Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: ‘Sometimes you got to think before you do it’

    First Amendment Center
    Who would have thought that star Little Leaguer Mo’ne Davis could also throw a pretty good First Amendment “conceptual fastball” over the plate?

    Bloomsburg University sophomore first baseman Joey Casselberry, the team’s second-leading hitter this season, was tossed off the team by the public university for a tweet in which he called the 13-year-old Mo’ne a “slut” after reading that Disney was making a film about her Little League World Series experience.

    The tweet went “viral” and Casselberry was reprimanded, later apologizing profusely.

  • Remembering Nelle Alkire Ward, Part 2

    As promised, I now return to my recollections of Mrs. Harvey Ward, nee Nelle Alkire.

    In Part One, I wrote of her early history, her becoming a nurse, her meeting and marrying Mr. Ward, and her many interests, pursuits and hobbies.

    In this Part Two, I continue with her story: She also did pottery, painting, sketching, woodworking, and metal working. The mention of her pottery brings to mind an interesting anecdote, reflecting on both Mrs. Ward, and Mr. Ward.

  • String of Consciousness: Is Chip Kelly playing Madden?

    Not that I’m complaining, but when did the actual NFL become just like my online Madden franchise?

    On Tuesday at 4 p.m., the free agency period officially opened for NFL teams to make trades and signings, and, by 5 p.m., it was shaping up as one of the strangest offseasons of my generation.

    Before recapping the craziness, let’s backup to weekend.

    The NFL put in place a three-day, no-tampering window in which teams could essentially do exactly that, tamper.

  • Congress needs to stop its political eye-poking now


    Centers on Congress

    With yet another public opinion survey showing Congress to be wildly unpopular — a newly released poll by the Indiana University Center on Congress shows 86 percent disapproving of the national legislature’s performance — the question arises: Could Congress’s standing with the public fall even further in 2015, or are there prospects for improvement?

  • Harriman Happenings March 9

    The ushers of St. Mary’s Baptist Church will have their annual usher tea on Sunday, March 15 at 3 p.m.

    A guest preacher and choir from Knoxville will be with us.

    Everybody is welcome.

    Sister Jo Hickman is president of the ushers.

    The Rev. Jesse L. Williams Sr. is pastor.

    Last week I said St. Mary’s Baptist Church would worship with First Baptist Church in Rockwood on March 7. However, we will meet with them Wednesday, March 11.

  • Largen is on the path to fire and destruction

    A big card advertisement I received from those against Insure Tennessee said: “We can’t afford it.”

    They were right! We cannot afford any more socialism or communism.”

    Those of us in small business thought columnist Gerald Largen was talking about us when he said “let them sufer, let them die” like Obama is trying to do to us with “Obamacare’s” forced insurance and penalties, which are all unconstitutional. Socialists and commies are not Christians, because what they believe goes against the Bible.

  • String of Consciousness: What has happened to basketball?

    District champions that didn’t really win a district championship.

    Not one, but TWO teams trying to lose a game at the same time.

    Possible region champions that aren’t really region champions.

    What’s next? Are we going to draw straws for the state championships this year?

    Look, I get it. This weather has royally screwed up most everything, but does it really have to screw up basketball, too?

    Last week, district tournaments were, for the most part, completely wiped out in Tennessee.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Remembering Nellie Alkire Ward, Part One

    As we promised last week, we begin the portion of our recollections of “characters” related to those of the female persuasion, and as we indicated then, we choose to begin this part of the series with Mrs. R. H. Ward, nee Nelle Alkire. Mrs. Ward’s story will require more space than we have available in a single column, so the following is Part One, to be followed by one or more parts in subsequent issues.