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Columns

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: What hath the great god GOP wrought?

    As you know, knowledgeable reader, the Republican Party finally achieved their goal of complete control of the legislature last year.

    This control was supposed to have numerous glorious consequences too numerous to enumerate, but, in short, we were to have entered a new golden age; an age in which miracles would be so numerous as to be commonplace.

    Had the victors in this power play been folks of outstanding statesmanship, or sense, or perception, possibly the outcome might have been as advertised.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Tri-weeklies are weird animals in news business

    Roane County News publishes three times a week — on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, when the post office delivers it to subscribers.

    However, except when holidays alter our schedules, we actually print those newspapers on Sunday, Tuesday and Thursday, when you can find the latest editions in stores and newsstands.

    For people who are used to the schedules of a daily or once-a-week newspaper, tri-weeklies and the demands of their publishing schedules can be confusing.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: Mike Garner: The magic behind the printed page

    I can’t remember the date, but I’ll never forget the day.

    Make that the evening.

    I was covering the Kingston City Council about eight years ago when someone walked into the council chambers with a newspaper.

    From afar, I enviously admired the crisp colors, clear lettering and the smudge-free look of what I considered a competitor’s newspaper.

    Suddenly, I realized the person was holding a fresh-off-the-press copy of the Roane County News.

  • Looseleaf laureate by Terri Likens: Smart Corey Reed is $10 richer these days

    You came. You bought. You said hello.

    I shivered.

    I’d like to thank everyone who came to my first-ever yard sale — especially those of you who made a special effort to say hey to me and my mother.

    I can’t remember all of your names, but I do remember Lynn, Jan, Jean and Lou. I also appreciated the tips and tales from fellow hikers who came by.

    It was a chilly Saturday. The afternoon would have been comfortable enough if the wind would have quit blowing, but that didn’t happen.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: More needs to be known of Perry’s core beliefs

    Gentle reader, did you hear that the sports network ESPN has pulled its long-time introductory song from the Monday Night Football broadcast?

    It seems that the performer, Hank Williams the younger, has interjected himself in the TEA party type “discussion” of politics.

    The report is that he was interviewed on Fox News’ “Fox and Friends” broadcast Monday morning, when he characterized President Obama’s golf game with House Speaker Boehner thusly: “It’d be like Hitler playing golf with Netanyahu.”

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: There’s nothing better than a good backup plan

    If this edition of the newspaper is late, hang onto this thought: It’s good to have backup.

    When I showed up Monday morning, interim general manager Kevin Kile was trying to solve a problem with a broken image setter.

    The image setter prints large film versions of our news pages, which are then, by technology I can’t explain — (ma-JIC!) — made into plates to go on our presses.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Organizing yard sale isn’t for faint-hearted

    “I don’t know what’s wrong with me,” my sister lamented by phone.
    It was a loaded question, so I bit my lip and responded only with silence.
    “I’m having a yard sale, and I don’t know what price to put on anything,” she continued.
    With a sigh of relief that her subject had been targeted, I was ready to respond.
    “Debbie, nobody knows what to price things at in yard sales,” I told her. “You just do the best you can, try to be reasonable and be ready to negotiate on offers from reasonable people.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Corporal Boehner enlists for ‘class warfare’

    The other day, we were visiting with our neighbour, Don Matthews, when he told us of the new name going around for Texas Governor Rick Perry — Governor Scary! That seems an apt appellation if ever there was one.

    However, as has been said. ‘There’s a little bit of bad in the best of us, and there’s a little bit of good in the worst of us.’ And in the case of Gov. Perry that was demonstrated in the recent Florida candidates debate.

  • 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.