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Today's Opinions

  • Top official lost his wallet; is glad for locals’ honesty

    It is truly a blessing to live in a small town and community.

    I want to say thank you to an unidentified lady who found and turned in my wallet to staff at the Kingston Food City.

    On Sunday, after a long day traveling, my wallet either fell out of my car or I left it outside the Food City while retrieving a newspaper.

    On the way home, I noticed that my wallet was missing and immediately called Food City. The staff said a lady who knew me turned in the wallet and they placed it in their safe.

  • Based on quote, Beets misinformed on role of mayor

    In Friday’s (Oct. 10) edition of the Roane County News, the article titled “Kingston’s Choice: Beets or Neal for Mayor?” talks about the experience of each candidate. The article was about a half page in length, giving each candidate equal space to discuss their history and qualifications for the position.

  • Neighbor: Big cat santuary too dangerous

    This letter is based on information and statements from a Tiger Haven fundraising letter sent throughout the country by Mary Lynn Haven.

    Below are direct quotes from this letter. In the Tiger Haven letter an incident is described that occurred at Tiger Haven. The incident is the reason for the fundraising campaign.

    From the letter:

  • GUEST OPINION: College — where religious freedom goes to die

    In the Orwellian world of many college and university campuses, all faiths are welcome — but some faiths are more welcome than others.

    Just this month, for example, California State University “derecognized” InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, an evangelical student organization with more than 900 chapters at colleges and universities across the country.

  • 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!