• Gift exemplifies the kind of man Largen really is

    I read the article in the Roane County News on Dec. 28 concerning the remarkable multi-million dollar gift of 110 acres of prime, lakefront property that was given by Gerald Largen not only to Roane County but to anyone who may ever visit there. 
    I certainly wasn’t surprised by his generosity.
    I have known Mr. Largen for many years and have often been amazed at his knowledge and ability. 
    I had the awesome opportunity to work with him and Boots Cook for several months one time in my life at a much younger age.

  • Barf bag needed if this ever makes the big screen

    Move over Muse Watson — make room for Rocky and Leon Houston!
    The brothers’ recent TV appearance on WBIR-TV News, The News Sentinel and on the recent front page of Roane County News is truly inspired acting.
    So much so that the media seems to have been duped into assisting them in what seems to be their plans to use the media again as they have done many times in the past to garner public support and harass authorities.

  • 30,688,980 words of wisdom to tide them through

    This letter is probably different from others, but here goes. I just completed reading the King James Version Bible through for the 30th time.
    I had a goal in life to read it 25 times, but after I got there, I just kept reading.
    My wife, Nancy, who passed away Dec. 3, 2010, of esophageal cancer, had read it through twelve times.
    So together we read it through 42 times. We lacked four months being married 42 years.
    The word is a blessing as the McKamey’s sing that song, “The Old Love Letter,” and it really is.

  • How nice to see the life returning to a small town

    Last month, I saw life again in Harriman.
    I grew up there, went to school, courted boyfriends and then saw life leave the town I loved.
    Last month, for the first time in a long time, I saw life again.
    I attended the open house of the new TV station, Channel 15.
    I am so grateful to those who have worked so hard and who have the vision of seeing life return to Harriman.
    Mayor Chris Mason, Gary Baker, Muse Watson, Bill Landry — these people are investing untold time and energy into making this seemingly impossible dream come true.
    It can happen.
    It is happening.

  • Lead-footed kid gets family an untimely eviction

    Happy Holidays?
    The holidays came and went so quickly it was hard to take it all in. Many had a wonderful holiday relaxing and just sharing the love that seems to well up in us all during this time of the year.
    Others that don’t have much love any time of the year. I called many news agencies to help get the word out about a young eight-month-pregnant mother and her three small children.
    My hope was to resolve an issue in her apartment complex.
    If this gets printed, I hope to bring to light an issue she had to deal with this holiday season.

  • Change in obituary wording upsetting to this writer

    I am writing in regard to the letter to the editor in Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2010, edition titled “Family member ‘went home to be with the Lord.”
    This brought back the disappointment I felt when the Roane County News took the Lord out of the obituary I wrote for my husband’s passing on July 19, 2010.
    Instead of “went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,” it was replaced with, “passed away.”
    The Lord is being taken out of more and more things these days, I don’t understand why.
    Also, there were 10 survivors listed in the obituary, all from Roane County.

  • Thanks to the Rockwood public library folks

    I would just like to send a quick note to you and community to let you know how much I appreciate the hard workers at the Rockwood Public Library. 
    Every time I go there, I am amazed by how clean and organized everything is.  There is never anything out of place, and the ladies who work there are truly superb. 
    I have been to other libraries in Roane County, and I can say that Rockwood’s is probably the most friendly and helpful. 
    They have a nice selection of books, audio books, CDs, and DVDs which I check out frequently. 

  • This sad chapter should be a lesson to us all

    That TDEC is requiring the TVA to install a liner in the gypsum storage pond is no surprise.   
    That there are problems with the pond is, sadly, unremarkable.
    As far back as Jan. 2, 2009, at the special-called Kingston City Council meeting when TVA Chairman Tom Kilgore addressed the public regarding the TVA ash spill, former Kingston councilman Jim Rivers raised the issue of the gypsum pond construction.
    Mr. Rivers expressed concern that the pond was not being built with a liner (as TDEC is now requiring the TVA to retrofit).

  • Family member ‘went home to be with the Lord’

    I am writing in regard to my dad’s passing on Dec. 14.
    It was a hard time for my family and when writing the obituary to put in the Roane County News, my mom had requested that “went home to be with the Lord” be put in the article instead of “died” or “passed away.”
    You would think after paying in the excess of $50, you would be able to get this printed, but as it states in the newspaper policy, the paper reserves the right to edit the article and, yes, they did.

  • Rockwood Christmas Home Tour a success

    The 20th annual Rockwood Christmas Home Tour was a great success.
    Rockwood 2000 would like to thank the people who made it happen.  
    There are so many individuals to thank for their numerous hours of work, but we want to extend a special thanks to our Christmas Tour homeowners, as the event would not have been possible without them.  
    Rockwood 2000 is fortunate to have so many dedicated members and such strong community support.  
    At this time, we would like to take the opportunity to thank this year’s Christmas Tour sponsors: