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Letters

  • Inconsiderate fishermen making mess at boat ramp

    Twice in the past three weeks, fishermen have dumped six or more large gar fish near the boat ramp at Blue Springs.
    This ruins the ramp and parking area for other boaters and fishermen.
    Last fall inconsiderate hunters dumped two deer carcasses there. 
    The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency maintains this ramp which provides access to the beautiful Blue Springs cove and Tennessee River. 
    Why can’t people help them maintain it — instead of trashing it?

  • What would be the best way to help schools?

    Folks, let’s review this promise the Republican Party made to the voters of Roane County.
    Their promise would make the government more efficient and reduce the cost of state government.
    Their first act was to attack teachers and remove their right to negotiate their wages and working conditions.
    We do not need to go back to the old method of replacing teachers because they voted differently than the education superintendent or county executive.
    We need to keep the system of advancement by tenure or otherwise experience.

  • No amount of time will redeem tainted ex-judge

    I agree with District Attorney General Russell Johnson — partly.
    He suggests that former General Sessions Judge Thomas Austin might, over time, repair the reputation of the justice system which he, Austin, is responsible for damaging.
    The operative word here is “might.”
    I believe it is too late for such a miracle to ever occur in Roane County.
    Fifteen years ago, when I retired to this area I heard rumors from many sources of a rogue judge who was far less than upright.

  • Finding family in an unfamiliar place – priceless!

    As a new family of six to Harriman, I thought I would share a few words with you about the community.
    Moving to a new community can be stressful, especially for children.
    We had been here a week when we noticed the streets downtown being blocked off.
    Curious, we went to see what was going on. It was a car show with games and prizes for children and adults.
    And everyone treated us with a welcoming hospitality. The longer we lived here, the more we felt the sense of community.

  • Collared tigers would hinder more than help

    Well, here we go again about Tiger Haven. What does it take? There
    have been no problems with the people who run the facility. The TWRA
    monitors the place, and evidently they have found nothing wrong with the way they have taken care of the big cats.
    I live close to the facility and have not had any problems whatsoever. Would you want to walk around with a location collar around your neck? I think not, and probably the cats would not, either.

  • Salvation Army organizers have thanks aplenty

    Salvation Army recently held its annual reception to honor the volunteers who rang bells for us during the Christmas season. It was a great time of food and fellowship for everyone.
    We would like to thank all the businesses that contributed food or door prizes. We could not do it without them.

  • What could be funnier than following politics?

    Our little planet wobbles and spins through space, orbiting a red-hot coal that will eventually incinerate us and turn Earth, our moon and all other planets and orbiting space debris into a part of the dying red giant.
    In the meantime, we have to face floods, sweltering summer heat waves and chilling winters. Tornadoes rip a path from Oklahoma to Tennessee.
    Meanwhile, our legislators worry about the safety and humane treatment of fighting roosters and busy themselves with legislating the nursing habits of women in Tennessee.

  • Teacher made a mistake but is not a bad apple

    I write in response to the overwhelmingly condemning reaction to Debbie Hayes, the teacher involved in the incident at Bowers Elementary. 
    I don’t defend or agree with the tactic used, but find myself compelled to offer some words of support due to the one-sided public expression that I am hearing.
    My daughter had Mrs. Hayes as a teacher and loved her.  She was well-prepared and enthusiastic about school. 
    Mrs. Hayes had a lot to do with that.

  • Former judge does not deserve anything from us

    I would just like to speak my mind, only my opinion......
    When I saw the story in your paper a few weeks ago of our ex-judge Thomas A. Austin wanting to run for an office again or thinking he would like to be a lawyer or what ever, I thought it was a dang big joke.
    I am still wondering why his very first action after getting out of prison would not have been to ask Roane çounty residents for forgiveness for his actions.

  • Teacher behind oinking incident is one bad apple

    I have a grandchild who attends Bower’s Elementary, and I have always found it and many of its teachers to be wonderful.
    Although, like anyone who read about the 5-year-old boy being teased by his teacher and other students, I found it appalling.
    Even worse than the fact this took place in one of our schools is how it has been handled! Bower’s has a strict no-bullying policy that is posted on posters thru out the school.