Dalton Roberts





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After well over 1,000 weekly columns, I have sadly determined to quit writing for the Chattanooga Times Free Press. I've always told you the truth and will tell you the truth about this decision.

Not long ago, several of my picker friends suggested that I let Sonny Thomas "set up'' the action on one of my favorite instruments, Eppie.

Monk was one of the finest guitar players I've ever heard.

I like boxing. Eye-closing, lip-busting, nose-smashing boxing.

Out of the Blue Restaurant in Brainerd is closing, and my family is mourning as though we were losing one of our own.

A group called Tobacco Free Chattanooga is calling for smoking to be banned in all our public parks. While I would prefer to see this act applied only to concerts and events where people are in close proximity, I must say that smokers have brought all their problems upon themselves.

Craving my first tomato sandwich, (hereafter referred to in the Southern vernacular as 'mater sandwich) a wonderful human being named Don Loftis, former superintendent of Hamilton County schools, brought us two baskets of tomatoes.

I want to tie some political points into a story you may find humorous. First, the story.

I can’t stand a tail that insists on wagging the dog. The tea party is such a tail and it’s trying its best to wag the Republican Party.

The thought surprises even me when I say it was poverty that gave me my love of country cooking.

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