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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: With this show, would you give 5¢ to see a circus?

    Gentle reader, those of you who know our old friend William A. Newcomb know that he is a veritable wellspring of pithy sayings and stinging commentaries. One such that we have heard him utter, which we think particularly apropos at this time, is one which he has made when observing a particularly peculiar or outrageous happening, which is: “Why, I wouldn’t pay a nickel to see a circus!” with the implication that the happening is beyond anything one would see under the Big Top.

  • GUEST column: Apply for ACA coverage today

    The deadline is approaching — don’t delay!

    Open enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act Marketplace health insurance (some call it Obamacare) began Nov. 1 and ends Dec 15.

    Fewer than 40 days remain for enrollment since the federal site, healthcare.gov, closes on Sundays — and we’ll all be busy on Thanksgiving. Many don’t know.

    If you or someone you know needs affordable health insurance for 2018, then the Affordable Care Act in Roane County has plans offered by BlueCross BlueShield.

  • GLIMPSES: Early 1900s reflection of today

    By MARK BANKER

    A rare point of consensus in our polarized times is the notion that “those who fail to learn history’s lessons are doomed to repeat them.”

    Yet, as ongoing debates about the Second Amendment and the Civil War reveal, we disagree vehemently about history’s lessons. That is the subject for a future column.

    Today I redirect attention to a typically overlooked era and insights it might offer for our own.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The 2017 Holidays are coming so again its stack cake time!

    Kind reader, on this, its tenth anniversary, we present our traditional pre-holiday Apple Stack Cake column. As we advised last year, Oren Wooden’s Apple Orchard, located atop the mountain, twixt Dayton and Pikeville, had dried apples. They may still have them, but you had better call to be sure. The folks at Muddy Pond mentioned below are almost certain to have them.

    So, without further preamble, here is the 2017 Edition of the traditional stack cake column:

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  • GOING with the FLO: The heart of the problem is only God Can change a heart

    By FLO CHARLES

    “The heart of the problem is the problem in the heart. Only God can change a heart.”

    That’s why we need the Word of God. Not only do we have this horrific killing in Texas from an enraged, deranged individual, we are facing more and more deception in our America as anger and hate continues to spew through the media against our President and infects other areas of the soul, causing carnage. We become what we feed upon, as this killer did!

  • GLIMPSES: Roane County efforts focus on early childhood learning

    If you have recently walked the paths at Fort Southwest Point or in the newly established Ladd Landing Greenway, you may have noticed a new and colorful set of signs. They announce that you are on a “Born Learning Trail.”

  • GLIMPSES: Science minds steer Bethel Presbyterian into 21st century

    By MARK BANKER

    Three months ago, I reflected on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s contributions to Roane County education and celebrated three wonderful teachers with Bethel ties who enriched the lives of countless students and inspired my own 40 years in the classroom.

  • GOING with the FLO: The Russian collusion is full of uranium

    The Russian story is URANIUM.

    The worst and largest scandal in American political history is being revealed. The FBI has evidence, including an eyewitness account, that the Russia nuclear officials routed $145 million to the Clinton Foundation while Hillary was still serving as Secretary of State and, while Secretary of State, she signed off on the Uranium 1 deal that gave Russian’s Putin 20 percent of our uranium.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Leniency in epidemic disgraceful

    Is there anybody in Tennessee who doesn’t know we are facing a prescription opioid epidemic?

    Our state is leading the nation in use of prescription opioids. Crime, especially theft fueled by addiction, is raging out of control.

    Several District Attorney Generals, including our Russell Johnson, have begun efforts to hold the pharmaceutical companies liable for shipping more prescription painkillers into our state than could possibly be justified for medical uses.

  • Facts key to battling breast cancer

    By Brenda Fleischmann

    Special to Roane County News

    My husband and I recently had the privilege of participating in the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Chattanooga.

    I listened as my husband told the audience about how his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer when he was 9 and how she died from the disease when he was 14.

    As a child, my husband didn’t understand what breast cancer was. Unfortunately, he did understand what it was like to lose his mother.