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My boss (old school) wonders how newspapers are dealing with millennials who are increasingly casual in their attire. Our dress code is not stringent, but an editor showed up last week in a plain white T-shirt. I didn’t mind — It was a production day and I’m much more concerned with what he …

In a column today, I announced that we were discontinuing election endorsements after running them for the past 40 years or more. A link to the column is below, but the short version is that we no longer have a big enough editorial staff from which to form an editorial board. There’s just tw…

Got an email from the county mayor today, passing along information about a meeting on Sept. 4 here in Centerville, Tennessee with new U.S. Sen. Marsha Blackburn of Tennessee? She wants all elected county officials to meet with her at 4 p.m. until 4:50 in the county Justice Center, then a 5-…

The city council didn’t like my editorial a few weeks back, and I got a letter signed by the mayor and 4 of 7 aldermen. The editorial and council response is below. The editorial had to do with staffing matters at city hall, noting area businesses have been downsizing for years as population…