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  • 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.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET:We must defend our common tongue, English

    Gentle reader, let us turn our attention briefly to a topic about which we have written sporadically over the past few decades, viz. our common language, and the undermining thereof: This topic came to the fore in our mind as a result of the coverage of the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.

  • OFF the CUFF: A promise is a promise, August and November

    Have you ever seen anything like this year’s presidential
    races?

    The frontrunner on one side tweets a photo of his wife juxtapositioned with that of his closest rival, as if they were comparing race horses.

    On the other side, the lead candidate is the center of an investigation that includes, according to one news agency’s accounts, almost 150 FBI agents.

    And that’s just in the past week, folks.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Roane County Bar as it was, Part Five

    As promised at the conclusion of last week’s article about the Rockwood contingent of the Roane County Bar, as it was when I first came to the Bar in March, 1959, this week I turn to Floyd Hutcherson, with another chapter to be devoted to McCluen and Cooley.

    Floyd Hutcherson was born and bred in Rockwood. His father owned and operated Hutch’s Garage at the corner of Front Street and Rockwood Street. It was doubtless there that Floyd began his life-long love affair with the automobile, about which more later.

  • OFF the CUFF: We live amongst girls basketball greatness

    How ’bout them Lady Devils and Lady Waves?!?

    I’ll be the first to admit that sports and me are like oil and water. But girls basketball tournament time is a cause to celebrate.

    What an outstanding season Midway has had. Abby Bertram has no clue who I am, but I’ve been one of her biggest fans from the get-go.

    She and her fellow Lady Waves have a lot to be proud of. They have accomplished so much this season.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Roane County Bar as it was. Part Four

    Gentle reader, after a two week hiatus in which I felt compelled to comment first on Dunderheadedness in Nashville and Washington, D.C., and then upon the loss of three friends in recent months, namely Doug Black, Barbara Hurst Roberts, and Jim Young, I am now ready to resume the story of the status of the Roane County Bar as it was when I joined in March, 1959.

    I have previously written a general introductory piece, followed by two chapters devoted to the Harriman Bar. I now propose to move on to what was at the time the second city in the county, Rockwood.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?

    Gentle reader, if you are a long-time reader of this column, you know that I, the old curmudgeon, am a survivor, a carry-over, as it were, of a bygone age, from a bygone culture.

    One might in fact fairly characterize me as a relic with a high degree of accuracy.

    It occurred to me recently that one aspect that may more clearly demonstrate the truthfulness of this analysis than any other is my attitude towards death, and the cultural accompaniments society has from time to time affixed to, and shedded from, this inevitable human experience.