Today's Opinions

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Introducing Jack McNew, legislative candidate

    Well, dear friends, we have survived another general election, which produced mostly expected outcomes, but still enough of the unexpected to prompt some post-election comments, but, before we get into those, we should remind you of the Princess Theatre’s plans for tomorrow evening.

  • Why must utility payments go all the way to Va.?

    Why must we mail our Watts Bar Utility District payments to Virginia?

    This has resulted in a late payment for me.

    The clerk said, “It takes more days in the mail since the letters go to Virginia. They deposit it in our account the day they receive it.”

    Why can’t we hire someone in Roane County to do this work? Who authorized this money to go out of our county? Who benefitted? Who has the answer?

    We have people in our county who need this job, these wages!

  • Diviseness is costing taxpayers big money

    Here’s another reason to be concerned — very concerned — about the non-stop partisan bickering going on in Congress:

    It has cost taxpayers tons of money!  

    The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office reported that the prolonged fighting in Congress last summer over the debt ceiling cost taxpayers at least $1.3 billion!

  • New school officials will do well

    I offer my congratulations to Drack Langley and Danny Wright to represent Harriman on the Roane County school board.

    While I wanted to run for this seat, the ebbs and tides of my profession forced me to believe I could not devote my full time to the position.But, my passsion and love for the local schools does and will always remain.

    I am so pleased the board picked a “home” candidate to be the new director. I have no doubt he will  do a good job in difficult times.

  • Police, fire staff were professional

    I would like to commend the Harriman fire and police departments for their professional response to a wreck in South Harriman on Aug. 7.

    I called 911 to report the wreck and vehicle fire.

    Both departments arrived within two minutes, secured the area and extinguished the fire.  

    The men and women of Harriman fire and police are underappreciated for their dedication and sacrifice to our community.

  • GUEST OPINION: Loyal employee lawsuit against schools in court

    First Amendment Center
    A former employee with a Nevada school district will have her day in court after a federal district judge ruled she had a clearly established right to attend a public meeting and sit next to her former boss.

    Kathleen Nichols was an employee with the Washoe County School District, where she worked as an administrative assistant to the district’s general counsel, Jeffrey Blanck.

  • New school year means a fresh start for all

    Tennessee Education Association
    A new school year is under way for most school districts across the state.

    The start of a new year always brings with it a sense of a new beginning.

    Students have a clean slate, teachers welcome new students in their classrooms and we all have the opportunity to renew our commitment to public education in Tennessee.

    The State Department of Education has been touting exciting gains in TCAP scores all across the state in recent weeks.

    Those scores are a direct result of the hard work of our teachers and students.

  • Thanks for the varied opinions printed here

    Most of the time, most of the people make most of their decisions without most of the facts.

    Therefore, I would like to thank the editor and all of the people working at the Roane County News for printing a wide variety of opinions in Roane County’s fine newspaper.

    I especially enjoy the opinions and articles concerning the First Amendment.

    I think it was Patrick Henry who said something along the line: I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend to the death, your right to say it.

    Please keep up the good work.

    Tom Hensley