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Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014
A meaningful time to remember (10/23/14)
Words can hardly describe what it's like for an editor like myself to attend a ceremony such as the one held at Arlington National Cemetery Wednesday, memorializing the homecoming of Cecil Harris (see related story). It was surreal, and leaves me speechless, an appropriate parallel to how the family probably felt as their loved one was honored yesterday...
MTSU helps students graduate on time (10/12/14)
The first two years are critical to a university student. A bump in the road, especially at the beginning, can derail the progress of those struggling to stay enrolled. That's why I was pleased to announce the MTSU Student Success Advantage last month during the first leg of our six-city True Blue Tour to recruit students across the state...
Words, ink and you drive me (10/12/14)
As National Newspaper Week comes to a close, I'd like to touch on a few points about why this particular week means so much to us. If you've read the paper any this week, you've seen lots of photos from our annual coffee in honor of the week, an awesome column by my right hand man David Melson outlining immeasurable reasons to buy the paper, a fabulous story by Jason Reynolds capturing local people's reasons for supporting our product, plus cartoons visualizing the need for local news...
Letter to the editor, Oct. 12, 2014 (10/12/14)
Dear editor, When the new trash cans came out I was very concerned for some of my elderly neighbors. Prior to the New Blue Cans, I saw one lady taking her trash to the end of her driveway as she walked with her cane in one hand, trash can in the other and struggling as she went. As soon as I saw the New Blue Cans, I thought there is no way she will ever get her trash out...
National Newspaper Week: Really, it's about you (10/09/14)
Thanks for reading this -- and the rest of today's newspaper, or the other content on our website. Because YOU are why we do what we do. This is National Newspaper Week and, as always, we hosted a "coffee" (for most of us, it's actually about the food and the people -- coffee takes a back seat)...
Think progress and back industrial park (10/05/14)
Just an empty field -- for now. But that field near Heritage Medical Center represents a crossroads for Bedford County's future. Tennessee is a magnet for manufacturing firms. Business executives are attracted to our state by lower cost of living, lesser union influence -- and a welcoming attitude from city and county leaders...
Letters to the Editor, Oct. 5 (10/03/14)
To the Editor: On behalf of Bedford County Imagination Library, we would like to thank the following community members who helped make the Dolly Parton's Imagination Library / Governor's Books from Birth Foundation Bus Tour a success. We were able to provide free Bedford County bags with a free book and goodies from funds donated by Dr. Linda Gentle and Jason Scales, pastor of Believers Faith and Fellowship Church...
You wanted to punch me? For once, that's just great! (10/02/14)
I'm hoping to make it through this weekend without anyone telling me that they want to punch me. It will be the first time in several weeks. You see, last weekend I finished up a two-week run as a cast member in "Daddy's Dyin' ... Who's Got The Will?", a play by Del Shores, at the Fly Arts Center. I enjoy community theater, and I've been in a number of productions over the years. But this was different from any play I'd ever been in before...
The scar rule and disturbing information (10/02/14)
During the 2014 Tennessee Walking Horse National Celebration, one thing was evident; the scar rule was being interpreted differently by the United States Department of Agriculture and the SHOW HIO. And since the show ended, media have reported that violations doubled and soring is still rampant in the Walking Horse industry. It's time to look at some facts...
Letter to the editor, Sept. 28, 2014 (09/28/14)
Dear Editor, Constantly, I read of (wants) that Shelbyville, Bedford County discuss at their meetings. After much-to-do about these frivolous lawsuits, how are these wants going to be financed? What kind of tax burden are we taxpayers in for? Many would like to have answers to these questions, not more "studies" by outside expensive firms, for a project that may never materialize...
CSX must inform Wartrace of crossing blockages (09/14/14)
"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 (09/14/14)
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 (09/04/14)
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. ...