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Letters

  • Salvation Army thanks small army of bell ringers

    The Salvation Army wishes to thank everyone who helped with the bell ringing this year.

    We raised $26,171.55, which is a great deal considering the current economy. It will enable us to help many families throughout the coming year. We are once again indebted to Food City in Harriman and Kingston, Kroger and Walmart in Roane County and Darnell’s Market, Family Dollar and Sav-A-Lot in Morgan County for letting us locate our kettles at their stores.

  • Officer of Year Larry Eaton is deserving fellow

    Congratulations to Larry Eaton for receiving the Officer of the Year Award!  

    What a fine man he is and deserving of this award again.

    We’ve known Larry  for more than 10 years. He is a kind and caring officer who goes out of his way to assist the residents of Roane County.

    Thanks, Larry, for the honorable and   compassionate officer and gentleman you are!

    Anne and Doc Coleman
    Harriman

  • 20 minutes is all it takes to help your child excel in life

    The Kingston Rotary Club is a primary sponsor for a program to encourage reading to young children.

    This is a worthwhile program.  

    The Kingston Lions Club endorses the program and congratulates the Rotarians on their endeavor.

    It has been well documented that young children who have been read to by their parent(s) excel over children who have not had that attention.

    They learn more in school and progress more rapidly. Reading for only 20 minutes seems to do the trick.  

  • Woman wants to thank man who found her purse

    On Jan. 8, I shopped in the Rockwood Dollar General Store, and when I left the store I left my purse in the shopping cart.

    When I arrived home, approximately 20 minutes after leaving the store, I discovered my mistake.

    I immediately called the store and spoke with a clerk, who informed me that a gentleman had found my purse and turned it in.

  • Childrens books a great Valentine to give, receive

    This month Roane Imagination Library sent “valentines” to 1,780 local children — from birth to age 5.  

    These greetings were in the form of age-appropriate, quality books delivered to the children’s homes.  

    What better way to tell a child “I love you; I care about you?”

    Imagination Library sends books in February and every month of the year.

    That means more than 21,000 books in the last 12 months.   

    Thank you, Roane County!  

  • Roane Medical Center was there in her emergency

    Last year, on Dec. 6, I fell down a flight of stairs at my home and suffered an extensive open wound on my left arm, which was bleeding profusely.

    From the time I arrived at Roane Medical Center to register for emergency care, I was treated with kindness, concern and patience.

    The people who helped included Laura Smith in triage, Austin the R.N. and Jennifer King, P.A., who expertly placed 23 stitches in my arm.

    They were above the best.

    I cannot recall the names of the other ER and X-ray staff members, but my appreciation extends to all.

  • ‘Confused’ writer wonders about VFD support

    I have always been proud to say I live South of the River.

    I have lived there for 38 years, served eight years as constable for South of the River and donated my time and efforts to the South of the River Volunteer Fire Department. I have never been paid for my services, because a volunteer cannot be paid, as they are priceless.

    Some 25 volunteer firefighters South of the River expect no pay for what they do. They do it, simply for self-satisfaction and a good feeling inside.

    I titled these notes as “confused,” and I will explain.

  • 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.