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Letters

  • Amused? Well, that’s one way of putting it

    I was quite amused when I read Commissioner Ron Berry’s quote saying that Roane County’s slow growth was due to the economy.
    If that were the case, then all of the other counties would have had slow growth, too.
    Instead, eight of 11 had two to six times the growth of Roane County.
    Could our slow growth have been due to:
    1) The ash spill?
    2) The run-down, unappealing downtown areas of Kingston, Harriman and Rockwood?
    3) The availability of only a handful of good restaurants?
    4) The lack of good shopping?

  • Here’s a gift that could be enjoyed by community

    After many years of discussion, planning and hope, the first phase of the Kingston Public Library’s renovation and expansion project is under way.
    Our first step in the $150,000 renovation program is to remodel the Truman D. Anderson Discovery Center and Meeting Room.
    As many of you already know, the library has received a $19,000 grant to place a state-of-the-art computer lab at the library.
    This lab will enable us to offer computer training and other vital programs to our patrons and community.

  • Granddaughter separated from family kept safe

    I would like to thank the ladies who came to the aid of my granddaughter at the Rockwood Christmas Parade.
    You held her in your arms and kept her safe until we found her.
    Again, thank you with all my heart.
    Shelia Steele, on behalf of
    the family of Makayla Green

  • Overspending can sabotage benefit of any tax cuts

    Internal Revenue Service records show increases in tax revenues for every year of the Reagan administration.
    More money was collected after the tax cuts, and the rich actually paid more total taxes and a higher percentage of all taxes.
    So why did the deficit increase?
    The simple answer is more money was spent than collected, even with increased revenues.
    Other tax cuts have produced the same results, but overspending can sabotage the benefits of tax cuts.
    Tom Hensley
    Kingston

  • HUB’s show of respect will never be forgotten

    On a recent Wednesday, around 10 a.m., I witnessed a truly remarkable sight — the B.D. Cochran funeral procession.
    As we passed the Harriman Utility Board office on Roane Street, about 20 or so staff were standing at attention in the cold winds along the sidewalk.
    This sight alone was an inspiration for the family as we passed by, but as we topped the hill by the Sexton dealership, our already wet eyes and heavy hearts were captivated by the heavy equipment line trucks with  their white booms raised in a crossed configuration for us to drive under.

  • Largen taken on about climate change, billboards

    On Aug. 13 of this year, Gerald Largen wrote, “Here at home, the predominant feature is the unrelenting heat, with every day seeing 90 degrees and more.”
    I will have to agree with my friend, Gerald Largen, concerning the summer heat, but in June, July and August, we only had 63 days of 90-and-plus temps, according to the Knoxville weather station.
    This could be plus or minus 1 degree depending on different locations in this area.

  • Some clergy’s response to Masons offensive

    I’m writing this letter in response to a few local clergy who believe that there is something wrong with Masons.
    We are not plotting to take over the government, and we are definitely not devil worshippers.
    We are a fraternal organization, and we do a lot of good work in our community.
    You should know that you have to be a Mason before you can be a Shriner.
    I don’t know any one who is against free health care for children who have been burned or have other physical disabilities.

  • Residents proud to call Clifty Manor home

    We are proud to be living at Clifty Manor for quite a few years. Not everyone has bedbugs — maybe four or five apartments.

    We have an excellent pest control company. They do a good job here. They can only do so much to treat a problem if the tenant doesn’t do his part to oust their bedbugs. That’s the biggest problem.

    There are always a few bad apples in every bushel. There’s no reason not to be clean and respect your place of residence.

    Thank you for printing the good of Clifty Manor tenants.

  • The view behind the lead dog isn't pretty, writer says

    This letter is in response to the county commissioners voting unanimously to borrow money to purchase new school buses.

    Our forefathers set up a system so we, the people, would have representation at the county, state and federal levels of government.

    In the past, our commissioners were voting their will, and not the will of the people of Roane County.

    We thought we had corrected this problem when we voted several of the commissioners out of office during the last election.

  • Patriotism takes on new meaning after funeral

    I realize that Veterans Day has just recently passed. 
    I made my yearly calls to both my father and father-in-law to thank them for being a veteran as well as telling my husband that morning how much I appreciated his being a veteran and serving our country.
    I always “thought” I had a deep sense of patriotism until recently, when I attended my brother-in-law’s funeral.
    It was a military funeral.  I have never attended one before.