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Today's Opinions

  • FROM the ALLIANCE: Become a tnAchieves mentor

    By WADE Creswell

    Last week, the Tennessee Board of Regents, the state agency responsible for Tennessee’s community and technical colleges, released the long-awaited report that showed the state’s return on investment for Gov. Haslam’s Tennessee Promise program that offers tuition free college education to all new high school graduates.

    While progress could be seen incrementally and through countless individual stories, a thorough analysis of the results had been widely anticipated.

  • Thanks to you, books fundraiser exceeded goals

    Roane County neighbors, thank you. As a result of your generosity, Roane Imagination Library met and even exceeded the 2017 fundraising challenge established by Pro2Serve and Materials and Chemistry Laboratories Inc. (MCLinc).

    The Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation then added its match to the total. We so appreciate all of our donors and our organizational partners.

  • Neighbor worries about disease at Tiger Haven

    This is a slap in the face from Tennessee wildlife to the people of Roane County and the people who live around what is called Tiger Haven.

    An article in the paper talks about the wild hogs at Big South Fork’s 125,000 acres. Maybe 1,000 hogs? TWRA is concerned about the damage to the landscape and the disease they could carry.

    Here in Roane County, they let Tiger Haven have 400-plus big cats that could carry disease. It has been said by Miss Haven that many of the cats are in deplorable condition.

  • GOING with the FLO: When Wright is wrong, and Jeremiah is Denton

    By FLO CHARLES

    Correction! The name of the POW that blinked “TORTURE” was Jeremiah Denton, not Jeremiah Wright, who was Obama’s pastor for over 20 years, spewing out anti-American rhetoric and ranting, “g--d---- America.”

  • GLIMPSES: U.S.-Russia rivalry long standing

    By MARK BANKER

    Whatever one thinks about the ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, future observers will surely find the matter puzzling.

    As a child of the Cold War, I came of age thinking that Russia was a monstrous nation and our most heinous foe.

    We should be mindful of the long historical background of this latest round of animosities. U.S.-Russian distrust validates William Faulkner’s assertion that “the past is never dead; it’s not even past.”

  • Ride reverse meant hitching to Kingston

    I am 75, diabetic, don’t walk good and have to use a cane. I am a U.S. Army veteran.

    On Aug. 29, I called ETHRA to arrange for a ride to Cash Express at 1611 S. Roane St., Harriman, to be picked up at 1 p.m. and taken home on Sept. 1.

    The operator put in the reverse of ride. Two drivers came to my home at 1 p.m.

    I wasn’t there, so they canceled the ride. I watched for two hours ... no ride. Four vans passed Cash Express. They didn’t stay. All the girls at Cash Express know this happened.

  • Let’s treasure, maintain our community schools

    After listening to many reasons for and against a mega school, I wish to publicly express my concerns against a proposed merger.

    First and most important are the students. The former “No Child Left Behind” plan would be thwarted. Students will not have but a fraction of the opportunities for growth, leadership and personal development in a merged school in which competition and activity were eliminated.

    So many students who are involved in extracurricular activities would not qualify for involvement on a larger scale and would be left out.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Break the silence on suppressors

    Last year I wrote about why I thought the Tennessee General Assembly should pass a bill called “constitutional carry” that would have legalized carry of a firearm without a license.

    It’s not because I think everybody should be carrying a gun.