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  • 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.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Views from on high — and down under

    When the group I sometimes hike with decided to take on a 10-mile hike at Cumberland Gap National Historic Park, I hesitated.

    Ten miles is a long hike, and the long climb to the White Rocks and Sand Cave also is listed as strenuous.

    I was well aware of this fact.

    I had done this hike several times as a much younger woman when I lived on the edge of the park.

    I also knew the beauty that lay ahead.

    And so, last Saturday, I went with about a dozen other hardy hikers and began the 1,655-foot climb.

  • Impressions: Icky stuff is actually sign of good stuff to come

    SPLAT!
    It was yucky.
    Some sort of great big bug committed suicide on my windshield as I was driving home from a meeting at our newspaper in Campbell County Friday afternoon.
    I won’t go into all the gory details, but what remained of the insect left green, yellow and reddish-purple juices streaming down the glass and onto the hood.
    To be honest, I don’t know how that much liquid a bug can hold, but this one must have been a beaut.
    The darned thing’s remains pretty much turned my stomach.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Last week, we wrote about the Tennessee General Assembly’s assault upon the Tennessee Education Association, the teachers’ union.
    This is just one small piece in the giant mosaic of right-wing attacks upon the poor, the underprivileged and the working class.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Decisions, decisions.We face them with every breath we take.
    Sometimes, they’re no brainers … we breathe in, and we breathe out. The most wonderful wife in the world has to remind her wayward husband to do it every now and again.
    At least that’s what she says when I do something stupid that gets on her nerves. Needless to say, I comply with pretty much everything she says because I know she knows what’s best for me.

  • Impressions: There’s light you can create in dark times