• Already local election signs are popping up like daffodils around the county.

    Democracy, indeed, is a beautiful thing, but sometimes the process can get ugly.

    Sadly, some of Roane County elections get a case of the “uglies” now and then, and we expect a few races in the June 2 election to hit a few sour notes before the ballots are tabulated.

    One thing to be on the lookout for are unsigned “slam” sheets that spread unsupported rumors and innuendo in an attempt to sway the vote.

  • Deregulation.

    That’s a word we’ve heard a lot in the news lately.

    Extremes in deregulation in the finance sector have been blamed for the severe economic crisis we currently are trying to survive,

    Extremes in deregulation of coal ash storage may be to blame for the massive environmental disaster Roane County faces today.

    This week, a congressional panel told TVA officials they can expect more oversight as a result of last December’s massive ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • The General Assembly is once again hard at work for the good of their constituents.

    What act of brilliance are they taking on now? One that would make it a crime to wear your britches too low.

    Bill sponsor Rep. Joe Towns said he proposed House Bill 2083 in response to complaints from people who think many young people wear their pants too low.




    “Recession? What recession?”

    Those were surprising words shared in a telephone call some days back with a former colleague and dear friend.