en Roane schools’ ACT scores going up steadily <p> As the school district and community have opportunity to reflect upon the ACT scores produced by juniors and senior students from the 2015-16 school year, it is important to remember the dedication and hard work of teachers, parents, administrators and students.</p> <p> Across our five high schools, alternative learning center, five middle schools and six elementary schools, we are fortunate enough to have caring, dedicated and driven educators and community members looking forward to the growth and improvement our students will make.</p> Supporting Supply Closet a big help to area educators <p> On Sept. 29, teachers from all over the county assembled together at Roane State Community College for the 14th annual Teachers Supply Closet event.</p> <p> Approximately 30 teachers/staff and eight schools were represented this year, and they delighted in getting the supplies that were donated.</p> <p> Here is a letter that we received from Harriman Middle School teacher, Tori Henley:</p> From the EDITOR’S Desk: Internet access hot election issue <p> The Nov. 8 election is drawing near. In fact with early voting starting next Wednesday, the election is practically underway. I heard a report just this week that the temperature of the election has reached such a fever that there might be enough votes cast during early voting to decide the presidential election in some states.</p> Michael Dunn Center an obvious East Tenn. asset <p> I recently toured the Michael Dunn Center. I was pleasantly surprised. The facility was extremely clean and well kept. The layout of work areas and classrooms was very tidy.</p> <p> President and CEO Mike McElhiney and Melinda Johnson, supervisor, greeted me warmly and were very hospitable. The staff at Michael Dunn Center was very professional and courteous.</p> <p> It is very evident, for the staff, this is not just a profession, but a true calling. The effort put forth is truly a labor of love.</p> Best-qualified leader detrimental for area law enforcement <p> If ever a police department needed veteran, seasoned and experienced leadership, that time is now.</p> <p> That is why I find it discouraging there were voices at the recent Harriman City Council meeting who inferred it would have been best to go back to a &ldquo;good old boy&rdquo; system of choosing the person to lead a vital service for our city.</p> <p> It is even more discouraging these remarks were said before the new chief has even started in his position.</p> GLIMPSES: Perspectives on the Electoral College <p> By Mark Banker</p> <p> Last week, two respected polls projected that the votes of as many as 40 percent of Tennesseans will not count in the coming presidential election.</p> <p> Some readers may assume that recent bombshells about the Republican presidential nominee must have overshadowed such shocking news. Others will see this as proof that our elections are indeed &ldquo;rigged.&rdquo;</p> YOUR LETTERS: I checked the facts, and here’s what I found out <p> A writer last Wednesday suggests we check facts. I thought that was a real good idea, so I did it, using the writer&rsquo;s letter.</p> <p> Here is what I found out:<br /> First &mdash; President Obama DID NOT &ldquo;announce that he is turning over our internet to a UN agency!&rdquo; Here is what was really announced, and who did it:</p> From the EDITOR’S Desk: Challenge wasn’t a race. Really. <p> Let me be clear: The Kingston Lions Club Moonlight for Sight challenge walk at Fort Southwest Point last Saturday night was not a race.<br /> It was a personal challenge.</p> <p> So it can&rsquo;t be said that I lost, because there were no losers, only winners.</p> <p> The Lions raise money for charity, specifically to help those with vision impairment. Everyone who participated was a winner.</p>