Podcast vs. Police:

Sports Illustrated series on McNair murder gives air to charge that Metro botched the investigation It had all the elements of a Hollywood script or a best-selling whodunit, but the shocking 2009 Fourth of July murder of legendary Tennessee Titans quarterback Steve McNair was – horribly – all too real. The Nashville police department took just four days to close the case. At a July Continue reading

2018 Southern Festival of Books Edition

Of Bookworms and Bibliophiles  This weekend marks the 30th annual celebration — the Diamond Anniversary — of the written word in downtown Nashville. The Southern Festival of Books is one of the South’s premier events for book-lovers, but this is a special one. The fun begins Friday morning at War Memorial Plaza and the downtown main branch of Nashville Public Library and concludes late Sunday afternoon. Continue reading

The 2018 Fall Festival at the Hermitage Edition

Fall is Here … But It Sure Didn’t Feel Like It! How hot is it? It’s so hot that … That was a regular bit on The Tonight Show With Johnny Carson, and I still remember many of the zingers and one-liners. But what we experienced this past weekend at Fall Fest at the Hermitage was no laughing matter. I spent the weekend outside on the Continue reading

Restaurant, small business boom heads east to Donelson

‘You can feel it in the air around here’ By TOM WOOD Donelson has always had its share of friendly neighborhood restaurants that served up good food and conversation. But if you wanted to go someplace hip, hot or happening, that meant driving across town to one of Nashville’s trendier areas like East Nashville, Germantown, The Gulch, 12South or The Nations. That’s no longer the Continue reading

The July 18 Edition

Visiting the Ghosts of Dutchman’s Curve The Nashvile Ledger, a weekly newspaper here in Music City, recently asked me to write a piece on the 100th anniversary of the deadliest train crash in U.S. history, which occurred on the morning of July 9, 1918 when two steam locomotives met head-on and derailed in a cornfield near Richland Creek Greenway at White Bridge Road. You can read Continue reading

Nashville Ledger: Dutchman’s Curve, 100 Years Later

Here’s my complete June 29, 2018 article in the Nashville Ledger. Thanks for reading! —————— By Tom Wood  Standing out here in the freshly-mown grasses of Richland Park Greenway, several yards from the Dutchman’s Curve Train Wreck historical marker placed alongside White Bridge Road, I listen for ethereal echoes of the past. This is as much a ghost story as it is a history lesson. Continue reading

Tennessee Ledger: Knoxville lands a really big one

Here’s my complete June 29, 2018 article in the Tennessee Ledger. Thanks for reading! —————— By Tom Wood The Super Bowl is coming to Knoxville! Actually, it’s “the Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” – an important distinction, to be sure. But the widely accepted comparison aptly describes the impact that next spring’s bass fishing national championship is expected to have on the area. The 49th GEICO Continue reading

Book review: Fistful of Rain

Fistful of Rain (2018) By Baron R. Birtcher 288 pp. The Permanent Press, $29.95 cloth Full disclosure: I first meet Baron R. Birtcher at the 2016 Killer Nashville writers convention in Franklin, Tennessee. We had both been attending for years, and Baron’s book Rain Dogs (2013) was nominated for the conference’s annual Claymore and Silver Falchion Awards, while Hard Latitudes (2015) won the Silver Falchion Award in Continue reading