Cheryl Lewis: Local TV just got more local on Main Street Media channel

I don’t own a telephone, anymore… not the kind that plugs into a wall, anyway. I’m not sure many of us do. The extra expense just doesn’t make sense, since anyone who wants to reach me has the number to the cellphone in my pocket that also gives me weather, directions, a camera and 119,647 photos. I also don’t have […]

Cheryl Lewis: Memorial Day connects the past to the present

“June 6, 1951 Mother, I thought I would drop you a line. We’re on a troop train going to Fort Jackson. Don’t know how many are on it. I think there are about seven Pullmans. Left Nashville last night about nine. It isn’t too hard to sleep on a train when you are tired. It is 12:30 now. We just […]

Sumner County 2023 Main Street Awards Finalists Announced


The votes have been tallied and the results are in! Congratulations to all of our finalists in the 2023 Sumner County Main Street Awards. All finalists were nominated by our readers’ and selected by their votes, naming each as one of Sumner County’s favorite local businesses, people, places and events in four groups; Community – Flavor – Retail – Services. […]

Ag in the Classroom winners announced

United Way reps speak at monthly Chamber of Commerce luncheon

United Way of Sumner County CEO Erin Birch was the guest speaker at the April luncheon of the Portland Chamber of Commerce. She was assisted by Development Manager Michelle Groves. United Way works to improve the quality of life in Sumner County. Birch explained the four areas that United Way focuses on. These are education with six funded partners, financial […]

Students learn about farming through Ag in the Classroom curriculum

National Agriculture Week was March 21 – 27, and the Sumner County Farm Bureau’s Ag in the Classroom was busy educating children in Sumner County on the importance of agriculture.  Dawn Groves, Ag in the Classroom chair, visited several schools reading farm related books to the students. She visited Watt Hardison Elementary, Liberty Creek Elementary, and Fountain Head Christian Preschool. […]

Highland Academy opens new Center for Student Success

Highland Academy recently opened The Center for Student Success with School Psychologist Logan Johnson directing the center.   The school recognized an upward trend in student anxiety and mental health issues since COVID-19, and opened the center to reach these students. Students are under pressure to succeed academically, and combining this with the time needed to participate in extracurricular activities, creates […]

Long-time McKendree Church pianist Empson retires after 62 years

Beloved Pat Empson was honored with a retirement celebration Sunday at McKendree Memorial United Methodist Church for her 62 years as organist and pianist for the congregation. Rev. Steven W. VanHooser and Director of Music Rev. William “Bill” Moore recognized her before the service and presented her with a silver necklace with a musical note attached to the chain from […]

New owners carry on legacy of historic Thomas Drugs in Cross Plains

The torch was passed at historic Thomas Drugs in Cross Plains on Dec. 1, when Jeremy and Sarah Felker took over as owners.  Dan and Debbie Green had worked and owned the store for 48 years making it a destination for many in the area. Dan grew up in Portland. The Felkers are both pharmacists graduating from the University of Tennessee […]

Ronnie McDowell opens Temple Theatre in grand style

Another page of Portland history was written Saturday when Ronnie McDowell performed in concert at The Temple Theatre’s Grand Opening. The demand was so high for tickets that a matinee was added after the night performance was sold out. In total, 422 tickets were sold.  The performances began with Portland Preservation Foundation (PPF) trustee Dan Green welcoming everyone. He explained […]

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