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Tom Griscom

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For at least 530 weeks -- over more than 10 years -- you allowed me to come into your home for a Sunday visit.

At certain times in life, the question arises as to whether a bucket list exists.

Those who have followed this column know that one word has been dominant: context.

About three years ago, this column was composed from a message that was found on the side of a paper coffee cup at a local Starbucks.

Four candidates vying for the Republican Party’s nomination in the 2010 governor’s race in Tennessee faced off last week in Memphis.

The placement of any item in the daily newspaper leads to a certain amount of questioning: Why?

The Washington Post Co. announced recently that Newsweek, a one-time weekly staple in shaping the national agenda, was on the block to be sold.

What is good journalism?

Several weeks ago the editor of a midsize metropolitan newspaper in the Southeast called. He was searching for advice and a few ideas.

A recent visitor asked how people will separate fact from fiction if newspapers die.

Social media. It is all the rage.

In most instances, you get one bite of the apple.

Sen. Lamar Alexander described American attitudes toward politics, policy and people as ugly, with even more hidden beneath the surface.

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — The spring sojourn to the Sunshine State is the first sign that the cold days of winter are ending and a warming trend is on the horizon.

Warning: If you plan to visit the nation’s capital in the next few weeks, beware of excessive hot air, high winds, dust storms and general malaise. To avoid contact, citizens are asked to avoid both ends of Pennsylvania Avenue, specifically the White House, the Capitol and the assorted congressional office buildings that frame an unfortified border around the halls of government.

Another cycle is about to be repeated at the University of Tennessee: the selection of a system president.

We are in a span of time in America when, if something does not go our way, the response is a string of blames, complaints and accusations.

If members of Congress were invited to appear on a game show, the title would be quite simple: “The Blame Game.”

The numbers said it all. The New York Times/CBS News poll showed that 75 percent of respondents disapproved of the job Congress was doing. Only 8 percent agreed that members of Congress should be re-elected.

Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin left her audience at the National Tea Party convention with a memorable piece of advice: Remain leaderless.

The operative phrase in Tennessee for several weeks was a “Race to the Top.”

Gov. Phil Bredesen was signing legislation to revamp accountability in the state's education system.

Please stay with me. I am over Lane Kiffin, University of Tennessee football (at least for a while), and the soap opera that enveloped the Vols Nation.

Those words are attached to a scandal that hit professional baseball during the 1919 World Series between the Chicago White Sox and the Cincinnati Reds.

Those who dabble in politics know that an hour can be a political lifetime. With the advent of the Internet, the time frame has shortened.

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