• Neighbor: Big cat santuary too dangerous

    This letter is based on information and statements from a Tiger Haven fundraising letter sent throughout the country by Mary Lynn Haven.

    Below are direct quotes from this letter. In the Tiger Haven letter an incident is described that occurred at Tiger Haven. The incident is the reason for the fundraising campaign.

    From the letter:

  • Why make poorer customers suffer with late fees?

    I am once again writing to complain about the Harriman Utility Board late-fee policy. 

    This month, my bill was due on Thursday, Sept. 25. 

    At 10 a.m. on Friday, I was standing in the lobby with cash money to pay my bill. I asked to speak with someone who could take off the late fee. 

    She informed me that she could not take the $13 off my bill because I was late last month. 

  • Well-deserved charity needs help to stay open

    I am writing in hopes of getting some help for the Clothes Closet in Rockwood. 

    They do so much for Roane and surrounding counties. Not only do they help needy families with free furniture and clothes, but they also give much more. 

  • Woman dead until emergency staff revived her

    On Aug. 12 at 2 a.m., officers Mitch Grigsby and Alex French, along with a Roane Ambulance team of Greg Dyer, Roger Davis, Beverly Lynn, T. Eblen and C. Weddington, were dispatched to the Stout family residence in Midtown.

    When they got there, our mother was not breathing and had no pulse.

    Thanks to their fast response, CPR and using cardiac-arrest paddles, they were able to revive her and keep her stable until they got to Parkwest Medical Center.

  • Duly noting the need for a possible detour in Kingston

    With the 5K fundraiser “The Chase” coming up this Saturday, it would be a good idea to note that Kentucky and Race streets will be blocked for the race from 9-9:45 a.m. 

    I know that there are a few youth soccer league games that morning, so participants might want to be prepared.

    Ralton Emory

    Ten Mile

  • Double-negative erodes county official’s credibility

    The case for school funding was said very powerfully by Junior Commissioner Hendrickson’s statement, “My constituents have spoken, and they don’t want NO new taxes...”

    Exactly why they are needed.

    Jayne R. Jackson


  • Momentum shifting to good things for local economy

    Momentum can be a tricky course to initiate or maintain. Since I have had the opportunity to serve at The Roane Alliance, I have seen firsthand that Roane County has established positive momentum in industrial and commercial business recruitment. 

    In recent years, we have encountered more than our share of obstacles — some of those out of our control and some not.

  • Science supports global warming due to CO2

    A Kingston resident recently expressed an opinion in your paper that essentially denied the existence of global warming.

    It was hard for him to believe that 400 parts per million of carbon dioxide could cause global warming.

    He also cherry-picked a few statements, one from a member of the British government.

    What a joke!

    I read an article today by Paul B. Farrell of MarketWatch that provided evidence as to why climate-science deniers have zero credibility.

  • There’s more to consider for big cat rescue, neighbors

    In the matter of the Tiger Haven big cat rescue in East Roane County, the issue of liability insurance has not been addressed. 

    How many companies in the state of Tennessee, while operating with this much capacity for endangering the lives and well-being of a entire community and surrounding counties, have shown no proof of financial responsibility? 

    What is one human life worth?

  • Imagination Library is cause worth giving to

    I wanted to voice support of Roane Imagination Library. As a former director of Roane County United Way, and now a grandmother of three, I have seen the value of this program from multiple viewpoints.