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Columns

  • GLIMPSES: Coach’s lessons may be fitting for all

    By MARK BANKER

    When I learned that University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones plans to teach “some history lessons” to his current players, I wondered if his prescription might be equally apt for the rest of us.

    As we grapple with an array of daunting national, state and local issues in 2017, our uncertain grasp of the circumstances that brought us to these present junctures should give us pause.

  • Guest Column: East vs. West in September 2029

    By Earl Nall

    For Roane County News

    This story takes place in September 2029. It relives the events in 2017, when the Roane County Board of Education voted to build a consolidated high school that combined the cities of Rockwood, Kingston and Harriman into a single school and left Midway and Oliver Springs as small high schools.

    That decision would come to haunt the school board and Roane County for the next 40 years.

    Roane County: Friday, Sept. 28, 2029

  • SCHOOL Scoop: Vision has life-changing potential

    By Leah Rice Watkins

    Dear Roane County School System Stakeholder,

    First, I would like to sincerely thank you for your welcoming me into this community. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding teachers, parents, county officials, and students since my relocation to Roane County. I thank you for the importance you place upon the education of the students within the county and the pride you have for the work in our schools.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why can Cuba not be forgiven like all others?

    Well, Gentle Reader, we are awash in potential topics this week on the federal side, without even giving a glancing blow to the warrantable topics on the state and county scene, and there is no way we can cover all, or even the majority of them in this column, so we will just start out with the most irritating and most timely of them and see where we wind up.

  • GOING with the FLO: It’s time we return to conservative heritage

    By FLO CHARLES

    With the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and all the turmoil that has surrounded this incident and many more, I felt it was confirmation for me to write about our need return to our conservative principles that have been removed from our school books, leadership and basically most universities.

    Our history is being rewritten in most of our textbooks and our children do not know the heritage of our great nation. Karl Marx said, “Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded.”

  • OFF the CUFF: We’re more similar than we think

    Like many of you, I was anxious to find out more about what happened at an Alexandria, Va., neighborhood baseball field where serenity was forever marred by a disturbed man bent on resolving the country’s political division with a firearm.

    Five injured, with the House’s majority whip in critical condition. Our own Rep. Chuck Fleischmann among the Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity game that unites both sides of the aisles for a fun evening of America’s favorite pastime.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Trump is failure as husband, businessman, etc.

    Gentle reader, near the end of January many folks were imploring everyone to give Mr. Trump a chance before condemning him, and many of us tried, hard as it was, for as we wrote at the time, if he succeeded the nation succeeded, and thus we all succeeded.

    But, as we approach the five months anniversary of the Trump administration, the likelihood of success is fast fading, and the prospect of failure is speedily approaching.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Speak up about school plan

    I’m not sure why the consolidated school building project has to be completed by 2020 or even 2025 but it might not be approved this year so it might not be completed by 2020.

    In my opinion, the reason the project won’t be funded this year is because the decision has been transferred from the school board to the County Commission.

    The process is now subject to politics, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  • OFF the CUFF: Regular meetings are regular for a reason

    The late J.D. Sampson took his responsibility as a Harriman City Council member seriously.

    A Shop at Home advocate long before it was in vogue, J.D. made sure to buy his groceries, gas and staples in Harriman so his beloved city would benefit from the tax dollars his purchases generated.

    He was also a stickler about meeting attendance. Sampson vacations were planned around the first and second Tuesday of each month so J.D. could be in town and present for both regular Council meetings.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Who brings us the news? Men, mostly

    By Gene Policinski

    Who brings us the news? Mostly it’s still men, according to a new Women’s Media Center study, “Divided 2017.”

    The report says that among the major TV networks, online versions of CNN, Fox, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, and the nation’s 10 largest newspapers: