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Today's Opinions

  • Something you really should budget for

    The major winter holidays — Thanksgiving and Christmas — are fast approaching.

    Those of us with enough — enough to eat, enough to pay our bills — tend to think of these holidays with a mixture of warmth and delight.

    Those who are struggling are likely to have a much dimmer view. While some of us are planning special meals or shopping splurges, they may not have enough to eat, or money enough to heat their homes — that is, if they have homes.

    We seem to have gotten better about budgeting for ourselves as a society.

  • A very, very carbon-neutral Christmas

    By RICH LOWRY
    Special to Roane County News
    The great Christmas-tree debate should be settled for now.

    No more agonizing over artificial versus natural, not after the sustainable-development firm ellipsos released a bombshell study.

  • Court costs story bring back painful memories for writer

    The Friday, Nov. 4, Roane County News article about Kim Nelson’s eagerness to collect court costs brought back unplesant memories of something that happened to me in court several years ago in another county.

    First, let me say that I am not a criminal. A lawbreaker, yes, as is everyone else out there.

    There are so many laws on the books that it is unlikely anyone can make it through the day without breaking one.

  • Smoke Rise Park people offer thanks for the help

    We, the members of Smoke Rise Memorial Park Association, would like to thank the following people and businesses for their help and donations toward improvements at the park site.

    • Alice Balum and Live and Let Live Drug Store.

    • Dudley Evans.

    • Tony Brown, Roane County Park.

    • John Sublett, Scandlyn Lumber Co.

    Everyone involved with the park wishes to express their sincere appreciation for your help.

    Doug Cloud
    Smoke Rise Memorial Park
     

  • Courts need bridge between media, judges

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center

    As a young reporter, I had the good fortune to cover circuit court judges who didn’t mind helping a rookie.

    I was a lawyer and a reporter, but there were times when my law school education came up a little short. I found judges in the 20th Judicial Circuit of Florida who were willing to provide background and context so that I could write a story as accurately as possible.

  • Social Security big part of Roane economy

    By BILL BISHOP & ROBERTO GALLARDO
    Special to Roane County News
    If Roane County residents didn’t receive their monthly payments from the Social Security Administration, 10.2 percent of total personal income in the county would be lost, a total of $183,271,150 in 2009.

    Roane County is more dependent on Social Security payments than is the rest of the country. Nationally, 5.5 percent of total personal income in 2009 came from Social Security payments. In Tennessee, 7.1 percent of all income comes from these payments.

  • Here’s one letter that will make your heart just purr

    Sometimes warm stories are few and far between, so I thought I would share a recent experience that would hopefully elicit a few smiles.

    I ran into Walter and Gloria Gaines at breakfast one morning last week. As we usually do, we talked pets.”
    They shared this story:

    Coming into their driveway at dusk a week or so ago, they noticed a cat sitting near the road. At first they thought it was one of their cats, Ginger.

    Walter got out of the car, and immediately realized that the heft of this cat was a bit less than the heft of Ginger.

  • Courthouse gala a big hit thanks to all these folks

    The Roane County Heritage Commission’s eighth gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse was a great success.

    The party, which was held in the historic building in downtown Kingston on Oct. 1, raised a substantial amount toward the matching fund requirement of the Tennessee Department of Transportation Grant the Heritage Commission received to restore the l58-year-old structure.