Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Lincoln’s out and Reagan’s in at GOP event

    Well, gentle reader, continuing with our long-standing tradition, we attended the Republican Party’s Annual Dinner last Saturday Evening.

    These dinners were previously called “Lincoln Day” Dinners, but this year the name was changed to “Reagan Day Constitution Dinner,” the reason for which is still unclear to your humble servant.

    Considering the role played by Mr. Lincoln in the establishment and continuation of the Republican Party, it strikes us as a bit strange that his name should be stricken.

  • Rockwood finance issues bring up several questions

    I was just responding to the article about Rockwood’s finances.

    If they’re having money problems, why are they eliminating one person’s salary and then increasing somebody else’s by $13,000.

    Who is Becky Ruppe?

    Where did she come from?

    Why does she deserve a $13,000 increase after a couple of months on the job?

    What are her personal finances like?

    Probably the most important question is, who does she know to get this job?

    Jane County

  • Peggy Evans is about honesty, integrity, service

    The recent letter about Peggy Evans was written in a sophmoric manner (conceited; overconfident of knowledge) and poorly informed.

    The diatribe was prolonged and bitter and had to have been based on ignorance of the contributions of Dr. Tom Evans, his wife, Peggy, and their entire family, who are longtime Roane Countians.

    Dr. Bert Cunningham and I have known Dr. Tom and Peggy before they completed undergraduate studies at Carson-Newman medical school and through years of service since we moved here in 1961.

  • Secret money altering the vote in our country

    There’s a flood of secret money now in American politics.

    Unlike a real flood, though, we can’t tell where this money’s coming from.

    That’s because corporations, unions, lobbyists and special interests can now spend millions to get the elected officials they want into power.

    And right now, the law lets them do that in complete secrecy.

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker can make things right.

    Senators, tell us you’ll lead the fight to stop the secret money.

  • GUEST OPINION: Censorship at library should never happen

    First Amendment Center
    Being a librarian is a tough job. You have to tend to your community’s diverse information needs, often while working with limited resources. The job gets tougher when you find yourself in the crossfire of public opinion over a book.

    This time it’s a controversial trilogy of books called Fifty Shades of Grey, erotic novels that have moved to the top of the best-selling lists all across America.

  • Thank you from folks at Roane Co. United Way

    Roane County United Way would like to thank everyone who participated in and those who attended our recent Family Fun Day.  

    We had more than 40 agencies and businesses partake in this day.  More than 250 people came out to enjoy a day of music, food, and fun.  

    A special thanks to Roane State Community College for allowing UT LIFESTAR to be a part of our day, and thank you to David Maupin of East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department for ensuring a safe landing!

  • Group grateful for help from Rockwood 2000

    Ridge View Elementary School fifth grade would like to thank Rockwood 2000 for the organization’s generous donation that provided our transportation on a recent field trip.   

    The students visited the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.  

    While on campus, the students supported our school’s 4-H Clover Bowl team and toured several of the buildings.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Teacher needs a few lessons, too

    First Amendment Center
    In this contentious election year, it seems almost quaint to hear someone insist that it’s socially incorrect — and possibly illegal — to criticize the president of the United States as opposed to a candidate for the office.