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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.”

  • Going With the Flo: Trump keeping promises, improving U.S. economy

    By Flo Charles

    Ronald Reagan: “I’m not worried so much about the Left Wing or the Right Wing; I want God to heal the whole bird. It is sick.” Years later this country is in worse condition!

    2 Chronicles 7:14: “If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, forgive their sin and heal their land.”

    Are those who didn’t vote ignorantly complicit in the wickedness engulfing our Beloved U.S.A.?

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Virginia politics fascinate & Lusty SBC preachers

    Gentle reader, inasmuch as the old curmudgeon’s family had resided in Tidewater, Virginia for over a hundred and fifty years before crossing the mountains into the Tennessee Valley, he has always had a certain particular interest in the Old Dominion. Therefore he has followed closely the current political debacle involving the leaders of the state government.

  • Former Rockwood native praises Roane County News, shares fun-filled life

    Please find enclosed a check for renewing my subscription to your outstanding newspaper.

    My sincere congratulation for providing the citizens of Roane County outstanding news of national, local, sports and history.

    It brings back many, many memories of my upbringing.

    I left Rockwood 70 years ago and I am probably the last athlete still alive to wear the black and orange and the green and white uniforms, play in the old gym with concrete walls as out of bounds and open the new gym the next year under coach Derryberry.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: The passage of time marked by the passing of loved ones

    By Mark Banker

    When Dad passed away 33 years ago, Mother - who turned 68 on the following March - made it clear that she would live out the rest of her days on the farm that had been her home since she was pregnant with me in 1950.

    For several years, Mother maintained her characteristic busy lifestyle.

    Church-related duties, efforts to save the old Roane County Courthouse, baking bread, and grandmothering consumed her time and energy.

  • Operation REACH says thank you to community helpers

    On behalf of the Operation Reach Committee, I’m expressing our appreciation and thanks to the many people of Roane County who came through and helped us make our 43rd year of Operation REACH a success.

    First, and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their monetary contributions. If you are a deputy, policeman or fireman under the leadership of the sheriff or city police chiefs who took up money at roadblocks for our program, we are grateful. 

  • Going With the Flo: Country should not be supporting killing unborn

    By Flo Charles

    Only in America can you murder your child at birth or before, but go to jail for spanking them!

    Andrew Cuomo ordered that the spire of the One World Trade Center be lit pink to celebrate the passage of a new law (passed on the anniversary of the Roe v Wade decision) that radically liberalizes abortion in New York State, in some cases allowing abortion up until the moment of birth, even permitting non-doctors to perform abortions – the most wicked and egregious assaults on humanity in America’s history.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Has McConnell started Trump’s downward slide?

    Gentle reader, when the history of the Donald John Trump administration is written, we think those future historians will look to January 2019, as the beginning of the end of that administration.