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Today's Opinions

  • Peggy Evans is about honesty, integrity, service

    The recent letter about Peggy Evans was written in a sophmoric manner (conceited; overconfident of knowledge) and poorly informed.

    The diatribe was prolonged and bitter and had to have been based on ignorance of the contributions of Dr. Tom Evans, his wife, Peggy, and their entire family, who are longtime Roane Countians.

    Dr. Bert Cunningham and I have known Dr. Tom and Peggy before they completed undergraduate studies at Carson-Newman medical school and through years of service since we moved here in 1961.

  • Secret money altering the vote in our country

    There’s a flood of secret money now in American politics.

    Unlike a real flood, though, we can’t tell where this money’s coming from.

    That’s because corporations, unions, lobbyists and special interests can now spend millions to get the elected officials they want into power.

    And right now, the law lets them do that in complete secrecy.

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker can make things right.

    Senators, tell us you’ll lead the fight to stop the secret money.

  • GUEST OPINION: Censorship at library should never happen

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    Being a librarian is a tough job. You have to tend to your community’s diverse information needs, often while working with limited resources. The job gets tougher when you find yourself in the crossfire of public opinion over a book.

    This time it’s a controversial trilogy of books called Fifty Shades of Grey, erotic novels that have moved to the top of the best-selling lists all across America.

  • Thank you from folks at Roane Co. United Way

    Roane County United Way would like to thank everyone who participated in and those who attended our recent Family Fun Day.  

    We had more than 40 agencies and businesses partake in this day.  More than 250 people came out to enjoy a day of music, food, and fun.  

    A special thanks to Roane State Community College for allowing UT LIFESTAR to be a part of our day, and thank you to David Maupin of East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department for ensuring a safe landing!

  • Group grateful for help from Rockwood 2000

    Ridge View Elementary School fifth grade would like to thank Rockwood 2000 for the organization’s generous donation that provided our transportation on a recent field trip.   

    The students visited the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.  

    While on campus, the students supported our school’s 4-H Clover Bowl team and toured several of the buildings.  

  • GUEST OPINION: Teacher needs a few lessons, too

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    In this contentious election year, it seems almost quaint to hear someone insist that it’s socially incorrect — and possibly illegal — to criticize the president of the United States as opposed to a candidate for the office.

  • ’Round Rockwood-May 28

    We here in Rockwood have had showers of blessings from dark clouds above.

    Our grass is growing, even needs mowing. Beautiful flowers, roses, daffodils, daisies.

    I was so glad to receive a big fresh bouquet of large orange tiger lilies that Shirley Byrd brought me from her yard.

    Unlike down in Eagle Furnace, the dust just flies when Steven mows his yard, and the deer eat up his garden, green beans, corn and even okra.

    The groundhogs come eating roses and anything that grows green and blooms with beautiful flowers.

  • Buffett buy ringing endorsement for newspapers

    Perhaps you saw the news last week: Berkshire Hathaway, the prominent investment company headed by Warren Buffett, purchased Media General, a group of 63 newspapers.

    Unlike many investment firms, Buffett’s, under his guidance, is known for solid decision-making and building up its purchases.

    Too many others are known for dismantling their purchases for a quick, short-term profit. This often leaves hundreds and thousands of employees jobless and fewer prospects in the overall employment pool.