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Today's Opinions

  • OUR OPINION: Harriman’s leadership shows again

    It has been a big spring for the city of Harriman.

    Despite criticism from some, officials there have formally opened their beautifully refurbished grand old theater.

    We are inclined to agree with those who believe the Princess Theatre will stop the decline and restore the heart and soul to Harriman’s downtown.

    City officials also have garnered major support in their idea to turn the old Roane Medical Center, which will be abandoned when the new hospital is completed in Midtown, into a Veterans Affairs hospital.

  • WRITE LIKE a GIRL: Now you see it, now you don’t

    I just celebrated a birthday.

    Never mind which one — and don’t you dare try to guess. Those of you who know are sworn to secrecy.

    It started me thinking about the aging process and the running and ducking from Mother Nature that’s commenced.

    Figuratively speaking, of course, because any time I entertain the notion of running or even donning high heels, my bum knee whispers, “Are you SURE you want to do that?”

  • Inside the First Amendment: Public info needs context, interpretation

    By Gene Policinski
    First Amendment Center
    The recently announced move by Encyclopaedia Britannica to end its print editions after 244 years of publishing came by happenstance in the middle of Sunshine Week, an annual campaign nationwide in support of freedom of information.

    The great general reference work for many generations will continue in digital form, like so much of the news, information, literature and art of our age.

  • Neal made a mistake, should be reinstated

    Thanks and a hearty concurrence with the letter from Brant Williams in the Roane County News concerning the error in reporting the Kingston tax rate to the state.

    While I live South of the River and do not have direct standing in regard to this issue, nonetheless it is important to the citizens of Kingston and all of Roane County that our civic governance be carried out correctly.

  • Lots of positives in this place we call home

    I’m writing this letter in response to the writer from Kingston dated March 23. Just like him, I find myself constantly writing negative letters. The reason I do that is simple. When something makes me mad, I write about it. I have dozens of articles that I’ve written but didn’t send to the paper because I don’t want people to think I’m a negative person.

  • Gentleman Tom a great ambassador for Rockwood

    I noticed in one of your newspaper articles someone was asking for good news about your town, and I would like to share some good news about a person we met when we came to visit your town.

    I would like to nominate Tom Scott as your Rockwood ambassador for greeting and welcoming visitors to your town and making them feel welcome.

    My brother, nephew and I were in town looking for cemeteries and the courthouse as we were trying to find any information on our ancestors in the Narramore/Teague families.

  • Thanks for giving youth opportunity in state capitol

    Recently, my two young grandsons served as pages for state Sen. Ken Yager during the Tennessee General Assembly’s legislative session in Nashville.

    I want to thank Sen. Yager for giving the boys this opportunity to observe the workings of our state government at first hand and to participate in a very direct way.

    Sen. Yager couldn’t have been kinder to my grandsons, their parents and to me during our visit, and we sincerely appreciate his taking time from his busy schedule to make this such a special day.  

  • GUEST OPINION: There’s still good news in journalism

    By Gene Policinski
    First Amendment Center
    The nation’s editors are gathering in Washington, D.C., for the annual convention of the American Society of News Editors — and the good news is the April 2-4 convention once again is being held in hotel meeting rooms, not on the ledges.

    Yes, there are continuing signs of economic trouble for the business of newsgathering and distribution — in particular for newspapers, according to a new report by the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism.