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Columns

  • GLIMPSES: The Civil War left lasting impacts and legacies for East Tennessee

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column: 1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

    My last two columns explored consequences of the Civil War yet failed to mention the war’s impact on the locale most dear to the majority of my readers.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Jeb is right, Politico is wrong on James K. Polk

    A few weeks ago, before we got involved in several other issues, we read in the News Sentinel (issue of 28 July, page 10A), in the obituary section, an article on the life and death of Ralph Griffith in Asheville, N. C. at age 91.

  • Aug. 17 Harriman Happenings

    Those who attended womens’ ministry service in Knoxville last Tuesday were Mary Hickey (great soloist), Julia Harris, Ceola Lawrence, Virginia Childress, Marie Frazier, Rosa Osborn, Virginia Hickman, Carolyn Griffin, Carolyn Clemmons, Gloria Ward and Louise Warmley, who gave the memorial.

    The general theme was “Refocusing our missions.”

    The Rev. Margaret Mack presided. Guest speaker was Minister Ruby Winton.

    She gave a great message.

    Henrietta Caldwell is the president. Elder Dr. Joe B. Maddox is moderator.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: McClatchy polls on slavery as Civil War cause

    Regular readers will recall that last month we did a couple of columns devoted to the question of whether the civil war was fought to free the slaves.

    Evidently we were not the only one to be troubled by some of the commentary put forth about this question, inasmuch as the News Sentinel of Sunday, 9 August, on page 6A ran a six column wide article by Samantha Ehlinger of McClatchy Washington Bureau (TNS) with the headline “Did slavery cause Civil War? Many don’t think so.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on Mr. Obama’s ‘Week That Was’

    You know, gentle reader, that there are times when you are on a losing streak, and no matter what you do, nor how you do it, nothing seems to come out right, and then, dictu mirabile — wondrous to say — all of a sudden everything changes, and all your cards are right, your numbers are what they should be, your dice are charmed, in short your luck has changed, and every thing is coming up roses.

  • GLIMPSES by Mark Banker

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column:
    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity; 2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values; and 3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.

  • Investing in us will help county, cities

    By Ron Woody • For Roane Newspapers
    Back in February, I wrote a draft paper titled Community Investment Fund (CIF), an “Initiative to Grow” program.

    I sat on the article for a number of weeks, and then started pitching the concept to our city and county leaders to see if they would be receptive to further study and consideration of the initiative.

    Input was received from city mayors and managers as we met in our semi-monthly meeting.

  • Making a mock-ary: One day late version of NFL mock draft

    In Wednesday’s edition of my column, I touched on what I thought the Tennessee Titans might do with the number two overall selection in Thursday’s NFL Draft.

    By the time you’re reading today’s column, you and I will both already know. However, it’s still Wednesday for me.

    Every year since I started covering sports way back when at UT Martin, I release my mock draft for the this upcoming Draft. This year, however, I decided to wait. Look on the bright side, at least you can read through this and see how wrong I was.

  • NFL Draft: Do you have faith in the Titans?

    It’s that time of year again. The time of year when hope replaces reality, and logic gives way to reports by “multiple sources.” After more than a year of waiting, it’s finally time for the NFL Draft.

    And, for the first time in a very long time, it’s the Tennessee Titans that have NFL teams, fans and media members wondering what they will do next.

    When’s the last time anyone has said that? Well, the last time anyone honestly said that?

  • Off the Cuff: Scammers still at it; remember, IRS won’t call

    Wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if some of these brilliant folks used their powers for good?

    Our thieving “friends” working the phones overtime are at it again — lying and conniving to cheat hard-working people out of their money by evoking the name “IRS.”

    I can’t stress it enough: Friends, the IRS will never call nor email you about taxes or penalties you may owe.

    If the caller says he or she is with the IRS, it’s a bald-faced lie. Do NOT believe it.