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Today's Opinions

  • Going With the Flo: Keep loading the wagon, even if the mule is blind

    My wonderful husband’s friend and classmate, Joe Whitson, was captain of the South Harriman football team during their high school years and captain of the Tennessee Tech football team during their college years.

  • Commission and school board serve We The People

    The school board has made a mess of our school system.

    We must fight to vote them out and replaced with qualified people. The present school board is just not able to handle a $68 million project.

    Same with some of the County Commissioners. Why they are ignoring the people who elected them is a serious unanswered question.

    Always remember: “We The People.”

    Sam Doughty

    Rockwood

  • We can’t afford to miss opportunity for our children

    I am a lifelong resident of Roane County and have been a taxpayer and property owner in this county for more than 30 years. I have been employed by the Roane County School System for almost 30 years and have been in education all of my adult life.

    Talk of consolidation and restructuring of the high schools in Roane County was occurring when I was in high school at Harriman High School and has continued off and on since that time.

  • Going With the Flo: God has said He will bless those who bless Israel

    By Flo Charles

    First, I meant to compliment Mr. Largen for his excellent, detailed and conscientious article concerning our schools in Roane County.

    My husband, a former classmate and friend of yours, Mr. Largen, would have applauded you and agree with Ron Woody, our County Executive, who said, “You can have all the votes you want. If you don’t have the money that’s going to support it, it doesn’t make any difference.” (The $68 million request)

  • A View From Lick Skillet: More and more of the real Trump comes to light
  • Let’s find a way to build this school system, for our kids and our future

    Remember the song with words, “You have to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative — and don’t mess with the in-between.”

    Well, we need to get off our duffs and get to work on this consolidated school problem — not a mega school)

    Go for it!

    Roane County could be the education capital of Tennessee. We have the best elementary and middle and high schools and community college now. And it would get better.

  • Rockwood office closing prompts move into nursing home care

    First I would like to thank you for the many years of confidence in the medical care you received at our office. This has been a very special time in the lives of all of our staff.

    Three years ago I sold my office medical practice to the Tennova Healthcare System with the hopes of making this office the very best place to receive medical care in Roane County. These hopes included wanting Tennova to bring patients great choices in their health-care needs. I worked constantly and was never able to get any of the desired aspirations for our patients.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Fort prime example of revisionism

    By Mark Banker

    The recent opening of the National Museum of Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., reveals an important, generally overlooked historical message that could have profound implications for our ongoing schools debate in Roane County.

    With laser-like focus on the practice of lynching, the Montgomery museum is only one of numerous new institutions that focus on aspects of our nation’s long-overlooked struggle over civil rights. Indeed, those museums’ growth are the latest round in that cause.