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Letters

  • Some complaints about experience with ETHRA

    On Aug. 8, I had a bad experience with an ETHRA driver.
    It started at 7:30 a.m. I know I’m not their only pick-up — four others go to Knoxville. You see, all my doctors except one are in Knox County.
    I was early and had to wait. You see, my appointment was at 10:15.
    After calling a second time, I was told the van would be there in 30 minutes. That turned to one hour, so I waited an hour and a half for pick-up.
    The driver seemed to hit every pothole he saw on purpose.

  • Rockwood flowers cheery against hot, dry summer

    I would like to express how beautiful and well-kept the flowers are by the railroad tracks on Rockwood Street in Rockwood.
    I do not know who planted or maintains them, but they are eye-catching each time you approach the railroad crossing.
    It takes a lot of work and water to keep those flowers looking so good in this summer heat.
    Thanks again to the people who do such a good job on these flowers and the small corner park on the other side of the tracks.
    Loretta Walker
    Rockwood
     

  • Retired teachers group says, ‘Oh, what a year!’

    The members of Roane County Retired Teachers Association have just completed a very successful program year of service to the community, contributing over 8,000 volunteer hours to various organizations. 
    We are retired, but not from life!
    Our meetings were very enjoyable due to all those who helped us. 

  • Prayer can heal the damaged aura of people’s souls

    In the eastern part of Oklahoma, an advertising paper is available to us.
    In the recent publication was the article about the high school principal in your area (who in the early 2000s) defended the right for prayer to be stated by individuals who believe in the power of prayer.
    I wish to say thanks to this high school principal and the people who were at that particular sports event.
    We need more people to be brave enough to stand — united, to express our voice, in all that we believe to be legal, correct and the proper way to be.

  • Fundraiser beat storm for writing scholarships

    East Tennessee celebrities stepped up to the plate and hit home runs at the recent fundraiser for the Roane County Student Writing Contest Awards Program.
    Bill Landry, actor, author, and TV host of “The Heartland Series;” humorist and author Judy DiGregorio; and educator and storyteller Elizabeth Rose — backed up by the renowned Notchy Creek Bluegrass Band — entertained for three hours.

  • Contractor leaves mess, AT&T and state don’t care

    In this previous winter/spring, AT&T contracted with an outfit to bury some fiber-optic communications line down Hwy. 304 (River Road), seeding most of the raw land when they were finished. 
    They failed to seed most of the raw land they left from Luminary Methodist Church and south from there, including right-of-way and landowners’ property. 
    Apparently they ran out of seed, and just tossed straw on top.  Nothing grew for awhile, then weeds took over. 
    A great deal of that land is still raw looking.

  • Courage, kindness shown by many in wake of church fire

    This letter is written to express my heartfelt thanks and appreciation for those who help to make Kingston in Roane County such a great place to live.
    This is a wonderful community with caring people.  In recent months, I have witnessed a wonderful spirit of compassion and concern from our neighbors. 

  • Largen misleading on Cut, Cap & Balance column

    Correcting all of the misleading and blatantly false assertions in Gerald Largen’s columns would be a full-time job, so I usually just avoid reading them.
     Friday’s was so outrageous that I am compelled to respond to his attack on the Cut, Cap and Balance plan. 
    The original framers of the Constitution had studied history and the nature of man. 

  • Roane County: Great amenities, wonderful people

    Over the past Fourth of July weekend, my family from out-of-town took in the beauty of Roane County in more than a visual appreciation of the offerings Roane County extends. 
    Roane County Park’s splash pad was a terrific place to enjoy young children in the safe recreational environment  while providing lake swimming, $5 paddle boat rentals and viewing of the watercraft traveling along the river, all in a very well maintained park. 

  • Commandments guide morality, absolutes exist

    Charles Haynes, in his Guest Opinion in the July 6 edition of the Roane County News, ended with, “But with New York as a model, we can acknowledge both gay equality and religious liberty as basic human rights.”
    Our Constitution recognizes religious liberty not just because “the multiplicity of sects in the new nation left us little alternative.”