SEWANEE, Tenn. — Last weekend, an otherwise laborious drive home detoured me here to the University of the South, whose Gothic campus reminds visitors of Scotland, not the Cumberland hills. The scenery is grand beyond words. Deep inside the grounds, down meandering streets named after Southe…

Donald Trump’s campaign website implores voters to “Help Me Stop Crooked Hillary From Rigging This Election!” by signing up as observers. He warned people at an Aug. 12 campaign event in Altoona, Pennsylvania, that Hillary Clinton could win the state only by cheating, and he asked supporters…

Labor Day weekend in Alabama marks two major events: the unofficial end of summer and the official start of college football season. As the leaves eventually begin to change and fall temperatures start to prevail, many Alabamians will spend their Saturdays over the next few months focused on…

Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley, a staunch Baptist, once joined the loud “Christian” refrain opposing a state lottery as a sin, immoral, something so wicked it would surely usher in prostitution, muggings, robberies and create a wave of gambling addiction. These were the arguments used by oppone…

I was born in Anniston but now live in southeastern Ohio, in the college town of Athens. Two or three times each year I make it back to town to check on my parents. While in town, I eat as much fried okra as possible, which helps make the 10-hour drive more digestible.

My father spent his career sitting in the corner office of the bank where he was a branch manager. Sometimes as a child, I would impatiently wait on him to finish with a customer before he would look up and nod, indicating I could enter and get a quarter for some candy, or I could relay a me…

In our nation’s capital, just inside the doors to the White House at the East Wing entrance, hang two large framed photographs. They are images of the president of the United States walking alongside some of the pillars of America’s civil rights movement. That photo was taken last year in Se…

I didn’t get to do a lot of original reporting in 1985 as a clerk on United Press International’s sports desk in New York. My job was to move copy and box scores to our client newspapers as fast as possible, and so every night I took dictation from sportswriters around the country – at baseb…

Last August, while most of the attention in our state’s capital city was focused on the upcoming second special session and looming budget crisis, Alabama Department of Corrections Commissioner Col. Jeff Dunn came to me with an idea. He shared a vision for solving Alabama’s lingering, danger…

In 2014, as I prepared to spend a week in Alabama reporting a story for the magazine I work for, I felt vaguely uneasy. I’m an immigrant from Britain who has spent most of her more than 30 years in the United States in liberal coastal cities and now lives in New York. I wasn’t sure how I’d b…

Soon, Bill and Virginia Love of Anniston — so very much of it, of this peculiar, beautiful, still-magnetic place — will load provisions into their Volvo station wagon, take a last look around at their lakeside home of nearly 40 years and those ancient, resolute hills of pine and hardwood tha…

NEW YORK — You’d think, given Donald Trump’s national ubiquitousness, that Manhattan would be overrun with all things Trump the Politician, an endless supply of T-shirts, lapel buttons, posters, hats and placards. But that’s not the case.

ROME, Ga. -- Centered here on a grassy plot, where Broad Street and 1st Avenue meet, a rusting link between this Georgia river city and Anniston remains as it has for untold decades. Down below is the Etowah River. Up ahead, beneath the sun, is Myrtle Hill, one of the seven rises that make t…

The Alabama Legislature has returned to Montgomery for its 2016 regular session. With a sense of deja vu, lawmakers who couldn’t pass a budget last year have started discussions about how they will do so this spring.

The executive actions on guns unveiled Monday by President Obama drew predictable praise from gun control advocates and bile from gun-rights supporters and Republican lawmakers, including some who called his actions “unconstitutional.”

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