By GENE POLICINSKI
First Amendment Center
The Pledge of Allegiance is a simple and clear way of expressing love of country.
It’s also a voluntary patriotic exercise — declared as such more than 50 years ago by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Still, some officials or legislatures periodically try to coerce others into reciting the Pledge. A recent attempt involves a Mississippi judge who jailed a lawyer who refused to recite the Pledge of Allegiance last October at the start of a court session.
One of the sweetest phrases a man will ever hear comes directly from the heart:
“I love you, Daddy.”
Whether the words originate from the mouth of a toddler, teenager, full-grown offspring or somewhere in between, something magical happens when they’re spoken.
Precious little girls can bat their eyes and melt their old man’s heart, all the while wrapping him around their pinky fingers.
Little boys can lower their heads, shrug their shoulders and weasel themselves out of all sorts of trouble with the simple four-word phrase.
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Several downtown property owners within the Harriman Center City Redevelopment and Urban Renewal area learned in writing that they met at least one category of blight.
That means they have to take action to stop proceedings that could cost them their property.
The blight elements vary from simple debris and vegetative overgrowth to structural damage.
The owners had until June 6 to respond to the Harriman Redevelopment Advisory Committee.
Ralph O’Neal shouldn’t be causing anxiety for law enforcement anytime soon.
Last week a federal judge sentenced the former Roane County resident to life in prison for his convictions on drug charges.
O’Neal was arrested in the summer of 2008.
Roane County Sheriff Jack Stockton said that brought his office a sigh of relief.
“We’ve been after O’Neal for 10 years,” Stockton said in 2008. “He’s been dealing for a long time.”
The Roane County Adult Education program will hold its annual GED graduation on Thursday, June 30, at 6:30 p.m. in the theater at Roane State Community College.
A reception will be held after the ceremony for graduates and their guests.
The event is sponsored by the Roane County Literacy Council and Roane State.
Graduates and guests are asked to RSVP by June 24 by calling Cindy Hayes with Roane County Adult Education at 376-6663.
Brad Riddick, a 2009 graduate of Roane County High School and current president of the University of Tennessee Wakeboard Club, just completed his sophomore year at Tennessee majoring in accounting and finance.