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Columns

  • 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.

  • 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.