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Columns

  • IMPRESSIONS: Groan ... sometimes Teglas humor tough to bear

    I’m no big game hunter.

    Friends will tell you the most shooting I’ve ever done is with a camera.

    I can honestly lay claim to fame for getting a big deer.

    I got my one and only six-pointer on Memorial Day weekend in 2005.

    As not to embellish (and to keep myself out of a TWRA inquisition on why I was hunting out of season), I will come clean and remind you that the buck picked me out and chose to commit suicide on the front end of my old green Jeep Cherokee.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A perfect weekend can last and last

    Summer, going into fall, is my favorite time of year. This year, the transition season seemed to reward me for my loyalty.

    For months, I’d had an outing planned — one that involved a river, the mountains and a tiny town tucked between them.

    I rallied a few friends to come along and then braced myself — knowing full well that when the designated weekend arrived, we would be rained out.

    Even when the forecasts called for perfect weather, I shrugged.

    I knew there would be a hitch.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, as we enter the autumn season, most educational institutions begin a new academic year.

    Although President Obama has initiated efforts to reform our institutions of higher learning from the community colleges to the most prestigious universities, regrettably it is unlikely that the entering freshmen will find his lot substantially improved over that of his older fellows.

    Costs continue to escalate at a totally unreasonable rate, and the value of a degree continues to decline.

  • IMPRESSIONS: A little literacy and a big ol' Hokie gobble

    My colleagues are having way too much fun with me these days.

    One even spun and shared an exaggerated tale turned urban legend based on some sketchy information he received following a recent project I worked on in Annapolis, Md.

    For some strange reason, his version of the story suggested I single-handedly wrecked a major system at our big newspaper up there.

    Shoot, all I was trying to do was scope out some equipment we want to give a new home here.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Good things, indeed, can come from bad

    I’m a firm believer in acknowledging our problems. I believe ignoring things only allows them to fester or blow up.

    The good news is, serious concerns, when addressed, can turn into something really positive.

    Case in point: the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

    Did you know that those soaring mountains we all hold dear were on the verge of ruin through logging and poor farm management?

    In the 1920s, people started reacting to the threat, and against the odds, the national park was born.

  • Employment figure impact depends on perspective

    Perceptive reader, you know that perspective is vitally important in matters of art.

    It was the discovery of perspective and the means of rendering it in two-dimensional art that made early Renaissance painting in Italy so outstanding.

    Well, perspective is also important in many other things than painting and photography; to demonstrate, consider how large our planet earth is to us who live upon it, but consider how relatively small it appears from the space station, and how smaller yet it appears from the surface of the moon.

  • IMPRESSIONS: A country boy can survive – even in D.C.

    “George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio, with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation.”

    Sound like something out of our lives right here in Roane County?

    Good people grounded in what really matters … family.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Gold rush: Heading into the hills to find it

    If any wildflower deserves a fan club, it is solidago. And I would fight like a dog to be the president of it.
    I thought as much as I took the winding roads up Roan Mountain over the long weekend.
    My mother and I had abandoned our plans to swim at Indian Boundary Lake (too chilly that day), and instead made the drive to upper East Tennessee.
    We stopped at the Gray Fossil Site near Johnson City, took the tour and marveled over the many magnificent prehistoric animals that once walked the earth there.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, our nation is troubled, it is divided, it seems to have lost its way, but there are solutions that should alleviate some of this national distress, however we must recognize with some degree of accuracy what the problems are, before we can hope to resolve them.
    Unfortunately, in the present atmosphere, when we are beset by a tribe of screamers, and scammers, disciples of the faith of political correctness, and supposed wise men besotted with ignorance, arrogance, and self delusion, it is indeed difficult to spy the trees for the surrounding forest.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Have an idea for our website? Please share

    We’ve been kicking the tires on our new Internet platform over the past couple of weeks.

    And thanks to loyal readers like you, we’re already finding ways to improve it.

    If you haven’t had a chance to knock around the site, go to www.roanecounty.com at your earliest convenience.

    We believe you will like what you see.

    Previously we loaded only select news and sports stories along with our obituaries every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    We would occasionally also scoop our print edition with breaking news and photos.