The March 2021 Edition

Nashville will get a boost from August debut of Music City Grand Prix on downtown streets By TOM WOOD / March 19, 2021 As Nashville continues to rebound from the COVID-19 global pandemic, expect at least a $20 million shot in the arm from the inaugural IndyCar NTT Music City Grand Prix on Aug. 8. Read more in the March 19 edition in the Nashville Ledger. Organizers expect Continue reading

The February 2021 edition …

Nashville needs a boost from return of SEC men’s basketball tournament, spring sports By TOM WOOD / February 19, 2021 As I write this, the sun is shining and starting to melt some of the six inches of snow and ice that blankets our Nashville neighborhood. But spring is just around the corner … and so are spring sports. Finally, here are my stories on minor league baseball Continue reading

The January 2021 edition …

Vanderbilt hires Lea as new football coach; online sports betting is legal in Tennessee By TOM WOOD / January 20, 2021 To begin my first column of 2021, let me congratulate new President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris as they take office following their historic 2020 election. Pray for the United States of America, that the violence and bloodshed will come to an end and we once Continue reading

The September 2020 edition …

By TOM WOOD / September 24, 2020 To paraphrase Hank Williams Jr., “Are you ready for some SEC football?” Don’t know about you, but I sure am. That question has never been more appropriate than in 2020, a year that has been strange and sometimes strained by the deadly global pandemic Coronavirus which has affected every facet of life, including pro and college sports. The Southeastern Conference revamped Continue reading

The August 2020 edition

In the Ledger: What would life in Knoxville be like without UT football because of the virus? By TOM WOOD / July 31, 2020 That’s the question put to me by editors of the Nashville Ledger, and in turn, I asked it of several Knoxville business people. I hope I have provided some answers and perspective in the July 31-August 6 edition of the Ledger. In talking with Continue reading

The July 2020 edition …

Nashville Superspeedway comes full circle with NASCAR Cup Series race in 2021 By TOM WOOD / July 2, 2020 Last year I wrote a “Secret City” story for the Nashville Ledger about the founding of Oak Ridge to develop the atomic bomb that ended World War II. The project was so top-secret that the East Tennessee city of 75,000 — fifth-largest in the state — didn’t appear on Continue reading

The May/June 2020 edition …

Transition from high school to college is full of unknowns as coronavirus danger rages By TOM WOOD / May 12, 2020 It has been more than four decades (and — wow — closer to five) since I graduated from high school in Atlanta, but I remember everything like it was yesterday. Cliche, I know, but it’s true. All the weeks leading up to that night, walking across the Continue reading

The Apri Edition …

As coronavirus danger continues to worsen, we’re trying to inform, inspire and entertain By TOM WOOD / April 2, 2020 This isn’t a blog I expected to ever be writing, not by any stretch of the imagination. I am a journalist and I have a story appearing in the March 27-April 2 edition of the Nashville Ledger about the effect the coronavirus pandemic is having on the construction Continue reading

The March 2020 Edition

In aftermath of Middle Tennessee tornadoes, media shows the horror and the humanity By TOM WOOD / March 4, 2020 This isn’t the blog I intended to write, but in a roundabout way, it does tie to the story I’ve written for the March 6-12 edition of the Nashville Ledger. But before I get to that, I want to talk about the tireless media coverage of the devastating Continue reading

The Feb. 29 Leap Year Edition

You’re invited to Sisters in Crime Writing Seminar on Saturday on Brentwood Library By TOM WOOD / February 25, 2020 Happy Leap Year! If you haven’t already made plans to celebrate 2020’s extra day, then — Leapin’ Lizards — I hope you’ll join us at the Sisters in Crime writing seminar in Brentwood, TN. Jess Lourey is the featured panelist. But you can call her Jess … Here’s Continue reading