Today's Opinions

  • School board member’s comment crosses a line

    In a Jan. 31 Roane County News article, a school official said criticism of teacher pay is “stupidity.”

    What is stupid is an elected official saying something like this. American citizens have the right to question and criticize all aspects of the government as they see fit.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A fond farewell to newly departed friends

    Well, dear reader, you are not going to read what the old curmudgeon wrote for you to read. For this he is sorry, but ‘t’sn’t his fault. You see, slave to duty that he is, despite having put in a tiring day this Tuesday past, he retired to his work room and took up the tools of his trade, i.e. the keyboard of his trusty Apple Mackintosh desk-top computer, and as was once the common descriptive parlance for feverish composition — Let ‘er Rip!

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Historical analogies can be blinding


    Last week’s announcement that longtime Atlanta Braves third baseman Chipper Jones had been elected to baseball’s Hall of Fame was a pleasant diversion from other news.

    But for this news junkie, historian and Braves fan, Chipper’s story offers a cautionary tale about learning from history. It, in turn, lends needed perspective on that other news.

  • Guest Column: TNReady reports valuable for all

    By Amy Barbra

    For Roane County News

    This year, I started my 11th year of teaching. I love my job and believe with all my heart that I have been called to do it.

    I love that feeling you get when you see your students achieve a hard-earned goal.

    Let me give you an example: One of my favorite students so far has been Eric. Eric came to me struggling academically. He had a lot of obstacles to overcome, but I saw so much potential.

  • Puzzled about interpretation of graduation rates

    I wonder how Damon Lawrence’s story on graduation rates should be interpreted.

    If maximum graduations are indeed part of the answer, shouldn’t we just graduate every student and make it 100 percent?

    Are there no questions about the ACT scores?

    I guess I was not the only one who is interested in further information or explanation.

    John Shacter


  • GOING with the FLO: He’s President Trump, not President Perfect

    With all the emergencies around our country and abroad, we need to be focused on the progress our president has made. He works many hours a day and well into the night to keep us on the right track and to Make America Great Again.

    The Dow had an 8,000 growth last week. That’s a 31-percent increase. This hasn’t happened since FDR. This helps everyone.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Despite Mr. Redmond, it’s still heresy & still wrong

    Gentle reader, we must beg your forbearance in advance as we violate a self-imposed restriction on our subject matter.

  • Thanks for boost for Free Medical Clinic

    On behalf of the Free Medical Clinic of Anderson, Morgan and Roane counties, we want to thank everyone who attended state Sen. Ken Yager’s chili supper on Nov. 17. We especially thank Sen. Yager for selecting the clinic as the recipient of the proceeds, which went to the Harriman Clinic and will enable us to purchase needed equipment for the Wellness Program.

    The Harriman Clinic is at 521 Devonia St. and is open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday. Additional hours will be added in the near future.

    The Clinic accepts those who do not have health insurance.