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Columns

  • A View From Lick Skillet: How we propose to handle student loan debt

    “A dirty war set in motion out of weakness by a weak man posing as a strong man ... A weak, powerful man, a tyrannical child driving a tank.” Does this description remind you of someone, gentle reader? It certainly did the old curmudgeon.

  • Going With the Flo: Many of our legislators are against the work of ICE

    Ben Carson said it right: “We’ve been conditioned to think that only politicians can solve our problems. At some point, maybe we will wake up and recognize that it was politicians who created our problems!”

    When a political party turns 100 percent of their efforts and energy into destroying a duly elected president, we’d better get informed and get involved. Are we next?

  • Going With the Flo: President’s salute to America was great!

    By Flo Charles

    Hopefully you were able to see or hear President Trump’s “Salute to America,” on July 4.

    What a wonderful opportunity to educate the citizens of our history! I understand that ABC, NBC, CBS and MSNBC refused to show it. Was this more anti-American hatred?

    There was more history brought out in his speech than most people hear in a lifetime.

    It was punctuated by fly-overs of various military aircraft.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: What does the future hold for Kroger store?
  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: May our ‘history wars’ lead to constructive resolutions

    By the time you read these lines, my wish that you a have restful and reflective Independence Day will be dated.

    Hopefully, my deeper sentiments will not.

    Indeed, I am composing these thoughts early on July 4th with mixed anticipation of the day’s events.

    Rather than comment on our president’s controversial plans or react to the outpouring of opinions from his critics and defenders, I will wait a few hours and learn, like the rest of you, what transpires on the DC mall.

    But I will not watch it on TV.

  • Why do we keep trashing America the beautiful?

    By Michael Butler

    Special to the Roane County News

    Americans marvel at the beauty of our country. We seem blessed to have it all, from arctic mountains to tropical waters.

    Tennessee contains incredible diversity too, including those iconic amber waves of grain and purple mountains.

    Despite our reverence for the majesty of our natural resources, Americans—and seemingly some Tennesseans in particular—have a knack for trashing it all.

  • Invasive fish — heading here to destroy

    By Timothy Joseph PhD

    Fishery Biologist

    The “invasive” Silver Carp (from Asia) have overrun most of the Mississippi and Ohio River watersheds.

    They have occupied the Tennessee River as far upstream as Wheeler Reservoir in Alabama, and may already be in Guntersville Reservoir. They are heading this way.

    Silver Carp can live 20 years, grow to four-feet and weigh 90 pounds.

    A mature female will lay 4-5 million eggs each summer, thus they quickly take over and out compete native fish species.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Kingston’s ebb and flow mirrors that of the country

    When I composed last week’s thoughts about the sentimental yearnings of we baby boomers, a recent 50th reunion of Roane County High classes of 1968-1969 was fresh in my mind.

    Thanks to an unlikely convergence of developments, the U.S. in the three decades after World War II experienced unusual prosperity, unity, and surging optimism. But, when those influences waned in the 20th century’s final decades, disappointment set in.

    Developments in Kingston mirrored this general pattern in many ways.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: Some funds (companies) do not have a tax rate

    By Ron Woody

    In a previous article we mentioned that we run 24 Funds (companies).

    Thirteen of these companies have zero property tax directly supporting them.

    Four of these Funds (companies) indirectly have tax support. Indirectly means that the Funds have money transferred into the fund from another fund that has a tax rate.

    For example, Highway Capital Project Fund has zero property tax assigned but has money transferred into the Fund from the General Highway Fund that has a tax rate.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: Why is Roane County not growing?

    By Ron Woody

    In a previous article I commented that the economic growth in a community helps pay for the growing cost of providing government services. As the cost to provide services increase due to increase in wages, insurance, utilities, fuel and equipment one hopes the economic growth would offset the cost.