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Today's Opinions

  • What does schools director think is education priority?

    What are our county’s top needs for more funds in education?

    In other words, if we citizens decided to make more tax or debt money available to our educators, where and how would they spend it?

    (I am, of course, assuming that everyone’s top goal is to improve our kids’ level of education.)

  • OFF the CUFF: Practicing patience for April’s arrival

    If patience is indeed a virtue, I’m not terribly virtuous.

    I want what I want when I want it. It’s why I order light ice in my coffee at drive-thrus. I don’t want to wait for it to cool; I want to drink it now.

    The latest obstacle in my path to instant gratification comes in the form of Mother Nature and a giraffe gravid with calf.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The sick usually aren’t to blame for being sick!

    As long-time readers know, the old curmudgeon is well and truly fixed in the status of octogenarianism, and as such he has had ample opportunity to observe the various vagaries of human nature, much of which he has come to understand and appreciate, but there is one aspect which not only puzzles him, but angers him, and that is the attitude so many of our fellows have toward sickness, those afflicted with illness or disability.

  • GLIMPSES: Happy birthday, Michael Dunn Center!

    In 1969, five Roane County families met to discuss the lack of services for their developmentally disabled children and grandchildren.

    Two years later, in March 1971, the group formally organized the Exceptional Children’s Day Care. C.R. Lay, grandfather of a young man with Down syndrome, spearheaded these early efforts. Eventually, the program took the name of Lay’s grandson.

  • A lot of facts need to be faced before mega school OK

    Roane County taxpayers should marvel at the school board’s recent 7-3 vote to close all five high schools in Roane County and make one mega high school located, most likely, near the Roane State campus.

    FACT: The taxpayers of this county are already carrying county general fund debt, county rural debt, and county education debt on an ongoing basis. A $60- to $80-million mega school built using suggested “alternative” financing is actually more debt piled on us.

  • What’s the big rush on costly school project?

    For the last couple of months, I’ve been feeling more and more movement of those hands that are always in my pocket and on my wallet.

    They are pulling, tugging, twisting, jerking — wanting to remove more of my hard-earned income from my wallet. Resist as I might, seems no amount of blood, sweat or tears deter these sticky fingers.

  • Aquatic weeds even worse than the ash spill

    The invasion is well underway, and a way of life on Watts Bar Lake is changing.

    No longer can a boater expect to approach the shoreline casually, whether to fish or to enjoy the many water sports that have been carefree for decades.

    No; now the boater must know “ What Lies Beneath.” lest his propeller(s) contact the invasive non-native underwater vegetation that the TVA has allowed, nay encouraged, to proliferate.

    And for what? To improve the fishery we were told in the recent County Commission meeting.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: What took you all so long?

    It’s now clear that of all the stories that will grace the pages of the Roane County News this year probably none will be more controversial than that of school consolidation.

    A couple of weeks ago, I would have given the honor of most controversial issue to the aquatic weed problem, which is either a problem or not a problem, depending on who you ask, but is certainly controversial.