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Back in the day when you received the Eagle Scout award at a Boy Scout Court of Honor you were given a pin to honor your mother. Without a mother’s influence and support it is difficult to … more
Sarah Allen is a physician assistant at Vanderbilt Integrated Primary Care, Madison Street in Shelbyville, Tennessee. Mental health is increasingly an important issue impacting many Americans … more
n my hometown up North, it seemed as if everyone was either Catholic or Lutheran. I was both in a way; my father was a Catholic and my mother was a Lutheran. When I was a little boy, my … more
Shelbyville and Columbia are approximately 43 miles apart. One letter I sent to Columbia from here on April 14 arrived at its destination April 24. The other, sent the same day at the same time … more
Truly, Truly, I Hate Cancer! There probably aren’t any of us anymore who have not felt the pain of losing loved ones to that dreaded C word. In fact, you may have heard those dreaded … more
“There’s no greater challenge and there is no greater honor than to be in public service.” - Condoleezza Rice This week should be the last week of the Legislative Session for … more
Many of us can look back to our earliest years of life and remember the various forms of literature we were exposed to. Fairy tales and nursery rhymes, short stories and poetry, and of course … more
Here’s a startling observation for you. Drivers not using their headlights or taillights after dark are causing accidents. A lot of them. Duh. It is a phenomenon that is … more
Marijuana is illegal in Tennessee for recreational and medical use. Yet, does the legality of cannabis stop people from using the drug? Obviously not. Marijuana companies in states where the drug is … more
“If you want to go fast - go alone. If you want to go far - go together.” - Paul Degges who is retiring after 35 years as chief engineer at TDOT We are working hard to close our … more
This space has never been used for a movie review before. Frankly, it is because there have been a pitifully few movies lately to be excited enough about to review them. Earlier this week I viewed … more
"Don’t Worry, Be Happy!” Bobby McFerrin released that song in the fall of 1988, and it went on to win several top Grammy Awards in 1989.  If you were around in the late 80s and … more
Tomorrow Morning in our Easter Sunday Service at Cannon United Methodist Church our worship will open with the Easter Hymn, “Christ The Lord Is Ris’n Today!” This beautiful song … more
Sometimes I complain about living in a small town. My mother tells me I do it all too often. Well, I was happy late last week to be in a small town. My car’s instrument panel … more
“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted; he saves those whose spirits are crushed.” – Psalm 34:18  The big event this week was Lincoln County Hamburger Day on the Hill. … more
As a pastor I have stood alongside many dear people who have been taking care of a loved one. Sometimes the one being cared for is a sick child, or a child with special needs. Sometimes … more
Hey America! I have a big hint for you. What we are doing isn’t working. I know this column is a few days after the fact but how can anyone forget the deaths of three children and three … more
“To do righteousness and justice is more acceptable to the Lord than sacrifice.” - Proverb 21:3 I had a great meeting with the 4-H clubs of district 62 this past week. Thank you to … more
An inspiring online-post caught my attention awhile back, and I want to share a portion with you. The post was entitled, “The Power of Psalm 91,” and it was written by Amelia Monroe … more
Spring break. Give me a break. Back in my college days spring break meant an all-night ride to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. We were on the quarter system, so we finished finals on Thursday, grabbed … more
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