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Today's Opinions

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Property law a lifeline for governments

    A bill that recently passed the state legislature will help Roane County and other counties across the state, get some relief from being forced to take responsibility for unwanted properties acquired because of delinquent taxes.

    House Bill 2343 and Senate Bill 1949 gives local chancellors the authority to set aside a county’s bid on properties that the county takes possession of through delinquent property taxes if the financial or environmental risks outweigh the value of the property.

  • New school chief challenged to raise reading scores

    Why not challenge the new Roane County Schools director to improve the reading scores of Roane County third-grade students?

    I read that 43 percent of third-graders in Tennessee read at grade level at the end of their year. In response to my question, [Education] Commissioner [Candice] McQueen’s office told me that in Roane County, 40.3 percent of third-grade students read at grade level.

    Reading is surely the most single skill students can have.  It is also highly correlated with skill in math.

  • Warning tickets for first offense only make sense

    It appears predatory policing tactics are alive and well, in at least one Roane County city.

    A ticket was recently issued for a traffic violation that could result in a fine of at least $80. And for what, you might inquire? For a failure of a brake light that could have easily only failed the last time the brakes were applied at the traffic light!

  • OFF the CUFF: Please please me: live and don’t die

    I acquired a fine roll of bubble wrap several years ago.

    I came into its possession for reasons I can’t recall. There was probably some project I had planned that was delayed until it evaporated from my memory.

    But you don’t give up high-quality possessions like bubble wrap merely because its original purpose has been forgotten. You never know when you might want to pack something, mail a fragile item, relieve stress or bring Dr. Seuss’ “Hop On Pop” to life.

  • Kingston docks not a good idea for community

    Editor’s note: The following, addressed to TVA’s David Harrell and Cathy Elliot of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was submitted to the Roane County News.

    In response to the public notice posted by the TVA and recent articles in the Roane County News for the city of Kingston’s proposed 58 Landing Project, I am against this permit for the following reasons:

    1. This is not a community-use dock. Slips will be rented to only “runabout” boat owners, which would limit community use.

  • Republican Party breaks promises

    Last week I received a letter from House Speaker Paul Ryan asking for my support for the Republican Party. I was surprised that he would actually send out such a letter to past loyal supporters. I say “past” because after watching the GOP break every promise they have made to loyal conservatives year after year, I came to believe that he and most of the party’s members lack any semblance of a spine or honesty.

  • Rockwood man doesn’t like look of consolidation idea

    Drove through Rockwood the other evening when school had just let out. Noticed the students walking on their way home from school. Such a pleasant sight.

    But this will soon end. They will be riding a bus to Kingston.

    Most present day school board members want to consolidate the Roane County Schools.

    Just think of the cost.

    A new school, new gym, new football field, new cafeteria, more buses. The cost can go on and on.

    Makes me sick.

    Sam Doughty

    Rockwood

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Voter turnout shapes elections

    Across the nation and even in here in Roane County there seems to be much concern about the state of the election process. Just this week I heard from Roane County Tea Party members concerned about the election process and the Republican Party they have supported for many years.

    Tea Party members are concerned that Donald Trump, who is getting more votes than any other candidate for the Republican in the primary process, might not get the presidential nomination.