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Columns

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Take your RCN on vacation, get picture in paper

    Are you ready for some summer?
    Like most folks, my bet is you’re already pondering just exactly how hot it’s going to get in August.
    That’s because we’ve had an extremely warm May and June — and July’s just around the corner.
    My guess is the days and weeks to come won’t exactly be lazy. Especially this weekend, because Independence Day is here.

    I always enjoy the holiday … especially when it coincides with a long weekend.

  • LOOSELEAF LAURATE: Tomatoes help keep the memories alive

    If my mother were to have a Facebook page, I believe she’d have to check the “It’s complicated” response on relationships.

    Dad, her lifelong mate, died nearly five years ago, and Mom has made it clear that she’s not seeking another man in her life.

    But it is funny, even in a bittersweet sort of way, how she continues some of the rivalries with him, even when he is gone.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: It’s time to rein in UT’s Cheek and trustees

    Faithful readers know by now that the old curmudgeon loves reading, especially older books.
    The other day we picked up a volume that had resided peacefully on our shelf for close to a quarter of a century, the exact time it is hard to state with certainty.
    It was published in 1972, but we did not acquire it for some little time, possibly 10 to 15 years. We do this quite often, buying a book that looks interesting, which we for some reason cannot read just at the time of purchase, but which we think we may at some time get around to reading.

  • Impressions by Johnny Teglas: Careful food handlers won’t need iron stomach

    Iron stomachs.
    Some folks have them. Some don’t.
    The fellow sitting in this chair is one of the latter.
    I think it has to do with the fact that when I was a child, carsickness came easy for me.
    I often had to ask my parents to stop so my head would quit spinning.
    It’s also well documented that when I get near water, moving or still, my ruddy face turns green.

  • Divided loyalties: How to be true to two schools

    My 35th high school reunion is this summer. Both of them, actually.

    I grew up in the Franklin County school system in Frankfort, Ky., until the middle of my junior year.

    After my father took a promotion in Cincinnati, the family moved to the Boone County, Ky., school system just across the Ohio River from the big Queen City.

    I grew up with the kids from the Franklin County schools, including my first two and a half years at the high school there.

  • Impressions: Phrase is sweet music to most any father’s ears

    One of the sweetest phrases a man will ever hear comes directly from the heart:
    “I love you, Daddy.”
    Whether the words originate from the mouth of a toddler, teenager, full-grown offspring or somewhere in between, something magical happens when they’re spoken.
    Precious little girls can bat their eyes and melt their old man’s heart, all the while wrapping him around their pinky fingers.
    Little boys can lower their heads, shrug their shoulders and weasel themselves out of all sorts of trouble with the simple four-word phrase.

  • A View from Lick Skillett by Gerald Largin: Maybe it’s something in the New York water

    Although, as you know, gentle reader, any day and every day is a good day to learn more about our history, we as a nation more often than not choose to ignore our history except on the occasion of fifty year anniversaries, such as 50, 100, 150, etc.
    This being the case, and 2011 marking the 150th of secession, the Knoxville News Sentinel this past Sunday ran a front page story titled “June 8, 1861 Tennessee Secedes.”

  • Impressions: You CAN stay cooler in this heat and humidity

    Things started heating up in our corner of the world last week.
    I don’t think it had anything to do with Memorial Day and its unofficial heralding in of summer.
    But I must admit, the constant humming of our chillers at the office last Monday reminded me that spring will soon be behind us.
    I pretty much had the place to myself as I worked through some interviews, project deadlines and telephone calls on the holiday.
    Our air-conditioning units were my only company when the sun really started bearing down.

  • Is our country truly broke? Not hardly!

    Gentle reader, how many of the right-wing radicals have you heard over the last several months make the claim that the country is broke? We know that you are too bright to fall for such malarky, but in order that you can refute this claim if you are confronted by one of these know-nothings, consider this:
    Let us say that you’ve got $1 million, but because of current low interest rates your yearly income is less than $30,000?
    You’ve got an income problem, but you certainly are not broke.
    Neither is USA.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: You want reality? It’s closer than Hollywood

    We need to stop and take a deep breath.
    So much has happened over the past two weeks.
    Not being much of a network TV watcher, I only caught snippets of chatter here at the office and around town late last week.
    Apparently many of my colleagues and friends enjoy spending their evenings with reality TV.
    I heard one friend practically swoon when she mentioned that Hines Ward won the top prize on “Dancing with the Stars.” It was news to me.
    Ward is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers in my mind.