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Columns

  • Going With the Flo: The Constitution affirms America’s belief in God

    By Flo Charles

    “If a nation expects to be ignorant and free, in a state of civilization, it expects what was and never will be.” (Thomas Jefferson)

    The Declaration of Independence is the official and unequivocal affirmation by the American people of their belief and faith in God, affirming God’s existence as “self-evident” truth, requiring no further discussion or debate – containing five references to God.

  • Tennessee Coalition for Open Government: Government business is not a trade secret

    By Deborah Fisher

    Government officials have found an effective way to keep secrets, especially when they don’t want taxpayers and voters to know about sweetheart deals with favored businesses.

    It works something like this.

    First, the government officials sign a non-disclosure agreement with the business that says that anything in an upcoming government contract with the business could be considered proprietary, a trade secret or otherwise confidential information of the business, and not disclosable under Tennessee Public Records law.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Consolidation, the snake that will not die!
  • Going With the Flo: Religion, morality needed in our country

    By Flo Charles

    Have you noticed that a group of accused liars in our Congress are asking a convicted liar if he’s telling the truth as they attempt to set the stage for Trump’s destruction, which is their goal?

    The partisan ideology blocks contradicting evidence, revealing the heart. The heart of the problem is the problem in the heart. We have forgotten God!

    In 1892, the U.S. Supreme Court stated, “Religion, morality and knowledge are necessary to good government, the preservation of liberty and the happiness of mankind.”

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Roane County ambivalent about place in Appalachia

    By Mark Banker

    In the decade since a ruptured settlement pond at TVA’s Kingston steam plant dumped more than 5.3 million cubic yards of coal sludge into the greater Tennessee River watershed, the media have reported regularly on the spill.

    When future observers look back at this media coverage — and particularly to recent commentary on the spill’s tragic human consequences — the absence of any reference to “Appalachia” will surely appear odd. 

  • Going With the Flo:American character is being tested at the very core

    By Flo Charles

    We all come from various backgrounds, but we’re all Americans who have a responsibility to stand with our president as he fights for the principles our founders left us – for our freedoms, our safety and strong borders.

    Did you know that billions of dollars a year are spent on immigrants for welfare and social services by the American taxpayers?

    In 1945, under the leadership of General Dwight Eisenhower and the Allied commanders, a treaty was signed after entering the war on two fronts in Europe and the Pacific.

  • Going With the Flo: Trump keeping promises, improving U.S. economy

    By Flo Charles

    Ronald Reagan: “I’m not worried so much about the Left Wing or the Right Wing; I want God to heal the whole bird. It is sick.” Years later this country is in worse condition!

    2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.”

    Are those who didn’t vote ignorantly complicit in the wickedness engulfing our Beloved U.S.A.?

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Virginia politics fascinate & Lusty SBC preachers

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as the old curmudgeon’s family had resided in Tidewater, Virginia for over a hundred and fifty years before crossing the mountains into the Tennessee Valley, he has always had a certain particular interest in the Old Dominion. Therefore he has followed closely the current political debacle involving the leaders of the state government.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: The passage of time marked by the passing of loved ones

    By Mark Banker

    When Dad passed away 33 years ago, Mother - who turned 68 on the following March - made it clear that she would live out the rest of her days on the farm that had been her home since she was pregnant with me in 1950.

    For several years, Mother maintained her characteristic busy lifestyle.

    Church-related duties, efforts to save the old Roane County Courthouse, baking bread, and grandmothering consumed her time and energy.

  • Going With the Flo: Country should not be supporting killing unborn

    By Flo Charles

    Only in America can you murder your child at birth or before, but go to jail for spanking them!

    Andrew Cuomo ordered that the spire of the One World Trade Center be lit pink to celebrate the passage of a new law (passed on the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision) that radically liberalizes abortion in New York State, in some cases allowing abortion up until the moment of birth, even permitting non-doctors to perform abortions – the most wicked and egregious assaults on humanity in America’s history.