Callie Daruk (left) and Crystal Latham (right) are definitely rooted and grounded in their faith and vision for their community.

Callie Daruk (left) and Crystal Latham (right) are definitely rooted and grounded in their faith and vision for their community.

We live in a generation of information overload that sometimes creates a shadow of negativity hovering overhead somewhat liken to a gray cloud leaving us all to feel that the world is more dark than light. It is, in fact, an illusion. The squeaky wheel that seems to always get the grease isn't the only force at work.

Behind that cloud, if you look hard enough, is the warm and bright sun. Good news occurs just as much, if not more than bad but it is not what gets the headlines. The only thing is, we have to work harder at finding it. But don't fret, it is there, and two life-long friends from Adairville are going to show you the way.

While buying your milk at the Dollar General Store, making a deposit at the Lewisburg Bank, grabbing a cup of coffee at The Flying Pig or even going in to pay for your gas at Casey's General Store, you may have looked down and stumbled upon a publication recently with the banner "Rooted & Grounded" Spreading good news from Adairville. Go ahead and pick it up and prepare yourself for that good news we always seem to miss and desire.

Callie Daruk and Crystal Latham have embarked on an adventure they are hoping will encourage, inspire, and in some small way equip others to be the positive change that we all want and need to see.

"Words matter! If we have a slogan, that is it," said Daruk speaking of the new newspaper coming out of Adairville. "We believe that with them you can build up or you can tear down. Words carry a tremendous amount of power and we at Rooted and Grounded are going to be in the construction business with our words, not the demolition business. We know we are very non-traditional but that is sort of our point."

Growing up in Logan's southernmost town, Daruk and Latham were best friends from the get-go. Kindergarten turned into elementary, then middle and finally high school. Church on Wednesdays and Sundays was also spent beside one another, growing not only their friendship but their faith in God. This relationship was the platform that would eventually bring them home again, working together side-by-side giving back to a community that taught them so much growing up.

"Life, families, and careers took us out and away from Adairville for a few years," said Daruk. "But getting older and having experienced life makes you realize what truly matters. We went off in different directions but we came back home and now want to be a reason for people to pause and be reminded of all the wonderful people that are living in our community."

Both Daruk and Latham feel publishing Rooted and Grounded is a calling over a business. It is an opportunity to come back to their homes and be able to use the gifts, talents, and experience they have gathered to continue to foster a greater sense of community.

Being an author for years and gravitating toward words most of her life, it was at a Big Fish event at the Adairville park where Daruk was sent the idea to look for the good and spread it around. Big Fish is a group of local churches that have come together to do God's work in the community.

Most everyone who lives in Adairville knows who Russell Law is. For those who don't, he was a long-serving superintendent of the city, founded the Adairville Youth Sports League and his most important job ... being Daruk's dad. When he called his daughter and told her about the Big Fish event at the park she jumped on board and went to help her mom facepaint. She knew the event would be inspiring but what she didn't expect was the message she received when looking around and seeing all the people who gathered there. "It was just like when Crystal and I grew up," said Daruk. "The people are here."

This feeling Daruk had began to grow into an idea and after contacting her best friend, who she knew had to be a part, the idea of the publication took flight.

"Be the change that you want to see," Daruk says she hears from her brother a lot. "If you are not starting there you won't ever go outside of that. "I have been living with that mentality and trying to make it a part of my life. In your home, your marriage, and now in your community."

For Latham, she knew as an educator there is always a story to be told. She says she was ready for this next step when her friend presented the idea of a newspaper to her. With her youngest child close to preschool age, she was going to be getting back into something. She just didn't know what but now she does.

"Callie is always inspiring me," said Latham. "She always has lots of great ideas and brings me along with her. We have a great ability to be able to work together. We complement each other."

Rooted and Grounded is going to be focusing on the positive that surrounds us every day. Both Daruk and Latham say they feel a tremendous responsibility to step up both as individuals and representatives of their generation to be that change. The friends add they are not nieve to the negative news that must be told and don't consider themselves having a head in the sand mentality but instead are choosing to highlight the good.

"This newspaper allows us to connect for a deeper purpose," said Daruk adding, "We don't always know what that is but we have faith it will."

The bi-monthly paper is free at this time and the friends would like to keep it that way with the support of the community. A plethora of sections are featured including spotlighting local people and businesses, school happenings, community events, gardening tips, a kids page, and an inspirational section. You can find the publication in many locations both in Adairville and Russellville.

Callie and her husband Frank have three boys, Isaiah 13 and 11-year-old twins Elijah and Joshua. Crystal and her husband Joe have five daughters, Brynlee 4, Blakeley 8, Brylie 12, Baylee 23, and Britny Bensman 27.