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Letters

  • A nightmare – or an epiphany? You make the call

    Politics, politics, politics! Sound like a line from a movie entitled History of the World, Part Two?
    The political tides seem to ebb and flow without end and each wave of those demanding change seems higher and closer to the last wave.
    TV commentators suggest the American people are restive, unsatisfied with the slow pace of job growth and the level of income tax imposed on our investor class. Perhaps we should take a closer look at what the waves have just washed up on our shores.

  • Perhaps voting should only be done by informed

    Dear editor — you (and most others?) seem to have taken it for granted that everyone should vote, regardless of his or her readily demonstrable state of awareness or ignorance about the most basic subjects, issues or candidates.
    I believe we should all question the wisdom and effectiveness of that belief or advice.

  • Hit-and-run killed man, changed family forever

    On June 30, my husband was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Hwy. 61. Twenty-six days later, he passed away.
    My husband was driving a Metro; the other vehicle was a blue, unloaded logging truck.
    After crossing over the center line and hitting my husband’s car, the driver never stopped or went back to see the damage that was done.

  • Hit-and-run killed man, changed family forever

    On June 30, my husband was involved in a hit-and-run accident on Hwy. 61. Twenty-six days later, he passed away.
    My husband was driving a Metro; the other vehicle was a blue, unloaded logging truck.
    After crossing over the center line and hitting my husband’s car, the driver never stopped or went back to see the damage that was done.

  • ‘Sunflower’ still blooms in hearts of one couple

    Charles Miller was a sunflower, an angel on this earth.
    Doug and I visit two nursing homes each Monday. One is Renaissance Terrace in Harriman, and the other is The Bridge at Rockwood.
    I met Charles Miller in Renaissance Terrace about two years ago.
    I met a man with cerebral palsy and other major health problems. He was a joy to meet!
    He always smiled whenever I came into his room. Because of his disability, at first I couldn’t always understand him, but later I could hear what he was saying.

  • A little more communication would be great

    We have been in Roane County a little less than a year and have already had the unfortunate misfortune of having to use the medical services here.
    I have found all of the physicians to be very attentive, concerned, professional and more than competent.
    The problem comes in getting to see them. My family has three primary care doctors, two in the same practice and one in a completely different office. 
    I think the staff in both offices trained together because the attitude is the same — indifference.

  • Humane Society event will have you howling

    The Roane County Animal Shelter and Humane Society of Roane County Rescue Team are hosting a Hoot-n-Howl Festival Fundraiser at the Kingston City Park, Oct. 23, 1-6 p.m.
    There will be fun for all. For $5 you can get an Indian taco or hot dog and chili, drink and dessert included. 
    For an entry fee of $2 you can enter the pet costume contest or the pet/owner look-alike contest.
    Lots of pumpkins will be available for painting, and there will be a silent auction, raffle and helium balloons. 

  • Civic-minded young volunteers key at events

    I would like to thank two special groups of young people who were a big help at our Kingston Country Fair.
    The Roane State Community College girls softball team, the Lady Raiders, stepped up to the plate and ran and oversaw the children’s activities.
    They also purchased supplies to offer face painting for the children.

  • Appraisal up, but at least land worth more now

    According to the 2010 tax reappraisal, our 1-acre lakefront lot is valued at $200,000, twice its value five years ago; our house is valued at $100,000 more.
    To understand the method used for evaluating lakefront land, we had a helpful and informative meeting with our tax assessor, Teresa Kirkham.
    Here are some comments that may help others regarding their lakefront reappraisal values.
    She gave us a list of 58 lakefront property sales in 2008 and 2009. One hundred qualified-sale (no duress) properties were used in the appraisals, but usually 200 are used.

  • Was pleasantly surprised by courthouse help

    My husband and I recently went to the Roane County Courthouse with our concerns about our property taxes.
    First we were directed by Officer Stooksbury to the Property Assessor’s Office.
    Ms. Teresa Kirkham was there helping another lady. We waited and when she was finished with her, she asked if she could help us, and we spoke with her about our issue.
    We were pleasantly surprised with how helpful everyone was. Ms. Kirkham informed us of some things we were unaware of.