Today's Opinions

  • Did Clinton ignore regulations over federal records?

    I am a retired DOE contractor with 31 years’ experience in records and information management. I feel the need to share some of my knowledge of required handling of federal records in regard to the Hillary Clinton email issue.

    For the sake of simplicity and space, I will disregard the classified info and private-server issues and only discuss records in general (hard copy and electronic).

  • High time to reform inhumane soring practices

    Those involved in the Big Lick segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry are desperate to prevent any crack down on their illegal, inhumane training practices.

    That was made clear by comments made at USDA’s listening session in Murfreesboro on a proposed rule to end soring.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Kent Calfee should have signed the petition

    Over the years as I have left one pursuit or another, kind friends have often asked, “Don’t you miss it?” To which I have always been able truthfully to reply “No”.

    However, I have come to realize that there is one aspect of my having a law office in town that I do miss, and that is the frequent visits of old friends just to talk.

    Two of these visitors come immediately to mind. That is Kaney Eblen and Burl Calfee.

  • Comcast stiffs REU but pays big bucks to fight competition

    It looks to me like Comcast wants to have its cake and eat mine, too.

    In last Monday’s article about Comcast still not paying its REU bill of over $300,000, the Comcast PR lady showed great concern for expanding broadband to create jobs and “vital economic support” in Roane County.

    What she didn’t mention is that Comcast has just handed hundreds of thousands of dollars to Nashville lobbyists and our state representatives to stop broadband expansion by anyone but themselves.

  • First responders, Roane Medical give top-notch care

    My sister, Mary Quirarte, and I are very grateful for the excellent care and help we received recently from the Roane County and Kingston police, fire department, ambulance service as well as the Roane Medical Center.

    Sgt. Tony Guy, Kingston Police, was present at the accident site where my sister’s car caught fire. She was dragged from the car by police, firefighters and Good Samaritans, likely at risk to their own lives.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Body cams tell us part of the story

    Video from a body camera of a Rockwood police officer recently made the news when a former Roane State basketball player filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against the city of Rockwood alleging violation of his rights and excessive use of force.

    The plaintiff in the case is using the video as evidence that he did not attack the officer before he was detained.

    I’ve watched the video. It does not show the officer being attacked. It does show the plaintiff did not fully cooperate with the officer.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Milwaukee’s Rule: He had a gun, so kill him!

    Well, Gentle Reader, last weekend saw yet another killing of a black man by a policeman, also black, this time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here’s how the event was described in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as reprinted by the Knoxville News Sentinel:

    “Police had said an officer shot and killed an armed man fleeing a traffic stop about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The officer ordered the man to drop his gun, and when he did not the officer fired, wounding the man twice, once in the chest and once in the arm, Barrett [Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett] said.

  • Tenure with school system was a blessing

    Editor’s note: The following letter, addressed to Roane County Schools personnel and staff, was shared with the Roane County News.

    As you may be aware, my service to the Roane County Schools as a school board member will soon be coming to an end.

    I cannot leave without expressing my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of you for the time and dedication that you have so selflessly extended to our schools and, more importantly, to our school children.