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Letters

  • Suicide death victims have place in Heaven, too

    On May 31, I was at Roane Medical Center to be with my husband, Doug, who was hospitalized with a bleeding ulcer.

    I saw Bina Kirby, sister of J.T. Woods, standing outside the elevators from the emergency room. There were several family members with her as she was crying for the loss of her brother.

    I hugged her and told her that I would be praying for her and her family in this, a family’s most horrific time, a suicidal death.

  • Lions Club roars out its thanks to many people

    The Harriman Lions Club recently completed a most successful “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.” We have many folks to thank for making this effort a success.  

    We thank  Mary Long and Bobby Webb at Harriman Steak and Diner for providing their restaurant and kitchen facilities.  Next, our thanks go to many of their staff who volunteered their Saturday time off to help us: Jerrecce Hacker, Gary Webb, Ray Page, Charlie Reynolds and Tammie Smith.  

  • Striping of Winton Chapel Road nice safety measure

    My sincere thanks to the highway department for striping Winton Chapel Road.

    This winding secondary road carries lots of summertime traffic, especially construction vehicles, cars towing boat trailers, campers, supply trucks and visitors to the Boy Scout camp.

    The previous markings were either very light or nonexistent, causing some who were unfamiliar with the road to take a middle-of-road route.

    I appreciate the obvious lane markings as a safety measure for those who live along this road.

    Mrs. Pat Wright
    Rockwood
     

  • U.S. Marshal’s Service best bet with Houstons

    An open letter to the Roane County sheriff:
    I read recently that the Houstons have been levied with a multi-million dollar penalty. I don’t presume to know their next step, but having served in law enforcement, I can quickly surmise what is coming next for the  sheriff’s office.

    I would like to suggest an alternative option to training and amassing  equipment for a tactical operation to remove them from their property should they not appeal or find another recourse.

  • Nebraska man fondly recalls Temperance Town

    I just want to thank you for giving me the opportunity to express my thoughts and feelings in your paper.

    My brother and I share a subscription to the News as a way of keeping up with the goings on in Harriman, Roane County and Tennessee.

    I really liked your coverage of the Princess Theatre reopening. I remember the grand lady, and I’m sure she still is. I spent many Saturday afternoons slouched back watching the show.

    I’m looking forward to taking a look this year.

  • Rockwood finance issues bring up several questions

    I was just responding to the article about Rockwood’s finances.

    If they’re having money problems, why are they eliminating one person’s salary and then increasing somebody else’s by $13,000.

    Who is Becky Ruppe?

    Where did she come from?

    Why does she deserve a $13,000 increase after a couple of months on the job?

    What are her personal finances like?

    Probably the most important question is, who does she know to get this job?

    Jane County
    Rockwood

  • Peggy Evans is about honesty, integrity, service

    The recent letter about Peggy Evans was written in a sophmoric manner (conceited; overconfident of knowledge) and poorly informed.

    The diatribe was prolonged and bitter and had to have been based on ignorance of the contributions of Dr. Tom Evans, his wife, Peggy, and their entire family, who are longtime Roane Countians.

    Dr. Bert Cunningham and I have known Dr. Tom and Peggy before they completed undergraduate studies at Carson-Newman medical school and through years of service since we moved here in 1961.

  • Secret money altering the vote in our country

    There’s a flood of secret money now in American politics.

    Unlike a real flood, though, we can’t tell where this money’s coming from.

    That’s because corporations, unions, lobbyists and special interests can now spend millions to get the elected officials they want into power.

    And right now, the law lets them do that in complete secrecy.

    U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander and U.S. Sen. Bob Corker can make things right.

    Senators, tell us you’ll lead the fight to stop the secret money.

  • Thank you from folks at Roane Co. United Way

    Roane County United Way would like to thank everyone who participated in and those who attended our recent Family Fun Day.  

    We had more than 40 agencies and businesses partake in this day.  More than 250 people came out to enjoy a day of music, food, and fun.  

    A special thanks to Roane State Community College for allowing UT LIFESTAR to be a part of our day, and thank you to David Maupin of East Roane County Volunteer Fire Department for ensuring a safe landing!

  • Group grateful for help from Rockwood 2000

    Ridge View Elementary School fifth grade would like to thank Rockwood 2000 for the organization’s generous donation that provided our transportation on a recent field trip.   

    The students visited the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.  

    While on campus, the students supported our school’s 4-H Clover Bowl team and toured several of the buildings.