Today's Opinions

  • GOING with the FLO: He’s President Trump, not President Perfect

    With all the emergencies around our country and abroad, we need to be focused on the progress our president has made. He works many hours a day and well into the night to keep us on the right track and to Make America Great Again.

    The Dow had an 8,000 growth last week. That’s a 31-percent increase. This hasn’t happened since FDR. This helps everyone.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Despite Mr. Redmond, it’s still heresy & still wrong

    Gentle reader, we must beg your forbearance in advance as we violate a self-imposed restriction on our subject matter.

  • Thanks for boost for Free Medical Clinic

    On behalf of the Free Medical Clinic of Anderson, Morgan and Roane counties, we want to thank everyone who attended state Sen. Ken Yager’s chili supper on Nov. 17. We especially thank Sen. Yager for selecting the clinic as the recipient of the proceeds, which went to the Harriman Clinic and will enable us to purchase needed equipment for the Wellness Program.

    The Harriman Clinic is at 521 Devonia St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Additional hours will be added in the near future.

    The Clinic accepts those who do not have health insurance.

  • Hoarding is a serious illness beyond the mess

    On Jan. 8, I picked up a copy of the Roane County News. I will have to say that I was thoroughly disappointed in what I read.

    On the front page you had an article written by Damon Lawrence titled Mess Lands Woman in Jail. Quickly into the story it is obvious that the woman involved is guilty of having a messy yard. As the story continues it is also obvious that this is not her first arrest for the exact same reason.

  • Cable, digital TV changes hard on consumers

    To the customers of cable TV, please stay with me to the conclusion of this letter.

    Years ago, there wasn’t a cable service South of the River. I, like many of you, had to go satellite because even the reception of outside antennas left much to be desired.

    Not too long after getting that gigantic dish set up, men came by taking a survey that if a cable company came it, would I be interested. I said the one thing that would probably keep me from doing so would be with the cable boxes we would have to have in order to be connected to their service.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: School yourself on better education


    In 1966, my father ran for a position on the Roane County Court under the slogan “Banker for Better Schools.”

    In 2018, that message will be a regular theme in this space in the Roane County News.

  • GOING with the FLO: What does it mean to be a good patriot?


    It is evident that most of our country’s problems come from our educational and political arenas.

    Because our history has been rewritten in most of our textbooks, many do not have a hint of what patriotism is, the way our country was founded and established, so how can we raise patriots for the future of our country when the majority have no heroes to follow.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Authorities were warned of jail balcony danger

    Gentle reader, I know not whether it is an old Irish expression, or not, but I remember many a time when my mother, after listening to some loud-mouthed braggart, would utter these four simple words: “Self brag — Half scoundrel.” Some how or another this expression seems to echo in my brain more and more often these days. Wonder Why?