Opinion/Editorial

First responders, for whom we are very thankful, risk their life to help others. These trained professionals run into burning buildings to save lives and property.

When I hear the word complacent in my head, it is in Nanci Griffith’s voice. I was a big fan of her music in college and wore out my cassette tape of her 1988 album, “One Fair Summer Evening,” a live recording at Anderson Fair in Houston, Texas.

When I was a teenager, I usually had lunch with my grandmother every Saturday. She always made good and simple Southern food from scratch (Oh, how I wish I had her beans and biscuits again). More than the food, what I remember most about those Saturdays was spending time with her. I felt spe…

It doesn’t take long on any budget story posted to our social media, the Rome Tennis Center at Berry College will be brought up. Often the tennis center will be brought up within six comments and we’ve taken to calling that phenomenon the six degrees of the Rome Tennis Center (for reference:…

I don’t think I’d a been any happier if I was walking down Broad Street and found a hundred dollar bill than I was when Cave Spring Councilman Tom Lindsey called me. He said he had boxes of papers and medals from a Dr. Lewis that his dad had stored in his garage some 50 years ago.

Reconciliation must follow based on the peculiar institution of American slavery. Peggy Wallace Kennedy, as well as others, has decided that it is past time for reconciliation.

The rocky sand started to fill my shoes, and the larger stones caused me to slip a bit on the hiking path I was on with friends. I felt as if I were on a foreign planet as I navigated my way through slot canyons and up ladders precariously placed to propel hikers upward to the unknown betwee…

It’s a mad dash as you enter a once-vibrant household to look at or purchase at a good price gently-used and unusual finds which clearly belonged to someone else before they precipitously left the planet. Going to an estate sale has been a new and exciting experience for me, and one that I w…

Puzzling! And my intent is to mean perplexing while also creating a new verb as in puzzling – the act of solving puzzles. Example: “I was puzzling a 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle of Mount Rushmore this past weekend.”

The prophet Isaiah is considered not only one of the greatest prophet of his day, but he is considered one of the greatest prophets of all time.

On a dark night in a quiet place, you can hear all kind of noises. There may be noises and there may not. The imagination can play some funny tricks on you. A dark stretch of road on a dark night can play tricks on the eyes and ears. I remember an incident where I thought I heard voices but …

Tuskegee Airmen, the first African-American military aviation squadron in U.S. Armed Forces history. The late Willie Rogers was one of the Tuskegee Airmen.

There are a few folks who don’t like Valentine’s Day. They often remark, “It’s just a day for Hallmark to make a boatload of money!” or “Why would you spend good money on expensive flowers? They don’t last like a good vacuum!” Those negative statements and thoughts seem to be an excellent ex…

We sometimes think of it as a four-letter word, but here on the eve of the great day of celebrating it, let’s talk about L-O-V-E.

Last week county commissioner Scotty Hancock and his wife, Berry College employee Ronda Hancock, posted to social media that they had just finished an IMPACT FCP pre-service training program.

How can our children stand on the mountain if we don’t teach them how to climb? Peggy Wallace Kennedy, daughter of former segregationist governor George Wallace, challenged the HUG Event audience Thursday evening with this thought. This timely event, coming not long after the MLK weekend cel…

We must be mindful of the tone as we call out the damage discrimination has done and is still doing to our society. The Band-Aid did not cure the disease and its effect. The Band-Aid could not reach the deep bruises, cuts, scrapes, punctures that are there because there is no medicine in the…

If you read my stories, you have noticed that I write about people that I met. I met all kinds while on the Rome Police Department. Some I remember, and there are others who I try to forget. Gladys was one of those who brings a smile to my face.

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I started the story of Rome’s theaters last week right in the middle. I’ve noticed writers do that to a lot of stories. I just found the eight-page addition to the Rome News-Tribune that superseded everything going on in the world to announce the opening of the DeSoto Theatre, Rome’s first t…

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As the husband of a dean of an institute of higher education, I am invited to events that normally I would not be privileged to attend. Some events can be quite casual. For instance, we recently attended a steak dinner for the Belen, New Mexico, Chamber of Commerce at the Belen Sheriff’s Pos…

There’s a grandmother sofa in my living room. Its curvature and form accompany a wingback chair and memories least forgotten. Grandmother sofas always invite company to sit down and pay a proper visit, a social call outlined by accepted graces and flower print dresses emitting a whiff of age…

What I remember most about that day was the cold. It was the kind of cold that seeps into the bones and settles as though it has found a permanent home. It seemed fitting for the day, as though the cold death of that little body had infected everything around it. I remember thinking, “It’s n…

Last Friday we celebrated the work of Summerville folk artist Howard Finster and galvanized a new art space for Rome, the Harbin Clinic Gallery at Makervillage in the River Arts District on North Fifth Avenue. I was thrilled to be involved with planning the event, one of the most exciting ni…

Last week, the Rome City Commission took up caucus debate and a first reading for the new proposed smoking ban on Broad Street. Before I go any further, it’s only fair that I confess I’m a smoker myself (yes, I know I should quit) who enjoys my occasional trips to downtown locales and events…

The community is looking forward to Thursday with eager anticipation, knowing that there is no magic wand to make discrimination disappear or appear. For four years now the One Community United has been inviting teams and/or individuals who are ideal examples for others to get to know and un…