Today's Opinions

  • Obama exhibits moral courage on several fronts

    More than 40 years ago, I was lucky enough to land in East Tennessee. I soon learned that Tennessee is the Volunteer State. I liked that then, and I like it even more so now. Volunteers do things on principle, often at considerable inconvenience or risk.

    A man much in the news who is not from Tennessee, but nevertheless has demonstrated moral courage over and over again is our president, Barack Obama.

  • GUEST OPINION: Confederate prom dress doesn’t pass muster

    It’s not often that a prom dress triggers a First Amendment controversy, but a Tennessee high school student’s attire did just that.

    Gibson County High School student Texanna Edwards was turned away from her high school prom on April 21 because she was wearing a dress that bore a striking resemblance to a Confederate flag. According to the Jackson Sun, school administrators viewed the dress as inappropriate and potentially offensive.

  • Nuts & Bolts: A new type of public record coming your way

    Food safety is a big concern – especially at restaurants and public schools where people depend on the care and vigilance of others for the integrity of what we eat.

    I remember, during a vacation in Arizona a few years back, being so sick with food poisoning that I thought I might die alone in my second-floor hotel room.

    I recovered, but some do not. The weakest among us are the most vulnerable to food-related illness.

  • Obama birth debate continues with Joe Arpaio

    You recently had an article titled “Famed Ariz. sheriff holds suspect for Roane.” That sheriff’s name is Joseph Arpaio.

  • Republicans say they just don’t want to be broke

    If I come to Harriman for a visit and need to get a prescription filled at the drug store, what is the one main thing I’ll need? Photo ID.

    Wait, wait! If I’m elderly, minority, disabled or other couch-potato 99 percent, is this not discrimination?

    If I want to buy Sudafed, get on a plane, do banking, see a doctor or even, gentle reader, get a library card what do I need? So what’s the biggie-boo about having photo ID to vote?

  • Rotary Club offers thanks for the help of many

    The Rotary Club of Kingston would like to thank all the individuals and families who attended for their support.

    Thanks also go to the following businesses and individuals who showed their support by purchasing table sponsorships and donating items:

  • Our Opinion: Tweets and courts really can co-exist

    Twitter has become a tool of the trade for America’s journalists, but judges are grappling with how to deal with the messaging in courtrooms.

    According to an article by the Associated Press, “the micro-blogging site is increasingly putting reporters on a collision course with judges who fear it could threaten a defendant’s right to a fair trial.”

    We’ve been down this path before, most notably with television.

  • Lions pancake fundraiser most successful ever

    The residents of Roane County have again demonstrated their great generosity by their support of the Kingston Lions pancake breakfast on March 31. More than 200 people attended. We thank them and the many people who purchased tickets as a contribution.  
    We also thank Kingston Food City, Kroger, Piggly Wiggly, Reily Foods (JFG), United Grocery Outlet and Walmart for donating, or providing at reduced cost, the materials used for the breakfast so that our financial income was maximized.