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Today's Opinions

  • RCHS packages blessing for those serving overseas

    This Christmas, my husband along with his unit, spent their holidays overseas doing just what they agreed to do, defend this beautiful country we live in.

    This, by far, has been the most difficult Christmas for our family, and I’m sure many others.

    But along with this heartache comes blessings, and the biggest blessing of all came from one of your teachers, along with her students and athletes.

    Mrs. Weaver, a teacher at Roane County High School, her students and cheerleaders sent some much-needed Christmas spirit to our troops.

  • We can control our lives by making wise eating choices

    Must we really resolve to improve our diets or exercise routines in the New Year, in order to increase longevity or improve quality of life?

    Unfortunately, gun violence and traffic accidents are still the leading causes of death among young people.

    Fortunately, however, our fork – yet another deadly weapon — is within our own control.

    Well over a million of us are killed each year by high blood pressure, diabetes, heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic diseases linked to our meat-based diet.

  • Oregon ranchers have no approval to be in my park

    We should be proud of our education system in Roane County.

    There may have been some reports in the past that suggested we needed to improve our student test results, but the proof is in the pudding.

    Compared to the educational systems of the ranching states in the West, we are doing well. Consider the actions of the ranchers who “gunned up” and took over federal buildings in Oregon, on federal land.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: As Thanksgiving & Christmas near, it’s stack cake time!
  • Bad taste from Arby’s truck leaving Roane County

    I was very disappointed to read that the Arby’s truck will no longer sit in Roane County.

    I’m disappointed not just because they make a good sandwich with a convenient delivery system, but also because it is another freedom denied our citizens by a few tax-loving, government-loving and kindergarten-minded (that’s not fair) folks.

    That truck represented a willing seller, willing buyers, with a legal product at an authorized location.

    No laws were being broken.  

  • OFF the CUFF: Pickpockets minor in wake of attacks

    My daughter received a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity in the summer of 2014.

    An anthropology student at East Tennessee State University, she was able to go on a three-week archaeological dig at Université Blaise Pascal in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

    Leaving her at Tri-Cities Regional Airport for the first leg of her journey was one of the hardest things I’ve done as a parent.

    Have we done everything to keep her safe from pickpockets?

    My baby’s flying over an ocean! For a long time!

  • A personal thanks to a teacher and true American hero

    An open letter to Tom Pemberton:

    Having read the excellent article in the Roane County News, I would like to personally thank you, Tom, for your service to the United States, the Marine Corps and your personal sacrifice.

    I lived in Rockwood in the ’50s and graduated from Rockwood High in 1954.

  • OFF the CUFF: Salute to a sergeant with a big legacy

    I am thankful to our veterans, on this Veterans Day and every day.

    Because of their sacrifices, I am free to write these words and express my opinion — and you are free to disagree with these words and express your discontent.

    Our veterans and military personnel put their lives on the line — with many paying the ultimate price — to ensure our freedoms and rights.
    Sgt. Alvin C. York is probably one of Tennessee’s most famous veterans.