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4 reasons to trade nighttime television for a good book

By Allie Myszka From network nighttime dramas to decades of archival episodes on Netflix, Americans have never had more television shows at their fingertips than they do right now. While this can be great some of

Body Balance with V: The importance of fat in our diet

By VANESSA HAMPTON If you are like me and grew up during, or lived through, the “Fat-Free Food Boom,” as described in an article on npr.org, you were lead to believe that healthy eating meant

New school year, new (helpful!) habits

By ALLIE MYSZKA With the start of a new school year comes the return of a structured routine for most of us. The carefree days of summer are great, but having a (mostly) predictable schedule when

RAMON PRESSON: Church Shopping 101

Ramon: I’m here with Joshua Josiah Jacob Meyers, the lead teaching pastor of Catalyst Thrive Renovate Elevate Ignite Ascend Community Fellowship, one of the newest and fastest-growing churches in the Nashville area. Josh, tell us

Ryan Weaver, Patriotic Voice of the PBR, has a personal story like no other

ABOVE: Photo by Robyn McIsaac   By TRESA HALBROOKS & KATIE BROOKS BOONE Ryan Weaver is a high-energy, all-American, rockin’ country music artist who proudly served as an active duty Black Hawk helicopter aviator as a

Career profile: PEDIGREE Foundation director lives her passion at work

ABOVE: Deb Fair. // Photo by Mandy Whitley Photography By TRESA HALBROOKS Deb Fair is the Executive Director of PEDIGREE Foundation, a 501(c)3 grant-making organization dedicated to helping dogs in need find their forever homes. She is

Body Balance with V: Change the conversation

By Vanessa Hampton Imagine this scenario. Several years ago, while working out at the gym, I noticed a woman doing her own workout. She appeared to be almost in tears and looked very frustrated. Then

RAMON PRESSON: The dangers of secondhand luggage

As a public service to my readers, let me urge you to carefully check all the pockets of any piece of luggage before donating it to a thrift store. I’ll explain in a moment. Last

Big Red Bow campaign aims to recruit more organ and tissue donors

TENNESSEE DONOR SERVICES Tennessee Donor Services, the state’s non-profit, federally designated, organ procurement organization (OPO), this week has launched a campaign to potentially save a life -- or lives -- by recruiting people to register as an organ

Body Balance with V: Is your knee pain coming from your shoulder?

By VANESSA HAMPTON Do you remember that kids song, “Dem Bones”? You know, the one that tells us all about how the “leg bone’s connected to the knee bone. The knee bone’s connected to the thigh

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

BOB MCKINNEY: What I know

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