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Columns

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Doesn’t every office have a demonic clown?

    The people who work in the newspaper business are a lot like everybody else.

    Some are a little quirkier, though. Take Sam Dunn, one of our pressmen.

    Sam, a Harriman resident, is tall, bearded and strong — I guess you’d call him a man’s man.

    Yet a couple of weeks ago, when he found a hummingbird tangled up in cobwebs in the pressroom, Sam showed the gentle side so many of us have come to know.

    He carefully removed the exhausted bird from its accidental trap.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Is Israel a state or a religion? Jews must decide

    Gentle reader, by the time you read this there may have been action on the application of the Palestinians to the United Nations for recognition as a state, but as it is written the matter has not yet been addressed.

    As you know, the Palestinians will ask the Security Council to be recognized as a sovereign state and admission to the world organization as a member state.

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: Sometimes nature comes to you instead

    I’ve spent a lot of weekends away from home this summer.

    I swam in creeks and lakes, bicycled through Cades Cove, kayaked all over the region, hiked to the top of Mount LeConte and back the long way, house boated a couple of times and participated in a multitude of other hikes and rides.

    But on a recent weekend, nice as it was, I knew I needed to stay home and take care of chores.

  • Nuts & Bolts: It’s going to get a whole lot hotter in here

    After a lot of talk and visits by a multitude of contractors, our newspaper is taking another step forward.
    We are investing in technology that will allow us to eliminate one of the steps in getting the newspaper to you.
    For many years, we have been designing the newspaper on computers, then sending those “pages” to a machine that sets them on news-page-sized film.
    Then the film is used to make a thin, news-page-sized plate that attaches to the press and imprints the text and images that you see every week.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Reminiscences of the old Emory Gap Post Office

    Gentle reader, as the onset of Autumn approaches, several annual events begin to show up on our calendars.

    One that many folks especially look forward to is the Roane County Heritage Commission’s social event at the old Court House. If you are not one of those who attend regularly, you really should consider doing so.

  • 9/11 effort was in vain, but they tried

    By CLIFF SEGAR
    Like all of us, I recall where I was and what I was doing 10 years ago.

    Sept. 11, 2001, will be forever etched into our memories. And, like the rest, I wondered what I could do to help.

    At that time, I was living in the Atlanta  area. I was a field engineer for the Mobitex wireless data network. That was the first carrier for the BlackBerry system.

    By 10 in the morning, my manager had sent out a message to all of us field engineers to leave any downtown areas.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Why we’re so hard on the Tea Party

    Gentle reader, at a gathering we recently attended, we were asked by a lady of our acquaintance why we were being so hard on the Tea Party.
    Although we gave a quick answer to her question, we did not do so at any length, since it did not seem appropriate at such a light-hearted social occasion.
    However, we regard it as a legitimate question, and one that we should address.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Two lakes, two very different days on the water

    Last Saturday, I spent the morning in my kayak at the Kingston waterfront, dutifully watching as swimmers churned through the water in the city’s first triathlon.

    Excitement was in the air as people cheered from the shore and other volunteer kayakers and a Jet Ski operator made sure all were safe.

    On Sunday morning, I was back in the kayak and on the water again — this time a couple of hours away.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Tea Party wants nothing from government! Really?

    Gentle Reader, it is not too soon to give some thought to your schedule for Labor Day, Monday, 5 September.
    If you do not already have firm plans for that day, some of you might well wish to attend the East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic at Roane County Park from noon to 3 p.m.
    The event is as usual sponsored by the Roane County Democratic Party, but this year it is designated to honor Teachers and one of the guest speakers is scheduled to be Reba Luttrell, Representative of the Tennessee Education Association.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: The teachers I know really care about what they do

    How did you spend your weekend?

    I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon in a Hamilton County classroom scrubbing desks and lab tables.

    I’m no school teacher, but Derek — the man I am dating  — is.

    I rubbed out graffiti, scraped gum, wiped away months of grime and even washed a few windows while he arranged and installed equipment and tackled other chores.

    It was important for him to be ready for the return of students this week.