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Letters

  • No standouts in search for new school director

    When the school board outlined its planned procedure for hiring a new Director of Schools, I understood that they were searching for excellence.

    After reading the results from the preliminary interviews, I am now confused.

    Out of a possible 900 points, Ms. Watkins had the top score of 693, and Mr. Woody was 26 points behind with a score of 667. Ms. Watkins received only 77 percent of the total possible points, and Mr. Woody received 74 percent.

  • Kingston Lions thankful for help in pancake breakfast

    The Kingston’s Lions Club appreciates the support given by the residents and businesses of Roane County toward their annual pancake breakfast.

    We thank the several hundred people who came to enjoy a great breakfast. Of great help were the table sponsors as follows:

    Jack H. McPherson Jr., attorney-at-law; Chancellor Frank Williams; Smokehouse Bar & Grill; Sail Away Homes & Land; in memory of Lion Bob Ross by Lion Rick Ross; SOS Computers/Technology Express, Texas; in memory of Danny Whittenbarger by Lion Mamie Whittenbarger; Troy Beets.

  • Kudos to Kingston police for tenacity in recovering items

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kingston Police Department for a job well done and commend them for their efforts in recovering several valuable items taken from my home.  

    On the evening of Feb. 13, I realized someone had helped himself to my property. I immediately contacted the Kingston Police Department to report the theft.  

  • Rotary breakfast a success thanks to community support

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted our annual pancake breakfast and silent auction on Saturday, Feb. 6.

    More than 175 people were served, and a great time was had by all as folks enjoyed wonderful food and visited with their friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition for many.

  • Questions still persist about Kingston slips

    At long last, the March 23 edition of the paper contained a bit of news on the city’s boat-slip project.

    The caption to the picture on page 5 says, in part, “... the Kingston Public Works Department is constructing a boat dock at the Hwy. 58 Landing which will attach to 18 covered boat slips to be delivered later this month.” This happens to be incorrect information.

  • Time for Kingston to justify ‘good deal’ on slips

    Since an initial flurry, the subject of the city of Kingston’s boat slip project seems to have disappeared from view.

    Could it be that this ill-conceived boondoggle doesn’t stand up very well in the light of day?

    Some citizens may wonder why paying $90,000, including a 50-percent advance payment, for boat slips with little apparent value to their original owner, represents a “good deal.”

  • Wonder what Comcast would do if I didn’t pay up?

    After reading the article in Friday’s Roane County News, “Cable giant owes local utility” $400,000, I wonder who else Comcast might owe?

    If I understand this right, the electric customers of Rockwood Electric Utility are footing the bill for Comcast to stay on good poles, whether we have service with Comcast or not.

  • Beware: Don’t let a scam artist take your money

    I have on my mind that other readers, especially elders like myself, that scam artists are out there to get your money!

    I was being scammed on Jan. 27, thinking it was my grandson needing my help.

    I am a disabled person, but I have a helper through the Silver Angels organization. She helped me, with the help of an employee of CVS Pharmacy.

    They helped me realize that what I was about to do was to allow a scam artist to take my money!

    You may edit this letter in any way it needs to warn other people.

    Thank you.

  • Some thoughts about ‘beleaguered appraiser’ issues

    I am writing this in hopes that it will be posted in the newspaper. This is just a thought I had after reading the article on our “Beleaguered Appraiser.”

    In the article, he blames everyone under the sun for the issues that have arisen during his term, yet never once has he looked at himself and wondered if it was him. Mr. Morgan is apparently the victim of some heinous plot to defame and deface his character, with the culprits being anyone from those working for him or those that he fired to reaching all the way up to the state appraiser’s office.

  • TCAPs could also be considered measure of stress

    And so our time soon begins, a standardized test starting at third grade that affects our children’s future.

    The same test given throughout our state in elementary schools creates frantic teachers, aides, administrative school staff and parents into preparing our young ones with worksheets, practice tests and homework.

    All this given in hopes of our children doing their best on the TCAP.