Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Gold rush: Heading into the hills to find it

    If any wildflower deserves a fan club, it is solidago. And I would fight like a dog to be the president of it.
    I thought as much as I took the winding roads up Roan Mountain over the long weekend.
    My mother and I had abandoned our plans to swim at Indian Boundary Lake (too chilly that day), and instead made the drive to upper East Tennessee.
    We stopped at the Gray Fossil Site near Johnson City, took the tour and marveled over the many magnificent prehistoric animals that once walked the earth there.

  • A View From Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    Gentle reader, our nation is troubled, it is divided, it seems to have lost its way, but there are solutions that should alleviate some of this national distress, however we must recognize with some degree of accuracy what the problems are, before we can hope to resolve them.
    Unfortunately, in the present atmosphere, when we are beset by a tribe of screamers, and scammers, disciples of the faith of political correctness, and supposed wise men besotted with ignorance, arrogance, and self delusion, it is indeed difficult to spy the trees for the surrounding forest.

  • Gentle Reader or syncophant? You decide

    In his column on July 30, Gerald Largen makes the claim that Republicans in Congress are hypocrites for being in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts and not being committed to deficit reduction.
    I’m sure Mr. Largen would agree there are hypocrites aplenty to go around on both sides of the aisle.

  • Public's right to assembly basic to our freedoms

    First Amendment Center
    Americans sure have been assembling a lot lately — using a basic right that’s often overshadowed by its better-known First Amendment kin, particularly freedom of speech.

  • Thanks for CASA column in Sept. 3 edition

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank Terri Likens for her front-page column in the Roane County News on Friday Sept. 3 concerning the fine work that is done by CASA.  
    The timing was serendipitous!  
    The Tennessee Department of Correction is sponsoring a state-wide Victim Impact Awareness Week Sept.  27 -Oct. 2.  
    Each correctional facility has been asked to choose a local charity that works, in some fashion, with victims of crime and to raise money for the organization.  

  • Booster clubs also help buy sports gear

    I would like to take this time to address a letter to the editor penned by Sam Doughty that appeared in the Sept. 1 edition of the Roane County News.  
    First of all, I would like to thank Mr. Doughty for his support of not only the Rockwood Band program, but also for his well wishes to the other band booster groups of the county.
    There are a couple of points in his letter to which that I would like to add some clarity.  
    First of all, there is the misconception by many that athletics are supported solely by the school system.

  • New county executive's first act boneheaded

    With his first decision, we have learned about the new County Executive Ron Woody’s management style: “The whippings will continue until morale improves.”
    Mr. Woody announced that he would reduce the pay of Roane County’s director and assistant director of one of the best, if not the best, emergency management organizations in Tennessee.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Have an idea for our website? Please share

    We’ve been kicking the tires on our new Internet platform over the past couple of weeks.

    And thanks to loyal readers like you, we’re already finding ways to improve it.

    If you haven’t had a chance to knock around the site, go to www.roanecounty.com at your earliest convenience.

    We believe you will like what you see.

    Previously we loaded only select news and sports stories along with our obituaries every Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

    We would occasionally also scoop our print edition with breaking news and photos.