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Christmas Elfies

The tree-lighting ceremony at the Regal Celebration of Lights on Friday night was significantly shorter than in previous years. It consisted of the introduction of politicians, the arrival of Santa Claus via firetruck, and the countdown to the tree lighting. WATE anchors … Continue reading

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Hall Effect

Post by Friends of Literacy. . Two of the five inductees into the East Tennessee Writers Hall of Fame visited WNOX on Thursday, bringing the total number of honorees present to three. I interviewed Vince Vawter and David Lauver for … Continue reading

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Connectivity

Former White House Press Secretary James S. Brady died on Monday. I had the good fortune to meet him twice. In the late ’80s or early ’90s, Jim and his wife Sarah came to the WAVA studios for an interview about … Continue reading

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Folly Ball

 Jean Ash, president of the East Tennessee Chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, asked me to take on an additional duty at the Front Page Follies. I read the descriptions of the auction items before Bear Stephenson sold them. … Continue reading

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Better Class of Newsers

Knowledge of country music has never been a strength of mine. I have mainly worked in rock and pop formats. However, I have been listening to a 1991 Randy Travis song over and over again. Terry Silver-Alford, musical director of … Continue reading

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Toe the Line

If you look closely between comedienne Kristine Kinsey’s hand and foot, you can see a photo of me. In a short film called Deposit, she is seen painting her toenails and asking if the color matches my eyes. The movie was an … Continue reading

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Tennessee Trifecta

Members of the Nashville chapter of the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association had a good idea. What if all three Tennessee chapters joined together to distribute child identification kits on the same day, at similar events on the same day? … Continue reading

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Not Named for Ted Williams

The federal government shutdown and the latest Jefferson Bass novella gave me an idea for a place to visit with my wife. She wanted to get out and do something in the beautiful weather but the Great Smoky Mountains National … Continue reading

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The Sun’ll Come Out Mañana

The HoLa Festival got rained out on Saturday. Fortunately, the festival organizers thought fast and made arrangements to reschedule the Festival for Sunday on Market Square. During the Parade of Nations, I spotted an impressive headdress that looked like a … Continue reading

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Concrete Evidence

The relatively new Shake Shack in Washington drew us in. My wife and I were headed toward the Spy Museum last week when we changed plans and walked in to the adjacent Shake Shack instead. At least two concretes on the … Continue reading

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F Minus

A group of picketers passed my wife and me in Washington last week. We didn’t know they were picketers at the time. What caught our eye was a woman wearing a t-shirt that read “RG F****N’ 3!” Her shirt was … Continue reading

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Never Say Never

It makes sense that the written word would rekindle my relationship with two librarian sisters who inspired me when they worked at the Crestwood Library during my youth. Nancy and Sheila found my blog about a year ago. Since then, … Continue reading

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Free to Be…

Because of various Independence Day road closures, my wife and I arrived at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception later than planned. It was 11:59 a.m. as we approached the steps and saw a demonstration taking place. … Continue reading

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Saturday in the Park

This week, I’m recalling memories of Independence Day. On July 4, 2008, my friend Terry Morrow and I were chasing Paris Hilton around Patriot Park in Pigeon Forge. Exactly one year later, he told me he had pancreatic cancer. Terry … Continue reading

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