• First responders, Roane Medical give top-notch care

    My sister, Mary Quirarte, and I are very grateful for the excellent care and help we received recently from the Roane County and Kingston police, fire department, ambulance service as well as the Roane Medical Center.

    Sgt. Tony Guy, Kingston Police, was present at the accident site where my sister’s car caught fire. She was dragged from the car by police, firefighters and Good Samaritans, likely at risk to their own lives.

  • Tenure with school system was a blessing

    Editor’s note: The following letter, addressed to Roane County Schools personnel and staff, was shared with the Roane County News.

    As you may be aware, my service to the Roane County Schools as a school board member will soon be coming to an end.

    I cannot leave without expressing my sincere appreciation and gratitude to each of you for the time and dedication that you have so selflessly extended to our schools and, more importantly, to our school children.

  • Thanks for support, and best wishes in new school year

    A sincere thank you to the citizens of Districts 5/6 who supported and voted for me for Roane County school board.

    Your support through your votes, putting signs in your yards, your phone calls and your comments to me were greatly appreciated and welcomed.

    I will continue to welcome your views and comments as I work hard to serve the citizens and students of Districts 5/6 and all of Roane County.

    Best wishes to all our students, teachers, administrative staff and support staff for the upcoming school year.

    Vic King
    Roane County

  • OK to find Dory, but don’t kill or eat her and her friends

    This year’s 10 highest-grossing box office releases are about animals, including “Finding Dory,” “The Jungle Book,” “Zootopia,” “The Secret Life of Pets” and “Kung Fu Panda.”

    Nearly half of our households include a dog, and nearly 40 percent have a cat. Two-thirds of us view them as family members and cherish them accordingly. We love our animals to death.

    Literally ...

  • Reading program a success, thanks to support from area

    “On Your Mark, Get Set … READ,” was the challenge for the Harriman Public Library’s Summer Reading Program.

    Our program was a great success. I would like to thank the library board, Ronald McDonald, the Muse, Knoxville Zoo Mobile, David Corrigan MMA, TWRA’s Derek Grey, RSCC’s Mr. Raider, Harriman’s Any Time Fitness, Knoxville’s Ice Bears, Puppeteer/Balloon Artist Ron Lighty, Magician Bruce Amato and Rockin’ L Rentals.

  • Be sure your candidate is right for our future

    Advocacy is one of the most important ways the Roane County Chamber of Commerce works to build a better Roane County.

    The Chamber is built upon the success of our collective business community. So, making sure our elected officials know what is important to our businesses is very important to us.

    While the Roane Chamber has not adopted a policy of endorsement for specific candidates, there are basic, foundational principles that we support.

    We ask all of our voters to consider these questions before selecting candidates at the polls:

  • Take control of your tax dollars: Get out and vote

    Seems this year that we have gotten just a small sample of government waste, political corruption, greed and plain criminal behavior by some politicians and a good lesson on how the election process really works.

    It doesn’t matter if it’s federal, state or local. Yes, some people do follow the money, and where do you find a bigger pool of money to follow than taxpayer money?

  • YOUR LETTERS: FSA county committees a vital link to the USDA

    It’s that time of year again. The Farm Service Agency’s 2016 County Committee elections are underway. Your FSA county committees are a vital and direct link between our farm community and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

    I encourage all eligible farmers and ranchers, especially women, minorities and beginning farmers, to get involved by making a nomination and voting in this year’s county committee elections.

    This is a great podium for your concerns and opinions to be heard. Don’t miss this opportunity.

  • 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!