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Today's Opinions

  • Tobacco growers should watch for blue mold

    On June 2, active blue mold was found in a greenhouse in Greenville, Tennesee and in field plants that were set from the same greenhouse.

  • Now is the time to fertilize your garden

    It’s the popping season. Blooms are popping open and turning into fruit. Visually it is a wonder to watch. Whether it’s a flower, fruit or veggie, it’s fun to watch the changes as the growing takes place.
    Tomatoes are especially cool because we get such a big red fruit from such a tiny yellow flower. Watermelons and cucumbers also follow that same fast forward path. Beans and peppers start with a little white blossom. No matter the color, the result is the same, food from flowers.

  • Dad’s lessons still resonate

    “Hello, may I speak with Mr. Barker?”
    I sigh and start my well-rehearsed speech, explaining to the caller they have reached Ricki Barker the younger and that I am the female Ricki in my family.
    My father and I share many things: a love of animals, good books, lemon meringue pie and a name.
    The latter similarity has led to many humorous moments throughout the years.

  • Outpouring for Kenny was well deserved

    Column as I see ’em …
    First, a little housekeeping.
    I pointed out in last week’s column how, in its new budget, the fiscal court cut about $9,000 from Senior Center funding.
    That’s true but should have included additional context in that the amount the center was given was the amount it asked for, according to Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.
    It marks the first time I’ve ever heard of a senior center or similar agency asking to have its funding reduced.
    Ever.

  • Outpouring for Kenny was well deserved

    By Ben Carlson, Publisher

    Column as I see ’em …
    First, a little housekeeping.
    I pointed out in last week’s column how, in its new budget, the fiscal court cut about $9,000 from Senior Center funding.
    That’s true but should have included additional context in that the amount the center was given was the amount it asked for, according to Judge-Executive Orbrey Gritton.
    It marks the first time I’ve ever heard of a senior center or similar agency asking to have its funding reduced.
    Ever.

  • Is tourism spending more important than our senior citizens?

    Column as I see ’em …

    It’s not a good year to be a non-profit agency in Anderson County, at least for those who look to the fiscal court for funding.

    For those dreaming of swimming pools and attracting tourists, it’s not nearly as bad.

    In the 2015-16 budget unanimously approved last Tuesday morning, non-profits took a significant hit to the tune of $22,000 less than they received in the budget about to expire at the end of this month.

  • Speed up ripening process in fruit

    Summer signals the arrival of fresh, seasonal produce, which promises eating at its finest. Sometimes that produce isn’t as ripe as you need it to be.

    Some produce that has traveled a great distance is picked while still green and won’t be ripe when it reaches the store. For some fruits, you can speed up the ripening process at home.

    Common fruits that can be ripened at home include bananas, cantaloupe, peaches, pears, pineapples and tomatoes.

  • Help livestock beat the summer heat

    Summer is almost here. We’ve already experienced some heat, just a taste of what’s to come. Humans aren’t the only ones who suffer when the temperatures rise. Farm animals feel it, too. You can recognize when your livestock may be in danger from the heat and what you can do to increase their comfort.

    Livestock become uncomfortable when the heat index reaches about 90 degrees. The heat index is a combination of air temperature and humidity, and is used to describe how it feels outside.