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Today's Opinions

  • GLIMPSES: Coach’s lessons may be fitting for all

    By MARK BANKER

    When I learned that University of Tennessee head football coach Butch Jones plans to teach “some history lessons” to his current players, I wondered if his prescription might be equally apt for the rest of us.

    As we grapple with an array of daunting national, state and local issues in 2017, our uncertain grasp of the circumstances that brought us to these present junctures should give us pause.

  • Guest Column: East vs. West in September 2029

    By Earl Nall

    For Roane County News

    This story takes place in September 2029. It relives the events in 2017, when the Roane County Board of Education voted to build a consolidated high school that combined the cities of Rockwood, Kingston and Harriman into a single school and left Midway and Oliver Springs as small high schools.

    That decision would come to haunt the school board and Roane County for the next 40 years.

    Roane County: Friday, Sept. 28, 2029

  • Alexander not representing our best interests

    Below is a copy of the letter I received from Sen. Lamar Alexander after I contacted him concerning the Senate health-care bill. It contains several statements that are not true, several that are misleading, and it omits several facts. Nor does it mention the multi billion tax cut for the wealthiest 2 percent!

    I have followed the letter with observations concerning the bill. This man does not represent the best interest of Tennesseans!

    The letter:

    June 26, 2017

    Dear Clyde,

  • Nice to see Books From Birth get nod for helping kids

    KIDS COUNT 2017, the recent report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation (Roane County News, June 16), cited Tennessee’s improvement for children in education, health and economic well-being, placing the state, 35th in the nation.

    In addressing the state’s improved education ranking, the report highlighted Books From Birth among the initiatives having a positive impact.

    Books From Birth Foundation is the statewide Imagination Library supervisor. It matches the funds raised locally for Roane Imagination Library.

  • SCHOOL Scoop: Vision has life-changing potential

    By Leah Rice Watkins

    Dear Roane County School System Stakeholder,

    First, I would like to sincerely thank you for your welcoming me into this community. I have had the opportunity to collaborate with outstanding teachers, parents, county officials, and students since my relocation to Roane County. I thank you for the importance you place upon the education of the students within the county and the pride you have for the work in our schools.

  • Mega school appears to be a foregone conclusion

    I am somewhat confused by the article about County Executive Ron Woody “School finances fragile” in the June 19 issue of the Roane County News.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Why can Cuba not be forgiven like all others?

    Well, Gentle Reader, we are awash in potential topics this week on the federal side, without even giving a glancing blow to the warrantable topics on the state and county scene, and there is no way we can cover all, or even the majority of them in this column, so we will just start out with the most irritating and most timely of them and see where we wind up.

  • GOING with the FLO: It’s time we return to conservative heritage

    By FLO CHARLES

    With the shooting of Rep. Steve Scalise and all the turmoil that has surrounded this incident and many more, I felt it was confirmation for me to write about our need return to our conservative principles that have been removed from our school books, leadership and basically most universities.

    Our history is being rewritten in most of our textbooks and our children do not know the heritage of our great nation. Karl Marx said, “Take away the heritage of a people and they are easily persuaded.”