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Letters

  • Shacter's efforts made learning math fun, easy

    Our family would like to say thanks to John Shacter for taking his time each Tuesday morning from 10 until noon to enlighten and encourage our young people about math concepts while making it an enjoyable time.
    He paid for the expense of renting the room at Kingston Community Center and poured himself into helping the children have a love of math and all the advantages of that knowledge.
    Other families participated also.
    I was truly amazed at his brilliance, his generosity and his humor.
    Flo Charles
    Kingston
     

  • Band uniforms may have been a better spending option

    I noticed where the Rockwood Band Boosters are starting a drive to raise money for band uniforms.
    I promise to help all I can.  
    The schools furnish football uniforms and basketball uniforms.   
    I know they can’t afford band uniforms for every school.  But the money  they spent last year ($650,000) for telephones and so-called new technology wasn’t wisely spent.  
    The $650,000 could have been more wisely spent — possibly on band uniforms.  

  • Cherokee Middle kids need room to practice, play

    I, as a parent, am utterly appalled by the view I am looking at.
    It is the start of another wonderful football season with again no place for our football teams to practice.
    We have four football and cheerleading teams (totaling 150 children) crammed into the outfield of Cherokee Middle School’s baseball field.
    It is an absolute shame and disgrace to this town, not to mention future generations of athletes, that our leaders are unable to provide a safe environment for our children to play any sport they desire.

  • Largen needs to see hypocrisy on his side of aisle

    I would like to respond to the Gerald Largen’s July 30 column entitled, “Do Republicans really want to end deficit?”
    I agree with him on absolutely nothing but do enjoy reading his columns to hear what the far left is thinking.
    In his July 30 column, Largen takes to task the Republicans in Congress who are in favor of extending the Bush tax cuts, claiming they are hypocrites and not truly committed to deficit reduction. What he doesn’t understand is a tax increase at this time is the absolute worst thing that could happen.

  • Paranoia? Or a real affront to reasonable folk?

    I was outraged when I read the guest opinion” printed in Friday’s Roane County News.

    It’s shameful that the editors of our local paper are so determined to insult the sensible citizens of Tennessee and silence those who are asking legitimate questions that they go all the way to the Washington Post to reprint accusations of “Islamophobia!”

  • RCHS has plenty to be thankful for

    We, the Roane County High School Band, RCHS Band Booster Association, and families of the band, would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to Roane County families and friends for helping to make the RCHS band fundraising car wash and cookout of  July 31 a great success.

  • 'Disgraceful' deception over Pinnacle Pointe

    In the Monday July 26, issue of Roane County News, Cindy Simpson published a compilation of discussions that I have had with the Harriman City Council on economic projects that benefit both Harriman and Roane County.
    In the article, those discussions were linked to Pinnacle Pointe in a way that suggests my agreement with Prestige and their lawyer on their style of development.
    I don’t agree.
    The juxtaposing of good development objectives with the characters in the Pinnacle Pointe saga offended me.

  • New Rockwood traffic lights get thumbs up

    Three cheers for TDOT and the new traffic light system they are installing in Rockwood.
    It gives priority to the traffic on Gateway Avenue.  
    Who knows how much time, gasoline and diesel will be saved.  
    Eight to 12 vehicles no longer have to wait for one vehicle to immediately have access to the main drag from the side streets.  
    Kudos also the the installing contractor who is working with a minimum of interuption of traffic.
    Maybe the same design could be applied to the traffic lights at Tedder and at Walmart.

  • Hearts touch in chance encounter at driving range

    Last week I happened to be at a local golf driving range, just planning on working on my game a little before a business outing.
    I noticed a young lady very quietly, yet intensely, working on her game.
    She was all alone, with just two buckets of balls and her clubs nearby. She seemed to be crying.
    Being a mother, I stopped and began to watch this young lady make her adjustments on her form and whack!
    Ball after ball, I watched her drives go to the 150 to 200 mark on this particular range. I stood in awe.