CSX must inform Wartrace of crossing blockages
"What we have here, is failure to communicate." That classic line from the film "Cool Hand Luke" certainly applies to what Wartrace was subjected to this past week. The Tennessee Department of Transportation (TDOT) notified the Times-Gazette last week, by way of a routine news release, that the rail crossing on Highway 64 in Wartrace was to be closed so that CSX could replace ties and surface track...
Letter to the editor, Sept. 14, 2014
Dear Editor, Do you know how you get the clothes you wear, food you eat, or medicine you take? All of these items, and basically everything we use in our daily lives, are delivered by a professional truck driver. Most Americans don't recognize the vital role the trucking industry plays in our everyday lives, but when you see a truck on the highway today, realize that a professional truck driver is delivering the goods that keep America moving. ...
Letters to the Editor, Sept. 4
Dear Editor, I wish to take this opportunity to thank the people of the sixth district of Bedford County for their support during my three terms on the Bedford County Commission. During this time the commission was able to accomplish some very important projects. ...
God's hand was there
God is good, and He is present with us. While we don't see seas parting or bushes burning, God is active in this world. Don't believe me? Just look at the photo of my old car. This Nissan Versa was my mode of mobility until last Monday. I was driving to work from Murfreesboro like any other morning, looking ahead to covering The Celebration later in the day. ...
Dispelling myths to prevent suicide
The tragic death of Robin Williams has brought the issue of suicide to our nation's forefront once again. This loss of this man who brought joy and laughter to so many was shocking and a heartbreaking reminder of just how indiscriminate suicide can be...
Letter to the editor, Aug. 29, 2014
To the editor: You all going to the show tonight? A familiar question this time of year. The show, of course, being the Celebration. The pagentry and competition notwithstanding, I ask myself every year why I still go. It's been a repeat eavery year since I watched Ebony Masterpiece wear the floral horseshoe...
End the mudslinging and start listening
I am so thankful that our recent election has passed. There are times, looking at what political discourse has become in this country, that I fear for our future. Negative campaigning has always been with us, of course, going back to the days of Andrew Jackson, who was subject to personal attacks on his wife Rachel. Many of those whom we now consider great presidents were the subject of venomous attacks during their campaigns and their time in office...
Three former local principals deserve kudos
I'm still a relative newcomer, so I don't know a lot of the rich history of the local school system, although I've worked hard to learn pieces of it as the Times-Gazette's education reporter. However, I have noticed one thing -- Bedford County produces great educators...
The five-billion-dollar man
Can one person make a difference? Gordy Klatt, a doctor from Tacoma, Washington, who died Sunday at the age of 71, might have had the answer to that question. Klatt was a surgeon, who operated on cancer patients. In 1985, in tribute to a young man who had died of cancer, Klatt decided to undertake a very personal fund-raiser. ...
Letters to the Editor, Aug. 7
To the Editor: As we look toward the fall elections, I am very concerned about the future of my state. Too many voters don't realize several key measures that will be up for vote including pro-life Amendment 1. I will be voting "yes" on Amendment 1 because I want women and girls to be provided adequate and accurate information regarding their pregnancy options and the potential health risks associated with abortion. ...
GUEST COLUMN: Who's in charge of Tennessee?
Governor Haslam said he is looking to Washington to solve the current disaster on the Southern border because this is a federal issue. Senator Lamar Alexander said that "...in our system of government it's the President's job to lay out a specific plan for what we should do about it and it's our job then to say 'no we don't like that', we're going to change this and respond to that."...