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Letters

  • 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.

  • Reappraisals shouldn't be works of fiction

    Many years ago, my wife and I purchased two lots on the lake to build on when we retire.

    We built a new house, doing nearly all the finishing work myself to save money.

    When I saw the recent lot reassessments I almost had a stroke — nearly DOUBLE?

    Worse, my neighbor’s lot, very small but yes, on the lake, went from an appraised value of $175,000 to; get this, $377,000 — for a lot. He’d gladly sell it for that.

  • OK, wiz, open the curtian on appraisal process

    I remain puzzled by my experience with the 2010 property reassessment process.  A native of Roane County, living here 47 of my 52 years, I have supported the county government by paying property taxes for many of those years.

    The January 2010 reassessment increases my property value on five of six parcels from 5-23 percent. This I can comprehend.

    On one parcel, the reassessment increased the property value 152 percent.

    I tried to understand where Roane County came up with the information to substantiate a 152-percent increase.