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Letters

  • Community there for family after tragic accident

    On May 30, 2014, our lives were changed beyond our wildest imagination. Our precious daughter, Jadah, and our “other” son, Rod, lost their lives in the train wreck while our son, Darius, and one of his best friends, Hunter, were clinging to life.

    The days that followed were filled with hopefulness, sadness, and faithfulness. Some bonds were formed with friends who we had lost contact with, some bonds were strengthened with family and friends who wanted the Crass and Gallaher families to know they were there for us during this uncertain time.

  • Bolling, Lewis helped bring a dark corner to light

    On behalf of the residents of the city of Kingston and all early-morning and late-night travelers on West Race Street, I would like to thank City Manager David Bolling and particularly his assistant, Joyce Lewis. Because of them, a much-needed streetlight was installed on the southwest corner of Race and Kentucky streets next to Rite Aid.

    That corner, which was once dark and dangerous, is now well lighted and much safer for those who travel through there.

    It's nice to have government personnel who receive a request from concerned citizens and act on it.

  • Maybe owner of puppy in hot car should feel heat

    It saddened me to read the letter about the puppy being closed up in a hot car with no water.

    There are so many sick and cruel people in this world who should not own an animal.

    They should know better than to let an animal — a puppy at that — stay in a closed-up car.

    Not bothering to care is just as bad as a driver who does not pay attention on the road and causes a terrible accident.

    This woman should not be allowed to own an animal if this is how she treats them.

  • Kids who worked car wash are credit to community

    I visited a car wash on Saturday, July 26, at the Rite-Aid parking lot in the middle of Kingston.

    I just wanted to comment that I experienced the nicest, hardest-working youth I have seen in a long time.

    I asked the cost, and I was told, “Just a donation.”

    I pulled in and waited. I was next.

    But what I saw was a very devoted, disciplined group of guys and girls working very hard to wash and detail the vehicle of the patron ahead of me.

  • Pollution from animal waste can be cut by us

    Last weekend, the drinking water of 400,000 Toledo residents was fouled by  animal waste. With unfettered growth of animal agriculture and ineffective  discharge regulations, it will happen again in our own state.

    The problem has become pervasive. Waste from chicken farms has rendered the ocean off the East Coast unfit for fishing. Waste from Midwest cattle ranches carried by Mississippi River has created a permanent “dead zone” in the Gulf of Mexico larger than that of the infamous 2010 BP oil spill.

  • Drop the Blue Devil logo if you want Harriman to thrive

    Does anyone in Harriman want to see revival? Thriving businesses, inspired youth, delivered adults, honored   elders?  

    Harriman is filled with empty, decaying buildings, few businesses, oppression, sickness, substance abuse, no senior center and nowhere for kids and adults to have clean fun!  

    Why?  We are in a spiritual battle of good and evil; our unconscious choices of service will determine our lives.

  • Many backs turned on puppy in hot vehicle

    I am writing this to get one point across to your readers: NEVER leave a living creature inside a hot car unattended and without water.

    I am writing this letter out of concern for a very disturbing situation I recently experienced.

    I was going to my car after shopping at Pinnacle Pointe in Midtown when I heard a little puppy yelping as loud as he could.

  • Kelley gets need to keep church, state separate

    I support Commissioner Steve Kelley’s vote against the proposal to post “In God We Trust” at the courthouse.

    It is good to know we have at least one commissioner who understands the concerns of the nonreligious residents of Roane County and tries to maintain the separation of church and state.

    Kelley has every right to his own beliefs, as does everyone else. I think it is inappropriate for the other commissioners to denigrate any person’s religious beliefs or lack thereof.

    Dorothy Kosken
    Rockwood
     

  • President’s power grab bigger danger than immigration

    Although Bill Gillum fails to recognize it, I think most people can see the difference between law-abiding people who meet the requirements of their host country, follow the rules in an orderly manner and assimilate to become productive members of their new communities and tens of thousands of unidentified aliens who disrespect our laws and invade our country, bringing with them diseases, criminal backgrounds, gang affiliations and terrorist ties.

  • Dealing with big-cat sanctuary take collaboration

    The Roane County Commission, state Rep. Kent Calfee and state Sen. Ken Yager have said that Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency controls all aspects of the operation of Tiger Haven.

    In contrast, TWRA claims that its only responsibly with regard to Tiger Haven is the inspection of the cages and fences and the number of big cats housed in the facility.

    TWRA further states that there is no limit on the number of cats that can be kept at Tiger Haven.

    Roane County lost a lawsuit in an attempt to control the facility.