• Bowers food drive success due to donors

    Every year, the staff and students at Bowers Elementary School sponsors a Thanksgiving food drive designed to provide our school families with much-needed food items for holiday meals.

    This year was a huge success as we provided baskets to over 90 families.

    These baskets included turkey, rolls, potatoes and many other canned food items.

    For many families in our community, holidays are very stressful times.

    We are confident that our food drive made Thanksgiving a holiday to remember.

  • The politicians get prettier at closing time?

    Ever hear the old saying that was incorporated into a country song that says the girls all look better at closin’ time? It reminds me of the slow dance Boehner and Obama are doing as they dance ever closer to the looming fiscal cliff.

    Claiming stalemate, both dancers shuffle to the steady rhythm of the talking heads on both extreme wings of the political parties.

  • Chili supper helps feed more than attendees

    On Nov. 16, state Sen. Ken Yager held his annual chili supper at Roane State Community College.
    Every year at the chili supper, Yager holds a silent auction.

    Many local venders are asked to donate an item for auction. The proceeds are then donated to a local charity that serves Roane County.

    This year the charity was Hands of Mercy Enterprises in Kingston. Hands of Mercy is a local food pantry that serves all of Roane County.

    HOME, as called by many of us, is also a referral service, providing case management for many clients who need more than food every month.

  • Berry installed hydrant, saved neighbors’ $$$

    We think when someone goes out of his way to make things better for  others, that action should not go unnoticed.  

    Everyone in our community will   save hundreds of dollars on their annual homeowners insurance premiums and  have better fire protection.

    Our neighbor, Ron Berry, had a fire hydrant installed on our road, (Emerald Cove Lane) and bore the entire expense of  $2,800 out of his own pocket.  

    We want to thank him, acknowledge his efforts and applaud his generosity.

  • Phone call – it’s for you, County Atty. Tom McFarland

    How does one get a return telephone call from the County Attorney Tom McFarland?
    I have called his office from Nov. 26 to Nov. 30, (5 days) and left a message for him to please call me.
    As of Dec. 4 I still haven’t received a return telephone call.
    Sharon M. Brown

  • Time for hate-spewing billboard to come down

    On my daily travels up and down the roads across the South, I’ve seen billboards and signs everywhere.
    I have noticed the Roane County Tea Party sign on Interstate 40 near the Industrial Park: “America or Obama, you can’t have both.”
    I’m sorry to say that it’s time to take down the sign; I have America and President Obama.
    I have America to thank that a bunch of hatemongers was not going to influence what America was really about by putting signs that spewed hatred up along the interstate.

  • Now engaged in great social war, loss of republic

    A “funny” thing happened while we were napping — we lost our Republic.
    Usually on this special day (Thanksgiving) we speak to and honor the founding documents and their inspired speeches of the greatest nation on earth.
    But those documents have been systematically shredded and we find ourselves gripped in a progressive nightmare beyond our comprehension.

  • The donkey has brayed — heed the warning

    I missed the TV coverage of the meeting between the president’s representative and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
    The talking heads on CNN and
    MSNBC made reference to McConnell’s exhibit of levity as he reviewed the contents of the proposal offered by President Obama.
    I can’t quite get my mind around the picture of the stone-faced McConnell actually laughing a Phyllis-Diller cackle at the president’s expense.

  • Largen gets it right on hospital, remembrances

    Gerald Largen’s Thanksgiving column was excellent.  He gave thanks for friends and mentioned Hal Jones who had recently passed away. 
    My wife, Jean, and I also remember Hal, whom we knew though his sister, Selma Myers.
    Gerald also put forth a cogent explanation of concern about the possibility of the soon to be vacated Harriman hospital being taken over by the Veterans Administration. 
    It was much better stated than my sort of similar thoughts.
    Jim Leitnaker

  • No one is forcing Dunn Center to do anything

    I would like to provide some additional information to supplement the front page article written by Damon Lawrence that appeared in the Nov. 12 edition Roane County News under the headline “School board stymies transfer of Dunn land.”

    To quote a phrase used by County Executive Ron Woody, if Michael Dunn Center were to relocate to another part of the county this could be a “win-win” for both Michael Dunn Center and the county.