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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The big frou-fraw the last few days has been over the “WikiLeaks” of State Department cables.
    This incident proves once again what so few seem to recognize: First, there are no secrets, government or otherwise, (if two people know it, sooner or later one is going to let it out) and second, everyone is placing too much reliance on computers and the Internet to do their business.

  • School snow day situation makes writer see red

    Can someone please tell me why Roane County is always the last to be called off from school on snow days? 
    It has been this way when I was little and my child was  little, and now it is this way for my grandchilden.
    All the schools around us can be closed and Tennessee Department of Transportation says stay off the road.
    Well, I get out and go to work, anyway, but don’t put our kids in danger.
    And if we do not send them, then they are in trouble.
    To me, no, the school system does not care for the safety of our kids.

  • Amused? Well, that’s one way of putting it

    I was quite amused when I read Commissioner Ron Berry’s quote saying that Roane County’s slow growth was due to the economy.
    If that were the case, then all of the other counties would have had slow growth, too.
    Instead, eight of 11 had two to six times the growth of Roane County.
    Could our slow growth have been due to:
    1) The ash spill?
    2) The run-down, unappealing downtown areas of Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood?
    3) The availability of only a handful of good restaurants?
    4) The lack of good shopping?

  • Gypsum pond leak does not bode well

    It was disturbing to learn Wednesday that Kingston Fossil Plant’s new gypsum pond is leaking — just two years after the December 2008 ash disaster.
    That disaster changed the face of Roane County for many — both inside and outside the area.
    We have heard promises from state environmental officials that this gypsum containment system would be different and safer.
    With seepage showing this early on, we’re not feeling very confident about their claims.

  • OFF THE CUFF: Say what?!? High school source of quotes passion

    I’m a sucker for a good quote.

    I often call them “quotable quotes.” And I’m not picky. I bounce from the profound to the ironic to the offbeat to the humorous to the colorful ... and then back again.

    My passion for words probably plays a big part in it. Combine that with a journalistic mind, and you have someone who is constantly milling through life looking for someone to utter memorable phrases and/or sentences.

  • IMPRESSIONS by Johnny Teglas

    Folks here at the newspaper get called some interesting names other than the ones our parents gave us.
    We accept this as an occupational hazard.
    But a couple of times a year, we don’t mind it so much.
    That’s because we turn into bonafide ding-a-lings.
    Yep, you got it. For those who might enjoy critically pointing out that we don’t have a clue, I say here’s your chance.

  • Reasons for slow growth in Roane County?

    “Obviously, the economy is a reason,” County Commissioner Ron Berry said when he heard about Roane County’s relatively slow population growth rate of 3.1 percent over the past decade.
    If Berry is talking about the overall economic slump, then it would be difficult to explain why Loudon County’s (19.5) population shot up around six times the rate of Roane’s, or Monroe’s (17.6) at more than five times the rate.
    Then there is Meigs (11) and Rhea (9.2), each with a substantially higher growth rates.