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Monday's Man

  • The Art of Performance: Knuckleball turns out to be performance pitch

    There is only one knuckleball pitcher in the major leagues in 2012. He is Robert Allen Dickey, better known as R.A.

    This 37-year-old pitcher has been experiencing success with the knuckleball since last year. He is 8-1 with the New York Mets and has the most wins of any pitcher on the team’s staff.

    A Nashville native, he graduated from the University of Tennessee, where he was an English major. He made the U.S. Olympic team and won both games he pitched at the Olympics.

  • Sage Benado's musical innovation

    If you’ve bought a country music album lately, you’ve likely heard the results of Sage Benado’s pedal board design.

    A guitar pedal is a foot operated device that’s used for producing altered sound for an electric guitar. Functions such as reverb and distortion can be controlled  using a pedal.

    Two of Nashville’s most popular session recording musicians, Brent Mason and Paul Franklin, are among those who use the Benado Effects pedal.

  • Balanced life includes boat making, bowl turning

    Creating a balance in his life, psychologist Rollin Rhodes has made time to do a number of things he enjoys, not the least of which is building and sailing full-size wooden boats.

    Rhodes, who has his own practice and also works at Ireland Army Community Hospital, said he began crafting boats as an offshoot of his woodworking hobby. Boat building proved to be the most challenging of his woodworking projects.

    “There’s nothing square about them,” he said.

  • This Digital Life: Click-saving shortcuts add up

    Sometimes it is easy to take for granted what you think people know.

  • From the Cheap Seats: Power of teachers lasts a lifetime

    Earlier this month, schools and communities around the country observed Teacher Appreciation Day.

    Whenever I hear about a day such as this one or about educators who leave a lasting impact on students, my mind always turns to Mr. Bond and Ms. Foulds of good old Cornwall Collegiate and Vocational School at the corner of Fifth and Sydney streets.

    And for much different reasons.

    Mr. Bond was a slender man, with thick black framed glasses who smoked a lot. He cared about all of his students, it seemed, even me.

  • Gary Meredith is on the trail

    Gary Meredith is part of a volunteer organization that specializes in searching for missing people.

    As president and co-founder of Kentucky Bloodhound Search and Rescue, Meredith helps train and deploy dogs to track a person by scent.

    The group was organized in 2005 with five handlers and three dogs. Maggie Mae was the first deployable dog. There now are 11 handlers and six deployable dogs.

  • The Art of Performance: Warrior Games provide healing environment

    The 2012 Warrior Games recently finished at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado. The games provide an important environment for injured military service members to showcase healing in the competitive format of adaptive sports. The competition pits service personnel from the Air Force, Army, Marines and Navy. This year, Special Operations and the British military also sent competitors.

    The spirit of the Warrior Games is highlighted by athletes such as Ryan McIntosh of the U.S. Army. He competed in wheelchair basketball as well as track and field.

  • Reservist, attorney embraces "common roots"

    Among the items that fill the shelves in the Elizabethtown office of attorney Greg Thompson are a Lego display representing “To Kill a Mockingbird,” military headgear and a miniature statue of Abraham Lincoln.

    The items, and others found among the legal books, represent various aspects of Thompson’s life, which started in Flaherty.

    “I’m from common roots,” he said, noting he came from a farming family.

  • A life changing event for Woody Will

    Woody Will has spent his life rescuing others, but recently he had to take measures to rescue himself from life in a wheel chair.

    Through weight loss, training and some new knees, Will was able to get out of his wheel chair and back to the life he lived before.

    His life began in Illinois. While serving in the Air Force, he met Denver Woodring and his family. Will began dating Woodring’s daughter, Linda, while stationed in Spain.

  • The Art of Performance: Young hockey goalie works hard to succeed

    Occasionally, young athletes make new opportunities for themselves based upon preparation and opportunity. This is the case of 22-year-old Braden Holtby, the starting goaltender during the 2012 playoffs for the Washington Capitals professional hockey team.