http://www.roanecounty.com/todaysopinions/rss.xml en David Morgan’s salary should be taken to pay state http://www.roanecounty.com/content/david-morgan%E2%80%99s-salary-should-be-taken-pay-state <p> Property Assessor David Morgan&rsquo;s salary is about $75,000 per year, I believe. So he has been paid $150,000 (two years) to do nothing.</p> <p> With the deadline approaching, he took vacation. From what? Showing up at the office and not working?</p> <p> Stop paying him. Or at least garnish his wages until the state is repaid in full. Make it so he pays before he leaves office.</p> <p> I just realized I know nothing about being a property assessor, so I am overqualified and plan to run for the office.</p> Gift to church destroyed by fire couldn’t be better http://www.roanecounty.com/content/gift-church-destroyed-fire-couldn%E2%80%99t-be-better <p> Thank you, H.G. Furniture, for the piano that you gave to Grace Baptist Church in Decatur.</p> <p> We lost our church last year due to a fire. Lord willing, we&rsquo;ll have a floor to put the piano on soon.</p> <p> The devil has been fighting us in all directions. The McKameys say it best when they sing, &ldquo;In the middle of it all, there is Jesus.&rdquo;</p> <p> Please pray for our church. May God bless.</p> <p> Kay Andrew</p> <p> Ten Mile</p> Rockwood’s animal control officer goes beyond the job http://www.roanecounty.com/content/rockwood%E2%80%99s-animal-control-officer-goes-beyond-job <p> His business card says City of Rockwood Animal Control and Codes Officer. To me, Mark Neeley is so much more.</p> <p> In his more than two years at Rockwood&rsquo;s tiny animal shelter, he has dealt with almost 1,600 animals.</p> <p> Of those, 320 were taken to the Roane County Animal Shelter, 122 were returned to their owners, and homes were found for 944.</p> <p> While the typical euthanasia rate at an animal shelter is 70 percent, Mark&rsquo;s is about 3 percent. In my opinion, this is because of his hard work and determination that no adoptable dog is put down.</p> Investing in us will help county, cities http://www.roanecounty.com/content/investing-us-will-help-county-cities <p> <em>By Ron Woody &bull; For Roane Newspapers</em><br /> Back in February, I wrote a draft paper titled Community Investment Fund (CIF), an &ldquo;Initiative to Grow&rdquo; program.</p> <p> I sat on the article for a number of weeks, and then started pitching the concept to our city and county leaders to see if they would be receptive to further study and consideration of the initiative.</p> <p> Input was received from city mayors and managers as we met in our semi-monthly meeting.</p> Making a mock-ary: One day late version of NFL mock draft http://www.roanecounty.com/content/making-mock-ary-one-day-late-version-nfl-mock-draft <p> In Wednesday&rsquo;s edition of my column, I touched on what I thought the Tennessee Titans might do with the number two overall selection in Thursday&rsquo;s NFL Draft.</p> <p> By the time you&rsquo;re reading today&rsquo;s column, you and I will both already know. However, it&rsquo;s still Wednesday for me.</p> <p> Every year since I started covering sports way back when at UT Martin, I release my mock draft for the this upcoming Draft. This year, however, I decided to wait. Look on the bright side, at least you can read through this and see how wrong I was.</p> We are the April Fools if we buy into meat marketing http://www.roanecounty.com/content/we-are-april-fools-if-we-buy-meat-marketing With April Fools’ Day here, it appears that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round. Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “free-range chickens,” “humane slaughter.” All lies. NFL Draft: Do you have faith in the Titans? http://www.roanecounty.com/content/nfl-draft-do-you-have-faith-titans <p> It&rsquo;s that time of year again. The time of year when hope replaces reality, and logic gives way to reports by &ldquo;multiple sources.&rdquo; After more than a year of waiting, it&rsquo;s finally time for the NFL Draft.</p> <p> And, for the first time in a very long time, it&rsquo;s the Tennessee Titans that have NFL teams, fans and media members wondering what they will do next.</p> <p> When&rsquo;s the last time anyone has said that? Well, the last time anyone honestly said that?</p> Student has choice words for schools director http://www.roanecounty.com/content/student-has-choice-words-schools-director <p> I have been an outspoken critic of our school superintendent for a while now, but as I face graduation in the next few weeks, I have come to the realization that, while Mr. Gary Aytes has had his gaffes (both in public venues and in private meetings), he really means well.</p> <p> Until last year, I had no intentions of coming at odds with Mr. Aytes, nor had I really developed an opinion of him.</p>