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Southern Style by Randall Franks

Helping millions smile or reflect since 2001… Randall Franks began writing the newspaper column Southern Style in February 2001 sharing boyhood stories, humor, commentary on daily life, tales shared from my mother and folks from the Gravelly Spur Mountain, features on friends from TV, Music and Entertainment. Since beginning in one local newspaper, the column […]

Do you have gremlins in your house?

You know those little critters that move things around when you are not looking. Mine will leave a drawer open so when I get up in the middle of the night I never seem to miss it. There is nothing like a few vocal exclamation points filling the air as you stumble through the house […]

Brighter days are just ahead

A new year brings the promise of starting over. Many folks see it as a point to make a resolution to complete or change things in their life. Perhaps coming out of the Christmas season gives them hope to make their lives better. In reality, each new day brings us the chance to improve our […]

A leaf of strength

The leaf swayed hanging on to the lonely limb tightly. As if, to say to the world “I am not done and you are not going to make me fall down no matter what you throw at me.” All of its fellow leaves had given up the ghost blowing in whatever direction the wind desired […]

T.G. Sheppard brings together some duets with friends

It’s been nearly 13 years since country legend T.G. Sheppard released his last commercial album, and now he is back and better than ever with Legendary Friends & Country Duets. The star-studded project features collaborations with icons like George Jones, Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, Conway Twitty, Jerry Lee Lewis, The Oak Ridge Boys, Crystal Gayle, […]

New music from Jimmy Fortune and ICM Awards

Country Music Hall of Famer and Statler Brothers member, Jimmy Fortune, continues his successful career as a solo artist with the release of his latest project, Hits & Hymns, available for purchase now in Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations as well as music retailers nationwide. Hits & Hymns is also available online at iTunes, […]

Heat Homecoming 2015

Randall Franks attended the 2015 Heat Homecoming in Covington, Ga. bringing together many of the cast of “In the Heat of the Night” to visit with fans of the show. From left, Dee Shaw, Afemo Omilami, Sharon Pratt, Wilbur T. Fitzgerald, Alan Autry, Maureen Dowdell, and John L. Webb. Many laughs and some tears were […]