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Tim Crass, Sequoyah Shores subdivision: “It’s been a long time coming. He lived 12 years that he shouldn’t have lived. They should have killed him a year before he attacked the towers in New York. If they had done that we would still have those towers. That’s why I’m saying 12 years.”
Steven Robinette, local mixed martial arts instructor: “I want to see the body.”
Fred Robertson, lives near Rockwood: “My first thoughts was good, I’m glad they got him, and then I thought is this the Christian way to think?”
Mary Helen Nichols, lives in Midtown: “I’m glad that they got him, but it makes me mad about Pakistan. You’re not going to tell me they didn’t know he was there.”
U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn.: “Our military men and women and President Obama deserve great credit for their courageous mission to bring Osama bin Laden to justice.”
Kathleen Duff, Roane County High School student, working at Market Street Fountain: “I feel like it’s going to give a lot of people closure. He finally got justice. I think this will lead them to hopefully finding other members of al-Qaida and shutting down the group.”
Mandy Rush, Food City, Kingston: “I’m glad he’s dead ... I think it’s a good thing, but at the same time, it terrifies me."
Shelbie Little, Food City, Kingston: “I don’t know. Everybody was really excited about it. It took over my TV show. I was going to celebrate it watching 'River Monsters.' It’s a good thing, but at the same time, it’s sad celebrating someone dying.”
Carol Smith, faculty member at RCHS: “I think it’s long overdue. I think it’ll bring closure hopefully to the families who lost loved ones in 9/11.”
Tammy Rose, Kingston mom: “Good. Great. Ask me later when I through security at the airport ... I think the guy who did it should be allowed to retire with full benefits."
Justin Rose, 13, of Kingston: “I really don’t know. It’s a good thing he’s dead, but...”
David Johnson: “I think it’s great when Americans have something that generally unites them. The long-awaited justifiable killing of Osama bin Laden is something that did just that. God Bless all the lives that were taken in 911, may they truly rest in peace now.”
Reiley Ishman: “I wish I could put into words how I feel, but I think I’m at a loss for words. I want to be happy, but he was a human, and being happy at another human’s death makes me no better than him. If that was the best move to being our troops home then OK. I’m glad it was done. Now bring our troops home.”
Neil Howard: "Hmmm....the best one word would be 'proud.'"
Christina Neal: “I honestly feel like his death might have just started a worse war to come. I fear for our country now more than before. I know our military is here to protect an pray for all of them that are.”
Jason Stiltner: “We will not falter, we will not fail, we will stay the course, justice will be served. Justice may not have been swift in this case but justice was sure. It’s a great day to be an American.”
Jacob Parkison: “I just want to praise God that our soldiers got him and say that I hope they get to come home soon.”
Jeff Newport: “I was elated when I found out we got him. I knew it was only a matter of time because you can’t run from the U.S. military forever. Being a Desert Storm veteran it makes me so proud of the soldiers that are serving our country and I’m proud to be an American.”
Josh Brandon: “I think it’s bittersweet. It’s not the end of terrorism. We don’t get to let our guard down now. We do get to have a little retribution for what was done to our nation ... and the world. It’ll never be enough..but I am thankful for those that lost loved ones through the many attacks over the years ... not just 9/11 ... but the USS Cole and the many other al-Qaida acts ... those families have at least a sliver of closure, of vindication.”
Mark Clem: “Hats off to our military men and women who we all probably take for granted every day for all they do to protect the many freedoms we enjoy each and every day.”
Jack McNew, Kingston: “I think that justice was done, and I don’t think that OBL would have allowed himself to be taken alive. If he could have been captured and taken to trial then he could have been shown to be the common criminal that he was and not the martyr that he may become.”
Stacey Hall, Rockwood: “YES! Now the men and women overseas can finally come home.”
Tommy Long, Rockwood: “I’m glad he’s gone. I’m glad Obama got him. I think it’ll cause some trouble, though. I think they’ll retaliate.’
Ray Collett, Rockwood: “I’m glad that he has left us, but al-Qaida wasn’t killed. Al-Qaida is still very much alive. Taking him out was a big victory, but al-Qaida is still very much alive.
Heather Hall, Rockwood High School senior: ““Like everybody else, proud of the country and happy. I’m glad he’s dead.”
John Evans, Rockwood: “I was tickled. We were watching the ‘Celebrity Apprentice’ like a lot of folks, and the wife and I started speculating, and I figured it was ground forces to Libya. We were both just tickled to death.”
June Humphreys, Harriman, at Riverfront Park: “I heard it the next morning. It was a happy occasion. I was just glad they got him after 10 years.”
Marty Taylor: “It was kind of late when it came out. I watched a lot of it last night. I’m kind of glad it wasn’t by predator drone. I like that it was personal. The last vision that man had was of an American soldier. That is very important to me that that was the last thing he saw.”
Harriman lawyer Donice Butler: “I found out last night by text message and then I turned the news on. I was getting ready to go to bed but then I stayed up to watch it. It is about time, that is my feeling. That was the coolest thing, was to watch people come and cheer (at the White House.)”
Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle: “About midnight they showed a report on the news.
I’m glad we didn’t give up on it and continued to pursue getting this guy but I’m also worried about retaliation.”
Shawn Hatfield, preacher at One Faith Community Church and DJ at the Rockwood Skating Rink: “I actually found out through Facebook. I have to kind of lament that is a soul that didn’t make it. He got what he deserved, but God gave him a chance.”