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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.

I am sure I am not alone in wondering how the world we thought we knew has changed so much so quickly in the last few months.  I do not presume to have all the answers, but I can share with you what I do know.

For several weeks, my colleagues and I have been examining ways to address historic revenue shortfalls caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, while at the same time, balancing our state budget and continuing to effectively address the needs of Tennesseans.

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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…

Last week I wrote of how we found our lost dog, Patsy, after she had been missing for eight days. We caught up with her on Highway 141 S near the community of Centerville north of Lebanon.

An innovator. A trail blazer. “The Godfather.” Okay—maybe that last one was a stretch. Whatever you wish to call Jason Elkins, owner of 100 Cups Consulting, it’s important that you know he was my very first “cup of coffee” and the creator of the 100 Cups of Coffee movement that has been swee…

We have two “farm”’ dogs in our operation. Both are Australian Shepherds. The male is named “Quick.” (We call him “Quick Dog.”)

Mowing or bushhogging can be devastating to many Tennessee wildlife species that nest in fields at this time of year, which include white-tailed deer, bobwhite quail, cottontail rabbits, wild turkey and ground-nesting songbirds such as eastern meadowlark.

Recently, my colleagues and I returned to Nashville to resume committee meetings and begin the process of completing our calendars for the year. Thanks to the hard work of the staff inside the Cordell Hull Building and House chamber, we have implemented logical precautions in accordance with…

The reaction to George Floyd’s murder is nauseating. I’m talking about the riots.

Editor’s Note: This is a column by Michael Zinser (“Z”) about wine (“The Grape”). The Zinser family owns and operates The Copper Still Wine & Spirits in Gallatin. If you are new to the world of wine and spirits, roaming the aisles in search of the perfect bottle can be daunting. With this column, Michael will help inform your decision by sharing valuable information about the best-known grape types and more.

While staying home is the best way to prevent the spread of COVID-19 or any infectious disease, it is important to remember that the hospital is still the safest place for you and your loved ones if you are experiencing signs or symptoms of a life-threatening illness.

My dad was a cane-pole fisherman. We didn’t get to go much when my brothers and I were little because he was working two jobs, but sometimes on a Sunday afternoon we’d get in the Rambler and ride out to a pond or a creek somewhere.

I’ve been getting this call frequently.  It’s a pre-recorded, automated message that indicates my car’s warranty is about to expire and that I need to renew it.  It will seem urgent and asks you to press 1 to be connected.

In January 2018, I had a cup of coffee with a local guy named Jason Elkins. He spoke about his mission to build business through building relationships. 

The weather pattern across middle Tennessee will continue to be rather unsettled through the remainder of May and the first few days of June at least, as we have lots of gulf moisture coming into the state. 

Gov. Lee’s Safer at Home Executive Order officially expired at the end of April, and close contact businesses, gyms, restaurants, as well as retail entities across Tennessee have officially begun opening back up with an emphasis on safety. Hospitals have also resumed elective surgical proced…