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Letters

  • 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.

  • Items wanted to keep people in need warm, sheltered

    The Clothes Closet in Rockwood is in need of winter clothing for children and adults, blankets and heaters — any kind — quilts, a kitchen stove, washer and dryer, a queen-size bed frame and some sheetrock to repair broken sheetrock and funding to serve needy families in Roane County.

    We serve all of Roane County, and all items and services are free to the client.

    All workers are volunteers who can be reached at 354-4227 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    All items must be clean and in good wearable or workable condition and can be on hangers, in bags or boxes.

  • Yard sale mistake has woman hoping for honest customer

    Last Saturday, Oct. 22, my daughter and I had a yard sale at my house in Kingston.

    As I was trying to add up another person’s purchases a man walked up said this has 25 cents but I’ll give you 30 cents and handed me 3 dimes.

    I said OK.

    As he stared to walk off, I realized he was holding my binoculars, and I said I can’t believe I put 25 cents on those — they are good binoculars.

    A few seconds later my daughter walked up, and I told her what had happened, and she said “You didn’t, you had $25 on that.”