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Today's Opinions

  • Death pictures posting was vile, malicious act

    My family would like to thank District Attorney General Russell Johnson for his comments and support pertaining to the malicious Facebook posting of pictures from my brother, Bill Jones and his friend’s murders.

    It was in my and most everyone’s opinion a heinous act, as well as an admission of guilt.

    This latest ploy for attention is not surprising, as Rocky and Leon Houston are like two dogs with the mange.

    No matter how much they scratch, it is going to spread until it finally consumes them.

  • GUEST OPINION: Defamation by the anonymous getting attention

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    Those who anonymously damage the reputations of others on the Internet may have a rude awakening.

    They’re not as anonymous as they believe. We’ve seen a number of cases in recent months in which judges have upheld subpoenas that give libel-suit plaintiffs the identities of those who have been posting ugly things about them:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: What does Holy Bible mean to Romney/Ryan?

    Percipient reader, you will doubtless recall that when a major hurricane was descending upon a major U.S. city a few years ago, a prominent Virginia preacher, since deceased, opined that this was a sign of God’s displeasure with some of the things taking place in that city.

  • Lost friend helped save his life, can you help now?

    An open letter to the citizens of Roane County:
    On Aug. 27, I let my Chihuahua out to do his business at daylight, and he wandered off and apparently got lost.

    If anyone has seen him please call me, and I will come and get him, as he is sorely missed.

    He is black and white and weighs about 4.5 pounds and had a blue halter on.

    I got this dog in 2003 from my wife to keep me company as she was working, and I was home alone.

  • Guest OPINION: Traffic laws way to curb reckless paparazzi

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    Fame doesn’t always inspire the best legislation.

    In striving to carve out protection for celebrities, lawmakers can sometimes overlook the impact on those who don’t get cameras pointed their way.

    Case in point is a California law that prohibits reckless driving in the pursuit of “commercial” photos.

  • County exec looks to the future

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    I am approaching my two-year anniversary as new management for your county government.
    I appreciate the support you gave and hope your support and confidence continues as we journey forward.

    I promised to manage on a five-point star management system and will continue with this
    approach the next 24 months.

    Details of our focus, tasks, management and the five-point star management system can be found on the county’s website, www.roanegov.org.

  • Woman’s vote is a legacy that can enact change

    By PATRICIA PIERCE
    On Aug. 26, 1920, 92 years ago, women’s right-to-vote became law after Tennessee’s pivotal ratification of the 19th Amendment.

    Although it is not well known, Aug. 26 of each year since 1971 has been proclaimed a day of commemoration by U.S. presidents to celebrate the anniversary of women winning the right to vote and to serve as a “symbol of the continued fight for equal rights.”

  • Gillum has a deal for Largen — on a contingency basis

    The article detailing Gerald Largen’s woes concerning unauthorized mowing occurring on his property reminded me that I might have a valid basis to bring suit against my next-door neighbor who uses a mowing service that routinely cuts some of my grass.

    It is handy for them because it allows for easier turning on a steep incline.

    But until I read the article about Mr. Largen’s suit in Chancery Court claiming a quarter million in damages for mowing a tiny strip of grass and weeds I had no idea I might be sitting on a goldmine of legal recourse.