Goodbye, Ro, my friend...You're always in my heart
When people hurt, it's natural to look for various ways to heal; to cope with the pain. Those of you who've loyally read the Times-Gazette will remember years ago when I wrote a weekly column in Lifestyles called Sadie Says. Writers write, runners run, talkers talk...
Boy, was my face red
As you may know, I'm a member of the county organizing committee for the American Cancer Society Relay For Life, a cause that has meant a great deal to me since I lost my mother to pancreatic cancer in 2010. Earlier this month, our Relay committee hosted Bedford County's first-ever Bark For Life, a dog-themed cancer society fundraiser. Unlike Relay For Life, which is held on an overnight schedule, this event took place during broad daylight...
Legislators busy as session's end nears
"We shall neither fail nor falter; we shall not weaken or tire... give us the tools and we will finish the job." --Winston Churchill While things are starting to come to a close in the state legislature, we're still in full swing. We had Floor Session four days this week, debated and voted on many bills, and began discussion on the budget. ...
Amazing! Two sides agree, for once
"A government is a body of people, usually notably ungoverned." Shepherd Book, Firefly. An unusual thing occurred in our nation's capital this week -- both sides of the House Oversight Committee agreed with each other. That's right, both Democrats and Republicans came together to call for leadership change at the Drug Enforcement Administration, declaring they had no confidence in DEA administrator Michele Leonhart...
Those who steal from dead are lowest of the low
There are a lot of fine, upstanding folks in Shelbyville and Bedford County. We feature them frequently in the pages of the T-G -- such as those who put together the Rewarding Our Kids (R.O.K.) concert this past weekend at Pleasant Valley Farms. Or those who risked life and limb to save a woman who got in trouble while enjoying the Duck River on Sunday...
Deery/Alton rezoning is in best interest of city
Ever since it was announced that a grocery store was being planned at the northeast corner of the Madison Street-Deery Street intersection, a small group of citizens have attempted to halt the move -- claiming that the neighborhood contains historic homes...
A closer look at Tennessee's finances
We had yet another very busy week here in the State Capitol but things are starting to wind down. It's expected that we'll end session for the year either next week or the week after. We still have many bills to get through the committee system and to the House Floor for a vote and we also need to debate and vote on the Governor's proposed budget...
Democratic hopefuls should also be scrutinized
It looks like it's going to be an interesting political season in 2016. On Tuesday, GOP Sen. Rand Paul announced he will be running for president, telling supporters he was going to defeat the Washington machine. He's been a tea party favorite and his campaign will likely focus on mainstream libertarianism -- promoting civil liberties, supporting family values and an anti-interventionist foreign policy...
Letter to the Editor: Contributors thanked
Dear Editor, Thanks to all who contributed in any way to the success of the Caregiver Relief Pancake Supper and Auction. This program helps monitor the welfare of the caregivers of Alzheimer's and dementia patients. A special thanks to Andy Borders and the friends of First United Methodist Church for the continued support in donating and preparing dinner...
US deal with Iran could have tragic consequences
Well, the deal is somewhat done. In a rush to "make history," U.S. negotiators "lowered the bar" during the recent talks with Iran over their nuclear program. Our Secretary of State, John Kerry, apparently backed off during the talks, with the Wall Street Journal reporting that we had wanted Iran to take apart much of their nuclear infrastructure -- but Iran said no way...
Budget talks ahead as legislative session nears end
"Don't watch the clock. Do what it does. Keep going." -- Sam Levenson We had another very busy week in the state legislature with many meetings, receptions, and committee hearings as we begin to wrap things up for the year. A lot of the committees in the House heard their last bills and closed down including 2 of the committees that I sit on: the Business & Utilities Subcommittee and the Agriculture & Natural Resources Committee. ...
Honoring Mom - with an appearance in 'Emic'
A few years ago, my brother Michael was rooting through some old family photos. He was looking for photos of our long-departed Aunt Ila which he could show to his young daughter, also named Ila. But he found another photo, one he held onto for a bit...
Lent has left me in coffee-crazed daze
During Lent, I've been thinking a lot of the children's Christmas song "All I Want For Christmas is My Two Front Teeth." Well, all I've wanted for Lent is a good cup of joe. I felt a calling to give up coffee, my greatest vice, for this holy season. I'm such a serious drinker that I have a gold Starbucks card as well as a Keurig brewer at home. Lent is almost over, and I'm ready for my coffee. I've been counting down to Easter during most of Lent...
A little openness goes a long way
If you're looking for transparency in government, you won't find it in the Tennessee revenue commissioner's office. A tax attorney filed suit for information on how the state finance and revenue departments formulated the proposed Revenue Modernization Act, which would change business tax collections. In essence, it would raise more money from online purchases made by Tennessee residents to out-of-state retailers...
Letter to the Editor, April 2
Many kudos to your paper, and especially our carrier who braved the snow and ice to deliver our paper.
Great job and super dedication!
Legislature working to finish before year-end
"Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time." -- Thomas Edison The first year of the 109th Legislative Session is winding down and we should finish up in about 3 to 4 weeks. We still have a lot to get done before we can end session for the year. ...
Let's be blunt: We're not supporting marijuana
So you want to read about...marijuana? According to one reader, yes. We've received several emails in the past few days from a guy who says, "We have over 10,000 marijuana using and supporting individuals" in Shelbyville and "nearly 20,000 individuals" in Bedford County...
President snubs new NATO leader
You would think with all the crises raging in the Middle East and eastern Europe, the president would want to keep on top of international affairs. So it was a mystery to North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) officials and others why Obama has yet to meet with its new head, Secretary General Jen Stoltenburg this week while he is in Washington...
Sullivan was backbone of shelter
It is with a deep feeling of sadness and a profound sense of loss that the CROSS Shelter for the homeless announces to the community the passing of our beloved President, Dixie Sullivan. Dixie passed away as she slept last weekend and is survived by her daughter Anna...
Insurance for our tax dollars
Dear Editor, I, being a Bedford County taxpayer, have pondered for some time over elected city and officials making reckless and costly decisions with our tax dollars. It seems these elected "professionals" have free run with taxpayers' money, and are never held liable for all this wrongdoing. If we are compelled by law to pay taxes, our tax dollars should be protected by libelous decisions such as those both past and future...
God's word alive and well among state legislators
"By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail." -- Benjamin Franklin I wanted to let you know that God and the church are very alive at the State Legislature! We open each and every floor session with a prayer and a pledge. Also, each Wednesday morning at 7:30 AM, we have a devotional in one of our committee rooms and usually have a guest speaker bring us a great message. ...
Money available for road work
Legislation returning millions of dollars to taxpayers in the form of road infrastructure improvements was approved by the Senate Transportation Committee this week. The "County Road Relief Act of 2015" changes the way Tennessee currently manages its State Aid Road Grant Program to make it easier for counties to access state funds to upgrade, repair and improve roads...
Letters to the Editor, March 19
Dear Editor, Regarding your March 10 story about trying to preserve the old house at 705 Alton Ave., I applaud the preservationists' goal of preserving our past. I would suggest a better way may be to identify, buy, then preserve what they own...
White House closes drapes during Sunshine Week
March 15-21 is Sunshine Week -- the annual nationwide celebration of access to public information. So, of course, it was the perfect time for the White House to remove a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)...
Hillary Clinton's claims hard to believe
It feels like the 1990s all over again. With Hillary Clinton back in the news, you can be sure there will be scandals, denials and spin from all sides over the latest news that she used a personal e-mail account while serving as Secretary of State. I guess it all depends on what your definition of ISP is...