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Table of Contents

Lawrence County’s Crockett Mill

April 2017

By Melissa Wickline

Vol. 7, Issue 4

Scenic lake view lunch, historical landmark, bluebird haven. Page 12

Running fundamentals By Sydney Phillips

Injury prevention, equipment, nutrition and more.

Toyzini Galleries

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Farmers come to town

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By Cari Marye Griffith

By Cofie Toy

Sure bet a farmer’s market is near you .

Get the inside scoop on “Outsider “ art.

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Restorative justice By DeeGee Lester

Peer driven youth justice system effects low re-offense rates and saves tax dollars . Page 22

Internationally award winning wines By Elizabeth Zaunbrecher

Cover image and above: Papier-mâché by sculptor Mark Francis. Photos provided by Randy Toy of Toyzini Galleries.

Middle Tennessee wineries: As good as it gets. Page 29

In Every Issue: Validity Recipes

April Book Review

Ornithology Report

By Cari Marye Griffith

By James Lund

By Bill Pulliam

Waning winter chill opens wide the door to bold, spring flavor.

Bob Clement, author and former Congressman, comes to Duck River Books.

50 common birds, part 8.

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Ask A Lawyer

April Gardens

By Landis Turner

By Cassandra Warner

Permission granted to cry in court.

Time to get serious in the dirt. Page 11



The Believer’s Walk

Reality Perspective, Page 5

By Charles Newbold

Lookin’ Back, Page 28 Page 28

Unconscionable Cogitation, Page 30

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From a lump of clay.

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Our Mission Validity Magazine exists to reflect rural lifestyles of rural communities along the Natchez Trace Parkway in both storytelling and photo journalism. This local publication is designed to promote positive life experiences by delivering authentic, relevant content on healthy living, nature, outdoors, technology, gardening, entertainment and travel to the people who enjoy the small town experience.

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By Becky Jane Newbold, Publisher

iddle Tennessee is bursting. Spring is finally here to stay, outdoor venues are booking fast and people are on the move. So much is going on! Our friends to the south are celebrating 200 years in 2017. Be sure to plan a visit to one or all of the beautiful towns in Lawrence County at least once this year, as they commemorate their bicentennial. Ingenious and passionate, the folks in Lawrence County have big plans for 2017, you will not want to miss. The hamlets of Hohenwald, Waynesboro, Clifton, Linden, Centerville and Mount Pleasant are hard at work on downtown improvements. All are part of the Main Street Tennessee’s Downtown program. Keep an eye out for ongoing developments in these fair cities. Be sure and give a friendly greeting to the 5.9 million visitors of the Natchez

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Trace Parkway who will likely be visiting your town. The Parkway experienced a 1.8 percent growth in recreational users of the Trace over 2015 figures, Superintendent Mary Risser reported. Tennessee is blessed to have three of the 10 most visited National Parks in the nation: Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smokey Mountains National Park and the Natchez Trace Parkway. And while you’re at it, be sure to check out the Meriwether Lewis Death and Burial Site Information Center located at milepost 385.9 on the Natchez Trace Parkway. The site will be open this year on Fridays from 12 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (closed Monday through Thursday). The burial monument, restrooms, campground and hiking trails are open seven days a week. Have fun out there and let us know what you find interesting in your travels!

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Are we scared of the wrong things?

nally fearful of errorists? persons who beYes, we lieve in a different should religion, or have be. Russexual orientasia, China or midtion unlike yours dle eastern counor lean to the left tries? Probably not or right more as much. North than you? Korea’s Kim Jong By Shane Newbold Are the aforeUn, the goofy, murderous moron? No, he mentioned issues over which is a threat only to his own we obsess a tangent from our people. As are most, idiot internal, societal predicaments? dictators. Let’s consider the rampant Should we obsess over undrug use, pornography, sofounded phobias? No. Some are so afraid of in- cial media misuse, blue collar sects or reptiles, they nearly jobs disappearing, adultery kill themselves trying to get and divorce that are killing family values. And the cost away. The odds of dying from a is psychologically and finanviolent attack are minimal for cially unmanageable to all citizens. most Americans. In rural Tennessee, grandShould we be afraid of texparents raising their chilting drivers. Yes! Are you becoming irratio- dren’s children is increasing

at alarming rates. Mostly due to illegal and prescription drug use, parent’s young and old are checking out on their responsibilities to the young ones born in this age. Counties everywhere are building bigger jails, but there is no way to keep up with the inflow of perpetrators. They go to court, are convicted and let out unless they are violent. Our wee ones are being sacrificed to sexual predators. Can you imagine that fear? Some, sick weirdos are caught, but the real number of child victims is not known. So, am I going to offer a solution? No, I don’t have one and neither do you. But I do believe we are foolishly afraid of outside entities, when we should be afraid of what we are doing to ourselves and each other.

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pring weather may not be here yet, with all the ups and downs. However, lately, I’ve found myself cooking things that are bright, aromatic, and bursting with flavor, in an attempt to chase away the chill of winter lingering in my house. Citrus Roasted Chicken is an easy, one-pan meal that can go along with just about any side dish. Your house will smell divine, and your family will love the simple, flavorful fare. Add a vase of daffodils to your table, and Spring will be here before you know it!

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Citrus Roasted Chicken Ingredients:  2 oranges  2 lemons  1 white onion, diced 5 pieces of dried apricot, diced  2 lbs. chicken quarters, thighs or breasts  ¼ cup grape seed or vegetable oil  1 tablespoon diced garlic  Salt, pepper, thyme 

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between chicken pieces. 8. Sprinkle salt and pepper and a few sprigs of fresh thyme on top, and bake in the oven for one hour, or until tops of the chicken start browning and the internal temperature of the chicken has reached 165 degrees. 

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New Southern Greens and Quinoa Ingredients: 1 Cup quinoa  6 strips of bacon   1 yellow onion  About 5 cups chopped collard greens  3 tablespoons brown sugar  1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce  Salt and pepper to taste 

1. Juice 1 lemon and 1 orange into a large bowl or dish. 2. Add a hearty pinch of salt, pepper and fresh thyme to the juice and mix with ¼ cup of oil.  3. Add chicken to bowl and toss to coat.  4. Let marinate for at least one hour, but can marinate overnight.  5. Combine onion and diced apricots and add to bottom of cast iron skillet or baking pan.  6. Pour marinade over onions, and arrange chicken quarters evenly around the pan.  7. Slice lemon and orange and wedge

1. Rinse 1 cup of quinoa well, until water runs clear, and cook according to package instructions. 2. In a large skillet, cook 6 pieces of bacon until crispy but not burned.  3. Remove bacon from skillet and drain half of the grease out of the pan. 

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4. Add onions, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce to skillet and cook over medium high heat until onions start to caramelize. 5. Add diced collards, salt and pepper to taste, and 2 tablespoons of water, and gently stir collards around until wilted.  6. Once collards are cooked down, crumble bacon onto collards, stir to combine, and let cook for 1 minute.  7. Once quinoa is tender and has absorbed all of the water, place in large bowl, and mix with collards.

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Ingredients: 3 cups sweetened shredded coconut  ¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons sweetened condensed milk  1 teaspoon vanilla extract  1 large egg white  ⅛ tsp salt  4 ounces dark melting chocolate  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees, and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.  2. Mix shredded coconut, sweetened con-

densed milk and vanilla extract in large bowl. 3. Using a mixer or whisk, beat egg white and salt until light and fluffy. You should be able to form peaks with the whisk.  4. Add egg white to the coconut mixture, and mix gently until everything is well incorporated.   5. Using an ice-cream scoop or spoon, form tightly packed balls and place on the parchment paper. The mix may be sticky and hard to form into balls, so press in the straggling pieces of coconut and it will bond together while cooking.  6. Place in oven for 20 minutes, or until

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8. Once macaroons have cooled, gently dip the bottoms in chocolate and place on a clean cookie sheet lined with parchment paper. 9. Place dipped macaroons in the fridge or freezer until chocolate has cooled and hardened. 

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believed paome of my best tients when clients have they said they been doctors. were in pain. One of mine In 1970, was the late Earl Doc was arSalhany of Lobelville. rested by Earl had an eye for the Tennespretty women. His see Bureau second wife was Paula By Landis of InvestigaShephard. She is still Turner tion for bevery attractive. ing to free in Doc was eccentric. For example, he once re- prescribing pain drugs. I ceived letterheads on which was able to get him acquithis name was misspelled. ted. More recently, he was Rather than returning them arrested again on the same When I heard for correction, he went on charge. about it, I headed for his to use them. Doc was the only phy- clinic in Lobelville. When I sician I knew who still parked in front of the buildmade house calls and kept ing, a television crew, led by a CB channel in his car so Nancy Amos of Channel 4, he could go where he was was already there. As I got out of my car, needed. Doctor Salhany was pop- Granville Peevyhouse was ular. When he came to Lo- saying, “Doc is the best docbelville, the people were so tor around and here comes Rare glad to have a doctor there the best lawyer.” that they built him a clin- praise indeed. I went inside ic. He saw more patients and identified myself. The than all the doctors in Perry agents were boxing up Doc’s County combined. He had records. There must have no privileges to practice in been over 500 of them. At the hospital in Linden be- the hearing later, only five cause one of the doctors, a records were used. Rather than prosecuting Dr. Holladay, kept him out. Dr. Holladay was an osteo- in the criminal courts, the path rather than a medical State referred the case to the doctor. When he moved to medical board which hears Centerville, Dr. Salhany was cases against physicians and able to get in the hospital. can suspend or take away a Dr. Earl Turner, no relation license to practice. The case of mine, had no objections. would be heard by five, all Later, Dr. Turner became of them physicians. When we got to the board one of the owners of the fain Nashville, scores of peocility. When Dr. Salhany arrived ple showed up to serve as in Lobelville, there was no character witnesses for Dr. drugstore in town, so he Salhany. I used only a few. prescribed and filled pre- The best ones were the prinscriptions in his clinic from cipal of the school in Loa large supply of drugs. He belville and the wife of the never sold them to make druggist in Linden. The case took two days a profit, charging his patients very little. But he was and was prosecuted by a kindhearted, so he always state assistant attorney gen-

eral. During the ordeal, Nancy Amos and I became friends. During final statements, I insisted that the case should be dismissed and Doc should be sent home to his little daughter. For the first time in my career, I became so emotional that I shed a few tears. The board was lenient by suspending his license until he attended two seminars on over-prescribing pain medicine. Doc found two in other states which he attended. He was back in business within two weeks. When all was finished, my car wouldn’t start, so Nancy gave me a ride downtown in the Channel 4 van. I planned to attend a formal dinner dance at the Hermitage Hotel that night. I went to my room and put on my tux. When my wife, Janet, and I arrived, Chief Justice Bill Fones asked me, “Did I see you on TV crying for your client?” “Is it unethical to cry under those circumstances?” I asked. “Of course, not,” he replied. “Sometimes it’s your duty.” This column discusses legal issues of general interest and does not give legal advice on any reader’s personal situation. The law is not a one-size-fits-all hat. Consult a lawyer of your choice. Landis Turner is a graduate of the University of the South-Sewanee and Vanderbilt University School of Law. He is a former president of the Tennessee Bar Association.

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ly lunch on the lake. It seemed too good to be true. Pretty soon, our table was visited not once, but twice, by Manager Kevin Freeman, who delivered something of a dying art these days - personalized, exceptional customer service and infectious enthusiasm for his restaurant. It’s refreshing to find people who really care about what they do and pass that appreciation on to their clientele.  Before I’d taken the last bite of my meal, I asked, “Can I write a story about this place?  The food, the service, the’s all terrific!” Kevin and the staff at Crockett’s Mill work hard to know the names of the flora in the park, as well as the park’s history.  They feel it’s important to be able to answer the guests’ questions and provide in-

Kevin Freeman and Emily Richardson with the writer’s dogs, Cooper, Katie and Amos.



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ometimes the best adventures happen serendipitously. With a little help from technology, of course. On a day trip to Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, and eager to try a new place for lunch, the Yelp app listed a restaurant with great reviews inside David Crockett State Park.  Intrigued, we drove through the beautiful By Melissa park with it’s Wickline covered bridge and breathtaking views of the countryside.  We arrived and took a table overlooking 37-acre Lindsey Lake to watch the ducks play.  The app had delivered us to a love-

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teresting trivia to the younger guests. Did you know Tennessee’s state tree was a Tulip Popular or that the state rock was an Agate?  How about the fact that our state animal is a raccoon and the state flower is an Iris?  All this trivia can be found in the children’s coloring book created by Kevin and his staff.  Kevin also planted a beautiful, welcoming flower garden to greet visitors and is currently working on a garden out back to grow tomatoes for the restaurant. He shared a story about a Lawrenceburg man named Neal Frisbie.  Mr. Frisbie has long been associated with David Crockett’s history.  Although instrumental in the land becoming a park when the state first began its development, Mr. Frisbie’s real claim-tofame is his love and dedication for enhancing the bluebird habitat throughout David Crockett State Park and the United States.  From the front entrance and all through the park, Mr. Frisbie’s unique

A table overlooking Lindsey Lake

nestboxes dot the trees. Kevin says Mr. Frisbie once numbered the nestboxes, keeping track of how many bluebird babies were born each year. Mr. Frisbe has received several awards by the State of Tennessee for his tireless efforts in the recovery of their population.   For all you canine lovers, you’ll appreciate the chance to enjoy an outdoor meal with your dogs.  There is a “dog friendly” area right outside the front door and the staff will bring your pooch a nice, cold bowl of water while serving your meal at the picnic table.  If you’re traveling, hiking for the day or just out for a ride with your favorite four-legged friend, you are both welcome at Crockett’s Mill Restaurant.  Call ahead and they’ll have the water bowls waiting for you. David Crockett was named

State Park of the Year in 2013, and there are plenty of activities to keep you interested. The park has an Olympic-size swimming pool, a bike trail, seven cabins near Lindsey Lake and two campgrounds.  During the summer months, the museum is open with exhibits depicting Crockett’s life, as well as a water-powered grist mill.       Boasting six miles of trails for the novice hiker to the advanced, there are two particular trails you might be eager to explore if you’re up for a history lesson.  Shoal Creek Trail/Waterfall Trail, passes by Crocket Falls, where David Crockett operated a gristmill, powdermill and distillery until a flood washed it away in 1821.  And the Trail of Tears National Historic Trail/Retracement Trail, is the same road bed the Cherokee walked after being forced west

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under President Andrew Jackson’s Indian Removal Act, signed into law on May 28, 1830. With 56 state parks to choose from, you don’t have to travel far to enjoy a family vacation, a good meal or an educational experience. You can find all you need to know at tnstateparks. com.   For information about David Crockett State Park, call 931762-9408.

One of Neal Frisbie’s many Bluebird houses inside David Crockett State Park

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et’s be honest, exercising in the spring is much more appealing than winter. By the time the big chill is over, everyone’s ready to get outside and enjoy the outdoors, and this is often when people start to run regularly again. However, if it’s been a few months since

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country or track season unless injured, ironically. Yoga came to the forefront when looking for some sort of physical activity I could do with a hip injury (modified, of course). Practice can now be accomplished as often as four times per week. Not ready for an hour of power vinyasa? Take 30 minutes and hold every stretch you know, or search for a video online you can do at home. Any kind of nonimpact workout to supplement your running will help it. Tailor your nutrition to meet your body’s needs

and running schedule1

Proper nutrition is crucial to your performance and health. The correct amount of protein, fat and complex/simple carbs will allow you to rebuild the muscles that running tears down. My rule of thumb is to eat a carb/good fat laden snack before running, and eating something high in protein after. That way, I have energy (carbs and fat) for my run, and then the building blocks (protein) when the run is finished. Running can be a great way to connect with nature and your-

self, while also producing more energy in your everyday life. Spring is a great time to start because it’s actually enjoyable to be outside. Running culture can be overwhelming, but if you stick to the basics, offer discipline, balance and consistency, there’s nowhere to go but up. fitness/tips-for-beginner-runners 2 r u n n i n g . c o m pe t i to r. com/2014/06/staff-blog/soleman-are-running-specialtyshops-a-dying-breed_105267 1

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There is no science behind this one, but I started to notice an injury crop up a week or two after a high mileage week, that I had not gradually worked up to. Pacing yourself is essential to your success, no matter how excited you get about your fitness or goals. Runner’s high is a blessing and a curse; use it to keep you motivated, not to embark on something you’re not ready to handle. Combine running with yoga and strength training.1

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Papier-mâché by Mark Francis

Louisville, Kentucky, to name a few. He also has several pieces with the famed 21c Museum Hotel chain, known for their exquisite art collection. In addition to sculptures, the intricate embroidery work of artist Kate Madeira will also be featured at the gallery’s upcoming event. A native of Nashville, Kate is a selftaught fiber artist who began mastering the art of embroidery at the early age of 11. Though many of her pieces are small, her work remains remarkably detailed, at times bordering on the macabre with scenes of vampires or depictions of drowning. Additionally, much of her work contains autobiographical elements and, according to the artist, explores such themes as “coming of age, nostalgia, loneliness, femininity and the rich inner worlds people create for “Wheels” by Hannah Maxwell Rowell


oyzini Galleries, a rural art gallery in Hickman County, Tennessee specializing in outsider art, will unite three nationally renowned artists for the first time on Saturday, April 22, 2017. Providing the sculptural elements of the show, Artist Mark Francis keeps a busy schedule these days. He maintains a backlog of commissions for his unique papier-mâché sculptures, all made entirely from toilet paper. He began sculpting during a twenty-five year prison sentence, teaching himself to mold grotesque reflecBy Cofie Toy tions of the prison life around him . 16

from what materials he had on hand, namely toilet paper. The haunting visages Mark gives life through his sculptures -- many barred or chained while a clock ticks away in the periphery – possess a frightening realism that draws the viewer into the harsh world where many of the sculptures were created. Since his release, Mark has branched out from his prison scenes, adding visions of the natural world to his body of work, including sculptures of birds and turtles. His creations have been featured at the Kentucky Folk Art Center and the Lex Art Center in

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themselves.” Recently, she has also been working on a “series of freehand, stream of consciousness pieces exploring largely political themes and the anxiety of existence in modern American society.” Kate’s work has been exhibited at the Hive Gallery in Los Angeles for their annual Stitch Fetish show in 2015, and she has also had pieces featured in shows at Twilight Gallery in Seattle, as well as Sock Studios, Sauvage Gallery, Dream House, and Gallery Luperca in Nashville. Also showcasing her work at the gallery, Hannah Maxwell Rowell, a native of Hickman County, will have several of her drawings on display at the April 22nd showing. “I’m inspired by the clarity and raw truth found in line drawings,” Hannah says of her work. Her photorealistic pencil and charcoal drawings almost always feature an additional and, at times, unexpected element. Sometimes it’s a splash of color against a black and white scene, while other times it may be a stylistic contrast between the

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variable element and the realism of the drawing itself. Aside from her line drawings, Hannah also creates arrangements of natural materials from the creek bank and forest floor. These often take the shape of mandalas or spirals. Hannah’s work has propelled her from teaching art at The Renaissance Center in Dickson, Tennessee to, perhaps most notably, a one woman show at The Rymer Gallery in Nashville. The show at Toyzini Galleries will open April 22, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an opportunity to meet and speak with the artists from 2 to 5 p.m. Their work will be available for viewing at the gallery through the end of May. In addition to the three featured artists, the show will include pieces by photographer Philip Walker, and outsider artists Ben Lankford and Dean Deiter. Toyzini Galleries is located at 5603 Highway 100 in Lyles, Tennessee.

Papier-mâché sculptor Mark Francis creates using a material he had on hand while serving a 25 year prison sentence: toilet paper.

A Hickman County native, Cofie Toy currently works for the Hickman County Times in Centerville. She has a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

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ou’ve inadvertently summoned the devil, who then appears to you as a well-mannered gentleman at a party, and, during the course of one conversation, you have accidentally sold him the soul of your spouse. This is precisely the predicament in which Lionel Savage finds himself. Set in Victorian era London, 22 year old By James Lund poet Lionel Savage is a self-absorbed playboy who marries Vivien Lancaster for no other reason than her family’s wealth. After speaking positively of the Devil during a casual comment to a priest on the street, the Prince of Darkness himself appears to offer his thanks for the kindness afforded him by Mr. Savage. Taken aback, Savage engages The Gentleman in what seems to be a benign conversation. The next morning it becomes apparent to Savage, that during the conversation the previous evening, he had unintentionally sold his wife’s soul to the Devil. In order to retrieve his wife, Lionel must team up with his brother-in-

state of American politics. The book is a compelling piece of Tennessee history from the man who lived it. Bob Clement will be speaking and signing copies of his new book, Presidents, Kings, and Convicts, at Duck River Books on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee on Saturday, April 29, 2017 at 12 p.m. We hope you will join us. You can find copies of these books at Duck River Books on the square in downtown Columbia, Tennessee, or at your favorite indie bookstore. Remember to support your local indie shops, restaurants and publications. We appreciate each one of you. James Lund, along with his wife Heather, own Duck River Books in downtown Columbia, Tennessee. A native of Nashville, James moved to Columbia several years ago to get away from crowds and promptly opened a business whose purpose is to attract crowds.

Presidents, Kings, and Convicts By Bob Clement Published by Archway Publishing As the son of a Governor, then himself a longtime Congressman, Bob Clement has spent much of his life immersed in Tennessee politics. In his new autobiography, Presidents, Kings, and Convicts, Clement takes us behind-thescenes while Tennessee history was being made. Clement writes of growing up in the Governor’s Residence, and the night in 1956 when Colonel Tom Parker brought a young man who would be king to visit the family. Clement tells of an incident in May of 1963 with President John F. Kennedy on the grounds of John Overton High School in Nashville, in which the Secret Service likely prevented an assassination attempt. In order to avoid copycats, the Secret Service wanted to keep the incident quiet, and Governor Frank Clement did just that. It was such a successfully kept secret, that several years ago when Bob Clement discussed the incident publicly for the first time, some in the media claimed the story wasn’t true because, after all, how could they not have known about it when it 1412 Trotwood ave. happened? suite 3 Clement discusses Columbia, Tn 38401 his childhood, his family, his own political career, his transition into private life and his thoughts on the current

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irds are chirping, little, wild violets are popping up in the grass and it’s starting to feel like Spring has finally arrived! While there’s still a threat of a late frost, farmers across Tennessee are already getting



close to their early spring harvests. Markets often wait until May to open up their booths for the season, but many markets start a little earlier. Farmers who use greenhouses and hoop tunnels can produce delicious spring greens and herbs and get a head start on their summer vegetables. A quick internet search

will show all of the markets listed in your area, and there could even be a market down the street that you didn’t know about! We compiled a list of 10 markets throughout our region that offer local produce, meats, breads, cheeses and many other artisan products. Each market has it’s own special

culture, unique vendors and a variety of different products to choose from. Conveniently, several of the markets meet on different days, so if you travel often on the weekends, you have a couple weekday markets from which to choose. Many producers offer CSA (Community

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Supported Agriculture) programs, which allow you to pay a rate up front for the month or season, and provides you with a box of fresh produce each week. CSA’s not only help the farmers ease the burden of high up-front costs, it also provides you with a consistent source of the freshest vegetables around.

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he courtroom scene is familiar, with the judge, attorneys, bailiff and jury, the hearing and weighing of evidence, the sentencing – all played out daily in cities and towns across America. But this is no ordinary court. It is Youth Court – a peer driven youth justice sysBy DeeGee tem – proLester viding alternative sentencing for first-time youthful offenders. Under the auspices of the Davidson County Juvenile Court, Juvenile Judge the Honorable Sheila Calloway, Youth Court Director Denise Bentley and in collaboration with the Tennessee Bar Association, the Youth Court at Stratford STEM Magnet High School is one of five participating Metro Schools, with others located at Antioch, Cane Ridge, McGavock and Whites Creek. The cases are real cases, where respondents have admitted their involvement in non-violent misdemeanors and status offenses such as truancy, curfew violation, driving without a license or disorderly conduct. As a second step, defendants are sent to Youth Court for a determination of sentencing by their peers. “It works exactly like court,” says Stratford Youth Court participant Ismano Ido, who emphasizes the high standards expected of participants in the program. “We are expected to be professional. We have

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to keep all courtroom proceedings to ourselves and not discuss the cases outside the courtroom.” Those high standards are established for every aspect of the program. Following a multi-million dollar renovation of the school, Stratford’s Youth Court even looks like a courtroom, complete with judge’s bench, witness and jury boxes, and tables for attorneys, bailiff and court reporter, as well as separate seating for witnesses and official observers. The impressive layout reminds all that this is serious, official court business. And students are serious about their responsibilities in the Juvenile Court system. Participants are selected by Brittany Edmondson (Academy Team Lead) from the Criminal Justice track within Stratford’s Academy of Order online at:

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National Safety and Security Technologies. In August, students from all five high schools attended a two-day training, including meetings with judges and attorneys. “We worked hard to have Youth Court at Stratford,” says Edmondson. “With their training and knowledge of procedures (proper courtroom conduct, case preparation, and fair sentencing practices) we provide participating students with the case date, type and file, and they go to work. They are getting great reviews through feedback from judges and attorneys present in the court room.” As always stated at Youth Court, Judge Rachel Bell said in a recent Youth Court, “We are not here to determine guilt or innocence, but rather to decide the appropriate disposition or consequences for this respondent.” The goal is not punishment, but Restorative Justice – a three prong approach which holds respondents accountable for their offenses by making them aware of the effect of their actions on victims and providing opportunities to repair the damage; develop skills and competencies to become productive members of the community and to avoid committing future offenses; and involving the community in constructive responses to their offense. Court procedures generally follow

a typical courtroom script from “All rise!” to the instructions from the judge to members of the jury which include: 1.) How can the respondent make up for the harm caused, 2.) What skills does the respondent need to develop, and 3.) How can the respondent give back to the community? Most sentencing includes hours of community service, and depending, on the offense, may also include attending tutoring sessions (at Stratford with Top Floor from the Martha O’Bryan Center), Driver’s Ed courses, family counseling, etc. This is no game. If the student and their family (or guardians) do not comply with the sentencing, they go back to Juvenile Court for further action on their case, according to senior Kemarcus Haynes. With over 1,400 Youth Courts throughout the United States, the success rate for Youth Courts in Tennessee is impressive. According to the brochure, “courts in 11 counties across Tennessee have heard over 1,600 cases, and the percentage of youth re-offending after successful completion of the program is about 5 percent. It is estimated that Youth Courts “save taxpayers over approximately $1 million annually.” In addition to the impact on the lives of students going through the Juvenile Court system and peer sentencing, the program has a powerful impact upon participants in the program, many of whom are attracted to careers in law or law enforcement, with clearer awareness of the fundamentals of democracy, the court system and greater empathy toward the experiences and choices of others. “Since I started Youth Court, I’ve grown as a person,” says participant Jordan Holland. “I speak more clearly and have learned to express myself. For anyone like me who wants to be a lawyer, this is a great opportunity and I would definitely tell them to get into Youth Court. It’s great!” DeeGee Lester serves as Director of Education at the Parthenon in Nashville and is the author of several books.

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April’s Garden Amazing!

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the trees are leafing out in their subtle shades of green. Now, there is some “fresh” food in the garden. The time to get ready to plant all those family favorites has arrived. The urge to get busy and to be in the garden is overwhelming, for April’s garden has amazing beauty and life enriching opportunities for us. Harvest

*Dig horseradish roots for grating, young leaves can be added to salads. *Lettuce. *Corn salad. *Cilantro. *Harvest only 2-3 stalks from two year old rhubarb plants. From a three year old or older plant, up to one-third of the plant can be harvested. Remove flower stalks to keep

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n March, we had that combination of winter, spring and even a few days of summer. Such a time of transition for us and plants, as we swing and sway or seesaw from one season to another. The hope is now, that spring and all it’s glory has finally arrived. When April comes to the garden, it’s amazing as it brings splendor into full view. So wonderful it is to see the sight of flowers of every color and to smell the air By Cassandra Warner being perfumed by their sweet scents. The fruit trees are magnificent looking full of delicate blossoms, and

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*Get the weeds before they get you. *Compost, compost and compost some more, and keep turning it.

it in production. Pull the stalks to harvest; don’t cut. Note that rhubarb leaves are poisonous to eat, so eat only the stalks. The leaves can be used in the compost or used around plants that like acidic soil. *Begin cutting asparagus spears from beds two years old or older. Cut off at ground level. Don’t leave stubs above the ground, asparagus beetles can be attracted to these, and it can also provide an entry point for disease.


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Strawberry planting time

If your wanting to plant a bed, patch or a container of strawberries, the time is now. For a good harvest, choose at least two different June bearing types. Some good choices that are disease resistant are: Apollo, Allstar, Earliglow and Sure Crop. Plant in soil enriched with compost, rotted manure or worm castings. Plant in holes wide enough that you can spread out the roots. Plant them so their crowns, the points where their stems and roots meet are exactly at soil level. Space them 2 feet apart in rows 4 feet apart. Mulch to control weeds, conserve moisture and to keep berries off the soil. The runners will form a matted row from 2-3 feet and this will leave you a little space to walk between the rows. The first year you set out these sweeties, you should remove all the flowers to promote better root growth and larger crops in the following years. Be aware of the location you plant strawberries, as the deer, rabbits and raccoons adore them and may

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as spinach and chard and use them to add to a nice salad. *Apply fertilizer to seedlings started indoors. A liquid, natural product such as fish emulsion or seaweed extract works well. *Prune spring blooming shrubs after flowering. *Garlic bulbs will be small if grown under dry conditions. If rain is insufficient, water regularly through late July. The applications of high nitrogen fertilizer, such as dried cow manure, when garlic is six to eight inches high helps promote the development of large bulbs. *Prepare beds for annuals. Work in compost or well rotten manure.

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*A week before our usual last frost date of April 15th, begin to harden off any transplants to cold frame or protected outdoor area. *After April 15th, begin to sow in the garden seeds of squash, melons, bush beans, pole beans, okra and New Zealand spinach. *You can make additional sowings of lettuce, radish, beets, carrots. *Set out tomato, pepper and egg plant transplants well after last frost date. *Plant sweet corn at the end of April or first of May. *Sow cool season crops such as mustard greens, peas, cauliflower, onions, lettuce, spinach, chard, kale, mustard-spinach (a close relative of mustard greens, more heat tolerant) and root crops. *Plant tender bulbs and tubers, gladiola, lilies and dahlias to insure continuous blooms. Plant additional bulbs every two weeks until mid June. *Start more cabbage, broccoli, dill and cilantro indoors and

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*Keep newly planted trees and shrubs watered regularly. *Dead head spent flowers from spring blooming bulbs, but don’t remove the foliage until it yellows and pulls loose with slight effort. *Hill soil next to potato plants when they are about five inches tall by drawing soil near the base of the plants with a hoe. This prevents potatoes from turning green due to exposure to sunlight. Applying a six inch layer of straw around the plants and more straw as plants grow will work well and make for an easy harvest. *Wait until soil temperatures are around 60 degrees before applying mulches around vegetables. *Thin seedlings of carrots, beets, onions and parsnips, leaving about three fingers between seedlings. Thin seedlings of leafy greens such

plant every three to four weeks to keep a steady supply, instead of an entire crop being ready for harvest all at the same time. *Sow additional sweet corn to also keep a steady supply coming.

not want to share with you. Aside from the delicious berries provided, the leaves of the strawberry plant are a wonderful addition to herbal teas. Where did those seeds go?

What an amazing For he who makes a garden, and soul. works hand in hand with God. — BLESSING. Author Unknown Did you ever see a scarecrow standing, ragged and forlorn, Guarding crops that soon are coming Through the earth, as though just born? — Gertrude Tooley Buckingham

Originally from Texas, Cassandra Warner is a transplant to the garden of Tennessee. Gardening has been one of her passions for forty years. “Gardening connects you to the miracle of life and provides healthy exercise and stress relief.”

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old CD’s or DVD’s, rocks and glass bottles. To paint on glass bottles, use a cotton ball and wipe them down with white vinegar and let dry before painting. Once the markers are done, they can help place them and learn to identify the different plants and varieties. It’s also fun for the kids to help make scarecrows. Let their imaginations go wild. You can also make fun signs for beds such as “Berried Treasure,” “Watermelon Wonderland” and “Pumpkin Pie Patch.” Fun garden signs of all kinds can be incorporated into garden areas. Just about every kid, young and old, has a favorite vegetable, fruit, herb and flower. It can be rewarding in so many ways to let that love show and go out to the garden path slices with plants that they would to find the food, fun and advenuse for toppings and sauce on a piz- ture. It’s all in a days work? Play! za. If spaghetti is a family favorite, do a spaghetti bed and grow some Garden quotes and sayings Old gardeners never die--they spaghetti squash and all the fixings for the sauce. I once grew the spa- just run out of Thyme. — Anonyghetti squash on an old metal-bed, mous headboard at the end of a 4x8 foot Living life in a garden I love, bed with the rest of the sauce in- laugh, learn, divinely dine, dance gredients. I like to make the garden for joy, smell the flowers, share with look like a bit of fun and adventure family and friends and thank God for me and my grandchildren and for all. — Cassandra Warner great grandchildren. So, I will add in little art effects for discovery. A Whoever makes a garden, has oh garden project that kids big and lit- so many friends. tle like to do is making plant markThe glory of the morning. The ers. Let them use colorful, outdoor dew when daylight ends. paints on objects such as paint stirAnd rain and wind and sunshine rer sticks, old used canning lids, and dew and fertile sod.

Learn to be an observer in all seasons. Every single day, your garden has something new and wonderful to show you. — Author Unknown The first, full month of spring will be just the beginning of many wonderful things to come. The AWESOME range of beauty that appears before our eyes in April’s garden brings a smile to my face, delights my eyes, feeds my body

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The garden path to food, fun and adventure As you are planning this year’s garden, look for ways to get the children in your family involved. Of course, as weeding is always a garden task where more hands would be useful, it’s not likely to be a task to get the kids truly excited about, unless maybe you put a competitive, prize winning edge to it. However, planting and learning to care for a pizza patch, they may find interesting. Let them form a bed in the shape of a pizza that’s been cut into slices and fill in the

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If you find yourself asking that question, a way to organize garden seeds I love, is to use those clear over the door hangers for shoe storage. Makes them easy to find.

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Ornithology Report

50 Common Birds Part 8


I’ll talk about five of these newly arriving summer birds. Everyone knows the abundant and ubiquitous “redbird” all across the eastern US, the Northern Cardinal. I covered this universal favorite back in October in the first installment of this series. By the end of April, we will have been joined by two more “redbirds,” the Summer and Scarlet Tanagers. The tanagers are more retiring and shy than the brave and bold Cardinal. They are inclined to stay up in the leafy canopies of the trees, rather than hanging out in conspicuous places in your yard and at your feeders. So it can



s we open the month of April, most of the birds you will find while out and about are still the same species that have been here all winter. By the end of the month, though, most of the summer birds will have returned, while many of the winter birds are departing. Unfortunately, many of By Bill Pulliam these returning warm-weather birds are shy forest creatures that can be much easier to hear than to see. For this month of rapid change,

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As I mentioned, both tanagers tend to lurk amidst the foliage. But they are quite vocal, which can give away their presence in the treetops. Both species sing a song that is a rich fluty warble, similar to a slightly sped-up version of the song of an American Robin. The Scarlet’s song is a bit reedier than the Summer’s. The calls of the two species are quite different, and are both rather harsh sounds to come from such attractive birds. The Summer gives a hard, dry, snappy, rapid staccato “Chickytuckytuck!” The Scarlet gives an equally dry and raspy “Keep baaaack,” with the second syllable drawn out and hoarse. After the brightly colored tanagers, the next bird on our list is a plain, drab, gray thing. The Eastern Wood-Pewee is another flycatcher, closely related to the Eastern Phoebe I discussed in December. Like the Phoebe, it is a medium-sized bird with an upright posture and a relatively large head. But unlike the Phoebe, it has distinct white wingbars, and does not “wag” its tail. The Pewee is more of a forest bird than its Phoebe cousin, which can make it more difficult to spot. But again like many forest birds, it is quite vocal. Its classic song is a loud whistled “Pee-a-Weeeeee!” with two quick introductory notes and a long final note starting lower in pitch and rising smoothly. Next we come to a very common summer bird that is even harder to spot than the tanagers or the pewee, yet is also even more vocal. This is the Red-eyed Vireo, one of the most common birds in our hardwood forests in summer. Like the White-eyed Vireo I covered last month, the Red-eyed is a small bird with a straight, somewhat stocky bill. When you do spot one, you will notice plain olive upperparts, whitish underparts, and a gray cap edged by a dark line above the eye, and another dark line through the eye. But much more often you will hear this bird rather than see it. The Red-eyed Vireo sometimes seems to sing continuously for hours on end, all day long. This

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was no more than a formless, lifeless, purposeless lump of clay. I merely existed. I say that I was a “Sinner” with a capital S; therefore, I sinned. My sins did not make me a Sinner. I sinned because I was a Sinner and I was powerless to do anything about it on my own. Then, along By Charles E. came The MasNewbold, Jr ter Potter. He took one look at that useless lump of clay and said, “I have chosen you from before the foundation of the earth. I shall make a vessel of honor of you.” I yielded. He plopped that useless lump of clay on His potter’s wheel. The wheel began to spin. I was content to lie there, allowing myself to be fashioned by Him. Little by little, here and there, He began to shape me into the image He had in mind for me. He did not form the vessel and then wonder what to do with it. He knew from the beginning the purpose He had in mind and fashioned the vessel to suit His eternal plan. I recognize many other unique vessels such as you. He makes us for different purposes—some great and some small, but in His eyes all precious and priceless. I tried at times to wrangle my own will for my life, but to no avail. I always made a mess of it. At other times I would complain against the Potter. Then, came His response. “But indeed, O man, who are you to reply against God? Will the thing formed say to him who formed it, ‘Why have you made me like this?’ Does not the potter have power over the clay, from the same lump to make one vessel for honor and another for dishonor?” Romans 9:2021. God never fails. He is the Potter. .


I am the clay. When it comes to His divine purpose in my life, I have no say. I delight knowing that I am a vessel of His own making for His divine purposes. Why would I even want to have a say? He has made me “Righteous” with a capital R, not by my works, but by faith in the finished works of Christ, the Master Potter. I am not Righteous because I do righteous deeds. I do righteous deeds because I am the righteousness of God in Christ. 2 Corinthians 5:21. I do according to who I am. I have been saved by His grace through faith and I had nothing to do with it. It was the gift of God, not of works, lest I should boast. For I am His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared before hand that I should walk in them. Ephesians 2:8-10. (personalized). Nevertheless, the Potter has not yet perfected me. As Paul the apostle recognized in himself: “Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.” Philippians 3:12. (italics mine). Moreover, I know whom He predestined, He also called; whom He called, He also justified; and whom He justified, He also glorified. Romans 8:30. “For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory.” Hebrews 2:10. The arrogance in the Garden of Eden was this: the pot believed the lie that it was equal to the Potter and could go its own way. May we not be so deceived. Charles Elliott Newbold, Jr. has served as pastor, teacher and is an author calling forth Christians to live the laid-down life for Jesus Christ. He and his wife, Nancy McDonald Newbold, live in Knoxville, Tennessee, where Charles continues his writing. www.

Local Winery Goes Global By. Elizabeth Zaunbrecher


s a producer of fine wines, Amber Falls Winery & Cellars in Hampshire, Tennessee strives to create a product that not only measures up to but surpasses the global standard for excellence. Amber Falls Winery & Cellars is excited to announce that they earned Platinum and Gold medals at the 24th annual Monterey International Wine Competition in King City, California. The competition included more than 675 entries

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from around the world. Amber Falls Winery & Cellars’ Sweet Dreams, a cream sherry style dessert wine, scored an astounding 95, earning a Platinum medal as well as “Best Fortified Wine.” The President’s Choice Syrah, part of the winery’s James K. Polk Presidential Wine Series, scored an amazing 92, earning it a Gold medal and also “Best Syrah.” In April, owners Tim and Judy Zaunbrecher will be traveling to Italy to attend the 50th annual Vinitaly international wine exposition. Vinitaly is held in the Italian wine region of Verona and is open to both the public and wine professionals. It has been called “the most important

convention of domestic and international wine” and the “largest wine show in the world” featuring an average of 3,000 wines from several dozen countries. Vinitaly is four days of major events, meetings, tastings and targeted workshops for the wine industry. Tim will be making a presentation at the expo on the “Wines and Viticulture of Middle Tennessee” highlighting this beautiful region and the excellent wines that are produced there. Amber Falls Winery & Cellars is proud to participate in this prestigious wine event and to be able to share their awardwinning wine globally.

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eard any good jokes lately? Me neither. Watched any good TV shows lately? Me neither. Made any serious life changing money lately? Me neither. Been fishing lately? Me neither. Lowered your blood pressure lately by working out? Are you preparing your financial portfolio for retirement? Do you still look forward to birthdays? If the end of the world were bearing down on us all, would you By Shane Newbold panic? Are you naively not afraid of anybody anymore? Still wanna change the world? Do you care if you embarrass your children? Ever believe that man will stop pillaging, raping and killing? Do you believe blonds have more fun? Me Too:

Do you believe your grandkids are second to none? Me too. Are you as strong and attractive as you were at 25? Me too.

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Still subliminally, vicariously living through your children? Me too. Wish you had done a few things differently? Me too. Wanna go out with your boots on? Like to find a phone scammer in the flesh, who tried to advantage of your elderly mother, and make an example of him/her? Still waiting to be famous for something? Comforted that you are surrounded by people who love you? Ever thought you are just chasing your tail? Ever thought that running away would cure chasing your tail? Ever wonder why your significant other remains? Do you believe the only escape from the human condition is the Son of Man returning in the clouds? Ever wonder why some prefer well done and others medium rare? Is premium, fresh sushi your favorite food? Do you think boats and electric guitars are the best inventions ever? Have you cashed your lucky ticket yet? Me neither. Are you still waiting for your lucky ticket? Me too. The “me neither/me too” concept is certainly wide open for a future Part 2. You can hardly wait, right? Me too!

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