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Today's Opinions

  • Resist making enemies of good

    By Mark BankerMTBanker1951@gmail.com

    Roane County’s ongoing school debate brings to mind a story shared by writer Tony Hillerman.

    As a youth in Depression-era Oklahoma, Hillerman worked for an old farmer known for his generosity. When less honorable neighbors took advantage of the old man’s kindness, young Tony was enraged.

    In response, the old man advised: “Son, if you don’t forgive your enemies, you’re going to run out of friends.”

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Would Trump entry rules fit any of the Trumps?

    Gentle reader: Where to begin? Since last we talked, all manner of old topics remain yet unresolved, and new ones keep coming to the fore. No one can doubt that we are the recipients of that ancient Chinese curse: “May you live in interesting times!”

  • Going With the Flo: America built on idea of ‘One Nation, Under God’

    By Flo Charles

    Have you been sickened lately with the news that’s intent on destroying your confidence in our nation and its authentic leadership? I have been!

    It was so refreshing to read about the Washington Monument in Washington D.C. and the fact that on the aluminum cap atop the Washington Monument are two words: Laus Deo.

    No one can see the words; most people are unaware that they are there.

  • Avery Trace Daughters of the American Revolution thank event supporters

    The Avery Trace Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, would like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions to the Avery Trace Dessert and Art Fest: Bettye Rose Bakery, Kingston; Buddy’s Barbecue, Kingston; Cracker Barrel, Harriman; Food City, Kingston and Harriman; Los Primos, Harriman; Old Capital Public House, Kingston; Chapter member Regina Headden; Roane Street Grill, Harriman; Rosemary’s Florist and Cupcake Haven, Kingston; Ruby Tuesday, Harriman; Shoney’s, Harriman; and Yum Yum, Harriman.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: ‘Blackberry winter’ saw loss of some Kingston treasures

    By Mark Banker

    In the brief span of “blackberry winter,” Kingston folk lost a grand old home, learned that a longtime business would close, and said goodbye to one of our most beloved and colorful citizens.

    On Friday, May 3, I visited with Edith Miles. A dear friend of my parents, Edith was a constant in my life.

    With warmer weather, Edith looked forward to returning more regularly to a favorite spot on her front porch facing out on Third Street. My ever-thoughtful wife, Kathy, suggested that I place a bluebird house in her front yard.

  • Wading Through the Numbers: Why is it that Roane County has three debt funds?

    By Ron Woody

    In previous articles we discussed how the county’s accounting structure is similar to a large company. Roane County’s 108 million dollar budget is made up of 24 smaller companies (funds).

    Monies do not get comingled among the companies (funds) outside of limited amounts of authorized transfers or indirect cost.

  • Banker and his daughter right on political climate

    Mark Banker and his daughter comments about the current political climate are “spot” on. I couldn’t agree with them more.

    Virginia Eyman

    Oak Ridge

  • HFD a big help after flooding damages shop

    We would like to give a special thank you to Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels and his firefighters.

    Our beauty shop has flooded three times since 2017 and each time the Harriman Fire Department has come and assisted with the cleanup by washing the mud and silt out of the building.

    We also appreciate our customers that had appointments scheduled and were willing to reschedule at a later date. To all persons impacted by these incidents, thank you for your patience.