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Today's Opinions

  • Sinking real estate prices show flaws in reappraisal

    Like many other seniors in the area, we enjoy walking or bicycling the streets of the neighborhood in an effort to get a little exercise and fresh air.  

    Moving at this slower pace enables us to become more aware of our surroundings, such as the duck that was not quite quick enough to avoid the automobile traffic, or the latest real estate sign.  

    Even though we have no intention of buying a house, it seems almost impossible to walk past those signs or pass up reading the accompanying brochures.

  • Reading to kids early on solves problems later

    Preliminary information from a survey of parents of children in Roane County elementary schools is interesting enough to share.  

    The survey was done by the schools sending home the survey form which had been put together by Kingston Rotary Club’s Ralph Best.  

    The data analyzed so far comes from the Kingston Elementary and Midway Elementary schools and there is rough consistency in the answers.

  • GUEST OPINION: A victory for free speech from court

    A late June Supreme Court decision in United States v. Alvarez is a victory for free speech and common sense.

    The Supreme Court in a 6-to-3 vote struck down the Stolen Valor Act, which made it a crime to falsely claim military honors. The Court concluded that the act violated the First Amendment by criminalizing lies without a showing of fraud or other criminal conduct.

  • Harriman Happenings-July 9

    Last week, Ruby Jean Boyd celebrated her birthday. To her surprise, her son, Alvin, flew in from California to be with his mother on her special day.

    He took her to Knoxville and called Reggie Bazel and his wife to join them at a special restaurant, where the food was delicious.

    She really enjoyed her day and was really blessed. We wish you more happy birthdays, Jean.

    Alvin flew back on Sunday. Reggie and Jennifer were happy to have been a part in Jean’s celebration.

  • ’Round Rockwood-July 9

    Don’t need to mention the heat. Each of us has felt the enormous heat, especially our farmers who do most of their work outside. Helping animals find some shade is a challenge to anyone trying not only to find some place for the many cows, little calves and horses that will suffer from the extra heat out in their pastures with little or no place to go to find shade in the near 100-degree heat every day and little or no rain in sight.

  • Looseleaf laureate: Heat wave? We all need to chill

    Oppressive heat is upon us.

    I spent several years in the deserts of Arizona, so I know a thing or two about extreme heat.

    Out there, we left oven mitts hanging next to certain outside doors because the afternoon summer sun could make door knobs dangerously hot.

    Summer there was like winter here: it was the time you stayed in, took it easy and tried very hard not to over exert yourself.

    With summer temperatures consistently above 100 degrees out there, we learned to take it in stride, even though we longed for cooler days.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Woody right to anticipate new money needs

    As you no doubt know, gentle reader, the incumbent superintendent of schools, Toni McGriff, is in process of leaving that post.

    As regular readers know, we did not approve of her selection, and subsequent events have proven that position correct, at least in the eyes of most responsible citizens.

  • Still looking for closure in two- decades-old case

    Happy birthday, Karen.

    Sunday. July 1, is our daughter’s 57th birthday. But we will not celebrate it with her.
    Her name is Karen Farmer Beard, and she was abducted and murdered in Kingston on Jan. 15, 1991.

    Some of the individuals who are responsible for this hideous crime are still walking the streets.

    Roane County Detective Greg Scalf tells me that Karen’s case is now classified as an open homicide investigation. If you have any information please call Detective Scalf at 717-4709.