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Letters

  • 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.

  • Teen with illness is helped by many donations

    The benefit yard sale for Amber Howard, 15, who has a brain-stem tumor, was a great success.
    I would like to thank the citizens of Roane County and Kingston for their help.
    Thanks to Knoxville Coca Cola, Rockwood Walmart, Carmella Catering, McDonald’s of Kingston, and a big thank you to Dotty and Kenny Pickell, Sue Kelly, John King, Kay Thomas and Bud Stout and a special thank you to Martin W. Cash.
    Libby King
    Kingston
     

  • Teacher gets a two more votes of support

    Just wanted to send a quick note of what a wonderful teacher Debbie Hayes was when we were in her kindergarten class.  
    We still remember her taking Julie’s class to her house for an Easter egg hunt.  
    Mrs. Hayes has always stood out in our memories because she was such a kind and caring teacher and made learning enjoyable.  
    She gave us and many others a good start to education.
    We are not surprised that Mrs. Hayes has taught for 38 years without a blemish in her records.