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Today's Opinions

  • How much do you really know about the Constitution?

    It’s Constitution Week.

    As much as this foundation for our nation’s freedom and way of life has been bandied about lately, we are shocked by how little many people really know about its history and its actual content.

    “We the people...” are words that define our government — our belief system — and our unique set of freedoms.

    These words have guided this country  through hard times and civil strife.

  • IMPRESSIONS: A country boy can survive – even in D.C.

    “George and Gwen Kellerman live in the small, quiet town of Twin Oaks, Ohio, with their two young children and pet dog. George has a strong sense of what is right and wrong, especially as it applies to himself and Gwen, but he still looks to her for validation.”

    Sound like something out of our lives right here in Roane County?

    Good people grounded in what really matters … family.

  • New direction could be a plus for Swan Pond

    There has been much community discussion and quarterbacking regarding the $43 million provided to Roane County by TVA.  

    The amount of the funds offered will be likely remembered as a controversial issue in that these funds may be considered too low of a price tag or, perhaps, even too high, simply depending on one’s perspective.

    At this point, the amount funded to the school system is appreciated as our schools certainly needed improvement.  

  • Woody's act has signs of political payback

    Why would our newly elected county executive choose one of the top emergency management groups in the state as his first target?

    I have no idea of Howie Rose’s political leanings but the whole thing smells of political payback.

    If this sort of nonsense is indicative of Mr. Woody’s management style and ability, the voters of Roane County have made a big mistake.

    If Mr. Woody was not happy with Rose’s performance, why was Rose not told about it and given the opportunity to make changes?

  • Football season good, but band outstanding

    As the parent of a new Roane County High School Band freshman, I am really enjoying the Friday night high school football experience. Although the football team is doing well and a joy to watch, I have been blown away by the high school band. Not only are they large, but the sound coming from these students is unbelievable.

    They are disciplined, well led and confident in their abilities. From their dramatic pre-game entrance to the awesome half-time show, it amazes me that there has not been more of a fuss made over this Roane County jewel.

  • Reappraisals shouldn't be works of fiction

    Many years ago, my wife and I purchased two lots on the lake to build on when we retire.

    We built a new house, doing nearly all the finishing work myself to save money.

    When I saw the recent lot reassessments I almost had a stroke — nearly DOUBLE?

    Worse, my neighbor’s lot, very small but yes, on the lake, went from an appraised value of $175,000 to; get this, $377,000 — for a lot. He’d gladly sell it for that.

  • OK, wiz, open the curtian on appraisal process

    I remain puzzled by my experience with the 2010 property reassessment process.  A native of Roane County, living here 47 of my 52 years, I have supported the county government by paying property taxes for many of those years.

    The January 2010 reassessment increases my property value on five of six parcels from 5-23 percent. This I can comprehend.

    On one parcel, the reassessment increased the property value 152 percent.

    I tried to understand where Roane County came up with the information to substantiate a 152-percent increase.

  • Holliway did fine job on summer elections

    Congratulations to Charles Holiway for a job well done on Election Night.  

    As the administrator of the Roane County Election Commission, Mr. Holiway  reported the votes as precincts information became available.  

    This information was easily assessable on the Roane County Election Commission website.   

    I knew the unofficial results of the local election well before 10 p.m.

    Louise Dice

    Kingston