Touchdown Titans! The NFL marks 20 years in Tennessee

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Tennessee State Museum marks 20 years of the Titans in Tennessee with Touchdown Titans! The NFL in Tennessee, a special display April 23-May 5 in the Grand Hall of the Museum.
The temporary exhibit is scheduled to coincide with the Nashville’s largest football event, The NFL Draft, April 25 – 27.

The Grand Hall will display artifacts and memorabilia that dates back to the days when the Houston Oilers moved to Tennessee and became the Tennessee Oilers in 1997.

The first season the NFL team played under the Titans was in 1999. Famous events such as the “Music City Miracle” and Chris Johnson’s record setting season will be featured.

Other highlights include a mahogany football used at the unveiling of the new Titans logo in 1998 and later presented to the Museum by former governor Don Sundqvist; a Titans game-worn helmet from 2000 signed by Titans superstars Eddie George, Steve McNair, Jevon Kearse, and head coach Jeff Fisher; and a program and ticket from the January 8, 2000 game when the Titans faced the Buffalo Bills in the Wild Card round of the playoffs.

It was in this game, with 16 seconds left, that the Titans called “Home Run Throwback,” a play that has since been termed the “Music City Miracle.”

Special Thanks to Hillsboro Globe partner, for sharing a brief retrospective of pictures for gallery.

On Display from Tuesday, April 23 – Sunday, May 5, 2019.


Life, Love and Marriage in Renaissance Italy Exhibit-Review!


The Frist Art Museum is a beautiful, historical building that houses  both permanent and touring visual arts exhibitions. Originally built in 1934 as  Nashville’s centrally located U.S. Post Office, it remains a culturally important historic landmarks in Nashville.

In 1988, the Post Office was added to the National Register of historic landmarks. The museum is open to the public seven days a week, and admission is free for those under the age of eighteen.

In the 1990’s, a growing Nashville community out grew the building and the city leaders began to see a new purpose for the building. Thomas F. Frist, Jr., M.D., and other city leaders created the Frist Foundation which, in turn, helped to raise money to create a museum that preserved the recognizable Art Deco architecture.

Frist Arts Museum is a visual arts gallery in Nashville, TN which is housed in a historic Art Deco building that was for 80 years was the Main U.S. Post Office. (photo by Peter Kerr)

The commitment to Nashville arts scene goes beyond the famous and recognizable artists. The Frist also displays high school student works of art and three MNPS schools, Hillsboro, Hume Fogg, and Nashville School of the Arts are currently represented in the exhibit. Those students are Zoe Spain, Jared Boston, Lizzy Gaviria, Nancy Henin, Katie Taylor, Heidi Viall, Madison Weathers and Jessica Cardona.

In 1933, the Nashville architecture firm, Marr & Holman, designed a public building that is both unique and pragmatic. The interior is spacious with high ceilings and roomy galleries perfect for both permanent works of art and for displaying collections of art that tours throughout the world.

Currently, the Frist has collections on display that are from a variety of types of visual arts. The museum showcases paintings, sculptures, and historically relevant artifacts.

A recent temporary collection,  Life, Love and Marriage Chest in Renaissance Italy exhibits fourteenth century through the sixteenth century pieces of art. Fans of museums will move from gallery to gallery, from room to room, being led on a history of different styles of Italian Renaissance art.

Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi) (1445 – 1510) Madonna and Child and Two Angels Tempera on panel, c.1470 This exhibition was organized by Contemporanea Progetti with the Museo Stibbert.

The painting,  Alessandro di Mariano di Vanni Filipepi’s ‘Madonna and Child’ is a work that is important to view while it is on loan here in Nashville. Madonna is painting of the Virgin Mary surrounded by children while holding the baby Jesus. This painting resonates because of how glows though it limits the use of the the color ‘gold’. Visitors have an opportunity to view a work that evokes the sacred and holy without having to attend a large city museum like those in New York or Chicago.

Paintings are not the only works of art from this time period on display. There are also sculptures and artifacts. For example the Chopines depicts a 16th century pair of  heeled shoes that are what many call platform shoes. Women wore these to protect them from the street dirt and mud.

Other interesting artifacts that are part of the exhibit are armor worn by 15th century soldiers in Italy and common house hold items like jars used to contain pharmaceutical items or herbs.

Young Tennessee Artists Installation

The Frist Art Museum’s seventh biennial Young Tennessee Artistsexhibition showcases some of the finest two-dimensional artwork by high school students across the state. Students in Advanced Placement (AP) and International Baccalaureate (IB) studio art programs during the 2017–18 academic year were invited to submit their work to this exhibition. After reviewing more than eight hundred entries from students in home-school programs as well as private and public schools, the jurors selected works by twenty-seven students.

This exhibition illuminates their skillful synthesis of form, technique, and content. The array and quality of work demonstrate the growing sophistication and diversity of experiences within the AP and IB studio art programs across Tennessee.

Zoe Spain, Hillsboro High School, Nashville

Jessica Cardona, Nashville School of the Arts, Nashville

Jared Boston, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Lizzy Gaviria, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Nancy Henin, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Katie Taylor, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Heidi Viall, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville
Madison Weathers, Hume-Fogg High School, Nashville

Upcoming – An exhibit that will display masters such as Degas, Van Gogh, Monte Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera exhibit. Tickets for this installation can be purchased in advance, which is recommended as the works in the installation will be very recognizable.

If interested in finding out more about the historic importance of the building, The Architecture Tour  is offered the first Saturday of every month at 4:30 p.m. before the First Saturday Art Crawl.



The Cheekwood Experience

The Cheekwood  Holiday Lights Festival is an annual event that  Cheekwood Estate and Gardens creates every year to display magnificent light fixtures and designs of the holiday season.

Lit pathways at Cheekwood’s Holiday Lights Festival are a Nashville tradition. (photographer – Abbey Cutrer)

This isn’t just a visit to a park, the Holiday Lights Festival is a full on experience. It includes everything from a 1-mile lighted pathway, to a real live viewing of reindeer. The path has amazing lights and is perfect for nice, winter nights.

I highly suggest to go in early December when it’s not as crowded but it’s still a good way to get into the Christmas spirit.

When you walk along the path you discover may different outdoor lights displayed, but my favorite is the fire pits because there are s’mores supplies available for purchase as well as drinks stations for hot chocolate or apple cider. Adult beverages are also offered.

There’s also an amazing Poinsettia Tree inside the estate mansion which is also decorated in a traditional 19th Century design. The tree goes all the way up to the top of the two floor ceiling! It’s a beautiful place for a picture.

The best, most kid-friendly part of the night is the visit with Santa. When I was younger, I loved to go see him and tell him what I want for Christmas that year. It’s a great memory for your kids. This is another picture perfect opportunity!

To conclude, yes, there

is much to love at Cheekwood and all of the experiences that come along with it and I definitely would recommend making this your family Christmas tradition.


The Music City Bowl sets more records in the 19th edition of Nashville’s New Year’s Eve tradition.

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NASHVILLE, Tenn.  – Auburn won the coin toss, elected to receive and never looked back in a 63-14 win over Purdue at the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl on Friday.

The Tigers outgunned the Boilermakers 586-263 in total offense and . punted only once the entire game. They scored their first eight possessions of the game. “I’m real proud of our team,” Auburn head coach Gus Malzahn said after the game.

“They practiced extremely hard when we were at Auburn. When we got the bowl site, it was a business approach. That carried over. We talked about playing our best game of the year and we did that today.” The Tigers finished with their first postseason victory since the 2015 Birmingham Bowl against Memphis and accrued a set of records that is impressive by any college game standard.

Auburn finished its inconsistent season sending its seniors out the right way.This is the third year in a row that records have been set or broken at the Franklin American Music City Bowl.

Crazy stats takeaways the are not typos

#1: Auburn (8-5) needed only 63 seconds to set the tone for the MCB, with Stidham finding JaTarvious Whitlow for a 66-yard TD pass. Whitlow also added a pair of short TD runs as Auburn led 28-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Jarrett Stidham is presented Most Valuable Player trophy at the 2018 Franklin America Music City Bowl, December 28, 2018. Rights Reserved-Hillsboro Globe; Photo by Ashja Murchison.

Jarrett Stidham threw for a career-high 373 yards and five touchdowns in his final college game , and Auburn pounded Purdue 63-14 on Friday.

Stidham was voted by attending media as the MVP of the 2018 Music City Bowl.

#2: JaTarvious Whitlow scored touchdowns on his first three touches of the game. He has the 66 yard pass TD, a 2 yard TD and a 1 yard TD finishing with 10 rushing yards, seven carries and three TDs.

#3: Auburn scored the most points by an SEC team in a bowl, topping Alabama’s 61-6 win over Syracuse in the Orange Bowl on Jan. 1, 1953. The Tigers had a chance to match the most points ever in a bowl at 70, most recently by Army in the Armed Forces Bowl last week, but took a knee at the Purdue 1 after a replay review overturned a very late TD run by Joey Gatewood.

#4: Auburn scored TDs on its first eight possessions tying the the Music City Bowl record for most points and TDs set by West Virginia in 2000 — with 5:36 left in the first half.

#5: By halftime, Auburn led 56-7 with the most points scored in any half in program history after holding the ball for only 11 minutes.

Javarius Davis with his record setting touchdown in the first half of the Music City Bowl played at Nissan Stadium. Auburn beat Purdue 63-14. Photo by Terrianna Carter; Rights Reserved – Hillsboro Globe

#6: It was the most points by one team in a half in any bowl.

#7: Darius Slayton set a bowl record with TD catches of 74 , 52 and 34 yards and finished with 160 yards receiving.

Javaris Davis had a sack and an interception in the first quarter for Auburn, and Big Kat Bryant returned an interception 20 yards for a 45-7 lead with 12:29 left in the first half.

#8: Up 42–7 in the second quarter, the Tigers were determined to keep scoring on the Boilermakers. Auburn went for it on fourth-and-three at Purdue’s 38-yard line to gain the first down with Stidham’s 16-yard pass to Sal Cannella.

After moving the ball down the field, Auburn went for it on fourth-and-one, as Whitlow gained the first down with a four-yard run. The Tigers would go on to score on Anthony Schwartz’s six-yard touchdown run on third-and-goal.

#9: The possession time had huge gaps. Purdue had the ball for 19 minutes compared to only 11 minutes for Auburn in the first half, who scored too quickly to keep the ball. By the game’s end, Auburn held onto the ball for 33:41 minutes, while Purdue’s possessions tallied to 25:49 minutes.

#10: Stidham ditched the trend of players who will be entering the draft opting not to play in bowl game. Stidham said he had to play as a competitor. He was 13 of 18 for 335 yards and four TDs at halftime and nearly had a TD run only to be ruled just short. “In my two short years here, I’ve grown so close to these guys I could never imagine not finishing the season with them,” Stidham said.

Bonus: Only five other teams have scored more in a bowl game, and the Tigers set a school record for total yards in a bowl.

Of Note…..Purdue: Brohm has a lot to replace with a senior class of 29 counting walk-ons. The departing Boilermakers include quarterback David Blough and top running backs in D.J. Knox and Markell Jones. …….Auburn: The search for Stidham’s replacement began with sophomore Malik Willis who played a scarce 1:33.

Growing Up in the Digital Age

From the Greatest Generation to Baby Boomers, Generation X to Millennials, teenagers in every era have had challenges growing up.

In today’s digital world, high school students are being tested in unique and demanding ways.

The Washington Post confirms that 73 percent of all American teenagers own their own smartphone and, on average, spend almost nine hours a day texting, chatting, gaming, blogging, streaming and visiting with friends online.  

Although conclusive research showing a direct correlation between the mental health of teenagers and smartphone usage won’t be complete for years, it isn’t a great confidence builder for a student to discover online that everyone else seems to have more friends.

In addition, recent figures indicate that more than 31 percent of America’s 42 million teenagers are overweight or obese, compared to only five percent in 1980.

According to the 2016 National Survey of Children’s Health, Tennessee is ranked the most obese state in the nation with 37.7 percent of all teenagers considered overweight.

Not surprisingly, many psychologists and researchers agree that today’s teenagers are more lonely, anxious and depressed than ever before.

As the new school year gets underway and social pressures increase, statistics like these verify how important it is for teenagers to participate in high school sports and other activities such as marching band, choir, speech and debate.

The most recent survey by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) indicates there are almost eight million participants in high school sports and more than four million in performing arts activities.

Most of these students would agree the primary advantage of playing a sport or participating in an after-school activity is the opportunity to meet new people and develop meaningful friendships.

An online chat is no substitute for working toward a common goal face-to-face, side-by-side for weeks on end with teammates.”


And positive social relationships are only the beginning. Among other benefits, high school sports are instrumental in helping teenagers establish nutritional and exercise habits that will carry them for a lifetime.

Participating in a sport in high school is a great way to maintain a healthy weight, establish good eating and sleeping habits, discourage the use of alcohol and drugs and develop a greater sense of self-esteem.

Additional benefits of participating in a high school sport or activity are shared by the NFHS on a new website at , where dozens of high school students address this topic in their own words through videos.

A new school year brings with it an opportunity for teenagers to make new friends and establish new lifestyle habits. Encouraging them to make friends on the field of play as well as online is great way to start.

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Forsberg carves up the Avalanche, scores twice in 3rd leading the Predators to 5-2 Game 1 win


NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Filip Forsberg scored twice in the third period and the Nashville Predators rallied to beat the Colorado Avalanche 5-2 on Thursday night in Game 1 of the first-round Western Conference series.

The Predators were ready for a big party having won their first Presidents’ Trophy and looking for the Stanley Cup lost in six games to Pittsburgh last June.

The Avalanche simply wanted a big win on a stage their franchise hadn’t seen since 2014, and the youngest roster this postseason outplayed the defending Western Conference champs early.

Nashville Predators left wing Filip Forsberg (9), of Sweden, celebrates after a second score in the third period against Colorado Avalanche goaltender Jonathan Bernier (45) during Game 1 of an NHL hockey first-round playoff series Thursday, April 12, 2018, in Nashville, Tenn. ( Photo/Mike Strasinger)

Pekka Rinne made 25 saves, including a handful on Colorado’s Hart Trophy candidate Nathan MacKinnon.

Austin Watson had a goal and an assist for Nashville, which has won 11 straight over Colorado. Craig Smith and Colton Sissons scored a goal apiece, and Ryan Johansen had two assists.

Nikita Zadorov and Blake Comeau each scored a goal for Colorado.

Forsberg, who led Nashville with 64 points in the regular season, gave Nashville its first lead of the game at 3-2 when he redirected a shot from captain Roman Josi past Jonathan Bernier at 6:08 of the third. Then Forsberg made it 4-2, passing the puck through his legs skating by rookie Samuel Girard before beating Bernier with 7:50 left.

Game 2 is Saturday afternoon in Nashville.

This series featured a team that won a record 53 games during the regular season and Colorado, which had to win its regular season finale to squeak into the postseason a point ahead of St. Louis. The Avalanche came in with only 14 players having any playoff experience, and their most season player Colin Wilson was on Nashville’s roster a year ago.

Fans filled the arena more than 30 minutes before the puck dropped, waiting for a pregame video that included a giant curtain that dropped down over the ice for a giant video board. Rascal Flatts handled the anthem as the Predators continued their tradition of big stars stepping in for the postseason, and two catfish hit the ice almost as soon as the last note ended.

Colorado scored on its first official shot as Rinne didn’t appear to see Zadorov’s wrister with the puck going over his glove at 6:36 off assists from Mikko Rantanen and MacKinnon.


The Predators were a bit sloppy early.

The team that led the NHL in penalties took two late in the first, including giving Colorado 19 seconds of a 5-on-3. Rinne seemed to settle the Predators down with a big save with 20 seconds left in the period, stopping Tyson Jost’s shot from the slot before sticking his right skate to the postwith MacKinnon and Gabriel Landeskog trying to pounce on the puck.

In the second, Rinne got help from Matt Irwin clearing J.T. Compher’s shot, and the Predators tied it up at 1 on a wrister from Watson that squeezed over Bernier’s left shoulder and the post at 3:14. The goal was being announced when Comeau got a stick on Carl Soderberg’s shot from the point to give Colorado a 2-1 lead at 4:51.

Rinne came up with his best save with 2:24 left in the second with Rantanen on a breakaway. The goalie spread out and stuck his right leg out, stopping the puck with his pad.

Sissons capped the scoring with an empty-netter with 1:57 left.

NOTES: Nashville had been 12-14-5 after giving up the first goal and 8-10-2 when trailing after the first period in the regular season. But the Preds were 11-1-2 when tied after two periods. … Watson and Smith each had their fifth career goals of the playoffs.


Game 2 is Saturday in Nashville.

“Wrap it up, we’ll take it”: the Nashville Predators accept President’s Trophy –

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Nashville Predators presented the President’s Trophy to the largest sold out crowd in the history of the Bridgestone Arena, wrapping up a regular season of play that is symbolically setting up a play-off season of high expectations.

The franchise’s first Presidents’ Trophy brought a fan intimacy to center ice that has been a hallmark of the club for the last 20 years. And though the house was rockin’ with pride, it was definitely not the hardware the fans of Nashville hope to see hoisted in center ice a few months down the road. It’s time to chase the hardware the Predators really want: The Stanley Cup.

The President’s Trophy is given to the team who wraps up the season with the best overall record in the NHL. “It’s definitely a good regular season for us, definitely something we can be proud of,” Josi said. “But now the real work and the real fun starts.”

The Predators accepted the Presidents’ Trophy before the game from NHL deputy commissioner Bill Daly and took a moment to remember the moment with a team photo on the ice. Fans then chanted “We want the Cup” for the defending Western Conference champs who lost the Stanley Cup in six games to Pittsburgh last year.

Nashville coach Peter Laviolette said he’d never coached a team that won the Presidents’ Trophy before.

This night was to remember all the personal milestones, including David Poile notching the most NHL games by a general manager, an accolade acknowledged earlier in the season. “It was nice to take a minute just to acknowledge that,” Laviolette said. “Our guys are proud of it. They worked really hard this year. They stayed focused for the entire year. It’s all been part of a vision of something bigger than what happened tonight.”

Indeed it has been a season of firsts through out this entire year.

The Nashville Predators are having a record breaking season this year, coming off of a 10 win streak, here are just a few of thier current accomplishments in the 217/18 season.

Other records and firsts for the franchise this season include:

  •  1st Central Division title.
  • A regular-season Western Conference crown.
  • The Presidents’ Trophy as the League’s top point-getter.
  • Franchise records in points and victories. And they’re still not done.
  • Nashville Predators team has ever recorded 117 points
  • Best home record posting a 66-21-13 record
  • The Predators sold out their 102nd straight game with a franchise record 17,594; this streak began  almost two calendar years ago
  • Pekka Rinne earned his 300th career game
  • Predators went nearly a month scoring a point in every game, for a streak of 15.
  • Nashville’s 15-game point streak

Filip Forsberg scored three goals for Nashville’s first hat trick of the season, and the Predators finished off the best regular season in franchise history by beating the Columbus Blue Jackets 4-2 Saturday night.

Goalie Pekka Rinne made 22 saves through two periods before being replaced by Juuse Saros. Rinne finished 42-13-4 this season.

The Predators scored three goals in the first period with Watson starting the scoring at 7:52 of the first and Forsberg adding a pair on the power play.
Forsberg scored on a snap shot at 11:04. Then he got his 26th goal of the season just before the buzzer for a 3-0 lead with a shot from the right circle that went off the post and then Korpisalo into the net. Officials reviewed the play, which crossed at 0.4 seconds before the end of the period.
With Korpisalo pulled, Forsberg got the hat trick with an empty-net goal with 39.4 seconds left as fans celebrated by tossing the giveaway visors onto the ice.
Forsberg tied his career high with 64 points and also became Nashville’s scoring leader for the regular season with Viktor Arvidsson (61 points) scratched.
Anderson got his 19th goal at 7:55 of the second, and Dubinsky pulled Columbus within 3-2 with a short-handed goal at 7:20 of the third.”We played a pretty good game,” Dubinsky said. “Obviously, we gave a couple power-play goals to them there in the first, got down 3-0 two a really good team.”

NOTES: Defenseman P.K. Subban played his 82nd game, the only player on the Nashville roster to play every game this season. … The Predators improved to 41-4-6 when scoring first and 23-4-4 when leading after one period. …

Blue Jackets: Face Washington in the first round of the playoffs.
Predators: Hosting Colorado in Game 1 likely Thursday

Northwestern Edges Kentucky in a wild finish at the Franklin American Music City Bowl

NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The Kentucky Wildcats football team rallied from a 10-point deficit to get within a point of tying the game in the fourth quarter with the No. 20 Northwestern Wildcats  but failed on a two-point conversion with 37 seconds left in the game.

Box Score

The 2017 Franklin American Music City Bowl game will be remembered for its frenzied rallied Kentucky comeback, notable injuries and even a couple of ejections at Nissan Stadium on Friday in Nashville, Tennessee.

Northwestern posted 442 yards of total offense compared to Kentucky’s 338 yards. Northwestern dominated in the run game, posting 333 yards on the ground, while Kentucky only gained 65. In his last game as a Wildcat, Justin Jackson ran for 157 yards and two touchdowns as Northwestern (10-3) finished off back-to-back bowl wins in consecutive years for the first time in program history.

Northwestern’s Justin Jackson rushed for 157 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns at the 2017 Franklin American Music City Bowl held December 29, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photographer Angel Powell, Rights reserved

In addition to Jackson’s 157 rushing yards, redshirt first year Jeremy Larkin busted out for a career-high 112 yards on the ground, while quarterback Matt Alviti scooted for 54.

Kentucky (7-6) trailed 24-14 with 7:49 remaining in the fourth quarter. A 10 play, 43 yard drive set up a 48-yard field goal from Austin McGinnis to cut the lead to 24-17 when the comeback began.

Kentucky’s defense would rise and the Northwestern Wildcats from Evanston, Illinois on the following drive on a fourth-and-one from the Kentucky 39 yard line, giving UK the ball in good field position with 2:31 remaining.

Firing up the Kentucky fans in blue, the Wildcats drove down the field, and quarterback Stephen Johnson scored on a nine-yard rush to cut the lead to 24-23 with just 37 seconds left.

Kentucky’s quarterback Stephen Johnson earned 277 all purpose yards and scored a pair of touchdowns at the 2017 Franklin American Music City Bowl held December 29, 2017 at Nissan Stadium in Nashville, Tennessee. (Rights reserved

Next came the gutsy move to go for two instead of squaring up for an overtime game.

Johnson’s pass on the conversion attempt was broken up. Northwestern then recovered UK’s pooch kick, sealing the victory.

Both starting quarterbacks left in the first half with injuries. Kentucky’s Stephen Johnson was knocked out of the game on multiple occasions but kept coming back. Johnson connected on 19 of his 36 passes for 257 yards. He also rushed six times for 17 yards and a pair of touchdowns

Kentucky also lost running back Benny Snell Jr. to an ejection for contact with an official early in the second quarter, and Northwestern lost leading tackler and linebacker Paddy Fisher before halftime when he was ejected for targeting.

“We just lost a heartbreaker by inches,” Kentucky Head Coach Stoops said.

Northwestern Head Coach Fitzgerald echoed Stoops sentiments when he tried to describe the last minute of the game. “I’m not sure words can describe that game,” Fitzgerald said. “Wow. What a great job by our young men. …Go for the win,” Fitzgerald said of Stoop’s decision.

With quarterback Clayton Thorson knocked out early in the second with an injured right knee , Northwestern outran Kentucky 333-65. Safety Kyle Quiero provided the winning margin taking Northwestern’s second interception 26 yards for a TD with 7:49 left.


Northwestern: Losing Jackson won’t be easy. Jackson went over the century mark for the 27th time in his career and moved into 10th in NCAA history in career rushing yards with a 14-yard carry in the second quarter.He finished with 5,440 yards. But Jeremy Larkin is a redshirt freshman who ran for 112 yards, and he will be back in 2018. Thorson already planned to return for his senior season too.

Kentucky: Snell, who came in leading the SEC in rushing TDs, capped the opening drive of the game with a 3-yard TD that was his 19th this season and 32nd of his career. Both are school records, and he’ll be back for his junior season.




” ‘Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus’ “

Archived in the Library of Congress is one of the most famous letters to an editor of a newspaper and it was written by eight-year-old Virginia O’Hanlon.

She wrote her letter to the editor of New York’s Sun and the quick response was printed as an unsigned editorial Sept. 21, 1897.

The now famous response was the work of veteran newsman Francis Pharcellus Church has since become history’s most reprinted newspaper editorial, appearing in part or whole in dozens of languages in books, movies, and other editorials, and on posters and stamps.

DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.

Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
Papa says, ‘If you see it in THE SUN it’s so.’
Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men’s or children’s, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that’s no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby’s rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Nashville Traditions: Santa’s Trees Lot, since 1970, has been a Christmas tradition for generations

“Santa’s Trees “ is the name of the tree lot that is in front of Hillsboro High School. The man that runs the tree lot is Jim Mc Cloud. According to Jim Mc Cloud, the tree lot in front of Hillsboro high school is a “Green Hills Tradition.” He said, “This tree lot has been set up in front of Hillsboro every year since the late 1970’s.”

This company gets their trees in by a semi-truck once a week until right before Christmas. A security woman comes every night not only to protect the yard, but to water the trees and clean up. Santa’s Trees is open from now until Dec 25, 2017. Their hours are: Sunday through Saturday (7 days a week) 9:00AM to 9:00PM.

Its the holiday season and Hillsboro is selling Christmas trees! A week before Thanksgiving, the Christmas tree lot set up in the front of the school.

They are selling trees starting at 35 dollars and up depending on the kind of tree and the size.

They also sell wreaths, red bows, and garlands.

Customers often ask how they will get a large tree home if they don’t drive a truck. The Christmas Tree Lot has that covered.  They have a delivery service with for a small additional fee.

They will continue to sell trees and wreaths up until Christmas Day or until everything has been sold.

After a customer gets a tree home, taking care of it in s special was is  crucial to the tree lasting for several weeks.

First it is key not to place the tree under or over any kind of heating vent system. This could cause it to overheat and die

Next, don’t keep it too close to close to a window either. This can cause your tree to wilt due to the cold temperatures.

Finally, you have to keep the water fresh. Water is necessary for the tree to remain fresh and to preserve it as much as possible. Think of it like a large bouquet of flowers.



Here are some of the things they offer:

Items Price range

Trees $35.00 to $700

Wreaths $20.00 to $160

Garland $3.00 -$7.00 per ft.

$75.00 to $175.00 bulk

Décor (Arrangements $10.00 to $100.00

Bows $4.00 to $15.00

Pearl Harbor survivors to remember those killed

HONOLULU — Survivors will gather at the site of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor to remember fellow servicemen killed in the early morning raid 76 years ago.

On December 7, 1941, the US naval fleet stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, suffered a devastating attack from the air and sea.

The Japanese assault began at 7:48 a.m., resulting in the deaths of 2,402 Americans, numerous injuries, and the sinking of four battleships, and damage to many more.

Surprised US service members who normally would have slept in on that Sunday morning or enjoyed some recreation, found themselves fighting for their lives.

About 20 survivors  are expected to attend Thursday’s event at a grassy spot overlooking the harbor and the USS Arizona Memorial. A couple thousand members of the public, Navy and National Park Service officials will join them.

USAToday reported December 5, 2017, that only 5 USS Arizona crew member still survive as of July 2017. The oldest living survivor is 105 and his name is Ray Chavez.

December 7, 2017, marks the 76th Anniversary of the attack by the Japanese Kamikazi fighter pilots on Pearl Harbor in Honolulu. More than 2,400 American’s died on this day, nearly half were on the USS Arizona battleship, which exploded and sank after being bombed. On the following day, President Franklin D. Roosevelt declared, ” on this date (12/7/1941) will be a day that will live infamy. May God have mercy upon my enemies, because I won’t.”

Since 1941, on this date, at 12:50 EST, many government organizations, schools, businesses and the military will stop and acknowledge this tragic moment in history with a moment of silence will mark the time the attack began.

Despite the few numbers, these are members of our society who, in their twilight years should receive the highest honors each year we can continue to honor them for their service and that specific day in history.

Mini-Nutcracker concludes it’s 36th season at the Davis Auditorium

Nashville, TENN — The holiday season is a time to celebrate the joy of annual Nashville traditions and there one tradition that children of several generations look forward to as it is a dance performance of a well loved ballet that is revised to engage and entertain the younger minds of the blooming artistic city.

The Centennial Youth Ballet performs the Nutcracker each year at the theater at Harpeth Hall’s Davis Auditorium and it recently wrapped up this year’s 36 annual Mini-Nutcracker with four amazing performances on Friday, December 1st, to Sunday.

First danced in 1981 as a 15-minute segment of Hickory Hollow Mall’s Christmas entertainment, the show has become one of Nashville’s favorite holiday traditions.

It is called the ‘mini’ Nutcracker – not because all the performers are little, though some are as they are in any performance of this holiday tradition, but rather it is miniaturized and abridged to engage children with the best parts of this wonderful story that leads Clara on a magical tale through a wonderful world filled with candies, and a beautiful sugar plum. 

Designed to introduce young children to ballet as a performance art, The Mini-Nutcracker is an abbreviated, narrated version of the Nutcracker Suite Ballet. The young dancers in the Centennial Youth Ballet perform the ballet’s shortened scenes and variations with poise, technical precision, and polish.

The costumes worn by the students are as professional as the student’s themselves. Both the costumes and the performers soared above any expectation one might have about a performance designed to entertain a younger audience. It was, in fact, the perfect length for most adults!

As a Nashville tradition for 36 years, the Mini-Nutcracker has created opportunities for multiple generations to begin the holiday season together as it is the first of many events for families in December.

And like so many dancers before them, it was the last Nutcracker performance for five seniors who will be graduating this year. Moving on to college next year are: Ella Jowers, Anna Gray, Caitin Narion , Katie Bell Raymond, and Paige Higgins.

Three of these top performers are Hillsboro students: Pippa Davis (Clara) Katelyn Turner-Leftwich (Snow and Big Tea) and Olivia Turner-Leftwich (Snow and Big Tea).

If you missed the performance this year, set your calendar for the first weekend in December for next year as it will be a tradition you will want to add for years to come.

Mini Nutcracker’s Cast