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Ronda Rich: A holler of desperation in Kentucky hills

The despair in their eyes haunts me still. The dullness of emotion and deadness of spirit shall remain forever embedded in my memory.

January 18, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: If life were fair, I’d have vest full of colored beads

It happened, I suppose, when I was in the fourth grade. That is my first strong recollection of the unfairness of life.

January 11, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Investing in people in the hospital waiting room is not snooping

Over the course of many years, I have spent a lot of time in hospital waiting rooms, hoping for good news and dreading the bad at the same time.

January 04, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: I'll be there if the good Lord's willin'

As the old year spits and sputters to an end and the new one waits in the wings, straining with enthusiasm to burst forth with fresh hope, I see things differently than I have in past years when I wrote this New Year's column.

December 28, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Celebrating Christmas on the Mississippi

So it was several years ago, I was hired to speak on a few occasions for riverboat cruises on the Mississippi.

December 21, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: No more righteous renegades like Ken Stabler

When I was a young sports writer, just beginning an education on the world of sports and the men who made the majors great, I was fascinated with NFL quarterback Kenneth Michael "Ken" Stabler.

December 15, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Connecting to my Southern community

Editor's note: Penning this week's column is Ronda Rich's husband, John "Tink" Tinker

December 07, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: For the people of Louise, Miss.

It didn't surprise me it was him. Although such had never crossed my mind, it was, of course, just the kind of thing he would do.

November 30, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Thankful for those we dearly, deeply love

An email arrived in the middle of the night in August. It said my precious friend Randy Parks, one of the dearest friends of my life, was back in the hospital with congestive heart failure.

November 23, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Stones of life

The honorable Zell Miller of Young Harris, Ga., was raised by a remarkable mountain woman.

November 16, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Little boy in overalls overcomes poverty

The other day I had something on my mind, a situation we just encountered with someone we had sought to help.

November 10, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: What lies ahead for a married couple I know

The other morning, I called one of my best friends. I had a bit of news as well as a piece of advice I wanted to share.

November 03, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Ronda Rich meets a cranky Yankee

A few years ago, a gentleman went to a lot of trouble to write me a simple letter he sent to the newspaper where he reads this column, which the newspaper then mailed to me.

October 27, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Saying goodbye to my beloved Dixie Dew

The dread of death, I have come to know, is as fierce and unrelenting as a tornado in full destruction mode.

October 25, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Dixie Divas: Moonshiners had high ethical standard

When the Chattanooga Better Business Bureau hired me as the keynote speaker for its annual luncheon, the president and CEO was very specific on what he wanted me to say.

October 20, 2015 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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Ronda Rich: Tink is Duckmaster for a day at the Peabody in Memphis

Since the beginning of our Southerner/Yankee union, I have kept a list of places Tink should visit to fully experience the glorious South.

June 27, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Great-great-grandsons of Civil War opponents meet

We were eating lunch as the American Queen riverboat pulled out of port, having just returned from a morning-long excursion to the Battlefield of Vicksburg.

June 20, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Ugly shed houses altar where my daddy prayed regularly

Behind the little house where I spent a happy childhood, where I toted books from one room to another, where I knelt by my bed ...

June 13, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: My Yankee husband's firsthand encounter at Vicksburg

It did not turn out as I intended.

June 06, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Is there anyone listening?

The exact moment it happened was at a large round table in a ballroom of majestic gilt in a grand hotel.

May 30, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: A country store stocked full of memories

A country store is located in the middle of hundreds of acres of farmland embedded with hardwoods and pines that have grown, untended, for a ...

May 23, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Ronda Rich: Acting like a stereotypical Southern police officer

Last summer, I was telling Tink about an adorable town a few hours away.

May 09, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


Rond Rich: Recounting lessons from Mama on Mother’s Day

There isn't a day that passes that I don't remember Mama. Many times when she crosses my mind, I am doing something she ...

May 02, 2016 | Ronda Rich | Columnists


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