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Tuesday, May 3, 2016
'The Best Man'
Posted Thursday, April 14, at 8:32 AM
All of the talk of the possibility of brokered party conventions made me think of the movie "The Best Man" (1964), starring Henry Fonda and Cliff Robertson. Even though it's fiction, it's a fascinating look back at the day when political conventions actually decided the party's nominee. In the past few decades, of course, the nominee has already been decided long before the convention arrives...

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Wayne Kindness
Posted Monday, March 28, at 9:21 AM

I was saddened yesterday to hear about the death of Wayne Kindness, who served for a while as our newsroom clerk here at the Times-Gazette. Wayne's job was here in the newsroom, processing submitted photos and news content, and so he had a low profile in the community. But he was a delight to work with. He had a positive attitude, a calm, steady presence, and was always willing to help...

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Jeeves would not be pleased
Posted Wednesday, March 23, at 12:55 PM

In this Sunday's paper, I will have a story about a former Shelbyville resident who has published an acclaimed new novel. We were talking this week about her childhood days in Shelbyville when her mother, a local physician, would drop her off at the old Argie Cooper Public Library, and she would get down on her stomach to look at the bottom shelf in "fiction," which is where all the P.G. ...

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Challenger and OSU
Posted Thursday, January 28, at 7:59 AM

My co-worker Jason has a story in today's paper about the anniversary of the Challenger disaster. I will never forget traveling to Chattanooga back during the 90s to cover a couple of things at the Tennessee Aquarium -- one was a new exhibit, the other was an IMAX film about Mount Everest. ...

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Teachers have first names, too
Posted Friday, December 11, at 1:09 PM

This is the time of year when we're all typing up Santa letters (or, in my case, cutting and pasting letters out of e-mail). Many letters come to us from individual kids and families, but there are also many local school teachers who have their kids write letters and who send them in as a batch. ...

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Favorite Christmas songs?
Posted Monday, November 30, at 12:42 PM

What's your favorite a) sacred Christmas song or carol, and what's your favorite b) secular Christmas song or carol?

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11/22/63
Posted Thursday, November 19, at 1:36 PM

Recently, one of the presidential candidates was asked what I thought was a pretty silly question by a reporter -- would he go back in time and kill Hitler as a baby? The question was irrelevant and doesn't really tell you anything helpful about the candidate. The candidate's valuable time, and the reader's, would have been much better spent with a different question...

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Sermon titles
Posted Thursday, October 15, at 9:43 AM

Some years back, our church news column (which runs on Fridays and Sundays) was used mostly for publicizing special events and activities. I sometimes tell people that the church news column is a way for a church to communicate with the community at large; a church usually has several other ways of communicating with its own membership. ...

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íNo masticar chicle!
Posted Friday, August 21, at 11:05 AM

Jim Davis' "Small Talk" feature for this Sunday has to do with asking students what rules they would change, eliminate or add at their school, and several of the students interviewed mentioned wishing they could chew gum. This immediately made me remember Jan Hall, my English and drama teacher at Cascade. ...

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It's magic!
Posted Wednesday, July 22, at 1:40 PM

If you enjoy magic tricks at all, you really ought to be watching the show "Penn & Teller: Fool Us," Monday nights on the CW (WNAB-TV, broadcast channel 58). The show started out in the UK, then the CW, after re-running the British episodes, moved production here and picked up a new season...

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Movies on the Fourth
Posted Wednesday, July 1, at 1:06 PM

I know people will want to be outside on Saturday enjoying the Independence Day holiday, but if you've got a DVR, Turner Classic Movies will be showing some of my favorite movies with patriotic or Americana themes that day. I wanted to point out three of them, well worth recording to watch later:...

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Relay For Life
Posted Thursday, June 4, at 12:21 PM

I don't often use my blog here to promote events, but I've been out of town a few weeks, helping out at the T-G's sister paper in Lewisburg, and while I'm out of town I just wanted to remind people of an event which is very, very special to me: the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, overnight Friday at the Ag Center...

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Which time would you prefer?
Posted Tuesday, March 10, at 7:20 AM

There seems to be more grumbling about the time change this year than I've ever heard before. I read one blogger yesterday who predicted that some politician will try to make himself or herself a household name by leading a drive to do away with it...

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'The Quiet Man'
Posted Friday, March 6, at 3:18 PM

I am working on a feature for an upcoming Life & Leisure section on the movie "The Quiet Man," with John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara, which is often enjoyed on St. Patrick's Day. If it's one of your favorites (or if you have some other strong reaction to it), please e-mail your thoughts to jcarney@t-g.com. Thanks!...

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Your top story
Posted Saturday, January 3, at 3:18 PM

Someone used the "send a comment" feature to pass along the following note about our annual countdown of the year's top stories: "voted best story by a panel (of news staff members). "well, duh! "What do Readers have to say?" Well, actually, we're very interested in what readers have to say -- that's why the very story to which the commenter was reacting had a poll embedded in it. We conduct that poll each year, and we publish the results...

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Live, from New York, it's ... Shelbyville!
Posted Monday, December 8, at 12:07 PM

I, and several others I know of, did a double-take this past weekend while watching "Saturday Night Live." The show, hosted by James Franco, included a sketch which was a parody of a campaign commercial. I have seen some online comments which say the sketch was probably inspired by a recent news story about a town electing a teenager as mayor. ...

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Business plans
Posted Saturday, September 27, at 9:47 AM

A story last week in the Times-Gazette talked about the loss of sales tax revenue and had city officials speculating that Bedford County residents were going to surrounding communities for even their regular shopping. I was not too surprised, of course, to see someone use our anonymous send-comment-to-editors feature to demand that Shelbyville go out and recruit a Target...

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Remembering Robin
Posted Monday, August 11, at 6:28 PM

After the statement from Robin Williams' wife imploring us to remember his life and career rather than dwell on today's tragedy, I went online and found this:...

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Once an alum, always an alum
Posted Friday, July 25, at 3:15 PM

Writers, by definition, tend to be aware of, and annoyed by, various grammar offenses and misuse of words. I was as amused as any writer at "Weird Al" Yankovic's very funny "Blurred Lines" parody, "Word Crimes," which came out last week: But I try, with varying degrees of success, not to be too much of a jerk in the way I point things out, if I point them out at all...

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'John: Pardon my dumb ass.'
Posted Friday, July 11, at 1:16 PM

The news today about the passing of former Tennessean publisher John Seigenthaler sent me scrambling for the laminated printout of the e-mail I received from Mr. Seigenthaler in 1998. It's a cherished possession. Mr. Seigenthaler had already retired from the Tennessean at that point, and was working at the Freedom Forum First Amendment Center. ...

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