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Today's Opinions

  • Teacher behind oinking incident is one bad apple

    I have a grandchild who attends Bower’s Elementary, and I have always found it and many of its teachers to be wonderful.
    Although, like anyone who read about the 5-year-old boy being teased by his teacher and other students, I found it appalling.
    Even worse than the fact this took place in one of our schools is how it has been handled! Bower’s has a strict no-bullying policy that is posted on posters thru out the school.

  • New state rep’s actions speak louder than words

    I guess Julia Hurley’s actions, or lack thereof, speak louder than her words ... about wanting to move past disagreements she has with the county commissioners, and incidentally, the law.  
    I include the latter because it seems to me, after reading the transcript of her extensive words with a state trooper, she has a problem with the citation as well.

  • HUB board makes the right call on new warehouse

    We were pleased to see Chairman Gary Goff and other members of the Harriman Utility Board shoot down plans for a fancy-shmancy $17 million warehouse.
    Even if, as proposed, the utility could have received grants to pay for most of what some were calling the “Taj Mahal” warehouse, that’s  still ratepayers’ hard-earned money that could go for much more needed items in this tough economy.

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Spring road trip — wouldn't change a thing

    You know how it is with road trips.

    With the wrong people, nothing can be miserable. With the right ones, little in life can be more fun.

    I’m coming off of one of the latter.

    I’d promised a friend a couple of counties over I’d drive him up to retrieve his motorcycle from Western Kentucky.

  • Religion in school battles heating up gain

    By CHARLES HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    Just when First Amendment principles seem to be working in public education, new fights over student religious speech threaten to reignite culture-war battles in schools across the country.
    It's little known that many public schools made significant progress toward getting religion right over the past decade.

  • Writer squawks about legislative priorities

    Cock-a-doodle-don’t! Roosters to your neutral corners — go!
    In an apparent effort to avoid appearing reactive to the serious education, infrastructure and financial crisis facing Tennessee our legislators in Nashville instead chose to tackle the more serious problems of Rooster Sports and extended breast feeding by the state’s mothers.
    After determining that the cockfighting promoters and casual observers are equally guilty, it was proposed that a $2,500 fine (first offense) would be preventative.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: If you're going to preside, learn the Rules!

    Generous reader, we would propound to you the following proposition: No one should allow themselves to be elected, selected, or appointed to the position of presiding officer over any board, commission, or other governmental body without first thoroughly familiarizing himself with the provisions of Robert's Rules of Order.

    The validity of this proposition is clearly demonstrated by the current brouhaha arising out of the Roane County School Board's proceedings in relation to the employment of Toni McGriff to continue as Director of Schools.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Forgive me if I was a little glum last week. I didn’t mean to be out of sorts.
    March 30 just happens to be a sad day in my world.
    You see, it was my daughter’s birthday.
    Ashton Julianne Teglas was born March 30, 1987. For most, you would think it would be a happy time.
    She would have turned 24.
    Notice I wrote “would.”
    Those who know me well also know she didn’t live to see her first birthday.