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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Bill Landry to sign new book at Rocky Top Gen. Store

    There are times when a person, or group, or nation has the strength, or the authority to do something, but which they shouldn’t do, despite that strength or authority.

    As a result of proceeding when they shouldn’t, the person, group, or nation loses that strength or authority.

    Last week saw this very thing happen in one case, and the wheels begin to turn that may well result in its happening again in another case.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Dr. Rywell’s Tenn. apple stack cake re-visited

    Gentle reader, there comes a time when repeating oneself is no longer repetition but a tradition.

    Thus it is with our annual holiday column about our beloved Tennessee Apple Stack Cake, also known in this area as “Fruit Cake.” As we have said many times before, what is being offered in some grocery stores as apple stack cake is not our Tennessee Apple Stack Cake.

  • Looseleaf laureate: On idealism, cynicism and conspiracy theories

    It has taken decades to realize how much a series of bullets — fired half a century ago by a lone gunman, or maybe not — has impacted the life of one preschooler.

    I was a 5-year-old in hand-me-down dungarees. The knees, judging by most of the pictures from the era, were worn bare.

    I don’t remember ever seeing my mother cry before that day; perhaps that’s why my memory of  President John F. Kennedy’s murder is so vivid.

  • Harriman Happenings

    Marvin and Anna Anderson of Knoxville observed their 49th wedding anniversary on Nov. 16.

    They were married in Harriman at St. Mary’s Baptist Church among family and friends.

    The couple have three sons, 12 grandchildren and one great-grandson.

    Both retired from X-10 Plant in Oak Ridge. They are faithful members of New Covenant Baptist Church in Knoxville.

    They are former residents of Harriman.

    May they continue to be blessed by the Lord.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why hasn’t sheriff answered jail questions?

    Gentle Reader, as you will recall, in last month’s column for Friday, the 25th, we raised the issue of the supposed over-population problem in the new jail.

    In that column we posed certain questions, the answers to which we think it is critical that everyone, (especially the people who are going to have to foot the bill for any “corrective measures” that might be proposed, i.e. the Roane County taxpayers,) should have answered.

    These are the general questions we posed:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: GOP doesn’t grasp economics, and never will

    Many of the Republicans who are so overwrought on the issue of the national deficit and resulting national debt claim that this is a moral issue.

    In other words, to function on deficit spending and accumulating debt is an immoral activity.

    To some of them it is a sin, bordering on being a crime.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Road to Hooters is paved with gravel

    Last Sunday, I was at Hooters.
    Yes, THAT Hooters.
    Trust me, it’s not a place I ever aspired to be.
    How I got there is a circuitous story, one involving three friends, a cascading creek and a winding dirt road through Cherokee National Forest.
    It began innocently enough.

    Stan (not his real name because he’s a bit embarrassed about what comes next), Russ (his real moniker; he’s unflappable) and I had planned to ride bicycles from the base of Little Citigo Creek most of the way up to Indian Boundary Lake.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: CEO pay steals from workers and stockholders

    In the past couple of years we have seen and heard many things from some of our Tea Party-type friends that have amazed us, but probably the most amazing thing yet was Marsha Blackburn’s complaint this past Sunday about the U.S. Senate not being in session on that day!

    Miss Marsha is, as you no doubt know, one of the members of Congress from a district in Middle Tennessee, one of the strongholds of the Church of Christ.

    We had always thought that that area was a member in good standing of the Bible Belt.

  • Maybe we should increase vigilance on NSA

    By LEE HAMILTON
    Center on Congress
    Washington is beginning to debate the proper extent of government eavesdropping powers in the wake of Edward Snowden’s revelations about the NSA.

    It’s hardly as robust a discussion as it should be, but it’s a desperately needed start.

    The effort to monitor Americans’ communications has been going on for at least seven years, under two presidents.

    It constitutes an expansion of government power without precedent in the modern era.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Even Marie Antoinette didn’t say let them starve!

    As long time readers of this column may recall, we dislike too early engagement in holidays.

    For instance, there are already Halloween decorations which are beginning to look shop worn and disheveled, even though it is more than a month until we reach All Hallows Eve, and there are stores that have already put Christmas things on display, almost three months early, however, we have decided that the most apt introduction to this week’s column is from that Charles Dickens classic, “A Christmas Carol.”