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Columns

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

    An immigrant in our country illegally is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts!

    This may be old news to some, but not to her family or those who fear that they could be next.

    Politicians protect those living in our country illegally, blocking our president’s every attempt to build a wall. They are working against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, exposing Americans to the same fate as Mollie.

    How many more deaths will it take?

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Recent national news prompts commentary

    The death of Senator John Sydney McCain, of Arizona, has dominated the news over the last few days, and naturally such an event has prompted the old curmudgeon into random thoughts inspired by that sad event.

    § First there is the question as to whether McCain’s passing will eventually mark the passing of the Grand Old Party, for he was one of the few who still made efforts to maintain the old standards of the Republican Party, even against the assaults of the new born Trump Party.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Matters of identity deeper than politics

    By Mark Banker

    Even as more sensational matters have gained our attention, events of August 2018 remind us that race remains a key issue in our United States.

    In the two weeks since I penned a column about Mrs. Gertrude Porter and the integration of Roane County’s public schools, we became better acquainted with Omarosa Manigault Neuman, mourned the passing of Aretha Franklin, and soberly recalled events that unfolded in Charlottesville a year ago.

  • Going With the Flo: Time for Americans to be accountable for officials

    By Flo Charles

    Many Americans and Christians have ignored their responsibility and accountability for elected officials who make unwise, immoral decisions. We, the citizens, placed them in office!

    Deuteronomy 16:18-20 admonished us to elect leaders who would uphold justice, be completely impartial, and avoid even the temptation of bribes.

    Being responsible for the condition of our nation, we share the guilt and consequences of poor leadership — even if we failed to vote.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Don’t build a wall. Send in the Marines!

    Gentle reader, as the sun slowly repositions itself southward, it seems timely to bring up a couple of items that we have intended to mention for some time concerning the area of the planet south of us that has given rise to problems and headlines for some time now.

  • Guest column: Harriman women vital to suffrage movement

    By Patricia Pierce

    It was 98 years ago this weekend that women’s right to vote became law.

    In a long, hard-fought battle of 72 years, 27 million women in the United State in 1920 won the right to vote by an action taken by Tennessee.

    On Aug. 26, 1920, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which was the required number of states at the time for the Amendment to become law.

    Unfortunately, this is a part of Tennessee’s and the United States’ history that far too many people aren’t aware of.

  • Guest column: We need new way to adopt Public Records Act exemptions

    By Deborah Fisher

    A new legislative committee — the Joint Open Records Ad Hoc Committee — held its first meeting last week in an ambitious effort to come to terms with the growing number of exemptions to the public records act.

    Under the law, government records are open to the public unless they are “exempted” by state law.

  • Inside the First Amendment: Free press NOT enemy of the people

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    As plainly and clearly as one can say or write this:

    Journalism and journalists are not “enemies of the people.”

    A free press brings us the news of the day, from weather to Wall Street, and when done properly functions as a “watchdog on government.” The public expects that first part, and the First Amendment — on behalf of all of us — protects that last part.

  • Going With the Flo: Violence, murder makes us less sensitive to human life

    The more our society feasts on violence and murder, the less sensitive it is to human life.

    We’ve become so desensitized that abortion is at epidemic proportions.

    “I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because it is a war against the child, a direct killing of the innocent child, murder by the mother herself and if we can accept that a mother can kill her own child, how can we tell others not to kill one another?” (Mother Teresa)

  • Music and Melons to be Sunday

    Harriman Lions Club and Babahatchie Community Band’s annual Music and Melons free concert will start at 3 p.m. Sunday.

    The concert will be in the gazebo of David Webb Riverfront Park, Harriman. Harriman Lions Club will provide free watermelon.

    Americana musical selections include compositions of Richard Rodgers, Simon and Garfunkel, Neil Diamond and Alan Bergman.