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Today's Opinions

  • Bravo to Kingston Water, Fire personnel for making ‘light work’ of main break

    This is a thank-you letter to the Kingston Water and Fire departments. On April 17 a water main broke on Windswept Lane up the hill from our home. Being about 900 feet downhill from that location, we had a lot of gravel and red mud deposited on the parking area outside our home.

    Two members of Kingston Water Department arrived at about 8:20 a.m. on April 18. Additionally, six members of the Kingston Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter to help with the clean-up.

  • Don’t always agree with Largen, but he has a knack for stating obvious

    It’s been awhile since I last wrote to this paper, but as a former son of Harriman and dedicated Tennessean, I try to keep up on what is going on.

    I have mentioned in the past Mr. Largen and I have different points of view, but I have to admit his column on guns and coward cops of March 16 caught my attention. He is dead on (no pun intended) about the need and reasons for guns in this county, and the history lesson he gives should be required reading in senior-year history class. (Yeah, I’m dreaming.)

  • Wage gap contributes to Tenn. poverty

    For the Roane County News

    A state-by-state analysis released for Equal Pay Day tomorrow reveals that a woman employed full time, year-round in Tennessee is typically paid just 82 cents for every dollar paid to a man – a yearly pay difference of $7,745.

    That means Tennessee women lose a combined total of nearly $16 billion every year to the gender wage gap.

  • School issue needs to be put to vote on ballot

    Read with interest Mark Banker’s column in the April 11 edition.

    I read all of his articles, and I think I can safely say Mark is a typical old die-hard leftist Democrat.

  • Thanks for helping honor Roane’s Teachers of Year

    On behalf of the Roane County Schools Education Foundation, I would like to take the opportunity to say “thank you” to our most generous sponsors for assisting in the success of our first Teacher of the Year Banquet for Roane County Schools.

    We were able to honor and recognize 15 teachers of the year, chosen and selected by their peers from their respective schools.

  • Going with the Flo: Trump strong on economy, military and in prayer

    By Flo Charles

    “If the truth be told, can’t nobody talk about nobody; we all got a past, we all got problems and we all need prayer.” Word of wisdom from a true Christian.

  • New school questions now answered

    By Leah Rice Watkins, Roane County Director of Schools

    I would like to take a moment to respond to several important questions regarding the high school building program.

    1. Why the rush for the building program? Why does it need to be done soon?

    a. In actuality, this is not a rushed program. The Lewis Group Firm was selected by the Roane County School Board in January of 2015 to analyze the high school facilities regarding security, accessibility, safety, structure, health, curriculum, and maintenance.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Does nostalgia override reform?

    Simultaneous reflection on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s 200 years and Roane County’s current school debate spurred today’s thoughts.

    Fifteen years ago, Bethel’s Session initiated a visioning process that brought attention to a host of long-neglected problems with the church’s physical plant.

    This unwelcome news coincided with a sense that church finances were strained and evoked sharply different responses from Bethel’s normally cohesive members.