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Today's Opinions

  • Better education should be priority for all residents

    The time is rapidly approaching when high school seniors will graduate, choose their career paths and plot their directions in life.

    Gov. Bill Haslam has embraced a new program that provides for all students to attend community colleges or technical schools in Tennessee.

    The Roane Writers Group has raised enough funds to award one Roane County senior a $2,500 scholarship plus a $500 cash award.

  • GUEST OPINION: Headlight flash can be free speech issue

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    If you associate the First Amendment more with the rarified air of constitutional debate, or powdered wigs and colonial days, try thinking in more modern terms — say speed traps and blinking headlights.

    For most of us, much of the Bill of Rights comes into play infrequently, if ever.

    A few examples: According to a 2013 survey, only one in three U.S. households are home to a firearm (Second Amendment).

  • Harriman Happenings: Feb. 17

    We wish Ivory Dowdell a speedy recovery from having knee surgery.

    She has been in lots of pain, but at the time of this writing she is feeling much better, and we want you to know you are missed.

    Get-well wishes to the Rev. Clyde Jones, who recently had surgery. Also, to his wife Jessie Bell, who hasn’t felt the best but is doing better.

    To my niece, Courtney Harris, who observed her birthday last Monday, Feb. 10. Hope you had a great day and many more to come. Happy birthday Courtney.

  • Ice rescue had heavenly hand; thanks for sharing

     I just wanted to say a big thank you to the Roane County News and  Damon Lawrence for doing such an amazing article on the story about the boys who had  fallen through the ice.

    Thank you for telling it as Neil Crass told it.  So many interviewed him, but chose to cut out the parts where he gave the glory to God, but Lawrence didn’t.  

    Thank you for allowing Crass to share his faith in  the media, because we all know that if God had not been in the midst of all this, those boys would not have made it.

  • Laws are not answer to curtail drug abusers

    Pain pill adiction is epidemic. That’s what some leaders in Harriman want the rest of us to believe.  

    And J.D. Sampson thinks he has the answer. Obviously the well-meaning councilman has better ideas than the AMA, FDA, DoJ and countless other three-letter acronyms that proliferate our pyramid of government. He had heard of a pill that could not be ground up — maybe on the Internet — therefore, it must be true.

  • GUEST OPINION: Putin’s shiny Olympic village a civil-rights ruse

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Russian President Vladimir Putin has spent more than $50 billion — more than all previous Winter Games combined — to unveil a “new Russia” at the Sochi Olympics.

    But Sochi’s shiny new infrastructure is little more than a Potemkin village, an extravagant ruse designed to deceive the world about the true nature of Putin’s police state.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Republicans at the center of week’s news

     

    Gentle reader: As so often happens when we come to organize the items we wish to communicate about with you, this week’s topics seem all to center around one or more of our Republican friends. 

    In fact, in each of the subjects which I hope to write about, if enough room is available, one or more Republicans plays a major role.

  • Family wrongly cuffed, roughed up by police

     

    Recently, you published an article about the good job police did apprehending the robbers of Rocky Top Market No. 37 on Bluff Road on Sept. 27, 2013.

    You forgot to mention the family that was stopped and harassed on their way home from a football game because they were driving a car of the same color as that used by the robbers.