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Today's Opinions

  • What happens when a big cat escapes?

    You may think it is a joke, but I assure you it is not.

    This comes directly from the “Tiger Haven Inc. Escape Procedure” and the Roane County Safety Plan for dealing with an escape of big cats from the Tiger Haven facility in the rural residential area of east Roane County.

    First, according to Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the cages at Tiger Haven are the only recognized containment of the cats.

    The perimeter fence around the facility is designed to keep the public out — not to keep big cats in.

  • These people help with suicide phone line/chats

    Many articles in recent weeks have reflected on the suicide of Robin Williams and providing suicide help.

    For more than 40 years, right here in our community, CONTACT Care Line has provided a listening ear to those who are lonely, in crisis, having a bad day or just need someone to talk to. It serves the 865 area code and beyond, is a local nonprofit staffed by trained volunteers who are available to listen seven days a week, 365 days a year, from 8 a.m. to 11 p.m.

    The number to call to reach a listening ear is 865-584-4424. All calls are confidential.

  • Rockwood officials not asked to be part of wine effort

    I just wanted to take a moment to ask you to clarify something on behalf of the city of Rockwood.

    After the article came out concerning the Walmart petition on wine in grocery stores, I received some calls about whether or not the city of Rockwood officials did their part to help get the signatures.

    The final statement of the newspaper article makes it sound like the cities of Harriman and Kingston worked on their petitions for about month and that the city of Rockwood did not.

  • Wants elaboration on global warming due to CO2

    Columnist Mark Banker reported recently in the Roane County News that 97 percent of climate scientists believe that carbon dioxide is causing global warming.

    Why do they believe this?

    I read that the carbon dioxide concentration is only about 400 parts per million.

    For many years, I made my living working in scientific endeavors. I have 10 U.S. patents and around 50 or so technical publications, including papers in science journals.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Amidst election shambles — signs of hope?

    Well, kind hearts, another election has come and gone, but as they say, the aroma lingers on.

    In much of the state the principal thrust of the election was in the Republican side of the general election ticket as well as in the state and federal Republican Primary elections.

  • Community there for family after tragic accident

    On May 30, 2014, our lives were changed beyond our wildest imagination. Our precious daughter, Jadah, and our “other” son, Rod, lost their lives in the train wreck while our son, Darius, and one of his best friends, Hunter, were clinging to life.

    The days that followed were filled with hopefulness, sadness, and faithfulness. Some bonds were formed with friends who we had lost contact with, some bonds were strengthened with family and friends who wanted the Crass and Gallaher families to know they were there for us during this uncertain time.

  • Bolling, Lewis helped bring a dark corner to light

    On behalf of the residents of the city of Kingston and all early-morning and late-night travelers on West Race Street, I would like to thank City Manager David Bolling and particularly his assistant, Joyce Lewis. Because of them, a much-needed streetlight was installed on the southwest corner of Race and Kentucky streets next to Rite Aid.

    That corner, which was once dark and dangerous, is now well lighted and much safer for those who travel through there.

    It's nice to have government personnel who receive a request from concerned citizens and act on it.

  • GLIMPSES: Of rights, responsibilities & 21st century challenges

    By MARK BANKER

    Author’s note: The following three premises are essential to this column.

    1) None of us see the past or present with absolute clarity.

    2) Each of us has the capacity for glimpses of informed insight that draw from and reflect our personal values.

    3) Cordial, forthright exchange of those insights enhances our mutual well being.