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  • Representatives conclude a history-making legislative session

    Recently, the House wrapped up one of the most successful legislative sessions in Tennessee history. The first legislative Session of the 107th General Assembly was focused on passing common sense initiatives to aid both immediate and long-term economic development in Tennessee’s private sector. This is part five of the five-part series.

    Representatives Pass Tort Reform to Create Jobs

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain by Mark J. Tidwell

     

    My nephew Matthew, his girlfriend Stephanie, and I went huckleberry pickin’ in anticipation of having huckleberry pie for the Fourth of July.  Huckleberries are small, elusive, and packed full of flavor.  It takes a heck of a lot of picking to get a quart of the not-much-bigger-than-BB sized berries.

  • Family event stirs new appreciation

     I wonder why there are just some things people are incapable of understanding until they reach adulthood. When I say “people” I’m really more specifically referring to myself.

    For instance, when I was growing up I knew my parents loved me. But I had no clue how much. The truth is the knowledge of the intensity of a mother’s love for her children completely escaped me until I was face to face with my very own child.

    Now that I’m older I’m finding there are other things that passed over my head during my youth.

  • In My Perfect World

  • The yard that couldn’t get mowed

      On Sunday I mowed my yard.

    Big deal- right?

    It is for me. Let me give you a rundown of my attempts to mow this approximately half acre of land.

    But first I have to take you back to my youth.

    When I was around 14-years-old my Dad thought it was time I learned to drive the riding lawn mower. My sister, who is two years younger, had already been mowing for a few years. So on a hot summer afternoon Dad gave me a brief overview of the gears and such.

  • Representatives conclude a history-making legislative session

      Job growth a major focus of the conservative majority

    House leaders applaud jobs4tn plan

    Showing their mutual commitment to paving the way for job creation in the private sector, House leaders welcomed news of the Jobs4TN plan presented by the Administration.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

  • Knowing is half the battle

      In the newspaper business it is rarely necessary to go looking for trouble. Instead trouble almost always has a way of finding us.

    Whether it’s the latest meth lab, the alleged misconduct of a school system employee or a kid getting left on the bus-those stories always make their way to us.

  • Representatives conclude a history-making legislative session

      Common sense education reform agenda rolls through legislature

    Under conservative leadership for the first time in history, Tennessee took a strong stand this legislative session by reforming an education system in dire need of change. Far too many rankings have shown Tennessee has fallen far behind other States when it comes to equipping children with the knowledge and training they need to succeed. Several key reforms were adopted that will have a positive impact on Tennessee for years to come.

  • From the Mountain

    From The Mountain

    Mark J. Tidwell

    I returned to some old stomping grounds recently.  I spent a few days and nights out in the 80,000 acre wilderness known as the Catoosa Wildlife Management Area.  Dozens of adventure filled trips filled my youth in that country. As a teenager, I was privileged to deer hunt, and sit around the campfire with, a whole passel of memorable characters.  Most of these were old timers as we often refer to them. Oh what a wealth of memories I can call upon in my mind’s eye.