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Today's Opinions

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Gatlinburg fire sparks memory of another

    Watching the reports of the fires in Gatlinburg earlier this week reminded me of a devastating wildfire I witnessed 25 years ago.

    Wildfires were not uncommon in California when I lived there in the 1980s and 1990s. It is a big state and the fires always seemed to be happening someplace else. It never really occurred to me that such devastation could ever touch my life.

  • Ridge View goes all to welcome Roane veterans

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation residents were invited to Ridge View Elementary for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.

    I want to sincerely let the people of Roane County know our experience on that special day to thank our servicemen and women.

    When our residents arrived the staff met us at our facility van to see if we needed help.

    As we walked to the entry door the children thanked our servicemen and women.

  • Veterans Service Office here to help

    At the Veterans Service Office our purpose is to provide eligible veterans and their families with financial assistance. This includes tax-free income for eligible veterans, their widows and/or family members.

    Two different types of financial assistance are available. Eligible Veterans injured on active duty are potentially eligible for disability income or for those that are within a low income situation and served during a declared war period are potentially eligible for pension income.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane does up Christmas right

    Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity to give thanks for what we have.

    All around Roane County during the past few weeks, I saw great examples of people and organizations giving thanks and helping others.

    With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror it’s now time to look toward the Christmas holidays. A lot of events are planned to celebrate the winter holidays, including the Christmas parades in Kingston, Harriman Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Roane does up Christmas right

    Thanksgiving provides us an opportunity to give thanks for what we have.

    All around Roane County during the past few weeks, I saw great examples of people and organizations giving thanks and helping others.

    With Thanksgiving in the rearview mirror it’s now time to look toward the Christmas holidays. A lot of events are planned to celebrate the winter holidays, including the Christmas parades in Kingston, Harriman Rockwood and Oliver Springs.

  • GLIMPSES: Glimpses from a lame-duck era

    By Mark Banker

    Since the November election, mixed signals and contradictory messages from our president-elect have bewildered Americans of almost every political persuasion.

    For a few more weeks, we should all take a deep breath and recall that the lame-duck period between election and inauguration days is a longstanding feature of our uniquely American system of government that has often roused anxieties.

  • Dear editor: Keep up the good work

    This message is for Editor Hugh G. Willett. I would like to tell you that I really enjoy your articles.

    There are a few that I keep reflecting on. The article on Jim Henry was a well-deserved article. A hometown boy who really went a long way and made something out of himself. His work for the disabled and the children of this state is remarkable and unimaginable. He was a spokesperson for “All of Tennessee Children.”

  • Time of despair in backdrop of blessed season

    I woke up this morning to read the news of the tragic bus crash in Chattanooga. As a parent to young children, the horror of this accident was something I could barely read.

    Then I read about hospitals being bombed in Aleppo, Syria. One of the hospitals was a children’s hospital. This is just the most recent destruction from this bitter war that continues to rage.