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Letters

  • Brush with phone scam has man issuing warning

    I received a call recently that sounded exactly like the normal recorded message that I always get from my mail order drug provider.

    At first everything seemed normal, same great recorded female voice, informing me of a prescription that was ready to refill.

    Did I want them to go ahead and refill it?

    I said, “Yes.”

    Then the next recorded words were “Say the name of your credit card, then either punch into the phone or say aloud the 16-digit numbers of your credit card.”

  • Ousted Mioduski complains against Rockwood officials

    Please allow this letter as my official complaint against city of Rockwood officials, Jason Jolly, Pete Wright, James Nuchols, and Mayor Watts. These individuals voted to dismiss me of my duties without reason or justification.

    When all four officials were asked why, they all said “no comment” and quickly left Rockwood City Hall building.

  • Middle College is really investment in all of Roane

    One of the primary responsibilities of The Roane Alliance is to serve as Roane County’s economic development organization.  The primary driver in industrial recruitment in today’s marketplace is the preparedness of the existing workforce and the ability of the community to develop students into highly skilled and professional employees, according to officials with the state of Tennessee, TVA and site selection consultant firms.  

  • CASA in need of volunteers to be child advocates

    CASA’s annual Run for the Child was held on the Roane County campus of Roane State Community College, Saturday, May 3.

    The 5K run/walk raises money to train and support court-appointed special advocates — citizen volunteers who are appointed by the juvenile court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

    Last year, CASA volunteers served more than 140 children in the counties of Loudon, Morgan, and Roane.

  • A simple card is nice reminder of officer’s presence

    I live out in the country, and I find it very comforting to find a card in the  mailbox informing me that an Roane County deputy has been by my house.

    In this day and time, we’re so busy that we don’t always see a patrol car, but  it’s nice to know one has been in the neighborhood.  

    I would think that when that card is placed in the mailbox in the middle of the night that the officer looks for anything out of the ordinary.

  • Holocaust survival tale of 15-year-old is a must-read

    Sunday, April 27, was Holocaust Memorial Day.

    My friend, Mira Kimmelman, will soon be 92. She was sent to a concentration camp at age 15. It was winter when she was placed on an open train car with so many others. They were freezing. When they needed to relieve themselves, they sat in their own frozen waste.

    Having spent much time in the Jewish Ghetto, she learned to live by her wits to get food for her family.

    By now, she had lost her 13-year-old brother, and she had to draw strength and ingenuity to save herself.

  • Robotics team did bang-up job, but sponsors helped

    Recently, the Roane County Full Metal Jackets Robotics team successfully competed at the Great Smoky Mountain Regional competition for  FIRST Robotics in Knoxville.  

    Out of the 50 teams from all over Tennessee and  several nearby states, the Full Metal Jackets were ranked ninth overall and ended as regional semi-finalists.  

    By every measure, we had a terrific second season, and we are building a solid foundation as an excellent team with a bright future.

  • A little back-seat driving from one reader to another

    This is in reference to the letter to the editor written by Norman Campbell of Kingston.

    Were you in the left or right lane or on a two-lane road?

    If you were in the left lane on a four-lane, you should have pulled into the right lane. Some drivers think that the “slow lane” is the left one.

    Unless you are planning to turn left soon, you are in the wrong lane.

    Norman, if I am in the wrong, I apologize to you personally.

    By the way, there is a thing in all cars called a turn signal ... USE.

  • Tailgaters, do me a solid: back off just a little bit

    I had by far the worst experience of tailgating in my many years of driving this last Saturday night.

    Roane County has more than its share of people who like to ride the bumper of the car in front of them, but this is the worst I’ve been involved with.

  • We can learn something from lost Flight 370

    Flight 370’s missing aircraft is this era’s Titanic. Because of the Titanic, more diligence is used to patrol the North Atlantic for ice floes.

    The code “SOS” became the standard after the Titanic tried to use the telegraph code in 1912.

    Messages are now interrupted for crucial information, unlike how the operators on the Titanic brushed them off for “more important” messages from the passengers to families and friends, and those on land who wanted to contact them.