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Today's Opinions

  • Children deserve every opportunity, no matter the cost

    I am writing in regard to the June 19 edition of the Roane County News article, “Woody: School Finances Fragile.”

    Mr. Ron Woody,

    Would you be so kind to explain the industry that might be expanding in Roane County that would be concerned about the tax rate?

    Because in 54 years all I have seen is a decline in industry; but, that has been by choice, unfortunately.

    I have lived here my whole life and was fortunate enough to land a job and stay here. Most anymore do not get that opportunity.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Trump is failure as husband, businessman, etc.

    Gentle reader, near the end of January many folks were imploring everyone to give Mr. Trump a chance before condemning him, and many of us tried, hard as it was, for as we wrote at the time, if he succeeded the nation succeeded, and thus we all succeeded.

    But, as we approach the five months anniversary of the Trump administration, the likelihood of success is fast fading, and the prospect of failure is speedily approaching.

  • From the EDITOR’S Desk: Speak up about school plan

    I’m not sure why the consolidated school building project has to be completed by 2020 or even 2025 but it might not be approved this year so it might not be completed by 2020.

    In my opinion, the reason the project won’t be funded this year is because the decision has been transferred from the school board to the County Commission.

    The process is now subject to politics, but this isn’t necessarily a bad thing.

  • OFF the CUFF: Regular meetings are regular for a reason

    The late J.D. Sampson took his responsibility as a Harriman City Council member seriously.

    A Shop at Home advocate long before it was in vogue, J.D. made sure to buy his groceries, gas and staples in Harriman so his beloved city would benefit from the tax dollars his purchases generated.

    He was also a stickler about meeting attendance. Sampson vacations were planned around the first and second Tuesday of each month so J.D. could be in town and present for both regular Council meetings.

  • INSIDE the First AMENDMENT: Who brings us the news? Men, mostly

    By Gene Policinski

    Who brings us the news? Mostly it’s still men, according to a new Women’s Media Center study, “Divided 2017.”

    The report says that among the major TV networks, online versions of CNN, Fox, The Huffington Post and The Daily Beast, and the nation’s 10 largest newspapers:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: A Wonder Woman you may know: Ann P. Harris

    Gentle reader, we saw in the news that the new Wonder Woman movie was the leading money-maker for the weekend, grossing over $100 millions.

    This was not an all-time record, but was a record for a picture made by a woman. We are pleased to see the Wonder Woman character revived, however, for us lascivious old men, the actress now playing the part will have to be quite good to outpace our recollections of Lynda Carter who had the role in the old TV series.

  • Thank you, HUB, for your hard work to restore power

    A huge thank you to the folks at Harriman Utility Board for the work they did to return services to those of us who lost power in the recent storms.

    The linemen, from not only HUB but also those subcontracted from outlying areas, deserve an extra thank you for working long hours in adverse conditions, and in some cases through the rude reactions and comments from the public.

    The damage was not the fault of HUB, but we all felt the effects: either by extra work demands or personal inconveniences.

    Dale Dawson
    Harriman

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Reply to Rockwood High School students’ letter

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as there is some background behind today’s column, it might be in order to summarize that background so as to refresh the memory of faithful readers, and to acquaint new readers with the factors leading up to this week’s essay.