• Lack of trust in president to tell the truth is a big deal

    I’m worried. Our intelligence agencies have concluded that Russia meddled in the 2016 elections.

    But President Trump doesn’t believe them, preferring instead to embrace fake news and believe Russian President Putin. Apparently he does not comprehend the danger Russia poses?

    At least 97 percent of climate scientists agree: climate-warming trends over the past century are most likely due to human activities. But he doesn’t believe them.

  • Treason is illegal; disagreeing with the president is not

    I was disturbed to read the June 29 Flo Charles opinion piece entitled, “The Traitor Violates Allegiance and Betrays his Country.”

    In it, she indicates that those who disagree with the policies of the current president are treasonous.

    Our democracy is designed to be a dialogue and debate between different points of view. The citizens participate and decide which ideas and candidates they prefer. Then they vote.

  • Massengill was our friend because he cared about us

    The Roane County community mourns the untimely loss of one of its best friends, Everett Massengill. 

    Everett was our friend because he genuinely cared about each of us as individuals.

    His longtime tenure on the Roane County school board reflects the regard we felt for him.

    I was honored to know him for many years and will treasure the memories.

    State Sen. Ken Yager


  • Sheriff Stockton a helpful angel in time of need

    Last Thursday I was taking a quadriplegic to a medical appointment. The van we were driving broke down at the health department.

    It soon began to get very hot in the van. Because the engine would not run the wheel chair ramp would not work. My friend in the wheelchair was getting overheated.

    A man approached us in the parking lot and asked if he could help. He was able to get the wheelchair ramp lowered. He then pushed the wheelchair into the building.

  • Help at breakfast helps Harriman Lions help others

    Many Roane Countians again enjoyed food and fellowship when the Harriman Lions Club hosted the “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.” The breakfast was at Roane Street Grill on May 6 and proved to be a successful fundraiser.

    Money raised from this event goes back into the community as we provide photo eye screening each year for over 400 Roane County children. We pay for eye examinations and/or glasses for 30-40 people yearly. We also contribute to area charities as the need arises.

  • Overstreet offers best opinion on school plan

    Tyler Overstreet’s guest column in Wednesday's Roane County News was the best opinion I have read of the school consolidation.

    All taxpayers should read it — and also all Board of Education members, County Commissioners and County Executive.

    Thanks, Mr. Overstreet, for your input.

    Sam Doughty


  • Merging schools would impact our communities

    Roane County is not homogeneous, but is instead comprised of distinct communities, each having its own heritage and culture. A balanced school consolidation and siting approach would most certainly consider the impacts to the communities involved.

    Kingston is, by far, the oldest city in Roane County, formed at the edge of the frontier in 1799. It remained the only incorporated town in present Roane County until the incorporation of Rockwood in 1890.

  • Educational opportunities needed; what happened to all the TVA money?

    As Hugh Willett’s article explained, by voting against the wheel tax all that citizens will be able to eliminate is a chance that a wheel tax will be used to pay for school improvements.

    Historically, whenever a wheel tax is initiated for whatever reason, it stays in place to be used for other purposes.

  • Industry hit by lack of CTE, number of schools

    In a day and age where most students are pressured to pursue a college degree regardless of their desire for higher education, it is important to educate students, along with the rest of the community, about other options, such as “skilled trade” paths.

  • Why are leaders ignoring those with different opinions?

    Who is a bigot?

    You do not have to be a racist to be a bigot.

    Webster’s define “bigot” as a prejudiced person. It also goes on to define “bigotry” as someone stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief or opinion that differ from one’s own.

    Does this sound familiar? Does in my opinion.

    Do we have some bigots on the County Commission? Why are they ignoring the people of Roane County whose opinion differs from their own as Commissioners?