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Letters

  • Sinking real estate prices show flaws in reappraisal

    Like many other seniors in the area, we enjoy walking or bicycling the streets of the neighborhood in an effort to get a little exercise and fresh air.  

    Moving at this slower pace enables us to become more aware of our surroundings, such as the duck that was not quite quick enough to avoid the automobile traffic, or the latest real estate sign.  

    Even though we have no intention of buying a house, it seems almost impossible to walk past those signs or pass up reading the accompanying brochures.

  • Reading to kids early on solves problems later

    Preliminary information from a survey of parents of children in Roane County elementary schools is interesting enough to share.  

    The survey was done by the schools sending home the survey form which had been put together by Kingston Rotary Club’s Ralph Best.  

    The data analyzed so far comes from the Kingston Elementary and Midway Elementary schools and there is rough consistency in the answers.

  • Still looking for closure in two- decades-old case

    Happy birthday, Karen.

    Sunday. July 1, is our daughter’s 57th birthday. But we will not celebrate it with her.
    Her name is Karen Farmer Beard, and she was abducted and murdered in Kingston on Jan. 15, 1991.

    Some of the individuals who are responsible for this hideous crime are still walking the streets.

    Roane County Detective Greg Scalf tells me that Karen’s case is now classified as an open homicide investigation. If you have any information please call Detective Scalf at 717-4709.

  • Newly elected should think twice before firing staff

    Aug. 2 is Election Day.

    Candidates for road superintendent are urged to make public a detailed list of their past six years of experience relevant to work generally performed by the highway department. Such information would be helpful to voters who do not have access to information posted on websites by candidates.

    Elected county department heads are paid substantially high salaries; the public has a right and deserves to know details about a candidate’s up-to-date experience.

  • We all will answer for our actions in the very end

    Freedom of conscience is God’s gift to humans.

    Our American Declaration of Independence recognizes this truth with the words: “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness — That to secure these Rights, Governments are instituted among Men ...”

  • Woman feels disconnected by all the gadgetry

    I get that dot.com on all my bills.

    I, for one, don’t have any of those contraptions.

    You can’t find anybody in the phone book any more; it’s all on cellphone etc.

    Have you noticed how small the phone books are? I looked in three last night hunting a young man that graduated from Roane State with a 4.0 grade average. I used to clean house for his mom.

    I wanted to wish him good luck.

    I saw his name in the paper but I just gave up.

  • Don’t skip skin cancer checks, sun safety

    There is a skin cancer check available in Roane County on June 25. This is to encourage all who can to attend.

    After several blistering sunburns in my teens when sunscreen was baby oil and iodine and sun protection wasn’t thought of, I now have metastatic malignant melanoma. It is present in my lung, breast, femur and a lymph node in my chest. I’ve undergone radiation and chemo. I’m 57 years old. This all started in my wrist with a “simple” looking mole that I paid no attention.

    Go, get your skin looked over.

    Thank you.

    Paula Townsend
    Harriman

  • 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