Today's Opinions

  • 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.

  • OFF the CUFF: A promise is a promise, August and November

    Have you ever seen anything like this year’s presidential

    The frontrunner on one side tweets a photo of his wife juxtapositioned with that of his closest rival, as if they were comparing race horses.

    On the other side, the lead candidate is the center of an investigation that includes, according to one news agency’s accounts, almost 150 FBI agents.

    And that’s just in the past week, folks.

  • Questions still persist about Kingston slips

    At long last, the March 23 edition of the paper contained a bit of news on the city’s boat-slip project.

    The caption to the picture on page 5 says, in part, “... the Kingston Public Works Department is constructing a boat dock at the Hwy. 58 Landing which will attach to 18 covered boat slips to be delivered later this month.” This happens to be incorrect information.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Roane County Bar as it was, Part Five

    As promised at the conclusion of last week’s article about the Rockwood contingent of the Roane County Bar, as it was when I first came to the Bar in March, 1959, this week I turn to Floyd Hutcherson, with another chapter to be devoted to McCluen and Cooley.

    Floyd Hutcherson was born and bred in Rockwood. His father owned and operated Hutch’s Garage at the corner of Front Street and Rockwood Street. It was doubtless there that Floyd began his life-long love affair with the automobile, about which more later.

  • OFF the CUFF: We live amongst girls basketball greatness

    How ’bout them Lady Devils and Lady Waves?!?

    I’ll be the first to admit that sports and me are like oil and water. But girls basketball tournament time is a cause to celebrate.

    What an outstanding season Midway has had. Abby Bertram has no clue who I am, but I’ve been one of her biggest fans from the get-go.

    She and her fellow Lady Waves have a lot to be proud of. They have accomplished so much this season.

  • Time for Kingston to justify ‘good deal’ on slips

    Since an initial flurry, the subject of the city of Kingston’s boat slip project seems to have disappeared from view.

    Could it be that this ill-conceived boondoggle doesn’t stand up very well in the light of day?

    Some citizens may wonder why paying $90,000, including a 50-percent advance payment, for boat slips with little apparent value to their original owner, represents a “good deal.”

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Roane County Bar as it was. Part Four

    Gentle reader, after a two week hiatus in which I felt compelled to comment first on Dunderheadedness in Nashville and Washington, D.C., and then upon the loss of three friends in recent months, namely Doug Black, Barbara Hurst Roberts, and Jim Young, I am now ready to resume the story of the status of the Roane County Bar as it was when I joined in March, 1959.

    I have previously written a general introductory piece, followed by two chapters devoted to the Harriman Bar. I now propose to move on to what was at the time the second city in the county, Rockwood.