emotional - tears welling in her eyes - as she speaks about the impact her late father had on her quest to win a new General Sessions judgeship. turns emotional - tears welling in her eyes - as she speaks about the impact her late father had on her quest to win a new General Sessions judgeship.
Veteran Murfreesboro attorney Lisa Eischeid captured a new General Sessions IV judgeship, topping Ben Bennett by only 325 votes in a nine-person race for the seat.
Anyone who thought contested Republican primaries and an open judge seat would generate great voter interest could be disappointed by early-voting turnout.
With voting set for Thursday, candidates for General Sessions Judge Part IV took a final shot at publicly touting their credentials Monday.
Rutherford County's Republican Party is inserting itself into the General Sessions Judge IV race in an effort to elect a "conservative," even though the election is a nonpartisan affair.
Fourth Congressional District Republican candidate Erran Persley says he has a "passion for politics as a positive vehicle for change."
Four Republicans and one Democrat are running for the 34th District House seat being vacated by Republican state Rep. Rick Womick of Rockvale.
As early voting approaches July 15-30 and Election Day on Aug. 4 in the state primary, the candidates answered these questions from The Post.
Republican congressional candidate Joe Carr of Rutherford County is questioning a July fundraiser planned for his primary opponent, U.S. Rep. Diane Black, by Gov. Bill Haslam at the governor's mansion in Nashville.
Rutherford County Election Commission Chairman Ransom Jones contends he holds no conflict of interest from a fundraising party he and his wife held for judicial candidate Ben Bennett at their Lascassas home.
Early voting starts July 15 for the Rutherford County general election, in which voters will cast ballots on a General Sessions Judge Part IV post designed to alleviate a crowded court docket and expedite justice.
Conservative leader and Murfreesboro resident Tim Rudd has announced his candidacy for 34th District state representative. Rudd seeks to replace Rep. Rick Womick, who previously stated that he is not seeking re-election.
Becky Goff, a teacher for more than 20 years, has announced she is a candidate for State House District 37.
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and Grant Starrett are trading barbs as the 4th Congressional District Republican primary approaches, the challenger questioning the incumbent's pro-life stance and the congressman labeling his opponent an out-of-touch rich kid.
A "vote anywhere" bill touted as super-convenient quietly passed the Tennessee General Assembly this week, allowing Rutherford Countians to choose any polling place in the county to cast their ballots, beginning in 2018.
The room was packed Wednesday night at the Block, but the crowd wasn't there for a band. They were there for the "Bernstorm."
Generally approve of state leaders; disapprove of president, U.S. Congress.
State voters also want gun laws left alone, oppose a gas tax increase.
A former Rutherford County elections administrator fired a year and a half ago for "frequent and blatant" abuse of the county's work-hours policy won't be allowed to work at the polls either.
Rutherford County officials are pursuing legislation allowing the establishment of voter convenience centers designed to make casting ballots easier, though the plan comes with initial costs and would eliminate nearly 20 precincts.
'You don't legislate out of fear,' Rep. Clemmons tells RCDP.
The Rutherford County Young Democrats hosted their holiday party earlier this month at Cultivate Coworking in Murfreesboro.
TV Christmas specials by the multitude have come and gone for over a half a century, but one stands out as most special to me and, I am sure, to millions of other baby boomers.
The Rutherford County Democratic Women will hold their Champion Chili Fall Fundraiser on Saturday, Oct. 17.
The Rutherford County Democratic Party hosted their biggest fundraiser of the year last week. Former State Rep. Mary Ann Eckles opened her Murfreesboro home for the event, where honored guests State Sen. Jeff Yarbro, State Rep. Mike Stewart and State Rep. Darren Jernigan spoke to the crowd.
Third-generation driver in one of NASCAR's most famous families, took a career detour through MTSU University to fulfill a promise to his mom.
Having followed Vanderbilt football for four decades, including a stint as a newspaper beat writer during the eras of George MacIntyre, Watson Brown and Gerry DiNardo, I often suffered acute neck-crick from shaking my head and wondering:
Today I'd like to engage in a candid discussion about an issue that confronts the nation and, frankly, I'm disappointed that the President continues to dodge it.
Most of us remember the 1975 movie blockbuster "Jaws," starring a great white shark that chowed down on Captain Quint, his boat and various minor characters.
A recent TV expose of weight-loss fads was a real shocker: they don't work!
I was flipping through a travel magazine the other day and came across an ad for "modern camping accessories."
When news broke last week about the FIFA scandal, I didn't know what to think.
A recent tongue-in-cheek column about the American Kennel Club's "Good Citizen Program" got some doggie-defenders howling mad.
Centuries from now when archaeologists start shifting through the ancient ruins of what was once a thriving civilization, they may unearth fragments of a white sports jacket with traces of a pink carnation that carbon-dates back to 1964.
I saw a story the other day about the Humperdink being taken off the Endangered Species list, and I was relieved to know Engelbert is doing well. I didn't even know he'd been sick.
The world continues to give a big "Awwwwwwwwwww!" over the recent arrival of another Royal Rug Rat.
I read that China plans to crack down on strippers performing at funerals.
I lost my best Buddy last week.
I took our faithful old Lab to a veterinarian and the decision was made to euthanize him.
According to the American Psychological Association, the average person tells an average of 11 lies a week.
Rutherford County's sole Democratic elected office holder switched to the Republican Party today, with officials saying he is "coming home."
The other night I flipped on the TV and came across a show called "Hell's Kitchen," the plot of which consisted of a deranged chef raging at some harried cooks over a scorched soufflé.
I came across a newspaper item the other day about the American Kennel Club's "Good Citizen Program," and since there was nothing better to read (and we wonder why newspapers are dying?) I checked it out.
I once submitted a work of fiction to one of those snooty, glossy-paged magazines that carry fancy wine columns and ads for male fragrances, that included this sentence:
For the record, I don't own an elephant, and I haven't seen a circus in years -- not counting watching the U.S. Senate on C-Span.
Last week, snowed-in and ice-bound amid one of the coldest spells in recorded history, I had ample time to reflect on Global Warming.
According to a recent news report, a pair of skunks moved into the crawl space of a home and raised such a stink that the family had to evacuate.
Let's see if I've got this straight:
A Chicago Little League team was stripped of its world championship after someone noticed that Derek Jeter was playing shortstop.
This space is generally reserved for lighter subjects, but occasionally I come across something so dire that I feel it must be addressed, such as the threat of nuclear holocaust, a global pandemic or -- today's item -- barking dogs.
Let's be honest: the New England Patriots could have beaten the tar out of the Indianapolis Colts in the AFC Championship game if quarterback Tom Brady had been slinging a dead cat instead of an under-inflated football.
The other day I read a story about a shoplifter who was apprehended by the store's "loss prevention officer."
According to the International Association of Pet Fashion Professionals, fluffy Christmas sweaters are real tail-waggers this winter.
I came across a story the other day that said our Totoabas are in trouble.
A documentary producer recently allowed himself to be "eaten alive" by a giant anaconda while wearing a special "snake-gut-cam" that was supposed to record the dining experience for posterity.
Sometimes it seems we've lost the true meaning of Thanksgiving amid the commercialized hustle-bustle of modern life, and forget it all began when the first Pilgrim peeked out of his cabin, saw his shadow, and was in for six more weeks of bad weather.
How come nothing lucky ever happens to me, like getting rear-ended by an 18-wheeler while driving home late one night on I-24?
Winning a City Council seat for the second time, Bill Shacklett rolled past two contenders Tuesday to claim a vacant post on the seven-member body.
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and challenger Lenda Sherrell are duking it out in an old-fashioned media slugfest during the final days of the 4th Congressional District race.
While channel-flipping the other day I came across a woman on one of those morning chat shows, distraught and fighting back tears. She was worried about an impending medical procedure for her "best friend."
Having covered the NFL for three seasons in the 1980s, I'm aware of the thug mentality that hums like an electric current just beneath the surface of the league, but the recent Ray Rice cesspool is unsettling even for a cynical old sportswriter.
Since we have no more pressing domestic issues confronting us, it's great to see the FBI throwing its full weight and resources behind the Great Naked Celebrity Photo caper.
A recent national survey found that over half the people in the nation's workforce find their jobs "unfulfilling."
Folks of my generation (officially known as Old Fogeys) can recall the uproar Elvis ignited when he came out on stage and started gyrating his pelvis.
It's pigskin time in Tennessee. Players are fresh and eager, fans are in a frenzy, and coaches are waxing eloquent about their team's prospects.
Actress Gwyneth Paltrow, apparently running short on causes, is worried about hurting her water’s feelings. According to a recent Internet account, the Oscar winner claims that “bad vibes” can cause bad-tempered water.
A sports celebrity flunking a drug test normally is not big news -- just a sad sign of the times -- except when the sports celebrity happens to be a racehorse belonging to Britain’s Queen Elizabeth.
The other day I saw some before-and-after photos of a young lady who several years ago modeled a certain brand of suntan lotion. In the “before” shot, her skin was a rich, golden amber, supple and smooth.
We’re told that soccer is the world’s most popular spectator sport -- just ahead of watching soccer moms -- so I did my best to follow the recent World Cup action in Rio.
The other night, with nothing on TV except a show about Kim Kardashian shopping for shoes and a documentary showing a lion eating a wart hog, I decided to watch a major league baseball game.
With millions mired in poverty and the world blowing up around us, it is gratifying to see certain federal politicians so concerned about a football team’s mascot.
You probably saw the mad scramble among all the major network news agencies awhile back as they competed for late-breaking updates on the Big Story: “Prince Andrew Flies Coach!”
Every year there’s a tiresome phrase or over-worked catch-word that worms its way into our cultural dialogue.
This year’s winner is “actually.”
The big white elephant squatting in the weeds in Gladeville has a new owner. Nashville Superspeedway -- Dover Motorsports’ Field of Nightmares -- has been sold.
Race drivers adamantly, defensively, insist they are athletes -- fine-tuned athletes who must call on every ounce of their mental and physical resolve to do what they do. Yet certain of them defy that contention by running two races in one day. And not just any two races -- the toughest races in the IndyCar Series and NASCAR. The Indy 500 and the Coke 600.
Whatever happened to peace and quiet? Apparently they went the way of the dodo bird and my polyester leisure suit extinct. Nowadays more and more folks have to have noise to exist, or at least to fall asleep. Machines that produce “white noise” have become hot items.
Stock car racing legend Richard Petty got in hot water earlier this year when he made the mistake of not swerving around the truth and cutting through the infield. He was asked when he thought struggling NASCAR diva Danica Patrick might win a race.
I was taken to task recently by a peeved reader for daring to suggest that Cher -- like many self-absorbed, snobby, snooty, smug, clueless, out-of-touch, air-headed Hollywood celebrities -- probably couldn’t order a Big Mac at a drive-thru.
One of those media think-tanks did a survey awhile back and came up with a number of interesting, but not totally surprising, conclusions:
If you’re like me you’ve probably had trouble sleeping here lately, worrying about the terrible ordeals confronting some of our Beautiful People.
The Nashville Film Festival is set to take place April 17-26 in Nashville, Tenn. at the Green Hills Stadium 16 and Downtown Nashville.
While watching news about the state of the nation the other night, it dawned on me how different many of our childhood fables, nursery rhymes and storybook tales would turn out in today's world.
Rutherford County Commissioner Joe Frank Jernigan fell victim to politics amid allegations he stole his opponent’s campaign signs, according to attorney Greg Tucker.
I was channel-flipping the other night and came across some leotard-clad young ladies cavorting around, so -- in the interest of journalism -- I stopped to see what was going on.
The asterisk has become the fine-print of modern advertising .*
(* Based on no scientific study, just what I've sorta noticed here lately.)
The old George Jones jukebox dirge, "Who's Gonna Fill Their Shoes?" about the demise of authentic country music, could apply to stock car racing.
The other night I watched a TV commercial about dog food, and it made me hungry. An attractive young lady explained why she settles for "nothing but the very best" for her pooch, as she served him a seven-course meal, complete with wine list and dessert tray.
Get out your hankies and tune up the violins: Queen Elizabeth and England's other royal freeloaders have fallen on hard times.
As I've previously reported, I may have the world's only landlubber Lab -- Buddy, a Labrador Retriever who's afraid of the water -- and it's served him well during our recent cold spells.
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
Veteran law enforcement officer Dale Armour announced Tuesday he has decided to enter the race for Rutherford County sheriff as an independent candidate.
Midland resident Steve Spence, a longtime Rutherford County law enforcement official, is seeking the 8th District seat on the Rutherford County Commission, according to a press release.
The forecast calls for “An Oriental Monsoon” at Middle Tennessee State University as a powerful, swirling display of light and sound heads for residents.
Officials from the campaign of Tennessee Sen. Jim Tracy raised more than $150,000 during the fourth quarter of 2013, bringing the total amount of contributions to more than $1 million since he announced his intention to run for Congress.
Governor gives State of the State address
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.
President to speak at Antioch high school
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.
Detective Ralph Mayercik, who is a running against Sheriff Robert Arnold, has resigned from his job at the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office amid an internal inquiry.
President pushes for expanding programs during Nashville speech
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.
Rick LaLance announced Thursday he has decided to run for a Murfreesboro City Council seat.
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.
The so-called “guns in trunks” or “guns in parking lots” law that was passed in 2013 by the Tennessee General Assembly took effect last summer, but much uncertainty remains about how it will affect employees.
When we started writing this column, we said we would tackle only those common ordinary hurdles of fatherhood.
Bill Kennedy, a former Rutherford County Sheriff’s Office employee, recently announced his candidacy for sheriff.
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.”
Rutherford County Sheriff Robert Arnold has announced he will seek re-election during the Republican Party primary slated for May.
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.
Jeff Jordan announced Thursday that he will not seek a third term on the Rutherford County Commission.
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.”
Gerald L. Melton has announced that he has decided to seek re-election as a public defender for the 16th Judicial District of Rutherford and Cannon counties.
Collier Smith announced Tuesday that she is seeking to retain her seat on the Murfreesboro City Schools Board of Education in the April elections.
Small-business owner Doug Young announced Tuesday that he will seek re-election to the Murfreesboro City Council.
The world’s oldest profession just might be in for some new legal wrangling.
Choppers could be cut from Army's inventory
A new analysis finds that especially in rural states, there are many who still cannot access affordable insurance.
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.
Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington has officially announced plans to seek the city’s highest elected office.
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.
During the fourth quarter of 2013, state Rep. Joe Carr raised more than $250,000 in campaign contributions for his primary challenge against U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander.
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.
The Rutherford County Board of Zoning Appeals approved Wednesday a request for a cemetery at the Islamic Center of Murfreesboro, following more discussion of the issue.
Attorney Chuck Ward announced Tuesday he has decided to run for the Republican Party nomination in the district attorney race.
“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.
A glimmer of hope appeared Tuesday for those still unemployed, as legislation to resume long-term jobless benefits cleared a key hurdle in the U.S. Senate.
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.
The marketing director for the Demos Family Restaurants has been named the new campaign manager for Murfreesboro mayoral candidate Shane McFarland.
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.
The new year has triggered a reflective time to take stock and resolve to move into the future with a heightened purpose in life.
A veteran police officer announced Friday that he has decided to run for the District 17 seat on the Rutherford County Commission during the upcoming elections slated for later this year.
One of the catchphrases we hear a lot these days is something called “cultural imperialism.”
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.
Top 10 stories of the year
The Middle Tennessee State University College of Mass Communication is gaining national attention, ranking among the Top 20 programs in the U.S.
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.
A local attention deficient disorder life coach and counselor recently announced that he is running for the Republican Party nomination in the 9th District Rutherford County Commission primary slated for May 2014.
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.
Longtime real estate agent John Jones recently signed on as the campaign manager for attorney Howard Wilson.
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.
The city of Murfreesboro has released a request for proposals for qualified consultants to prepare a citywide comprehensive plan.
Jeffrey L. Peach has announced he will seek the Republican Party nomination on the May 2014 ballot for a Rutherford County Circuit Court judgeship.
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.
Phil Griffin, who is vying for the Republican Party nomination in the 7th District Rutherford County Commission race, recently announced his leadership team.
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.
With the holiday season in full swing, midstate consumers have a gloomier economic outlook compared with their views earlier this fall, according to a recent study.
'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.
A local business owner who is actively involved in the Republican Party has announced he is running for a Murfreesboro City Council seat.
Zoning board delays action on mosque burial site
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.
The owner of a local bail bonds company recently announced she is seeking the Republican Party nomination in the Rutherford County Circuit Court clerk race slated for May 2014.
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.
During a recent state Senate Judiciary Subcommittee hearing on drug task forces, Republican lawmakers appeared to be in agreement that reform is needed.
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.
Governor cites grant in pushing for education goals
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 Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce will host Gov. Bill Haslam next week at the Embassy Suites in Murfreesboro.
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.
Detective Ralph Mayercik recently announced his intention to run for the Republican Party nomination for Rutherford County sheriff.
Former agent reflects on Oswald family
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.
Secret Service agent reflects on assassination
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?
The Akemans were slain the night of Nov. 10, 1973, by John Brown and a cousin.
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.
Harry Gill Jr. was unanimously selected Tuesday as the new town manger during a Smyrna Town Council meeting.
These are exciting and challenging times for higher education.
Oh, my gosh! Your collegiate career could be scuttled by your use of social media.
Attorney Barry Tidwell has announced his primary candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge.
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.
Councilman Eddie Smotherman has announced that he will challenge state Rep. Dawn White during the Republican Party primary in August 2014.
As the calendar nears the New Year, new battles are being waged over abortion both locally and nationally.
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.
Middle Tennessee State University will welcome a scholar’s perspective on U.S. foreign policy in the second of two “Muslim Journeys” lectures.
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
Councilman Shane McFarland has announced he will run for mayor in the 2014 election.
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.
Attorney Eric Hennessee has announced his intention to seek the Republican Party nomination for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge next year.
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.
A retired MTSU professor will present a discussion on climate changed Thursday, Nov. 7, at Linebaugh Public Library in Murfreesboro.
Billy Henson made music in more ways than one with Loretta Lynn.
With Congress back in session, a renewed push is on for passage of a new Tennessee Wilderness Act. Wednesday marked the 29th anniversary of the original.
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.
The month of November has arrived in Tennessee, and along with it, an automatic reduction in funding for many families in the state that struggle to put food on the table.
Murfreesboro attorney Howard Wilson has announced that he will seek the Republican ticket for Rutherford Chancery Court judge next year.
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.
businessman Rick Peppers announced Tuesday he will run in the Republican primary for the 48th District in the Tennessee General Assembly.
Political consultant Phil Griffin has announced he is running in the Republican primary for the 7th District of the Rutherford County Commission next year.
It's time for trick or treating and to get the be-jeebers scared out of you, and, if you believe Linus, it is time for the Great Pumpkin to rise out of the Pun’kin Patch.
Local Christians, Jews and Muslims are increasingly building bridges of understanding through interfaith events.
Local businessman Daniel Gammon has officially stepped into the ring for the Republican Party nomination in the 17th District Rutherford County Commission primary race.
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.
Plans could cost Rutherford County $72M
Judge Keith Siskin recently announced he is seeking election to retain his seat on the Rutherford County Circuit Court.
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
Chancellor Robert Corlew III announced Thursday that he will retire at the end of his current term and will not seek re-election next year.
MTSU will welcome legendary singer and songwriter Barry Gibb to campus on Monday, Oct. 28, as part of the recording industry department's speakers series.
Recent revelations have shown U.S. government agencies may have violated Americans rights, according to advocates who will rally in the nation's capitol this weekend to protest.
Murfreesboro Vice Mayor Ron Washington said Thursday he will apply for the open mayoral position for the April 15, 2014, election.
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.
Murfreesboro mayor not running for 4th term
Media critic A.J. Liebling is reported to have said, “Freedom of the press belongs to those who own one.”
Murfreesboro mayor not seeking 4th term
A former U.S. congressman joined with farmers Monday to call on lawmakers to better address the issue of climate change.
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.
Attorney Toby Gilley announced Monday that he will seek the Republican Party’s nomination for Rutherford County General Sessions Court judge during the May 6, 2014, primary election.
A coalition of veterans and uniformed services organizations that represent more than 5.5 million members will converge this week in Washington, D.C., to demand an end to the government shutdown.
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.
How concerned are Middle Tennessee residents regarding the current federal government shutdown that has closed Rutherford County’s Stones River National Battlefield Cemetery and other programs throughout America?
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.
There must be a saner way to observe the Civil War’s sesquicentennial than what they are doing in Richmond, Va.
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.
Governor announces commitment to raise salaries
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.
The Rutherford County Steering Committee made five recommendations for appointment, and announced an upcoming vacancy in its meeting Tuesday.
The state has experienced a slight improvement in its poverty rate, but the struggle for low-income families is far from over, according to recent data.
Republican state Rep. Joe Carr gained the support Monday of two conservative-backed groups for the U.S. Senate.
Murfreesboro resident Dr. Bryan Terry announced Monday that he will be a candidate for the 48th District seat in the Tennessee House of Representatives during the 2014 elections.
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.
The executive director of the local Republican Party is scheduled to kick off her primary campaign for a Rutherford County Commission seat Monday at party headquarters in downtown Murfreesboro.
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?”
Mark O’Neal resigned Tuesday, ending 11 years as town manager of Smyrna.
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.
Legislators discuss new federal standards
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.
With just over a year until the general elections, the race to determine who will be the next Rutherford County Circuit Court clerk is starting to heat up with Laura Bohling already facing a challenger.
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.
Rutherford County Election Commission officials will hold an open house next week as part of a monthlong push aimed at increasing voter participation in recognition of National Voter Registration Day.
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.
How would you fare if forced to flee to the mountains with only the clothes on your back and survive solely off the land?
MTSU students to present Broadway classic
Rick Wise, the newest member of the Smyrna Town Council, is used to the glare of public service.
So, is Al-Qaeda the good guy or the bad guy?
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.
Lifelong county resident makes history
For the second time in recent weeks, a small group of protesters stood on the Medical Center Parkway overpass calling for President Barack Obama to be impeached.
A former captain with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office announced Monday he is running against Sheriff Robert Arnold in the 2014 election.
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.
More than 30 people gathered in front of the Rutherford County Courthouse in downtown Murfreesboro Thursday afternoon to protest U.S. military involvement in the ongoing Syrian civil war.
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.
GOP lawmaker prepares for primary battle
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.
Redeemer Classical Academy illustrates how much parents can accomplish when they come together, U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais said Tuesday.
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.
Several well-known local politicians have thrown their weight behind Rutherford County Commissioner Adam Coggin's efforts to become the next representative from the 48th District in the Tennessee General Assembly.
Tony Dover resigned Thursday as mayor. He will be replaced by Vice Mayor Mary Esther Reed, the first woman ever to serve as mayor in Smyrna history.
Alberto Gonzales on Wednesday criticized Congress for not taking a more active role in the discussion over whether the United States should attack Syria.
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.
Glenn Jacobs, a.k.a. “Kane,” won’t try to lay the smack down on Lamar Alexander in 2014.
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.”
Retired Texas Republican Rep. Ron Paul spoke at a conference in Nashville Friday.
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.
Graduates comprise locally owned newspaper
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?
GOP lawmaker to challenge Alexander
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.
Concerned Students for a Better Nissan College Tour brought actor Danny Glover and its message to Smyrna in late July.
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.
Gov. Bill Haslam brushed aside an announcement this week that formal ethics complaints had been filed against him.
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.
Doughtie pushes back against criticism
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.
Federal judge rules against publisher in lawsuit
Family theater takes on a literal meaning when The Murfreesboro Center for the Arts presents “Alice in Wonderland" this weekend.
Lenard prepares for GOP primary battle
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.
Smyrna resident recalls harrowing tale
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.
An in-depth national study conducted by three prominent university researchers has found that wine sales in retail food stores are not linked to increased community safety issues such as traffic fatalities.
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.”
Freedom Fund Banquet slated for August
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.”
The editors of Rolling Stone undoubtedly are delighted at the publicity so many misguided people are giving them.
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.
Animal-rights advocates are perched on the edges of their seats
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.
When 71-year-old Morgan Shepherd became the oldest driver to start a NASCAR Sprint Cup race earlier this month, there was a national outburst of Geezer Pride.
The rain has caused mixed blessings for all of this summer.
The Tennessee Campaign for Liberty will be holding a protest on Saturday, July 20, to express disapproval over U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander's voting record in Congress.
“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?
While most states and municipalities would drool over the possibility of six new store locations in their areas, the District of Columbia is telling the big-box boys to hit the Beltway and don’t look back.
County Commissioner Adam Coggin announced his candidacy for the 48th District Tennessee House seat, which will be vacated by Joe Carr.
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.
As the U.S. House prepares for another try at passing a farm bill, a new survey has found that a majority of those in rural America want to see a greater focus on small-business development and economic initiatives.
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.
The Jim Tracy for Congress campaign announced in a Wednesday press release it raised $303,000 in the second fundraising quarter.
Arnold rebukes DUI checkpoint claims
Gov. Bill Haslam recently appointed Richard Montgomery as chairman of the Board of Parole.
Music merges in the middle this fall
This year, I will attend the Roasters Guild’s annual retreat.
Rutherford County thrust into national spotlight
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.
Recent legislation aimed at cutting the size of Tennessee state government went into effect Monday with the newly created Office of the Repealer.
Rutherford County raises property taxes
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.
The Rutherford County Commission voted Friday morning in support of raising property taxes by 4.1 percent.
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.
By 1987, after its small beginnings as a one-day banjo picking contest, Uncle Dave Macon Days had become one of the Southeast’s fastest-growing, old-time music festivals.
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.
Councilwoman Madelyn Scales-Harris remains frustrated, but fellow Murfreesboro City Council members at Thursday night’s meeting seemed able to determine exactly why.
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.
Residents expressed concern Monday over a proposed property tax increase that is being proposed to pay for the 2013-14 Rutherford County budget.
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.
The Rutherford County budget proposal has been approved by the budget committee, and the committee members are ready for voter input.
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 wonder what Michael Bloomberg would think of me as I sit here sipping my large Diet Coke.
In its effort to better stay in touch with its residents, officials have announced the city of Murfreesboro has extended its social media presence through Twitter.
Being a peeping Tom is treated as a crime of sexual deviancy, which normally deters that behavior - that is unless you're part of the federal government.
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.
Budget deliberations by the Murfreesboro City Council drew considerable ire Thursday from Councilwoman Madelyn Scales-Harris.
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.
Legendary Singer is second inductee into multi-year music icons series
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.
Proposal splits 10-cents between county, schools
On Wednesday, June 5, Americans who are old enough to remember will reflect on the assassination 45 years ago of Sen. Robert “Bobby” F. Kennedy.
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.
Tennessee employers can indeed fire workers who violate company policy by storing firearms and ammunition in vehicles parked on employers’ property despite a new state law, state Attorney General Bob Cooper says in a new legal opinion.
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 U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development will close its offices nationwide on Friday, May 24, as a result of automatic spending cuts that took effect in March.
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.
Smyrna Town Council votes on increasing rate
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.
Rain or shine, Tennessee native White Law Prater walked, walked and walked, virtually to every business on and near Woodbury to deliver the weekly Cannon Courier newspaper.
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.
At drugstores across Tennessee, over-the-counter purchases of the morning-after pill are now available to anyone age 15 and older.
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.
Mark Sanford traded hiking on the Appalachian Trail for hanging out on the campaign trail. It worked.
The U.S. Department of the Treasury is moving forward with its plan to sell approximately 241.7 million of the remaining shares of General Motors Co. common stock with the initiation of a second trading plan.
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.
Rep. Mike Stewart, who voted against the so-called “ag-gag” bill, is still waiting for an Attorney General’s opinion on the constitutionality of the legislation.
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.”
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.
New regulations take effect in summer of 2014
Sen. Larmar Alexander top Republican on Labor Committee
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.
The Tennessee House member announced Thursday he is officially entering the race for the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District.
After a great deal of hard work and collaboration, this year’s session of the 108th General Assembly finally came to a conclusion on April 19, 2013.
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.
DW provided a wealth of words – as he has for the past 40 years that I’ve been covering him.
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.
Library cards and other types of county-or-city-issued photo ID cards are no longer enough to cast a ballot in Tennessee. Gov. Bill Haslam has signed a General Assembly measure outlawing their use at polling places.
A recent study by CareerCast.com found being a newspaper reporter is the worst job in the nation.
The GOP-run Tennessee Legislature called it a year Friday, closing up shop on the earliest date in over two decades.
Study finds actuary as best, reporter as worst
Tennessee House Democrats held a post-session press conference Tuesday to voice their disappointment with much of what the GOP-controlled Legislature passed this year.
Tennessee lawmakers living within a 50-mile radius of the Capitol can expect to see their daily lodging allowances drop in a couple years.
Applause and cheers went up in both the House and Senate Friday afternoon
The GOP-run Tennessee Legislature called it a year Friday, closing up shop on the earliest date in over two decades.
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.
A bill aimed at easing the pain at Tennessee’s grocery checkout lanes is headed to the governor’s desk for approval.
The Rutherford County Democratic Party convened Saturday morning to elect a new executive committee and executive officers.
Passage of the legislation brings Tennessee into compliance with the federal Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012.
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.
The State Senate passed legislation to protect citizens from unwarranted surveillance by drones and unmanned aircraft.
Press Release: Joe Carr announced Tuesday in a press release his exploratory committee raised more than $200,000.
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam said Monday that he plans to put his signature on the “Tennessee Wage Protection Act.”
All that remains to block state-funded college IDs as valid identification for voting in Tennessee is the governor’s signature.
A couple weekends ago, a friend and I kicked back with a large pizza to watch the much-talked-about, commercially successful movie “Zero Dark Thirty.”
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 full state Senate heard opening salvos of debate Monday on a bill that would change the process by which Tennesseans pick their U.S. senators.
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.
Bill Ketron’s wine-in-grocery-stores bill just won’t quit.
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.
Property owners across the state will have a two-year reprieve from forced annexation if a bill moving in the Tennessee Legislature becomes law.
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.
The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved legislation that would strengthen penalties against spectators and participants of cockfights, the Republican Senate Caucus announced in a press release.
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.
Haslam proposal includes religious institutions
Murfreesboro man helps TV show
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.
Students travel with alumnus to Southeastern Asia
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?
Rep. Susan Lynn said she would still like to get the bill back in committee this year as a thermometer test.
The Smyrna Airport’s historically important control tower has escaped the scalpel of cutbacks currently being ordered by federal officials in Washington, D.C.
It’s no great mystery the 9/11 terrorist attacks resulted in a tightening up of American security, giving our collective police forces greater latitude and longitude with fewer restrictions.
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.
If childhood obesity has risen to the level of a national crisis, why are schools cutting physical education classes?
Tennessee's best honored for contributions to field
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.
Sen. Bill Ketron said his seat belt bill is needed to promote safety.
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.
Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey unveiled a consensus plan to redraw Tennessee’s judicial districts.
Despite what appeared to be growing momentum, a bill allowing local referenda on wine sales in food stores was stopped in its tracks Tuesday by the state House Local Government Committee.
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.
There seems to be a generalized fear that the media have grown too powerful and too aggressive.
Legal notices like public auctions and meeting announcements would have to be published online, as well as in newspapers, under a bill that is headed to both state House and Senate calendar committees to be scheduled for floor votes.
The Tennessee House of Representatives on Monday completed the final legislative step necessary to give the electorate an opportunity to weigh in on how high-level judges are picked in the Volunteer State.
Legal notices like public auctions and meeting announcements would have to be published online, as well as in newspapers, under a proposed bill.
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.
Advocates from across the state will converge at the Capitol in Nashville this afternoon for the official launch of Healthy and Free Tennessee.
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.
Neither Democrats nor Republicans in the state think their party should give ground.
Wayne White is proud to say that MTSU is where his art and his life began to bloom.
As lawmakers in Tennessee consider a couple of proposals on school vouchers, the state's teachers are urging rejection over a variety of concerns.
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 La Vergne Board of Mayor and Aldermen voted tonight to officially name Bruce Richardson as the city administrator.
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.
If you’ve been to a concert, sporting event or other public occasion recently, take a close look at the back of your ticket.
Majority disapproval for the job that Barack Obama is doing as president is holding steady in Tennessee, according to the latest poll conducted by Middle Tennessee State University.
Tennessee lawmakers are weighing the option of whether to expand the state's Medicaid program.
"Flashdance The Musical" is the stage adaptation of the 1983 hit film that defined a generation.
State Sen. Jim Tracy and Rep. Rick Womick have announced they will not seek passage of with their ultrasound bill in order to focus on passage of a constitutional amendment initiative concerning abortion laws.
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.
AEDC’s Department of Defense employees have a program available to resolve personal problems before these issues interfere with their work.
The bill also clarifies that locally issued photo library cards are not allowed under Tennessee’s voter ID law.
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.
Opinion has been stable and decidedly in favor of wine sales for four years
A majority of Tennesseans support a key provision of the “guns in trunks” measure that was easily passed today in the state House of Representatives.
A college president addressing the retention and graduation issue in higher education Monday at MTSU emphasized creating a campus culture that nurtures students.
Haslam reforms received mixed reviews
The Senate unanimously voted in a favor of a resolution Tuesday condemning North Korea's recent nuclear test that violated numerous international agreements.
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.
For months last year, I kept asking members of the Coalition for Open Government and the Tennessee Press Association if they knew anything about the history of the Tennessee Public Records Act of 1957 but few did.
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.
Air Force expects mass furloughs
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
I had hoped President Barack Obama would put forth sound, bipartisan solutions to tackle the serious obstacles facing this nation. Unfortunately, all that we have heard is more of the same.
A bill designed to rein in EBT card abuse passed the Senate Health and Welfare Committee in the Tennessee General Assembly this week.
Projections for the cost of the Medicare program have fallen by a half trillion dollars since the last estimate three years ago.
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.
Rep. Rick Womick’s bill to discontinue per diems for local lawmakers sailed through the House State Government committee Tuesday.
Legislation designed to protect student-athletes who suffer concussions overcame its first hurdle this week.
Nine colleges’ academic scholars visit state lawmakers in Nashville
Officials to spend $220K on location
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.
Some conservatives said they were against the Violence Against Women Act because it constituted an unjustifiable growth of the federal government’s reach into Americans’ lives.
Following his State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama drew little praise from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who described the speech as an attempt to defy reality.
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."
A same-sex couple will shed light on the marriage equality issue at Middle Tennessee State University on the day before Valentine’s Day.
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.”
A longtime fundraiser has been chosen to lead fundraising efforts for an exploratory committee recently formed for state Rep. Joe Carr.
Opposition to gay marriage is more widespread in Tennessee than nearly anywhere else in the country.
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.
In a rare display of concerted opposition at the Murfreesboro City Council's meeting Thursday evening, a third reading for annexation of property adjacent to James Ridley's historic Evergreen home was just as contentious as the first.
In terms of public opinion in the state, opposition to wine in grocery stores seems to be driven primarily by political ideology and religious beliefs.
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.”
U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais witnessed first hand Friday how the gun control debate has thrust different constitutional interpretations at the forefront of political discourse.
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."
The debate over gun safety resumed this week, as President Barack Obama is taking his plans outside of Washington, D.C., for the first time, with a visit to Minnesota.
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.
A somewhat contentious annexation and rezoning request dominated Thursday’s brief meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council.
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.
Tennessee legislators look to reduce the excise tax on Tennessee businesses.
The safety and health of children are of compelling interest to the community, and the public needs to know if agencies that deal with minors are doing so effectively.
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.
State Sen. Jim Tracy has filed legislation in the Tennessee General Assembly to curb abuse of purchases made through EBT cards.
Bill would leave issue up to counties
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.”
In his State of the State address, Gov. Bill Haslam devoted a lot of time to public education but left the audience with a mixed message on his plans for schools, Tennessee Education Association officials said Tuesday.
140,000 Undocumented Immigrants in Tennessee
State Rep. Mike Sparks (R-Smyrna) has been named vice chairman of the House Transportation Committee.
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.
Governor calls for expanding public safety
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
Murfreesboro residents attend inauguration
The first-ever Civil Rights Week wrapped up Monday after a weeklong series of educational and fun events sponsored by the Murfreesboro chapter of the NAACP.
During the Tennessee General Assembly’s two-week recess, some of Rutherford County’s legislative members have been busy filing bills.
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
The Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference will push an aggressive legislative agenda during the upcoming session.
The music of Bahamas is definitely a getaway in its own right.
Worry grows over convenience center relocation
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
On Tuesday, state Sen. Jim Tracy announced additions to his 4th Congressional District campaign leadership team, which reads as a virtual who's who of Rutherford County.
On 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Planned Parenthood says it's time to remove labels, because the decision is complex and deeply personal.
Senator rallies in opposition to proposals
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.
Legislator takes stand against gun control
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.
The 108th Tennessee General Assembly app is designed to help Tennessee residents connect with their legislators.
State Rep. Dawn White (R-Murfreesboro) has been named to the House Business and Utilities Committee for the 108th Tennessee General Assembly.
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.
The package of legislation for Congress includes a ban on high-capacity magazines and the reinstatement of a ban on some assault-style weapons.
The Murfreesboro Police Department collected about 20 guns at its Gift Cards for Guns event held Thursday afternoon, spokesman Kyle Evans said.
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
Lawmaker targets new gun control plans
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.
Burgess picks Eagleville resident for post
State Rep. Mike Turner is requesting that an investigation be opened into the Tennessee Department of Children's Services in connection with abuse allegations.
Lawmakers throughout Tennessee gathered Tuesday in Nashville for the opening gavel of the 108th General Assembly.
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.
State Sen. Jim Tracy (R-Shelbyville) has been reappointed chairman of the Senate’s Transportation and Safety Committee.
Republican Rep. Joe
Carr, of Lascassas, has been appointed to serve as chair of the Subcommittee on Local Government in the Tennessee General Assembly this session.
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.
U.S. Sen. Bob Corker is urging Congress to begin making reforms to entitlement programs, including Social Security, in an effort to reduce long-term deficits.
Nobel Prize-winning economist and Middle Tennessee State University alumnus James M. Buchanan died Wednesday morning in Blacksburg, Va.
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.
The House of Representatives officially gaveled into session Tuesday, marking the beginning of the 108th General Assembly in Tennessee and a new era for Rutherford County.
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.
State Sen. Jim Tracy has announced his candidacy for the 4th Congressional District seat, currently held by fellow Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
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.
2012 was a year of court battles, sexual harassment and MTSU finally getting its way.
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.
Barring a last-minute miracle, it appears Congress will not pass a new Farm Bill before the end of the 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.
State Rep. Joe Carr (R-Lascassas) announced Thursday the formation of a campaign exploratory steering committee focused on testing the waters in a potential bid for Tennessee’s 4th Congressional District.
Nearly one million seniors in Tennessee could see cuts to their Social Security benefits.
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.
We've heard a lot this past week about the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, individual freedom and the rights of the states to set their own laws.
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.
Tennessee Senate Republicans met Wednesday, Dec. 12 in Nashville to elect leaders for the 108th General Assembly.
Republican U.S. Sen. Bob Corker introduced legislation Wednesday to raise the debt ceiling by roughly $1 trillion in exchange for reforms to Medicare, Medicaid and Social Security.
Murfreesboro artist releases new album
Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam announced Monday the state will not operate a state-based health care exchange under the federal Affordable Care Act.
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.
Following a yearlong period of steady increases in consumer confidence, midstate residents have suddenly changed their minds and become much less optimistic about the future of the American economy.
Former members of the Lady Raiders basketball team were honored Thursday for their efforts in paving the way for current players.
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.
While the domestic violence rate in Tennessee has slightly decreased, the number of reported incidents in Rutherford County continues to rise.
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.
The Tennessee Department of Health has acknowledged opening a "complaint file" against Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
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?”
Former administrator travels to Ukraine
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.
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce will host a Power Lunch featuring Tennessee’s 49th governor, Bill Haslam.
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.”
Scott DesJarlais addresses past marital troubles, political future
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."
Aldermen Tom Broeker and Dennis Waldron won reelection bids in the most recent city elections on Nov. 6 and were sworn in for their next term on Tuesday, Nov. 20.
Some Republican activists want an explanation from U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais as he approaches a week of silence on court records showing he supported his ex-wife's two abortions before declaring himself "a consistent supporter of pro-life values."
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.
Murfreesboro resident serves it up
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.
Gov. Bill Haslam said Friday no decision has been made regarding whether Tennessee will participate in a federally run insurance exchange under Obamacare.
Murfreesboro activists rally in opposition
A 29-year-old Murfreesboro mother has been indicted by a Rutherford County grand jury on multiple child abuse charges two months after her newborn twins tested positive for cocaine and opiates.
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.
Republican U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais supported his ex-wife’s decision to get two abortions before their marriage ended, according to recently released court documents.
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.
Chuck Hassebrook, executive director of the Center for Rural Affairs, says everything from conservation programs to help for beginning farmers and rural development hangs in the balance if federal lawmakers can't agree on a Farm Bill.
Majorities of Republicans, independents and even Democrats approve
Despite technical delays in churning out results, Rutherford County election officials insisted Friday that all votes have been accurately counted.
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.
It might not have been the deciding factor in the presidential election, but the youth vote came through for Barack Obama.
But you know what, maybe all of the time and money spent on election posturing isn’t so bad, especially compared with restrictions in place in China in the face of this week’s upcoming party congress.
Rutherford County voters helped lead the Republican Party to a supermajority Tuesday in both chambers of the Tennessee General Assembly.
Democratic state Sen. Eric Stewart has conceded to U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais in the 4th Congressional District race.
A new state law requiring Tennessee voters to show photo identification will be put to the test today as voters head to the polls.
Shortly before 11 p.m. Tuesday, officials with the Rutherford County Election Commission released the results of absentee ballots and early voting.
A Hamilton County judge is still reviewing previously unavailable court transcripts involving U.S. Rep. Scott DesJarlais and his former wife to determine whether they will be released later today.
Research shows GOP gains ground with voters
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.
Democratic candidate garners local support
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.
The Nashville Area Chamber of Commerce and the Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce have formed a new advocacy partnership that will allow members to have a stronger voice in the Tennessee General Assembly.
The Cook Political Report has upgraded the race for Tennessee’s Fourth Congressional District from “Likely Republican” to “Lean Republican.”
Republicans and Democrats agree on at least one thing in Tennessee: The stalemate in Washington probably will continue after next week’s election.
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.
Two Tennessee senators announced Monday they will introduce legislation to prevent expansion of the Tennessee Medicaid program under the Affordable Care Act, also known as “Obamacare.”
State's independents lean further to right in 2012
The Chattanooga Times Free Press uncovered another alleged mistress of Rep. Scott DesJarlais, who claimed the relationship began when she was his patient.
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.
Candidates discuss hot-topic issues
American citizens are guaranteed rights to life, liberty and property on paper according to the Fourteenth Amendment, but statistics show that is far from reality for too many people.
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.
Republican Mitt Romney leads Democrat Barack Obama in the race for president in Tennessee, bolstered at least partly by the support Romney has gained among Tennessee’s white evangelical voters since last spring’s primary.
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.
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.
Life used to be so much easier when “freedom of the press” just meant newspapers.
Just as U.S. Sen. George McGovern’s 1972 loss to Richard Nixon marked the start of a new era in dirty politics, his death marked the end of high-school civics naivete.
The search for a deputy to the Rutherford County mayor has reached a new phase, and interviews should begin in a few weeks.
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.
Officials announce formation of Tennessee Journalism Hall of Fame
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.
One of the hallmarks of the American system of media is called the “social responsibility theory,” which says you can publish what you want without government interference, but you have to face the consequences of your actions.
If there’s one thing that’s not up for debate in this presidential campaign, it’s the debates themselves – they stink.
Voters in Tennessee’s 4th Congressional district are not reacting favorably to the news about Rep. Scott DesJarlais.
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.
On Aug. 23, a world famous gang invaded a home in Rutherford County.
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.
Congressman pushes back against allegations
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.
Congressman accused of pressuring woman
Parents are becoming more comfortable having "the talk" with their teenagers, but half of parents say they're still not fully comfortable discussing sexuality with their sons and daughters.
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.
Medieval manuscripts and contemporary creations make up two fascinating new displays in MTSU’s James E. Walker Library.
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.
As the nation’s economy continues to regain its strength, jobs are more important than ever, and Rutherford County is doing its part to ensure stability in the local market.
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.
Voters will have the opportunity to listen to La Vergne alderman candidates discuss issues and share their vision for the city Thursday, Oct. 11, during a debate at City Hall.
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
MTSU alumnus and former U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon was honored recently for his nearly 30 years of public service,including his focus on innovation, science and technology.
The last day to register to vote in the November Election is Columbus Day.
Thursday's meeting of the Murfreesboro City Council included lengthy public hearings for rezoning a trio of properties along North Memorial Boulevard.
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.
Rutherford County’s new property assessor announced Monday the office has settled more than 400 outstanding appeals cases.
Although the economy is beginning to heal, uncertainty over fiscal policy and future tax rates is hindering a stronger recovery, according to several experts who spoke recently at an annual conference.
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.”
When it comes to taxes and who is or isn't paying them, one group aims to separate the facts from fiction.
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.
Last week was inevitably one to remember for roots music fans. On Sept. 12, the Americana Music Association kicked off their festivities with an awards show like no other.
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.