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Today's Opinions

  • Consolidation could mean so much for Roane County

    Wake up, Roane County! What price are today’s children expected to pay for more “Auld Lang Syne”?

    How long are we to continue living in the past?

    We could give our children so much more with a couple of new high schools. With five of everything, we have way too much ME, MYSELF and I.

    As a kid, I loved the Three Musketeers and their motto, “All for One, and One for All.”

    With some consolidation on many levels, Roane County could be so much more and embrace that same motto.

  • ACT doesn’t define which students will be successful in life

    After reading Mr. Largen’s articles over the past few months, I have decided to respond.

  • Dear Lamar: Check your facts on filibustering

    Last week, after the U.S. Senate confirmed Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, I emailed our Tennessee senators to express my displeasure in their vote to exercise the “nuclear option” changing the requirement from a “super majority” of 61 votes to a “simple majority” of 51 votes.

    Yesterday, I received the following e-mail from Sen. Alexander:

    Dear Clyde,

  • Where were the ‘real men’ during the flooding?

    Thank you for attempting to expose the situation at Walnut Grove to the gentle reader (pardon oh pontification of Lick Skillet).

    The situation at Walnut Grove results in two senior families’ homes being inundated with storm water. Both parties are living in fear.

  • Bill Ferguson part of effort to save old courthouse

    I am writing in response to Mark Banker’s story of a community effort to save our Roane County Courthouse.

    In mentioning several people who voiced their opinion of not demolishing the courthouse, he forgot to mention my father, Bill Ferguson, who was on the same County Court his father, Gene Banker, was a part of.

    In fact, Dad was acting judge pro-tem in the absence of Judge Frank Qualls.

    It was during this time that Dad had to do some judiciary work in the courthouse.

    Carol Ferguson

    Kingston

  • Hydrilla control can be part of budget, if TVA makes effort

    The absence of clarity by TVA regarding funding for enhanced aquatic weed management is typical of a politically driven response, “Naw, there’s nothing in the budget.”

    What this means is, nobody put forward a recommendation, and weeds don’t rate too high nohow.

    Actually, TVA probably has no funds in its current budget to expand invasive weed management on Watts Bar Lake. In my view, this is no more than a smoke screen. It’s the old squeaky-wheel syndrome.

  • GLIMPSES: Community effort saved courthouse

    By MARK BANKER

    The old Roane County Courthouse recently lost one of its most colorful and influential champions.

    Rachel Parker’s passing rekindled my desire to share in this space the bold effort that saved that beloved historic structure.

    When I left Kingston for college in 1969, it was THE Roane County Courthouse and one of only a few antebellum Greek Revival courthouses actively operating in Tennessee.

  • Roane State a model of education worthy of emulation

    At the Roane County Board of Education meeting Thursday March 23, both Wade Creswell and Ron Berry held Roane State Community College up as an example of educational fore thinking and excellence.

    I agree Roane State deserves such accolades. I also agree that we should look at its model.

    Roane State began as one campus. There are now several different campuses such as Oak Ridge, Crossville, Scott County and a small campus of less than 200 students in Wartburg.