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Today's Opinions

  • As West looks to control tweets, China squawks

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    The use of social media to organize and fuel riots in Great Britain has led some Western public officials to speculate about limits on BlackBerry messages, Twitter and Facebook.
    Such talk has not gone unnoticed by more-repressive nations.
    Chinese media have claimed hypocrisy by the West and have used the news events as justification for “proper web monitoring.”
    From Xinhua, China’s state-run news organization:

  • Engaging change – why a policy was altered

    Things change.
    Sometimes, in response, we have to change, too.
    Few words could be truer when talking about people … and even newspapers.
    Here at the Roane County News, we like to reason things out when we set any kind of policy.
    But sometimes, even after they were made with careful thought, we see flaws or omissions in our policies.
    We find points we hadn’t thought about, and we consider changes.
    Last week we made an alteration to our policy concerning the publication of engagements between couples planning to marry.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: The teachers I know really care about what they do

    How did you spend your weekend?

    I spent the better part of Sunday afternoon in a Hamilton County classroom scrubbing desks and lab tables.

    I’m no school teacher, but Derek — the man I am dating  — is.

    I rubbed out graffiti, scraped gum, wiped away months of grime and even washed a few windows while he arranged and installed equipment and tackled other chores.

    It was important for him to be ready for the return of students this week.

  • Rockwood library reading program is a big success

    The Rockwood Public Library’s 2011 Summer Reading Programs, “One World, Many Stories” and “You Are Here” concluded on July 20 with great success. 
    We would like to thank all the children and teens who came and participated in our programs. 
    We would also like to thank all the special individuals and organizations that made appearances at the library.
    They are as follows:  Magician Bruce Amato; storytellers Elizabeth Rose, Mark and  Sherry Finchum; and the American Museum of Science and Energy.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: To catch a thief — but not with Kingston P.D.

    For the moment, imagine, if you will, gentle reader, that you are a professional law man, a policeman.
    Imagine further that you have been informed that a petty thief has been engaged in a continuing series of petty thefts over a period of several weeks.

  • Some complaints about experience with ETHRA

    On Aug. 8, I had a bad experience with an ETHRA driver.
    It started at 7:30 a.m. I know I’m not their only pick-up — four others go to Knoxville. You see, all my doctors except one are in Knox County.
    I was early and had to wait. You see, my appointment was at 10:15.
    After calling a second time, I was told the van would be there in 30 minutes. That turned to one hour, so I waited an hour and a half for pick-up.
    The driver seemed to hit every pothole he saw on purpose.

  • Police can’t call shots on news photography

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    At crime scenes, the police are in charge.
    They can and do tell journalists and the public where to stand so as not to interfere with an ongoing investigation.
    Problems arise, though, when the police literally try to call the shots, telling photographers what they can and cannot shoot.
    As a former police reporter, I know that this is not a new issue. Oddly enough, most clashes occurred over matters of taste.

  • Jayden Thomas Mittleider

    Infant Jayden Thomas Mittleider, 6 days, of Coalfield, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, in University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.
    He was born Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in University of Tennessee Medical Center.