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Today's Opinions

  • Thanks for helping honor Roane’s Teachers of Year

    On behalf of the Roane County Schools Education Foundation, I would like to take the opportunity to say “thank you” to our most generous sponsors for assisting in the success of our first Teacher of the Year Banquet for Roane County Schools.

    We were able to honor and recognize 15 teachers of the year, chosen and selected by their peers from their respective schools.

  • Going with the Flo: Trump strong on economy, military and in prayer

    By Flo Charles

    “If the truth be told, can’t nobody talk about nobody; we all got a past, we all got problems and we all need prayer.” Word of wisdom from a true Christian.

  • New school questions now answered

    By Leah Rice Watkins, Roane County Director of Schools

    I would like to take a moment to respond to several important questions regarding the high school building program.

    1. Why the rush for the building program? Why does it need to be done soon?

    a. In actuality, this is not a rushed program. The Lewis Group Firm was selected by the Roane County School Board in January of 2015 to analyze the high school facilities regarding security, accessibility, safety, structure, health, curriculum, and maintenance.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Does nostalgia override reform?

    Simultaneous reflection on Bethel Presbyterian Church’s 200 years and Roane County’s current school debate spurred today’s thoughts.

    Fifteen years ago, Bethel’s Session initiated a visioning process that brought attention to a host of long-neglected problems with the church’s physical plant.

    This unwelcome news coincided with a sense that church finances were strained and evoked sharply different responses from Bethel’s normally cohesive members.

  • Math is clear, money not there for new school

    Many good letters have been published by the Roane County News regarding the new school initiative.

    I will not go over their points that have already been well described.

    The matter is much simpler than we have been told.

    The question of building a new school system is academic. We simply do not have the money.

    Local entities are unlikely to gift us the funding, after TVA saw what we did with their ash spill grant.

    Roane County is not wealthy, nor is it likely to become so.

  • Going With the Flo: We must recognize God’s hand in history and schools

    By Flo Charles

    One of the most important elements to the longevity of any nation is the educational system.

    The Founders believed schools and educational systems were a proper means to encourage that “religion, morality and knowledge” were necessary to good government and the happiness of mankind.

    Benjamin Rush (1745-1813), a Founding Father and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was the leading educator in America and called the Father of Education under the Constitution.

  • Thank you, Midtown Choir, for bringing dogs much happiness

    Hats off to Beth Trescher and her choir from Midtown Elementary School for serenading the animals at the Roane County Animal Shelter.

    These dogs and other animals are there because they got lost or someone did not want them anymore. Can you imagine how the pets feel after being with a family and all of a sudden they’re locked in a cage?

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Does nostalgia override reform?

    By Mark Banker

    Several recent letters to the editor have expressed reservations about proposed plans for Roane County’s public schools.

    Last Friday, one lengthy letter introduced readers to philosopher-educator John Dewey and connected Dewey’s influence to today’s ongoing educational debates.