Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The reason for & meaning of 2nd Amendment

    Gentile reader, there are times when we wonder which of the two “Big Tens” are getting the greater workouts with less understanding. By the “Big Tens” we are, of course, referring to the Ten Commandments set out in the Old Testament, and the Ten Amendents to the U.S. Constitution, commonly referred to as the Bill of Rights.

  • Prescriptions for cold pills won’t slow down meth

    Our state Senator, Ken Yager, got it right when he told the Nashville newspaper recently that the opioid abuse problem “is
    an epidemic of biblical proportions.”

    The numbers back him up: More people died in Tennessee last year from drug overdoses than they did from guns or vehicle accidents.

    Another compelling statistic: Domestic meth production is down, but meth use is on the rise because Mexican cartels have taken over the market with a cheaper, stronger version.

  • Thanks for helping raise $700-plus for war memorial

    On Oct. 10, Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR hosted a pancake breakfast to raise money for the Korean War Memorial to be placed at the Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    American Legion Post of Harriman and members of the DAR Chapter served over 50 guests. The donations amounted to over $700.

    A big thank you to Ruby Tuesday restaurant, their manager Chandler and their chefs.

    Thank you to Walmart, Kroger, Wampler’s and Food City for the donation of food.

    Also, thank you to everyone who donated to the memorial fund.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Dr. Carson’s common sense & On being eighty
  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Pope Francis reawakens American ideal

    At a cultural moment when celebrity trumps character in America, it took a humble priest from Argentina to remind us of the better angels of our nature — and of the kind of nation we must aspire to build in the 21st century.

    Pope Francis arrived in our public square as a self-described migrant, and for a refreshing week his message of compassion and justice drowned out the divisive, ugly, sometimes hateful rhetoric of this political season.

  • Investors, not the taxpayers, benefit from privatization

    We have all heard of Gov. Haslam wanting to privatize all of state government, and a simple Google search will show he has wanted that from Day 1.

    Now, this is where I must be careful and declare my comments here are my personal views as a taxpayer — and I simply want to let the Tennessee taxpayer know that the only people who benefit from privatization are the investors, not the taxpayer.

  • Kudos for support of latest Teacher Supply Closet

    On Thursday, Sept. 24, Roane County United Way, along with Roane State Community College, hosted the 13th annual Teachers Supply Closet.

    This event allows Roane County teachers to gather donated supplies they need for their classrooms — for free.

    These supplies (and monetary donations to purchase new supplies) are donated from various individuals, organizations and companies within Roane County.

    This year, there were over 40 teachers who participated in the event from 10 schools.

  • Roane Countians again show they value reading

    Congratulations, Roane County, once again you have demonstrated that you value early childhood education.

    Good corporate neighbors Pro2Serve and MCLinc challenged us to match their contributions and encourage first-time donors on behalf of Roane Imagination Library.

    You were up to the challenge and met BOTH goals. THANK YOU.

    Roane Imagination Library sends books to approximately 2,000 children each month.

    These new, age-appropriate books are carefully selected to prepare children for school and to teach them to love reading.