Entries by Mark Todd Engler

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CHL Hosting Pan-Am Kayak Bass Derby

Paddlesport fishing promoters chart course into international waters A potentially sea-changing angling competition is set to launch on the vast, bass-rich reaches of Center Hill Lake at the end of May. During the week following Memorial Day, elite kayak anglers from across the Western Hemisphere will converge on the Upper Cumberland to test their skills […]

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‘BurgerFit’ Flips Fat-Fighting Script

Cookeville mom-on-the-go publishing (healthy) hamburger cookbook Alane Boyd isn’t a woman with a lot of extra time on her hands. The Putnam County software engineer-entrepreneur may have “retired” for the first time at just 35 after selling a successful company she and her husband co-founded, but her daily life remains a whirl of activity and […]


Historic White County Homestead Added to State Park System

Vintage farm furnishes antique mystique to area rich in natural magnetism A new land-donation to the Virgin Falls State Natural Area allows visitors to stroll back into history a bit and ponder life lived at a slower pace during a more down-to-earth era. A 19th century homestead adjoining eastern White County’s picturesque Dog Cove, which […]

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Rural Issues Top Lee’s Agenda

New governor looks to spur country-style commerce In one of his first official acts after taking the oath of office as Tennessee’s newest chief executive, Gov. Bill Lee issued an executive order mandating that state agencies do a better job serving country folks. The order directs state agencies to take steps toward improving rural economic […]


Elevated Lake Levels Expected for Extended Period

The Nashville District Office of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is anticipating that heavy rains over the past weeks will result in higher-than-normal pool elevations for some time on the Cumberland River system lakes it manages. Center Hill Lake, Dale Hollow, Percy Priest and Lake Cumberland in Kentucky are all discharging vast quantities of […]

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Welcome to World-Class Walleye Waters

March means angling madness for Rock Island’s early spring spawners Ask around what’s the best-eating freshwater fish and there’s a good chance walleye tops any serious angler’s menu. True, walleye aren’t necessarily know for their bellicose resistance subsequent to biting a bait — leastwise not in the manner of, say, a burly smallmouth or mean-spirited […]


TN Legislature in Session: Rep. Casada, Sen. McNally Elected Speakers (w/video)

The 111th Tennessee General Assembly commenced in Nashville on Tuesday, with both chambers of the legislative branch selecting members of the Republican caucus to preside over the respective lawmaking bodies. The House and Senate are again this session dominated by Republicans. For the past six years the GOP has enjoyed supermajority control of both statehouse […]

TN Governor-Elect Meets with Trump

Incoming governors visit White House Tennessee’s gubernatorial election winner, Republican Bill Lee, was among a group of more than a dozen new voter-endorsed state-level chief executives from around the country to meet with President Donald Trump this week. Lee and 21 other incoming governors were invited the the White House for the Dec. 13 gathering […]


TTU, MTSU Among TN Colleges Earning Mediocre Marks for Free Speech Protections

A national organization that tracks efforts on higher education campuses to suppress the exercise of free speech has declared that Tennessee is, on whole, basically average when it comes to universities respecting First Amendment liberties. Given the disquieting level of intolerance for controversial opinions and divergent points of view at American colleges these days, that […]