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Never forget how Tennessee athletes shone in the 1964 Tokyo Olympics

Tennessee State University Coach Ed Temple’s Tigerbelles sent many champions to Japan. When the national teams paraded in the Opening Ceremonies at the Tokyo Olympics on July 23, many viewers with Tennessee connections watched with pride while recalling and reliving the first Tokyo games in 1964. A compelling highlight from that 1964 competition saw two close friends toe the starting

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An open letter to first lady (and first teacher) Jill Biden

Our country must make a direct investment in the very people who have the future of our society in their hands — K-12 public school teachers. Bo Roberts is a Nashville-based marketing consultant. He may be reached at bo@roberts strategies.com. Thanks to recent Belmont University graduate Emily Vo for her research on this project.Dear madam first lady: I am writing

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Our fragile democracy calls for formidable Republicans

A modest, honorable, former Republican president leaned in close to a modest, honorable, congressional Democrat leader, and, speaking through his face mask, said: “Joe Biden is the only one who could have been elected.” Those words, relayed by receiver Rep. Jim Clyburn of S.C., stood out most amidst all the immensely moving speeches, poems and songs heard on Inauguration Day

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PANDEMIC PERSPECTIVE

Dec. 7, 1941 (Invasion of Pearl Harbor): Deaths–2,035   Sep. 11, 2001 (Invasion of New York): Deaths–2,996   Dec. 3, 2020 (One day in COVID invasion of U.S.): Deaths-2,857   World War II: Total U.S. deaths: 407,316 in 3½ years   COVID-19: Total U.S. deaths as Dec. 6, 2020: 281,000 in 9 months   Projected total of COVID-19 deaths after

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Who owns downtown Nashville? The world does

Not long ago I found myself differing— a rare occurrence during the past several decades—- with my friend Keel Hunt’s thoughts about “Who owns downtown Nashville, and what should its future be?” That subject, the centerpiece of his most recent column, totally got my attention. I don’t think I’d be exaggerating in suggesting that downtown Nashville is owned these days,

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JULY WEEKEND MARKED END OF A SIGNIFICANT ERA

Tennessee headed for embarrassing Senate representation By Bo Roberts A long, impressive era of noteworthy U.S. senate representation in the Volunteer State is hurtling headlong towards its demise, as was illustrated so pointedly over the July Fourth weekend. It is the end of literate, ethical, non-partisan strain of politics that began with and encompassed the essence of the brilliantly diplomatic

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Never a day off

Black and white ESPN hosts have compelling end to SportsCenter By Bo Roberts “There’s never a day off from being black.” That was the essence of a riveting conversation recently on ESPN’s SportsCenter between two young, attractive anchors, who had a three-minute talk about race. It was the most compelling discussion I’ve heard in the hours and hours of remarks

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David Briley’s mayoral challengers should offer more constructive solutions

The constant refrains from Mayor David Briley’s challengers highlights the negatives while providing zero solutions. Mayor Briley discusses Nashville’s public schools during his State of Metro address. Mayor David Briley, Facebook.com livestream You know what? I like Nashville and I kinda like living here. Actually, I like living here a lot. Don’t you? It makes me wonder if the candidates

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CULTURE-CHANGING ACTIONS BY HASLAM THAT ARE UNDER THE RADAR

By Bo Roberts As the sand runs out on the Bill Haslam gubernatorial time clock, there were two major accomplishments during his eight years that few recognize, but which will change the culture of state government and higher education. Gov. Haslam’s major achievements, particularly in education, have rightly been praised in these pages and nationally, as well. A prime example

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’82 World’s Fair may hold lesson for Trump and North Korea

Maybe, just maybe (based on a personal experience years ago), there might be some hope in President Donald Trump’s recent meeting with Kim Jong Un, North Korea’s leader. As one who detests the performance of just about anything Trump does, and as an American, I truly hope this venture is successful beyond the momentous photo opportunity it provided for both

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