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On Tuesday, January 21, I will be introducing a resolution at 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Bedford County Courthouse. This resolution is a resolution of No Consent to Refugee Resettlement in Bedford County, Tennessee. As many of you have read over the past few weeks, Governor Bill Lee has announced his consent to initial refugee resettlement in Tennessee in response to Executive Order 13888 issued by President Donald J. ... more
When I talk with citizen groups in Tennessee about open government, people tell me they want more information about what their government is doing, not less. An informed citizenry results in better and more accountable government. But in plain language, people just want to know what's going on, particularly when it affects their lives directly... more
A lot of awards shows and other programs generally do an "in memoriam" segment honoring those of the trade who passed during the year. In 2019, we've lost our fair share of loved ones, friends and co-workers in Bedford County. This week Bedford County Emergency Medical Services and this entire county lost one of its own dedicated emergency medical services workers, Capt. Chris Wrenn. Our hearts go out to his family... more
The state Report Card is online line at the Tennessee Education Association's website. More features continue to be added to this website in an effort that the community better understand state indicators. I have learned much, and been a little aggravated at times, I'll admit, reading this report over the years. It certainly has been an "educational" process for this reporter... more
It's that time of the year again when I do a little easy reading -- Tennessee Department of Education's annual Report Card. I must admit, I really do prefer Louisa May Alcott's "Christmas Treasury" or "A Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens... more
Everyone needs encouragement. It provides an exhale during times of uncertainty or stress. After more than a decade of leading tnAchieves, the partnering organization to TN Promise in 90 Tennessee counties, I witness the life-changing power of encouragement each day... more
We are plunging headlong into what is known as the "Season of Giving," and a question I want everyone to ask themselves is, "What kind of gifts are you giving your community, especially for those in need?" No one can dispute Bedford County has a great deal of needy people. Want some numbers to prove it?... more
Last week, the editor printed a column I submitted in the opinion section entitled "Could Homelessness Happen To You?" in which I covered some reasons that have led to homelessness for some of our past guests at the C.R.O.S.S. Shelter. There was an opinion column on the same page about the USDA. ... more
For anyone who is not aware, Shelbyville has a facility known as the C.R.O.S.S. Shelter Project which was started to address the homelessness in our community. Recently, we had a few fundraisers in which some individuals shared some unpleasant comments to some of our guests and volunteers. One man walked by our booth and rudely said to a volunteer, "Get a job!" The person he was speaking to is employed with Tyson... more
Do you remember when... ...there was a Piggly Wiggy on the square (southeast corner)? ...there were no school buses? ...country folk, when asked "How are you," would reply, "Tolerable, thank you."? Tolerable! ...there were 11 grocery stores on, or within one block of, the public square?... more
Questions have been raised and statements made by both Bedford County Mayor Chad Graham and Bedford County Board of Education recently in regard to who has the authority to hire school architects. Here are a few coming to light: Perhaps, since the county has made its decision on its new architect, and based on recent school board meeting discussions... more
It’s National Newspaper Week — a good time to remind all that, yes, news“papers”, whether you read us on the printed page, a mobile device or a computer screen, are still relevant in the 21st century. We’re loved by a few, damned by many and questioned by an increasing number who are gradually — through no fault of their own — losing the ability to distinguish between unbiased news reporting vs. opinion pieces... more
Thursday was National “Bring Your Bible to School Day.” I’m smiling. How about you? This day was not set aside to be a “my denomination is better than yours day.” It’s merely an annual time when Americans have the freedom to take the Bible into public schools... more
We're sorry, but there are 374 people ahead of you in line for our one copy of the eBook you've been anticipating all year. This is the message Tennessee libraries will be forced to relay to readers of eBooks published by Macmillan Publishers this fall... more
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