We’ve all heard the statement from folks trying to make change: “Get out and vote!” On the surface this makes sense; we’re part of a republic that at its fundamental level is governed by the people, but it has a ring of boring, doesn’t it? We’ve been trained by conditioning that voting just …

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It is wrong for Manchester govern­ment officials to ask Bonnaroo officials for more money. There is a bigger picture. Attendees and all workers help city, county, state, national and world economies by the taxes they pay.

I am in the process of doing another fundraising. I may not be doing it the same way like I’ve done be-fore. I found out it would be too many T-shirts to sell. I cannot take my lift with me because my new apartment has too many rafters in the building.

Early voting for the August 2 Primary and Gen­eral Election began on Friday, July 13. Now comes the time when the local candidate from mayor to aldermen will be elected for the next two-to-four years. The primary election for the candidates who are seeking seats in the state and federal gove…

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Etiquette. Common Courtesy. When did these start becoming optional in society?

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We have talked a lot throughout our administration about efficient and effective government, so I’d like to give a few concrete examples of what we mean by that.

If you haven’t read Mr. Patel’s letter to the editor this week, I advise against it. Once that’s done you will be greatly let down by my weekly attempt at humor.

The latest in the left’s shrill attempt to undermine Trump is showing pictures of Obama-era detention centers with kids in chain-linked areas. Then they wax sanctimonious about how it is so cruel and that Trump is evil. They feel that acting with fake outrage gives them virtue.

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If you haven’t read Mr. Patel’s letter to the editor this week, I advise against it. Once that’s done you will be greatly let down by my weekly attempt at humor.

I apologize to my loyal followers (all three of you) for my sporadic musings over the past month. I thought my new editor was firing me from the opinions page when she said she “didn’t need my column” for a couple of weeks.

The FBI, long given immense, unaccountable powers to arrest and ruin American lives on a whim, is finally facing some real consequences of its own hubris. During the Obama Administration, the hallways of FBI management were filled with hyper-political Democrat bureaucrats, willing to break t…

In a perfect world, someone starts a job in a new community and has just the right amount of time to learn everything before the pot begins to boil. This is not that perfect world and I don’t want it to be that, but I never expected a painting of an American flag and a flower to be the thing…

I’ve attended many Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festivals over the years. I didn’t go to the first one in 2002, but I did get a taste of the now annual event back in 2003 – and I was hooked.

I’ve attended many Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festivals over the years. I didn’t go to the first one in 2002, but I did get a taste of the now annual event back in 2003 – and I was hooked.

  Someone once told me that if I didn’t affiliate with a political party, then I wouldn’t have clear principles to guide me in my decision-making processes. I guess that makes sense – for a cult. I suppose I had this simple belief that I could actually think for myself. Call me stupid, naïve…

Time to stop handing out honorary degrees The honorary degrees offered by some colleges and universities are meaningless credentials. The students struggle and pile up debt to get degrees, which celebrities get free of charge. These honorary degrees are awarded to wealthy businessmen, politi…

By Ron Hart Given his first-hand experience with the massive size, pettiness, cost and overreach of deep-state government in Washington, it is time for Trump to cut about 25% of it. Apparently, Mueller’s Special Counsel Team has so much money they try to fabricate testimony from Russian olig…

By Josh Peterson, Publisher   I’ll spare my words of life wisdom for the Central High School class of 2018. They will no doubt hear plenty of those Friday night (certainly taking in every word and analyzing the speeches closely) and I doubt they care what I’ve got to say about it. If you hav…

Last week I wrote about the need for an underground fence for our dogs to roam once our new house is completed. I had no intention for that to come across as solicitation for donations – but one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met stopped by to give me a system for us to try. I would never e…

By Josh Peterson, Publisher Last week I wrote about the need for an underground fence for our dogs to roam once our new house is completed. I had no intention for that to come across as solicitation for donations – but one of the sweetest women I’ve ever met stopped by to give me a system fo…

By  Governor Bill Haslam Over the last eight years, members of the Tennessee General Assembly have helped us pass significant legislation – legislation that shows Tennessee will lead the nation in jobs, education and efficient and effective government for years to come. When our administrati…

We are all about priorities at my house. Whether or not those priorities are in the correct order is debatable. For instance, we are building a house. Just trying to get the block down and the framing up is a grand task. Meanwhile, we are focused on the best underground fence system for our …

We are all about priorities at my house. Whether or not those priorities are in the correct order is debatable. For instance, we are building a house. Just trying to get the block down and the framing up is a grand task. Meanwhile, we are focused on the best underground fence system for our …

An outsider takes the wheel – Welcome Ms. Casey Watts The editorial “An outsider takes a wheel” is an interesting story and introduction of Ms. Casey Watts – new editor of Manchester Times. Relatively less experience of Ms. Casey Watts and from different environment with fresh ideas doesn’t …

By Josh Peterson, Publisher I trust that everyone has had an irresistible urge at some point or another. Regardless of what those urges may consist of, we’ve all had one or two before. One nearly overtook me last week. No, it wasn’t drugs or alcohol calling deep into my conscious, and it was…

Thank you, Hickerson Volunteer Fire Department! Recently we had our heating unit burst into flames and fill the house with smoke. We called 911 and Hickerson Volunteer Fire Department responded in minutes. They quickly had everything under control. They cleared the house of smoke and checked…

School Security – Overlooking the Obvious The panic behind mass shootings in schools, and other “gun-free zones,” is sadly unnecessary. The solution is as simple as it is repulsive to anti-gun people. The term “gun-free zone” is a fallacy: it creates a false sense of security that lures peop…

By Casey Watts, News Editor Most people look at me like I’m insane when I tell them I moved states away from my hometown without any hesitation. From a small village of 900 people, to the west side of the mitten for college, all the way over to the packed concrete jungle known as New York, b…

County officials are taking a shockingly myopic approach to the negotiation of a new contract with Bonnaroo, and it could end up costing taxpayers, businesses and nonprofits millions of dollars. In a strange way, the breakdown in negotiations is such comically farcical stuff that it would be…

Thank you to all our volunteers The week of April 15-21 is National Volunteer Week. I just wanted to take a moment to give a much deserved recognition and big shout to our wonderful and amazing hospice volunteers! As I’ve recently told our volunteers, words just seem to fail me at times to c…

By Josh Peterson, Publisher It’s been a minute since I’ve bounced around to different topics in my weekly space, so that is the game plan this week. Local politics. Oh yes. I went on a lecture about the importance of local elections a few weeks ago prior to the Times and Thunder Radio co-hos…

By Ron Hart Former Attorney General Loretta Lynch shopped for a soft interview to preemptively rebut former FBI Director James Comey’s upcoming book. When “Deep State” swamp rats fight, a lot is confirmed about what we know regarding the corruption at the political top of the FBI and DOJ. On…

I’ve always taken pride in not allowing the things that I can’t control to affect me. External factors – the actions of others, their perceptions and thoughts – can be persuaded slightly I suppose, but not controlled. The weather can’t be influenced at all. I don’t fret too much over any of …

Many people think local politics and local elections aren’t very interesting as compared to national politics and presidential election.  We tend to prefer the drama of national elections and showdowns in Congress. However, the people we elect to local offices are often the people who most d…

By Ron Hart Tiger Woods, who become his own cautionary tale, makes his biggest pitch for a redemptive comeback this week. And what better place to stage his comeback than The Masters Tournament? The members of the venerable Augusta National Golf Club have been nothing but supportive of Tiger…

By Josh Peterson, Publisher I’ve always taken pride in not allowing the things that I can’t control to affect me. External factors – the actions of others, their perceptions and thoughts – can be persuaded slightly I suppose, but not controlled. The weather can’t be influenced at all. I don’…

By Josh Peterson, Publisher I can vividly recall living the life of a student athlete in high school. There wasn’t any free time. Between morning workouts and afternoon workouts were those pesky classes. Late night road trips to Lawrenceburg and Columbia for district games meant late bedtime…

Hunting is not a sport Every year millions of innocent animals are hunted and the debate keeps arising in my mind over the morality of hunting. Hunting for survival, I can understand. But, killing for fun is cruel and naming it as sport is immoral. Animals are living things, just like us. We…

By Ron Hart Every bad political idea starts with a false premise. The “Affordable Care Act” lie, that we had an awful health care system and government could fix it and save families “$2,500 a year,” spawned the ObamaCare disaster.

I feel bad for folks who aren’t granted the opportunity to grow up in the south. I have a great appreciation for the different areas and cultures on display within our borders. Things are done differently up north and out on the west coast. And everyone I talk to who has been there swears th…

I don’t want to be “that person” who gets offended by every little thing. I believe that folks are far too easily offended and with social media available to practically anyone, it’s easier than ever to join the mob mentality and tell the world exactly why you are offended and shame the offe…

Demarco Moore, Sports Writer The elephant in the room. Online, The Phrase Finder has this one defined as “an important and obvious topic, which everyone present is aware of, but which isn’t discussed, as such discussion is considered to be uncomfortable,” and as crazy as that sounds, it’s of…