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Columns

  • Looseleaf laureate: Proposed new superhero may surprise you

    I’m happy to report I got all of my tomatoes — 14 plants’ worth — in the ground before Memorial Day this year. 

    I can’t remember all of their names, but I made acquaintance with Mr. Stripey, Yellow Pear and Cherokee Purple among the heirloom varieties, and Yellow, Big and Better Boys among the hybrids. 

    With all of these plants, I hope to show something for my effort come harvest time.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Property committee has its work cut out to do

    Gentle reader, according to Damon Lawrence’s usual comprehensive report of the recent County Commission meeting and their action on the “In God We Trust” matter, it seems that the resolution has become embroiled in acrimonious controversy such that either approval or rejection will be the source of ill will and dissension, so that the wiser and better course of action would be to lay the resolution on the table for the time being.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: High Sheriff still ignoring Old Curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, as you may recall, we have patiently endeavoured for some time to get the High Sheriff to respond to a few simple questions concerning the management of his, or our, jail. We didn’t realize just how long he has stubbornly resisted giving any response to these inquiries until we looked back in our files. It has, in fact been approximately seven months of silence on his part inasmuch as we first posed these questions in the issue of 25 October, 2013.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: It’s been quite a week for the old curmudgeon

    Gentle reader, today we have more topics roiling around in the old cranium than Carmen Miranda had Cavendish bananas in her headdress.

    (Younger readers can ask their parents to identify the effervescent Latin Bombshell, Carmen Miranda and her fabulous fruit adorned turbans, and can seek guidance on the Cavendish bananas in some botanical tome, or in the more likely source, the internet.)

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Life and learning in US as it was a century ago

    As the reader may know, Sunday’s News Sentinel’s Life section featured a fascinating article on three local centenarians, including one hundred year old Walter Pulliam.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lamar Alexander writes for Times Free Press

    Gentle reader, as you doubtless recall from our numerous previous references, the Chattanooga Times Free Press has, since the two papers merged, retained separate editorial pages, one for the Times editorial opinions, and the opposite for the Free Press editorial opinions.

    On the 15th, the Free Press editorial page ran a guest editorial, or commentary, from our senior U. S. Senator, Lamar Alexander, entitled “What to do about Tax Day.”

  • OFF the CUFF: Diapers to dreams: Where did the time go?

    She appreciates my sense of humor.

    She listens to my puns with anewed interest.

    And she likes — yes, LIKES! — my singing.

    I introduced Roane County News readers to my baby girl with those words the week I returned to work from maternity leave.

    Scribbled on a yellow legal pad only hours after Amie was born, those words spilled on and on as I watched my tiny dark-haired creation slumber beside my bed.

    I was in awe. She was so small. And my love for her was so enormous.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: We should broaden our educational horizons

    Gentle reader, the current powder keg in Ukraine will, no doubt, in the fullness of time teach many lessons, but one which we doubt we will hear much about, but which could well be the most important in the long run for these United States, bears upon the excuse under which Putin claims the right to over-run and seize his neighbors’ lands.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lick Skillet has lost a good man: Larry Alford

    Our friend and neighbour, Larry Alford died on Friday, 28 March, 2014. Larry had fought a long and courageous battle for some long time and died way too soon, inasmuch as he was only three days short of his 71st birthday on April First.

    Aiding him, assisting him, and nursing him, was his beloved wife and helpmeet, Ruby.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Many in Roane know new federal judge Reeves

    Gentle reader, we have several items we hope to mention in this column, although, as the Roman writer opined: Ars longa, vita breva, tempus tugit, roughly translated, art is long, life is short, and time is fleeting, so it is sometimes with a column, so we don’t have time or space to cover all we would like to.