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Columns

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Has the effort to rescue the GOP’s soul begun?

    Gentle reader, if you are like so many others, you may be shocked as we remind you that today, 11 Jan. 2019, is not yet half way through the presidential term in office of Donald John Trump. No, dear friend, that milestone will not be reached for nine more days, even though to many of us it seems that we have been mired in this morass for many years, if not decades.

  • Going With the Flo: Trump is not perfect but placed there by God

    By Flo Charles

    Have you observed the drastic changes in our nation?

    Are you concerned enough to help reverse these effects before we are submerged beyond remedy?

    We Christians, especially, have allowed this immoral society by disobeying God’s word, becoming apathetic! 2 Chronicles 7:14 details what God will do if we do what He says.

    Psalm 11:3 says, “If the foundations be destroyed, then what can the righteous do?”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Historical awareness valuable

    By Mark Banker

    Today I will reflect further on possible benefits AND certain perils that accompany historical awareness and perspective.

    Even a casual view of the past calls into question popular notions that the challenges of any moment in time are absolutely-unique or are more daunting than those encountered by earlier generations. Indeed, the most-basic benefit of historical knowledge may simply be confirmation of the old adage that misery loves company.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Woody’s sequel a good read

    “Stories from the Fog “is the sequel to Roane County Executive Ron Woody’s first book ‘Don’t Get Lost in the Fog”

    In his first book, published in 2016, Woody shared tales from his youth and crafted home-spun philosophy based on lessons he learned growing up living and working on the Tennessee River.

    Woody recalls the changes that have occurred during his lifetime, including memories of his family and friends. The importance of friendship and family are a primary theme of his narrative.

  • Going With the Flo: Spend 2019 praying to God for our country and Trump

    By Flo Charles

    Bring 2019 in by praying like we’ve never prayed before!

    God promises to heal our land if we humble ourselves, pray and turn from our wicked ways. Not protecting our country while our citizens are slaughtered is wickedness!

    Those who vote for these “leaders” are as guilty as if they shot the gun, because they contributed to their position of power!

    President Trump stayed at the White House, (except for surprising our military for Christmas), attempting to negotiate the border wall dilemma.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Wish for greater historical insight

    By Mark Banker

    HAPPY NEW YEARS! On that note, I return to the optimistic tone of several of my recent columns.

    Many readers, no doubt, dismissed as unrealistic my earlier calls for needed changes at our local, state, and national levels.

    Undaunted, I offer now an even more improbable (if self-serving) hope.

    I wish leaders and citizens of our republic might cultivate a greater sense of historical awareness and perspective.

    Perhaps no current issue is more in need of historical clarity than our southern border.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Look to the past to guide changes in the new year

    As we face the New Year we often look to the future with goals and resolutions, many of which may be forgotten amid the reality of the cold winter months still ahead.

    As we take time to ponder the future it’s often useful to review the past year for clues that will help us navigate the coming year.

    In 2018 the Roane County School Board learned some tough lessons about the difficulty of introducing change.

    The BOE introduced the K-14 initiative, perhaps the most ambitious attempt to improve education ever made by any school district in the state.

  • Going With the Flo: Leaders in both parties sabotage our security

    By Flo Charles

    How many of you would make an omelet with a rotten egg?

    You can put one rotten egg with one good egg and it will still pollute the whole omelet, leaving a bad taste in your mouth and a bad odor all around.

    This odor of resistance has permeated our nation with elected leaders who care nothing about our safety.

    We have leadership in both parties who are sabotaging our security for control and revenge. Their agenda is “Stop Trump!” The pressure is all around him! The payrolls still go out!

  • Inside the First Amendment: Time to Stand up for Journalists, for the Pursuit of Truth

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    Unlike most of Time magazine’s “Person of the Year” designees since 1927, we can be certain none of those featured this year on that iconic, red-framed cover wanted to be there.

    This year, Time has four cover images, all recognizing journalists who are imprisoned, facing charges or who died in the pursuit of news on behalf of the rest of us — collectively titled, “The Guardians and the War on Truth.”

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Ash spill still hot topic 10 years later

    After a decade of trying to forget the 2008 ash spill, the issue is back in the news.

    The recent finding by a jury that Jacobs Engineering covered up dangers to workers during the cleanup of the spill raises the question of whether Jacobs and its employer TVA were completely correct when they claimed residual ash was harmless to the environment.