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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • GLIMPSES: When did ‘facts’ replace facts?

    By Mark Banker

    Whatever your take on the new presidential administration, give them credit. They have added a few new terms and renewed zest to our political discourse.

    Take, for example, Kellyanne Conway’s notion of “alternative facts” or the new president’s repeated tweets about “fake news” and the “enemy media.”

    These phrases echo the disparaging rhetoric about “political correctness” that became a rallying point for conservatives in recent years.

  • Midway only campus with land for expansion

    I find it hard to believe that the school board has opened the consolidation scheme again. It may be necessary for some of the high schools but not to create one super school.

    I’d like to address two points as they apply to Midway. Item one: It takes up to an hour that the students are on the bus each way. A consolidated school would add significantly to that time. Secondly: Midway has a unique advantage over all the other high schools. It has land for any future expansions.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Rachel (Mrs. J.C.) Parker: Gone but not forgotten

    Gentle reader, Thursday, 16 February, 2017, marked the end of an era as concerns Kingston, and Roane County for that matter, for that was the day that Rachel Parker died.

  • Institute for Energy Research: Pipeline Populism: Complete, Build

    By Robert L. Bradley Jr.

    President Donald Trump is about to give the U.S. economy a power-up. He just approved the long delayed construction of two mega-projects, Keystone XL and the Dakota Access pipelines.

    This means more domestic energy, more economic growth, and more jobs for Americans. But it also means more theatrics from environmental extremists. The new president and his team should hang tough and ignore their doomsday predictions.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian By MARK BANKER: Wanted: A few Ervin Democrats

    Thanks to several responses to my recent column directed to “Howard Baker Republicans,” I am now on the lookout for a few “Sam Ervin Democrats.”

    If my quest rings hollow to you, you are either younger than 40 or were unusually disengaged in the summer of 1973.

    Yes, that was long before cable TV’s 24-hour news cycle, the internet and “smart phones” appeared. But in that summer of Watergate, Sens. Ervin, D-North Carolina, and Baker, R-Tennessee, became familiar figures.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Public deserves answers about fire

    Tennessee has been blessed with the Public Records Act, which provides for citizen access to public records.

    These records include all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output films, sound recordings or characteristics, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency.

    That definition would seem to cover just about everything a journalist or any citizen might want to know.