Today's Opinions

  • NFL Draft: Do you have faith in the Titans?

    It’s that time of year again. The time of year when hope replaces reality, and logic gives way to reports by “multiple sources.” After more than a year of waiting, it’s finally time for the NFL Draft.

    And, for the first time in a very long time, it’s the Tennessee Titans that have NFL teams, fans and media members wondering what they will do next.

    When’s the last time anyone has said that? Well, the last time anyone honestly said that?

  • Student has choice words for schools director

    I have been an outspoken critic of our school superintendent for a while now, but as I face graduation in the next few weeks, I have come to the realization that, while Mr. Gary Aytes has had his gaffes (both in public venues and in private meetings), he really means well.

    Until last year, I had no intentions of coming at odds with Mr. Aytes, nor had I really developed an opinion of him.

  • ‘Lions Serve,’ — that includes pancakes

    The Kingston Lions Club held its annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 28 .

    It was a great success, with over 200 persons being served.

    Even the weatherman provided a beautiful day.

    The Lions have a great number of businesses and individuals to thank for their help.

  • GUEST OPINION: Love reporters, but hold them accountable


    Center on Congress

    A robust, inquisitive congressional oversight process should be capable of revealing what is too often hidden, but it’s not. We need journalists to do it.

    I have been involved in politics and policy-making for over 50 years, and as you can imagine, I hold strong feelings about reporters and the media.

    They’re not what you might think, however.

  • OUR TAKE: Time for our own municipal broadband

    Last month’s announcement that high-tech firm CVMR is moving its international headquarters to Roane County is a real opportunity for growth.

    Not only has the company promised hundreds of high-paying jobs, but it also will impact other sectors, both economic and involving quality of life.

    It is up to our community leaders to capitalize on the opportunities CVMR and those who are sure to follow are laying at our feet.

  • GUEST OPINION: Learning to be a citizen

    Solving problems in our democracy requires bringing different points of view together, talking face-to-face with others who may differ with you, and learning that these differences can exist without personal animosity.

    The question usually comes toward the end of a public meeting. Some knotty problem is being discussed, and someone in the audience will raise his or her hand and ask, “OK, so what can I do about it?”

    I love that question. Not because I’ve ever answered it to my satisfaction, but because it bespeaks such a constructive outlook.

  • Off the Cuff: Scammers still at it; remember, IRS won’t call

    Wouldn’t this be a wonderful world if some of these brilliant folks used their powers for good?

    Our thieving “friends” working the phones overtime are at it again — lying and conniving to cheat hard-working people out of their money by evoking the name “IRS.”

    I can’t stress it enough: Friends, the IRS will never call nor email you about taxes or penalties you may owe.

    If the caller says he or she is with the IRS, it’s a bald-faced lie. Do NOT believe it.

  • Clothes Closet closing doors, last day will be April 30

    After 14 years of helping Roane County’s needy people with free clothing, furniture, household goods and food, The Clothes Closet in Rockwood is closing its door due to the poor health of the owners and lack of funding.

    We sincerely thank each one who donated either items or money to keep the charity open.

    We still have some items to donate to anyone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., should you come by and pick them up.

    Our final day will be April 30 or sooner when everything is gone.