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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Joe H. Walker – A profile in courage

    (NOTE: Last week’s column concerning Sen. Howard H. Baker, Jr. ‘s, Roane County roots and kinsmen was reinforced as we reviewed the list of candidates in the upcoming election. At least five of the candidates are cousins of the late senator. First is Criminal Court Judge E. Eugene Eblen; then County Executive candidate Mike Farmer; County Commissioner Bobby Collier; County Commissioner Carolyn Collier Granger; and County Trustee Wilma Eblen. There may be one other, but we are sure of these five. As we said in the caption, his Roane roots ran very deep.)

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sen. Howard Baker’s Roane roots ran very deep

    As the unofficial keeper of the family genealogy, since the death of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., we have been contacted by more than one mutual cousin seeking information clarifying the exact nature of Howard’s relationship to the caller, which we have been glad to provide.

    On reflection, it struck us that since there are literally hundreds of relatives of the late senator in the readership of this paper,
    it might be a good thing to give a brief history of this relationship to them and so many other Roane Countians.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Thoughts on modern practitioners of chivalry

    We have recently been reading some books in a relatively new series by authoress Rita Mae Brown, who has several novels to her credit, including another series featuring “Sneaky Pie” Brown.  

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: True conservatives don’t change constitutions

    Knowledgeable reader, we are sure that you are familiar with the old expression about wolves masquerading in sheep’s clothing — well, that is a very apt description of many of the so-called conservatives who think that the majority of present day voters are conservatives, and in some areas and in some aspects they are doubtless right.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Proposed new superhero may surprise you

    I’m happy to report I got all of my tomatoes — 14 plants’ worth — in the ground before Memorial Day this year. 

    I can’t remember all of their names, but I made acquaintance with Mr. Stripey, Yellow Pear and Cherokee Purple among the heirloom varieties, and Yellow, Big and Better Boys among the hybrids. 

    With all of these plants, I hope to show something for my effort come harvest time.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ad says vote NO on the Taliban amendment!

    Gentle reader, if you are like us, you have never before heard of “Tennesseans for Preservation of Personal Privacy, Inc.,”  but we stand in awe of their “maiden” advertising effort against Proposed Amendment 1, to be voted upon in the November general election. 

    In case you missed it, the ad we refer to ran on page 15A of the Knoxville News Sentinel dated Sunday, 25 May, 2014, in which it takes up three-quarters of the page. 

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Property committee has its work cut out to do

    Gentle reader, according to Damon Lawrence’s usual comprehensive report of the recent County Commission meeting and their action on the “In God We Trust” matter, it seems that the resolution has become embroiled in acrimonious controversy such that either approval or rejection will be the source of ill will and dissension, so that the wiser and better course of action would be to lay the resolution on the table for the time being.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: High Sheriff still ignoring Old Curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, as you may recall, we have patiently endeavoured for some time to get the High Sheriff to respond to a few simple questions concerning the management of his, or our, jail. We didn’t realize just how long he has stubbornly resisted giving any response to these inquiries until we looked back in our files. It has, in fact been approximately seven months of silence on his part inasmuch as we first posed these questions in the issue of 25 October, 2013.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Life and learning in US as it was a century ago

    As the reader may know, Sunday’s News Sentinel’s Life section featured a fascinating article on three local centenarians, including one hundred year old Walter Pulliam.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lamar Alexander writes for Times Free Press

    Gentle reader, as you doubtless recall from our numerous previous references, the Chattanooga Times Free Press has, since the two papers merged, retained separate editorial pages, one for the Times editorial opinions, and the opposite for the Free Press editorial opinions.

    On the 15th, the Free Press editorial page ran a guest editorial, or commentary, from our senior U. S. Senator, Lamar Alexander, entitled “What to do about Tax Day.”