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Around last Monday’s national holiday celebrating the birth of Martin Luther King Jr., we pause to reflect on the life and legacy of the civil rights leader. He had a special insight and clarity, and many of the words he spoke more than six decades ago still inspire us today.

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Back in 2005, while working at another television station in another lifetime, I was tasked, along with a news photographer and a producer, to travel across the state of Tennessee to do an hour special on vacation destinations. The first thing I pitched was we had to go to Graceland. Everything else was secondary in this special, but Graceland had to be No. 1.

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We have a chance of rain showers scattered around Middle Tennessee on Tuesday through Thursday this week with high temperatures warming to between 50 and 55 degrees.

Goodbye, 2020 and really, thanks for nothing. You reminded me of the scene in Animal House when the new guys go to a fraternity rush party and wanted to hang out with the cool guys, but the frat brothers kept directing them to hang out with the not-so-cool guys.

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I was saddened to learn recently of the death of Dawn Wells, who portrayed sweet Kansas farm girl Mary Ann Summers, the only normal person amidst six other (kooky) castaways stranded on “Gilligan’s Island.”

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The high temperatures this week will mostly be in the low 50s and the best chance of rain looks to be Wednesday night and Thursday at about 40%.

The House and Senate recently released the final version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act. As a conferee representing the House Homeland Security Committee on the NDAA Conference Committee, I was honored to sign and vote for the final version of the NDAA, which passed in the Ho…

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After the round of winter weather and Arctic air that Middle Tennessee experienced for Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, a likely warming trend will take our high temperatures into the upper 50s by Wednesday afternoon.

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“Anything that’s human is mentionable, and anything that is mentionable can be more manageable. When we can talk about our feelings, they become less overwhelming, less upsetting, and less scary.” — Fred Rogers

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Temperatures will be in the 50s through the middle of the week but a strong cold front is expected on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and could bring some showers and even some snowflakes.

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Winter begins Dec. 21 at 4:02 a.m. and sunset that day is 4:36 p.m. but the days start getting longer now and sunset on New Year’s Day is 4:43 p.m.

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A mostly sunny and dry spell of weather will continue for the week ahead with afternoon highs climbing from the upper 40s to the mid-50s by Wednesday and Thursday.