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Smithfield Releases Debut Album, ‘Country With Heart’

May 24, 2024 at 04:00 am by Bethany Bowman

I first heard the duo, Smithfield, in 2018 on Sirius XM’s The Highway when their song “Hey Whiskey” was a big hit. Compr.... Read More

Believe in Tennessee

May 21, 2024 at 02:55 pm by JC Bowman

A campaign started several years ago with a simple premise: “Believe in Tennessee.” Over time, that slogan lost steam, and out-of-state special interests and the s.... Read More

Music Spotlight: Matt Oakley

May 20, 2024 at 02:11 pm by Bethany Bowman

Matt Oakley grew up around all kinds of music. His dad was a DJ in the military in Germany. He recalled, “We always had those little boomboxes going and those old.... Read More

The Dryes Release ‘Dear Heart’ for Mental Health Awareness Month

May 17, 2024 at 05:15 am by Bethany Bowman

Last July, when NBC The Voice alums, Katelyn and Derek Drye announced their lead single “Sawdust” off their forthcoming EP, I was keen to feature them because I.... Read More

Music Spotlight: Zach Top

May 13, 2024 at 03:49 pm by Bethany Bowman

Anybody who follows me or my column knows that I have a type. Traditional country music stirs my soul. When I find someone young who can do the same thing, I do my best to t.... Read More

Retention Decision Looms for Some Students

May 13, 2024 at 11:32 am by JC Bowman

  The Tennessee Comprehensive Assessment Program (TCAP) is a standardized test measuring students' English language arts proficiency. Under a state reading and retention.... Read More

A Salute to All Mothers

May 11, 2024 at 08:25 pm by JC Bowman

Mother's Day is a time to show gratitude and appreciation towards the extraordinary women who have shaped our lives. It is an opportunity to express our love and admiration fo.... Read More

Music Spotlight: Scotty McCreery

May 10, 2024 at 12:12 am by Bethany Bowman

To say 2024 has been a banner year for Scotty McCreery would be an understatement. From his beloved North Carolina State making it to the NCAA Final Four to recently being a.... Read More

School Resource Officers Ensure School Safety

May 08, 2024 at 04:29 pm by JC Bowman

  Law enforcement and schools form a partnership that can significantly benefit both institutions and contribute to building trust and cooperation within the community..... Read More

A Little Appreciation Goes A Long Way

May 06, 2024 at 04:09 pm by JC Bowman

Effective teachers are the major in-school factor in improving student achievement. Supporting our teachers and leaders from educator preparation programs to the classroom and.... Read More

Music Spotlight: Skip Ewing

May 03, 2024 at 10:52 am by Bethany Bowman

Donald Ralph "Skip" Ewing is a musician’s musician. To say that his singing and songwriting are brilliant is an understatement. And he can play almost any stringed ins.... Read More

Kitchen Table Politics and Education

May 03, 2024 at 10:47 am by JC Bowman

Many voters are concerned about the state of the economy and health care. The high cost of living is causing financial distress for numerous citizens. They are frustrated by t.... Read More

Music Spotlight Follow-Up: Donny Van Slee

Apr 26, 2024 at 06:00 am by Bethany Bowman

Since I interviewed Donny Van Slee back in 2022, I’ve always been intrigued by the chiropractor/country music singer who unashamedly goes to t.... Read More
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