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Today's Opinions

  • Lost friend helped save his life, can you help now?

    An open letter to the citizens of Roane County:
    On Aug. 27, I let my Chihuahua out to do his business at daylight, and he wandered off and apparently got lost.

    If anyone has seen him please call me, and I will come and get him, as he is sorely missed.

    He is black and white and weighs about 4.5 pounds and had a blue halter on.

    I got this dog in 2003 from my wife to keep me company as she was working, and I was home alone.

  • Guest OPINION: Traffic laws way to curb reckless paparazzi

    By KEN PAULSON    
    First Amendment Center
    Fame doesn’t always inspire the best legislation.

    In striving to carve out protection for celebrities, lawmakers can sometimes overlook the impact on those who don’t get cameras pointed their way.

    Case in point is a California law that prohibits reckless driving in the pursuit of “commercial” photos.

  • County exec looks to the future

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    I am approaching my two-year anniversary as new management for your county government.
    I appreciate the support you gave and hope your support and confidence continues as we journey forward.

    I promised to manage on a five-point star management system and will continue with this
    approach the next 24 months.

    Details of our focus, tasks, management and the five-point star management system can be found on the county’s website, www.roanegov.org.

  • Woman’s vote is a legacy that can enact change

    By PATRICIA PIERCE
    On Aug. 26, 1920, 92 years ago, women’s right-to-vote became law after Tennessee’s pivotal ratification of the 19th Amendment.

    Although it is not well known, Aug. 26 of each year since 1971 has been proclaimed a day of commemoration by U.S. presidents to celebrate the anniversary of women winning the right to vote and to serve as a “symbol of the continued fight for equal rights.”

  • Gillum has a deal for Largen — on a contingency basis

    The article detailing Gerald Largen’s woes concerning unauthorized mowing occurring on his property reminded me that I might have a valid basis to bring suit against my next-door neighbor who uses a mowing service that routinely cuts some of my grass.

    It is handy for them because it allows for easier turning on a steep incline.

    But until I read the article about Mr. Largen’s suit in Chancery Court claiming a quarter million in damages for mowing a tiny strip of grass and weeds I had no idea I might be sitting on a goldmine of legal recourse.

  • GUEST OPINION: Copying music without paying does in artists

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Nashville’s Craig Carothers is a singer-songwriter whose livelihood depends on concerts and CD sales. Yet sometimes, his biggest fans make that job tougher.

    “I’ve had the experience more than once of having someone come up to me and — completely pure of heart — excitedly tell me they bought copies of my CDs when I was last in town and they enjoyed them so much they made copies for 15 or so of their friends,” said Carothers.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: The election will be referendum on Medicare

    Gentle reader, as we were recently reviewing our notes for possible articles, which we drew up some several weeks ago, we found that we had written this: Should we have a great national referendum on the question of whether we want to continue with the Social Security programme and the Medicare programme?

  • OUR OPINION: Lee should step down from Rockwood board

    Roane County businessman William Edward “Eddie” Lee, who recently pleaded guilty to more than $280,000 in sales tax evasion, should step down from Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board,

    Rockwood Mayor James Watts described Lee, the owner of a few convenience stores and tobacco shops, as a fine fellow.

    Watts said he did not know how Lee’s plea would affect his seat on the board.

    All we know is Lee was keeping hundreds of thousands of dollars that should have gone to the government for himself.