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Today's Opinions

  • Ask regulators to actively protect Roane’s waterways

    Just over a year ago, the Tennessee Valley Authority shared the good news that it was prepared to comply with federal rules to protect the Clinch River from toxic pollutants being released from its Kingston coal plant, such as arsenic, mercury and lead. And not only could they comply, but they could do it sooner than the rules required.

    But things have changed.

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has proposed a new permit for the Kingston plant that needlessly delays — for years — the cleanup of Kingston’s toxic discharges.

  • GOING with the FLO: Giving thanks for those who help others, especially Walter

    In spite of many last-minute obstacles, I was determined to attend Sen. Yager’s Chili Supper last Friday night.

    The atmosphere was ecstatic with singing and joyous laughter all around. I saw many faces of years gone by, renewed old friendships and was inspired by the state leaders who came to help serve the chili.

    Sen. Yager’s sister-in-law, Leota Wallick, made the delicious homemade chili for an estimated 600 people and has done so every year. What a labor of love! Everyone knew their responsibility and did it with excellence.

  • Tax bill gives wealthy more to squander, hoard

    Here is a summation of an article from “The Hightower Lowdown,” a newsletter published by Jim Hightower, former Texas Agriculture Secretary:

    Here’s a question for Congress: “Why are you even considering giving more tax breaks to corporate giants?”

  • Giving thanks for Harback this Season of Thanks

    This Thanksgiving as we remember those for whom we give thanks, I am thankful for Rodney Harback and the Roane Street Grill staff.

    For the second year, Mr. Harback has provided the November turkey, dressing, gravy, green beans and mashed potatoes for the Love Kitchen at First Presbyterian Church, Harriman.

    On Saturday, Nov. 18, meals were provided for more than 60 grateful people.

    Thank you, Rodney Harback. Thanksgiving Blessings!

    Jo Hardin

    Oakdale

  • This year brought most memorable Veterans Day ever

    On Friday, Nov. 17, I was privileged to attend the most memorable Veterans Day celebrations of my life. It was held at the Kingston Elementary School, and my appreciation includes the staff and students of the school and, I imagine, many volunteers.

    And I say thanks to all of them but I would like to say a special thanks to Mr. Tim Thompson, principal; Ms. Linda Lloyd, music director and teacher; Miss Isabella Tejeda, student and solo singer of our national anthem; and the student chorus. Thanks for a memorable and patriotic celebration.

  • The ‘fun’ you aim for might land you in lots of trouble

    Last Monday my son was deer hunting on private property on Buck Creek Road, Kingston. My family has had and continues to have permission of the landowners to hunt on their property. As a point of context at that time during deer season a hunter was allowed to use a muzzleloader or a bow.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: With this show, would you give 5¢ to see a circus?

    Gentle reader, those of you who know our old friend William A. Newcomb know that he is a veritable wellspring of pithy sayings and stinging commentaries. One such that we have heard him utter, which we think particularly apropos at this time, is one which he has made when observing a particularly peculiar or outrageous happening, which is: “Why, I wouldn’t pay a nickel to see a circus!” with the implication that the happening is beyond anything one would see under the Big Top.

  • GUEST column: Apply for ACA coverage today

    The deadline is approaching — don’t delay!

    Open enrollment for 2018 Affordable Care Act Marketplace health insurance (some call it Obamacare) began Nov. 1 and ends Dec 15.

    Fewer than 40 days remain for enrollment since the federal site, healthcare.gov, closes on Sundays — and we’ll all be busy on Thanksgiving. Many don’t know.

    If you or someone you know needs affordable health insurance for 2018, then the Affordable Care Act in Roane County has plans offered by BlueCross BlueShield.