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Today's Opinions

  • GUEST OPINION: Seigenthaler’s ‘45’ — words we all should know

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Freedom of Speech has lost one of its most eloquent voices.

    Freedom of Religion is today without one of its truest believers.

    Freedom of the Press has one less compelling writer — and one of its most-exceptional editors.

    Freedom of Assembly has one less person to stand with others — 50 years after he risked his life as a young man in defense of those marching peaceably for justice.

  • Another voice: FREEDOM’S CHAMPION

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A lead pipe to the head will get your attention.

    One day in 1961, Justice Department aide John Seigenthaler was brutally attacked with a pipe by Ku Klux Klansmen as he rushed to protect Freedom Riders arriving in Montgomery, Ala. The Klansmen left John in the street to die.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Sen. Howard Baker’s Roane roots ran very deep

    As the unofficial keeper of the family genealogy, since the death of Senator Howard H. Baker, Jr., we have been contacted by more than one mutual cousin seeking information clarifying the exact nature of Howard’s relationship to the caller, which we have been glad to provide.

    On reflection, it struck us that since there are literally hundreds of relatives of the late senator in the readership of this paper,
    it might be a good thing to give a brief history of this relationship to them and so many other Roane Countians.

  • Looking for former Re-Ed students for possible reunion

    I’m looking for students, faculty and staff from East Tennessee who attended the Children’s Re-education Center (Re-Ed), also known as Smallwood at Moccasin Bend in Chattanooga during 1968 and 1969.

    After 45 years, it would be great to have a reunion. Most were from the Chattanooga area, but some were from other parts of East Tennessee.

    Anyone who is interested, please call me at 423-698-3643.

    Kevin Wheeler
    Chattanooga

  • GUEST OPINION: Expect fireworks over Hobby Lobby decision

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    We celebrated the nation’s 237th birthday on this July 4th holiday weekend with fireworks of all kinds and colors, but there are some ongoing pyrotechnics around First Amendment issues from religious liberty to free speech.

  • Kingston has the chance to do right with development

    This is an open letter to Kingston City Council concerning the development behind Woodhaven Subdivision and Davis Drive.

    Please forgive me for beginning with a question, but, if the hopeful developers of the acreage behind our homes propose to appropriate our entry road and to then make it impossible for large trucks to turn toward our homes in order to protect us from unwanted annoyances, how will we get large trucks to our homes when we need to move?  

  • Kingston’s 4th of July possible only with your support

    The city of Kingston again provided a very enjoyable celebration of the Fourth of July with all the activities at City Park, concluding with a fabulous fireworks display.

    The city even got the cooperation of meteorologists, who provided picture perfect days!  

    It was nice to see the race boats again.

    If you enjoyed the entertainment, why not stop at the Community Center and leave a tip — maybe a couple dollars for each member of your family that went to the water front.  

  • Shopper grateful for return of lost wallet at grocery

    I’m humbly grateful to the woman who returned my wallet that was left at Cash Saver in Kingston on July 3.

    “If evil comes upon you, God will work it out for good.”

    Gloria Bardill
    Kingston