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Columns

  • Guest column: Alliance a return on investment

    Recent articles and social media posts have shown a lack of understanding about the structure, purpose, and activities of the Roane Alliance.

    The targeted audience for the activities and initiatives of the Alliance and its partners primarily reside outside of the county, except for Chamber activities. I hope this column and those to follow provide clarity and explanations for why and how the Roane Alliance was set up and how it invests the funds provided from public and private sources.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Here’s hoping pause is temporary

    Last week, the Roane County Commission approved property tax rates for 2018-19 that will not fund the school board’s proposed $67 million plan to consolidate Rockwood, Harriman and Roane County (Kingston) high schools at a site adjacent to Roane State Community College.

    Afterward, both Interim School Director Gary Aytes and County Executive Ron Woody reportedly agreed it is time to put the school board’s ambitious K-14 plan on pause.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: They’re not conservatives, they’re reactionaries!

    Gentle reader: We don’t watch a great deal of television, so you may have seen much more of the current TV advertising battle among the GOP gubernatorial candidates then we have, but the other day we saw one that seems to represent one of the great problems not only for our state, but for the nation.

    The upshot of this ad was that of the four candidates, two are in fact conservatives, but that one is not as he claims a conservative, but a MODERATE!

  • Going With the Flo: God blesses sacrifices; just ask Walter and Barbara

    By Flo Charles

    Walter and Barbara wanted to see the fireworks in Kingston on July Fourth.

    However, we learned that someone had a need. Our family tradition and God’s Word says to help anyone who is in need, not judging them as how why they got into the situation.

    God is merciful! He says, “Mercy triumphs over judgment.” (James 2:13)

    As Oswald Chambers says, “I have never met the man I could despair of after discerning what lies in me apart from the grace of God.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Nation’s troubled times no surprise

    By Mark Banker

    Two weeks ago, I speculated about how future observers may view our era. Today I return to my assertion that the quest to “Make America Great Again” may someday be understood in the context of broader developments that transformed the United States in the second half of the 20th century.

  • Going With the Flo: Our founders had honor, but where is our honor?

    Never forget the price our founding fathers paid for our freedom!

    These were men of means with an education and a deep love for freedom. They knew the price they might pay, if caught, for signing the Declaration of Independence but knew the price would mean freedom for all Americans.

    Of the 56 men who signed it, five were arrested by the British as traitors, tortured and executed; 12 had their homes looted and burned by the enemy.

  • Guest column: School plan more than buildings

    By GARY AYTES

    This is an exciting time for the future of education in Roane County as we move to the forefront using an innovative approach in preparing our students to join the workforce.

    I would like to begin by thanking the Roane County Commission for their encouragement in this endeavor. During the budget process four years ago, the Commission requested a long-range plan for Roane County Schools.

  • Going With the Flo: The traitor violates allegiance and betrays his country
  • A View From Lick Skillet: Creswell Alliance is getting 1/2 million $$$ a year

    Gentle reader, we don’t know about you, but we found last Friday’s edition of this paper just stuffed full of interesting items, such as Harriman’s new police chief and his plans, as well as the possible fate of the Harriman Hospital.

    And the Faith page had an interesting and informative account of the ordination of Methodist minister Rev. Todd Chancey, pastor of the Kingston United Methodist Church.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Tighter tourism belt may cost us

    Roane County is blessed to be located at a great natural intersection of mountains, valley, rivers and lakes.

    Summer is the time of the year when these great natural assets are put on display not only for local residents but for many visitors from across the nation.

    Many small businesses in Roane County benefit greatly from this big tourist-generated infusion every summer.

    How do these tourists find there way here from places far away?