.....Advertisement.....
.....Advertisement.....

Today's Opinions

  • 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?

  • What’s next for America now that bin Laden is gone?

    Public Enemy No. 1 for America and for much of the rest of the world is dead.
    Osama bin Laden was killed in his compound in Pakistan by a Navy Seals team, putting an end to his lengthy, personal reign of terror.
    We’ll still have more terrorists to deal with. Killing one man, no matter how high he ranks, will not put an end to hatred, cruelty and misunderstanding.
    For all the death and destruction bin Laden has left in his wake, it strikes us that his worst blow to America was what he did to us as a people.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Nervous wreck rides out storms

    Today’s column was to have been on wildflowers ... but this week’s wild weather seemed to need more attention, so I changed directions.

    I survived the brunt of the worst tornado system in recorded history — the April 3, 1974, superstorm that struck Tennessee, Kentucky and adjoining states — and killed 315 people.

    This week’s storms have come close, with sobering devastation in Alabama, Arkansas and Mississippi. The death toll was nearing 200 as I write this. Many more people lost homes, businesses and other property.

  • Impressions: Survey says ... well, just read on to find out

    “Gasoline prices are nearing the point where Americans are beginning to cut back.”
    That was a headline I saw many times last week during my morning media sweeps.
    Big surprise, huh?
    We all feel the pinch when we pull up in front of the pump.
    Talking heads on television tell us there really isn’t a supply problem or massive demand.
    Even the unrest in North Africa and the Middle East are only blips on the world-market radar.
    Rather, we are told those infamous “speculators” keep pushing up the price of crude oil.
    Whatever the case, it’s cutting into all of our budgets.

  • What would be the best way to help schools?

    Folks, let’s review this promise the Republican Party made to the voters of Roane County.
    Their promise would make the government more efficient and reduce the cost of state government.
    Their first act was to attack teachers and remove their right to negotiate their wages and working conditions.
    We do not need to go back to the old method of replacing teachers because they voted differently than the education superintendent or county executive.
    We need to keep the system of advancement by tenure or otherwise experience.

  • No amount of time will redeem tainted ex-judge

    I agree with District Attorney General Russell Johnson — partly.
    He suggests that former General Sessions Judge Thomas Austin might, over time, repair the reputation of the justice system which he, Austin, is responsible for damaging.
    The operative word here is “might.”
    I believe it is too late for such a miracle to ever occur in Roane County.
    Fifteen years ago, when I retired to this area I heard rumors from many sources of a rogue judge who was far less than upright.

  • Finding family in an unfamiliar place – priceless!

    As a new family of six to Harriman, I thought I would share a few words with you about the community.
    Moving to a new community can be stressful, especially for children.
    We had been here a week when we noticed the streets downtown being blocked off.
    Curious, we went to see what was going on. It was a car show with games and prizes for children and adults.
    And everyone treated us with a welcoming hospitality. The longer we lived here, the more we felt the sense of community.

  • Freedom going viral is potential trouble for dictators

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    More than 2 billion people across the globe have Internet access and there are some 5 billion mobile-phone subscriptions, according to the 2010 Human Rights Report released this month by the U.S. Department of State.