Today's Opinions

  • 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


  • Going With the Flo: Our founders had honor, but where is our honor?

    Never forget the price our founding fathers paid for our freedom!

    These were men of means with an education and a deep love for freedom. They knew the price they might pay, if caught, for signing the Declaration of Independence but knew the price would mean freedom for all Americans.

    Of the 56 men who signed it, five were arrested by the British as traitors, tortured and executed; 12 had their homes looted and burned by the enemy.

  • Guest column: School plan more than buildings


    This is an exciting time for the future of education in Roane County as we move to the forefront using an innovative approach in preparing our students to join the workforce.

    I would like to begin by thanking the Roane County Commission for their encouragement in this endeavor. During the budget process four years ago, the Commission requested a long-range plan for Roane County Schools.

  • Going With the Flo: The traitor violates allegiance and betrays his country
  • A View From Lick Skillet: Creswell Alliance is getting 1/2 million $$$ a year

    Gentle reader, we don’t know about you, but we found last Friday’s edition of this paper just stuffed full of interesting items, such as Harriman’s new police chief and his plans, as well as the possible fate of the Harriman Hospital.

    And the Faith page had an interesting and informative account of the ordination of Methodist minister Rev. Todd Chancey, pastor of the Kingston United Methodist Church.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Tighter tourism belt may cost us

    Roane County is blessed to be located at a great natural intersection of mountains, valley, rivers and lakes.

    Summer is the time of the year when these great natural assets are put on display not only for local residents but for many visitors from across the nation.

    Many small businesses in Roane County benefit greatly from this big tourist-generated infusion every summer.

    How do these tourists find there way here from places far away?