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PEYTON TAKES A PASS

On Tuesday, United States Senator Bob Corker announced that he will not run for reelection to the Senate next year. Within minutes after his announcement, people across the Volunteer State were asking: Will Peyton Manning throw his helmet into the ring? 

It was no surprise that Tennesseans began to wonder if there was a Senator Peyton in their future.

ELVIS IS ALIVE, AND I'M FEELING PRETTY GOOD MYSELF

My all-time favorite newspaper columnist, the late, great Lewis Grizzard, once wrote a book with the wonderful title, Elvis is Dead and I Don’t Feel So Good Myself . While I love the title, I respectfully disagree with it. 

Some 40 years after the King went to Rock and Roll Heaven (where as the Righteous Brothers reminded us, you know they have a hell of a band), Elvis remains very much with us in spirit. He remains alive in our hearts and makes us feel good when we hear his music.

SHOULD LAWYERS VET THE PRESIDENT'S TWEETS?

Forty-four years ago, a young Tennessee Senator named Howard Baker appeared on national television during a Senate hearing and asked the following compound question: “What did the President know, and when did the President know it?”

RETURN OF THE LIGHTNING BUG

When I was a child growing up nearly 60 years ago, lightning bugs or “fireflies” filled the summer night skies.

MEETING MY HERO, TIM McCARVER

On an October afternoon in 1964, I sat impatiently in the back of Mrs. Evans’ 7th grade history class at Frayser Junior High School.  I had the small plastic earpiece of my Japanese transistor radio in my right ear so I could listen to the 5th game of the World Series between the evil New York Yankees and my beloved St. Louis Cardinals.