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Columns

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Just a little consistency mightn’t offend Emerson

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

  • GLIMPSES: Traditions are borne of history’s spin

    I begin today with a few more thoughts on our public memory.

    Humans have always been curious about how the past relates to the present. Hence, ancient myths addressed such essential questions as “Where did we come from?” or “How should we behave?”

    For millennia, metaphorical answers to these and other queries were typically accepted on faith. They offered adherents a “mythical public memory.”

  • GOING with the FLO – Remember: United we stand, divided we fall

    By FLO CHARLES

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

    After listening to President Trump speak at the Celebrate Freedom Rally at the Kennedy Center to honor our veterans, I felt impressed to share some of his remarks, to keep our focus and stand strong.

    President Trump just signed an executive order, following through on his campaign pledge to stop the Johnson Amendment from interfering with our First Amendment rights.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: If it’s 65, it’s got to go! So say school potentates

    Editor’s note: The opinions expressed in this column do not reflect the views of this newspaper.

    Gentle reader, we hope that you read the lengthy report written by our Director of Schools, Dr. Leah Rice Watkins, published in the Wednesday, 28 June issue of the News; it is this article which we wish to discuss today, but, before doing so we are pleased to report that Dr. Watkins contacted us a few weeks ago about the possibility of meeting, which we had not previously done.

  • GLIMPSES: Coach’s lessons may be fitting for all

    By MARK BANKER

    When I learned that University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones plans to teach “some history lessons” to his current players, I wondered if his prescription might be equally apt for the rest of us.

    As we grapple with an array of daunting national, state and local issues in 2017, our uncertain grasp of the circumstances that brought us to these present junctures should give us pause.

  • Guest Column: East vs. West in September 2029

    By Earl Nall

    For Roane County News

    This story takes place in September 2029. It relives the events in 2017, when the Roane County Board of Education voted to build a consolidated high school that combined the cities of Rockwood, Kingston and Harriman into a single school and left Midway and Oliver Springs as small high schools.

    That decision would come to haunt the school board and Roane County for the next 40 years.

    Roane County: Friday, Sept. 28, 2029

  • SCHOOL Scoop: Vision has life-changing potential

    By Leah Rice Watkins

    Dear Roane County School System Stakeholder,

    First, I would like to sincerely thank you for your welcoming me into this community. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding teachers, parents, county officials, and students since my relocation to Roane County. I thank you for the importance you place upon the education of the students within the county and the pride you have for the work in our schools.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why can Cuba not be forgiven like all others?

    Well, Gentle Reader, we are awash in potential topics this week on the federal side, without even giving a glancing blow to the warrantable topics on the state and county scene, and there is no way we can cover all, or even the majority of them in this column, so we will just start out with the most irritating and most timely of them and see where we wind up.

  • GOING with the FLO: It’s time we return to conservative heritage

    By FLO CHARLES

    With the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and all the turmoil that has surrounded this incident and many more, I felt it was confirmation for me to write about our need return to our conservative principles that have been removed from our school books, leadership and basically most universities.

    Our history is being rewritten in most of our textbooks and our children do not know the heritage of our great nation. Karl Marx said, “Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded.”

  • OFF the CUFF: We’re more similar than we think

    Like many of you, I was anxious to find out more about what happened at an Alexandria, Va., neighborhood baseball field where serenity was forever marred by a disturbed man bent on resolving the country’s political division with a firearm.

    Five injured, with the House’s majority whip in critical condition. Our own Rep. Chuck Fleischmann among the Republican lawmakers practicing for a charity game that unites both sides of the aisles for a fun evening of America’s favorite pastime.