Today's Opinions

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Follow the money — board not always wise in how money spent

    There is no doubt that a lot of money that could have been used for the schools was wasted — on the schools.

    In a recent discussion about why Roane County High School has not received a new roof it was explained that it makes no sense to put a new roof on a building if the building is going to be abandoned.

    Fair enough. But tell me how it makes sense to put $800,000 into a band room of a building that is about to be abandoned or torn down?

    Can we just all agree that schools money has not been spent wisely in the past.

  • THE VIEW FROM HERE: Lost antler is a holiday gas


    I have always been a huge fan of Christmas and love to decorate my house to the hilt for the holidays.

    I have never been one for hanging lights outside of the house, but I truly appreciate the efforts of those who light up the entire neighborhood with their outdoor decorations.

    I love to ride around during this time, as do many of my friends, to view the various light shows around the area. To me, this epitomizes the pride of Christmas decorating and allows for some spectacular displays to be enjoyed by passers-by.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Ash spill still hot topic 10 years later

    After a decade of trying to forget the 2008 ash spill, the issue is back in the news.

    The recent finding by a jury that Jacobs Engineering covered up dangers to workers during the cleanup of the spill raises the question of whether Jacobs and its employer TVA were completely correct when they claimed residual ash was harmless to the environment.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Kingston Christmas memories

    By Mark Banker

    Rather than risk association with the likes of Ebenezer Scrooge and the Grinch in this my last column before Christmas, I will resist returning to my recent promised reflections on controversial political matters.

    My last two pre-Christmas day columns focused on my father, Eugene Banker and his longtime role as Kingston’s Santa Claus. Today, my attention shifts to Mrs. Claus.

  • Roane County lost treasure with death of Mee

    Roane County and Harriman has lost a true treasure and I a friend. Frank Mee was many things — a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a friend to anyone that met him. A proud alumni of his beloved Harriman High School. He was also a veteran.  

    I want to personally thank Frank’s family for sharing him with the rest of Roane County and Harriman.

    Frank selflessly served as a state employee for over 37 years and several years on the Harriman City and Roane County school boards. 

  • Going With the Flo: Comey interview similar to watching dishonest child

    By Flo Charles

    James Comey’s answers to the questions about the FBI leadership reminded me of the training sessions my husband and I took to understand how to help kids placed in foster care.

    It was an intense training where you have the symptoms of a consistent lying character, but you are trying to help that child become a functioning credible asset to society.

    Mr. Comey’s behavior demonstrates a type of behavior we studied. Unattached children lie all the time, not just once in a while.

  • County should not be pursuing legal action against TVA

    I was extremely disappointed in the Roane County Commission when reading the article by Damon Lawrence, “Roane moves toward possible TVA lawsuit.”

    A lawsuit against TVA, or any other entity, will do nothing other than spend our taxpayer dollars needlessly and waste effort that could otherwise benefit Roane County.

    Trying to equate the health of ash spill workers with those of us who reside in the county is like comparing apples and oranges.

  • Couple express gratitude for Rockwood Fire Department’s help

    The Rockwood Fire Department has helped me in so many ways.

    My husband Steve Radford is confined to a wheelchair. Sometimes he falls or is unable to get back into the bed.

    I have called Rockwood Fire Department and they usually arrive in five or 10 minutes. They go out of their way to help me.

    I wanted everyone to know how helpful they are.

    Sharon Radford