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Today's Opinions

  • Family member ‘went home to be with the Lord’

    I am writing in regard to my dad’s passing on Dec. 14.
    It was a hard time for my family and when writing the obituary to put in the Roane County News, my mom had requested that “went home to be with the Lord” be put in the article instead of “died” or “passed away.”
    You would think after paying in the excess of $50, you would be able to get this printed, but as it states in the newspaper policy, the paper reserves the right to edit the article and, yes, they did.

  • Requirement of liner indication of TVA failure

    Gone is the big cloud of steam over the Kingston Fossil Plant that had become a symbol of cleaner air over much of the Southeast.
    It has been replaced with the nastier, albeit less obvious, emissions from the plant’s twin stacks.
    All this is a result of TVA’s leaky gypsum containment pond.

  • Impressions

    Observations from a slightly frozen fellow who says or does what guys most often do … the wrong thing.
    While vigorously ringing my Salvation Army “ding-a-ling” bell outside Kingston Food City the past couple of weeks, I picked up on a trend.
    I spied a steady stream of guys toting out red roses.
    Most carried out a single bud.
    Others juggled at least a dozen.
    “Hmmm … must be in the doghouse.”

  • Rockwood Christmas Home Tour a success

    The 20th annual Rockwood Christmas Home Tour was a great success.
    Rockwood 2000 would like to thank the people who made it happen.  
    There are so many individuals to thank for their numerous hours of work, but we want to extend a special thanks to our Christmas Tour homeowners, as the event would not have been possible without them.  
    Rockwood 2000 is fortunate to have so many dedicated members and such strong community support.  
    At this time, we would like to take the opportunity to thank this year’s Christmas Tour sponsors:

  • This space is dedicated to the givers among us

    Are you one of the people who dropped a handful of coins  — or more — in a Salvation Army bucket?
    Perhaps you gathered boxes and cans of food for one of the many drives to help feed the needy.
    Maybe you donated pet supplies to the new pantry to help needy families feed and keep their pets.
    Or perhaps you gave generously to United Way, Operation REACH or one of the many other causes that can help people here in Roane County and beyond.
    If you are one of those who gave what you could, whether it be a little or a lot, we thank you.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The big frou-fraw the last few days has been over the “WikiLeaks” of State Department cables.
    This incident proves once again what so few seem to recognize: First, there are no secrets, government or otherwise, (if two people know it, sooner or later one is going to let it out) and second, everyone is placing too much reliance on computers and the Internet to do their business.

  • School snow day situation makes writer see red

    Can someone please tell me why Roane County is always the last to be called off from school on snow days? 
    It has been this way when I was little and my child was  little, and now it is this way for my grandchilden.
    All the schools around us can be closed and Tennessee Department of Transportation says stay off the road.
    Well, I get out and go to work, anyway, but don’t put our kids in danger.
    And if we do not send them, then they are in trouble.
    To me, no, the school system does not care for the safety of our kids.

  • Amused? Well, that’s one way of putting it

    I was quite amused when I read Commissioner Ron Berry’s quote saying that Roane County’s slow growth was due to the economy.
    If that were the case, then all of the other counties would have had slow growth, too.
    Instead, eight of 11 had two to six times the growth of Roane County.
    Could our slow growth have been due to:
    1) The ash spill?
    2) The run-down, unappealing downtown areas of Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood?
    3) The availability of only a handful of good restaurants?
    4) The lack of good shopping?