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Columns

  • 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?

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: How will history portray our time?

    For years, curious students asked me how history might judge our time. In more recent days, many friends have asked the same.

    I appreciate the sincerity of these queries. But I must gently suggest that they reflect a misunderstanding of my preferred field of study.

    Historians and their findings defy simple categorization. We may not be as diverse as the broader society. But, contrary to our critics’ rhetoric, we do not all champion “political correctness.”

  • Going With the Flo: There’s a war going on for the soul of this nation

    By Flo Charles

    Noah Webster — the great scholar and university president who gave us the Webster’s Dictionary — said, “Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God ... if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted. ... if a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it is because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Back to the drawing board for mega-school scheme!

    Gentle reader: As we left you last week, Dr. Watkins’ departure was anticipated although not quite certain. Since that time her resignation has been submitted, and accepted. The School Board has named former Director Gary Aytes as interim Director to act until a permanent Director is found and put into place, according to Damon Lawrence’s front-page account last Monday.

  • Guest Column: Tax hikes easy but harmful

    By Tyler Overstreet

    For Roane County News

    In my opinion, having a conversation about major school construction prior to well-designed academic programming geared toward 2022 and beyond is like putting the cart before the horse in light of REFUSING to first discuss the significant monetary savings to all taxpayers if Roane County (city and county) were to consolidate and merge existing services that are currently duplicated in each township.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Founders didn’t trust We the People

    Last week’s resignation of Roane County Schools Director Leah Watkins will no doubt impact our county’s ongoing school debate. But it also offers a useful reminder.

    Unexpected events have often made those who “learn from history” appear foolish.

    Consider, for example, the 1941 Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor or the events of Sept. 11, 2001.

    Both undermined attempts to learn from more remote past experiences, and gave rise to policies that would previously have been unimaginable.

  • Going With the Flo: All went wonderfully at the Singapore Summit

    By Flo Charles

    What a great time to be alive in America! What a great president we have!

    Contrary to all the doubts, distortions and warnings about this meeting, and very strong circumstances, it was a success.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Leah R. Watkins: Bon chance et bon voyage

    Gentle reader, we had to conclude last week’s column before we had finished our list of subjects to cover, so we begin this week with what we intended to have ended with last week.

    Regular readers will recall that early into the present administration we predicted that Mr. Trump would not be the Republican nominee on the 2020 ticket, and would in all likelihood not serve out the full term.

    Well, dear friends, the last few days have seen the beginnings of that scenario.

  • Resist making enemies of good

    By Mark BankerMTBanker1951@gmail.com

    Roane County’s ongoing school debate brings to mind a story shared by writer Tony Hillerman.

    As a youth in Depression-era Oklahoma, Hillerman worked for an old farmer known for his generosity. When less honorable neighbors took advantage of the old man’s kindness, young Tony was enraged.

    In response, the old man advised: “Son, if you don’t forgive your enemies, you’re going to run out of friends.”

  • Going With the Flo: Clarence’s dream lives on, through kids and his farm

    My stones of Remembrance this Memorial Day: My husband’s dream — a family farm and four children. Clarence and I agreed that I should work through the summer for the FBI, since I had just been cleared and he would return to the canning factory in Illinois and work for college money. We would return in the fall to Tennessee Tech, continue our education and be married.

    I left for Washington, D.C., the morning after graduating from Harriman High.