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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s federal eviction moratorium will expire on July 31. According to The National Equity Atlas, approximately 167,000 households in Tennessee are behind on rent right now and at risk of eviction. If you are a renter, now is the time to ensure that you are aware of your rights, options, and the eviction process.

I saw a wedge of hoop cheese in a grocery store the other day. It was a beautiful thing to behold. The thought of cheese and crackers took me back in time to the old country stores of my youth.

Through the years, I have been very fortunate to have some wonderful interns come through that wanted to make working in television their career. You can tell quickly who is soaking up all the knowledge and those who are going through the motions.

Recently, I was going through some old tools which belonged to my maternal grandfather, W. H. Brim. There was a single tree, a bush cutter, the head of a pick-axe, and the metal neck and blade of a hoe, long retired; along with other odds and ends. The worn and rusted blade of the hoe was of particular interest to me. It was fashioned of heavy steel – the kind you don’t see anymore.

Finding a romantic partner tends to be more complicated as we age. Sometimes complications are due to ingrained habits or differing values. And sometimes the complications stem from stepchildren, ex-spouses, and expectations.

Right around the time we launched Main Street Nashville in March, I called Mary Hance (Ms. Cheap) to see if she would be interested in writing a weekly column for our newspapers. Mary had been sharing money-saving tips with people for years, and I knew our readers would love to read her feature stories and thrifty tips.

Independence Day is one of my favorite holidays. Aside from barbeques, fireworks and getting together with family and friends, it’s a day we take pride in our nation and reflect on what unites us as Americans.

Well, we’re in the chicken business…. again. A few years back when we lived out in the country, we decided to acquire a few laying hens. Our son, Joseph, the one with mechanical and building skills, constructed a small hen house (I called it a chicken condominium.) for our brood. It was complete with a small, covered “run,” roosting poles, laying boxes, and indoor housing.

Tennessee voters spoke loud and clear last November when they overwhelmingly reelected Republicans to represent them at every level. I’m proud to say, Republicans in the 112th General Assembly have delivered on the promise to uphold Tennessee values, improve education, strengthen communities and increase economic opportunities.

I remember hearing people talk about having “40 eyes” even in my youth. I had no idea what that meant but I heard it enough to know it was a widespread issue.

The great George Gershwin song goes like this: “Summertime and the livin’ is easy.” A well-known lyric from another popular song goes this way: “In the good ole summertime.” Summertime – that time of year right after spring has done its work.