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Today's Opinions

  • Rockwood office closing prompts move into nursing home care

    First I would like to thank you for the many years of confidence in the medical care you received at our office. This has been a very special time in the lives of all of our staff.

    Three years ago I sold my office medical practice to the Tennova Healthcare System with the hopes of making this office the very best place to receive medical care in Roane County. These hopes included wanting Tennova to bring patients great choices in their health-care needs. I worked constantly and was never able to get any of the desired aspirations for our patients.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Fort prime example of revisionism

    By Mark Banker

    The recent opening of the National Museum of Peace and Justice in Montgomery, Ala., reveals an important, generally overlooked historical message that could have profound implications for our ongoing schools debate in Roane County.

    With laser-like focus on the practice of lynching, the Montgomery museum is only one of numerous new institutions that focus on aspects of our nation’s long-overlooked struggle over civil rights. Indeed, those museums’ growth are the latest round in that cause.

  • Time to get past party labels and talk about issues

    I want to give a shout-out to all the folks who voted for Democratic candidates in past elections. I would like to appeal to those who didn’t but might consider doing so this time around. Your Roane County Democratic Party is alive and well.

    We hold monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood School, Greenwood Street, Kingston (next to the new baseball field). And we have an active Facebook page for the county Democrats where you can read articles and exchange ideas.

  • Hear how lake weeds impact our river on May 21

    Invasive aquatic plants are now expanding rapidly on Watts Bar Lake.

    If left alone, these plants will have a devastating impact on everything good about the lake. Yet there remains opposing points-of-view, especially regarding fishing, including tournament fishing.

  • Going with the Flo: Promises being fulfilled, in spite of the opposition

    By Flo Charles

    The legislatures have been making pro-life promises for more than four decades.

    They use pro-life rhetoric to get elected; once elected, they forget to use their elections to save the babies.

    The abortion industry is in it for the money. Sixty million babies are murdered every year.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Dr. Watkins pt. 3 (final): “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”

    As you will recall, gentle reader, we concluded last week’s column, the second segment of our analysis and commentary on Dr. Leah Watkins’ essay published in the News edition of 20 April, under the caption of “New school questions now answered,” discussing the good doctor’s concept of “dose proximity” between the Roane State campus site of the proposed new school and the location of the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, some miles as it turns out to be.

  • Some big-fish athletes, coaches likely to flounder in consolidated school

    I would like to continue my letter concerning the mega school. Has anyone on the school board or County Commission drove from the farthest reaches of Roane County to the proposed site of mega school?

    Not everyone in Roane County lives in the city limits. What about the children who live in Eagle Furnace, the furthest reaches of Lawnville Road, and the split from Harriman to Oliver Springs? Some think that it’s just going be an extra six-minute drive, which is entirely false.

  • 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.