• OFF the CUFF: Ten-Dollar Founding Father gift is a lot of Hams

    I want tickets to see “Hamilton” for my upcoming real birthday.

    For those of you not in the know, I’m that rarity whose birthday falls on Feb. 29. Which means this year’s age is divisible by four, but that’s all I’m disclosing.

    Unfortunately, it might take until Feb. 29, 2020, to realize this year’s birthday wish.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Roane County Bar as it was, Part Two

    Gentle reader, as promised last week, we continue with our recollections of the membership of the Bar as it was when I was admitted to it in March of 1959.

    My intention from the time I first resolved to pursue the law was to open an office and establish a general practice in Harriman as soon as I could, however it was not until some six months after I was admitted that I was able actually to open my first office on the second floor of Mrs. Edington’s building at 416 Roane Street, up the street from the bank, and down the street from the post office.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Challenge wasn’t a race. Really.

    Let me be clear: The Kingston Lions Club Moonlight for Sight challenge walk at Fort Southwest Point last Saturday night was not a race.
    It was a personal challenge.

    So it can’t be said that I lost, because there were no losers, only winners.

    The Lions raise money for charity, specifically to help those with vision impairment. Everyone who participated was a winner.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Body cams tell us part of the story

    Video from a body camera of a Rockwood police officer recently made the news when a former Roane State basketball player filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against the city of Rockwood alleging violation of his rights and excessive use of force.

    The plaintiff in the case is using the video as evidence that he did not attack the officer before he was detained.

    I’ve watched the video. It does not show the officer being attacked. It does show the plaintiff did not fully cooperate with the officer.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What Was, Was; What Is, Is; What will be is Uncertain

    Gentle reader, strange as it may seem to one as intelligent as you, there are those of our fellow citizens who do not comprehend the truth of the following proposition, namely:

    What was, was; what is, is; only what will be is uncertain.

    The reason we bring this proposition to your attention today is because of the inordinate amount of time, energy, anxiety, antagonism, and resources that are currently being expended by the aforementioned citizens trying to change the past while doing little or nothing to try to ameliorate the present or prepare for the future.

  • From the COUNTY: Evaluate where we are, and get engaged

    Generally during the coming of a new year and the passing of the old year, we often evaluate our lives and what we are trying to accomplish in life.

    As county leaders, we reflect also on what we accomplished, what we failed to accomplish, what decisions we made that we consider good decisions and what we consider not so good decisions.

    As we evaluate the past, we also focus on the future.

    Let’s first talk about the recent property tax bills. Some were very painful.

    My own property taxes increased. I wish that had not happened, and I
    know that others went up even higher.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Memories of a thriving Harriman, circa 1959-61

    Gentle reader, our holiday hiatus is at an end, and we now resume our weekly Friday communication with you.

    As you will recall, our last column of 2015 was one of reminiscences of Christmas parties of years past.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: As Thanksgiving & Christmas near, it’s stack cake time!
  • OFF the CUFF: Pickpockets minor in wake of attacks

    My daughter received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the summer of 2014.

    An anthropology student at East Tennessee State University, she was able to go on a three-week archaeological dig at Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

    Leaving her at Tri-Cities Regional Airport for the first leg of her journey was one of the hardest things I’ve done as a parent.

    Have we done everything to keep her safe from pickpockets?

    My baby’s flying over an ocean! For a long time!

  • OFF the CUFF: Salute to a sergeant with a big legacy

    I am thankful to our veterans, on this Veterans Day and every day.

    Because of their sacrifices, I am free to write these words and express my opinion — and you are free to disagree with these words and express your discontent.

    Our veterans and military personnel put their lives on the line — with many paying the ultimate price — to ensure our freedoms and rights.
    Sgt. Alvin C. York is probably one of Tennessee’s most famous veterans.