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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: With this show, would you give 5¢ to see a circus?

    Gentle reader, those of you who know our old friend William A. Newcomb know that he is a veritable wellspring of pithy sayings and stinging commentaries. One such that we have heard him utter, which we think particularly apropos at this time, is one which he has made when observing a particularly peculiar or outrageous happening, which is: “Why, I wouldn’t pay a nickel to see a circus!” with the implication that the happening is beyond anything one would see under the Big Top.

  • GUEST column: Apply for ACA coverage today

    The deadline is approaching — don’t delay!

    Open enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act Marketplace health insurance (some call it Obamacare) began Nov. 1 and ends Dec 15.

    Fewer than 40 days remain for enrollment since the federal site, healthcare.gov, closes on Sundays — and we’ll all be busy on Thanksgiving. Many don’t know.

    If you or someone you know needs affordable health insurance for 2018, then the Affordable Care Act in Roane County has plans offered by BlueCross BlueShield.

  • GLIMPSES: Early 1900s reflection of today

    By MARK BANKER

    A rare point of consensus in our polarized times is the notion that “those who fail to learn history’s lessons are doomed to repeat them.”

    Yet, as ongoing debates about the Second Amendment and the Civil War reveal, we disagree vehemently about history’s lessons. That is the subject for a future column.

    Today I redirect attention to a typically overlooked era and insights it might offer for our own.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The 2017 Holidays are coming so again its stack cake time!

    Kind reader, on this, its tenth anniversary, we present our traditional pre-holiday Apple Stack Cake column. As we advised last year, Oren Wooden’s Apple Orchard, located atop the mountain, twixt Dayton and Pikeville, had dried apples. They may still have them, but you had better call to be sure. The folks at Muddy Pond mentioned below are almost certain to have them.

    So, without further preamble, here is the 2017 Edition of the traditional stack cake column:

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  • GOING with the FLO: The heart of the problem is only God Can change a heart

    By FLO CHARLES

    “The heart of the problem is the problem in the heart. Only God can change a heart.”

    That’s why we need the Word of God. Not only do we have this horrific killing in Texas from an enraged, deranged individual, we are facing more and more deception in our America as anger and hate continues to spew through the media against our President and infects other areas of the soul, causing carnage. We become what we feed upon, as this killer did!

  • GLIMPSES: Roane County efforts focus on early childhood learning

    If you have recently walked the paths at Fort Southwest Point or in the newly established Ladd Landing Greenway, you may have noticed a new and colorful set of signs. They announce that you are on a “Born Learning Trail.”

  • K-9 Lifeline Rescue helps shelter save animals’ lives

    In the many years I have been privileged to work at the Roane County Animal Shelter, something I love to do, I’ve been so fortunate to network with many beautiful people who do what I do, to bring shelter, comfort and dignity to the sweet, sometimes scared or misunderstood animals which for whatever reason come to our work place.

    There are so many people who we work with that I cannot get through one day without appreciating their kindness and couldn’t do the job without their help.

  • We’re partly to blame for electing bad leaders

    Dear Mrs. Flo Charles: Thank you for your finely expressed column. Everyone in Tennessee should be shouting it from the housetops that we have finally been told what’s really transpired in Washington!

    How our countrymen and women must feel when they read the account of the past president and his henchmen and women bowing to the needs of our enemies is hard to ascertain.