• Major League Fishing announced recently that Dayton is the fourth destination of the 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour schedule.

    The famed big bass fishery of Chickamauga Lake is ready to play a significant role in the professional fishing world.

    Watts Bar Lake could also play a major role.

    Money making events like this could be happening in Roane County once a month, even every weekend, if our great resources were marketed properly.

    These fishing events bring in big money.

    The Bassmasters Classic was hosted by Knoxville this year.

  • I called the road department about State Route 58 — a portion of 58 was about to collapse. 
    Government response is not always as swift as you would like, but  the Road Department was much different.
    They were out on Hwy. 58 making repairs in a matter of days.
    I just wanted to tell them thank you.

    Stefanie Chandler
    Ten Mile

  • I called the road department about State Route 58 — a portion of 58 was about to collapse.  

    Government response is not always as swift as you would like, but  the Road Department was much different. 

    They were out on Hwy. 58 making repairs in a matter of days.

    I just wanted to tell them thank you.


  • By E. Douglas Varney
    and Dr. John J. Dreyzehner
    It is time to change the conversation in Tennessee. It is time to recognize addiction for what it is:  a chronic disease, not a moral failing.

    Addiction impacts about one in three families in our state. It is a disease to which we are all susceptible by our very nature as human beings.

    Whether our brains crave nicotine, alcohol, sugar, prescription drugs, or other substances, it is fact, not fate, we can recover.

    State Senator, 12th District
    School is out and summer is in.  

    There is nowhere better to enjoy summer activities than Tennessee’s beautiful state parks.  

    A state park is within an hour’s drive of just about anywhere in Tennessee.  


    On March 19, state Rep. Julia Hurley entered the Roane County Courthouse with her Chinese crested dog, “Pepper.”

    When court officials noticed her dog tagging behind on his leash, they proceeded to evict her from the courthouse.

     In the aftermath of this incident, comments regarding Rep. Hurley’s actions and information regarding service animal requirements flooded the media.


  • Infant Jayden Thomas Mittleider, 6 days, of Coalfield, passed away Sunday, Aug. 7, 2011, in University of Tennessee Medical Center, Knoxville.
    He was born Monday, Aug. 1, 2011, in University of Tennessee Medical Center.

  • Gov. Bill Haslam presented his State of the State/Budget Address to the General Assembly outlining his proposals to deal with the state’s current budget crunch, while working towards reforming education and making our economy stronger to welcome new jobs to Tennessee. 

    The $30.2 billion balanced budget is almost $2 billion less than the current 2010-11 budget of $32 billion. 
    It contains no new taxes and maintains essential government services by focusing reductions in administrative areas to minimize any impact felt by Tennessee taxpayers.

    Lyndon Johnson once said of Gerald Ford that  he “played too much football with his helmet off.”
    Theodore Roosevelt once called William Howard Taft “a fathead with the brains of a guinea pig.”
    Harper’s Weekly once described Ulysses S. Grant as “a drunken Democrat dragged out of the Galena (Ill.) gutter.”

  • No, TVA can’t fix all the harm it has done with the disastrous ash spill late last year.

    But its $43 million reparations package is a huge step forward.

    We also agree with officials that most of the money should be pumped into improving Roane County schools — then, perhaps, used for recreation opportunities for residents.

    And by recreation opportunities, we are not talking about league sports and ball fields, but biking trails and other opportunities for the exercise and amusement for residents of all ages.

  • Recently we learned of a discussion involving a handful of local officials who were complaining that the newspaper hasn’t been “nice” to them.

    We are surprised when we see experienced people in office who feel that “being nice” is our role in covering them.

    Our role is not to be nice or mean — although we certainly try to be fair and civil.

  • The best thing about being an American is that built into our government system, our very core, is room for disagreement.

    “No two on earth in all things can agree,” Winston Churchill once poetically said. “All have some daring singularity.”

    What also makes America great is that our government, done right, allows plenty of room for discussion, debate and questioning.

    That is, unless the process is hijacked by people who have no interest in civil discourse, facts and learning anything.

  • We recently alerted you to a loosely organized boycott of Tennessee tourism by coal miners upset by U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander’s commendable stance in opposition to mountaintop removal coal mining.

    We stand with Alexander on this issue, and we are happy to see others rallying to keep any real boycott, if it really develops, from hurting our fair state.

  • We have been critical of TVA on these pages, of that there can be no doubt.

    But our gripe is with the policymakers, the people high up who call the shots.

    Many of the rank-and-file workers and managers are hard-working people who have, we know, expressed their consciences when they saw what they consider a sign of trouble.

    These people are our friends, our family members, fellow members of our community.

  • Every Roane County resident and every TVA ratepayer should be shaking in fury, if not fear, at the latest report from TVA’s own watchdog.

  • We’ve been pretty critical of our state legislators this year, and, we believe, with cause.

    But we’d now like to address an area where they deserve strong praise.

    We’re talking about legislation the Tennessee General Assembly passed last year to deter the escalating crime of metal theft.

    The legislation, which went into place last fall, imposes stricter requirements on those buying and selling metal.  

  • When word got out that officials were investigating possible terrorism in connection with the TVA disaster, few of us expected that there was anything to it.

    And we were right.

    However, there’s no arguing that ours has been a community hijacked by this disaster.

    Even outside the immediately impacted area, our concerns, and those of our public officials in very trying economic times, have been steered to deal with this problem.

  • We have grave concerns about Roane County Constable Mark Patton’s fitness for duty.

    As for the suit seeking to have him disqualified from elected office, we’re comfortable letting the honorable Judge Russell Simmons deal with merits of that.

    We come here today with another concern — the impact of name-calling and obscene gestures that seem to be in ample supply.

  • We have a letter to the editor on Page 5A noting that the foundation that supports the Kingston Public Library is seeking the donation of books for its ongoing library sale.

    We encourage everyone to go through their bookshelves and pull books they don’t expect to reread and donate them to this good cause.