• Roane Countians again show they value reading

    Congratulations, Roane County, once again you have demonstrated that you value early childhood education.

    Good corporate neighbors Pro2Serve and MCLinc challenged us to match their contributions and encourage first-time donors on behalf of Roane Imagination Library.

    You were up to the challenge and met BOTH goals. THANK YOU.

    Roane Imagination Library sends books to approximately 2,000 children each month.

    These new, age-appropriate books are carefully selected to prepare children for school and to teach them to love reading.

  • Use your vote to tell Commission to live within budget

    When is enough enough?

    The property owners in Roane County now pay more property tax than Oak Ridge. Still, the County Commission elects to increase property tax in Roane County.

    A budget doesn’t seem to mean anything. If you spend more than the budget, you just get the property owners to pay more tax.

    Remember this when you go to the polls.

    Sam Doughty

  • Tiger Haven gives cats an awesome place to call home

    Recently, I had to take a trip to Tiger Haven to conduct some business.

    The people who run the facility (Mary and her crew) were some of the nicest people you will ever meet. What wonderful people, to dedicate their lives to caring for God’s creatures. I guess they are looking forward to the day when we “lambs will lie down with their lions.”

    Even though the facility is closed to the public, I was given a short tour when I got ready to leave.

    It was awesome!

  • Continue to give law enforcement your support

    Residents of the United States of America enjoy a security system like no other country in the world.

    This system is based upon being able to call the police whenever we need them. Help or protection is never too far away. We know that they will come, regardless of the circumstances or potential danger involved.

    We go to sleep every night, secure in the knowledge we will be protected from harm.

  • Take a moment on 9/11 anniversary to remember heroes

    On some anniversaries, we celebrate. On others, we reflect.

    The 14th anniversary of the attack on America and New York’s World Trade Center is one of the times for reflection.

    There is truly nothing to celebrate in the extraordinary tragedy of 9/11.

    As much as I would like to forget some of them, the images from that day will never be out of my mind, nor will the victims and their families.

    But there is one memory I want to hold on to, one that I want to cherish as the deepest and most lasting of Sept. 11, 2001.

  • Kingston’s beautiful new tennis courts much appreciated

    In case you haven’t noticed, Kingston is proudly sporting newly resurfaced tennis courts.

    They are absolutely beautiful and ready for play.

    A big “shout out” to the county for finding the funds necessary, and especially to Vic King for continually going to bat for us. He never gave up.

    Also, another “shout out” to the city Parks and Recreation Department for providing new nets and set up.

    We love our new courts, and we thank you very much.

    Robin McMillin

    Lou Erwin

    Betty Caldwell

  • Newest crop of politicos seem to look familiar ...

    For believers in the Darwinian theory of evolution, it is easy to accept a concept that a “Lucy” archaeologists uncovered in Africa is the remains of all mankind’s original mother.

    And from that belief it is possible to agree that as time and the evolutionary clock ticked millennia forward the visual art of believers produced the evolutionary chart, so called, that depicts our slow rise from a knuckle-dragging forager to Homo erectus and on to our physicality of today, a fully upright homo sapien.

  • Parents should work with schools for veggie offerings

    With the new school year just around the corner, parents’ attention is turning to school clothes, supplies and lunches. Yes, school lunches!

    In past years, USDA had used our nation’s schools as a dumping ground for surplus meat and dairy commodities.

    Not surprisingly, one-third of children have become overweight or obese.

    Their early dietary flaws become lifelong addictions, raising their risk of diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

  • History, not survey, shows cause of Civil War

    One of the wisest men I’ve ever known cautioned me against fighting with a newspaper guy.

    He said it was like dancing with a bear. He said bear dancing could be a lot of fun until you had enjoyed all of the bear dancing you cared for.

    With all due respect to my mentor and friend, I’m going to ignore his advice and comment on the Old Curmudgeon’s latest epistle.

    “The Old C” continues to argue that the principal cause of the Civil War was not slavery.

  • Will Donald Trump become the next Howard Hughes?

    Finally, someone who uses more hand gestures than Ted Cruz!

    The Donald held sway at the pinnacle as centerpiece of the first real Republican Party presidential debate.

    It was as entertaining as informative. Rand Paul faltered badly as a definite one-note candidate and left no doubt that he is a different kind of Republican and one who has no place at the helm of this great nation.