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Columns

  • GOVERNOR: ‘Get movin’ Tennessee’

    Tennessee ranks 39th in health — which is slightly healthier than we’ve been in the past.But there is still a lot of work to be done. Earlier this month, I was excited to launch “Healthier Tennessee,” an initiative focused on encouraging Tennesseans to become more physically active to develop better eating habits and to avoid tobacco use.  

  • On the inside looking out

    Last week, the LaFollette Press published a story about the controversial snake-handling practices of Pentecostal pastor Andrew Hamblin and his congregation at Tabernacle Church of God (“Snake Salvation,” Aug. 8).

  • DRIVERS BEWARE: Insurance priceless in event of accident: 1 in 4 not carrying coverage in state

    It is true that the law requires all drivers to have a certain amount of insurance coverage to pay for harms and injuries they cause in an accident.  In Tennessee, the law says we all have to have a minimum of $25,000 per person injured, up to $50,000 per accident. Unfortunately, not everyone has insurance.  
    According to the latest figures from the Insurance Research Institute, 24 percent of Tennessee drivers have no insurance.  

  • BETH'S BYTES: Accidentally on purpose: How I became a journalist

     I became a reporter accidentally on purpose. 

    To me, it seems accidental, but that’s because I thought I had other plans. 

    Really. After a few summers of ER reruns when I was a kid, I was going to be a trauma physician, but then I realized I don’t have the tolerance for blood, guts and other bodily fluids. These days, I get my thrill from the couch with a blanket and my ER DVDs. 

  • Looking ahead

    When I was about 7, I watched Saved by the Bell with my older sister. The 90s sitcom made adolescence seem like so much fun. And the teenage characters looked like the coolest people I could meet. At the time, I didn’t realize the show wasn’t the most accurate portrayal of high school.
    I spent a lot of my time as a child wanting to be a teenager. For me, the next phase of life represented a place where I would be able to experience more fun and joy.
    Then I became a teenager. Those years weren’t miserable. But I didn’t go to Bayside either.

  • LETTER's FROM THE NEST: How to catch a goat

    Charles Dickens once wrote: “There is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”
    This is true, especially when you are running around a goat pen for hours on end to no avail.
    There is a point in which you just have to wipe away the tears and sweat and just laugh—or so I am told—because this has never happened to me.
    But allow me to share with you—in case of emergency—the best way to catch a goat:

  • O’ BIG BROTHER: Where art thou?

    “Instead of being adversaries to government power [the Washington, D.C media] are servants to it and mouthpieces for it.”
    So said the Guardian’s Glenn Greenwald who broke the story of Edward Snowden’s disclosure of NSA spying on the American people, after Greenwald’s confrontation with Meet the Press’s David Gregory.
    Greenwald needn’t have limited his observation to the D.C. media. Plenty of reporters and cable-news talking heads are playing the same role in the NSA drama.

  • Our Founding Fathers: July 4 most important day in nation’s history

    Roll the stone away, let the guilty pay–it’s Independence Day. Martina McBride may not have been talking about the Fourth of July, but the song is applicable on our national day of celebration.
    As a conservative, I believe July 4 is the most important day in our country’s history.  
    Yes, we will always remember 9-11, D-Day, Pearl Harbor Day, Memorial Day and many other significant days we commemorate, but without Independence Day, there is no America.  
    There is no land of the free.  
    There is no home of the brave.

  • BETH'S BYTES: FIREWORKS EXPLAINED

    Lose an eyebrow, burn a hole in your shirt, and scare the dog. It’s time for fireworks.
    Several tents have popped up in the area and the window displays at the brick and mortar stores seem just a little brighter this time of year. You can buy one get one, get them all half off, mix and match, and blow every last dime to buy the monster variety pack.
    But where did they come from? And just who was the first person to spark a firework?

  • DENNIS THE FILM MENACE: Flicks to keep you in the summer mood

     Summer is here and while most people want to get out in the heat and enjoy playing games or swimming in a pool, a few may decide that the summer’s sweltering temperature is not their style. 

    They  may want to watch a movie instead.
    Luckily, Netflix gives options for summer movies that keep you in that game-playing, beach-going and adventure-having mood, but keep you indoors.

    For kids there is the animated feature, The Adventures of Tintin