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Today's Opinions

  • OUR OPINION: Kingston battle one needing introspection

    It’s hard to blame the residents of the Davis and Dogwood drive neighborhoods in Kingston for feeling sucker-punched.

    Dogwood Drive residents have enjoyed an almost-forgotten paradise of tree-lined streets, woods and — for some of them — waterfront.

    It’s a mature neighborhood populated with current and retired Oak Ridge Reservation scientists and workers.

  • Did parent’s complaint cause trouble for child?

    I am the mother of two wonderful children. I thought, until recently, that if something wrong is going on in their schools, it was my place to address it.

    It never occurred to me that my child  might be retaliated against for this.

  • Kingston, REU responded well on storm cleanup

    We would like to commend the public safety personnel of the city of Kingston and the power crews with Rockwood Electric Utility for their prompt and efficient response after the storm swept through town this past week and uprooted trees, damaged property and knocked out electric service in a broad area of town.

    Also, special thanks to the neighbors of the Rosedale Avenue and Kingwood neighborhood who helped clear debris — especially two individuals who appeared with a chainsaw minutes after the storm and helped remove a tree blocking the street.

  • Apartment chief also says Kingston did great job

    As manager of Lakewood Village Apartments, I want to thank Mayor Troy Beets, Fire Chief Willie Gordon and his department and all the employees of the city of Kingston who were so helpful to the residents of Lakewood Village during the recent devastation our city experienced.

    Your care, concern and kindness will never be taken for granted or go unappreciated.

    Becky Shaw-Wells
    Complex manager
     

  • GUEST OPINION: In Tennessee, religious freedom trumps fears

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    After four years of protests, lawsuits, vandalism, arson and a bomb threat, American Muslims in Murfreesboro can finally celebrate the power of religious freedom to triumph over hate and fear — at least in the courts.

    This month, the U.S. Supreme Court put an end to a lawsuit filed in 2010 challenging the permit issued by Rutherford County for construction of an Islamic Center near the city of Murfreesboro.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: True conservatives don’t change constitutions

    Knowledgeable reader, we are sure that you are familiar with the old expression about wolves masquerading in sheep’s clothing — well, that is a very apt description of many of the so-called conservatives who think that the majority of present day voters are conservatives, and in some areas and in some aspects they are doubtless right.

  • Church grateful for training by Harriman Fire Department

    We would like to thank Brad Goss and the other members of the Harriman Fire Department for coming to teach the CPR/AED class at South  Harriman Baptist Church. 

    This type of community involvement and care is  greatly appreciated, and the skills that were taught could one day save  someone’s life. All of the gentlemen who taught the class were knowledgeable, friendly and informative. If you are a community group in Harriman, talk to Chief Brad Goss about having this course taught to your  group.

  • GUEST OPINION: The dead do speak – freely and not forgotten

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    The dead do speak.

    They need no free speech protection — no government can forever silence their message. No dictator can prevent the living from taking notice. And no earthly authority can erase or demean their sacrifice.

    On several occasions recently, we are reminded of the men and women who sacrificed their lives for the greater good of many.