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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Freedom and ‘magic’ collide in U.S. courts

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Now you see it.

    Now you don’t ... or don’t copy it, at least.

    Magician Teller of “Penn and Teller” sued another magician in 2012 in federal court in Nevada over what Teller asserted was a copycat performance of Teller’s signature trick, “Shadows,” and his competitor’s offer to sell the secret behind the illusion.

  • Why school voucher system should be rejected

    The first step to destroy public education in Roane County and Tennessee took place in the meeting of the House Committee on Education on Aug. 20.

    The committeevoted for the bill to put the creation of a voucher system on the floor of the house for a vote.  

  • Student needs help learning about Tennessee

    I’m a fifth-grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in California.

    I’m writing because my class is doing state reports and I have chosen the magnificent state of Tennessee.

    I’m looking for help from your readers in the form of pamphlets, postcards, souveneirs or anything else that would be useful.

    I will be writing about the state’s agriculture, history, famous people, events and national parks.

  • GUEST OPINION: No one wins in today’s religious freedom climate

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    In recent months, legislators in more than a dozen states — from Hawaii to Georgia — have attempted to enact laws they describe as necessary to protect religious freedom.

    Some are broad “religious freedom restoration acts” very similar to laws already on the books in many states.

    Others are amendments to existing laws aimed at allowing businesses to deny wedding services to gay couples on religious grounds.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Many in Roane know new federal judge Reeves

    Gentle reader, we have several items we hope to mention in this column, although, as the Roman writer opined: Ars longa, vita breva, tempus tugit, roughly translated, art is long, life is short, and time is fleeting, so it is sometimes with a column, so we don’t have time or space to cover all we would like to.

  • Gillum shares with readers a lesson from nature

    Peep ... peep ... peep!

    The insistent calls from the sky called my attention to some unusual aerial combat that was taking place right in front of my cabin.

    At first I thought it was the cry of a young osprey calling for food from a parent bird, but no, it was coming from three birds locked in what seemed mortal combat just above the surface of Watts Bar Lake; a bald eagle diving and maneuvering to avoid the combined attack of an osprey and a crow.

    It is that time of year and birds are very territorial when it comes to nesting sites.

  • Strangers’ help, kindness lifts motorist’s heart

    One Sunday evening several weeks ago, just after dark, I was traveling home from Oliver Springs to Harriman along Hwy. 61.

    About five miles from home, I swerved left to miss firewood that had fallen from a truck into my lane.

    The result was a bent right front wheel, flat tire and no injuries.

    I was able to bring the car to rest on the right side of the roadway, out of traffic lanes, and called a wrecker.

  • 90th birthday celebration makes Greif feel happy

    Many thanks to all who turned out on March 11 for my 90th birthday at the Live and Let Live Drug Store.

    Thanks to all who donated to the Bernard-Greif scholarship fund at Roane State Community College.

    Special thanks to my daughter, Linda, who came from Memphis for my big day, and made all the arrangements for my birthday.   

    Thanks also to all the officials from all over the county who came.  

    It was, indeed, a happy day for me.

    I am so happy that I have lived this long.