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Letters

  • 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.

  • Nuts & Bolts Terri Likens Editor: Some change at the paper become official

    I’ve written about some technological changes at the Roane County News, but this week, I have some people news to report.

    Kevin Kile, who has been acting general manager for about six months, has been given the job officially. He has earned it – managing the staff through a difficult period while overseeing a major renovation and the installation of advanced technology.

  • Time to consider the four-day week in schools

    Roane County Schools has recently set the 2012-13 school calendar. A survey regarding the start date and length and placement of breaks is available on the website at Roaneschools.com.

    As typical of any survey, there is no comment section to truly gage public opinion. I like the early August start date, and I enjoy using both the spring and fall break for quality family excursions. I would, however, like to advocate a much greater change to the school schedule. I want to see year-round school with a four-day school week.

  • Letter writer eats a meal of crow after published rant

    I messed up really bad and want to apologize to Roane County Executive Ron Woody. I know he’ll forgive me; he’s a good person.

    I sent in a letter to the editor a week or so ago. I wanted to vent my anger that none of the $43 million or so of the TVA payment to the county was applied to anything actually hurt by the ash spill.

    I was right to do that, but my letter seemed to bash Woody. I knew better than this when I wrote the letter.

  • Corporate ‘personhood’ not new concept

    Some of our local commentators have been ranting quite a bit, in recent months, about evil corporations being able to buy elections for their own sinister ends.

    It is stated this is made possible by a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling commonly called “Citizens United.”

    They claim that ruling bestowed upon corporations complete and full personhood with full rights to participate in our federal elections the same as living and breathing persons. I’m not completely sure, but I don’t think the ruling was exactly that broad.

  • Writer likes cost-cutting by DesJarlais

    It appears that unless something changes, as concerning the redrawing of district boundaries, Scott DesJarlais will no longer be the congressman for Roane County after the next election — whether he wins or loses.

    Although I would not be considered a die-hard supporter, I have no real problems with his policies or votes to this point.

    He has been in service to our district for only about a year, and that is probably not long enough to form solid opinions as to how effective he would be or his positions matching to my beliefs.