Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for support, and best wishes in new school year

    A sincere thank you to the citizens of Districts 5/6 who supported and voted for me for Roane County school board.

    Your support through your votes, putting signs in your yards, your phone calls and your comments to me were greatly appreciated and welcomed.

    I will continue to welcome your views and comments as I work hard to serve the citizens and students of Districts 5/6 and all of Roane County.

    Best wishes to all our students, teachers, administrative staff and support staff for the upcoming school year.

    Vic King
    Roane County

  • OK to find Dory, but don’t kill or eat her and her friends

    This year’s 10 highest-grossing box office releases are about animals, including “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

    Nearly half of our households include a dog, and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two-thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death.

    Literally ...

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Transportation plus, but traffic lacking

    Last week I started the Leadership Roane County program. During the first session our class conducted an exercise to help evaluate the various factors and issues, both positive and negative, that might influence the future of our county.

    The exercise was based on SWOT, an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

    We broke out in teams to conduct the assessments. Despite the diversity of our class, the results were remarkably similar from each team.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: il Duce Trump and Mad Dogs & Englishmen

    Gentle reader, since the present presidential campaign started, and Donald J. Trump got into the fray, we’ve had the feeling that we had seen him before under other circumstances, but we could not recall where or when.

    But, a few days ago, all of a sudden the thought struck: It was not The Donald we had seen, but il Duce.

  • Reading program a success, thanks to support from area

    “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ,” was the challenge for the Harriman Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

    Our program was a great success. I would like to thank the library board, Ronald McDonald, the Muse, Knoxville Zoo Mobile, David Corrigan MMA, TWRA’s Derek Grey, RSCC’s Mr. Raider, Harriman’s Any Time Fitness, Knoxville’s Ice Bears, Puppeteer/Balloon Artist Ron Lighty, Magician Bruce Amato and Rockin’ L Rentals.

  • Be sure your candidate is right for our future

    Advocacy is one of the most important ways the Roane County Chamber of Commerce works to build a better Roane County.

    The Chamber is built upon the success of our collective business community. So, making sure our elected officials know what is important to our businesses is very important to us.

    While the Roane Chamber has not adopted a policy of endorsement for specific candidates, there are basic, foundational principles that we support.

    We ask all of our voters to consider these questions before selecting candidates at the polls:

  • Take control of your tax dollars: Get out and vote

    Seems this year that we have gotten just a small sample of government waste, political corruption, greed and plain criminal behavior by some politicians and a good lesson on how the election process really works.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s federal, state or local. Yes, some people do follow the money, and where do you find a bigger pool of money to follow than taxpayer money?

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The McGovern Rules bad for both parties

    Phineas Taylor Barnum, the celebrated nineteenth century showman, is said to have opined that: “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

    The continued success of the Donald Trump campaign for the presidency is patent proof of the truth of old P.T.’s observation.

    The Unabridged Edition of the Random House Dictionary of the English Language, provides this definition: “Sucker. 2. Informal. a person easily cheated, deceived, or imposed upon.”