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Letters

  • Where were the ‘real men’ during the flooding?

    Thank you for attempting to expose the situation at Walnut Grove to the gentle reader (pardon oh pontification of Lick Skillet).

    The situation at Walnut Grove results in two senior families’ homes being inundated with storm water. Both parties are living in fear.

  • Bill Ferguson part of effort to save old courthouse

    I am writing in response to Mark Banker’s story of a community effort to save our Roane County Courthouse.

    In mentioning several people who voiced their opinion of not demolishing the courthouse, he forgot to mention my father, Bill Ferguson, who was on the same County Court his father, Gene Banker, was a part of.

    In fact, Dad was acting judge pro-tem in the absence of Judge Frank Qualls.

    It was during this time that Dad had to do some judiciary work in the courthouse.

    Carol Ferguson

    Kingston

  • Hydrilla control can be part of budget, if TVA makes effort

    The absence of clarity by TVA regarding funding for enhanced aquatic weed management is typical of a politically driven response, “Naw, there’s nothing in the budget.”

    What this means is, nobody put forward a recommendation, and weeds don’t rate too high nohow.

    Actually, TVA probably has no funds in its current budget to expand invasive weed management on Watts Bar Lake. In my view, this is no more than a smoke screen. It’s the old squeaky-wheel syndrome.

  • Roane State a model of education worthy of emulation

    At the Roane County Board of Education meeting Thursday March 23, both Wade Creswell and Ron Berry held Roane State Community College up as an example of educational fore thinking and excellence.

    I agree Roane State deserves such accolades. I also agree that we should look at its model.

    Roane State began as one campus. There are now several different campuses such as Oak Ridge, Crossville, Scott County and a small campus of less than 200 students in Wartburg.

  • Wallet returned, thanks to help of community, God

    I want to publicly thank the Roane County News for publishing my ad, which led to the return of my lost wallet that had no name, address or phone number in it.

    I also want to thank the wonderful lady who found it and did everything possible to find me. I’m so thankful that there are honest people like her still in this world.

    Most of all, I want to thank my Lord. It was He who led the way to getting my wallet back, this was just one of His many miracles.

    God is still good.

    Thank you,

    Pat Ward

    Kingston

  • Students sure to gain big tax bill for school plan

    Was interesting reading the “high school” article in the Roane Co. News’ March 27 edition.

    Seems quite a few residents are interested in this new school topic, and it was nice to hear some of the reasoning, pro and con, put forth.

    I am still in the dark about any benefits gained. Wade Creswell noted that potential employers may be swayed to move to the county because of the quality of the workforce.

  • Many consolidation opportunities available in Roane

    I have had the privilege of living and working in four different regions of our wonderful country.

    My children went to schools in all of the different areas we lived in — some small, and some big.

    When we moved North and West, the school systems attempted to place our boys in remedial classes and even in speech therapy.

    Why? Because they were coming from East Tennessee and talked funny, and they thought their early education was inferior.

  • Thanks for taking granddaughter’s photo at Scott

    I want to say thank you to Michael Lindsay for taking a picture of my granddaughter recently at Scott High field against Kingston.

    It was an awesome picture ... thank you so much!

    Cammie Byrge

    Oneida

  • Analogy flawed with Watts Bar vs. Claytor lakes

    With regard to the March 22 article, “Carp Control Weeds” in the Roane County News, I offer the following observations on its contents:

    Claytor Lake in Virginia is 4,500 acres and approximately 21 miles long with an area of 7.031 square miles.

    The Claytor Lake group spent between $12,000 and $15,000 per year for two years and stocked about 10,000 carp in total.

    Watts Bar Lake is 39,000 acres, approximately 73 miles long with an area of 61.08 square miles. It has 722 miles of shoreline.

  • It’s up to us to reclaim democracy at every level

    Candidate Donald Trump promised that health-care replacement would include the right to buy insurance freely across state lines — releasing the consumer from arbitrary and artificial limitations to choice and competition.

    I wrote to our Congressman Fleischmann asking where this provision appears in the GOP bill. I have not received an answer, not even the usual, neutral drivel about how he is so very concerned with this issue on our behalf.