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Today's Opinions

  • LOOSELEAF LAUREATE: Imagine being a child with no solid footing

    I once worked at a Midwest newspaper with a young woman named Betsy. She was gentle and exceptionally shy for a reporter.
    After I had gotten to know her better, she told me she had grown up in the foster system. Suddenly I understood her unsureness and mannerisms — the way she protectively held her hand in front of her mouth when she spoke.
    We never talked in detail about her life in foster care, but I feel sure some of her experiences were not good ones.

  • IMPRESSIONS: Rebel Johnny's biker days have long roared past

    Harold Ray Lester, 74, died Friday at his home in Seymour.
    It’s been something in the neighborhood of five or six years since I last visited with him while we were standing in a grocery store checkout line.
    I’m going to miss him.
    Apparently, so are many of our friends here in Roane County.
    You see, across his three score and 14, in one way or another he touched several of our lives.
    If you caught one of my recent blogs on roanecounty.com, you’re well aware of the “six degrees of separation” concept.

  • Wonders where coin purse went in commotion

    I got sick on Dec. 3, 2009.  
    The Roane County Ambulance service came and got me.
    I had a coin purse hooked to my T-shirt, and now nobody knows what happened to it.
    It had money and two pairs of antique earrings in it. By the time I got to Roane Medical Center, they had cut my clothes off.
    No one would ever tell me what happened to them. The ambulance service never turned the clothing over to the hospital.
    The hospital checked; it wasn’t there.

  • Water cut off; she's mad as a hot, dry hen

    I would like to tell everbody about Roane Central Utility District. They came and cut my water off without giving me any notice.
    It says on back of the bill, “No second notice will be sent.”
    Well, I’d like to know like to know  why they cut off my water without sending me a notice.
    I have outside dogs and chickens out in the heat and they saw that. Now, if that’s not cruelity to animals, what is?
    I know this person that Roane Central let their bill go way over $300 and never cut the water off and they were months behind.

  • Shacter's efforts made learning math fun, easy

    Our family would like to say thanks to John Shacter for taking his time each Tuesday morning from 10 until noon to enlighten and encourage our young people about math concepts while making it an enjoyable time.
    He paid for the expense of renting the room at Kingston Community Center and poured himself into helping the children have a love of math and all the advantages of that knowledge.
    Other families participated also.
    I was truly amazed at his brilliance, his generosity and his humor.
    Flo Charles
    Kingston
     

  • Band uniforms may have been a better spending option

    I noticed where the Rockwood Band Boosters are starting a drive to raise money for band uniforms.
    I promise to help all I can.  
    The schools furnish football uniforms and basketball uniforms.   
    I know they can’t afford band uniforms for every school.  But the money  they spent last year ($650,000) for telephones and so-called new technology wasn’t wisely spent.  
    The $650,000 could have been more wisely spent — possibly on band uniforms.  

  • 'Dub' sets good example for officials, us

    After decades serving the public as a county commissioner, James “Dub” Harmon is no longer an elected official.
    Instead of tucking tail over his recent election loss, Harmon is, instead, stepping up.
    “That stage of my life is probably through,” the 83-year-old said recently in a Roane County News interview about his failure to get re-elected. “But there are many things for Roane County I can work for.”
    Harmon has not been afraid to champion what, to some, have been unpopular causes.

  • Cherokee Middle kids need room to practice, play

    I, as a parent, am utterly appalled by the view I am looking at.
    It is the start of another wonderful football season with again no place for our football teams to practice.
    We have four football and cheerleading teams (totaling 150 children) crammed into the outfield of Cherokee Middle School’s baseball field.
    It is an absolute shame and disgrace to this town, not to mention future generations of athletes, that our leaders are unable to provide a safe environment for our children to play any sport they desire.