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Letters

  • What in the world is happening to our country?

    I’m getting some age on me now, just turned 74 last month.

    You know, I can remember a time as a young man when people felt safe about leaving their doors unlocked night or day. You could feel OK about leaving the keys in your car after parking; no one bothered it. If you got a whipping at school, you could feel pretty assured you were going to get a another when you got home.

    There wasn’t a lot of crime; for the most part, people were God-fearing, honest, hard-working, decent, moral people.

  • New school chief challenged to raise reading scores

    Why not challenge the new Roane County Schools director to improve the reading scores of Roane County third-grade students?

    I read that 43 percent of third-graders in Tennessee read at grade level at the end of their year. In response to my question, [Education] Commissioner [Candice] McQueen’s office told me that in Roane County, 40.3 percent of third-grade students read at grade level.

    Reading is surely the most single skill students can have.  It is also highly correlated with skill in math.

  • Warning tickets for first offense only make sense

    It appears predatory policing tactics are alive and well, in at least one Roane County city.

    A ticket was recently issued for a traffic violation that could result in a fine of at least $80. And for what, you might inquire? For a failure of a brake light that could have easily only failed the last time the brakes were applied at the traffic light!

  • Kingston docks not a good idea for community

    Editor’s note: The following, addressed to TVA’s David Harrell and Cathy Elliot of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, was submitted to the Roane County News.

    In response to the public notice posted by the TVA and recent articles in the Roane County News for the city of Kingston’s proposed 58 Landing Project, I am against this permit for the following reasons:

    1. This is not a community-use dock. Slips will be rented to only “runabout” boat owners, which would limit community use.

  • Republican Party breaks promises

    Last week I received a letter from House Speaker Paul Ryan asking for my support for the Republican Party. I was surprised that he would actually send out such a letter to past loyal supporters. I say “past” because after watching the GOP break every promise they have made to loyal conservatives year after year, I came to believe that he and most of the party’s members lack any semblance of a spine or honesty.

  • Rockwood man doesn’t like look of consolidation idea

    Drove through Rockwood the other evening when school had just let out. Noticed the students walking on their way home from school. Such a pleasant sight.

    But this will soon end. They will be riding a bus to Kingston.

    Most present day school board members want to consolidate the Roane County Schools.

    Just think of the cost.

    A new school, new gym, new football field, new cafeteria, more buses. The cost can go on and on.

    Makes me sick.

    Sam Doughty

    Rockwood

  • Questions arise for school director candidates

    I have some questions I’d like to ask candidates for the Schools Director job.

    Are you satisfied with the current educational status in Roane County and Tennessee?

    If not, what are your dissatisfactions and how would you proceed to improve them?

    What should be the basic goals of the education of our adults and youngsters?

    Should we aim to have the highest possible number of our graduates and adults prepared for good jobs and/or more advanced academics or job training institutions?

  • Kingston Lions thankful for help in pancake breakfast

    The Kingston’s Lions Club appreciates the support given by the residents and businesses of Roane County toward their annual pancake breakfast.

    We thank the several hundred people who came to enjoy a great breakfast. Of great help were the table sponsors as follows:

    Jack H. McPherson Jr., attorney-at-law; Chancellor Frank Williams; Smokehouse Bar & Grill; Sail Away Homes & Land; in memory of Lion Bob Ross by Lion Rick Ross; SOS Computers/Technology Express, Texas; in memory of Danny Whittenbarger by Lion Mamie Whittenbarger; Troy Beets.

  • No standouts in search for new school director

    When the school board outlined its planned procedure for hiring a new Director of Schools, I understood that they were searching for excellence.

    After reading the results from the preliminary interviews, I am now confused.

    Out of a possible 900 points, Ms. Watkins had the top score of 693, and Mr. Woody was 26 points behind with a score of 667. Ms. Watkins received only 77 percent of the total possible points, and Mr. Woody received 74 percent.

  • Kudos to Kingston police for tenacity in recovering items

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Kingston Police Department for a job well done and commend them for their efforts in recovering several valuable items taken from my home.  

    On the evening of Feb. 13, I realized someone had helped himself to my property. I immediately contacted the Kingston Police Department to report the theft.