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Letters

  • New Kingston city hall might be nice — except the bill

    I read with interest the article on Kingston’s (pop. 5,934) tour of area city halls (Alcoa, pop. 8,449; Crossville, pop. 10,795; and Farragut, pop. 20,676) and was struck with the obvious question: does Kingston need a new city hall?

    At first glance, the answer is yes. However, a closer look indicates otherwise. The building is old, the offices cramped and there are stairs, but does that mean the taxpayers of Kingston want to spend their hard-earned tax dollars on a new city hall?

  • Take it seriously when teens talk about suicide

    According to the National Institute of Mental Health, suicide is the third leading cause of death for those aged 15 to 25. The No. 1 cause for suicide is untreated depression.

    People die by suicide because they are in intense pain and want their pain to stop. Approximately 6.9 per 100,000 teens die by suicide each year in the United States. It is estimated one of every 25 teens who attempts suicide dies.

  • Library changes worth (pun alert)checking out

    I would like to tell readers about the many changes at the Kingston Public Library.

    During the summer we added new carpet, new tile flooring in our entrance way, new paint, new lighting and totally remodeled our meeting room. This fall we added a computer lab and will start our third computer class in early February. Most recently, we added a new roof.

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: Some change at the paper become official

    I’ve written about some technological changes at the Roane County News, but this week, I have some people news to report.

    Kevin Kile, who has been acting general manager for about six months, has been given the job officially. He has earned it – managing the staff through a difficult period while overseeing a major renovation and the installation of advanced technology.

  • Time to consider the four-day week in schools

    Roane County Schools has recently set the 2012-13 school calendar. A survey regarding the start date and length and placement of breaks is available on the website at Roaneschools.com.

    As typical of any survey, there is no comment section to truly gage public opinion. I like the early August start date, and I enjoy using both the spring and fall break for quality family excursions. I would, however, like to advocate a much greater change to the school schedule. I want to see year-round school with a four-day school week.

  • Letter writer eats a meal of crow after published rant

    I messed up really bad and want to apologize to Roane County Executive Ron Woody. I know he’ll forgive me; he’s a good person.

    I sent in a letter to the editor a week or so ago. I wanted to vent my anger that none of the $43 million or so of the TVA payment to the county was applied to anything actually hurt by the ash spill.

    I was right to do that, but my letter seemed to bash Woody. I knew better than this when I wrote the letter.

  • Corporate ‘personhood’ not new concept

    Some of our local commentators have been ranting quite a bit, in recent months, about evil corporations being able to buy elections for their own sinister ends.

    It is stated this is made possible by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling commonly called “Citizens United.”

    They claim that ruling bestowed upon corporations complete and full personhood with full rights to participate in our federal elections the same as living and breathing persons. I’m not completely sure, but I don’t think the ruling was exactly that broad.

  • Writer likes cost-cutting by DesJarlais

    It appears that unless something changes, as concerning the redrawing of district boundaries, Scott DesJarlais will no longer be the congressman for Roane County after the next election — whether he wins or loses.

    Although I would not be considered a die-hard supporter, I have no real problems with his policies or votes to this point.

    He has been in service to our district for only about a year, and that is probably not long enough to form solid opinions as to how effective he would be or his positions matching to my beliefs.

  • REU crews were quick, courteous during outage

    Thanks to Rockwood Electric Utility work crews!  

    The power went out in the early hours on Friday morning and the temperature in the house dropped to the low 60s. 

    My call to REU brought an immediate phone response from one of the workers, who reported a line was down, but they were already working on it.

    Although the outside temperature was below freezing and the wind was vicious, these guys were on the job — as always.  

  • Too much whining about redistricting from other side

    Blame it on Pelosi, Reid and Obama.

    After the actions of the Washington, D.C., gang, in 2010 a longterm state legislator and a U.S. congressman, both Democrats,  were replaced by Republicans.

    No one locally in the past 10 years complained that Lenoir City was represented by a Democrat who didn’t live in Loudon County.

    Democrats didn’t care what Lenoir City wanted.