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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: May we ring in another great year together

    New Year’s Eve, 1999.

    It was an uncertain time in my life, and not just because of the looming new millennium.

    I had left Chicago and was transitioning out of a two-year freelance stint that hadn’t lived up to my expectations. Now I was tying up those lose ends and holding a temp job in the law firm of a large electric utility.

    As I sat around the TV with my brothers on that long-ago New Year’s Eve, my edginess wasn’t just over whether planes might fall out of the sky.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Folks here at the office work hard to get information to you.
    They also know they’re more than welcome to share a lighter moment when we push past a deadline and put another issue to bed.
    We call it “decompression time.”
    It’s when we take a healthy breath and step back from our deadline-driven lives.
    It is in those moments that we remember we’re fellow sojourners along life’s highway.
    Banter ranges across many subjects and disciplines.

  • This sad chapter should be a lesson to us all

    That TDEC is requiring the TVA to install a liner in the gypsum storage pond is no surprise.   
    That there are problems with the pond is, sadly, unremarkable.
    As far back as Jan. 2, 2009, at the special-called Kingston City Council meeting when TVA Chairman Tom Kilgore addressed the public regarding the TVA ash spill, former Kingston councilman Jim Rivers raised the issue of the gypsum pond construction.
    Mr. Rivers expressed concern that the pond was not being built with a liner (as TDEC is now requiring the TVA to retrofit).

  • Family member ‘went home to be with the Lord’

    I am writing in regard to my dad’s passing on Dec. 14.
    It was a hard time for my family and when writing the obituary to put in the Roane County News, my mom had requested that “went home to be with the Lord” be put in the article instead of “died” or “passed away.”
    You would think after paying in the excess of $50, you would be able to get this printed, but as it states in the newspaper policy, the paper reserves the right to edit the article and, yes, they did.

  • Requirement of liner indication of TVA failure

    Gone is the big cloud of steam over the Kingston Fossil Plant that had become a symbol of cleaner air over much of the Southeast.
    It has been replaced with the nastier, albeit less obvious, emissions from the plant’s twin stacks.
    All this is a result of TVA’s leaky gypsum containment pond.

  • Impressions

    Observations from a slightly frozen fellow who says or does what guys most often do … the wrong thing.
    While vigorously ringing my Salvation Army “ding-a-ling” bell outside Kingston Food City the past couple of weeks, I picked up on a trend.
    I spied a steady stream of guys toting out red roses.
    Most carried out a single bud.
    Others juggled at least a dozen.
    “Hmmm … must be in the doghouse.”

  • Rockwood Christmas Home Tour a success

    The 20th annual Rockwood Christmas Home Tour was a great success.
    Rockwood 2000 would like to thank the people who made it happen.  
    There are so many individuals to thank for their numerous hours of work, but we want to extend a special thanks to our Christmas Tour homeowners, as the event would not have been possible without them.  
    Rockwood 2000 is fortunate to have so many dedicated members and such strong community support.  
    At this time, we would like to take the opportunity to thank this year’s Christmas Tour sponsors:

  • This space is dedicated to the givers among us

    Are you one of the people who dropped a handful of coins  — or more — in a Salvation Army bucket?
    Perhaps you gathered boxes and cans of food for one of the many drives to help feed the needy.
    Maybe you donated pet supplies to the new pantry to help needy families feed and keep their pets.
    Or perhaps you gave generously to United Way, Operation REACH or one of the many other causes that can help people here in Roane County and beyond.
    If you are one of those who gave what you could, whether it be a little or a lot, we thank you.