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Today's Opinions

  • Going With the Flo: Clarence’s dream lives on, through kids and his farm

    My stones of Remembrance this Memorial Day: My husband’s dream — a family farm and four children. Clarence and I agreed that I should work through the summer for the FBI, since I had just been cleared and he would return to the canning factory in Illinois and work for college money. We would return in the fall to Tennessee Tech, continue our education and be married.

    I left for Washington, D.C., the morning after graduating from Harriman High.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Roane County High out ranks 237 other schools

    Gentle reader, we did not intend to devote this week’s column to the Mega-school issue, but an aspect of this matter has recently come to our attention which we feel compelled to bring to your attention as well, as it has implications of a very serious nature bearing on the status of the School Board, the County Commission, the Roane Alliance, and most important of all, of Roane County High School.

  • Commission should put school plan to voters if it’s within their power

    Roane County has examined and rejected the idea of a mega high school in the past, and I don’t think the people have changed their minds on the matter.

    I don’t know for sure whether it is a good idea or not, but county officials should be sure they are not pushing this through against the wishes of the people.

    Roane County has, in the past, chosen their local schools over mega schools.

    The County Commission is not required by law to put the question to a vote, but they have the power to do it, and they should do it.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Bethel holds true to its tenets

    By Mark Banker

    Members of Bethel Presbyterian Church invite our neighbors to a concert at Fort Southwest Point on Friday, June 1, from 6 to 9 p.m.

    Lively music and good fellowship will celebrate appropriately Bethel’s 200 years of community stewardship and cooperation.

    Present Bethel minister, the Rev. Wendy Neff, traces this tradition to Old World Calvinist legacies that called Believers to address earthly as well as spiritual matters.

  • 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)