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Today's Opinions

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Closure of Airport Road brings memories

    It appears from reports emanating from South Africa that the life of Nelson Mandela is probably nearing its end.

    Considering the awful mistreatment to which he was subjected in his younger years, including imprisonment on Robin Island for over two decades, it is a wonder that he has survived into his nineties, but this shows that the strength of his body is almost as great as the strength of his mind, his spirit, and his integrity.

  • Quit squeezing the life out of Roane County taxpayers

    The last reassessment (our property saw an increase of 74 percent) caused me to pay more attention to the Roane County Commission’s tax-and-tax-and-tax policies.

    It was reported by this paper on July 4, 2012, with the headline “County budget headed for a vote” buried on Page 5, where Mr. Woody also projected a 27-cent tax rate increase would be needed for schools next year.
     

  • Abbott didn’t just donate daffodils, she dug them up

    When Pauline Abbott read my letter in the Roane County News requesting donations of daffodil bulbs to beautify the area below the Kingston Library, she called to volunteer some of hers.

    I drove to her house to view the area and I could see that there was a great plenty. Before I could round up a platoon of Rotarians to dig, Mrs. Abbott called back. She had dug them herself. There were five grocery sacks full of bulbs waiting for pick up.

  • GUEST OPINION: County could have prevented school mess

    By JAMES “DUB” HARMON
    Former District 2 County Commissioner
    As a former Roane County commissioner representing District 2, I attended a joint meeting of the school board and county commission.

    I asked then-director-of-schools Toni McGriff why the board was intending to build a new school for Dyllis near Oliver Springs instead of building it at DeArmond Crossing for Walnut Hills Elementary and Dyllis.

  • GUEST COLUMN: Director of schools issues first-year report

    By GARY AYTES
    Roane County Schools director
    The State Report Card was released this spring, so it is a good time to update our citizens on the status of Roane County Schools.
    The report card shows academic improvement and also shows many areas for growth. 
    Our greatest improvement was in math, where we received an A in value-added scores and a B in achievement. 
    Our goal this year will be to maintain the A and improve our achievement score. 

  • Supports the tax increase to fund Roane schools

    In regard to the ongoing deliberations of the budget for the Roane County School System,  it has been brought to my attention that there is a request for a 14-cent increase to the county property tax. This is to allow the schools’ budget to balance and schools to start on time without major cuts to programs. I support this increase.

  • Ken Yager: No need to go far for relaxation

    By KEN YAGER
    12th District State Senator
    There is a state park within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee. 
    Several of these state parks are located in the 12th Senatorial District, including Indian Mountain in Jellico, Cove Lake in Caryville, Frozen Head in Wartburg, Norris Dam in Lake City, Cumberland Trail in Caryville and Pickett in Jamestown, as well as the Alvin C. York Historic Park in Pall Mall. 
    In fact, the 12th District may have more state parks located in it than any other.

  • Do we really want to get involved in Syrian dog fight?

    Have you ever seen a dog fight between three or more of these normally docile animals?
    Believe me, it can be  fierce and not a pretty sight.
    A canine free-for-all can mean major injuries to every participant.
    And the unwary human who tries to stop the fray can be much the worse for wear; his own pet may savagely attack him in the excitement of the battle.
    Assad’s Syria is like a dog fight, and if the U.S. enters the fray directly we may see all the warring parties turn on the U.S. forces at some point.