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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • Questions arise for school director candidates

    I have some questions I’d like to ask candidates for the Schools Director job.

    Are you satisfied with the current educational status in Roane County and Tennessee?

    If not, what are your dissatisfactions and how would you proceed to improve them?

    What should be the basic goals of the education of our adults and youngsters?

    Should we aim to have the highest possible number of our graduates and adults prepared for good jobs and/or more advanced academics or job training institutions?

  • Kingston Lions thankful for help in pancake breakfast

    The Kingston’s Lions Club appreciates the support given by the residents and businesses of Roane County toward their annual pancake breakfast.

    We thank the several hundred people who came to enjoy a great breakfast. Of great help were the table sponsors as follows:

    Jack H. McPherson Jr., attorney-at-law; Chancellor Frank Williams; Smokehouse Bar & Grill; Sail Away Homes & Land; in memory of Lion Bob Ross by Lion Rick Ross; SOS Computers/Technology Express, Texas; in memory of Danny Whittenbarger by Lion Mamie Whittenbarger; Troy Beets.

  • No standouts in search for new school director

    When the school board outlined its planned procedure for hiring a new Director of Schools, I understood that they were searching for excellence.

    After reading the results from the preliminary interviews, I am now confused.

    Out of a possible 900 points, Ms. Watkins had the top score of 693, and Mr. Woody was 26 points behind with a score of 667. Ms. Watkins received only 77 percent of the total possible points, and Mr. Woody received 74 percent.

  • Kudos to Kingston police for tenacity in recovering items

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kingston Police Department for a job well done and commend them for their efforts in recovering several valuable items taken from my home.  

    On the evening of Feb. 13, I realized someone had helped himself to my property. I immediately contacted the Kingston Police Department to report the theft.  

  • Rotary breakfast a success thanks to community support

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted our annual pancake breakfast and silent auction on Saturday, Feb. 6.

    More than 175 people were served, and a great time was had by all as folks enjoyed wonderful food and visited with their friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition for many.

  • Guest Opinion: Addiction’s a disease, not a failure

    By E. Douglas Varney
    and Dr. John J. Dreyzehner
    It is time to change the conversation in Tennessee. It is time to recognize addiction for what it is:  a chronic disease, not a moral failing.

    Addiction impacts about one in three families in our state. It is a disease to which we are all susceptible by our very nature as human beings.

    Whether our brains crave nicotine, alcohol, sugar, prescription drugs, or other substances, it is fact, not fate, we can recover.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET:We must defend our common tongue, English

    Gentle reader, let us turn our attention briefly to a topic about which we have written sporadically over the past few decades, viz. our common language, and the undermining thereof: This topic came to the fore in our mind as a result of the coverage of the recent terrorist attacks in Brussels, Belgium.