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Today's Opinions

  • Calfee’s slip-up may be rooted in previous ideology

    The first time I read in the Roane County News candidate Kent Calfee’s statement about why he said he would serve the liberal cause, I decided to remain silent.

    However, today (Oct. 29), when I again read Calfee’s claim that prior to his pledging to support the liberal cause he had “just been talking about some of the West Tennessee liberals and making a comparison” that lead to the “slip up,” I realized I had to speak out.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Mug shot sites show complexity of freedom, law

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    You can’t put a price on justice — but some are trying to charge a fee to fix what others call an injustice.

    There’s nothing good about getting arrested, even if the charges are dismissed or you’re found innocent at trial. The same goes for having a “mug shot” — a photo made at a jail or holding area — taken and filed with a county lockup or police department, complete with ID information.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Not raising stink over one little intruder

    I call him Scrappy.
    I guess I should have killed — or at least removed — the brown stink bug sitting on my kitchen window sill for the past four days, but I haven’t.
    For one thing, I don’t want to deal with the stink. For another, I figured he would  have died on his own by now. I’m still holding onto that thought.
    Scrappy is one of, I’m sure, millions of an invasive, transcontinental stink bug species that is taking over our country.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: The Republicans were right about voter fraud

    Let us begin, gentle reader, with a bit of housekeeping.

  • Police go beyond call of duty for stranded motorist

    On Tuesday, Oct. 9, around 3:30 p.m., I was on my way to my place of employment.

    As I topped the hill, my vehicle just stopped working, which, as you may be aware, was during a time of heavy work and school traffic. Immediately, traffic began to back up.

    I tried to restart my vehicle, to no avail.

    After what seemed like an eternity to me, but was just a short time, Kingston Police Officer Jerry Singleton was first on scene. He was extremely professional and helpful.

  • Think before you vote — and do a little research, too

    Do you remember when the three R’s stood for education in our schools and was good for us? Now it seems to stand for Republican, Romney, and Ryan. Those three R’s may not be in our best interest. Before you automatically vote Republican, take time to find out about another R — Karl Rove and his power over the Republican Congress.

  • GUEST OPINION: Football/prayer: It’s all about an even playing field

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    You can throw a Hail Mary at a public school football game, but you can’t actually hail Mary.

    That distinction is at the heart of a flurry of incidents this fall in which public universities and high schools are being challenged for conducting prayers before football games.

    In recent months:
    The University of Tennessee-Chattanooga announced that it would no longer hold public prayers before football games, while the UT campus in Knoxville said it was retaining them at Neyland Stadium.

  • A fresher, more natural look coming

     

    For a long time, the Roane County News logo has included an anemic blue version of the county outline in its logo.


    Anyone who studies the points designating Roane County communities on this outline will notice they are more than a bit off.

    But it was familiar to you and to us, and so we kept it.

    After the 2008 TVA ash spill, when Chamber of Commerce and tourism officials decided the county needed a better image, we began to think about the same.