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Today's Opinions

  • Lion’s Club pancake breakfast gets lots of help

    The Kingston Lions Club appreciates the support given by the residents and businesses of Roane County toward their annual “Spring Tonic” pancake breakfast.  

    Despite the rainy morning, the event was very successful.  We thank the several hundred people who came to enjoy a great breakfast.

  • GUEST OPINION: State’s forestry resources are under attack

    By ALEX WYSS
    Tennessee Nature Conservancy  
    Tennessee is one of America’s greenest states.

    It is still more than 50-percent forested. In fact, much of the majestic beauty that defines Tennessee comes from its trees.

    Our trees provide habitats for animals, nesting for birds and shading for our homes. They are also under attack.

    Tennessee’s beautiful trees are appetizing to many foreign pests that are making new homes in our state.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Lick Skillet has lost a good man: Larry Alford

    Our friend and neighbour, Larry Alford died on Friday, 28 March, 2014. Larry had fought a long and courageous battle for some long time and died way too soon, inasmuch as he was only three days short of his 71st birthday on April First.

    Aiding him, assisting him, and nursing him, was his beloved wife and helpmeet, Ruby.

  • Thoughts on politicians, their body language

    Kentucky’s U.S. Sen. Rand Paul has apparently learned his lesson: that it is better to keep your mouth shut and be thought an idiot than to open your mouth and remove all doubt.

    His recent silence (all things being relative) has created a certain aura of credibility for this youngish politician.

    Sometimes it is easier to get attention if you whisper than if you scream, it has been said.

  • GUEST OPINION: Freedom and ‘magic’ collide in U.S. courts

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Now you see it.

    Now you don’t ... or don’t copy it, at least.

    Magician Teller of “Penn and Teller” sued another magician in 2012 in federal court in Nevada over what Teller asserted was a copycat performance of Teller’s signature trick, “Shadows,” and his competitor’s offer to sell the secret behind the illusion.

  • Why school voucher system should be rejected

    The first step to destroy public education in Roane County and Tennessee took place in the meeting of the House Committee on Education on Aug. 20.

    The committeevoted for the bill to put the creation of a voucher system on the floor of the house for a vote.  

  • Student needs help learning about Tennessee

    I’m a fifth-grader at Napa Valley Language Academy in California.

    I’m writing because my class is doing state reports and I have chosen the magnificent state of Tennessee.

    I’m looking for help from your readers in the form of pamphlets, postcards, souveneirs or anything else that would be useful.

    I will be writing about the state’s agriculture, history, famous people, events and national parks.

  • GUEST OPINION: No one wins in today’s religious freedom climate

    By CHARLES C. HAYNES
    First Amendment Center
    In recent months, legislators in more than a dozen states — from Hawaii to Georgia — have attempted to enact laws they describe as necessary to protect religious freedom.

    Some are broad “religious freedom restoration acts” very similar to laws already on the books in many states.

    Others are amendments to existing laws aimed at allowing businesses to deny wedding services to gay couples on religious grounds.