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Letters

  • Pickup sent to drive away dead man not appreciated

    A few weeks ago, our dear friend found his father deceased in bed.

    After regaining some composure, he dialed 911, and they sent an ambulance.

    EMS arrived, and the staff was very professional and offered their condolences. EMS informed our friend that it would cost $1,000 for them to take his father to the hospital to be pronounced, which, in turn, would create a hospital charge.

    There was no way our friend could afford the EMS charge, so EMS suggested calling the Rescue Squad.

  • Kindness noted after family loses kin in vehicular accident

    I wish to express my deepest gratitude to  the people of Roane and Morgan county for their overwhelming generosity in honor of the Bailey family.

    It’s a very difficult time for us in light of the recent tragedy. However, the gifts of our fellow townspeople, both monetary  and the large amount of food that has been brought to our home, have helped  to show how well thought of Heath was.

    He was an absolute treasure to the  entire family and was deeply loved.

  • Care at the RMC ER was superb, patient says

    On Tuesday, 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.

    Laura Smith in triage, Austin the nurse and Jennifer King, P.A. who expertly placed 23 stitches in my arm, were above the best.

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

  • Harriman Gardens refugees give thanks after fire

    We are writing this letter to thank everyone who helped during the fire at Harriman Gardens.

    Thank God for letting everyone get out of the burning building that could have easily been fatal to everyone living there.

    Thanks to the firefighters who got everyone out of the building safely. They showed caring and compassion while ensuring everyone’s safety.

    The Red Cross that provided food and shelter when we were displaced. They immediately provided cots and tried to make our stay as comfortable as possible.

  • Nurture children, head off bullies for better place for all

    Recently, a program aired on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition,” about a family who lost a 10-year-old child to suicide related to bullying.

    The family has started an organization called, “Stand Together.”

    That’s a great idea but I hope it will be more than a slogan. I hope that all reasonable people will take it to heart and actually stand up for another human being if they witness behavior which they know is wrong.

    When we see another person being bullied, intimidated, or harassed, we should do something!

  • Will our situation in Iraq revert to what happened in Iran?

    Listening to the evening television newscast left me with mixed feelings about our exodus from Iraq.

    Nine years of combat that began with the so-called “Shock and Awe” bombardment, the ground campaign and the years of bloody battles to neutralize the remaining opposition have finally resulted in a national election and a quasi government for Iraq.

    The last of our combat troops are loading up and pulling out for Christmas in the United States, leaving only 17,000 CIA, FBI and embassy staff scattered around Iraq in so-called U.S. Embassy compounds.

  • Avoid the pinch of holiday gift-buying

    With just a few shopping days left until Christmas, the malls are full of last minute shoppers looking for just the perfect gift — or maybe any gift — for the special people on their list.

  • Technology Center has happy secret you should know

    I recently donated a computer to the Tennessee Technology Center in Roane County.  

    I met with Sheila Hicks, the business office secretary for the school, who informed me that Tennessee Technology had a full cosmetology department where they do hair color ($10), manicures ($6), pedicures ($9), facials ($6), haircuts ($6) — and the list goes on.   

    Both men and women in the community are encouraged to come in and benefit from their services.

  • A View from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen: Would God’s Chosen People act like this?

    Sad to say, gentle reader, the party may well be over — the TEA Party that is.

    Yes, according to an item sent out by the McClatchy Newspapers wire service, a ... “report from the Pew Research Center for the People and the Press released Tuesday [last] showed support for the tea party dropping nationwide, with more Americans viewing the movement unfavorably. The view of the Republican Party in the 60 districts represented by members of the House Tea Party Caucus has also suffered.”

  • Be careful what you feed your dog; this one nearly died

    I live in Kingston and want to make pet owners aware of potential dangers of feeding their pets chicken treats. Some of them are made in China and have unknown contaminants in them.

    I have a toy Pomeranian and thought chicken jerky would be as good as it gets for a treat. My little girl nearly died.

    She was almost in renal failure before I realized anything was wrong.

    She has to have a special diet for her kidneys now and takes a tablet a day to prevent liver damage.