Resident shares reflections on citizenship oath ceremony
I was witness to 3,700 individuals from 147 different countries around the world take an oath and pledge allegiance to the USA, after having studied the Constitution and working to acquire permanent status as new citizens of our country...
Newspapers are very much alive
Imagine waking up in a world without newspapers. You say, "I haven't gotten a newspaper in years. But I'm not talking about just the paper delivered by carriers or the postal service. I'm talking about the news online, the links on social media, the email newsletter, the source cited in the television broadcast and the push notification on your phone. The word 'newspaper' no longer reflects the media industry encompassed by the word...
Letters to the Editor, Oct. 6
To the editor: Senator Jim Tracy made a promise to me and another Moore County resident a few years ago. He promised to sponsor enabling legislation in the state Senate that would allow voters in Moore County to decide by Referendum whether or not to impose a small Barrel Tax on the Jack Daniel Distillery provided the request came from the Metro Council. This promise was sealed with a handshake. In April 2011 the Metro Council approved the Request...
The Celebration: Experience of a lifetime
All of us know that the Celebration lasts 11 days. During that entire period, the main arena that sits idle for a full year comes alive with competition classes as does Calsonic Arena. Vacant stables awaken and start sprucing up with decorations, some extraordinary. Horse trailers, people trailers, RV's, golf carts. Horses, riders, trainers, inspectors, stable personnel, judges, vendors. Donuts, foods of all kinds and a yellow bird in a plastic cup. Owners and fans...
Letters to the Editor, Sept. 15
To the editor: "...On some anniversaries we celebrate, on others we reflect. The 14th anniversary of the attack on America and New York's World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection. There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11...
Legislative error was avoidable
When voters cast their ballots, they are essentially casting their vote of confidence in a particular candidate -- confidence that their chosen politician will make decisions that are in the best interest of the people. This week, the Tennessee Legislature has been meeting for a special session to rectify a $60 million mistake, and costing taxpayers around $100,000 in the process. (Tennessean.com)...
'World Stopped Turning' after attacks 15 years ago
If you're old enough, you remember what was going on 15 years ago today: This is the anniversary of the 9-11 attacks. Alan Jackson moved the nation with his song "When the World Stopped Turning": "Did you open your eyes, hope it never happened/Close your eyes and not go to sleep?/Did you notice the sunset the first time in ages/Or speak to some stranger on the street?"...
A Celebration prayer
EDITOR'S NOTE: The Rev. Lanita Monroe of First United Methodist Church delivered this invocation at Wednesday night's Celebration, leading Monroe to receive comments and requests for copies. Great and Gracious God, We come together as a community battered and bruised by false accusations and unfair rulings.....
Come enjoy the show and savor the experience
Ever since I was little, The Celebration was about family and bringing loved ones together. Some of my earliest memories of Shelbyville come from going with my grandparents, Dr. and Mrs. Sam Pearce. They had a box right at the southwest corner near the CHS Marching Band booth...