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The Year 2010 Is Up To all Of Us

All across Tennessee everyone is once again preparing for another new year. With 2010 on the horizon, parties are planned, resolutions are being made,...

The Harvest Moon Sets The Stage For Fall

Fall has officially arrived and it is my favorite time of the year. It always has been since I was a child, but it...

Tennessee’s Farmers Keep Low Profile On Earth Day

This year marks the forty-first observation of Earth Day in this country, with numerous special events scheduled on April 22. It began in the...

Feed The Hungry As You Help Balance Nature

A very common sight these days along Tennessee's rural roadways is the sudden image of flickering bright white tails of deer as they spring...

Forcing Farmers Will Lead Us To An European Outcome

The price of eggs is now 67 percent higher than a year ago and it looks like pork is on the same path. It...

My Hat Is Off To Teachers

With all the talk these days about teachers becoming a part of the line of defense against attacks and being allowed to carry guns...

Anybody Want To Run For Public Office

I don't know if you have ever tried to trace your ancestry, but it can get really interesting at times. A lot of people...

What Goes Around Comes Around

I have recently been attending budget hearings in my county to learn more about where our tax dollars go, and after you come out...

Warming Up With Bubba Skinner

As the New Year makes its presence known by giving the state of Tennessee some real winter weather, that many seem to forget happens...

Walking On Water Depends On You and The Boat

My job requires me to spend a lot of time on our Tennessee roads and when that time involves interstate driving, you find yourself...

Annual Thanksgiving Dinner Only Increases By 56 Cents Over Last Year

It's that time once again to get those pants out of the closet that expand an extra inch on each side on the old...

John Adams Predicted We Would Have Fireworks

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights,...

When The Colonel Came To Visit And Stayed

On a cold January day, my dog, which I had rescued from the local shelter and instantly became a member of the family for...

Rice Becomes Latest Victim

As a mere child, which seems like a long time ago, I was always told to clean my plate and eat all my vegetables...

Getting Old Is Mandatory

Uncle Sid told me an old saying one time, which is, "Getting old is mandatory; growing up is optional." Since experiencing some major surgery...

Important Find In Your Mailbox

On the first day that the mail ran for the New Year, when I opened my rusty old mailbox, I was pleasantly surprised with...

Where The Farm Waters Flow

On one of those surprising cool summer evenings we had recently, I took my "red-neck" golf cart out for a late evening drive around...

Wash Your Hands Around Chicks

The last few weeks as I have visited my Coop to pickup things needed for around the homestead, I have heard a distinctive sound...

Heat Lightning Brings Back Thoughts Of Back Porch Wash Ups

While driving back to the farm the other night, I could see in the distant sky "heat lightning" flashing across the heavens in all...

Sometimes You Never Know When You’re Better Off

I'll  never forget that warm September morning as I headed off to work when my cell phone rang with a call from my county...

People Have Become Less Farm Savvy

  The majority of today's population in this country is as much as three generations removed from the farm and the knowledge about what...

Organic Or All Natural With Uncle Sid

It was a beautiful Tennessee spring afternoon when I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. Their white...

Tennessee Tradition Must Continue

Christmas is a special time of the year for most of us and especially those of us who have come from rural backgrounds one...

Bug Takes Going Green Too Far On Ash Trees

Just as I reported way back in August of 2010, that it looked like we had made it through the summer without the usual...

How Much Corn Can You Harvest In A Day

The only marketing concern that Tennessee farmers had in past years, when selling his crop or livestock, was the price he would receive down...

No Jumping Off The Building Today

It is amazing these days the number of people who do not have common sense or what my grandfather called "walking around sense." I...

Horse Hair Snake Shows Up After All These Years

I saw one the other day. It was swimming in a stream of water after a mid-winter rain near my drive and it looked...

Who’s In Charge Of The Chicken?

I enjoy watching people at airports when I'm waiting for a flight. I guess that comes from all the years I spent as a...

Fickle Weather Causes Read to Wane for ‘Maters and Berries

This spring has been one of some unusual weather in the Volunteer state, as well as the rest of the continental United States. Snow...

It Comes With Age If You Follow Doctor’s Orders

Once again, I found myself lying on my back in a surgical center waiting for a colonoscopy to be performed and getting to know...

Your Foot Will Never Get Well As Long As There Is A Horse Standing...

The late Erma Bombeck wrote a book entitled "The Grass Is Always Greener Over The Septic Tank" and in years past that may have...

Why Did Wings Make It Big And Pulley Bones Didn’t

In a visit to one of my favorite restaurants the other day, I began to ponder about why wings have become so popular these...

Reached The Age Of Government Signup

On this day that I write this column, I finally have reached the age of Medicare signup. I have too much invested already in...

Mr. Ford Started All Of This

The other day as I filled-up my new 4-wheel drive, V6, campaign-retirement-good feeling pickup truck with ethanol blended fuel and watched the digital cost...

Let Kids Be Kids

During my days of "full-employment," I thought once I retired that stress would be something I would only feel during selecting a different choice...

By 2050 9 Billion Folks To Feed

When one starts fending for himself, it is amazing what food source a single man can retrieve from today's modern food outlets. While shopping...

Whatever Happened To “Hog Killin” Weather

The other day while leaving the Barnbank, another gentleman around the same age as myself, commented about how cold the north wind was coming...

Plenty More To Do This Summer

After a great July 4 holiday break, I was driving to work one morning when I passed a school that had a notice on...

Change The State Seal?

  While trying to leave the office late one evening my phone rang at that magical hour where if you answer it the results...

Well, Here They Go Again

The group that continually advertises on TV, showing sad puppies and kittens, while asking for your monthly donation of $19 to be a humane...

Don’t Touch The Brownies

It was just about the end for poor ole Farmer Brown as he lay on his deathbed barely able to breathe. Just as he...

Cold Winter Air Brings on Clear Thinking

It was an afternoon after one of the TV news talk shows had discussed pretty negatively many of the items found in the national...

Wasps Are Building Like Crazy

The last holiday of the summer season is upon us and everyone will have to wait until Thanksgiving to get another one of those...

Is Cousin Clod Happy?

Since I no longer drive to work, I now am pleasantly awakened each weekday to the sound of my favorite radio station WSM and...

They Sold Trigger The Other Day

I got an email from my son back around the thirteenth of July that just sort of slid the butter right off of my...

New Inductee Into Tennessee Agriculture Hall Of Fame

When you think of someone being inducted into a Hall of Fame, you first think of sports figures known for major league accomplishments, like...

It Is Hard To Break The Work Habit

  Having grown up on a dairy farm in Middle Tennessee, I was taught at an early age that work was something a person...

Aunt Sadie’s Teacakes Questioned Out In California

I'm often asked questions about Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie whom I write about in my columns, which I appreciate very much. Those two...

Cousin Sed Comes To Stay With Postage Due

The other day as I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm, the winter wind was blowing to...

The Little Kid In You Wants To Go

A couple of few years back, I expressed my feelings about how much fair season and this time of the year means to me....

Purple Hues of Henbit Return Again to Add to Spring’s Arrival

As I have been driving the back roads of Tennessee the last few days, I have noticed an interesting purple hue forming across the...

Is Frosty on Your Roof Yet?

Maybe I'm just getting old, there is certainly no debate on that subject, but I feel like we skipped a month between October and...

You Have Got To Be Kidding

Everyday that you pick up the newspaper or turn on the TV, there is a story about climate change, carbon footprints and someone demanding...

Protecting Our Groundwater Involves Us All

Having grown up on a Middle Tennessee dairy farm, I was taught early to respect the groundwater that supplied our rural area of this...

Time To Get Into Sales

As the storms rolled through Tennessee on the morning of April 27, I was one of those who watched as I saw trees and...

Crispy-Cold Nights And Coonhounds

As the seasons change and our fall nights turn into crispy-cold evenings, somewhat with the feel of sticking your head into a deep freeze...

Wrapped Up In Necessities

Each month I'm amazed at the new inventions that are introduced by news releases that come across my desk on a daily basis. Many...

A Tax Is A Fine For Doing Well

For the past few weeks I have spent my days and nights recovering from surgery that required me to use my time avoiding bending,...

Do Geese And Worms Really Know About Winter

On the first day of November, I saw two large V-formations of geese extremely high in the sky headed south. Seeing their migration movement...

Time To Shake A Few Hands

It's my favorite time of the year, once again, when all the stores are filled with patriotic supplies, making red, white and blue the...

Walking Through The Store

Still standing near the four-way stop in the community where I live is Versailles Grocery, vacant, with rusting RC signs and a reminder of...

Too Many Plows And No Place To Plow

Uncle Sid told me one time, "Boy, don't sell your mule to buy a plow." His country wisdom has been an important part of...

Pulling Together Like Buddy

I don't know if you have ever tried to trace your ancestry, but it can get real interesting at times. Just recently, I found...

It Has Been So Hot”¦

For the last couple of weeks, the weather has been the perfect source for a continuous supply of those "it has been so hot...

Your Bumper Sticker Made Me Do It

While preparing to turn right with the green light the other evening at a fairly busy intersection, I noticed another car coming from the...

The First Frosty Night Of The Season

A coonhound on a trail on a cold frosty night always reminds me of my father who was an avid coon hunter. Recently, while...

Laughing Dolphins And Beach Attire

Memorial Day was the unofficial kick-off to summer and as the children get out for a short vacation from school, many of you may...

It’s Time To Start Digging

Recently, I passed a church sign that had some really good words of wisdom lettered upon it. It said, "Don't be caught leaning on...

Non-GMO Pledge Made Me Pick Another Spread

The other day as I pushed my grocery cart down the aisle of my favorite food store, I was stopped in my tracks as...

What T-Shirt Should You Wear

I love my state this time of the year! You can tell you are in Tennessee when the days begin to warm and the...

I Am Learning To Endure

Recently, I turned 61 years of age, and after all of the cards were read and the cake eaten, I realized that this accomplishment...

Buttons Was A Dog Who Cared

Buttons was a Boston terrier dog that became a favorite at our house back in my early childhood. She was very loveable and sort...

Some Folks Say Winter Is Gone

Around this time of the year in these parts, everyone has just about had all the winter they want and are looking for better...

All I Could Say Was Yes Sir

  It had been a while since I had made the trip out to this part of the county to visit with my relatives....

You Never Know What You May See In A Tree

You would expect whenever you look up in a tree that you just might see a bird or a squirrel doing what they normally...

It Comes Around Every Five Years

The Agricultural Statistics Service in Tennessee is a very important source in our state for agricultural information that keeps all of us informed on...

Learning From Fat Mice

The more I face change and attempt to explain it to others, the more I realize that wisdom and understanding are totally different things....

He Walked On Water

With more than forty-four years on the job, which kept me in an automobile much of the time, I have spent a lot of...

The Closeness of a MRI

Each morning when I rise, I usually look out my bedroom window to check the day the good Lord has blessed me with. From...

The Term Factory Farm Is A Degrader To Today’s Agriculture

A few holiday seasons ago, Aunt Sadie stopped by the local post office to buy a few stamps for her Christmas cards. Mrs. Sprinkle,...

Labor Day Is Here and Fall Is Around The Corner

The last holiday of the summer season is upon us and everyone will have to wait until Thanksgiving to get another one of those...

Understand Somewhat Decisions On Picture Releases

Just like everyone else on that Sunday evening when the breaking news came across my TV screen, I was proud of our country for...

That Family Was Never Satisfied Again

As fall turned quickly into winter recently, people all across the state hurried to switch on their heat and immediately started complaining about how...

They Were Farmers And Much More

In the rural country sides of this state, everyday traditions and simpler lifestyles seem to be the norm among the families I have known...

Two Boys And A Tennessee Sinkhole

Having grown up in rural Tennessee, I have seen my share of sinkholes. Sinkholes have been in the news lately and they can become...

Walking Around Sense

It is amazing these days the number of people who do not have common sense or what my grandfather called "walking around sense." It...

Scratching Ain’t Polite

There's a story I heard the other day, over at Sewell's, about one of our Tennessee cousins having one of our other cousins from...

Put Your Feet In Their Shoes

For the next several weeks I'm involved in my county sheriff's citizen academy, where I have the opportunity to learn a whole lot about...

Bank Vault Makes Good Tornado Shelter”¦ But Keep Your Hands In Your Pocket

During this time of the year, my thoughts return back to the days of my elementary childhood during the late fifties and early sixties....

New Ag Commissioner Comes From Good Stock

If you haven't heard it by now, then let me be the one to tell you that the next commissioner of agriculture for Tennessee...

Sputnik Catches Farm Boy’s Interest

On a particularly cool, crisp fall late afternoon of 1957, my father, brother, grandfather and myself were walking from the dairy barn as we...

National Ag Day Arrives With Spring

It seems each year, as I place a new calendar on the wall, there are new days marked in red to honor something none...

A Billion Here And A Billion There

The first presidential debate before the election is now history, and it seems the President was out interrupted by challenger Romney, giving him the...

Where Did The Man With The Star Go

The other day as I filled-up my Flexfuel car with E-85 ethanol fuel and watched the digital cost monitor spin like an out of...

Hand Washing Could Lead To Clean Air

I have heard all of my life that cleanliness is next to godliness. Those words have often been spoken by grandmothers, teachers, parents and...

Now Is Not Time To Take A Nap

Once again, we approach that date on the calendar that many of us will always remember as one when we experienced feelings of fear,...

A Good Stern Look Does Wonders

As I looked through a display of brightly colored packaged seeds at Kelton's store the other day, I saw some okra that reminded me...

Oil Floors Helped Create NASCAR

While visiting one of my county schools lately, I was amazed at what is readily available for children to get an education with these...