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Letters

  • Thanks for all the support of library book sale

    Thank you to all of the folks who attended the Kingston Library Foundation book and bake sale at the Kingston Community Center.

    The proceeds will be used for new best sellers, children’s books, etc.

    The 501st Star Wars costuming group was in attendance and were absolutely fantastic. The children and adults alike were thrilled with them.

    It was especially heartwarming to watch the children interacting with R2D2, Darth Vader and the storm troopers. These fine young men donated their Saturday to our book sale, and we thank them.

  • Jail: Icy cold, food is bad and portions miniscule

    I am an inmate in the Roane County Jail. I’m writing this letter to let the public know how inhumane it is, and how we’re being treated in here.
    The food portions have gotten smaller. For breakfast we get a small scoop of grits or oatmeal, half an apple or half a banana, and a piece of bread they left out the night before that they call toast.
    The grits and oatmeal have no flavor. No sugar.
    Lunch is a thin sandwich five days a week with water or Kool-Aid, which is only colored water.
    Dinner is OK for the most part.

  • Body-bag shot of drowning victim was in poor taste

    As a reader of the Roane County News, I am generally satisfied with the paper and the stories it publishes.
    However, I was highly disappointed in the news story and photographs in the Wednesday, June 22, edition concerning the drowning of Cesar Uribe.
    He was a friend and co-worker of mine, and I was highly disappointed in the choice to publish a photograph of the body bag holding his body.

  • Kingston city manager a good example for all

    The headline of your recent editorial, “A Good City Manager Well Worth the Money” spurred me to express my gratitude and commendations to Kingston’s City Manager Jim Pinkerton and his staff.
    Without doubt Kingston is the best-run city in Roane County, and I attribute this to the staff, department heads and employees who serve under Jim’s steady leadership.
    When first elected to city council, a few people bent my ear about Jim —  that he needed to go.

  • WBUD ‘policy’ ridiculous and wrong, man says

    I am a resident of Roane County and a Watts Bar Utility District customer.
    Recently, I encountered problems with a WBUD policy.
    Being a senior citizen, I sometimes have a problem understanding how the concept of right and wrong is so hard for some people to get.
    Back in the day, when one party damaged another party’s property, the party causing the damage was expected to make restitution.
    Evidently that has changed.

  • WBUD’s policy causes one man to cry foul

    I am a resident of Roane County and a Watts Bar Utility District customer. Recently I have encountered problems with a WBUD policy.
    Being a “senior citizen,” I sometimes have a problem understanding how the concept of right and wrong is so hard for some people to get. Back in the day, when one party damaged another party’s property, the party causing the damage was expected to make restitution. Evidently that has changed.

  • Disrespectful acts to late husband are shameful

    This letter is intended for the person or persons responsible for the June 6 incidents when you took used motor oil and washed my late husband’s chalkboard, and for spraying the little vegetable garden with weed killer.
    You disrespected my late husband’s property with such childish acts.
    The chalkboard has been cleaned and the quotes will continue. Of course the vegetable garden is destroyed.
    Shame on whoever put youngsters up to such a disrespectable act.
    Connie Kirkland
    Rockwood
     

  • Avery Trace DAR grateful for all the tourney support

    On Saturday, June 11, the Avery Trace Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution held its annual Flag Day Golf Tournament at Southwest Point Golf Course. 
    DAR promotes patriotism within our local schools and community, supports our military veterans, and educates American youth in the history of our great country.

  • Councilman grouses over headline, story

    I think your recent article headlined “AIRPORT HEAD TO GET A 10% RAISE” was totally misleading.
    This has not been passed. The airport manager is a contract employee.
    And the Ron Harwell, Tea Party candidate article was just free publicity for him in his council race.
    This should have been offered to all of the candidates. It is a shame this was printed so close to the election date.
    Ray Collett
    Rockwood
     

  • Success of CASA fundraiser comes from their help

    The board of directors for CASA of the Ninth Judicial District would like to thank all those who participated or helped in making the CASA’s third annual Run for the Child such a success. We has 98 runners/walkers in the 5k race and 13 participants in the one mile fun walk/run.
    Additionally, there were several others who participated by purchasing a T-shirt or who registered for the run/walk but were unable to come to the event.
    The board is especially thankful for the major sponsors who helped pay for the event.