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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Some things you don't see coming

    You can be plodding along in the routine of life and never see a week like the  past one happen.

    Killer storms swirled all around us, but in Roane County, most of us escaped the worst of the harm.

    Then a blissfully beautiful Saturday unfolded.

    My plans involved hiking at Big South Fork, but I soon expanded my itinerary to include one night of camping.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: President shows his leadership in action

    Some friends, knowing that we have long regarded Meredith Willson’s “The Music Man” as one of the best musicals ever written, kindly gave us a copy of the programme for the current production of this work, appearing through 15 May at the Clarence Brown Theatre.
    As would be expected, the programme lists the cast members, which, if you know the story, must of necessity be unusually large, but, in addition the musicians in the orchestra are also listed.

  • Looking for a real hero? They are close at hand

    Looking for a real hero?
    Take a stroll over to Sheriff Jack Stockton’s office, and say hello to Jack’s smart, professional, friendly and very pretty assistant, Beth.
    Finally find out “wassup” with the real heroes. The staff isn’t there for fun, and is very busy, but if you have a problem, I’ll bet that they will get someone from the deputy force to spend a few minutes with you, or give you the names of some very hip people to help you out.
    If you are lucky, you might run into my hero there.

  • Celebrate World Press Freedom Day

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Thanks to the First Amendment, I’m free to write these words — and you’re free to read them.
    But for about 84 percent of the approximately 6.9 billion people with whom we share this planet, that’s not the case. They live in nations where the press is only “partly” free from government control or criminal intimidation, or not free at all.

  • Another defends teacher in Bowers oinking incident

    I have long been an avid newspaper reader but have never before felt compelled to write a letter to the newspaper.
    Newspaper articles are written and placed in such a way as to attract the maximum attention and to increase sales of papers.
    That is the way it is done in big cities where the faces are unfamiliar and apparently also in small communities where we should actually know each other.
    With this knowledge, I take their content with “a grain of salt” and assume that all other thinking people do the same.

  • Humbled honoree offers thanks for award, banquet

    The eagerly anticipated 65th Annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held on April 29, more than met everyone’s expectations.
    From the wonderful hospitality of Paul and Jean Cowell at Whitestone Country Inn, to the excellent food and service from their kitchen and wait staff, to the timely keynote address by Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, not one person should have left feeling shortchanged.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas: Warm fuzzies from gala, then pleasant dreams

    There’s something about sitting around a banquet table surrounded by old and new friends — and letting your hair down.
    Of course, you have to have some hair to do that last part. The round, gray-headed guy has closely cropped locks.
    Yet, that didn’t prevent the Teglas clan from doing exactly that Friday evening at Whitestone Country Inn.

  • Inconsiderate fishermen making mess at boat ramp

    Twice in the past three weeks, fishermen have dumped six or more large gar fish near the boat ramp at Blue Springs.
    This ruins the ramp and parking area for other boaters and fishermen.
    Last fall inconsiderate hunters dumped two deer carcasses there. 
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency maintains this ramp which provides access to the beautiful Blue Springs cove and Tennessee River. 
    Why can’t people help them maintain it — instead of trashing it?