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Columns

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Americans’ experience with limits may shape today’s political climate

    By Mark Banker

    Shortly after completing last week’s column, I turned on the news with hopes of getting an update on Hurricane Florence.

    Instead, I was reminded that 40 years earlier President Jimmy Carter and leaders of Israel and Egypt agreed to what became known as the “Camp David Accords.”

    In addition to offering a much-needed respite from our 24/7 news soap opera, that “old news” conveniently affirmed an assertion from my just-submitted column.

  • Going With the Flo: We’ve strayed from God, and our nation shows it

    By Flo Charles

    Have we become the very people our Founding Fathers fought and died to protect us from?

    We quote the motto: “United We Stand; Divided We Fall” while participating in sabotaging our very foundations.

    Allowing socialism and abortion into America’s leadership corrupts our society! Francis Schaeffer warned us in the 1970s that one day we would wake up and discover that the America we once knew was gone.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Kavanaugh case — it’s not the lust, it’s the lying

    Gentle reader: As this column is written in preparation for our Wednesday noon deadline, the radio, television, and daily press are all devoting considerable efforts to the developing story surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fitness to become a member of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

  • Guest Column: School attendance is important

    By Sheila Sitzlar

    Special to the Roane County News

    Did you know that children who miss 18 or more days in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of third grade?

    By sixth grade, missing 18 or more days of school in a school year is proven as an early warning sign for dropping out of high school.

    By ninth grade, good attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Politics weather the storms, too

    By Mark Banker

    Kathy and I have watched the weather with more attention than usual this past week as Hurricane Florence blasted the Atlantic coast. More than 40 years ago, she introduced me to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

    Her Forbes’ ancestors arrived there in the late 17th century, and for more than three centuries that rocky, semi-isolated seacoast was their home.

  • Guest column: State’s top court could hinder reporters in their job

    By Deborah Fisher

    Should reporters censor information from government proceedings? Of course not.

    The Tennessee Supreme Court is set to hear oral arguments on Oct. 4 in an important case involving state libel laws and a free press.

    The appeal before the state’s highest court is a test of the state’s fair report privilege.

  • Going With the Flo: Trump is the miracle answer to our prayers

    By Flo Charles

    Benjamin Franklin said, “It is in the region of ignorance that tyranny begins.”

    President Obama returned to sow seeds of discord, discontent and distrust toward President Trump’s leadership. How ludicrous! America is better off than ever!

    Lacking the space, I cannot list President Trump’s accomplishments — in just two years – compared to President Obama’s disastrous policies in eight years.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Creswell & Chamber know not where Roane is

    “L’état, c’est moi!” [The state, it is me!] Thus spake King Louis XIV of France on 22 December, 1655. But it appears increasingly likely that Louis’ utterance reflects our own Donald John Trump’s innermost conviction.

    Witness for instance his recent “Tweet” concerning the anonymous critical essay published in the New York Times. As we understand it, he characterized the writing in the single word — “TREASON.”

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Creswell worked hard for all of us

    It is with regret at his leaving and congratulations for a job well done that Roane County will say goodbye to Wade Creswell, president of the Roane Alliance.

    Wade has decided to exercise his considerable talents in the service of another local organization, for whom I’m certain he will be a great asset.

    Wade not only brought a great deal of marketing talent to the Alliance, he also brought a level of sincerity and passion to his promotion of Roane County that could only be found among those who really love this place.

  • Going With the Flo: Are you ready to say enough is enough?

    By Flo Charles

    Henry David Thoreau stated: “It’s not what you’re looking at that matters, it’s what you see.”

    I was shocked at what I saw of Sen. McCain’s funeral — religiously moving on the surface, but a shocking revelation of mutinous actions! Being so stunned, I missed my high school reunion, replaying everything, disbelieving the contemptuous attitudes I was seeing and hearing.