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Today's Opinions

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Remembered past and school plan

    By MARK BANKER

    Fellow columnist Gerald Largen recently observed that Roane County’s “mega-school plan [is] the most important public issue to confront our community for some little time.”

    I agree and will devote several upcoming columns to concrete details about the issue.

  • Guest Column: Women understand leadership better

    By Cal Turner Jr.

    Special to the Roane County News

    If you asked business leaders about the most important leadership skill, no doubt you would receive as many answers as the number of leaders you asked.

    Some might say it is setting rules and insisting they be kept. That’s authoritative leadership. Others might say it’s learning to build an influential model where your employees feel respected and are subsequently more committed to the job at hand.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Watkins pt. 2, give the lady a map of the county
  • Going With the Flo: Attacks on conservatives sabotaging our freedom

    By Flo Charles

    “If we are to guard against ignorance and remain free, it is the responsibility of every American to be informed.” — Thomas Jefferson

    We must face the fact that the leftists in America do not want a free America; they just want to control America.

    This anti-American sabotage has been spreading like gangrene, blocking our president’s nominees by publicizing degrading stories to destroy their credibility and attacking conservatives with an all-out force.

  • Roane children do deserve better, but this school plan not feasible

    My thoughts on the “mega school”: People are typing like crazy about how big schools add to more businesses in Roane County.

    Well, that’s not entirely true. To gain more businesses you need better infrastructure, and the leadership to bring those businesses to Roane County.

    Take a look at Putnam County. Putnam is growing rapidly, and at the same time they have Cookeville High, Monterey High, Upperman High, and the Adult Education Center. Hmm ... that sounds like it goes against the narrative.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Another Elegy for Appalachia

    By Mark Banker

    J.D. Vance, author of the best-selling memoir “Hillbilly Elegy,” spoke recently at the University of Tennessee. His visit to East Tennessee spurred me to share these thoughts about our similar – yet very different – journeys.

    Mine began and continues in Roane County!

    Vance’s ancestors settled in hardscrabble Eastern Kentucky at a time when coal was king. There, they developed traits that came to distinguish Appalachian: an isolated rural lifestyle, fierce independence and disdain for formal education.

  • Building program kind of bold action Roane needs

    The Greenwood School Education Foundation heartily endorses the Roane County Board of Education’s High School Building Program.

    Our Foundation exists for the purpose of filling gaps in education and training opportunities throughout Roane County. As such, we gain a “street level” view of current and emerging trends in our community, and we have developed an understanding of the conditions and past decisions that have brought us to this point in the first place.

  • Going with the Flo: We should all measure up to Barbara Bush’s yardstick

    By Flo Charles

    The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world.

    The life celebration of Barbara Bush was held at St. Martin’s Episcopal Church in Houston with past presidents, dignitaries and leaders from all backgrounds and religions — 1,500 inside and thousands outside showing their respect for her life of service to her fellow man.

    She was the matriarch of one of the most powerful American political dynasties in the families of American history.