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I am not a horseman. I have never claimed to be. I grew up on a farm with cattle and hogs, cats and dogs. The only horse I vividly remember was Ole Charlie, a big, black workhorse.

Long Hunter State Park between Antioch and Mt. Juliet off of Hobson Pike has a lot of water. The park boasts beautiful views of J. Percy Priest Lake from its more than 26 miles of hiking trails.

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I heard and read a while back with both disdain and amazement that some of our major cities have outlawed a number of children’s games because of safety risks. Among the games listed were freeze tag, kick the can, red rover, dodge ball and – will someone help me, please – wiffle ball.

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A really wet and unsettled weather pattern is shaping up for the entire week with at least a 70 percent chance of rain each day through Friday and 50 percent for the weekend.

I don’t know if you’ve noticed or not, but there seems to be lot of purging going on in our world these days. There are those among us who are intent on removing any vestige of our history they find offensive.

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From the playing for the church choir to performing at the Opry and currently starring in his own TV show, Lucas Hoge has always been a performer.

After enjoying beautiful weather through the middle of the week with sunshine and a little bit lower humidity, we get back to the hot-and-sticky weather that’s expected to arrive Thursday and continue through the weekend with high temperatures around 92 degrees and a drop to around 70 degrees at night.

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Not too long ago, my speaking travels took me to Lexington, South Carolina. I was speaking for a privately owned trucking company. The occasion was the 23rd annual Safety Awards Banquet.

 The Broadway production of Porgy and Bess featured a George Gershwin tune titled “Summertime.” One line in the song went like this: “Summer time and the livin’ is easy.”  When I think back on the summers of my boyhood, I don’t remember any of them being particularly “easy.” 

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My mother passed away nine years ago, and every year on this day of saying goodbye to her, I spend a lot of time reflecting on her and the life she gave me. Spoiler alert: She was amazing in many ways, but one incident in particular stands out.

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“Strange times are these in which we live when old and young are taught falsehoods in school. And the person that dares to tell the truth is called at once a lunatic and fool” — Plato

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A couple of weeks ago protesters tried to tear down Andrew Jackson’s statue in Lafayette Square across from the White House. In these times, does Jackson still deserve a place of honor?

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Middle Tennessee just had its ninth consecutive month of above-average rainfall which is a rare occurrence. We are now more than a foot above normal on rainfall for the year.

The economic conditions of our state are certainly not where we expected when the calendar year began. Our state had the potential to do some great things this year for public education and for our students. Unfortunately, our state was hit by a global pandemic. A literacy initiative was wel…