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Columns

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Fort prime example of revisionism

    By Mark Banker

    The recent opening of the National Museum of Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., reveals an important, generally overlooked historical message that could have profound implications for our ongoing schools debate in Roane County.

    With laser-like focus on the practice of lynching, the Montgomery museum is only one of numerous new institutions that focus on aspects of our nation’s long-overlooked struggle over civil rights. Indeed, those museums’ growth are the latest round in that cause.

  • Going with the Flo: Promises being fulfilled, in spite of the opposition

    By Flo Charles

    The legislatures have been making pro-life promises for more than four decades.

    They use pro-life rhetoric to get elected; once elected, they forget to use their elections to save the babies.

    The abortion industry is in it for the money. Sixty million babies are murdered every year.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Watkins pt. 3 (final): “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

    As you will recall, gentle reader, we concluded last week’s column, the second segment of our analysis and commentary on Dr. Leah Watkins’ essay published in the News edition of 20 April, under the caption of “New school questions now answered,” discussing the good doctor’s concept of “dose proximity” between the Roane State campus site of the proposed new school and the location of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, some miles as it turns out to be.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Remembered past and school plan

    By MARK BANKER

    Fellow columnist Gerald Largen recently observed that Roane County’s “mega-school plan [is] the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time.”

    I agree and will devote several upcoming columns to concrete details about the issue.

  • Guest Column: Women understand leadership better

    By Cal Turner Jr.

    Special to the Roane County News

    If you asked business leaders about the most important leadership skill, no doubt you would receive as many answers as the number of leaders you asked.

    Some might say it is setting rules and insisting they be kept. That’s authoritative leadership. Others might say it’s learning to build an influential model where your employees feel respected and are subsequently more committed to the job at hand.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Watkins pt. 2, give the lady a map of the county
  • Going With the Flo: Attacks on conservatives sabotaging our freedom

    By Flo Charles

    “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” — Thomas Jefferson

    We must face the fact that the leftists in America do not want a free America; they just want to control America.

    This anti-American sabotage has been spreading like gangrene, blocking our president’s nominees by publicizing degrading stories to destroy their credibility and attacking conservatives with an all-out force.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Another Elegy for Appalachia

    By Mark Banker

    J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” spoke recently at the University of Tennessee. His visit to East Tennessee spurred me to share these thoughts about our similar – yet very different – journeys.

    Mine began and continues in Roane County!

    Vance’s ancestors settled in hardscrabble Eastern Kentucky at a time when coal was king. There, they developed traits that came to distinguish Appalachian: an isolated rural lifestyle, fierce independence and disdain for formal education.

  • Going with the Flo: We should all measure up to Barbara Bush’s yardstick

    By Flo Charles

    The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

    The life celebration of Barbara Bush was held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston with past presidents, dignitaries and leaders from all backgrounds and religions — 1,500 inside and thousands outside showing their respect for her life of service to her fellow man.

    She was the matriarch of one of the most powerful American political dynasties in the families of American history.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Comments on & analysis of Watkins’ essay pt. 1

    When we wrote last week’s column concerning the mega-school proposal and the need for a vote by the people on that proposal, little did we know that this week’s column would be on the same mega-school proposal, without any intervening messages about anything else.

    But, Friday’s Opinion page featured not only our dear Flo’s column, and our own View, but also had a lengthy discussion bearing the title “New school questions now answered,” with authorship credited to Leah Rice Watkins.