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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...

Old Dairy Barn Changed The Health World

The other day, I was actually sitting in the "Dairy Barn" on the campus of the University of Wisconsin. What's so great about that...

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...

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...

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...

Uncle Sid Discusses What It Means To “Occupy”

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...

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...

The Ag Census Is Coming

  Back during the past holiday season, Aunt Sadie had stopped by the local post office to buy a few stamps for her Christmas...

TAEP Spurs Investment In Our Farms

  I hadn't thought about a Volkswagen Rabbit, until a few weeks ago, when I saw one driving ahead of me with a For...

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...

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...

Too Much Of A Good Thing

Who would have ever thought that come this time of the year, yards would be growing like mid-spring, gardens would have to be weeded...

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...

Yes There Will Be A Tennessee State Fair This Year

I know it has been a long hot summer, but as nighttime temperatures attempt to fall somewhat and country crickets start to sing a...

Wet Paint Sign Causes Us To Touch

  Just recently, I was told by a highway official that they no longer place signs of that type on questionable curves and areas,...

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...

From a Pole Wired to a Fence Post

I have to admit that during the winter months I am a TV watcher addict. Yes, it is true that I enjoy settling down...

Mark Twain Is Still Quotable

Mark Twain is one individual whose writings and quotes I have always enjoyed, beginning at an early age. After all these years that his...

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...

Once In Print Always In Print

While researching a subject I was writing about the other day, I had the chance to go back through the more than 1000 columns...

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...

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....

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...

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...

Too Much Regulation Adds To Food Cost

Just this morning, I heard on the news that OPEC wants more of our energy dollars and has plans to get it. As I...

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...

A Drive Into The History Books On Sun And Water

As you tune into CNN these days, the news that is broadcast is centering around the final launch of one of the space shuttles...

It’s A Dirty Job But Someone Has To Do It

During the last snow adventure, I spent my time in the city of Atlanta, Georgia, where snow or ice removal is not even considered...

July 4th Will Be The Day The Politicians Will Meet And Greet

As we rapidly approach another 4 of July celebration and yet another election year, I can't help but wonder what our founding fathers would...

New Things Ahead For The New Year

Well, I'm finally going to do it. With the prospects of it happening, there were those who suggested it, others greeted it with happiness,...

Xerox The Dog

Last night, I was looking through a box of old photographs of my mother's and made a discovery I had been over-looking for years....

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...

Celebrate Spring With A Visit To The Garden Store

This month, the celebration of spring is being hailed by many as they visit their local garden stores to buy seed, weed killer, kick...

Who’s Keeping Score

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

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...

Flood Causes Farmers To Rethink Corn Or What

As the flood waters slowly retreat around West and Middle Tennessee, farmers are taking another look at what their fields may hold in the...

Proud To Be A Member Of The Round Scar Generation

Proud To Be A Member Of The Round Scar Generation The other night as I drove home from a church meeting, I was listening to...

A Special Bottle In The Ocean

On July 1, a lot of new legislation that was passed during the last session of the Tennessee Legislature became law. I don't know...

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...

State Fair Belongs To Tennessee’s Citizenry

Growing up on a farm allowed me the advantage of experiencing life in somewhat of a simpler manner than those who have spent their...

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,...

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...

Get The State Fair Fever

Have you ever wondered what is the best of Tennessee? I know we have the music, the Smoky Mountains, Walking Horses, lots of great...

Disney Bans Snack Foods ““ What’s Next? Warning Labels On French Fries

In a somewhat tongue-in-cheek column I wrote a few years ago, I joked about the possibility of someday seeing warning labels on hamburgers, desserts...

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,...

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...

Will You Remember The Day Known As 9-11

  While driving to work Tuesday, September 11, 2001, my cell phone rang and I noticed on the digital screen that the call was...

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...

Wild Hogs Root’n Up Tennessee

Over the past several years, the reintroduction of some wildlife into our Tennessee landscape has meant new adaptations in many areas of the state....

Practical or Non-Practical Can All Depend On Where The Dog Is Lying

In just a few days, it will be that time of the year when women think of romantic things, men panic and florists hope...

Uncle Sid Goes HD

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

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...

Many Attend ““ Few Understand

Professional baseball season recently opened with all of its fanfare and everyone once again took to the parks to watch the cowhide meet the...

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...

Dairy Numbers Short But “Udderly” Vital To Tennessee Economy

With National Dairy Month quickly approaching in June, a major celebration is planned in the Volunteer State, and it's been that way for a...

Olympic Withdrawal

The other night as I sat down to enjoy some TV, I realized that I really miss not being able to see the Olympic...

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...

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...

Uncle Sid’s Lesson In Time Management

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

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...

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...

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...

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,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Slipping Off From Chores To Learn From The Best

The day after the Fourth of July, I spent the afternoon in our local theater watching a movie I had been waiting on for...

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...

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,...

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...

Put Down The Calculator And Step Away From The Meat Counter

Okay, the average cost of 16 basic grocery items, that you buy at your local supermarket, increased by $2.10 over last quarter's cost during...

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...

A Story Truly Worth Repeating

After spending time recently in a meeting of the Tennessee House Agriculture Committee as they discussed things I consider important to me, as well...

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...

Time To Stop Gogglin

Cheese pie is an old dish our family has enjoyed for years and Aunt Sadie's is guaranteed to stop up every artery you have....

Good Luck For The New Year

  I hope your New Year's celebration was truly a site to behold. At my house it was sort of peaceful. No, Dick Clark's...

Oh Deer! ‘Tis the Season for Deer and Autos to Collide

If you are like me, and bless your heart if you are, there is never a day that goes by when I drive on...

What Winter Is It?

Once again, down at the store, the talk is centered on what kind of winter we are in the grips of, and the vote...

What’s Up The Government’s Sleeve

If you have ever watched a magic act, somewhere during the performance the magician will pull a rabbit out of a hat or maybe...

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...

Country Store Farmer Talk Over Pizza

  You know there is a new day coming when you see four elderly farmers having pizza in a country store in southern Middle...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Aunt Sadie has a Yard Sign

On a beautiful Tennessee fall afternoon, I pulled in the long gravel driveway of Uncle Sid and Aunt Sadie's farm. Their white frame house,...

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...

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...

Each Generation Supports The Other

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

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...

Don’t Worry, They Are Going Home

It looks like the state legislature is headed home early this year. All we have to wait for now is harmony and peace in...

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...

Uncle Sid Calls The Election

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

Century Farms On Facebook

A few weeks back, I received an invitation to be the speaker for the Wilson County Fair Century Farm Luncheon. It was one of...