Entries by Mark Todd Engler


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 […]


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 […]

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Big Wins for White County Wildlands Preservation, Recreation

Conservation carve-outs added to Upper Caney Watershed The rural lands that make up White County have long been recognized and appreciated for their remarkable geological features and timeless sense of hardy frontier vitality. Over the last several decades, more and more people from outside the area have come to love and admire White County’s abundance […]

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Big Fun on Small Town’s Barren Fork

Cool respite from stuffy summer doldrums; Backwoods-style river adventures inside McMinnville city limits Set amidst a remarkable panorama of thickset woods, rolling pasturelands, rugged mountain slopes and soaring yonder plateau scarps, McMinnville has for two centuries served as a regional hub of commerce, culture and active leisure. Writing for the intro to the 2009 “Images […]


Design for New Inn at Fall Creek Falls Unveiled

State aiming for August demolition The public has gotten a first glance at what the proposed new hotel at Fall Creek Falls State Park is supposed to look like when it’s completed. Architectural renderings of the new facility were released this summer by the agency that oversees state parks management. The new inn is intended […]