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Today's Opinions

  • Commissioner explains why he called for delay

    I believe that the government that is closest to the people governs the best, and that is why I made a pledge when I ran for office, that when elected, I would always be open and honest with all residents of Roane County.

    This brings me to the vote mentioned in the Roane County News about the Dollar General in East Roane County.

    On Thursday, before the county commissioners meeting, I received a call from Kay Christopher in the codes and zoning office stating that the vote would be postponed until the next month.

  • County executive off to a good start, but here’s a plan

    I read with interest the letter from Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    It was a great letter; I enjoyed it.

    If Mr. Woody is sincere about his willingness to change and adapt to the needs of all of Roane County, here is a challenge for him and the officials with all of the rest of the governing bodies (plural) of Roane County.

    He quoted Charles Darwin, and I agree with the statement that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

  • Planning our future: Changing government by research, study, and analysis

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    This is the first in a series of article about your local government.

    In 1973, Mike Hayes, a new teacher at Midway Junior and Senior High School assigned our seventh-grade class a civics project to create a city on a poster board.  

    Each of us had to name our city, and I chose the name “Tomorrowville.”

    The purpose of the project was not to have a creative drawing but to think through a process of planning and simple civil engineering.  

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: ‘Solid South’ promises painful future

    In the days of our youth, there were two expressions that one quite frequently heard, one was “The Solid South”, and the other was,” The South Will Rise Again!”

  • Poor Internet in many communities needs county help

    We have been residents of Roane County for 15 years, and throughout this period our Internet service has been sorely lacking.

    Our development, Crystal Cove, at least has access to DSL; but, since we are on the outer edge of the service area, it is only slightly better than dial-up. That’s what a substantial number of our neighbors are still suffering with.

    Roane County officials have for years touted our area as a wonderful place to retire. We heartily agree.

  • Roane Heritage Commission glad for gala help
  • OFF the CUFF: Rep. Fincher, we deserve to hear from you

    I was incensed when I saw the headline Saturday afternoon.

    “GOP staffer posts, apologizes,” it said. “Obama daughters showed no class at turkey pardon.”

    How disgusting, I thought. Who would go after children? No class, indeed.

    Then I read the article and became outraged. Not only was this a staffer, this was a communications director.

    An experienced communications director. And the part that made me angriest: her employer was one of Tennessee’s own.

  • GUEST OPINION: In public schools, when should holy day be holidays?

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    The school board in Montgomery County, Md. ignited a national debate earlier this month by voting to eliminate the names of Christian and Jewish religious holidays on the school calendar – while still planning to close schools on those days.

    The board’s action was in response to the local Muslim community’s longstanding request to add at least one Muslim holiday to the list of days when the district’s schools would close.