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Today's Opinions

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Body cams tell us part of the story

    Video from a body camera of a Rockwood police officer recently made the news when a former Roane State basketball player filed a $1.2 million lawsuit against the city of Rockwood alleging violation of his rights and excessive use of force.

    The plaintiff in the case is using the video as evidence that he did not attack the officer before he was detained.

    I’ve watched the video. It does not show the officer being attacked. It does show the plaintiff did not fully cooperate with the officer.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Milwaukee’s Rule: He had a gun, so kill him!

    Well, Gentle Reader, last weekend saw yet another killing of a black man by a policeman, also black, this time in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Here’s how the event was described in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, as reprinted by the Knoxville News Sentinel:

    “Police had said an officer shot and killed an armed man fleeing a traffic stop about 3:30 p.m. Saturday. The officer ordered the man to drop his gun, and when he did not the officer fired, wounding the man twice, once in the chest and once in the arm, Barrett [Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett] said.

  • Tenure with school system was a blessing

    Editor’s note: The following letter, addressed to Roane County Schools personnel and staff, was shared with the Roane County News.

    As you may be aware, my service to the Roane County Schools as a school board member will soon be coming to an end.

    I cannot leave without expressing my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of you for the time and dedication that you have so selflessly extended to our schools and, more importantly, to our school children.

  • Thanks for support, and best wishes in new school year

    A sincere thank you to the citizens of Districts 5/6 who supported and voted for me for Roane County school board.

    Your support through your votes, putting signs in your yards, your phone calls and your comments to me were greatly appreciated and welcomed.

    I will continue to welcome your views and comments as I work hard to serve the citizens and students of Districts 5/6 and all of Roane County.

    Best wishes to all our students, teachers, administrative staff and support staff for the upcoming school year.

    Vic King
    Roane County

  • OK to find Dory, but don’t kill or eat her and her friends

    This year’s 10 highest-grossing box office releases are about animals, including “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

    Nearly half of our households include a dog, and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two-thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death.

    Literally ...

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Transportation plus, but traffic lacking

    Last week I started the Leadership Roane County program. During the first session our class conducted an exercise to help evaluate the various factors and issues, both positive and negative, that might influence the future of our county.

    The exercise was based on SWOT, an acronym for Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats.

    We broke out in teams to conduct the assessments. Despite the diversity of our class, the results were remarkably similar from each team.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: il Duce Trump and Mad Dogs & Englishmen

    Gentle reader, since the present presidential campaign started, and Donald J. Trump got into the fray, we’ve had the feeling that we had seen him before under other circumstances, but we could not recall where or when.

    But, a few days ago, all of a sudden the thought struck: It was not The Donald we had seen, but il Duce.

  • Reading program a success, thanks to support from area

    “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ,” was the challenge for the Harriman Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

    Our program was a great success. I would like to thank the library board, Ronald McDonald, the Muse, Knoxville Zoo Mobile, David Corrigan MMA, TWRA’s Derek Grey, RSCC’s Mr. Raider, Harriman’s Any Time Fitness, Knoxville’s Ice Bears, Puppeteer/Balloon Artist Ron Lighty, Magician Bruce Amato and Rockin’ L Rentals.