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Letters

  • Lack of response could have been the death of her

    I live in the city of Rockwood.

    On July 27, I fell at my home.

    Not knowing what was wrong with me, I called the fire department.

    I told them I had fallen and could not get up, and the person who answered the call said what do you want me to do about it?

    I said I thought they would come and help me up, and they said they didn’t do that and gave me a number to call.

    By then I had lost my eyesight, but I tried to call it. I don’t know who I called.

  • Books, reading program can make difference

    Love for reading is one of the most valuable gifts an adult can give to a child. That’s why I support the Roane Imagination Library.

    Every month, Roane Imagination Library mails a free book to every enrolled Roane County child aged birth to 5 years.

    In the past seven years, Roane Imagination Library has provided over 125,000 books to Roane County children.

    The Roane Imagination Library is a joint project of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library and the Tennessee Governor’s Books from Birth Foundation.

  • Writer looks for earthquake like one that created Reelfoot

    I was  reading the Sept. 14 edition of the Roane County News. The part that interested me was the article on “Earthquake danger still a question.”

    The professor in the article does not know his facts. Between mid-December 1811 and mid-March 1812, Tennessee experienced the massive earthquake that created Reelfoot Lake.

    I have no clue where he got his information, but he is wrong.

    It was so bad some of the tremors was felt all the way to Quebec City, Canada.

  • Removing Randy Ellis over comments on Facebook wrong

    I was shocked to read in the paper that Randy Ellis had been removed from the budget committee.

    I was even more shocked to hear Ron Woody removed him from the committee because he dared to inform the public of a public meeting.

    God forbid the people be informed and heard at a public meeting.

    Even Mr. Woody admitted that Mr. Ellis served well on the committee except for daring to disagree with Mr. Woody’s tax hike and informing people in his community about the upcoming vote and public hearings.

  • Roane County News columnist vitriolic, largely unanswered

    Recently I have noticed that the level of vitriol and personal attacks in public debate has increased greatly, and as we have seen lately, our local newspaper is not immune to this phenomenon.

    There is a local commentator who has a regularly provided position in our newspaper to promote his particular political ideology.

  • Writer revisits the Wisconsin teacher protest issue

    On Aug. 17, the editor of our newspaper wrote an article for the “Nuts and Bolts” section of the opinion page.

    It concerned a particular letter that the editor had modified prior to publication and the explanation of how and why it was so done.

    If I may I would like to address one of the details of that article.

    One of the subjects the original letter addressed was the protests in Madison, Wis., over the altering of laws governing public employee unions and, specifically, the teachers unions.

  • Thrift store, food pantry combo gives thanks

    On behalf of Seton’s Thrift Store and Food Pantry, we would like to recognize and graciously thank Harriman Save-A-Lot for being such a supportive business in our community.

    The store generously donated items to our food bank recently when our supply had run low, allowing us to provide meals for locals in desperate times.

    In addition to their generosity, they are consistently friendly with a great team of workers, especially Melissa and Randy. They always maintain a positive atmosphere for shoppers.

  • Disservice to city of Rockwood, readers by using draft audit

    Over the 22 years I have served the city of Rockwood, it has been my practice to provide as accurate as possible information to the Roane County News and always refrained from making statements that lack full truth or cast a negative reflection on our city and its people.

    A recent article did both; it made a couple of our employees look bad and alleged findings our council has not yet dealt with or approved.

    Auditors have been working with the city of Rockwood since completing their part of the city audit in late May.

  • A Roane County teacher remembers sharing 9/11

    As a former educator of Roane County with 30-plus years of experience, I am now six years into my retirement.

    I have many memories as a fifth-grade teacher at Midtown Elementary, but Sept. 11, 2001, is the most powerful.

    Having just lost our son Josh, 29 years old, to a drug overdose caused me to feel very vulnerable and at a loss.

    It was a Tuesday.

    I had bus duty starting at 7:45 a.m. As I greeted students exiting buses and cars, I thought, “What a beautiful blue sky day ahead!” (Not a cloud to be seen.)

  • It’s important to note when we get something right

    It’s been a great summer here in Rockwood ... hot, but great.

    My daughter Sophie and I visited our Rockwood Library each week for their Summer Reading Program. 

    This year’s theme was “One World, Many Stories.” 

    Library staffers Margaret and Judy and their crew hosted approximately 75 children throughout the summer for stories, crafts and general fun. 

    They kicked off their pre-school Story Time (free and worthwhile) on Sept. 7 at 10:30 a.m.