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Susan Steen: Anyone can take one step in the right direction


“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” — Jackie Chan Checking to see the comments from a recent post I had made on social media, I couldn’t miss the photo at the top of the newsfeed of a young woman with an oddly shaped stomach, not what a pregnant stomach looks like […]

STAAR’s production focuses on “Children of the Holocaust”



STAAR Theatre’s production of “Children of the Holocaust” and “Can you Hear them Crying?” is a poignant way to learn about one of history’s most horrible events through art and journals left behind by children who experienced the horrors of the Holocaust. Performed by talented youth from our community, these two short plays impart an excellent way to interest teens […]

Ron Hart: Dems want everything electric – except the border fence


Joe Biden spent his first three years in office telling everyone that “our southern border is secure.” He would squint into the cameras, looking like that banjo player from “Deliverance,” and say that. Yet we all knew he was not serious about it because he put Kamala Harris in charge. The only less genuine effort to defend the border would […]

Tulip Poplar: A tree for almost any garden



Named for its distinctive tulip-shaped blooms, our state tree is the tulip poplar (Liriodendron tulipifera). It’s a beautiful tree and can be found in every county in Tennessee. As North America’s tallest native deciduous tree, it can mature to more than 150 feet and half as wide. Michael Dirr, in his “Manual of Woody Landscape Plants,” says it’s “truly an aristocrat tree.” […]

Steep Canyon Rangers to perform at Columbia State


Columbia State Community College welcomes Steep Canyon Rangers to the Cherry Theater on Thursday, Feb. 15 as part of the First Farmers Performance Series. Steep Canyon Rangers have been on a journey that is uniquely their own. The band started in college at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, then dove head-first into bluegrass in its most traditional form. […]

Community Calendar: Maury County

Muletown Flea Market runs every third Saturday at Glover’s Secondhand, 1200 S. High St., Columbia, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come join us in the Columbia Arts District for vintage finds, secondhand clothing, local artwork, handmade items, baked goods, antiques, and more! Show your support for small businesses and hang out with us on the lawn at Glover’s. There is something unique […]

Susan Steen: A solid base from these three little words


“Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow.’ ” — Mary Anne Radmacher It’s been a season, hasn’t it? The sun is shining as I write, the groundhog’s shadow was in hiding, thankfully, and I am feeling hopeful for warmth, sunshine, and those sweet buds that […]

Ron Hart: Democrats’ “Payback Politics” playbook reads like Lenin


When you have bad policies and cannot sustain your office based on your quantifiable results, you do what Democrats have done these last few years. You weaponize the government against your enemies. It is not a novel construct. In 1918 the oppressive Soviet leader, Vladimir Lenin, laid out his plan to keep the communists in power with his infamous “Hanging […]

Small changes can make big difference in heart health



February is Heart Health Awareness month, a great time to start on the path to better heart health and wellbeing and to understand the risk factors that can contribute to heart problems. Late last year, the America’s Health Rankings report highlighted a startling fact: heart disease is one of eight chronic conditions that has reached record highs since the report […]

Community Calendar: Maury County

Muletown Flea Market runs every third Saturday at Glover’s Secondhand, 1200 S. High St., Columbia, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Come join us in the Columbia Arts District for vintage finds, secondhand clothing, local artwork, handmade items, baked goods, antiques, and more! Show your support for small businesses and hang out with us on the lawn at Glover’s. There is something unique […]


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