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Mill Creek Brewery loses brewmaster Hammond as she continues to climb in beer industry

Beer making is a science, and Becky Hammond studied science in college. Her specialty was marine biology. Her minor was entrepreneurship. Her passion was, and is, beer. After an illness that left her unable to

BOB MCKINNEY: What I know

Full disclosure: this is almost a complete re-posting of my Thanksgiving column from 2012. When I read through previous Thanksgiving installments, I realized much of what I wrote that year would be true of this year,

State Library archivists will share genealogy research techniques on Family History Day next Saturday

TENNESSEE STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES Thanksgiving is a time when many of us reconnect with family members and share stories. At the Tennessee State Library and Archives, families can also explore stories of their relatives

Carolina Herrera’s Wes Gordon is featured designer for 2019 Nashville Symphony Fashion Show

Cynthia Arnholt and Allison Schaufele, co-chairs of the 2019 Symphony Fashion Show, have named Wes Gordon – Creative Director of Carolina Herrera New York – as the featured designer for the 14th annual event next spring.

BODY BALANCE WITH V: There’s magic in trashing your full-length mirror

Sometimes things unexpectedly happen in life that you wouldn’t necessarily choose. When that occurs we really have two choices ... and they are our choices. We can either be ticked off about it and fight it every

Nashville Lawn and Garden Show’s 30th annual event is coming in February

The Nashville Lawn and Garden Show will celebrate 30 years with Changing Times, Changing Gardens, a show designed to reflect the changing landscapes of Middle Tennessee. The 2019 Nashville Lawn and Garden Show, scheduled for February 28 –

RAMON PRESSON: An odd thing Trump and I have in common

Shortly after the 2016 Presidential election I noted in a November 15 column that Donald Trump and I had something unusual in common. (You can read the entire column at https://bit.ly/2JBx8KR) But after almost two years

New, local group aims to help deal with the costly mental health issue of depression

By SCHATZIE BRUNNER Depression is something that many are hesitant to discuss – out of fear, out of misunderstanding, out of shame, and out of guilt – but it is a vital health issue about which

RAMON PRESSON: A letter to my new billionaire friend in South Carolina

Hello, and congratulations on winning the $1.6 billion lottery jackpot. I imagine you still haven’t gotten over the pleasant shock of being the lucky winner, and I bet you keep wondering, “How am I going to spend

OPINION: Domestic abusers often seek control through legal system, but new law can curtail the harassment

By AIMEE LUNA attorney, Legal Aid Society When we think of domestic violence, we often picture physical abuse. But the truth is, abusive behavior within a relationship can exist in many forms. At its core,

BODY BALANCE WITH V: Perfectly imperfect healthy eating tips

By Vanessa Hampton Have you achieved perfection in your life? Any part of your life? Yeah, neither have I. This, of course, is practically impossible. So then why is it that many of us still try

RAMON PRESSON: What you didn’t know about your birthday

“Birthdays are the one day of the year that everyone has to be nice to you.” --- Liza, age 7 The birth of birthdays The idea of celebrating the date of your birth is actually

BOB MCKINNEY: What I know

After writing about the Brett Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination last week and managing to convince readers on the right that I’m way to the left, and readers on the left that I’m way to the right (when

RAMON PRESSON: Take the OREO Personality Assessment

Analysts at the R.L. Presson Labs of Highly Questionable Research Methods and Statistics have discovered that the manner in which people eat Oreo cookies provides great insight into their personalities. Take the quick assessment below by selecting

BODY BALANCE WITH V: The fun in an obstacle race

ABOVE: Organizers of the 2016 Rippavilla Mud Run in Spring Hill prepare a mud pit obstacle. The event this past August was the third at the historic site. // FILE   By Vanessa Hampton I

BOB MCKINNEY: What I know

It is with some trepidation that I make today’s statements and observations, but I told you last week I might have something to say about the recent Supreme Court nomination. And I still strongly believe in civil

Puppy Up walk benefits research into canine and human cancers

Local dog lovers in partnership with The Puppy Up Foundation, a national nonprofit organization that funds cancer research benefiting both pets and people, will be holding the PuppyUp Nashville Walk on Saturday October 27, 2018 at the

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee activates Hurricane Michael response

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF MIDDLE TENNESSEE Hurricane Michael isn’t wasting any time showing its destructive force. The Category 4 storm slammed into the Florida Panhandle Wednesday morning as the most powerful hurricane to hit the U.S. mainland in nearly 50

BODY BALANCE WITH V: How a simple workout can change your life

By Vanessa Hampton Some people struggle to find motivation to exercise. Others struggle to take a rest day from workouts. If you are in the first group, you probably find yourself perplexed at how the other

Craft your heart out with these easy Fall DIYs

By ALLIE MYSZKA When the weather cools off, there’s no better way to usher in fall than with some orange, red, and yellow-hued decorations, right? Sure, you could head to your nearest Hobby Lobby and find anything

Wine Down Main Street ticket price goes up $10 at midnight next Sunday

Tickets to the Wine Down Main Street event are a hot commodity every year, not only for the good cause they support, but because of the good value they offer. The event, in its 18th

BODY BALANCE WITH V: My experience with intermittent fasting

By Vanessa Hampton If you know me, then you know that the last three years have been an extensive journey in digestion issues for me. I have cycled through many different theories, tests, trials, medications and

BOB MCKINNEY: What I know

You never know what might hit a nerve with folks. And no I’m not talking about all the drama with the nominee to the Supreme Court. (You may yet hear from me on that, but right

RAMON PRESSON: Free bad advice for husbands

Post-It, Don’t Boast It A New York Times columnist recently asked, "Why do so many husbands feel the need to boast about completing simple household chores?" Perhaps many husbands are guilty of that but I'm proud

As fall makeup takes on darker hues, here are some natural choices

By ALEXANDRA MATZKO It's officially fall, and I am neck-deep into the school year and trying not to let it get the best of me. Obviously, it's a shock to go from the blissful calm