• Cell phone law an erosion of our rights

    The insurance industry has convinced our representatives that we cannot have a cell phone up to our ear when driving like I have been doing for the last  19 1/2 years (with no accidents), with threat of fine! Aren’t the police busy enough with a lot more important matters than bothering us because a lot of us have to be on the phone while driving? 

    I’ve seen the erosion of our rights in my lifetime. 

    Forced seat belts, forced insurance and now forced no phone to your ear now. 

  • Forget great, we need to make America best again

    Some say “Make America Great Again.”

    That would take us back to the 1940s and 1950s. Better yet, “Make America Best Again.”

    Firstly, just three years ago, we had medical care that did away with pre-existing conditions. I have friends whose children were born with those conditions. They were so relieved.

    Secondly, then we had a Paris Treaty signed in the United Nations to fight to prevent global warming. Russia, China and most other nations signed that agreement.

    Lastly, we had a treaty with Iran.

  • Go vegan this Fourth of July holiday

    Here are the 10 best reasons for barbecuing veggie burgers and hot dogs this Independence Day, rather than ground-up animal body parts:

    • Focusing on traffic and fireworks safety, rather than food safety

    • Giving your eyes a break from reading government food warning labels

    • Not sweating nasty E. coli and Salmonella bugs, if temperature is too low

    • Not sweating cancer-causing compounds, if barbecue temperature is too high

  • South Gate Lodge 569 says a big thank you for help

    The members of South Gate Lodge 569 would like to thank everyone who attended our Sunrise Car Show and Country Breakfast, or supported us in anyway, on June 15.

    We would also like to thank everyone who supports our monthly country breakfast, the third Saturday of each month. We strive to support our area in various ways including local scholarships each year.

    Once again thank you from each member of South Gate Lodge 569, the “WE “ Lodge.

    Deborah Ward


  • Signs of global warming everywhere; we can work to fix it

    The blackberries are two weeks early this year. The tropical-like rains will rot the cabbages we planted unless we pick them now. The children haven’t used their sleds in 3-4 years.

    For me, this is pretty good evidence of climate change right here in Roane County. So, this feels insurmountable, like one of those issues that’s impossible for just one individual to tackle.

    But, I wonder, on a person-by-person, day-by-day basis, whether we could slowly turn this ship around?

  • Phi Theta Kappa thanks Food City

    The Phi Theta Kappa (PTK) Honor Society at Roane State Community College would like to express our heartfelt thanks to the floral department at Food City in Kingston. 

    Our chapter, Beta Alpha Chi, is part of the PTK International Honor Society whose mission is, “to recognize academic achievement of college students and to provide opportunities for them to grow as scholars and leaders.” 

    PTK students are involved in leadership, research, volunteering and service to our community and our college. 

  • Trump won just as past presidents did

    Gerald Largen, in his column of June 14, asserted that President Trump “did not win the election by the vote of the people ...”

    Of course not. He won the presidency by the vote of the electors, the same way every president has won the presidency since George Washington.

    James Leitnaker


  • Harriman Care says a big thank you to community

    I would like to invite the community volunteers and the people that support Harriman Care to get together so we can show how much the activity staff and employees appreciate you.

    There are so many times we forget to say thank you.

    I have always heard from my Father, Arthur Paul Fox (A.P.) the way to know somebody is to be around a table with food and conversation. He said when this happens you become a family.

  • Ridenour agrees with Banker’s take on Warren Wilson

    A big thank you to Mark Banker for sharing his experiences at Warren Wilson College in Swannanoa, N.C.

    His description of the “emphasis on academic rigor, the dignity of work and service to others” was spot on to myself and other Roane County alumni of Warren Wilson.

    From one retired teacher to another, thank you for providing an enjoyable moment of reflection of the college life at our “home away from home” during the early ‘60’s.

    David Ridenour


  • Midway, RCN bring newspapers into the school

    A special thank you to the Roane County News, Newspapers in Education Program, for providing Midway Middle with a class set of newspapers once a week.

    Students enjoyed perusing the newspapers. The newspaper provided an opportunity for class assignments as well as recreational reading for our students. Thanks!

    Phyllis Jackson,


    Midway Middle School