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Columns

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: When things are good, leave them alone!

    The Bureau of the Census has done its work and begun issuing reports on its findings as to the fluxuations in population throughout the nation.
    Insofar as Roane County is concerned our population has increased over the past decade by something over four percent (4.4%), to 54,181.

    Our sister county, Anderson, with which we share the two cities of Oliver Springs and Oak Ridge, increased a little less than one percent more (5.3%).
    And our southern neighbor, Meigs added six percent (6%).

  • State Rep. Julia Hurley’s Capitol Week Review

    The “Tennessee Health Care Freedom Act” passed the House this week, meaning the legislation is now on its way to the Governor for his signature.
    This bill’s passage is part of a larger effort by the General Assembly to not only encourage job growth, but protect the valuable jobs already in Tennessee.
    The legislation was an integral piece for many legislators’ agendas over the last two years.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Spring’s a comin.’
    I mentioned that last week in this space.
    And on Sunday evening at 7:41 p.m., that’s exactly what happened.
    Old timers in these parts warn me not to get too excited.
    After all, the running joke is that if you don’t like the weather in East Tennessee, just give it a minute.
    Spring actually kind of “sprung” on us several days earlier.

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Look out Constitution! Big Bill Ketron strikes again

    That noble document, the Constitution of the United States, is ofttimes praised and supposedly relied upon by the rabid, radical, right-wing, reactionary Republicans, yet, how often they do go on ad nauseam about some action they propose which is plainly and specifically outlawed by the said Constitution.
    Take for instance the issuance of currency.
    Article One, Section Eight, Clause Five, vests in the Congress the power to coin money.
    And, Article One, Section Ten, Clause One, forbids any state from coining money or emitting bills of credit.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: The buzz of spring is worth the noise

    It was Monday — the Monday after the spring-forward time change.

    For me, that is typically the hardest Monday of the year.

    I had come home, taken care of a few errands, then quickly succumbed to my overwhelming, but unusual need for a weekday nap.

    I always seem to need a nap the Monday after the spring-forward time change, despite the lure of an extra hour of evening sunlight. Sometimes I miss Arizona, where the time never sprang forward or fell back.

  • Impressions: Which legislator won’t answer the call?

    Perhaps, our friends in the state legislature are a little busy about right now.
    I’ll grant them that courtesy. After all, their efforts on our behalf in Nashville are critical.
    Still, I have to wonder why a recent call I made as a representative of the newspaper industry to Sen. Ken Yager’s office has gone unanswered.
    I clearly spelled out my name to the friendly staffer, clearly gave my callback number, and clearly explained that I was calling concerning a specific subject — Senate Bill 115.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: That wearisome rain also can revive

    The original point of this column was to complain — bitterly, I might add — about the recent rains.

    The rain that flooded my basement early last week.

    The rain that poured down in buckets near Chattanooga where I spent an otherwise fun weekend.

    And Wednesday, what did we get?

    Here’s my checklist: more dreariness, more cold, more flood advisories — more rain. By quitting time, my sorry, soggy soul was saturated.

  • VIEW FROM LICK SKILLET: Some random thoughts on the passing scene

    By Gerald Largen

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    My social-network friends often share snippets of their lives with me and the rest of the cyberworld on a daily basis.
    That’s fine. I enjoy keeping up with their comings and goings that way.
    To be honest, though, I seldom post much about my world.
    I choose to share those thoughts with you here in this space.
    While I am known to blog at roanecounty.com, I am much more comfortable offering up ramblings on paper with ink.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Recent outrages require comment & criticism

    Kind reader, we are not unaware of the fact that since the beginning of the new year we have failed to follow our usual pattern of choice of subject matter upon which to write these weekly columns.
    From the inception of these columns we have tried, and generally been successful in writing about several different fields.
    These have included history, biography, reminiscences, travel, gastronomy, gardening, tributes — both current and post mortem, law, philosophy and politics.