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Letters

  • Writer squawks about legislative priorities

    Cock-a-doodle-don’t! Roosters to your neutral corners — go!
    In an apparent effort to avoid appearing reactive to the serious education, infrastructure and financial crisis facing Tennessee our legislators in Nashville instead chose to tackle the more serious problems of Rooster Sports and extended breast feeding by the state’s mothers.
    After determining that the cockfighting promoters and casual observers are equally guilty, it was proposed that a $2,500 fine (first offense) would be preventative.

  • What you give to the Lions Club, they give back

    The people of Roane County have again demonstrated their endorsement of the work of the Kingston Lions Club by their participation in the annual Pancake Breakfast on March 26.
    The public has become aware that all money received, except for the cost of conducting the event, is returned to the community in some form.
    The major portion of all project profits is used to purchase eye exams and/or glasses for persons who cannot afford such luxuries.

  • Census results indicate a lack of long-term plan

    In the March 18 issue, you published census data for Roane and surrounding counties.
    Roane seriously lagged behind with growth of just 4 percent compared to Loudon at 24 percent, Blount at 16 percent, Cumberland at 19 percent and Knox at 13 percent.
    I am a newcomer to this area, having moved in 2010 from Dallas, Texas to this beautiful county that is blessed with the most wonderful natural resources, lake and mountain vistas that are feasts for the eyes.

  • Second Chance thanks those who gave it a chance

    Second Chance K-9 Rescue would like to thank everyone who helped make our 12th annual Chili Supper a great success.
    Especially the good folks at Roane County News and other media for the advertising. The proceeds from this event help the animals of Roane County.
    Our animal shelter adoption spay/neuter assistance program began September 2009, and has helped pay for the spaying, neutering and an annual vaccination.
    Since February 2010, Second Chance K-9 Rescue has provided assistance for 151 animals.

  • Event to help flooded food bank a success

    On Feb. 28, flooding destroyed food and supplies at the Second Harvest Food Bank warehouse in North Knoxville. On its behalf, an ice cream social fundraiser was held, hosted by the Roane County Democratic Party and Market Street Fountain at Ladd Landing in Kingston.
    Nearly $500 was raised. Many thanks to those who contributed or volunteered.  A small number of people can make a difference for people in need. 
    The event was a success, in large part, due to a front page item in the March 2 edition of the Roane County News.
    Kudos to all!

  • Commissioners attempt to bell the cats political

    On behalf of the many great cats at Tiger Haven I would like to thank state Rep. Julia Hurley for not signing the Roane County Commission's destructive Tiger Haven bill.
    The commissioners all know the cost of placing tracking collars on 280 plus big cats would be an onerous financial burden for this worthy but cash strapped nonprofit.  

  • Legislation on teachers never about better ed

    Over 50 years ago I interviewed with the school board for my first teaching position in a small town.
    I was immediately told they did not allow any teachers their school to belong to a union.
    Each teacher was to negotiate his or her own salary and that salary was to be kept in strict confidence.  
    I was able to bargain them up to $1,800 a year!  
    Later, I learned I was making more than the teacher who had been with them for 30 years, but who “didn't squabble over salary.”

  • Largen gets it wrong again, says writer

    It is not the Republicans but the current administration which is trying to undo over a century of national progress and advancement.
    Our great country was founded on principles and traditions that conservatives strongly believe in, and in the last two years, we have seen an overwhelming effort to shuffle these to the back of the bus declaring that a more liberal progressive agenda is now the norm in this nation.

  • Thanks for help with pancake breakfast

    The Rotary Club of Kingston recently hosted its annual Pancake Breakfast and Silent Auction to raise funds for community and international projects.  The event was a huge success thanks in large part to community businesses and leaders that bought table sponsorships, donated items for the silent auction or provided other support.

  • DONICE BUTLER: HUB tyranny really needs to be brought down

    I am writing to invite all citizens of Roane County who are forced to purchase utilities from the Harriman Utility Board to form a citizens action group in order to investigate the activities and policies of the Harriman Utility Board and to take legal action against them, if appropriate, for their failure to offer fair and reasonable rates for utilities.

    As everyone in this area knows, HUB charges excessive rates relative to our neighbors who purchase utilities from other sources.