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Today's Opinions

  • Why make poorer customers suffer with late fees?

    I am once again writing to complain about the Harriman Utility Board late-fee policy. 

    This month, my bill was due on Thursday, Sept. 25. 

    At 10 a.m. on Friday, I was standing in the lobby with cash money to pay my bill. I asked to speak with someone who could take off the late fee. 

    She informed me that she could not take the $13 off my bill because I was late last month. 

  • Well-deserved charity needs help to stay open

    I am writing in hopes of getting some help for the Clothes Closet in Rockwood. 

    They do so much for Roane and surrounding counties. Not only do they help needy families with free furniture and clothes, but they also give much more. 

  • Woman dead until emergency staff revived her

    On Aug. 12 at 2 a.m., officers Mitch Grigsby and Alex French, along with a Roane Ambulance team of Greg Dyer, Roger Davis, Beverly Lynn, T. Eblen and C. Weddington, were dispatched to the Stout family residence in Midtown.

    When they got there, our mother was not breathing and had no pulse.

    Thanks to their fast response, CPR and using cardiac-arrest paddles, they were able to revive her and keep her stable until they got to Parkwest Medical Center.

  • Why make poorer customers suffer with late fees?

    I am once again writing to complain about the Harriman Utility Board late-fee policy.

    This month, my bill was due on Thursday, Sept. 25.

    At 10 a.m. on Friday, I was standing in the lobby with cash money to pay my bill. I asked to speak with someone who could take off the late fee.

    She informed me that she could not take the $13 off my bill because I was late last month.

    She continued to inform me that I should have written a check. It’s illegal to write a check if you don’t have the money in the bank!

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Supreme Ct. action on Atty. Gen. disappoints

    As a brief preamble to this week’s piece, we would remind old readers, and inform newer readers, that we received our bachelor of laws degree from the College of Law at the University of Tennessee in the winter of 1958, which will soon be 56 years ago, and we have been observing the Supreme Court of the state since our first appearance before that tribunal early in 1959. 

  • Duly noting the need for a possible detour in Kingston

    With the 5K fundraiser “The Chase” coming up this Saturday, it would be a good idea to note that Kentucky and Race streets will be blocked for the race from 9-9:45 a.m. 

    I know that there are a few youth soccer league games that morning, so participants might want to be prepared.

    Ralton Emory

    Ten Mile

  • Double-negative erodes county official’s credibility

    The case for school funding was said very powerfully by Junior Commissioner Hendrickson’s statement, “My constituents have spoken, and they don’t want NO new taxes...”

    Exactly why they are needed.

    Jayne R. Jackson

    Kingston

  • Momentum shifting to good things for local economy

    Momentum can be a tricky course to initiate or maintain. Since I have had the opportunity to serve at The Roane Alliance, I have seen firsthand that Roane County has established positive momentum in industrial and commercial business recruitment. 

    In recent years, we have encountered more than our share of obstacles — some of those out of our control and some not.