• Make it a truly happy holiday for Thanksgiving Day

    While President Trump is pardoning two turkeys for Thanksgiving, every one of us can exercise that same presidential power by choosing a non-violent Thanksgiving observance.

    And here are some other good reasons:

    • You can brag about pardoning a turkey — like Trump (or not).

    • You will stay awake for your entire favorite football game.

    • Your sensible vegetarian kid won’t have to boycott the family dinner.

    • Plant-based holiday roasts don’t have to carry government warning labels.

  • Operation REACH needs community help for Christmas

    After numerous contacts made to our president to hold a meeting the past six months as well as making contacts to him in regards to items needing to be handled per requirements to be in operating compliance, it then came to us, the Board of Directors, that he had cancelled two roadblocks and stated that there was NOT going to be an Operation REACH this year. He never had that authority.

    At this time the chairman of the board stepped in and called a meeting to ask if we wanted to fold up or carry on with the 43rd year of Operation REACH.

  • Midway Elementary worked hard for STEM designation

    In our world today, education is of the utmost importance. Roane County is blessed to have wonderful schools and teachers.

    Last May, Midway Elementary School became a STEM designated school.

    We were one of the first 15 in the state and the only one in our immediate area.

    This was a year long process where members of the Tennessee STEM Innovation Network reviewed artifacts from our school and visited to evaluate the level of STEM integration. The process was rigorous.

  • Metro government has benefitted Nashville, others

    I was educated in the Harriman City School System and the University of Tennessee.

    My 35-year working career was in industrial and economic development.

    It often saddened me to see Roane County not prosper like the rest of the state and country.

    A lot of communities would give anything to be blessed with the physical assets enjoyed by Roane County. It is very rare for communities to have two interstates, railways, waterway, abundant electricity, natural gas and location.

    What is missing? Cooperation!

  • Meat industry, not ghosts and ghouls scare this writer

    I have no fear of zombies, witches, or evil clowns lurking on Halloween. What really scares me is the meat industry.

    This is the industry that deprives, mutilates, cages, then butchers billions of cows, pigs, turkeys, chickens — animals who feel joy, affection, sadness, and pain, as we do; exposes undocumented workers to chronic workplace injuries at slave wages and exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating market prices.

  • Painful soring still common practice for horse owners

    Soring of Tennessee Walking Horses has been going on for over 70 years.

    Soring is the practice of treating the horse’s hooves with caustic chemicals; placing tacks or other sharp objects in the tender part of the hoof; and pressure shoeing, which forces the sensitive sole of the hoof to come in contact with the metal of the shoe.

    Thick platforms fastened to the hooves that cause the horse to stand perpetually in an unnatural elevated position, and heavy chains around the ankles, are also used.

  • Roane Writers Group ends Student Writing Contest after nine years

    After nine years, the Roane Writers Group will no longer offer the Roane County Student Writing Contest.

    We wish to thank all of our past sponsors, donors, supporters, students, teachers and faculty who have made the program a success.

    All things must eventually come to an end, and we have arrived.

    The 2018 Anthology is currently being assembled, and will be distributed as planned.

  • Mr. Doughty use facts, not fiction to make your point

    When I was young I started reading the newspapers. It has been a habit most of my life.

    I like reading the opinion columns and the letters. I like to see what people are thinking about. But it is very irritating when people make up facts for the opinion column or letters they send in.

    First, Mr. Doughty, the people that were elected to the Roane County Board of Education and the Roane County Commission made clear how they felt about the school consolidation issue before the election.

  • Rockwood 2000 forum presented new ideas to see Rockwood thrive

    Rockwood 2000 Organization hosted a Q&A community gathering for several candidates.

    Heading up the hour was an informative presentation by Tennessee Governor hopeful, Karl Dean.

    The 31st House District candidate, Dean Sparks spoke passionately about the need for higher wages and improved infrastructure within our communities.

    Those running for Rockwood City Council shared their views on topics that centered around how to improve the appearance and solvency of their town.

  • Elected officials should represent us on school issue

    Who do your elected officials support?

    I realize we the people can’t vote on every issue so our form of government allows us to elect representatives, as in Roane County Board of Education members and Roane County Commissioners.

    This is supposedly our voice.

    But here in District 1 of Rockwood our school board members, Brillo Miller and Larry Brackett, and two of the three county commissioners, Darryl Meadows and Ron Berry, don’t represent the people.