Tennessee moves up in rankings for serving mental health needs of Tennesseans but there is still work to be done

Despite a challenging year and the heavy impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, the State of Tennessee released a glimmer of positive news as Tennessee’s national ranking advanced regarding serving the mental health needs of Tennesseans. According to the 2021 State of Mental Health in America report published by Mental Health America, Tennessee moved up eleven spots to the 28th spot […]

How Can You Avoid Being Destroyed By The Word Of A Hypocrite?

I asked my friends to explain the following proverb: “The hypocrite with his mouth destroys his neighbor, but through knowledge, the righteous will be delivered” (Proverbs 11:9). “A bad person will never pass up an opportunity to be mean,” says Amber, age unknown.It’s so easy to spot the bad guys in old cowboy movies. They look bad. They act bad. […]

Carolyn Millhiser chosen as Grand Marshal of South Pittsburg Christmas Parade to kick off holiday season

South Pittsburg, Tenn. – Carolyn Kellermann Millhiser led South Pittsburg’s 2020 Christmas Parade as the Grand Marshal on Saturday, Dec. 5. Millhiser is well-known in the community for her dedication to the City of South Pittsburg. So, it was no surprise to locals when she was selected to lead the annual parade. “I was stunned to be asked. That was my […]

Sen Blackburn addresses additional COVID relief efforts

Emphasizes funds still available from CARES Act

Washington, D.C. – Tennessee US Senator Marsha Blackburn addressed issues facing the Senate in the calendar year’s twilight. Blackburn acknowledged that discussions continue to shape another COVID relief bill, but divisions still exist. Blackburn spoke briefly on the promised COVID vaccine pilot program, of which Tennessee was named one of four states to participate. The senator also gave some cause for […]

TDOC suspends visitation until further notice

Nashville, Tenn. – Due to an increase in active COVID-19 cases in the community, the Department of Correction has suspended visitation at four TDOC facilities until further notice. The Morgan County Correctional Complex, Bledsoe County Correctional Complex, Turney Center Industrial Complex, and Mark Luttrell Transition Center resumed visitation in late September and early October, but after a rise in COVID cases […]

ResilienTN campaign to battle holiday overdose and suicide

Nashville, Tenn. – The Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services (TDMHSAS) and Tennessee Department of Health are kicking off a new campaign centered around the risk of drug overdose and suicide during the winter holidays. The campaign, called ResilienTN, focuses on building resilience and strengthening community connections to prevent the tragic loss of life to overdose and […]


Robin Griffith Golston, age 59 of Soddy Daisy, formerly of  Whitwell, passed away Friday, November 27, 2020.  She was preceded in death by her father, Tommy Delano Griffith; brother, Brian Griffith; several aunts, uncles and cousins. Robin was a Registered Nurse for 36 years. She was a member of Sulpher Springs Methodist Church. Those left to cherish her memories are […]

David Carroll’s News and Notes: Don’t Ignore Your Check Engine Light

I have a friend named Ben. He’s in his 70s, is retired from a successful career, and leads a busy, fulfilling life. He’s endured a couple of health setbacks during the past ten years, including a cancer scare, but he has bounced back well. When we chatted recently, he asked, “Dave, how’re ya feeling?” Fortunately, I was able to give […]

Sen. Lamar Alexander bids farewell to US Senate

Washington, D.C. – Senator Lamar Alexander gave his formal farewell speech from the floor of the US Senate. Being introduced by Senate majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Alexander’s impact was evident. Through anecdotal recollections and a checklist of accomplishments, Alexander posed the Senate’s purpose and dropped the occasional solution for the problems that plague the legislative process. Alexander’s 80 years was often […]