I spent many an hour in our old feed barn. To a boy it seemed vast in its size and expanse. I became intimately familiar with each stable and hallway. I especially enjoyed the large barn loft which provided endless opportunities for exploring. But I suppose the old corn crib stands out most in my memory.

For nearly one million Tennessee students, school offers a happy, stable environment with opportunities for growth and success each day.  That world was severely disrupted back in March with the unexpected closing of our schools due to the coronavirus pandemic.  

Vacations are so fun and something that most people enjoy. Being able to get away from your regular routine is a refreshing change of pace that can improve morale almost every time. Unless, that holiday is to Disney and then you need a vacation to recover from the vacation. One theme I alway…

Are you keeping your heart healthy?  While New Year’s resolutions may have already come and gone, it is never too late to make healthy changes.  In February, we are reminded to focus on heart health with all of the beautiful hearts displayed for Valentine’s Day.

“Cash is king” the cliché says but what do you need to know about storing currency at home and the associated risks?  What I mean here is keeping physical currency on hand in a Mason jar, mattress or home safe.  Over the course of modern history, certain events have led people to believe they need to get their cash out of the bank and keep it “safe” at home.  However, home is the least safe place.  Let’s discuss why.

State Representative Scott Cepicky frequently asks a compelling question: Why can’t Tennessee be the number one state in the nation for public education? Great question. Why can’t we be number one in education in the nation?

Back in 2005, while working at another T.V. station in another lifetime, I was tasked, along with a news photographer and a producer, to travel around the state of Tennessee to do an hour special on vacation destinations. The very first thing I pitched was we had to go to Graceland. Everything else was secondary in this special but Graceland had to be number one.

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On Wednesday, Jan. 6, three words were etched into the door of the United States Capitol building.

Business speaker Jim Rohn said, “Of the two great eternities that exert a pull on your life – one is called the past, the other is called the future – make sure the greatest pull on your life is the pull of the future. Because you can’t go back.” Paul, the apostle, said it this way. “Forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the mark for the prize…” And let’s face it; Paul had a lot to try to forget.

School Districts in Tennessee could be heading over a financial cliff if the Tennessee General Assembly does not take swift action during the Special Session called by Governor Lee. The state must address the BEP (Basic Education Program) formula, which funds our schools. Three critical events are occurring in most school districts due to the pandemic: unstable student enrollment, increased and unforeseen costs in public education, and uncertainty of local tax revenue. 

Jan. 9, 1922 is the birthday of my late father, Frank Thomas McCall Sr. A veteran of World War II, he served with the Army Air Corps in the European theater. As an airplane mechanic, he never saw combat, but he lost his pilot and best friend who stepped on a landmine while taking a walk in the French countryside. My father never spoke of the incident to his children, but the war and the death of this pilot affected him deeply as we would learn in later years.

As children and young adults, our Christmas lists are long and full of meaningless “things” that we believe will enrich our lives. Approaching middle and later years of age, our lists become shorter and hold much more value along with things that cannot be bought in a store. 

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The 2020 Netflix movie, “The Social Dilemma” explores the growth of social media and the damage it has caused to society. It features interviews with many former executives and professionals from tech companies and social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Google, and Apple who sounded the alarm on their industry.

What does education look like in a global pandemic? It depends a lot on how well you were prepared. There is no shortage of challenges and issues. As educators, we attempt to prepare our students for the world that exists around them. Most importantly, we want our students to be ready to lea…

As children and young adults, our Christmas lists are long and full of meaningless “things” that we believe will enrich our lives. Approaching middle and later years of age, our lists become shorter and hold much more value along with things that cannot be bought in a store. 

Well, it seems like yesterday I was writing about the beginning of 2020. I’m serious. When I began to play my treasured Christmas music back in late November, I had a feeling I had just been listening to it a few months before. There just doesn’t seem to be as much time between annual holidays as there use to be.

Voting is the beating heart of our republic, and every eligible, legal American citizen should have the opportunity to participate in our electoral system. That is a given. But this precious liberty is undermined when election integrity is not taken seriously and protections to defend it are…