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Columns

  • 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.

  • Simply Sweet Bakery a dandy way to spend a lunch hour

    The name – Simply Sweet Bakery – doesn’t sound like a place I would normally go to write an “Out To Lunch” article.

    Several folks have told me recently they enjoyed eating sandwiches, soups and salads (in addition to bakery items) at Simply Sweet Bakery’s new location in Harriman.

    Owners Mike Borman and Brad Jones moved their bakery-eatery to the 431 N. Roane St. last November. The previous location was in Rockwood’s Gateway Center, near the driver’s license office.

  • Remembering Nelle Alkire Ward, Part 2

    As promised, I now return to my recollections of Mrs. Harvey Ward, nee Nelle Alkire.

    In Part One, I wrote of her early history, her becoming a nurse, her meeting and marrying Mr. Ward, and her many interests, pursuits and hobbies.

    In this Part Two, I continue with her story: She also did pottery, painting, sketching, woodworking, and metal working. The mention of her pottery brings to mind an interesting anecdote, reflecting on both Mrs. Ward, and Mr. Ward.

  • String of Consciousness: Is Chip Kelly playing Madden?

    Not that I’m complaining, but when did the actual NFL become just like my online Madden franchise?

    On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the free agency period officially opened for NFL teams to make trades and signings, and, by 5 p.m., it was shaping up as one of the strangest offseasons of my generation.

    Before recapping the craziness, let’s backup to weekend.

    The NFL put in place a three-day, no-tampering window in which teams could essentially do exactly that, tamper.

  • Congress needs to stop its political eye-poking now

    By LEE HAMILTON

    Centers on Congress

    With yet another public opinion survey showing Congress to be wildly unpopular — a newly released poll by the Indiana University Center on Congress shows 86 percent disapproving of the national legislature’s performance — the question arises: Could Congress’s standing with the public fall even further in 2015, or are there prospects for improvement?