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Who are you? Who, who, who, who?
Posted Tuesday, February 2, at 10:28 AM
To borrow from the song "Who Are You," I want to know who you are -- first and last name. The Times-Gazette is very happy to run your submissions in many cases. One of the basic things we need to know is who is involved, be it a picture or story. Specifically, we need first and last names...
Do you ever get so busy you forget to do something? That happened to me earlier this week when I was writing a story for Sunday's Life section on people who are working for Christmas. I had the idea for the story after talking to Miguel Gonzalez, owner of the tasty Taco Plus restaurant on Madison Street. ...
Receiving feedback on a story on convicted murderer
You never know what sort of response -- if any -- you will receive on a story. Sometimes you don't hear anything, which can be disheartening when you think you have written something interesting. I received an email this morning about a column I published last Sunday. ...
Do. Not. Believe. Everything. You. Read. That may seem odd coming from a person who makes a living from writing. But there's a lot of junk "information" out there. You may not trust the "liberal media" or the "right-wing media." But that does not mean every blogger or person who comments on a post is correct...
Stealing from the graveyard
A woman called me this afternoon with a heartbreaking story. She had placed flowers on her parents' tombstones over the weekend at Willow Mount Cemetery. The graves are at the front of the cemetery. By Sunday, the flowers had been stolen. The silk flowers were attached tightly over the top of the tombstones, she said, so they could not have blown off. ...
Help finding a job
In my reporting, I've run across a couple of great resources lately for people who are looking for a job. The first is the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development has a website,jobs4tn.gov. It is free to use and does not sell your email address to advertisers. Applicants who use the site can provide only the information they want potential employers to see. An applicant with experience in more than one type of career can create multiple accounts for each occupation...
Superintendent Don Embry has started a new feature on the school system's website, http://www.bedfordk12tn.com. The Superintendent Newsletter provides news of interest to parents and students. The topics include a variety of features the Times-Gazette has reported on, from the new dress code to a more relaxed policy on students' personal use of technology devices...
Here's your sign
David Carroll, an iconic TV journalist in my hometown of Chattanooga (OK, I'm from nearby Cleveland, but not everyone knows Cleveland) posted an excellent blog today. Carroll's topic is leaving children in hot cars. Here is the lede from his post: "I like to think I'm an even-tempered guy. ...
Set the rules for Monopoly
Up through April 3, you can help choose the house rules for Monopoly, via Facebook. Ten rules up for debate are posted at facebook.com/monopoly. The top rules will make it into the House Rules Edition that will be available in the fall. They'll also be in the classic Monopoly's game guide in 2015, although officially the rules will not change...
Black history and the walking horse industry
The Times-Gazette received this message from the Walking Horse Museum in Wartrace concerning Black History Month: Do you know Frank & Judy White, Fluff, Keith Nance, Howard Mayberry, Buck Williams, Flip Cook, Ivory Nelson, Forty, Red Walls, Vanoy Streeter, Frank Witherspoon, Soot Streeter or the Rippy's and many of the other greats in the Walking Horse world?...
Use your clout to help others
This is an excerpt from a book review that will run Sunday. The book is "Clout," by Jenni Catron. Jenni Catron defines clout as a combination of gifts, experiences and opportunities that God gives a person and how it can be unleashed for others. Clout is power and influence. And Catron wants to help people use their clout to help others to be healthy leaders, whatever their roles in life and work...
A teacher's busy day
Sunday's Times-Gazette will feature a story about Terri Overcast, a second-grade teacher at Cascade. I spent the day with Terri recently to watch her do her job. She is an exceptional teacher, as are so many educators who are hard workers who do their best for students...
Will there be toys for Christmas?
There are a lot of charities struggling to help local people this Christmas season. The ones that provide toys are especially struggling. U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots continues to put out the call for donations. "We desperately need help helping the children," said Kenneth B. Crowell, Toys for Tots coordinator. Crowell is a retired U.S. Marine Corps colonel...
End of literary era: Tom Clancy dies
You anticipate encountering the unexpected at times in the news business, but every so often, a piece of news just totally shocks you. That very thing happened to me minutes ago. Tom Clancy, author of "The Hunt for Red October" and many other bestsellers, has died at age 66. No cause of death was given...
Where were you on 9/11?
To quote the Alan Jackson song, where were you on 9/11 when the world stopped turning? Life moved on for most Americans after that day that defies description, even though things were never the same. For the families of the victims and those who directly experienced the terrorist attacks, life was forever altered in a radical way...
Community students need help replacing stolen equipment
Casey Burrahm, the yearbook advisor at Community Middle, informed me about a large need. Her students' yearbook equipment was stolen over the summer, and the students are trying to replace it. They held an online fundraiser and replaced the laptop; they are holding another fundraiser online to replace other equipment, such as their camera...
When news happens
I worked very meticulously last week on a story about July 4 fireworks stands and community shows. You can read the story here: http://www.t-g.com/story/1982374.html. But then the weather failed to cooperate and two of the community shows I featured were re-scheduled. ...
Do not call -- or text
If you're like me, you hate to receive telemarketing calls. The only thing that's worse than a telemarketing call, in my opinion, is spam email or spam text. I've started to receive spam texts, and after one came in just before 2 this morning advertising a "free luv" website, I had had enough...
Your right to know
The public is only as informed about current events as the media is able to report on those events. Government officials and businesses that try to hide information are keeping you, the citizens and taxpayers, in the dark. While it's true that social media sites can spread news fast, much faster than a newspaper's print cycle, the reliability of such items can often be regarded as no more than gossip. ...
Turn on the Tap
Basketball saving lives. How does that work? Well, First Baptist Church of Normandy is holding a charity basketball tournament on April 20. All proceeds benefit Samaritan Purse's "Turn on the Tap" program to provide safe drinking water around the world...
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