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  • 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.

  • Director of Schools Toni McGriff issues her last State-of-Schools report: Schools to go deeper into core curriculum

    Each year seems to be more challenging than the last in public education.

    In 2011-12, Roane County teachers and principals implemented a new evaluation program.

    In both cases, student achievement counts 50 percent of the total score on the individual evaluation.

    Simply put, that means that student test scores are critical to the evaluation of school personnel.

    Since our main focus is student achievement and every decision made is geared toward improving student achievement, it is not unrealistic to measure us that way.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Misreading Wisconsin recall vote’s meaning

    Last week demonstrated once again how narrow and how uniform is the view of the “Chattering Class” in the news media, and likewise how like a pack of fox-hunting hounds they are in the main.

    If one of them thinks he or she has detected the vulpine scent, off said detector goes, baying as loudly as possible, and all the rest of the little chatterers goes a-baying after him, whether any scent be detected or not.

  • The Big Easy fights hard for newspaper

    Shortly after I wrote a column celebrating esteemed investor Warren Buffet’s purchase of a major newspaper chain, some  less heartening news about  the newspaper business followed.

    The publishers of the daily New Orleans newspaper, The Times-Picayune, announced plans to cut publication to three days a week.

    The Roane County News publishes three times a week, but it is in a small community and smaller advertising market.

    In New Orleans, readers, community leaders and even advertisers are not taking this change lying down.