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 […]

Opinion: Advice for the new commissioner of education

I have some advice for Tennessee’s new Commissioner of Education, Lizzette Gonzales-Reynolds. Please know that you will never be everyone’s cup of tea. And that statement of fact is true for all of us. However, everyone is worthy of respect. In an Age of Irreverence, it is worth remembering that simple truth. We are all created in the image of […]

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 […]

Cheryl Lewis: You have enough stuff; replace it with experiences

It’s a mom saying that my kids can repeat by heart, because they heard me say it often as they grew up: “All you need is enough. You don’t want more than enough, because that brings complacency. You don’t want less than enough; that breeds fear.” It’s a bit like the tale of the three bears, I suppose. “This chair […]

Opinion: If you are healthy today, thank a nurse

National Nurses Month is recognized each May by the American Nurses Association (ANA). There are more than four million registered nurses in America, and this month is a way to show appreciation and say “thank you” to this profession.  This year, I will celebrate my 18th year of being a Registered Nurse. It is hard to put into words the […]

Opinion: Is school shooter Audrey Hale’s ‘manifesto’ an open record under the Tennessee Public Records Act?

In a press conference the day after The Covenant School mass shooting, Nashville police said they were looking into the motive of the shooter, Audrey Hale, and had found a “manifesto” that outlined her attack with maps and action plans for the killings. Since then, the Nashville police have walked back the characterization of Hale’s writings seized at her home […]

Cheryl Lewis: Writer-musician Sean Dietrich delivering hugs at Lebanon’s Capitol Theater

If you know, you know. Those who have been reading Sean Dietrich’s writing for a while must be like me; they hunger for real. The relief of coming across someone who has fame but doesn’t seem to care is refreshing. Because he’s at ease and totally natural, so are we. When he hugs, we hug back. That’s a thing, y’know. […]

Angel Kane: Those chocolate protein balls show some healthy effort

So, this morning, to my husband’s surprise, I was cooking! Or what I consider cooking at least. On the menu were chocolate protein balls — basically water, chocolate protein powder and almond butter. The conversation went something like this: Husband: “Yuck! What are you making?” Perfect Wife: “Protein balls. I’m trying to be healthier.” Husband: “Why? You’ve made it this […]

Kenny Martin: Put Wilson County at the top of your shopping list

I know I seem like a broken record, but if we do not support our local businesses they can’t survive. Maybe it’s the current economy, my getting older and worrying more or just plain old love for my community and local businesses. Not quite sure what it is, but I sure have found myself thinking about it a lot lately […]

Kimberly Estep: Expanding access to higher education for nontraditional students

Ten years ago, Gov. Bill Haslam and a bipartisan state legislature invested $5 million to launch WGU Tennessee, an accredited, online nonprofit university, to expand access to higher education across the state. A decade later, WGU Tennessee has returned that initial investment and more: to date, the university has awarded more than $5.25 million in scholarships to Tennesseans. With nearly […]

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