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Today's Opinions

  • Bill Ferguson part of effort to save old courthouse

    I am writing in response to Mark Banker’s story of a community effort to save our Roane County Courthouse.

    In mentioning several people who voiced their opinion of not demolishing the courthouse, he forgot to mention my father, Bill Ferguson, who was on the same County Court his father, Gene Banker, was a part of.

    In fact, Dad was acting judge pro-tem in the absence of Judge Frank Qualls.

    It was during this time that Dad had to do some judiciary work in the courthouse.

    Carol Ferguson

    Kingston

  • Hydrilla control can be part of budget, if TVA makes effort

    The absence of clarity by TVA regarding funding for enhanced aquatic weed management is typical of a politically driven response, “Naw, there’s nothing in the budget.”

    What this means is, nobody put forward a recommendation, and weeds don’t rate too high nohow.

    Actually, TVA probably has no funds in its current budget to expand invasive weed management on Watts Bar Lake. In my view, this is no more than a smoke screen. It’s the old squeaky-wheel syndrome.

  • GLIMPSES: Community effort saved courthouse

    By MARK BANKER

    The old Roane County Courthouse recently lost one of its most colorful and influential champions.

    Rachel Parker’s passing rekindled my desire to share in this space the bold effort that saved that beloved historic structure.

    When I left Kingston for college in 1969, it was THE Roane County Courthouse and one of only a few antebellum Greek Revival courthouses actively operating in Tennessee.

  • Roane State a model of education worthy of emulation

    At the Roane County Board of Education meeting Thursday March 23, both Wade Creswell and Ron Berry held Roane State Community College up as an example of educational fore thinking and excellence.

    I agree Roane State deserves such accolades. I also agree that we should look at its model.

    Roane State began as one campus. There are now several different campuses such as Oak Ridge, Crossville, Scott County and a small campus of less than 200 students in Wartburg.

  • Wallet returned, thanks to help of community, God

    I want to publicly thank the Roane County News for publishing my ad, which led to the return of my lost wallet that had no name, address or phone number in it.

    I also want to thank the wonderful lady who found it and did everything possible to find me. I’m so thankful that there are honest people like her still in this world.

    Most of all, I want to thank my Lord. It was He who led the way to getting my wallet back, this was just one of His many miracles.

    God is still good.

    Thank you,

    Pat Ward

    Kingston

  • Students sure to gain big tax bill for school plan

    Was interesting reading the “high school” article in the Roane Co. News’ March 27 edition.

    Seems quite a few residents are interested in this new school topic, and it was nice to hear some of the reasoning, pro and con, put forth.

    I am still in the dark about any benefits gained. Wade Creswell noted that potential employers may be swayed to move to the county because of the quality of the workforce.

  • Many consolidation opportunities available in Roane

    I have had the privilege of living and working in four different regions of our wonderful country.

    My children went to schools in all of the different areas we lived in — some small, and some big.

    When we moved North and West, the school systems attempted to place our boys in remedial classes and even in speech therapy.

    Why? Because they were coming from East Tennessee and talked funny, and they thought their early education was inferior.

  • GLIMPSES: We pay for the past, and the future

    By Mark Banker

    In the Feb. 13 issue of this paper, Roane County Executive Ron Woody observed, “Nobody wants to increase the tax, but everyone wants the service.”

    Our state legislature is still debating the target of Mr. Woody’s concern, Gov. Haslam’s proposed 7-cents-per-gallon increase in gas taxes. But our Executive’s candor is less debatable.

    “Everyone,” he continued, “wants better roads.” The big question, he clearly implied, is who pays for them?