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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Article reveals some pitiful anti-statue types

    Gentle reader, we don’t know about you, but the old curmudgeon is growing increasingly frustrated, exasperated, annoyed, disappointed, and in general disgruntled, as the state of both general and specific ignorance continues to grow apace.

  • OFF the CUFF: Face time is part of representing us

    Chuck Fleischmann says constituents won’t find his name on lists of U.S. Congressional members scheduling town hall meetings.

    The Ooltewah Republican contends he’s not trying to duck contentious sessions that his fellow GOP lawmakers have faced in the months after a controversial Donald Trump rose to the presidency.

    Nor, he said, is he avoiding discussions of hot-button topics like health-care reform, possible government shutdowns, immigration or gun control.

  • Guest Column: Harriman led women’s right to vote

    On Aug. 26, 1920 — 97 years ago — women’s right-to-vote became law after Tennessee’s pivotal ratification of the 19th Amendment.

    Although it is not well known, Aug. 26 of each year since 1971 has been proclaimed Women’s Equality Day as a day of commemoration by U.S. presidents to celebrate the anniversary of women winning the right to vote and to serve as a “symbol of the continued fight for equal rights.”

  • GOING with the FLO: Eclipse a shining reminder of our Creator’s wonders

    By FLO CHARLES

    This week’s amazing event of the solar eclipse was sensational and just echoed the wonder and sovereignty of our God.

    The whole time I sat watching the beginning and ending of this awesome miracle of God, I kept thinking of the magnificence of our Creator and how insignificant we are. It was such a humbling experience.

    The cicadas, the night sounds from various insects; all of the insects, along with the rooster that crowed several times, were phenomenal.

  • GLIMPSES: History’s mirror often cloudy

    By MARK BANKER

    Last week’s events in Charlottesville, Va., emerged from two unspoken questions: How do — and how should — we view the past?

    Rather than dismiss these queries as merely politically correct, honest reflection about their relevance might at least counter some of the demons that erupted in Charlottesville.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: ‘Freedom’ is the best response

    By Gene Policinski

    Let them march in Charlottesville. Let them speak.

    Hate-propagating neo-Nazis and bottom-dwelling white supremacists — the dregs of our open society — have and should have First Amendment rights to speak and march in public.

    We need to see them for what they are: a disappointing collection of the disaffected; some parading around in silly costumes, often ignorant of the real meaning and history of the symbols they display, carrying torches meant as much to intimidate as to illuminate.

  • GOING with the FLO: What happened to honor and respect in our country?

    It bears repeating that God’s Word in Romans 13:1, says, “Let every soul be subject to the higher powers (Human Government). For there is no power but of God (God has ordained Government): the powers that be are ordained of God.”

    In verse 2: “Whosoever therefore resists the power, resists the Ordinance of God. (Anarchy is not of God).”

  • GLIMPSES: Hindsight often blinding, too

    By MARK BANKER

    Residents of Roane County in 2017 who face the challenge of funding a public-school system for our posterity without bankrupting ourselves should be mindful of an old proverb: “The nearer the past, the more uncertain its lessons.”

    While we have a long past to learn from, many of us personally experienced the history most relevant to our current school debate. I, for example, attended public schools in Kingston from 1957-69.

  • GOING with the FLO: It’s obvious something is wrong in Washington

    By FLO CHARLES

    We need to consider what our responsibilities are to our country. I am shocked at the lack of honor and respect toward our president. Especially since our Lord Jesus Christ said in His Word to honor those who are in authority over us. (Romans 13:1-2)

    The onslaught has gotten worse. Charles Krauthammer knows the knives are out for Trump and went on Fox News to issue this warning to members of the political establishment who want to remove Trump from office:

  • Commodity foods to be distributed

    Mid-East Community Action Agency will have its quarterly distribution of USDA commodity foods next week.

    Commodity foods will be distributed in Harriman Church of God at 3106 Roane State Hwy., Midtown.

    Harriman and Kingston residents will pick up their foods from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 28.

    The following day, Sept. 29, is when Oliver Springs and Rockwood residents will pick up foods. That schedule is from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.