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Today's Opinions

  • Another chance for TVA to build up public trust

    It was nice to attend a TVA meeting Tuesday where the public’s mood wasn’t angry and the tone was generally upbeat.
    TVA held the meeting at First Baptist Church in Kingston to reveal more details for recreation offerings in the area where the massive 2008 ash spill forced many in the Swan Pond community to have to move.
    The ash spill also left lingering doubts about safety in and around TVA facilities.
    TVA officials are well aware that there is nothing they can do to completely erase those doubts and misgivings.

  • Nuts & Bolts by Terri Likens: We say ‘who,’ you say ‘that’ — so who is right?

     

  • Prayer can heal the damaged aura of people’s souls

    In the eastern part of Oklahoma, an advertising paper is available to us.
    In the recent publication was the article about the high school principal in your area (who in the early 2000s) defended the right for prayer to be stated by individuals who believe in the power of prayer.
    I wish to say thanks to this high school principal and the people who were at that particular sports event.
    We need more people to be brave enough to stand — united, to express our voice, in all that we believe to be legal, correct and the proper way to be.

  • Norway’s crusader for Christendom is no Christian

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Within hours of the recent mass murder in Norway, headlines around the world proclaimed the accused killer, Anders Behring Breivik, a “Christian terrorist.”
     The “Christian” label apparently came from initial statements by a Norwegian police official describing Breivik as a right-wing, Christian fundamentalist – a characterization based on the official’s quick read of Breivik’s Internet postings.

  • Fundraiser beat storm for writing scholarships

    East Tennessee celebrities stepped up to the plate and hit home runs at the recent fundraiser for the Roane County Student Writing Contest Awards Program.
    Bill Landry, actor, author, and TV host of “The Heartland Series;” humorist and author Judy DiGregorio; and educator and storyteller Elizabeth Rose — backed up by the renowned Notchy Creek Bluegrass Band — entertained for three hours.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: ALEC plan bad enough, travel rip-off worse

    Gentle reader, in our column for 15 July we wrote this:
    “The budget for Roane County for this fiscal year contains a line item designating the sum of $2,554,554.00, for “Industrial & Econ. Dev.”
    “Like us, do you wonder just exactly what we are going to get for this multi-million dollar expenditure of our tax money?”
    On the following Tuesday, County Executive Ron Woody granted an interview to News reporter Damon Lawrence to explain this budget item.

  • Contractor leaves mess, AT&T and state don’t care

    In this previous winter/spring, AT&T contracted with an outfit to bury some fiber-optic communications line down Hwy. 304 (River Road), seeding most of the raw land when they were finished. 
    They failed to seed most of the raw land they left from Luminary Methodist Church and south from there, including right-of-way and landowners’ property. 
    Apparently they ran out of seed, and just tossed straw on top.  Nothing grew for awhile, then weeds took over. 
    A great deal of that land is still raw looking.

  • Courage, kindness shown by many in wake of church fire

    This letter is written to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for those who help to make Kingston in Roane County such a great place to live.
    This is a wonderful community with caring people.  In recent months, I have witnessed a wonderful spirit of compassion and concern from our neighbors.