• ‘Grinchy’ Gillum turns attention to real Christmas

    My Christmas dilemma began decades ago when I decided I didn’t need to have a basement under my new house since — or so I though — it would only give me a place to accumulate a lot of seldom-used material.

    So, the space is “three rows” of block short of a basement height.
    Now that I am older and I have become plagued with the nickname of “Three-row Bill,” I find myself grimly digging through piles of material once thought essential to life to locate Christmas decorations long forgotten.

  • Guns needed in private hands to protect the peace

    I would like to bring to the public’s attention the following federal statutes:

    1. 10 years — 18 U.S.C./922(G) — for possession of a firearm or ammunition by a felon, fugitive or drug user.

    2. 10 years — 18 U.S.C./922(J) — for possession of a stolen firearm.

    3. 10 years — 18 U>S>C>/922(I) — for shipment or transport of a stolen firearm across state lines.

  • Remembers when drug stops were about money

    I read a story last week that could shed some light on meth use in this country.

    I think we are all aware of the civil asset forfeiture law that legislatures passed about 1987, whereby assets gained from criminal activities could be seized.

    The original law was a good law.

  • REACH spaghetti dinner surpasses expectations

    I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every person who helped make our first spaghetti dinner fundraiser for Operation REACH such a success; we raised more than $2,100.

    This was our first spaghetti dinner and without selling tickets in advance, we were preparing for 100; needless to say, we probably tripled that number.

    We learned a few lessons we will take with us for next year, such as more pasta and faster please!

    I also want to mention that this would not have gone off as well without the coordination of my lovely wife, Marilyn.

  • New initiative helps state conservation

    The Nature Conservancy
    Last week, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell gave an important speech about her vision and priorities for the Department of the Interior.

    In it, she mentioned a key item for conservation in our nation and in Tennessee going forward.

    She announced a secretarial order that will help balance economic development with the protection of natural resources.

  • Cold medicine law punishes good people

    The prescription requirement for medicine containing pseudoephedrine is not based in fact.

    Police estimate that near 95 percent of meth comes from Mexico via Atlanta. How would a prescription mandate keep Mexican meth out of Tennessee?

    If people are still able to obtain prescription painkillers to abuse, how can we expect a prescription to keep pseudoephedrine from meth cooks?

  • Why do the innocent people have to pay?

    I was disappointed to hear that Harriman has passed an ordinance to restrict the sale of cold and allergy medicine containing pseudoephedrine.

    Why is it that for every social ill, it is the innocent and honest citizens who have to pay?  

    We are creating a culture of laws that penalizes the innocent masses for the crimes of the minority.  

    This is not a good trend.

  • Tribute to Scott McNew brings mom’s thanks

    I am writing this letter to the Harriman High School and its athletic club in regard to the honor they  bestowed to my deceased son, Scott McNew.

    What a wonderful thing to do!

    Scott was devoted to the athletic system and the school system as a whole.

    He loved all the boys, coaches, principals, his psotters, the quarterback club, PTO and, especially, the announcing system.

  • Rand Paul’s word thefts sparks ire

    Rand Paul, aka Son of Ron or abbreviated SOR to conserve ink, has reached a new low in his public discourse by using plagiarized material in his speeches without acknowledging the authors.

    He is setting a bad example for all students and especially for those Roane County students who are now engaged in writing their entries for the Roane County student writing contest, which completes in early 2014.

    Plagiarism is forbidden in this contest, and entries found to contain plagiarism will be rejected.

  • RCHS band does its part for cancer cure

    I am a sophomore at Roane County High School and a member of the band.  

    I’d like to talk about something we do off of the band field.  

    For the past three years, the band has participated in the Buddy’s Race for the Cure in Knoxville.  

    This is an enjoyable event that supports local research and financial aid for cancer patients in East Tennessee.  

    For every year our team, Band Together for the Cure, has participated, we have received awards for largest and fastest community team.