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Recently, a dear friend of mine lost his father. I told him how sorry I was and he said, “Thank you. It will be tough and I will miss him. He was always there.”

Selling a probate property can mean long drawn- out proceedings, especially with larger estates. It can be most difficult if facing the loss of a loved one who didn’t have a will or investments protecting against the process altogether.

I got an opportunity this week to sit down for coffee with Allison Lanquist, owner of Music City Kids Club. Music City Kids Club is a drop-in style childcare center in Hendersonville. I have to admit...I had no idea what drop-in childcare looked like and probably would have never dreamed of …

My son, Joseph, and I have a small cowherd – 30 mama cows in all. I stay involved for two reasons. First, it keeps me tied to the land and to my past. Secondly, it contributes to my mental health. Joseph partners with me because he thinks he’s making money. Of course, raising cattle is not without its challenges.

Sometimes I wonder if I spend too much of my time looking back. I certainly don’t believe in attempting to live in the past. But I am convinced of the importance of taking the best of your past with you as you take on the future.

For nearly one million Tennessee students, school offers a happy, stable environment with opportunities for growth and success each day.  That world was severely disrupted back in March with the unexpected closing of our schools due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

What do about 95 percent of Tennessee's businesses have in common? They employ 50 or fewer employees. You might even own, or work for, one of these businesses. Small businesses are truly the backbone of our state's economy and have an incalculable impact on our communities. Unfortunately, ma…

Are you keeping your heart healthy?  While New Year’s resolutions may have already come and gone, it is never too late to make healthy changes.  In February, we are reminded to focus on heart health with all of the beautiful hearts displayed for Valentine’s Day.

State Representative Scott Cepicky frequently asks a compelling question: Why can’t Tennessee be the number one state in the nation for public education? Great question. Why can’t we be number one in education in the nation?

“Cash is king” the cliché says but what do you need to know about storing currency at home and the associated risks?  What I mean here is keeping physical currency on hand in a Mason jar, mattress or home safe.  Over the course of modern history, certain events have led people to believe the…

Back in 2005, while working at another T.V. station in another lifetime, I was tasked, along with a news photographer and a producer, to travel around the state of Tennessee to do an hour special on vacation destinations. The very first thing I pitched was we had to go to Graceland. Everythi…

Business speaker Jim Rohn said, “Of the two great eternities that exert a pull on your life – one is called the past, the other is called the future – make sure the greatest pull on your life is the pull of the future. Because you can’t go back.” Paul, the apostle, said it this way. “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize…” And let’s face it; Paul had a lot to try to forget.

School Districts in Tennessee could be heading over a financial cliff if the Tennessee General Assembly does not take swift action during the Special Session called by Governor Lee. The state must address the BEP (Basic Education Program) formula, which funds our schools. Three critical even…

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On Wednesday, Jan. 6, three words were etched into the door of the United States Capitol building.

My mother was an extraordinary person. I suppose any son who was fortunate enough to have a loving, nurturing mother would consider his mother to be exceptional. Mine was blessed with a sharp mind along with loads of common sense – a rare combination.

The 2020 Netflix movie, “The Social Dilemma” explores the growth of social media and the damage it has caused to society. It features interviews with many former executives and professionals from tech companies and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple who sound…

Well, it seems like yesterday I was writing about the beginning of 2020. I’m serious. When I began to play my treasured Christmas music back in late November, I had a feeling I had just been listening to it a few months before. There just doesn’t seem to be as much time between annual holidays as there use to be.

Our friends at Chalkbeat (national), ardently pointed out teachers’ unions will likely influence a forthcoming Biden administration. Jill Biden even thanked teacher unions for their members’ support during the election. “Joe and I will never forget what you did for us,” stated Mrs. Biden.