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Letters

  • Church grateful for training by Harriman Fire Department

    We would like to thank Brad Goss and the other members of the Harriman Fire Department for coming to teach the CPR/AED class at South  Harriman Baptist Church. 

    This type of community involvement and care is  greatly appreciated, and the skills that were taught could one day save  someone’s life. All of the gentlemen who taught the class were knowledgeable, friendly and informative. If you are a community group in Harriman, talk to Chief Brad Goss about having this course taught to your  group.

  • Summer offerings at Kingston Public Library are all free

     Good things are happening at the Kingston Public Library during the month of June.  

    Our summer reading program is underway.  Each Wednesday at 1:30 p.m., we will be having a special program for children 12 and younger.  

    Children who have attended previous summer programs at our library will find this year’s program even better. 

  • New EPA regs are a step, but we can do more ourselves

    I am delighted that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has finally moved to abate the disastrous impacts of climate change by regulating carbon dioxide emissions from power plants. 

    But, given the adverse reaction from the coal industry, the EPA should have issued parallel regulations on emissions from meat industry operations. Each state could than determine its own optimal strategy for curbing greenhouse gases.

  • Tiger Haven should be liable financially

    I want to address a problem that has concerned my neighbors and me for 20 years. I live next to a facility that houses some of the most dangerous animals in the world. Just hearing them growl in the morning is enough to put the fear of God in anyone, and they are not pit bulls.
    Imagine having to listen to a loud, ferocious roar morning, noon and night, knowing a vicious animal may escape at any time. It’s a nuisance that not only bothers me, but also all of my neighbors.

  • Brush with phone scam has man issuing warning

    I received a call recently that sounded exactly like the normal recorded message that I always get from my mail order drug provider.

    At first everything seemed normal, same great recorded female voice, informing me of a prescription that was ready to refill.

    Did I want them to go ahead and refill it?

    I said, “Yes.”

    Then the next recorded words were “Say the name of your credit card, then either punch into the phone or say aloud the 16-digit numbers of your credit card.”

  • Ousted Mioduski complains against Rockwood officials

    Please allow this letter as my official complaint against city of Rockwood officials, Jason Jolly, Pete Wright, James Nuchols, and Mayor Watts. These individuals voted to dismiss me of my duties without reason or justification.

    When all four officials were asked why, they all said “no comment” and quickly left Rockwood City Hall building.

  • Middle College is really investment in all of Roane

    One of the primary responsibilities of The Roane Alliance is to serve as Roane County’s economic development organization.  The primary driver in industrial recruitment in today’s marketplace is the preparedness of the existing workforce and the ability of the community to develop students into highly skilled and professional employees, according to officials with the state of Tennessee, TVA and site selection consultant firms.  

  • CASA in need of volunteers to be child advocates

    CASA’s annual Run for the Child was held on the Roane County campus of Roane State Community College, Saturday, May 3.

    The 5K run/walk raises money to train and support court-appointed special advocates — citizen volunteers who are appointed by the juvenile court to advocate for the best interests of abused and neglected children.

    Last year, CASA volunteers served more than 140 children in the counties of Loudon, Morgan, and Roane.

  • A simple card is nice reminder of officer’s presence

    I live out in the country, and I find it very comforting to find a card in the  mailbox informing me that an Roane County deputy has been by my house.

    In this day and time, we’re so busy that we don’t always see a patrol car, but  it’s nice to know one has been in the neighborhood.  

    I would think that when that card is placed in the mailbox in the middle of the night that the officer looks for anything out of the ordinary.

  • Holocaust survival tale of 15-year-old is a must-read

    Sunday, April 27, was Holocaust Memorial Day.

    My friend, Mira Kimmelman, will soon be 92. She was sent to a concentration camp at age 15. It was winter when she was placed on an open train car with so many others. They were freezing. When they needed to relieve themselves, they sat in their own frozen waste.

    Having spent much time in the Jewish Ghetto, she learned to live by her wits to get food for her family.

    By now, she had lost her 13-year-old brother, and she had to draw strength and ingenuity to save herself.