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Today's Opinions

  • A View from Lick Skillet: Rockwood & Ruppe will make a great team

    By Gerald Largen
    We were more than a little surprised last Friday to find ourself occupying a front page, above-the-fold location in that day’s Roane County News lead article about the “Crowded field” in the Property Assessor’s race.

  • Salvation Army thanks small army of bell ringers

    The Salvation Army wishes to thank everyone who helped with the bell ringing this year.

    We raised $26,171.55, which is a great deal considering the current economy. It will enable us to help many families throughout the coming year. We are once again indebted to Food City in Harriman and Kingston, Kroger and Walmart in Roane County and Darnell’s Market, Family Dollar and Sav-A-Lot in Morgan County for letting us locate our kettles at their stores.

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: Sometimes it is good to consider the impacts

    When I was a junior in high school, my family moved from the community I had grown up in to a new place an hour and a half away.

    Being the new kid in a new school was difficult, but things got worse when a story appeared in the local newspaper.

    Our newly constructed house was on a country lane just outside of town. It had a septic tank, which a neighbor contended had been incorrectly installed. I assume she watched the work being done from her house, although there were indications she just didn’t want the lot beside her developed.

  • Officer of Year Larry Eaton is deserving fellow

    Congratulations to Larry Eaton for receiving the Officer of the Year Award!  

    What a fine man he is and deserving of this award again.

    We’ve known Larry  for more than 10 years. He is a kind and caring officer who goes out of his way to assist the residents of Roane County.

    Thanks, Larry, for the honorable and   compassionate officer and gentleman you are!

    Anne and Doc Coleman
    Harriman

  • 20 minutes is all it takes to help your child excel in life

    The Kingston Rotary Club is a primary sponsor for a program to encourage reading to young children.

    This is a worthwhile program.  

    The Kingston Lions Club endorses the program and congratulates the Rotarians on their endeavor.

    It has been well documented that young children who have been read to by their parent(s) excel over children who have not had that attention.

    They learn more in school and progress more rapidly. Reading for only 20 minutes seems to do the trick.  

  • Woman wants to thank man who found her purse

    On Jan. 8, I shopped in the Rockwood Dollar General Store, and when I left the store I left my purse in the shopping cart.

    When I arrived home, approximately 20 minutes after leaving the store, I discovered my mistake.

    I immediately called the store and spoke with a clerk, who informed me that a gentleman had found my purse and turned it in.

  • Childrens books a great Valentine to give, receive

    This month Roane Imagination Library sent “valentines” to 1,780 local children — from birth to age 5.  

    These greetings were in the form of age-appropriate, quality books delivered to the children’s homes.  

    What better way to tell a child “I love you; I care about you?”

    Imagination Library sends books in February and every month of the year.

    That means more than 21,000 books in the last 12 months.   

    Thank you, Roane County!  

  • GUEST OPINION: Consider freedom during planning for conventions

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    As the 2012 presidential primary season reaches full speed, let’s pause on the politics for a moment and look ahead to the national Republican and Democratic conventions with the First Amendment in mind.

    Republicans will meet the week of Aug. 27 in Tampa, Fla.

    Democrats huddle the week of Sept. 3 in Charlotte, N.C.