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Today's Opinions

  • Guest column: School plan more than buildings

    By GARY AYTES

    This is an exciting time for the future of education in Roane County as we move to the forefront using an innovative approach in preparing our students to join the workforce.

    I would like to begin by thanking the Roane County Commission for their encouragement in this endeavor. During the budget process four years ago, the Commission requested a long-range plan for Roane County Schools.

  • Going With the Flo: The traitor violates allegiance and betrays his country
  • A View From Lick Skillet: Creswell Alliance is getting 1/2 million $$$ a year

    Gentle reader, we don’t know about you, but we found last Friday’s edition of this paper just stuffed full of interesting items, such as Harriman’s new police chief and his plans, as well as the possible fate of the Harriman Hospital.

    And the Faith page had an interesting and informative account of the ordination of Methodist minister Rev. Todd Chancey, pastor of the Kingston United Methodist Church.

  • From the Editor’s Desk: Tighter tourism belt may cost us

    Roane County is blessed to be located at a great natural intersection of mountains, valley, rivers and lakes.

    Summer is the time of the year when these great natural assets are put on display not only for local residents but for many visitors from across the nation.

    Many small businesses in Roane County benefit greatly from this big tourist-generated infusion every summer.

    How do these tourists find there way here from places far away?

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: How will history portray our time?

    For years, curious students asked me how history might judge our time. In more recent days, many friends have asked the same.

    I appreciate the sincerity of these queries. But I must gently suggest that they reflect a misunderstanding of my preferred field of study.

    Historians and their findings defy simple categorization. We may not be as diverse as the broader society. But, contrary to our critics’ rhetoric, we do not all champion “political correctness.”

  • Sheriff Stockton a helpful angel in time of need

    Last Thursday I was taking a quadriplegic to a medical appointment. The van we were driving broke down at the health department.

    It soon began to get very hot in the van. Because the engine would not run the wheel chair ramp would not work. My friend in the wheelchair was getting overheated.

    A man approached us in the parking lot and asked if he could help. He was able to get the wheelchair ramp lowered. He then pushed the wheelchair into the building.

  • Help at breakfast helps Harriman Lions help others

    Many Roane Countians again enjoyed food and fellowship when the Harriman Lions Club hosted the “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.” The breakfast was at Roane Street Grill on May 6 and proved to be a successful fundraiser.

    Money raised from this event goes back into the community as we provide photo eye screening each year for over 400 Roane County children. We pay for eye examinations and/or glasses for 30-40 people yearly. We also contribute to area charities as the need arises.

  • Going With the Flo: There’s a war going on for the soul of this nation

    By Flo Charles

    Noah Webster — the great scholar and university president who gave us the Webster’s Dictionary — said, “Let it be impressed on your mind that God commands you to choose for rulers just men who will rule in the fear of God ... if the citizens neglect their duty and place unprincipled men in office, the government will soon be corrupted. ... if a republican government fails to secure public prosperity and happiness, it is because the citizens neglect the Divine commands and elect bad men to make and administer the laws.”