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  • A View from Lick Skillet By Gerald Largen: Do Right-wing Republicans believe Bible?

    Money, Money, Money!

    Have you noticed, gentle reader, that almost the entire spectrum of Republican positions is based upon money, the getting, the having, the keeping, and the passing on of money?

  • Dispelling myths about work, intellectual disabilities

    By JIM HENRY
    Special to Roane County News
    The ability to shape your own destiny is what sets America apart.

    To be able to pursue the American Dream while performing your chosen vocation is a privilege that many people take for granted. The Tennessee Department of Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities and our community partners support approximately 8,000 Tennesseans with intellectual disabilities to live, work and to be a part of their communities.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Life was over the top at Cumberland Gap

    Most people in these parts are familiar with the history of Cumberland Gap and its importance as a route to open up frontier country.
    My history with Cumberland Gap is personal — I lived there for several years in my 20s. I loved it, especially around this time of year.
    On crisp autumn days, I could look out the kitchen window in my second-story apartment and see the people — tiny in the distance —on the Pinnacle Overlook at Cumberland Gap National Historical Park.

  • 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.”