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Letters

  • Thanks to those who spent holiday helping after fire

    Thanksgiving is celebrated as the time of year to enjoy in festive meals along side of family members and friends and give thanks for our many blessings.

    This year, Thanksgiving Day offered generosity and thankfulness to the residents of Harriman Gardens, the location of the serious fire just days prior to Thanksgiving Day.

    My family and I would like to thank everyone who contributed and those who gave up their Thanksgiving Day, normally enjoyed with family, to help the residents of Harriman Gardens have a great Thanksgiving Day dinner.

  • Kingston Lions Club also have words of thanks

    The Kingston Lions Club wishes to thank the public for their fantastic support during White Cane Days.

    More than $800 was collected during a road block, and moe than $1,300 was collected at Kroger’s.

    The total exceeds that of most prior years as well as our budget.

    The monies collected during White Cane Days are used to support the projects of District 12N of Lions International.

    This includes Lions East Tennessee Eye Bank, Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic, Lions Volunteer Blind Industries, and the Tennessee Schools for the Blind and the Deaf.

  • Who makes the call on prayer before football games?

    Who makes the call when it comes to prayer before athletic events at Roane County High School?

    I am a proud alumnus and supporter of RCHS and its athletic events.

    In my years at school and subsequent years after graduation, it would have been unheard of to open events without praying.

    What happened?

    I have attended all 2011 home football games and all but one away game this season. All away games, including other Roane County schools, open the event with prayer — all except RCHS.

    Who makes the call and why make the call concerning RCHS games?

  • Thanks be to God for separation of church and state

    Thanksgiving and Independence Day are America’s two most important holidays.

    Christmas and Easter are Christian holidays and not unique to America.

    That first Thanksgiving, Nov. 26, 27 and 28, by the surviving Pilgrims, has inspired me to be thankful.

    A year previous, Nov. 21, 1620, the Mayflower had anchored off the coast of Massachusetts. It had been a hard year. Forty people had died, and of the 55 remaining, only four were women.

    An early drought had threatened their crops, which ended after a time of special prayer, and they received a good harvest.

  • How to cope after losing child to drug overdose

    It’s been 10 years since we lost our son, Josh, to an overdose of morphine and methadone.

    Sept. 22 was a tough day. Josh would have been 30 years old on that date.

    We were dark, down in our hearts remembering our Josh. But on that very day, a phone call came from a woman who had lost her son two and a half weeks previously from a prescription overdose.

    She was reaching out to someone who understood and shared her anguish.

    “When will I stop crying?”

    “When will I feel better?”

  • Court costs story bring back painful memories for writer

    The Friday, Nov. 4, Roane County News article about Kim Nelson’s eagerness to collect court costs brought back unplesant memories of something that happened to me in court several years ago in another county.

    First, let me say that I am not a criminal. A lawbreaker, yes, as is everyone else out there.

    There are so many laws on the books that it is unlikely anyone can make it through the day without breaking one.

  • Smoke Rise Park people offer thanks for the help

    We, the members of Smoke Rise Memorial Park Association, would like to thank the following people and businesses for their help and donations toward improvements at the park site.

    • Alice Balum and Live and Let Live Drug Store.

    • Dudley Evans.

    • Tony Brown, Roane County Park.

    • John Sublett, Scandlyn Lumber Co.

    Everyone involved with the park wishes to express their sincere appreciation for your help.

    Doug Cloud
    Smoke Rise Memorial Park
     

  • Here’s one letter that will make your heart just purr

    Sometimes warm stories are few and far between, so I thought I would share a recent experience that would hopefully elicit a few smiles.

    I ran into Walter and Gloria Gaines at breakfast one morning last week. As we usually do, we talked pets.”
    They shared this story:

    Coming into their driveway at dusk a week or so ago, they noticed a cat sitting near the road. At first they thought it was one of their cats, Ginger.

    Walter got out of the car, and immediately realized that the heft of this cat was a bit less than the heft of Ginger.

  • Courthouse gala a big hit thanks to all these folks

    The Roane County Heritage Commission’s eighth gala in honor of the historic Roane County Courthouse was a great success.

    The party, which was held in the historic building in downtown Kingston on Oct. 1, raised a substantial amount toward the matching fund requirement of the Tennessee Department of Transportation Grant the Heritage Commission received to restore the l58-year-old structure.

  • History repeats itself when people allow it to

    I read your guest opinion piece “U.S. turned guns on WWI vets in 1932” with interest but not with suprise.
    In the 1920s, coal miners in West Virginia banded together and formed a union.

    Soon after, they went on strike for better wages, working conditions and living conditions.

    The miners and families lived in company housing and had to buy what they needed from the company store.

    Often, their paychecks didn’t cover what they owed.

    If a miner became sick or died, his family was immediately ejected from the house so a healthy worker and family could be moved in.