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Columns

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Vrooom, vrooom ... I’m a new road warrior

    There’s an ugly knot on my right shin and a bruise the size of Texas on my calf.
    I earned those injuries over two days of noise, fumes, heat — and fear — at a Motorcycle Safety Foundation riding class at Pellissippi State Community College’s Hardin Valley campus.
    And as a result, I now have an “M” for motorcycle operator on my driver’s license.
    For a while now, I’ve been thinking of learning to operate a motorcycle.
    I do a great job as a motorcycle passenger, but, recently, I decided I wanted more.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: It’s gala time for the Heritage Commission

    We don’t know about you, gentle reader, but we can scarcely believe that a full year has passed since we were preparing for one of the social highlights of the year 2011, the Roane County Heritage Commission’s Annual Gala, but here we are getting ready for the social highlight of 2012, the Heritage Commission’s Annual Gala.

    Beyond the food and festivities, we dare-say that one of the great attractions of this annual event is the chance to meet many old friends, and equally, the opportunity to make new friends.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: To whom much is given, of him much is required

    As this column is being prepared for submission to the publisher, the Democratic National Convention is just getting underway, and the Republican National Convention has been concluded five or six days ago.

    Due to these circumstances there is as yet little that we can say about the Democratic get-together in Charlotte, and a very great deal about which we could comment arising from the Republican assembly in Tampa, including addresses by Mrs. Romney, Mr. Ryan, and the Governor himself; not to mention Clint Eastwood’s performance.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: What does Holy Bible mean to Romney/Ryan?

    Percipient reader, you will doubtless recall that when a major hurricane was descending upon a major U.S. city a few years ago, a prominent Virginia preacher, since deceased, opined that this was a sign of God’s displeasure with some of the things taking place in that city.

  • County exec looks to the future

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    I am approaching my two-year anniversary as new management for your county government.
    I appreciate the support you gave and hope your support and confidence continues as we journey forward.

    I promised to manage on a five-point star management system and will continue with this
    approach the next 24 months.

    Details of our focus, tasks, management and the five-point star management system can be found on the county’s website, www.roanegov.org.

  • Woman’s vote is a legacy that can enact change

    By PATRICIA PIERCE
    On Aug. 26, 1920, 92 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 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.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: The election will be referendum on Medicare

    Gentle reader, as we were recently reviewing our notes for possible articles, which we drew up some several weeks ago, we found that we had written this: Should we have a great national referendum on the question of whether we want to continue with the Social Security programme and the Medicare programme?

  • Schools buses safer vehicle for school-bound kids

    By DAVID SILVEY
    According to the American School Bus Council, school buses are designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in avoiding crashes and preventing injury. Today, as compared to years ago, school buses are built with safety in mind. In fact, a study by the U.S. Department of Transportation states that children are safer riding the bus to and from school than being driven in a car by an adult. When you are sharing the road with school buses, follow these tips.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: You must read this Free Press analysis of Ryan

    Gentle Reader: Today’s column about Paul Ryan, Romney’s pick as running mate, may provoke questions, even skepticism, about its authenticity; but we assure you, it’s authentic, it’s real, it’s genuine, so read on with care but without doubts:

    “... Ryan seems like the perfect vice presidential candidate for the people who actually want a true-blue, tried and tested conservative on the Republican ticket.

    “Except for one problem. He’s an imposter.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Introducing Jack McNew, legislative candidate

    Well, dear friends, we have survived another general election, which produced mostly expected outcomes, but still enough of the unexpected to prompt some post-election comments, but, before we get into those, we should remind you of the Princess Theatre’s plans for tomorrow evening.