• More due diligence needs to be used when quoting historical figures

    I would like to comment on Flo’s editorial from July 13.

    There is a great temptation to believe any quote that one finds to support ones preconceived position. However, it is normal for writers to be careful about using quotes without substantiation. 

    There are many made-up quotes attributed to George Washington that were never said by him and the quotation that she gave struck me as a bit out of kilter with what I know about George Washington. 

  • DOE should hit pause on decision for proposed disposal facility

    The Department of Energy is scheduled to issue their Record of Decision on the proposed Environmental Management Disposal Facility on Aug. 2.

    Once the record of decision is issued, the DOE can proceed with the construction of the Environmental Management Disposal Facility. This landfill will be built in the Oak Ridge city limits and will be used to store unidentified waste from the cleanup of the Y-12 National Security Complex and Oak Ridge National Laboratory.

    One thing DOE has acknowledged is that mercury will be dumped in the landfill.

  • Building costs keep going up for school plans

    I recently read about the revised estimate of approximately $4 million added to the estimate on the Oliver Springs school project.

    This was due to increased construction costs, lack of soft costs being included.

    Notice here what is covered by soft cost, and wasn’t the School Board and some County Commissioners aware of these soft costs or just didn’t tell them?

    Soft costs are those items that a client is not aware of until they have already committed to a space for the project.

  • Elmore thankful for the Outdoor Kingston support

    I would like to take this time to thank the citizens of Roane County for their support of Outdoor Kingston over the past three years.

    As I leave it in the hands of Chair-elect Bronna Willard and the others on the board effective Aug. 1, I am reminded of the projects completed and the beautification efforts made to improve our city.

    None of these things would have been possible without the support of individual donations, businesses selling tickets for events and collecting donations, and letters of support for grants.

  • Our state should not be honoring General Forrest

    I am appalled that our state has chosen to  honor Nathan Bedford Forrest.

    My great-great-grandfather was one of the many  Tennessee men who chose to fight for the North because he understood the  horrors of slavery, having seen it in his own family.

    After the war, he  returned to his community in upper East Tennessee and helped to rebuild,  eventually becoming a Tennessee state senator.

  • Don’t blame Trump if you don’t like the laws

    The letter on 12 July was a shotgun blast.

    This letter went from former President Clinton’s impeachment, to accusation against President Trump, and then attacking evangelicals and the Southern Baptist Convention.

    As for the impeachment of former President Clinton, it was not for having an affair but for lying under oath.

    I myself felt the impeachment should not have happened.

    In my opinion it is a sad day for America when the House of Representatives impeaches a President.

  • Breeden family thankful for all the help after his death

    We would like to thank everyone who has helped in any way during the passing of Roger Breeden.

    We will not start naming each one for fear of missing someone. Our family has been blessed beyond  measure, even from folks we do not know.

    Please continue to hold our family up in your prayers and thoughts. The family includes Tabitha Breeden and children, Rogers family, Terry Ward family.

    Deborah Ward


  • Clinton deserved moral condemnation, why doesn’t Trump?

    A recent editorial by David French in the July 8th issue of Time magazine reminded me of the commotion over Bill Clinton’s impeachment. I also recalled the statement put out by the Southern Baptist Convention of 1998 in reaction quoted there.  It reads:

    “Tolerance of serious wrong by leaders sears the conscience of the culture, spawns unrestrained immorality and lawlessness in the society, and surely results in God’s judgement.”  (Presumably meaning condemnation not condonation.)

  • Not supporting funding healthcare for non-citizens isn’t violating Christian faith

    The headline “Democrats follow Christ’s instruction on their reply” to Mr. Largen’s column on Friday, July 5, 2019, caught my attention.

    So much so that I continued to read his column although I generally do not agree with his political views.

    The issue addressed the fact that a “substantial majority,” if not all, of the Democratic candidates in one of the debates indicated that their health care plans would be available to care for illegal aliens.

  • Roane County Jail’s cost growth spookier than a horror movie monster

    Like the antagonist of a monster film, the Roane County jail is looking to expand, like a Blob, feeding to expand its footprint.  Now county leaders are  considering a massive property tax increase to pour millions of dollars into  the gaping maw of this beast.

    Mr. Woody likes to write condescending articles in the Roane County News, explaining that there is minimal sales tax revenue and that most of our money comes from property taxes.  We assure him that we know. We are painfully aware of that fact.