Weary of the long and frustrating drive to Nashville, state Sen. Bill Ketron is continuing a fight for high-speed rail, an expensive proposition at roughly $1.3 billion, yet one he believes could be taken on through public-private partnerships.
AAA Travel projects 41 million Americans will journey 50 miles or more from home during the July 4th holiday weekend. That would be a 1.9 percent increase from the 40.3 million who traveled last year.
At age 18, Breanna Haskins is a veteran international Christian missionary.
You may have noticed that I skirted by new year’s resolutions this year.
The lush island nation often called “the crossroads of the Pacific” is the destination for a new faculty-led Middle Tennessee State University study abroad excursion.
We have watched Hyundai with great interest since the Korean company started selling cars in the U.S. in 1986, but we’ve been especially fascinated the last few years as it went from being the butt of jokes to being an industry leader.
One of the catchphrases we hear a lot these days is something called “cultural imperialism.”
More than 94.5 million Americans are expected to travel more than 50 miles or more from home during the year-end holiday season.
High school-aged teens report using their phones or texting while driving substantially less often than adults do, according to new research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
Leaving Windsor in the beautiful California wine country we encountered or first real traffic with the thousands of commuters, usually one to a car, headed south over the Golden Gate in to the city.
Vehicle emissions testing centers in Middle Tennessee will operate during special hours for the Christmas and New Year’s holidays.
Thirty-six percent of consumers always use a designated driver after drinking, yet 1 in 5 reportedly rarely or never use one, according to a recent AAA Consumer Pulse survey.
Pump prices moved slightly lower last week on falling demand numbers
They celebrate the holidays a little differently in the U.S. Capitol, where I have been enjoying a little recreational time with friends.
About mid-morning Saturday, we started north from Washougal, Wash., to our first destination, near the Canadian border of Discovery Bay.
City crews are still working to repair a busted storm drain and sinkhole that opened up Monday on Old Fort Parkway in the Cason Lane area.
The state of Tennessee has reached an agreement with US Airways and American Airlines regarding a proposed merger that the attorney general challenged, officials announced Tuesday.
The national average for a gallon of gas is already less than it was during the Thanksgiving holiday weekend last year, and prices could fall even more before then.
Discovery Park of America, a multimillion dollar new tourist and educational attraction, opened there Friday, following months of preparation.
Tennesseans flock to shooting range
Reminiscent of a classic episode of “The Twilight Zone” or a spin-off of Stephen King’s “Children of the Corn,” a silent horde of scarecrows have invaded tiny Granville in Jackson County.
For the second time, the Auto Club Group is wrapping some of its classic red, white and blue tow trucks and service vehicles the color pink in order to raise awareness of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in collaboration with the American Cancer Society.
Tourism is big business in Rutherford County, according to data recently released by the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development and the U.S. Travel Association.
A few weeks ago, I wrote about driving the new Jaguar F-Type sports car on a variety of roads near Mount Rainer in Washington State.
While in San Diego covering the introduction of the new Versa Note recently, I also had a chance to spend a little time in the all-new Nissan NV200 van.
A beloved, departed family member – who would be 96 years old, if alive – shared this story with me several years ago.
For 17 years in late August, pickers and yard sale fans have been coming to the historic town of Wartrace, Tenn., in hopes of making a buy that leads to the perfect mantle piece, or at least makes for a good yard sale fish story.
The Murfreesboro Police Department will be increasing traffic enforcement beginning Friday, August 16, as part of a crackdown to reduce alcohol-related fatalities.
Mazda engineers and designers appear to be different from the rest of the auto industry.
Smyrna resident recalls harrowing tale
Summer fun doesn’t have to end with the toll of the school bell.
Toyota showed a new face and attitude early in June with the Hollywood-style unveiling of the all-new 2014 Corolla.
Revamped Cedars of Lebanon venue spotlights park history
Rover will offer the public free bus fares and refreshments Friday, July 19, at the service’s transfer center on the northeast corner of Walnut and Burton streets in Murfreesboro.
Unfortunately, many of your fellow Americans aren’t feeling terribly independent this Independence Day.
I’ve been traveling a lot lately and have found some good books to accompany me along the way.
The twang of banjo and squeal of fiddle will soon have hands clapping and toes tapping for the 36th annual Uncle Dave Macon Days at Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro.
Across Murfreesboro Public Square on MTSU’s campus, Southern Gospel music rings the rafters of Wright Music Hall each July.
The number of MTSU students studying abroad this summer and scheduled to do so in the coming academic year has hit an all-time high.
Sophisticated lineup headed to Bonnaroo
Although gas prices have remained relatively stable across the Southeast in recent weeks, motorists could see pump prices move a little higher because the cost of a barrel of oil increased on positive employment data.
Trees block multiple roadways
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.
It’s officially time to begin summer vacation, which means it's a good time to discuss essentials for any kind of travel you undertake in the near future.
Consumers are being cautioned about unreputable travel promoters and timeshare resellers following several complaints alleging that come companies are using deceptive practices to reel in business.
Remember when you had young children, and when you asked them to do something they said “Why?” And you said “Just because I said so.”
The study reports that the festival generated $36 million in direct expenditures and an additional $15 million in indirect and induced economic activity.
It is May 19, as I type and we have just returned from the wedding of a nephew in Florida.
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.
Who do they think they’re kidding? That is not camping. I’ve taken my family camping. I have the divorce papers to prove it. What you are about to read is true – every horrible word.
Free individual, interactive iPhone apps for the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways initiative, are now available for download.
A foodie’s paradise waits in Tennessee as food festivals are plentiful during the spring.
Cure that sweet tooth with some locally grown strawberries – Batey Farms Berry Patch is open for the season!
Murfreesboro’s hospitality campus continues growing along Medical Center Parkway with the addition of a new hotel.
Our Easter was anything but ordinary this year.
The Rutherford County Chamber of Commerce has named Nicky Reynolds as the vice president of the Convention & Visitors Bureau.
St. Patrick’s Day has been a time of celebration during the last couple of years of my life.
North Murfreesboro's rush hour travelers will soon be experiencing a less frustrating commute, thanks to the efforts of the city staff and the encouragement of Councilman Doug Young, city officials announced.
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.
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.
A new National Park Service report for 2011 shows that the 187,000 visitors came to Stones River National Battlefield.
With vacation season just around the corner, one local family is encouraging Middle Tennessee residents to take an affordable trip south to Panama City Beach, Fla., this year.
Recent rumors about Hastings planning to close its Murfreesboro location are just that – rumors.
When Publix closed its location at the corner of Northfield and Memorial boulevards in Murfreesboro, the space sat vacant for several years. But this spring, the building will reopen as Gold’s Gym North, co-owner John Davis confirmed.
Tennessee has joined 29 other states in announcing a $29 million agreement with Toyota Motor Corporation over allegations it concealed safety issues related to unintended acceleration.
Rutherford County has two new locations for self-service driver license kiosks.
The Murfreesboro Fire and Rescue Department in conjunction with Safe Kids will be conducting child safety seat inspections Thursday, Jan. 24, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
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.
Later this week, Hoover Inc. will begin paving about one mile of St. Andrews Drive with a different mix of asphalt designed to create more friction where the rubber meets the road.
Former administrator travels to Ukraine
Beginning in December, a Murfreesboro bakery will feature artwork by local artist Dot Taylor.
Back roads, grits and moonshine all meet in the rolling hills of nearby Cannon County, and local leaders are doing their part to attract out-of-towners – and their dollars – to the area.
TDOT to overhaul congested Murfreesboro road
Facades abound around the world, but none are as steadfast, substantial and stately as the historic Rutherford County Courthouse.
Cooler weather, trees in brilliant colors, and darker mornings can only mean one thing: It’s fall.
The Tennessee Small Business Development Center is offering a seminar Tuesday, Oct. 2, to help local business owners decide what media components work for them.
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.
Culver’s made-to-order ButterBurgers are one step closer to the mouths of hungry residents living in southeast Murfreesboro.
Gasoline prices are on the rise again, and the arrivals of Labor Day weekend and Hurricane Isaac will only increase them further, but that won’t stop Americans from traveling this year.
I've been fortunate to have had a couple of days with nothing but time on my hands.
I once was threatened with a defamation lawsuit for comparing a trial lawyer to an intestinal parasite.
Officials with the Murfreesboro Transportation Department will be working on several road projects beginning Monday, Aug. 27, within the city limits.
I still don't like taking the “scary way,” known to the rest of America as U.S. Highway 64.
As summer comes to a close, my mind wanders back to a time when travel was fun. Do you remember fun?
Recently, my husband and I had the opportunity to go to New York City for a cooking contest I won through Natural Bliss Coffee Creamer.
Edgar Evins State Park on Center Hill Lake, between Smithville and Cookeville, will be holding a 75th anniversary party Thursday, Aug. 9, for Tennessee State Parks.
Due to the popular Miller’s Grocery, a country café, this tiny rural community’s legend grows. The legends born at Christiana may be bigger than the never-incorporated village itself.
By the time you read this, 10 MTSU students and two professor-administrators will be in Japan teaming with Fukushima University students for a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to help an area shattered by disaster make a comeback.
The Bonnaroo season has quickly arrived and with that it brings us many good things – headliners of Phish, Radiohead and Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Murfreesboro business partners with nonprofits
The Knaughty Knitter, a tradition on Walnut Street, has moved to new digs, the shop announced last week.
“The way of an eagle in the air; The way of a serpent upon a rock,” reads Proverbs 30:19.
Festival loses luster among some music enthusiasts
The Gulf of Mexico’s coastline continues to recover from BP’s 2010 oil spill, but thanks to a three-day music festival, Alabama’s Gulf Shores and Orange Beach are back in business.
Kayaking rental offers relaxing vacation
Plans are underway to improve safety along a major roadway in Smyrna where hazardous driving conditions have contributed to a multitude of accidents.
Skydiving adventure awaits in Waverly
Birdsong Hollow Farm sells world of folks on gardening
Celebrating its 25th anniversary, Beachaven Winery is one of Tennessee’s 32 wineries.
Tennessee ranks as the third most favorable state, according to the latest Public Policy Polling survey results.
Stones River National Battlefield wasn’t only important to the course of the Civil War, it’s also important to the course of Rutherford County.
The university has its signature programs — concrete industry, recording industry, equine studies, business, public history and aerospace.
Local governments lose lawsuit to impose additional taxes
Yazoo Brewery is a no-brainer destination.
Here are a few ideas for 4th of July holiday day trips
CAVE CITY, Ky.—A myriad of shining attractions may snare your eye in Kentucky’s cave country, but none sparkles brighter than the marvelous Magaline Meredith.
With the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico threatening many favorite vacation destinations in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana, many families are faced with a dilemma when choosing a spot for their summer vacations.
More than 80,000 music fans will converge on Middle Tennessee roadways this week for the seventh annual Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival in Manchester.
Cutting trips, staying home two alternatives for residents
The decision by the U.S. State and Homeland Security departments to permit some international summer travel without a passport will relieve strains on Middle Tennessee travelers, according to U.S. Rep. Bart Gordon.