Today's Opinions

  • Going With the Flo: Are you ready to say enough is enough?

    An immigrant in our country illegally is charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts!

    This may be old news to some, but not to her family or those who fear that they could be next.

    Politicians protect those living in our country illegally, blocking our president’s every attempt to build a wall. They are working against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, exposing Americans to the same fate as Mollie.

    How many more deaths will it take?

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Recent national news prompts commentary

    The death of Senator John Sydney McCain, of Arizona, has dominated the news over the last few days, and naturally such an event has prompted the old curmudgeon into random thoughts inspired by that sad event.

    § First there is the question as to whether McCain’s passing will eventually mark the passing of the Grand Old Party, for he was one of the few who still made efforts to maintain the old standards of the Republican Party, even against the assaults of the new born Trump Party.

  • Glimpses From a Teacher Historian: Matters of identity deeper than politics

    By Mark Banker

    Even as more sensational matters have gained our attention, events of August 2018 remind us that race remains a key issue in our United States.

    In the two weeks since I penned a column about Mrs. Gertrude Porter and the integration of Roane County’s public schools, we became better acquainted with Omarosa Manigault Neuman, mourned the passing of Aretha Franklin, and soberly recalled events that unfolded in Charlottesville a year ago.

  • An elected director of schools would listen to the people

    Whenever and whoever the school board hires for Director Of Schools will have to pass a Litmus test.

    This person must agree with everything the school board proposes, or that director is out. Number one being in favor of the mega school.

    It would be so much better if we elected our director of schools. That way, they would listen more to the people.

    But to elect them the law would have to be changed by the state legislature in Nashville.

    Sam Doughty


  • Kingston officials serve all citizens in city, not just one

    I am writing this letter in regard to a citizen complaint about the location the Kingston City Council had selected for the Fort Paws Dog Park location.

    While I don’t share the same concerns that this individual expressed and would like to ask the Council to continue with their prior decision to keep the dog park at the highly under-utilized location that’s part of the current Kingston City Park behind Byrd Field, I realize that some of the Council members have a private interest in keeping a single individual happy.

  • Going With the Flo: Time for Americans to be accountable for officials

    By Flo Charles

    Many Americans and Christians have ignored their responsibility and accountability for elected officials who make unwise, immoral decisions. We, the citizens, placed them in office!

    Deuteronomy 16:18-20 admonished us to elect leaders who would uphold justice, be completely impartial, and avoid even the temptation of bribes.

    Being responsible for the condition of our nation, we share the guilt and consequences of poor leadership — even if we failed to vote.

  • A View From Lick Skillet: Don’t build a wall. Send in the Marines!

    Gentle reader, as the sun slowly repositions itself southward, it seems timely to bring up a couple of items that we have intended to mention for some time concerning the area of the planet south of us that has given rise to problems and headlines for some time now.

  • Guest column: Harriman women vital to suffrage movement

    By Patricia Pierce

    It was 98 years ago this weekend that women’s right to vote became law.

    In a long, hard-fought battle of 72 years, 27 million women in the United State in 1920 won the right to vote by an action taken by Tennessee.

    On Aug. 26, 1920, Tennessee was the 36th state to ratify the 19th Amendment, which was the required number of states at the time for the Amendment to become law.

    Unfortunately, this is a part of Tennessee’s and the United States’ history that far too many people aren’t aware of.