“Ice Cream” or “I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for Ice Cream” is a popular song, first published in 1927; words and music were by Howard Johnson, Billy Moll and Robert King. The song was successful in the late 1920’s as a novelty song, and then became a traditional jazz standard. Howeve…

Since many cemeteries are celebrating Decoration Day during the months of May and June, we find that Memorial Day is a direct result of that particular event. When most people think about Memorial Day, they assume it is just another holiday which is thought to begin summer with all it has to…

We take so much for granted, but this weekend we have a wonderful opportunity to pause and honor the brave men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy. Every year when I go to the Memorial Day program at the courthouse, I always get one of those poppies that honor…

It’s strawberry time in Tennessee! During this time of year all of Rhea County would be getting ready for the Strawberry Festival, if times were normal. However, this year is not normal since the Coronavirus has invaded our lives and disrupted our livelihood. Since that event has happened, w…

I had a call from someone this week who had remembered when I wrote the column about Eva Kay Sinclair quite some time ago, and he asked me if I would try to re-run her recipes. That was an uncanny request because the Eva Kay had been on my mind too, so I am more than happy to fulfill that re…

Last week, I sat down and turned the television on before my kids were in bed. That rarely happens, but our schedule is so messed up right now, sometimes I don’t know what day it is, or even what time it is. And with my youngest who is boycotting sleep, sometimes I don’t know if the sun is c…

During the unusual circumstances of the Coronavirus Pandemic this year, many events have been cancelled in order to protect the citizens of our nation, with one such occurrence being Rhea County’s Strawberry Festival. This is a celebration which most people look forward to and enjoy because …

This Sunday will not be just any Sunday.  It is Mother’s Day and is set aside to honor that special person in our lives whether they be here or gone on.  In recognition of that day and in honor of mothers everywhere, I would like to share the following tribute to all our mothers and to all t…

During the months of May and June many cemeteries will see the addition of flowers and flags on the graves of those who are buried in those places. This is because of a tradition we call “Decoration Day,” which is said to have roots in the War Between the States. It is a time to remember and…

Since it will soon be Cinco de mayo some of the recipes today have a south-of-the-border flavor. I always think it is fun to mark certain days with a recipe, kinda like I always make something with cherries in in on George Washington’s birthday! Cinco De mayo celebrates the end of French rul…

As we continue to live through more of the Coronavirus Pandemic, we begin to realize just how important cemeteries are becoming. Graveyards are not only burial sites for people, but they retain historical records which can help in locating a family’s ancestors. This information can be in the…

Sometimes a canned meat can be your best friend in the kitchen for a quick something to put on the table. There are two recipes in the column today that make use of them—the Tuna Macaroni Salad and the Corned Beef Casserole. And since I brought up corned beef, let me tell you about an old st…

In today’s world we have greater knowledge and more sophisticated equipment than in the early days of medicine, but there are still mysteries which need to be solved. As the health care professionals wind their way through this Coronavirus, there are more unanswered than answered questions a…

My mother loved making and serving buttermilk pies, and hers were simple and delicious. I never think about buttermilk pies but what I think of her and her big Sunday dinners. How she managed to pull them off, I am still not sure. Many was the Sunday morning I would wake up to the wonderful …

The irony of one of my previous columns is not lost on me. You know, the one where I talked about washing your hands? My, how our world has changed in just a few short weeks. School is canceled for the rest of the school year (longest spring break EVER). “Non-essential” businesses are closed…

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This year Easter celebrations will be somewhat different from those in the past due to the Coronaviris Pandemic. Life today is very unusual and strange from what people are used to, and all of America is struggling with a sudden new lifestyle. Travel is restricted and gatherings are a thing …

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While trying to find more information relating to some of the earlier crimes in Rhea County, I happened to find more information relating to one of the crimes I wrote about last week. The newspaper articles are as follows just as they appeared during November 29 and December 6 of 1934 in “Th…

As I thought about what to write about in today’s column, I thought it might be nice to give you some recipes that would maybe bring a little cheer into your home. I think that for many of you, one of the main distractions in your day is the time you spend preparing a meal or making somethin…

Early life in Rhea County was marked with many different types of crime and punishment. Some of the early accounts of these particular events give us a good idea of what life was like in those formative years of our county, and tell us that anywhere there are people, there is crime. I came a…

The column today focuses on “making do” and still having some good things to put on your table. As you no doubt know there are significant shortages in some of the stores, and it could become even more widespread. So with that in mind I have put together some recipes for you today that might…

It has been said that “crime doesn’t pay,” and I am sure that any number of people who had broken the law during the early days of Washington would be quick to agree if they were alive today! As we know, crime has always been with us, but the method of punishment has changed over time.

I frequently hear people comment about young people not knowing some of the “basics” of life, particularly cooking. During these unsettled and difficult days would be a perfect time to teach some cooking skills to your children, and in the process you will also be teaching math skills and so…

It may be hard to believe, but I used to be pretty impulsive. There was the time I was standing in the dinner line in college and suggested to some friends that we just go to a Braves game instead. That led to a quick turnaround, a great game, and then sneaking back into my dorm and getting …

As we focus on the history of Washington, the first county seat of Rhea County, we find a school which is lovingly remembered by many people of today. Washington School had modest beginnings, but later became a brick building which was modern for its time.

Last week I promised you a surprise this week, and I am ready to make good on that promise! Actually, I think there are several things today that you will get excited about. Leading the way are two great recipes from Heather Jolly Fox. She sent me two of her special recipes and they are both…

It’s that time of year again when those of us who have either grown up in the Rhea County area or lived here for many years, will remember Watts Bar Resort. Even though I have written about this “landmark” in the past, I do not think many of you will mind going down this nostalgic trail agai…

Sometimes it seems as if time is rushing by at warp speed, doesn’t it? Why, it seems no time at all that everyone was getting ready for school to start, then Christmas zoomed by, and here we are now looking at Spring Break just ahead! I think when we are younger we perceive time in a whole d…

I know I talk a lot about the influence of media. I quote movies, dissect lyrics and question big ideas. While it may come off that I’m totally against media and I think it is bad, that’s actually not the case. In fact, I think I’m old enough to admit that I have had times in my life when I’…

Catherine Brown was one person who made Black History Month come alive with her memories of growing up in Dayton. She would tell anyone that life was very different when she was a child than it is for the youth of today. Catherine was the only daughter of Will and Annie Jane Swafford Jones. …

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As we reflect on Black History during the month of February, we can find many citizens of Rhea County who deserve to be mentioned for their lifestyles and accomplishments. One of these persons happens to be a man by the name of Nathan Caldwell. According to a 1994 article written in The Knox…

What do pork and beans, sausage, carrots, sauerkraut, tomato soup, and mayonnaise all have in common? Why, they are all used in cakes of course! I have always been intrigued by cakes with unusual ingredients such as these, and today I have a very good one for you! It is the German Chocolate …

Much has been written about the war experiences of Major William Gibbs Allen of Rhea County, but perhaps a most notable account can be obtained from an article he wrote after the War Between the States. During the war, Allen was a member of the Fifth Tennessee Confederate Cavalry, and was on…

In recognition of Presidents’ Day most of the column this week is devoted to recipes related to the presidency, and certainly not to be overlooked are the First Ladies who have played such a vital role in our nation’s past. I often think of Martha Washington—the first—and how she had no othe…

Would you really be reading one of my columns if it wasn’t about the Super Bowl Halftime Show? I mean, really. I bet there had to be at least one person that thought “I can’t wait to read what Tiffany has to say about this” as they watched the event.

If you have ever looked for family records you know how important census information can be to someone who is “into” genealogy. A wealth of information can be found in these records; however, one has to understand that the census is confidential, and is not released for seventy-two years aft…

I had meatloaf on my mind and decided to make this column all about it. The thing about meatloaf is, it can be as simple or as jazzed up as you want. And the variations are endless, and it can be stretched in multiple ways--bread crumbs, oats, and so on.

If one stands on the banks of the Tennessee River, or in the middle of Mynatt Cemetery, a person is surrounded with history and the people who lived it. Washington, Tennessee in Rhea County is one of those places where one can actually “feel” the impact of events which happened more than two…

This week there is just a little bit of everything—delicious, time-saving casseroles, warming soups, a quick easy candy, a black bottom pie, an easy and elegant cherry pie, and even a Chinese recipe! If you like Egg Foo Yong, be sure to check out the recipe this week with its delicious Chine…

Many of us have a favorite Christmas carol which we like to hear and sing throughout the season. The song, “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is not only beautiful but a favorite of many people. I happen to know that it is Senator Ken Yager’s best liked Christmas song; therefore, today’s a…

While many people have been gathering up Christmas baking ingredients for some time now and already have their Christmas recipes looked up, some of us may still be wondering just what special goodies will grace our Christmas tables. This week I have included several ideas that will not keep …

As we begin to make preparations for Christmas this year, we not only need to realize why we celebrate this holiday, but we should think of those who are defending our homeland in order to keep us safe. Undoubtedly, our men and women serving in the military will be able to observe the Christ…

If today’s recipes don’t make you want to get in the kitchen and stir up something good, I don’t know what will. Reminds me of something I used to hear a preacher say when the sermon became especially spirited, “If that doesn’t light your fire, then your wood must be wet!” Jokes aside, I had…

Christmas is just over a week away. That means 2019 is about to come to a close. It’s done. It’s over. But not before Christmas.