Notes from the Newsroom by John I. Carney http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/ en-us T-G website http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/68120 Look for some big changes in the T-G website coming soon. These changes should be particularly exciting for those of you who read our site on a mobile device, but I think those of you on laptops and desktops will be pleased as well. Sat, 21 Jan 2017 23:46:22 -0600 New Year's in actual time http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/67965 I am shocked to report that both WSMV (Channel 4) and WKRN (Channel 2) are going to ring in the New Year on schedule Saturday night. Both ABC and NBC have long-running New Year's Eve programming which includes the ball drop in Times Square. ABC has "Dick Clark's New Year's Rockin' Eve," now hosted by Ryan Seacrest, while NBC has "New Year's Eve with Carson Daly." But the ball drop in New York City happens at midnight Eastern time, which is 11 p.m. our time. For years, the Nashville ABC... Fri, 30 Dec 2016 12:36:27 -0600 Support your local newspaper http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/67296 It's frustrating when someone who obviously doesn't read the newspaper on a daily basis submits something for publication and then tries to get us to tell them exactly when it will run -- so that they can buy only that particular issue of the paper. And they never seem to understand why this is a problem or why we might be offended by it! This is National Newspaper Week, and I want to thank all of you who do read and support your local newspaper. We strive to put out a product worthy of your... Thu, 06 Oct 2016 08:03:46 -0500 Trusty, trustee http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/67187 Someone left an anonymous editor comment -- which are often frustrating, because there's no way for us to respond -- about today's police blotter, saying that we had misspelled the word "trustee." No, David Melson's story was correct. "Trusty" and "trustee" are two different nouns, each with its own dictionary entry, and David correctly used "trusty" in his story. A "trusty" is a jail inmate who is allowed to work outside the jail. A "trustee" is someone entrusted with the governance or... Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:18:25 -0500 Meeting dates http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/67100 I have never understood why some governing bodies feel the need to specify exact meeting dates, times and locations in their rules or bylaws. To me, that's just an invitation for problems. There will always be some sort of situation -- weather, illness, conflict with some other activity -- that will get in the way, sooner or later, and then you're in a position of being forced to break your own bylaws. I do, completely, understand the need for bylaws to call for regular meetings. There's a... Tue, 13 Sep 2016 13:31:05 -0500 Interstate numbers http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/66807 We got a news release today from the state announcing that State Route 840, the southern bypass of Nashville which took so long to complete, has been accepted by the federal government as part of the Interstate system. Starting this week, the state will begin replacing the black-and-white, rectangular S.R.840 logos with shield-shaped, red-and-blue I-840 logos. I was talking about this with a co-worker. He noted that 840 doesn't actually go from one state to another. I explained to him that it... Mon, 15 Aug 2016 15:41:37 -0500 'The Best Man' http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/65739 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. The plot of the movie is that Fonda's character, William Russell, an idealistic, high-minded... Thu, 14 Apr 2016 08:32:28 -0500 Wayne Kindness http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/65592 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. Wayne was a huge racing fan and covered racing professionally during his career. The obit says he... Mon, 28 Mar 2016 09:21:24 -0500 Jeeves would not be pleased http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/65548 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. Wodehouse novels were. She recalled the library back then having an unusually large number of Wodehouse... Wed, 23 Mar 2016 12:55:53 -0500 Challenger and OSU http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/65021 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. I was sitting in the IMAX theater with Katie Fulgham, who was the aquarium's PR spokesperson at the time, waiting for the movie to start and we were talking about some of the themes related to exploring... Thu, 28 Jan 2016 07:59:58 -0600 Teachers have first names, too http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/64539 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. We really appreciate the hard work these teachers do, especially since they often type up the letters and submit them in a form that lets us cut and paste. (The sheer volume of letters we receive... Fri, 11 Dec 2015 13:09:53 -0600 Favorite Christmas songs? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/64431 What's your favorite a) sacred Christmas song or carol, and what's your favorite b) secular Christmas song or carol? Mon, 30 Nov 2015 12:42:41 -0600 11/22/63 http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/64340 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. But that doesn't mean that all of us -- including me -- aren't fascinated by such "what if?" questions. My sister, not me, is... Thu, 19 Nov 2015 13:36:46 -0600 Sermon titles http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/64001 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. That's why we don't publish things like committee meetings that are of interest only to the church membership. At some point, however, some church asked to put... Thu, 15 Oct 2015 09:43:17 -0500 íNo masticar chicle! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/63442 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. She said to us that she didn't care if we chewed gum in class -- as long as it wasn't grape Bubble Yum, a popular variety at the time, because grape Bubble Yum had a very powerful aroma and... Fri, 21 Aug 2015 11:05:32 -0500 It's magic! http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/63117 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. Here's how it works: professional magicians appear and try to perform tricks so baffling that magicians Penn & Teller, sitting in the audience, can't figure out how they're done. If the visiting magician... Wed, 22 Jul 2015 13:40:09 -0500 Movies on the Fourth http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/62888 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: "The Devil's Disciple" (1959), 12:30 p.m. Kirk Douglas, Burt Lancaster and Laurence Olivier, in a script based on a play by George Bernard Shaw. The setting is the Revolutionary War. Lancaster... Wed, 01 Jul 2015 13:06:13 -0500 Relay For Life http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/62604 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. People sometimes are confused by the name "Relay" and think it's some sort of run, maybe a 5K. It's not. It's a walking event, and there are teams of people who will be... Thu, 04 Jun 2015 12:21:58 -0500 Which time would you prefer? http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/61656 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. That's all well and good, but the question is this: If we did away with the time change, which way would you want to leave the time -- standard time, or daylight saving time? Each has it's own advantages (which is why we started switching back... Tue, 10 Mar 2015 07:20:23 -0500 'The Quiet Man' http://www.t-g.com/blogs/johncarney/entry/61608 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! Fri, 06 Mar 2015 15:18:41 -0600