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Letters

  • Maybe experience was better choice in assessor race

    It was just a couple years ago the voters gave the “heave, ho” to Roane County tax assessor Teresa Kirkham.

    The complaint was that she was too efficient, which resulted in increased appraisals.  

    She was replaced with David Morgan who had little training for the job. 

    This lack of understanding has resulted in the county being in noncompliance with the state of Tennessee.  

    This is sort of being “tossed out of the frying pan into the fire.”

  • Taxpayers will be footing bill brought on by Morgan

    In reference to your recent articlcle in regard to the property assessor hiring an out-of-state group to come into our county and make recommendations about our tax assesstment for 2015.  

    This is supposed to be paid for by the county.

    Who will pay for it? It should be the tax assessor; he was elected to do the job, but he didn’t do it. He is paid a good salary also. But I guess we poor taxpayers will have to foot the bill.

    This problem never happened during the tenure of Teresa Kirkham. She had a capable staff, which David Morgan fired.

  • Gentlemen? More like cruel children in this instance

    This is an open letter to the two young men traveling west on Cumberland Street approaching the intersection of Cumberland and Kentucky streets in Kingston on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at 3:30 p.m.

    As your vehicle was moving toward the red light, one of our employees was in the process of returning to work after a short break.

    She observed an elderly woman crossing Cumberland Street while pushing a shopping cart.

  • Local letter writer laments attention terrorists feed on

    I have thoughts and questions about the terrorism in Paris, France. What were the perpetrators’ goals? Were they thinking that they were making a major statement for the Muslim cause? Were they angered by the drawings of four political cartoonists?

    I think it was a goal of fundamentalism to have it spread on the media.

    They thrive on the media to put themselves in the forefront of all news stories. In my mind, all they want is news coverage.

  • Commissioner explains why he called for delay

    I believe that the government that is closest to the people governs the best, and that is why I made a pledge when I ran for office, that when elected, I would always be open and honest with all residents of Roane County.

    This brings me to the vote mentioned in the Roane County News about the Dollar General in East Roane County.

    On Thursday, before the county commissioners meeting, I received a call from Kay Christopher in the codes and zoning office stating that the vote would be postponed until the next month.

  • County executive off to a good start, but here’s a plan

    I read with interest the letter from Roane County Executive Ron Woody.

    It was a great letter; I enjoyed it.

    If Mr. Woody is sincere about his willingness to change and adapt to the needs of all of Roane County, here is a challenge for him and the officials with all of the rest of the governing bodies (plural) of Roane County.

    He quoted Charles Darwin, and I agree with the statement that “It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change.”

  • Poor Internet in many communities needs county help

    We have been residents of Roane County for 15 years, and throughout this period our Internet service has been sorely lacking.

    Our development, Crystal Cove, at least has access to DSL; but, since we are on the outer edge of the service area, it is only slightly better than dial-up. That’s what a substantial number of our neighbors are still suffering with.

    Roane County officials have for years touted our area as a wonderful place to retire. We heartily agree.

  • Roane Heritage Commission glad for gala help
  • Forgo the turkey, says resident, and sleep easier

    Next week, President Obama will pardon two turkeys to promote the turkey industry.

    Every one of us can exercise that same pardon power by choosing a nonviolent Thanksgiving observance. It’s a most fitting way to give thanks for our own life, health, and happiness.

    The 240 million turkeys killed in the U.S. this year have nothing to give thanks for. They are raised in crowded sheds filled with toxic fumes. Their beaks and toes are severed.

  • Close the border, once and for all, resident declares

    Just a few days after a sweeping victory by the Republican Party in the House and Senate, President Obama, with the stroke of a pen, neutered Congress again. There was nothing hidden in his agenda. In one simple executive order he granted a form of amnesty to his new “priority minority,” while at the same time abruptly ending any celebration by the GOP.

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Rep. Chuck Fleischmann’s victories were silenced.