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A Simple Cigar Box

You just never know how someone else will interpret what your intentions are until they are placed in the position to have to make...

Country Boy Survives Winter Storm

The recent winter weather, along with the state of emergency being issued in the Volunteer State, has sent many of us into a state...

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...

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...

Coming Soon To A Tree Near You

It has taken them 13 years to make their return to be seen by the public in Tennessee with their ugly, large red eyes,...

Summer Means Going To The Farmers Market

As the summer days arrive, more and more people are making visits to their local farmers markets to sample fresh grown produce right from...

January Cold Got To Me Already

With the holidays all over and the weather being pretty much on the cold side the last few weeks in Tennessee, winter has been...

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...

Please Don’t Call Cornbread Dressin Stuffing

It's that time once again to get your elastic waistband clothing out of the closet and prepare for another Thanksgiving feast. Diets will be...

It Only Takes 50 Licks To Celebrate

This year's Tennessee legislature debated a long list of subjects from handguns to honey bees, but none of them was as "refreshing" as the...

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...

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...

Horses That Go Klippy Klop

Not long ago, I wrote about the selling of my family home and many of the memories that were stirred from that experience. Of...

Push 1 If You Wish To Punch Someone Out

During the recent rainy season we all have experienced lately, my phone landline service developed a leak, causing me to lose contact with the...

Smartphones Are Taking The Fun Out

Recently, while attending a college basketball game, I made a nonscientific observation of what people do during the game that seems to be the...

Following Procedure Depends On Who Has The Ball

Over in South Carolina, a few years ago, 200 catfish lost their lives. After careful investigation by local authorities and noticing that most of...

It’s A Short Commute But An Important Job

With June being National Dairy Month, and a major celebration within the Volunteer State for a lot of years, this year will be no...

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,...

Something Else To Begin

I have found out that when something ends something else begins, at least that has been the way it has worked in my life....

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...

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...

Still Behind The Times

I consider myself as one who enjoys talking about the old days, but really appreciates my modern conveniences. I've lived without running water, indoor...

Sunday Drive Not What It Use To Be For Sid And Sadie

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

Drought Doesn’t Put Hold On Molasses

With the drought that seemed to go on forever this past summer, questions are still being asked concerning the current and upcoming harvest of...

Is It Worth It?

With new grandbabies showing up in my household, you would never think that the granddaddy would be the one getting the vaccinations, but that...

The Size of the Crowd Depends on the Weather

On Monday April 4, 2011, when the word was first released on the passing of the state's 46thgovernor Ned Ray McWherter, statements were released...

Tennessee Cedar Tree Fragrance Helps Make Christmas

If there is anything that brings back Christmas memories for me, is the smell of freshly cut evergreens around this time of the year,...

Atomic Tummy Pain

It was just about midnight, the Saturday before Thanksgiving, when the doctor returned to my ER room at the local hospital with the CT...

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...

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...

Death May Be Coming To Death Tax In Tennessee

  "The death tax does nothing but punish small businessmen and farmers building for the next generation. Unlike Washington, Tennessee plans for the future....

Attic Treasures As Valuable As The Pyramid’s

I recently had the task of cleaning out the attic at my parents' farm as we prepared to turn the house over to someone...

From The Backseat Of An Old Desoto

I have been spending a lot of time lately working in a pick-your-own berry patch located almost in the heart of one of Tennessee's...

You Rang?

A few years ago, there was a big push to get everyone on the National Do Not Call Registry for your home telephone. After...

Is The Wallet A Lost Art

Some days, the news media finds it really difficult to come up with news. Of course, that is not always a bad thing, but...

Bird Of Courage

As the dust slowly settles from this country's most expensive elections ever, many are still attempting to analyze the results and just what 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...

What’s Over The Horizon?

For some reason, the month of July has always been special for me to take in the observation of the moon. No, I'm not...

Watch Your Dog During Dog Days

As summertime begins to go into its hottest period of discomfort for southern man and beast alike, I'm reminded of the days when air...

My Feeders Are Not A Deer’s McDonald’s

As a young boy walking the lanes of my grandparents' farm, I often heard the beautiful calls of a certain bird that seemed to...

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...

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...

Federal Government Trying To Decide What’s Safe For Farm Kids

I must say I was taught the value of work, and becoming a contributing member of the family at a very early age, due...

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...

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...

Don’t forget the little things

Winter attempted to make a swipe into the hills and valleys of Tennessee during the week of Valentine's, and the people of the Volunteer...

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...

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...

Open Up Commerce With Cuba Or Not

As the chartered four-prop plane touched down on the runway of the Josemarti-LaHarana Airport in Havana, Cuba, I, along with thirty other semi-anxious people,...

It May Be Pretty And Green, But It Is Deadly To An Ash Tree

 Just when you thought we had made it through the summer without the usual "Lost In Space" warning from a robot waving his...

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...

The New Frontier Is Still Here

"...I stand here tonight facing west on what was once the last frontier. From the lands that stretch three thousand miles behind us, the...

Wife’s Pocketbook Often Becomes Husband’s Millstone

Three years ago this month, my wife and I got the word of her impending cancer. At that time the early reports were not...

Good Time To Build A Fire Ring

I just recently completed a stone fire ring on my place that has with it history that dates back to the days before the...

New Dairy Teaches Students About Real Life

As the weather in our state during these next few months seems to turn more like conditions you would expect more so in the...

They Went Home Leaving The Death Tax Still Unburied

With election day looming on the proverbial November 2 date, the House of Representatives voted September 29 to head home to shake a few...

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...

Pull Up Your Britches And Quit Whining

While driving to the post office to send off my donation to the government the other day after completing my income taxes, I saw...

Heat and Dry Weather Comes to Uncle Sid’s

As I pulled into the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's the other day, I was already looking forward to sitting...

Keeping Time Down On The Farm

As everyone was "springing forward" recently, our state legislature was debating whether or not to take Tennessee out of the Daylight Saving Time routine,...

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...

Get You A Sundrop Bottle

The other day as I waited in line at a traffic light, I noticed the car in front of me and the two beside...

Make Mine Milk

June is a month that has its fair share of celebrations, and with its midway location in the calendar, it has become a month...

Follow The Example Of A Good Farm Dog

When the term farm animal is mentioned in conversation or in writing, most of us assume the obvious and think of a cow. Cows...

Harmonia Axyridis are Back and I’m Not Happy

It is October once again, and once again, I despise Asian lady beetles. For those of you who are not plagued by these impostures...

Is It Really A Necessity Or Luxury

As today's economy becomes a major factor in how all of us plan for tomorrow, I just wonder if any of you have started...

Why The Media Show By HSUS?

A video shot last year by an undercover employee of the Humane Society of the United States, better known as HSUS, showing Walking Horse...

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...

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...

Don’t Skip Thanksgiving

I just can't believe the Christmas lights I'm already seeing. I saw a Christmas tree in a window on November the first and heard...

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...

Media Says Economy Affecting Home Christmas Light Displays

Just a few days ago, I was riding on a shuttle bus to an event with a number of media folks from around the...

Where Did The Year Go

If you are reading this, I guess we made it past December 21. But, does anyone know where 2012 went? Did the days of...

Nothing Can Stop The Desire

Whenever I have the chance to meet up with a group of friends, there is always one question that never fails to get asked...

Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie Visit LA (Lower Alabama)

Over the last few weeks in Tennessee, unusual heat has been a major discussion topic around every country store, church meeting and over at...

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...

First Weekend In May 2010 Will Be Long Remembered

If you were anywhere near Middle or West Tennessee in the last several days, you have been well schooled in the term "flood plain"...

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...

Death Tax Just Won’t Die

Over a baloney sandwich and cold drink Uncle Sid was talking to the gang down at the country store, when Billy Bithers for some...

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...

The Road We All Have To Travel

I've had the opportunity to live what some folks would call a "charmed life." I was born in a rural part of Tennessee on...

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....

Celebrate Earth Day In Your Own Way

When you write a column on a weekly basis and it is the type of column that I usually write, very often you find...

Ten “Shall Nots” Are Stronger Than Three Thousand “Shalls”

In all of my years of growing up, and yes I'm still growing up, I can remember the instructions of "shall nots" over all...

There Are Two Sides To Every Story

My name is Pettus Read and I'm a meat eater. No bones about it (no pun intended), but I do enjoy a good steak...

If The Elastic Is Good, No Reason To Buy New Ones

While walking through one of our fine shopping malls last weekend, I made some interesting observations on what has become of America, along with...

New Trade Agreement Could Help Tennessee Farmers

  This year Tennessee could realize the highest production of corn on record since 1917 if forecasters are right, so says the USDA Agricultural...

Farm Ponds Did Freeze Once Upon A Time

It had been one of the coldest winters Tennessee had experienced in quite a while. It was the winter of 1964 and temperatures had...

A Christmas Memory From The Firestone Store

It was a cold and rainy Saturday morning recently when I proceeded to turn my front yard and home into a display of holiday...

Stealing A Halloween Pumpkin Can Change Your Life

It's almost that time once again to get the kitchen knife out and grandma's old dish pan and start carving away at a helpless...

Hoping Against A Blizzard At Halloween

As the days slowly turn much warmer and the trees change to deep summer greens, farmers across Tennessee prepare for this year's cropping season....

And You Still Can’t Make a Mater Saminch

Here we are once again in the glory days of homegrown maters and I'm still finding folks who can't make a mater saminch. I...

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...

Three-Year-Old Event Still Causes Giggin’

As a farm writer, I often receive communications from readers who have opinions about my subjects and sometimes their opinions may not agree with...

Electronically Sick World By News Overload

  As I got up this morning, I turned on the TV to check out just what had happened over the hours I had...

Don’t Tell An Agriculturist There Are No Farmers

While stopping by the Quickity Sack the other day to pick up a bottle of water, a farmer saw some of his discussion buddies...

Why Don’t They Just Leave Things Alone

It never fails that when I find something that works the way I want it to, fits the way it should fit my body,...

Political Debates Need White Enamel Drinking Dipper Experience

'I owe all of my success to a white, enamel drinking dipper with a red ring around the edge.' - Pettus L. Read, December...