• Bad taste from Arby’s truck leaving Roane County

    I was very disappointed to read that the Arby’s truck will no longer sit in Roane County.

    I’m disappointed not just because they make a good sandwich with a convenient delivery system, but also because it is another freedom denied our citizens by a few tax-loving, government-loving and kindergarten-minded (that’s not fair) folks.

    That truck represented a willing seller, willing buyers, with a legal product at an authorized location.

    No laws were being broken.  

  • A personal thanks to a teacher and true American hero

    An open letter to Tom Pemberton:

    Having read the excellent article in the Roane County News, I would like to personally thank you, Tom, for your service to the United States, the Marine Corps and your personal sacrifice.

    I lived in Rockwood in the ’50s and graduated from Rockwood High in 1954.

  • Deregulation not a pretty part of Thompson legacy

    I need to comment on one piece of Cheryl Duncan’s “Off the Cuff” series in the Nov. 4 paper.

    I’m sure everyone remembers the deregulation of the commodities exchange in 1998.

    That’s when gasoline suddenly jumped to over $5 a gallon. Your grocery bill seemed to triple. Everything seemed to cost about three times more.

    Your money was devalued by about one third and more. (I’ve read the government wanted this because our debt to foreign countries was so great, and this would make it look like maybe not as much.)

  • Beckner a godsend in his help with toppling chair

    My name is Anna Cochran. I have MS and use a power chair to get around outside of my home.

    On Wednesday, Nov. 4, I was going to the Dollar General Store. I went to go over the railroad tracks.

    I must not have been paying attention, because after I cleared the tracks, I continued forward and hit the uneven asphalt and tipped over sideways into the rocks.

    My oldest son, Michael, was there. The chair is very heavy.

    As soon as I tipped over, a gentleman stopped his car and ran over to help us.

  • Forget the ghouls, nothing more scary than meat industry

    I was never scared of all the witches, zombies, and assorted goblins wandering around on Halloween on Saturday night.

    What really used to scare me was the meat industry.

    This is the industry that mutilates, cages and butchers billions of cows, pigs and other feeling animals; that exposes thousands of undocumented workers to crippling workplace injuries at slave wages; that exploits farmers and ranchers by dictating wholesale prices then jails those who document its abuses through unconstitutional “ag-gag” laws.

  • Prescriptions for cold pills won’t slow down meth

    Our state Senator, Ken Yager, got it right when he told the Nashville newspaper recently that the opioid abuse problem “is
    an epidemic of biblical proportions.”

    The numbers back him up: More people died in Tennessee last year from drug overdoses than they did from guns or vehicle accidents.

    Another compelling statistic: Domestic meth production is down, but meth use is on the rise because Mexican cartels have taken over the market with a cheaper, stronger version.

  • Thanks for helping raise $700-plus for war memorial

    On Oct. 10, Southwest Point Chapter NSDAR hosted a pancake breakfast to raise money for the Korean War Memorial to be placed at the Riverfront Park in Harriman.

    American Legion Post of Harriman and members of the DAR Chapter served over 50 guests. The donations amounted to over $700.

    A big thank you to Ruby Tuesday restaurant, their manager Chandler and their chefs.

    Thank you to Walmart, Kroger, Wampler’s and Food City for the donation of food.

    Also, thank you to everyone who donated to the memorial fund.

  • Investors, not the taxpayers, benefit from privatization

    We have all heard of Gov. Haslam wanting to privatize all of state government, and a simple Google search will show he has wanted that from Day 1.

    Now, this is where I must be careful and declare my comments here are my personal views as a taxpayer — and I simply want to let the Tennessee taxpayer know that the only people who benefit from privatization are the investors, not the taxpayer.

  • Kudos for support of latest Teacher Supply Closet

    On Thursday, Sept. 24, Roane County United Way, along with Roane State Community College, hosted the 13th annual Teachers Supply Closet.

    This event allows Roane County teachers to gather donated supplies they need for their classrooms — for free.

    These supplies (and monetary donations to purchase new supplies) are donated from various individuals, organizations and companies within Roane County.

    This year, there were over 40 teachers who participated in the event from 10 schools.

  • Roane Countians again show they value reading

    Congratulations, Roane County, once again you have demonstrated that you value early childhood education.

    Good corporate neighbors Pro2Serve and MCLinc challenged us to match their contributions and encourage first-time donors on behalf of Roane Imagination Library.

    You were up to the challenge and met BOTH goals. THANK YOU.

    Roane Imagination Library sends books to approximately 2,000 children each month.

    These new, age-appropriate books are carefully selected to prepare children for school and to teach them to love reading.