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Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: What does the future hold for city of Harriman?

    When I gaze upon the up-coming phenomenon of the Harriman City Elections, it is with a sense of wonderment, for it is not unlike the situation which the late King of Siam characterized to Mrs. Leonowens as “a puzzlement”.

  • GLIMPSES from a Teacher Historian: Reflections on ’16 & history’s lessons

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

    As I resume a role as a contributor to the Roane County News, I find myself reflecting on how future observers might view this year’s unusual political developments.

  • Harriman Happenings: June 13

     

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Burning red-light tickets is stupid

    Last week Tennessee state legislator Andy Holt suggested that people who receive tickets from red-light cameras should burn them. Holt said that because the citation is a civil, not a criminal, there is no penalty for not paying.

    For years Holt has worked to outlaw red-light and speed cameras in the state. He’s not alone. Other legislators have decried the evil cameras and urged their removal.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Bar as it was, Part Ten, Roberts & Deatherage

    Patient reader, we return to the Bar as it was when I was admitted and began to practice. As you will recall, I have in previous Parts told first of the Bar in Harriman, then in Rockwood, and most recently with Kingston, beginning with Bob Badger, and then Judge Elmer L. Eblen. Today I will move on to the firm of Roberts and Deatherage.

  • Why not put the boat slips at the Gravel Pit?

    David Reichele’s letter to the editor last week concerning the building of boat slips at 58 Landing expresses my thoughts exactly.  

    It seems that the city received some money from TVA for compensation of the gigantic ash spill.  How much planning went into the decision to build the boat slips at 58 Landing?

    I’ve heard that the dock structure is actually available from a failed project upstream on the Clinch River. How convenient!

  • Consolidation of city services likely to save money

    I have expressed my thoughts against Roane County school consolidation several times in letters to the editor.

    But not all forms of consolidation are bad. Some city services could be consolidated.

    For example, city police and fire departments. Look at Kingston with city police. The county sheriff’s department is all over Kingston and could handle the city as well as the county.

    Same with Rockwood and Harriman. One fire chief, one police chief.
    City schools in the county went out years ago and now are county schools.

  • Lots of questions about Kingston’s 18 boat slips

    First of all, let me vent my frustration to the city officials of Kingston on how they handled this dock situation.

    I’ve been in the past extensively involved in marinas/docks on the waterway. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but working with DOE and TVA in the past has given me considerable experience.

    I know that TVA and the Corps probably had no input on where they could use this $90,000, but neither did the public.