• THE VIEW FROM HERE: One Soldier, One War


    “Never underestimate the cruelty one human being can exact on another.”

    Charles Jennings,

    Former Army Staff Sargent, my father

    It was a long way from the red clay of North Georgia to the Rhine River in Germany for my father.

    To an 18-year-old boy who had never been much past the county line, it was almost unfathomable that any place on Earth could be so far away or so far removed from all that he believed.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Polarization hurts all

    By Mark Banker

    In the days since I last shared thoughts in this space, our nation has experienced a wave of sobering events.

    A spate of pipe bombs, several mass shootings, and hotly contested mid-term elections remind us that anger, polarization and paralysis persist and imperil our individual and collective well-being.

    In past columns, I have suggested we might consider these ongoing afflictions as responses to the bewildering economic, cultural, and technological changes that accompany modernity.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Vox Populi —Listen to the voice of the people!

    Gentle readers, Thank you, thank you, thank you! As you may recall, since our column of 19 October concerning the Wheel Tax Referendum, we have requested you more than once to be sure to vote on this question, and further requested that you vote against the wheel tax. Well, you couldn’t have done better, and we thank you for it. Of the total number of you who voted, 19,617, 18,832 voted in the wheel tax referendum. And of those of you who voted in the referendum, 14,813, or 78.66 percent voted against the wheel tax!

  • Going With the Flo: God uses historical events to accomplish His will

    By Flo Charles

    A note of gratitude to Mr. Largen for the inspiring article he had last week, which so encouraged me!

    I took it to UPS to be laminated. The shared memories were touching also, relieving the grief of Clarence’s absence — each holiday has been difficult, especially in the fall — his favorite season.

    Your article reminded me of Jeremiah 6:16: “Stand ye in the ways and see and ask for the old paths — the good way, and walk therein.”

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: Kingston farmer gives frustrated rooster something to crow about

    By Shelia Sitzlar

    My father-in-law, Loyd “Pops” Sitzlar, runs a small farm in Kingston, where he has a small herd of cattle, of which he mainly feeds the family.

    Everyone in the family has always appreciated his farming efforts and his fantastic beef, especially at dinner time.

    When Pops gets an idea in his head, it tends to stay there and he will continue thinking about it until the issue is resolved to his satisfaction.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: The 2018 Holidays are coming, it’ll soon be stack cake time!
  • Going With the Flo: Prayer needed for our nation and leaders in troubling times

    By Flo Charles

    Surely, we can all agree it is time to earnestly pray for our nation, our law officers and our president, as God’s Word says. (1 Timothy 2:8) and other Scriptures tell us God wants everyone to pray - without anger, resentment, doubting or judging peoples’ faith or their expressions of faith.

    Eleven fatalities and four police officers were wounded at Pittsburgh Tree of Life Synagogue where families gathered for a Child Blessing Ceremony.

  • Tyler Talk: Metro government committee should get to study pros, cons

    By Tyler Overstreet

    Roane County’s population as compared with Rhea, Cumberland and Loudon has been declining in recent years while those counties have grown.

    The number of new jobs in Roane County has lagged as compared to the other counties mentioned.

    Most importantly, go look at the commercial development in Dayton, Crossville and Lenoir City and compare it to any city or combination of cities in Roane County.

    Simply put, it pales in comparison.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Looking at passing scene, GOP as Parrot Party

    This week gentle reader, we have no great overriding theme, but instead a collection of random observations on the passing scene:

  • Going With the Flo: Socialism is direct threat to our democracy

    By Flo Charles

    “Ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country.” (John F. Kennedy) – a good president with addictive habits.

    Only his inner circle knew Kennedy was a serial womanizer.

    Jackie Kennedy considered divorce, but was convinced to remain. Being much loved by the people, she was vital to JFK’s presidential success; God used him with his flaws. (1 Samuel 16:7) “God looks on the heart; man looks on the outside.”