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Letters

  • Roane County Animal Shelter a gem of a facility

    Bragging on municipal animal shelters is not the norm. In fact, many avoid even thinking about them and much less consider visiting them.

    It wasn’t very long ago that the Roane County Animal Shelter, led by director John Griffin, was more of an animal control facility than a place about saving animals.

    I am proud to say that I have seen the pendulum swing over the last six months.

  • Why not put the boat slips at the Gravel Pit?

    David Reichele’s letter to the editor last week concerning the building of boat slips at 58 Landing expresses my thoughts exactly.  

    It seems that the city received some money from TVA for compensation of the gigantic ash spill.  How much planning went into the decision to build the boat slips at 58 Landing?

    I’ve heard that the dock structure is actually available from a failed project upstream on the Clinch River. How convenient!

  • Consolidation of city services likely to save money

    I have expressed my thoughts against Roane County school consolidation several times in letters to the editor.

    But not all forms of consolidation are bad. Some city services could be consolidated.

    For example, city police and fire departments. Look at Kingston with city police. The county sheriff’s department is all over Kingston and could handle the city as well as the county.

    Same with Rockwood and Harriman. One fire chief, one police chief.
    City schools in the county went out years ago and now are county schools.

  • Lots of questions about Kingston’s 18 boat slips

    First of all, let me vent my frustration to the city officials of Kingston on how they handled this dock situation.

    I’ve been in the past extensively involved in marinas/docks on the waterway. I’m not claiming to be an expert, but working with DOE and TVA in the past has given me considerable experience.

    I know that TVA and the Corps probably had no input on where they could use this $90,000, but neither did the public.

  • What in the world is happening to our country?

    I’m getting some age on me now, just turned 74 last month.

    You know, I can remember a time as a young man when people felt safe about leaving their doors unlocked night or day. You could feel OK about leaving the keys in your car after parking; no one bothered it. If you got a whipping at school, you could feel pretty assured you were going to get a another when you got home.

    There wasn’t a lot of crime; for the most part, people were God-fearing, honest, hard-working, decent, moral people.

  • New school chief challenged to raise reading scores

    Why not challenge the new Roane County Schools director to improve the reading scores of Roane County third-grade students?

    I read that 43 percent of third-graders in Tennessee read at grade level at the end of their year. In response to my question, [Education] Commissioner [Candice] McQueen’s office told me that in Roane County, 40.3 percent of third-grade students read at grade level.

    Reading is surely the most single skill students can have.  It is also highly correlated with skill in math.

  • Warning tickets for first offense only make sense

    It appears predatory policing tactics are alive and well, in at least one Roane County city.

    A ticket was recently issued for a traffic violation that could result in a fine of at least $80. And for what, you might inquire? For a failure of a brake light that could have easily only failed the last time the brakes were applied at the traffic light!

  • Kingston docks not a good idea for community

    Editor’s note: The following, addressed to TVA’s David Harrell and Cathy Elliot of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was submitted to the Roane County News.

    In response to the public notice posted by the TVA and recent articles in the Roane County News for the city of Kingston’s proposed 58 Landing Project, I am against this permit for the following reasons:

    1. This is not a community-use dock. Slips will be rented to only “runabout” boat owners, which would limit community use.

  • Republican Party breaks promises

    Last week I received a letter from House Speaker Paul Ryan asking for my support for the Republican Party. I was surprised that he would actually send out such a letter to past loyal supporters. I say “past” because after watching the GOP break every promise they have made to loyal conservatives year after year, I came to believe that he and most of the party’s members lack any semblance of a spine or honesty.

  • Rockwood man doesn’t like look of consolidation idea

    Drove through Rockwood the other evening when school had just let out. Noticed the students walking on their way home from school. Such a pleasant sight.

    But this will soon end. They will be riding a bus to Kingston.

    Most present day school board members want to consolidate the Roane County Schools.

    Just think of the cost.

    A new school, new gym, new football field, new cafeteria, more buses. The cost can go on and on.

    Makes me sick.

    Sam Doughty

    Rockwood