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Today's Opinions

  • Is our country truly broke? Not hardly!

    Gentle reader, how many of the right-wing radicals have you heard over the last several months make the claim that the country is broke? We know that you are too bright to fall for such malarky, but in order that you can refute this claim if you are confronted by one of these know-nothings, consider this:
    Let us say that you’ve got $1 million, but because of current low interest rates your yearly income is less than $30,000?
    You’ve got an income problem, but you certainly are not broke.
    Neither is USA.

  • No recording policy baffling twist for public

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    More than 220 years ago, the nation’s founders — after gathering in Philadelphia to create the Declaration of Independence — risked life, liberty and property in fighting to create a new nation.
    Admittedly, they never had to overcome the fear of being seen on Facebook.
    Rep. Lou Barletta, R-Pa., has banned most video and audio recording devices from his town-hall meetings.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: You want reality? It’s closer than Hollywood

    We need to stop and take a deep breath.
    So much has happened over the past two weeks.
    Not being much of a network TV watcher, I only caught snippets of chatter here at the office and around town late last week.
    Apparently many of my colleagues and friends enjoy spending their evenings with reality TV.
    I heard one friend practically swoon when she mentioned that Hines Ward won the top prize on “Dancing with the Stars.” It was news to me.
    Ward is a wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers in my mind.

  • Family Fun Day a success thanks to all of these folks

    Roane County United Way would like to thank everyone who participated in and those who attended our recent Family Fun Day held at Roane State. 
    We had more than 25 agencies on hand to provide information on services that are provided to the Roane County community.
    This event was started three years ago as a means to raise awareness in the community for our nonprofit agencies. 

  • So many gave in effort to help feed hungry among us

    We would like to thank the Harriman Post Office for all the food they provided for our food pantry with their Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive.
    We thank all who donated so generously along their routes but also the postal employees for the extra work and time they put into this effort. They did an amazing job in picking up and delivering the food to us. And we are truly grateful, as we know those who benefit from this contribution are.

  • Safer pedestrian crossings needed on busy streets

    Kingston is a wonderful place to walk if you just want to get exercise along the lakefront.
    But if you ever find yourself trying to cross busy Kentucky Street on foot — watch out.
    Last week a teenage girl was struck by a car as she was trying to do just that. While her injuries didn’t seem to be life-threatening, the accident could have been deadly.
    Even at well-designated major intersections like Race Street at Kentucky Street, pedestrians are dangerously pitted against motorists.

  • Safer pedestrian crossings needed on busy streets

    Kingston is a wonderful place to walk if you just want to get exercise along the lakefront.
    But if you ever find yourself trying to cross busy Kentucky Street on foot — watch out.
    Last week a teenage girl was struck by a car as she was trying to do just that. While her injuries didn’t seem to be life-threatening, the accident could have been deadly.
    Even at well-designated major intersections like Race Street at Kentucky Street, pedestrians are dangerously pitted against motorists.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: A special event for a special former officer

    For more than 25 years, Jonathan Foust was a special kind of trooper — one of those rare officers who was so polite you were likely to thank him for the speeding ticket he handed you.

    “He never saw a person he didn’t like. He was always ready to do what was asked of him,” said Trooper Teresa Brown, who not only worked with Foust on the Tennessee Highway Patrol, but she also graduated from Rockwood High School with him.