• Good to have Lemond as our neighbor

    The LeMond Composites announcement carried in a recent edition was welcome news to Roane County and the region.

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory has become a primary driver of economic development activity in Roane County. The location of Lemond Composites in our community demonstrates the successes that the lab’s technology transfer efforts have generated.

  • Roane schools’ ACT scores going up steadily

    As the school district and community have opportunity to reflect upon the ACT scores produced by juniors and senior students from the 2015-16 school year, it is important to remember the dedication and hard work of teachers, parents, administrators and students.

    Across our five high schools, alternative learning center, five middle schools and six elementary schools, we are fortunate enough to have caring, dedicated and driven educators and community members looking forward to the growth and improvement our students will make.

  • Supporting Supply Closet a big help to area educators

    On Sept. 29, teachers from all over the county assembled together at Roane State Community College for the 14th annual Teachers Supply Closet event.

    Approximately 30 teachers/staff and eight schools were represented this year, and they delighted in getting the supplies that were donated.

    Here is a letter that we received from Harriman Middle School teacher, Tori Henley:

  • Michael Dunn Center an obvious East Tenn. asset

    I recently toured the Michael Dunn Center. I was pleasantly surprised. The facility was extremely clean and well kept. The layout of work areas and classrooms was very tidy.

    President and CEO Mike McElhiney and Melinda Johnson, supervisor, greeted me warmly and were very hospitable. The staff at Michael Dunn Center was very professional and courteous.

    It is very evident, for the staff, this is not just a profession, but a true calling. The effort put forth is truly a labor of love.

  • Best-qualified leader detrimental for area law enforcement

    If ever a police department needed veteran, seasoned and experienced leadership, that time is now.

    That is why I find it discouraging there were voices at the recent Harriman City Council meeting who inferred it would have been best to go back to a “good old boy” system of choosing the person to lead a vital service for our city.

    It is even more discouraging these remarks were said before the new chief has even started in his position.

  • YOUR LETTERS: I checked the facts, and here’s what I found out

    A writer last Wednesday suggests we check facts. I thought that was a real good idea, so I did it, using the writer’s letter.

    Here is what I found out:
    First — President Obama DID NOT “announce that he is turning over our internet to a UN agency!” Here is what was really announced, and who did it:

  • Socialism’s track record not a successful one

    Norman Mattoon Thomas was a six-time presidential candidate for the Socialist Party of America. In 1944 he said, “The American people will never knowingly accept socialism. But under the name of liberalism, they will adopt every fragment of the socialist program, until one day America will be a socialist nation without knowing how it happened.”

    He went on to say, “ I no longer need to run as a presidential candidate for the Socialist Party. The Democratic Party has adopted our platform.”

  • Get to work and check the facts for yourself

    It’s amazing to me that there seems to be such a willingness to believe everything in the mainstream media; some Democrats even with the day and age of a data-driven cellphones don’t know the news channels are fake news ... propaganda.

    Not that this freedom of speech is to last much longer, as it has been announced by Obama that he is turning over our Internet to a UN agency ... ICANN. I guess he is doing it because “I CANN.” (That is a joke.)

  • Did Clinton ignore regulations over federal records?

    I am a retired DOE contractor with 31 years’ experience in records and information management. I feel the need to share some of my knowledge of required handling of federal records in regard to the Hillary Clinton email issue.

    For the sake of simplicity and space, I will disregard the classified info and private-server issues and only discuss records in general (hard copy and electronic).

  • High time to reform inhumane soring practices

    Those involved in the Big Lick segment of the Tennessee walking horse industry are desperate to prevent any crack down on their illegal, inhumane training practices.

    That was made clear by comments made at USDA’s listening session in Murfreesboro on a proposed rule to end soring.