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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Wallet returned, thanks to help of community, God

    I want to publicly thank the Roane County News for publishing my ad, which led to the return of my lost wallet that had no name, address or phone number in it.

    I also want to thank the wonderful lady who found it and did everything possible to find me. I’m so thankful that there are honest people like her still in this world.

    Most of all, I want to thank my Lord. It was He who led the way to getting my wallet back, this was just one of His many miracles.

    God is still good.

    Thank you,

    Pat Ward

    Kingston

  • Students sure to gain big tax bill for school plan

    Was interesting reading the “high school” article in the Roane Co. News’ March 27 edition.

    Seems quite a few residents are interested in this new school topic, and it was nice to hear some of the reasoning, pro and con, put forth.

    I am still in the dark about any benefits gained. Wade Creswell noted that potential employers may be swayed to move to the county because of the quality of the workforce.

  • Many consolidation opportunities available in Roane

    I have had the privilege of living and working in four different regions of our wonderful country.

    My children went to schools in all of the different areas we lived in — some small, and some big.

    When we moved North and West, the school systems attempted to place our boys in remedial classes and even in speech therapy.

    Why? Because they were coming from East Tennessee and talked funny, and they thought their early education was inferior.

  • GLIMPSES: We pay for the past, and the future

    By Mark Banker

    In the Feb. 13 issue of this paper, Roane County Executive Ron Woody observed, “Nobody wants to increase the tax, but everyone wants the service.”

    Our state legislature is still debating the target of Mr. Woody’s concern, Gov. Haslam’s proposed 7-cents-per-gallon increase in gas taxes. But our Executive’s candor is less debatable.

    “Everyone,” he continued, “wants better roads.” The big question, he clearly implied, is who pays for them?

  • Thanks for taking granddaughter’s photo at Scott

    I want to say thank you to Michael Lindsay for taking a picture of my granddaughter recently at Scott High field against Kingston.

    It was an awesome picture ... thank you so much!

    Cammie Byrge

    Oneida

  • Analogy flawed with Watts Bar vs. Claytor lakes

    With regard to the March 22 article, “Carp Control Weeds” in the Roane County News, I offer the following observations on its contents:

    Claytor Lake in Virginia is 4,500 acres and approximately 21 miles long with an area of 7.031 square miles.

    The Claytor Lake group spent between $12,000 and $15,000 per year for two years and stocked about 10,000 carp in total.

    Watts Bar Lake is 39,000 acres, approximately 73 miles long with an area of 61.08 square miles. It has 722 miles of shoreline.

  • It’s up to us to reclaim democracy at every level

    Candidate Donald Trump promised that health-care replacement would include the right to buy insurance freely across state lines — releasing the consumer from arbitrary and artificial limitations to choice and competition.

    I wrote to our Congressman Fleischmann asking where this provision appears in the GOP bill. I have not received an answer, not even the usual, neutral drivel about how he is so very concerned with this issue on our behalf.