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Past articles by Dan:

Cades Cove cabin similar to dad’s

Last weekend we celebrated two birthdays in the Smoky Mountains. Our daughter Becca was born on Oct. 14, and my wife Lisa was born on Oct. 15. It was good to get away and celebrate in the great outdoors. The leaves had not changed color in abundance, but there were pockets of red and orange to admire. Lisa, a diehard Alabama football fan, insisted that the red leaves dominated the orange. I… → Read More

Support group forming for siblings of disabled

Evelyn Keele is in a season of life where decisions must be made on how best to care for her disabled brother, who is 59. She knows that many others in West Tennessee are on the same journey with siblings, wondering where to turn for help. “Although Jackson has many wonderful service providers for disabled persons, everything I have personally encountered in behalf of my brother is geared for… → Read More

UT-Bama week has family on edge

This week brings us The Third Saturday in October, which is the traditional date for the Tennessee-Alabama football game. That means the tension is high in our fractured household. My son, daughter and I like Tennessee because we were born and raised in the Volunteer State and want to see the boys in Orange succeed on the football field. It’s a matter of heritage, state pride and a preference… → Read More

Santa waves greetings at Reelfoot festival

Gary and Lynette Kitsinger of Hardeman County have had a booth at the annual Reelfoot Arts and Crafts Festival in Tiptonville for 16 years. → Read More

Award-winning photos tell the story

A day before the deadline, Aaron Hardin finally cast aside doubts and sent entry to international photography contest. → Read More

‘Best of America’ responded to 9/11

This is the 15th anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001, a day when “our nation saw evil — the very worst of human nature — and we responded with the best of America.” President George W. Bush said those words that night while addressing a nation of stunned television viewers. Terrorists hijacked four U.S. airliners and used them as weapons to kill 2,996 people and injure more than 6,000, according to… → Read More

Polk-Clark School celebrates 90 years

Dan Morris takes a look at a part of Gibson County’s history. → Read More

Roast and toast for Buddy Patey

Tickets are selling well, and roasters are lining up to take their shot at R.L. “Buddy” Patey on Aug. 9 at Buddy Patey Day. Friends plan to roast and toast Patey that Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. at the Carl Grant Center at Union University. Buddy turned 90 on Feb. 7, and veteran Jackson radio personality Tom Mapes decided to organize a celebration of Patey’s contributions to sports and our community.… → Read More

Coach Summitt was ‘Trish’ to classmates

On Thursday, our state and nation will celebrate the life of Pat Summitt during a public service at Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville. If she had requested it, UT’s basketball coaching legend probably could have been buried on The Hill, perhaps near her impressive statue that salutes her eight national championships and unprecedented 1,098 victories.… → Read More

Mrs. Sculley had ‘Southern charm’

Last week I learned that Ginny Sculley died on May 26. She was 94. Those who didn’t know her, especially golf enthusiasts, are still likely to be familiar with her last name. She and her late husband, Tom Sculley, built, co-owned and operated Sculley’s Golf Course beside the airport in Jackson. Like hundreds of others, I first met Mrs. Sculley in 1974 when I moved to Jackson. I rolled into town… → Read More

A salute to Collins on Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day, West Tennessee, and don’t forget to at least call your dad if you’re fortunate enough to still have him among the living. This is the 106th anniversary of Father’s Day, according to many historians. It is generally accepted that the first celebration was June 19, 1910, in Spokane, Wash., thanks to Sonora Smart Dodd. Her father raised six children alone after his wife died… → Read More

PBS program salutes Memorial Day

If you can’t watch it live, try to record the National Memorial Day Concert at 7 p.m. today on PBS. This, my friend, is television worth watching. Broadcast live from the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., the program has become one of television’s finest moments. While many are enjoying a three-day weekend and planning Monday’s cookout, the PBS presentation reminds us of… → Read More

‘Best gift ever’ — A father’s story

Drawing connects woman with father, who fought in Battle of the Bulge; died in ’65 → Read More

Haggard interview a career highlight

One of the more exiting moments of my journalism career, and there have been many, came in my first year at The Jackson Sun. → Read More

Calendar quirks bring early spring

Welcome to the earliest spring of our lives. Spring officially arrived at 11:30 p.m. CDT on Saturday, making this the earliest spring since 1896. That’s a bit of trivia that you can share at the office Monday, but good luck trying to explain it. Just say the reasons can be traced to leap years, especially the year 2000. For the first time in four centuries, a year divisible by 100 did not skip… → Read More

Heroes honoring heroes

Gary Buck helped Carl Johnston and Wayne Hodge tightly fold the American flag before Buck turned, knelt on one knee and solemnly bestowed it: “This flag is presented on behalf of a grateful nation …” Buck said, beginning the ceremonial words spoken to a family member whose deceased loved one served in the U.S. military. There was respectful silence when Buck completed his address, laid the flag… → Read More

Sincerely yours: 1900s postcards

“Every one of them is so different and unique. It’s like looking at a book of art.” → Read More

Vintage Valentines bring a smile

On page 1C today, Sunday in the South features the vintage postcard collection of Susan Ramsay McCarter. Her grandmother saved about 500 postcards from childhood, and nearly all of them are from the first decade of the 1900s. It was fun looking at the incredible detail each artist drew on the postcard designs. The cards were mailed for a penny and served as the early 1900s version of our Twitter… → Read More

Snow threat produces goody stockpile

It was pure lunacy, but sort of fun, to join the masses in line at grocery stores across West Tennessee on Thursday. Forecasters warned of a potentially dangerous snow-and-ice storm arriving Friday, so we had to prepare. Naturally, you focus on the essentials — milk, bread, cookies, eggs and batteries. But as you maneuver past dozens of other shopping buggies, you begin thinking about survival… → Read More

National title game was a winner

I must admit I was against it. My wife yearned to attend the national collegiate football championship game between Alabama and Clemson last week in Arizona, but I declined. After all, we were there when Alabama pounded Michigan State, 38-0, in Dallas at the Cotton Bowl on Dec. 31, and that was a neat way to usher in the New Year. I reasoned that such an experience should suffice, and television… → Read More