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Today's Opinions

  • Cherokee Middle kids need room to practice, play

    I, as a parent, am utterly appalled by the view I am looking at.
    It is the start of another wonderful football season with again no place for our football teams to practice.
    We have four football and cheerleading teams (totaling 150 children) crammed into the outfield of Cherokee Middle School’s baseball field.
    It is an absolute shame and disgrace to this town, not to mention future generations of athletes, that our leaders are unable to provide a safe environment for our children to play any sport they desire.

  • Largen needs to see hypocrisy on his side of aisle

    I would like to respond to the Gerald Largen’s July 30 column entitled, “Do Republicans really want to end deficit?”
    I agree with him on absolutely nothing but do enjoy reading his columns to hear what the far left is thinking.
    In his July 30 column, Largen takes to task the Republicans in Congress who are in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts, claiming they are hypocrites and not truly committed to deficit reduction. What he doesn’t understand is a tax increase at this time is the absolute worst thing that could happen.

  • Acts of heroism, big and small, lift the community

    Any newspaper that is doing its job has plenty of bad news in it.
    That is part of its role — to shed light on problems in hopes solutions will be sought.
    However, in amongst those problems are usually plenty of glimmers — and sometimes, shining beacons — of hope and caring. There are acts of heroism large and small.
    We’d like to take stock of a few of those acts in recent Roane County News editions.
    Take, for instance, the accident involving a van ramming through a busy Kingston hair salon Tuesday.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Technology – but with a beautiful smile

    Time was I was the son setting the time on my dad’s VCR.

    The worm, as they say, has turned.

    Let’s just say I’ve been humbled more times than I ought to admit in recent months by my techno-savvy kid.

    First, it was the VCR/DVD burner combo Santa brought us.

    At least I could set the clock. But that was about it.

    After re-reading the instructions for something like the millionth time, I gave up and asked my son for help.

    In about 10 seconds, he had everything talking to the TV.

  • Paranoia? Or a real affront to reasonable folk?

    I was outraged when I read the guest opinion” printed in Friday’s Roane County News.

    It’s shameful that the editors of our local paper are so determined to insult the sensible citizens of Tennessee and silence those who are asking legitimate questions that they go all the way to the Washington Post to reprint accusations of “Islamophobia!”

  • RCHS has plenty to be thankful for

    We, the Roane County High School Band, RCHS Band Booster Association, and families of the band, would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Roane County families and friends for helping to make the RCHS band fundraising car wash and cookout of  July 31 a great success.

  • 'Disgraceful' deception over Pinnacle Pointe

    In the Monday July 26, issue of Roane County News, Cindy Simpson published a compilation of discussions that I have had with the Harriman City Council on economic projects that benefit both Harriman and Roane County.
    In the article, those discussions were linked to Pinnacle Pointe in a way that suggests my agreement with Prestige and their lawyer on their style of development.
    I don’t agree.
    The juxtaposing of good development objectives with the characters in the Pinnacle Pointe saga offended me.

  • New Rockwood traffic lights get thumbs up

    Three cheers for TDOT and the new traffic light system they are installing in Rockwood.
    It gives priority to the traffic on Gateway Avenue.  
    Who knows how much time, gasoline and diesel will be saved.  
    Eight to 12 vehicles no longer have to wait for one vehicle to immediately have access to the main drag from the side streets.  
    Kudos also the the installing contractor who is working with a minimum of interuption of traffic.
    Maybe the same design could be applied to the traffic lights at Tedder and at Walmart.