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  • New school year means a fresh start for all

    By GERA SUMMERFORD
    Tennessee Education Association
    A new school year is under way for most school districts across the state.

    The start of a new year always brings with it a sense of a new beginning.

    Students have a clean slate, teachers welcome new students in their classrooms and we all have the opportunity to renew our commitment to public education in Tennessee.

    The State Department of Education has been touting exciting gains in TCAP scores all across the state in recent weeks.

    Those scores are a direct result of the hard work of our teachers and students.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Things we should consider in assessor’s race

    The reader will recall that many months have passed since it was announced that we had given our farm here in Lick Skillet to the State of Tennessee, subject to the reservation of a small part thereof for our continued use for life as our homeplace.

    Well, you may have wondered what has happened since then?

    The answer is that for the state to implement a new project takes quite some time, as it should, but progress is being made, albeit slowly.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Democratic primary candidates considered

    Time flies when you’re having fun, if we may coin a phrase.

    Here it is, well into the popular “early voting’” season, and we have only covered about one-half of the choices to be made as we enter the voting place.

    Last week, if you recall, we discussed the Republican candidates for the Third District House of Representatives seat, based upon the candidates’ appearance at the Tea Party forum.

    But, we have not said anything about the Democratic candidates for that position.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen:Old curmudgeon goes to Tea Party meeting

    As we told you in our column of the 29th ult., we maintained our desire, and our intention to attend a Tea Party meeting, so that when we saw that they would have another meeting on the day after Independence Day, we resolved to attend and we did. This is our report of that meeting, and of our impressions and conclusions:

  • Harriman Happenings-July 9

    Last week, Ruby Jean Boyd celebrated her birthday. To her surprise, her son, Alvin, flew in from California to be with his mother on her special day.

    He took her to Knoxville and called Reggie Bazel and his wife to join them at a special restaurant, where the food was delicious.

    She really enjoyed her day and was really blessed. We wish you more happy birthdays, Jean.

    Alvin flew back on Sunday. Reggie and Jennifer were happy to have been a part in Jean’s celebration.

  • ’Round Rockwood-July 9

    Don’t need to mention the heat. Each of us has felt the enormous heat, especially our farmers who do most of their work outside. Helping animals find some shade is a challenge to anyone trying not only to find some place for the many cows, little calves and horses that will suffer from the extra heat out in their pastures with little or no place to go to find shade in the near 100-degree heat every day and little or no rain in sight.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Heat wave? We all need to chill

    Oppressive heat is upon us.

    I spent several years in the deserts of Arizona, so I know a thing or two about extreme heat.

    Out there, we left oven mitts hanging next to certain outside doors because the afternoon summer sun could make door knobs dangerously hot.

    Summer there was like winter here: it was the time you stayed in, took it easy and tried very hard not to over exert yourself.

    With summer temperatures consistently above 100 degrees out there, we learned to take it in stride, even though we longed for cooler days.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Woody right to anticipate new money needs

    As you no doubt know, gentle reader, the incumbent superintendent of schools, Toni McGriff, is in process of leaving that post.

    As regular readers know, we did not approve of her selection, and subsequent events have proven that position correct, at least in the eyes of most responsible citizens.

  • Credit debt can be managed — with care

     While recent reports indicate that credit card debt had declined over the last year, much of this decline is due to financial institutions writing off delinquent debt and not due to consumers reducing the amount they owe.

    A study from Nerd Wallet indicates that the average household still carries $6,772 in outstanding credit card debt and paying down debt is an ongoing struggle for many consumers.

  • Clean air push officially down to wire

    Chattanooga’s top air quality official told U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander that without recent improvements in air quality “the site of the new Volkswagen plant behind us would be a vacant lot.”

    Bob Colby, director of the Chattanooga-Hamilton County Air Pollution Control Bureau, joined Alexander at a recent press conference at the Volkswagen site.