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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Bar as it was, Part XII, finishing the story

    Well, with Part XI of “The Bar as it Was”, concluding the tale of Roberts and Deatherage, I have just about finished the story of the active practicing bar as it existed at the time of my admission in 1959, however, there yet remains a small group of lawyers who earned their living through their skills as attorneys, but who did not engage in the private practice at that time.

  • From the STATE SENATE: Roane benefits from state’s new budget

    By Ken Yager

    On July 1, Tennessee’s new 2016-17 budget will become effective, prompting major new improvements in a number of important areas of state government.

    In anticipation of its implementation, I want to tell you about how Tennesseans will be impacted by the appropriations adopted and how it affects Roane County specifically.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What does the future hold for city of Harriman?

    When I gaze upon the up-coming phenomenon of the Harriman City Elections, it is with a sense of wonderment, for it is not unlike the situation which the late King of Siam characterized to Mrs. Leonowens as “a puzzlement”.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Reflections on ’16 & history’s lessons

    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.

    As I resume a role as a contributor to the Roane County News, I find myself reflecting on how future observers might view this year’s unusual political developments.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 13

     

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Burning red-light tickets is stupid

    Last week Tennessee state legislator Andy Holt suggested that people who receive tickets from red-light cameras should burn them. Holt said that because the citation is a civil, not a criminal, there is no penalty for not paying.

    For years Holt has worked to outlaw red-light and speed cameras in the state. He’s not alone. Other legislators have decried the evil cameras and urged their removal.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Bar as it was, Part Ten, Roberts & Deatherage

    Patient reader, we return to the Bar as it was when I was admitted and began to practice. As you will recall, I have in previous Parts told first of the Bar in Harriman, then in Rockwood, and most recently with Kingston, beginning with Bob Badger, and then Judge Elmer L. Eblen. Today I will move on to the firm of Roberts and Deatherage.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Property law a lifeline for governments

    A bill that recently passed the state legislature will help Roane County and other counties across the state, get some relief from being forced to take responsibility for unwanted properties acquired because of delinquent taxes.

    House Bill 2343 and Senate Bill 1949 gives local chancellors the authority to set aside a county’s bid on properties that the county takes possession of through delinquent property taxes if the financial or environmental risks outweigh the value of the property.

  • OFF the CUFF: Please please me: live and don’t die

    I acquired a fine roll of bubble wrap several years ago.

    I came into its possession for reasons I can’t recall. There was probably some project I had planned that was delayed until it evaporated from my memory.

    But you don’t give up high-quality possessions like bubble wrap merely because its original purpose has been forgotten. You never know when you might want to pack something, mail a fragile item, relieve stress or bring Dr. Seuss’ “Hop On Pop” to life.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Voter turnout shapes elections

    Across the nation and even in here in Roane County there seems to be much concern about the state of the election process. Just this week I heard from Roane County Tea Party members concerned about the election process and the Republican Party they have supported for many years.

    Tea Party members are concerned that Donald Trump, who is getting more votes than any other candidate for the Republican in the primary process, might not get the presidential nomination.