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Veterans make up just seven percent of the U.S. population. So it’s safe to say that for large swaths of our country, the realities of military service are somewhat removed from our daily lives and sphere of understanding.

Earlier this year, I was fortunate enough to be elected Tennessee’s state senator for District 14. While I’m learning something new every day about the challenges and opportunities before us, the issue that keeps bubbling to the surface is healthcare.

September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, a good time to become better informed and empowered to combat the tenth leading — and still rising — cause of death in the United States.

Public expressions of gratitude for our nation’s veterans and active military members are rightfully common across our country. We hold in our hearts the exceptional nature of their bravery and service. Their sense of duty, honor and commitment – essential and, moreover, crucial to the freed…

When I travel across Tennessee, some people say, “I sure am glad I don’t have your job.” My answer is always, “I’m also glad you don’t have my job because I like my job, and I thank you for it.”

Violent crime rates in our country tripled from 1964 to 1980. Robbery tripled, murder doubled, and aggravated assault nearly tripled. This was an alarming time for communities across our nation.

This week, I was with President Trump at the White House as he signed into law legislation that will help Tennesseans learn the skills they need to find a good job.

Large, hand-painted signs lean against a tent, the buzz of friendly conversation cuts through the humid air, and the smell of fresh produce drifts in the breeze – you’ve found yourself at a farmers market.

Editor’s note: The USA TODAY NETWORK - Tennessee reached out to Sen. Bob Corker for an open, nonpartisan letter to his successor, whomever that will be come November. Think of it as a letter a governor or president might place on his or her desk when leaving office.

We have wrapped up another successful year in the Tennessee General Assembly, and we tackled the issues that are important to Tennesseans. Serving as Speaker of the House of Representatives these last eight years has been the greatest honor of my professional life, and we have accomplished s…

Many Americans gaze at the sky and see only a vast uncharted frontier for exploration. But President Donald Trump reminds Americans that there’s another potential reality in space: It could become a military battlefield, a place where this nation’s independence is protected or lost.

As I go about my work of helping communities revitalize and reinvent themselves, I often get to see the best of America and I’m reminded that the foundations that built this country are still just as important today.

 “Deaths of despair” sound like something that would be found in miserable, wretched places — refugee camps, war-torn cities, famine-wracked villages in poverty-stricken countries. In fact, the term has emerged to describe a crisis in one of the most advanced societies on the planet — ours.

The 2018 Legislative Session adjourned almost two months ago and I have been busy with my trucking duties, getting hay baled for the winter, playing some golf, playing with the grandkids, and traveling with my family.

Why do people teach? The major reason someone says they teach is the ability to make a real difference in the lives of children. There are other reasons, including the fact that someone believes they are “called” to teach. Almost all teachers are linked together by a passion for educating ch…

Editor’s note: U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander addressed Tennessee Boys and Girls State last week. Boys and Girls State brings over 1,000 high school juniors from across Tennessee together to spend a week learning about local, county and state government by electing officials, including a governor…

By Bob Gardner, Executive Director of the National Federation of State High School Associations, & Bernard Childress, Executive Director of the Tennessee Secondary School Athletic Association

On average, there are 321,500 victims, ages 12 or older, of rape and sexual assault each year in the United States. Ages 12-34 are the highest risk years for rape and sexual assault.

Letter to the Editor: What happens to a dream deferred? This famous line of poetry was written in 1951 by poet Langston Hughes, but it very well represents what’s at stake in the 2018 race for the 14th Senate District of Tennessee.