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Letters

  • Resident can't understand why lot not cleaned up

    Since last year, I’ve been trying to get property in front of my house cleaned off.

    I went to the city, and they told me to go to the county.

    It took six months to burn down the house completely that caught fire in November 2008.

    It seems that the only time the city or county comes over here is during election time.

    Is it because it’s in a black neighborhood that they don’t seem to want to clear it off?

  • Largen needs shorter horse to articulate from


      After two trips to the woodshed and suffering my verbal punishment generously administered by Gerald Largen in two of his recent columns, I am venturing into the sunshine of reality again to address his latest bombastic tongue-lashing of the self-defined ill informed.

    In his latest rant, he casts doubt on the worth of many modern conveniences and accoutrements most would consider essential to a high quality of life in modern times.

  • Where is all that hot air really coming from?

    As an unemployed teacher, I spend my days waiting by the phone for one of Toni McGriff’s principals to call seeking me to help the Roane County school system improve their achievement-test scores and correct the extreme gender-ratio imbalance among the teachers in our K-8 grade schools.

  • Shacter will tutor families, kids on math and money

    During the summer months, I offered youngsters and adults some free weekly basic math and money-management lessons.

    I like the challenge of not only teaching that highly important combination subject, but also making the students enjoy the overall learning and reviewing process.

    One objective of this letter is, of course, to thank Flo Charles for her kind views about my teaching style and success rate. Her recent letter to the editor was a big surprise to me.

  • Writer supports Rose, emergency staff

    I would like to offer my support for the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, its leadership as well as its functions.  

    As a retired Air Force colonel who spent 30 years of active duty in the occupational safety and health and environmental protection field, and as a nationally certified industrial hygienist, I feel I can speak on this subject with some expertise.  

  • Writer supports Rose, emergency staff

    I would like to offer my support for the Roane County Office of Emergency Management and Homeland Security, its leadership as well as its functions.  

    As a retired Air Force colonel who spent 30 years of active duty in the occupational safety and health and environmental protection field, and as a nationally certified industrial hygienist, I feel I can speak on this subject with some expertise.  

  • Wait before you knock Ron Woody

    This is in reference to John Andriulli’s letter regarding Ron Woody being a “bonehead.”

    When salary cuts are made, they are made for a reason.

    My sister fainted in Cracker Barrel recently, and three emergency vehicles came to her rescue: an ambulance, EMTs and a firetruck (where’s the fire?). She was on her feet when they arrived and refused their services.

  • New direction could be a plus for Swan Pond

    There has been much community discussion and quarterbacking regarding the $43 million provided to Roane County by TVA.  

    The amount of the funds offered will be likely remembered as a controversial issue in that these funds may be considered too low of a price tag or, perhaps, even too high, simply depending on one’s perspective.

    At this point, the amount funded to the school system is appreciated as our schools certainly needed improvement.  

  • Woody's act has signs of political payback

    Why would our newly elected county executive choose one of the top emergency management groups in the state as his first target?

    I have no idea of Howie Rose’s political leanings but the whole thing smells of political payback.

    If this sort of nonsense is indicative of Mr. Woody’s management style and ability, the voters of Roane County have made a big mistake.

    If Mr. Woody was not happy with Rose’s performance, why was Rose not told about it and given the opportunity to make changes?

  • Football season good, but band outstanding

    As the parent of a new Roane County High School Band freshman, I am really enjoying the Friday night high school football experience. Although the football team is doing well and a joy to watch, I have been blown away by the high school band. Not only are they large, but the sound coming from these students is unbelievable.

    They are disciplined, well led and confident in their abilities. From their dramatic pre-game entrance to the awesome half-time show, it amazes me that there has not been more of a fuss made over this Roane County jewel.