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RAMON PRESSON: I fought the lawn and the lawn won

Doing the Math I don’t know how many total hours in my 58 years that I have spent mowing grass. I don’t want to know. I could do the math, beginning with weekly seasonal mowing of

OPINION: "Better Angels" movement attempts to bridge political gaps

By Lynn Heady, Blue, Nashville and Wendy Wilson, Red, Antioch “We are not enemies, but friends. We must not be enemies. Though passion may have strained, it must not break our bonds of affection. The mystic

RAMON PRESSON: Pillow talk for real men

I was spellbound watching a short film “Alone in the Wilderness” about Richard Proenneke who upon retirement in 1967 moved to Twin Lakes, Alaska and constructed a log cabin near the lake shore. He built the cabin


I know for a fact I have lost at least a couple of readers due to previous installments in which I touched on politics (which may bring my readership, if you don’t count my family, into

"It’s not all online" workshop tells about hands-on records research

A host of genealogy records are available at the click of a mouse, but researching solely online will reveal less than 10 percent of all the world’s genealogical records, according to the Tennessee State Library

RAMON PRESSON: The Enneagram Baseball Team

2018 is the new 1978. Instead of, “Hey baby, what’s your (zodiac) sign?” the new pick-up line of the well-informed modern man is, “Hey baby, what’s your (Enneagram) number?” Many an uninformed modern woman jotted her 10-digit

Health and Safety Day in Richland Park will feature emergency vehicles, inflatables, information, fun

By CHRIS LADD The Fourth Annual Portland Health & Safety day will take place Saturday May 5, at the Richland Park in Portland. During the past three years the event has grown from about 15

The Big Payback will raise money for 902 organizations in 24 hours

THE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE A record number of area nonprofits are busy preparing in a big way for The Big Payback’s fifth annual, 24-hour online giving day that includes groups from Williamson, Maury

Puckett’s "Uncorked" series starts with spring wines

Puckett’s Boat House's wine tasting and food pairing series “Uncorked,” a unique educational event that allows guests to learn about the wine selection process from the restaurant’s brand sommelier, is returning later this month.   Each

Daylong farm tour features noted chefs at each stop, feast at the end

Limited tickets are still available for a daylong tour of farms in Williamson County, with celebrated local chefs at each stop, concluding with a seated dinner at the home of Christian Music superstar Michael W.

RAMON PRESSON: The view from up here makes me nauseous

I know it’s not sexy but I’m not much of a risk taker. OK, sure, I once ran out of air at 60 feet during a scuba dive off Palm Beach, but I wouldn’t call that

Celebrity chefs will be judges at June Slider Showdown

The Great Slider Showdown is coming to The Factory 4-7 p.m .on Saturday, June 30. Enjoy delicious sliders created by 12 talented chefs competing for the Goldens' Slider Prize as decided on by our guest

Celebrity chef, Kosher baker will be sharing Passover recipes, food

Chabad of Nashville is hosting celebrity chef Paula Shoyer, who will be sharing her healthy spin on classic Seder favorites. This cookbook author, will be demonstrating tips and tricks along with recipes of her favorite

Planning a farm wedding? Book soon for traditional dates

TENNESSEE DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE On-farm wedding venues are filling up fast for 2018, particularly for the fall. The Pick Tennessee farm wedding directory can be the shortest distance from bride and groom to happily ever after.

Schools revisit safety protocols after latest shooting; local law enforcement also responding with training

Law enforcement officers participate in a Labor Day ceremony on Monday, September 4, 2017, outside the Franklin Police Department Headquarters on Columbia Avenue/ Photo by Brooke Wanser By BROOKE WANSER In the wake of Wednesday’s

Study ranks Nashville 37th among peer cities for cultural and ethnic diversity

A new study by WalletHub based on U.S. Census data ranks Nashville slightly above the midpoint when it comes to cultural and ethnic diversity, and Franklin slightly below. Other cities in Williamson County were not

Loveless Cafe shares Valentines recipe for Red Velvet pancakes and waffles

LOVELESS CAFE If the traditional box of chocolates isn’t going to cut it, throw on your apron and mix up a treat for your sweetie yourself. At the Loveless Cafe, we love giving people new

RAMON PRESSON: How NOT to impress a literary magazine

Dear Editor, I know that your website says that your publication only accepts electronic submissions but according to your website you receive 5,000 submissions per month and publish less than 1% of them so I said


Doug Sarrett long ago received some advice from his dad: “Do something you like, because you’ll be doing it a long time.” A sound engineer in Nashville for the past 35 years, working with some of

Tell a love story on video and win a wedding at Ravenswood

CITY OF BRENTWOOD The City of Brentwood, which owns and operates The Ravenswood Mansion, is kicking off the new year with a dream wedding giveaway for one Middle Tennessee couple looking to wed in 2018. A cadre

‘America’s Got Talent’ holding auditions Jan. 13 in Nashville

NBC’s America’s Got Talent will be hosting open call auditions on Saturday, Jan. 13, at the Music City Center. Season 12 saw the crowning of 12-year-old singing ventriloquist Darci Lynne Farmer from Oklahoma City as the winner.  In addition to the $1

Brentwood-based nonprofit sells gift card bundles to build schools in Africa

Mocha Club kicked off a new campaign on Dec. 1, 2017, that features a unique Christmas gift option: a $250 bundle of gift cards for $35. Partnering with stores including Nisolo, Faherty, ALALA, Jack Mason, Hackwith, ONA,

Acme Feed & Seed is number-one restaurant destination for Lyft drivers

Acme Feed & Seed, Bridgestone Arena and Pinewood Social were among the top destinations for Lyft drivers in Nashville this year, according to a press release from the five-year-old ride-sharing company. The destinations were part

Brewery that suppported Tennessee State Parks pays tribute to revival of the chestnut tree

Nashville's Tennessee Brew Works, which during the summer released State Parks Blonde Ale with a portion of the proceeds going to support parks, is releasing its King Chestnut beer on Nov. 22 in celebration of

MasterChef is looking for amateur cooks in Nashville

Nashville is one of 11 cities hosting an Open Casting Call for the Fox cooking show MasterChef. The casting team is looking for talented amateur cooks from all types of backgrounds and with a range of