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We have a chance of rain showers scattered around Middle Tennessee on Tuesday through Thursday this week with high temperatures warming to between 50 and 55 degrees.

The last many months have been very rough for our community, our country and us as human beings. I must admit it has taken a toll on me personally in a lot of ways as well. I have caught myself worrying more and laughing a lot less. I’m worried about my country, my family, my grandkids and m…

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My mother was an extraordinary person. I suppose any son who was fortunate enough to have a loving, nurturing mother would consider his mother to be exceptional. Mine was blessed with a sharp mind along with loads of common sense – a rare combination.

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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 Corp in the European theater.

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.

Now that the New Year is upon us, I thought now would be a great time to tell you to keep up the great work. 2020 has been a tough and unique year to say the least and I am happy to see 2020 go. I am now looking forward to 2021 and all the blessings it will bring.

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Winter begins Dec. 21 at 4:02 a.m. and sunset that day is 4:36 p.m. but the days start getting longer now and sunset on New Year’s Day is 4:43 p.m.

A few years back, bestselling author John Grisham published a book titled “Skipping Christmas”. It is a delightful story about a family, the Kranks, who decide to skip Christmas all together — no Christmas tree, no holiday parties, no presents.

Years ago, before I became involved in politics, members of the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development Agency (TNECD) spoke at my local Rotary Club and shared a story about their discussions with Nissan about relocating its headquarters from California to Tennessee.

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.

The shorter catechism, “Agreed upon by the Reverend Assembly of Divines at Westminister,” as the old New England Primer has it, asks the ancient questions what and why, and answers them in one short sentence hardly matched in any uninspired work. “Question: What is the chief End of Man? Answ…

“This great Nation will endure as it has endured, will revive and will prosper. So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself — nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance. In every dark hour of our national life a leadership of frankness and vigor has met with that understanding and support of the people themselves which is essential to victory.” — Franklin D Roosevelt

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I suppose I have always had a fascination with books. It may be because Mrs. Willingham turned me on to Ted and Sally in the first grade. Or, it may be because reading, writing and ‘rithmatic were emphasized more back in the days of my youth. I can’t remember my mother reading to me, but for some reason, I caught the reading bug early on, and I have been an avid reader ever since.

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Every year about this time, I suggest to my friends they get a head start on Thanksgiving. Our world is moving so fast, and this year has been further complicated by more distractions than you can shake a stick at. If we don’t take time and focus on that which is most important, Thanksgiving Day will come and go, and we will still be in a daze.

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Afternoon temperatures have been above 70 degrees since last Friday and a few daily high temperature records have been broken across the Midstate in the past week.

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A week starting out with frost and freeze across Middle Tennessee will see the temperature slowly warm up as we go through the week.

The average person puts on some extra pounds in the weeks between the Thanksgiving holiday and New Year’s Day. Unfortunately, weight gained in this short period may take six months to lose. And if you had already been trying to shed a few pounds, putting on that holiday weight can really giv…

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It is looking cooler across Middle Tennessee this week, certainly lower temperatures than we had last week with that beautiful summer-like weather.