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Letters

  • Wandering dog is safe thanks to people who cared

    Just before 3 p.m. last Friday, I was waiting for my niece to deliver an early supper from Cracker Barrel to my curb at 629 Unaka St.
    My 12-year-old Boston terrier, Blackjack, was with me as usual. He decided to go to the lot across the street.
    He does this very often, but he then decided to go on down to the house on the alley — all the time I am calling him and even went across the street to call him back, but to no avail.
    He went across Tennessee Street at the alley, and I felt he would stay there until my niece arrived, which she did very shortly.

  • Looking for a real hero? They are close at hand

    Looking for a real hero?
    Take a stroll over to Sheriff Jack Stockton’s office, and say hello to Jack’s smart, professional, friendly and very pretty assistant, Beth.
    Finally find out “wassup” with the real heroes. The staff isn’t there for fun, and is very busy, but if you have a problem, I’ll bet that they will get someone from the deputy force to spend a few minutes with you, or give you the names of some very hip people to help you out.
    If you are lucky, you might run into my hero there.

  • Another defends teacher in Bowers oinking incident

    I have long been an avid newspaper reader but have never before felt compelled to write a letter to the newspaper.
    Newspaper articles are written and placed in such a way as to attract the maximum attention and to increase sales of papers.
    That is the way it is done in big cities where the faces are unfamiliar and apparently also in small communities where we should actually know each other.
    With this knowledge, I take their content with “a grain of salt” and assume that all other thinking people do the same.

  • Humbled honoree offers thanks for award, banquet

    The eagerly anticipated 65th Annual Roane County Chamber of Commerce Banquet, held on April 29, more than met everyone’s expectations.
    From the wonderful hospitality of Paul and Jean Cowell at Whitestone Country Inn, to the excellent food and service from their kitchen and wait staff, to the timely keynote address by Tennessee Secretary of State, Tre Hargett, not one person should have left feeling shortchanged.

  • Inconsiderate fishermen making mess at boat ramp

    Twice in the past three weeks, fishermen have dumped six or more large gar fish near the boat ramp at Blue Springs.
    This ruins the ramp and parking area for other boaters and fishermen.
    Last fall inconsiderate hunters dumped two deer carcasses there. 
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency maintains this ramp which provides access to the beautiful Blue Springs cove and Tennessee River. 
    Why can’t people help them maintain it — instead of trashing it?

  • What would be the best way to help schools?

    Folks, let’s review this promise the Republican Party made to the voters of Roane County.
    Their promise would make the government more efficient and reduce the cost of state government.
    Their first act was to attack teachers and remove their right to negotiate their wages and working conditions.
    We do not need to go back to the old method of replacing teachers because they voted differently than the education superintendent or county executive.
    We need to keep the system of advancement by tenure or otherwise experience.

  • No amount of time will redeem tainted ex-judge

    I agree with District Attorney General Russell Johnson — partly.
    He suggests that former General Sessions Judge Thomas Austin might, over time, repair the reputation of the justice system which he, Austin, is responsible for damaging.
    The operative word here is “might.”
    I believe it is too late for such a miracle to ever occur in Roane County.
    Fifteen years ago, when I retired to this area I heard rumors from many sources of a rogue judge who was far less than upright.

  • Finding family in an unfamiliar place – priceless!

    As a new family of six to Harriman, I thought I would share a few words with you about the community.
    Moving to a new community can be stressful, especially for children.
    We had been here a week when we noticed the streets downtown being blocked off.
    Curious, we went to see what was going on. It was a car show with games and prizes for children and adults.
    And everyone treated us with a welcoming hospitality. The longer we lived here, the more we felt the sense of community.

  • Collared tigers would hinder more than help

    Well, here we go again about Tiger Haven. What does it take? There
    have been no problems with the people who run the facility. The TWRA
    monitors the place, and evidently they have found nothing wrong with the way they have taken care of the big cats.
    I live close to the facility and have not had any problems whatsoever. Would you want to walk around with a location collar around your neck? I think not, and probably the cats would not, either.

  • Salvation Army organizers have thanks aplenty

    Salvation Army recently held its annual reception to honor the volunteers who rang bells for us during the Christmas season. It was a great time of food and fellowship for everyone.
    We would like to thank all the businesses that contributed food or door prizes. We could not do it without them.