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Today's Opinions

  • COLUMN: Still just a small town girl

    Borrowing a line from Kellie Pickler, “I’m a small town girl/And that’s all I’ll ever be/I’m a small town girl/Hey, that’s alright with me.”

    I’m pretty sure Pineville is smaller than Lawrenceburg — my parents think Lawrenceburg feels a lot bigger — but I’ve always said Lawrenceburg feels like home, only without the mountains.

    Still, my point is that I’m also from “a town so small you don’t need a map,” and I wouldn’t want it any other way.

  • COLUMN: Here’s what to do with your bountiful harvest

    Harvest season has begun.

    I picked my first tomatoes and squash last week and my partner farm started picking corn. Heaven on earth!

    There is nothing more delicious than fresh food from the garden, but you can’t eat it all at once. If you’re up to you elbows in peppers or squash, then roll up your sleeves.

    Storing the harvest can take many forms and it really depends on what you want to put up for the winter. Back in the olden days food was preserved in fat or oil, salt, vinegar or an alcoholic beverage.

  • EDITORIAL: County staring into a budgetary abyss

    Anderson County had budget reserves of around $1.2 million (depending on whom you ask) when Democrats booted former judge-executive Anthony Stratton from office in the May 2006 primary.

    Three budget years later, the county has budgeted to spend what remains of that amount and is staring into the abyss of a $600,000 budget shortfall next year (again, depending on whom you ask).

  • COLUMN: What, me worry?

    Four years, just four more years.

    Oh, no! Last week I sent off my postcard from the high school, letting them know I would be going for registration and getting acquainted with the classes and school.

  • COLUMN: Where can I buy a good book?

    This week, I’m taking a tip from our teen columnist, Brooke Tindall, and suggesting something I think would make Anderson County and Lawrenceburg a better place.

    My husband and I are avid readers when we can find the time to enjoy a good book, and both of us were particularly excited about the release of Carlos Ruiz Zafon’s “The Angel’s Game.”

  • EDITORIAL: Teacher a shining example for all

    All too rarely does life afford us the opportunity to meet someone whose character and virtue are above reproach.

    We had that chance Monday afternoon when high school teacher Hannah Scott visited us to clear her name after it was smeared by a student who claimed she showed him sexually explicit photos along with other allegations.

  • COLUMN: Here’s some ideas for more summer fun

    Ah, summer is officially here, with all its hot weather and extra time — for some of us anyway.

    Some of us can jump in the pool or go to sports practices. Many of us go on vacation, but that doesn’t last all summer long.

    Then, some of us stay inside and wonder what in the world can I do this summer? What is there in Anderson County for me to do? Believe it or not, there are quite a few things to do around here.

    Of course there are still many things that could make Lawrenceburg better and more fun in the summer.

  • Letters to the editor - 7.1

    Principal answering customers’ demands

    To the editor:

    Recent criticism of high school Principal Ray Woodyard is unfair and misdirected.

    All the evidence I can find indicates he was just honoring his customers’ priorities when he chose to recognize something else over academics at graduation.

    Some of the evidence is anecdotal and hard to share; much is hard to miss. This paper, for instance, has a sports section with its own editor, color front page and at least three inside pages every week.