Monthly Archives April 2018

Tennessee: We rob graves for tourism

Ned Jilton

1 / 3 People stop to photograph the tomb of President James K. Polk while touring the grounds of the Capitol Building in Nashville.

I thought it was bad when Memphis took the monument off the grave of Nathan Bedford Forrest, but now the state legislature has voted in favor of removing not only the monument but the bodies from the graves of President James K. Polk and his wife.

And the reason the state has decided to move the tomb? Some claim it is to better honor the president, but the real truth, in my opinion, is money and tourism.


Polk died in Nashville on June 15, 1849, just three months after leaving office.

Because he died of cholera, Nashville law required he be buried within 24 hours of his death, so he was temporarily interred in Nashville City Cemetery...

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Senators tied for 10th place after first day at Hermitage

OLD HICKORY — Walters State opened play in the Tennessee State University Big Blue Intercollegiate Monday with a 36-hole score of 47-over par 615, putting the Senators in a tie for 10th place in the 13-team tournament comprised of 11 four-year schools and two junior college teams.

The Senators were in eighth place after posting an opening round score of 304 before closing with a total of 311 to end the long day tied for the 10th spot with Union University at 615.

UT-Martin leads the tournament at 6-over par 574 after posting back-to-back rounds of 287, while host Tennessee State and Wright State are both tied for second at 578. Murray State is fourth at 585, followed by Evansville (587), JUCO’s John A...

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Bargain hunters take fresh look at Fairview

When best friends Larry Ferguson and Mike Polito and their families moved from the West Coast to Nashville, they settled in a community many natives of the city probably have never visited, much less considered as a place to purchase their next home.

With their children and grandchildren, the Fergusons and the Politos purchased newly built homes in Fairview, along I-40 in the most rural part of Williamson County.

Fairview is just one of the long-overlooked places that are suddenly attracting attention from homebuilders and buyers alike.

Anyone searching for new homes in the Nashville area will no doubt become familiar with Antioch, Cane Ridge, Old Hickory, Whites Creek and Wedgewood-Houston.

“There’s not a lot in Fairview, but it’s 30 minutes to Cool Springs, 30 minutes to downtown Nashvil...

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America can learn a lot from the flawed Andrew Jackson

Frances Spradley’s family has helped preserve the history and legacy of The Hermitage, President Andrew Jackson’s former home, for generations. Spradley serves as regent of the Andrew Jackson Foundation’s board of directors. Wochit

(Photo: The Hermitage / Used with permission)

Andrew Jackson was born 250 years ago this March 15. For much of that quarter-millennium, he was one of the most admired figures in American life. Parents christened their sons after him; towns, counties, lakes, mountains and schools bearing Jackson’s name appeared in every state. The famous image of Jackson having one of the best hair days in American history was engraved on the $20 bill.

But Jackson started falling out of favor a couple generations ago...

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