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: We’ve strayed from God, and our nation shows it

    By Flo Charles

    Have we become the very people our Founding Fathers fought and died to protect us from?

    We quote the motto: “United We Stand; Divided We Fall” while participating in sabotaging our very foundations.

    Allowing socialism and abortion into America’s leadership corrupts our society! Francis Schaeffer warned us in the 1970s that one day we would wake up and discover that the America we once knew was gone.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Kavanaugh case — it’s not the lust, it’s the lying

    Gentle reader: As this column is written in preparation for our Wednesday noon deadline, the radio, television, and daily press are all devoting considerable efforts to the developing story surrounding Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s fitness to become a member of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

  • Thanks to Creswell for helping make Roane a winning community

    I have been actively involved with the Roane County Chamber Board for over a decade. The resignation of Wade Creswell as our Chamber president/CEO is bittersweet for me.

    Sweet because Wade is advancing his career by accepting a job at Oak Ridge National Lab, our country’s leading science research facility.

  • Poston’s ‘Out to Lunch’ makes the reader feel like a friend

    I just wanted to comment on how very much my family and I enjoy Bethel Poston’s “Out to Lunch” articles. They are the one reason we buy the news.

    They are so entertaining and makes one feel as if they are along with him at the restaurant. We have tried some of the restaurants after reading his reviews.

    His articles are warm and folksy. We have certainly missed his reviews and sincerely hope he is well.

    He makes one feel like a friend.

    Geri Armes


  • Imagination Library over the top in fundraising, thanks to Roane friends

    Roane County neighbors and friends, you did it again. A big “thank you” for your continued support for Roane Imagination Library.

    We met and exceeded the 2018 fundraising challenge campaign sponsored by Pro2Serve and Materials and Chemistry Laboratories Inc. (MCLinc), The campaign was also supported by the Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.

    This successful campaign provides for more than half of our annual operating budget.

  • Guest Column: School attendance is important

    By Sheila Sitzlar

    Special to the Roane County News

    Did you know that children who miss 18 or more days in kindergarten and first grade are much less likely to read at grade level by the end of third grade?

    By sixth grade, missing 18 or more days of school in a school year is proven as an early warning sign for dropping out of high school.

    By ninth grade, good attendance is a better predictor of graduation rates than test scores.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Politics weather the storms, too

    By Mark Banker

    Kathy and I have watched the weather with more attention than usual this past week as Hurricane Florence blasted the Atlantic coast. More than 40 years ago, she introduced me to North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

    Her Forbes’ ancestors arrived there in the late 17th century, and for more than three centuries that rocky, semi-isolated seacoast was their home.