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Today's Opinions

  • It sounds like a threat, but it really isn’t

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center

    When are words that seem threatening not legally a threat?

    A jury in Hartford, Conn., refused on Sept. 16 to convict blogger Hal Turner of charges stemming from online comments he made in 2009 urging others, in response to a new state law, to “take up arms and put down this tyranny by force” and that public officials should “obey the Constitution or die.”

  • Nuts & Bolts: It’s going to get a whole lot hotter in here

    After a lot of talk and visits by a multitude of contractors, our newspaper is taking another step forward.
    We are investing in technology that will allow us to eliminate one of the steps in getting the newspaper to you.
    For many years, we have been designing the newspaper on computers, then sending those “pages” to a machine that sets them on news-page-sized film.
    Then the film is used to make a thin, news-page-sized plate that attaches to the press and imprints the text and images that you see every week.

  • Writer looks for earthquake like one that created Reelfoot

    I was  reading the Sept. 14 edition of the Roane County News. The part that interested me was the article on “Earthquake danger still a question.”

    The professor in the article does not know his facts. Between mid-December 1811 and mid-March 1812, Tennessee experienced the massive earthquake that created Reelfoot Lake.

    I have no clue where he got his information, but he is wrong.

    It was so bad some of the tremors was felt all the way to Quebec City, Canada.

  • Removing Randy Ellis over comments on Facebook wrong

    I was shocked to read in the paper that Randy Ellis had been removed from the budget committee.

    I was even more shocked to hear Ron Woody removed him from the committee because he dared to inform the public of a public meeting.

    God forbid the people be informed and heard at a public meeting.

    Even Mr. Woody admitted that Mr. Ellis served well on the committee except for daring to disagree with Mr. Woody’s tax hike and informing people in his community about the upcoming vote and public hearings.

  • Roane County News columnist vitriolic, largely unanswered

    Recently I have noticed that the level of vitriol and personal attacks in public debate has increased greatly, and as we have seen lately, our local newspaper is not immune to this phenomenon.

    There is a local commentator who has a regularly provided position in our newspaper to promote his particular political ideology.

  • TVA lawsuit puts residents between rock, hard place

    Many of us are watching with interest as the first of lawsuits over TVA’s 2008 ash spill makes its way through federal court.

    The lawsuits, which kicked off last week in Knoxville, are important and many millions of dollars are at stake.

    It’s difficult for Roane Countians to take a side in these cases.

    One the one hand, many Roane Countians have suffered as the result of what TVA’s own inspector general has deemed carelessness.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Reminiscences of the old Emory Gap Post Office

    Gentle reader, as the onset of Autumn approaches, several annual events begin to show up on our calendars.

    One that many folks especially look forward to is the Roane County Heritage Commission’s social event at the old Court House. If you are not one of those who attend regularly, you really should consider doing so.

  • Writer revisits the Wisconsin teacher protest issue

    On Aug. 17, the editor of our newspaper wrote an article for the “Nuts and Bolts” section of the opinion page.

    It concerned a particular letter that the editor had modified prior to publication and the explanation of how and why it was so done.

    If I may I would like to address one of the details of that article.

    One of the subjects the original letter addressed was the protests in Madison, Wis., over the altering of laws governing public employee unions and, specifically, the teachers unions.