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Letters

  • Commission should put school plan to voters if it’s within their power

    Roane County has examined and rejected the idea of a mega high school in the past, and I don’t think the people have changed their minds on the matter.

    I don’t know for sure whether it is a good idea or not, but county officials should be sure they are not pushing this through against the wishes of the people.

    Roane County has, in the past, chosen their local schools over mega schools.

    The County Commission is not required by law to put the question to a vote, but they have the power to do it, and they should do it.

  • Commission and school board serve We The People

    The school board has made a mess of our school system.

    We must fight to vote them out and replaced with qualified people. The present school board is just not able to handle a $68 million project.

    Same with some of the County Commissioners. Why they are ignoring the people who elected them is a serious unanswered question.

    Always remember: “We The People.”

    Sam Doughty

    Rockwood

  • We can’t afford to miss opportunity for our children

    I am a lifelong resident of Roane County and have been a taxpayer and property owner in this county for more than 30 years. I have been employed by the Roane County School System for almost 30 years and have been in education all of my adult life.

    Talk of consolidation and restructuring of the high schools in Roane County was occurring when I was in high school at Harriman High School and has continued off and on since that time.

  • Let’s find a way to build this school system, for our kids and our future

    Remember the song with words, “You have to accentuate the positive and eliminate the negative — and don’t mess with the in-between.”

    Well, we need to get off our duffs and get to work on this consolidated school problem — not a mega school)

    Go for it!

    Roane County could be the education capital of Tennessee. We have the best elementary and middle and high schools and community college now. And it would get better.

  • Rockwood office closing prompts move into nursing home care

    First I would like to thank you for the many years of confidence in the medical care you received at our office. This has been a very special time in the lives of all of our staff.

    Three years ago I sold my office medical practice to the Tennova Healthcare System with the hopes of making this office the very best place to receive medical care in Roane County. These hopes included wanting Tennova to bring patients great choices in their health-care needs. I worked constantly and was never able to get any of the desired aspirations for our patients.

  • Time to get past party labels and talk about issues

    I want to give a shout-out to all the folks who voted for Democratic candidates in past elections. I would like to appeal to those who didn’t but might consider doing so this time around. Your Roane County Democratic Party is alive and well.

    We hold monthly meetings on the second Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Greenwood School, Greenwood Street, Kingston (next to the new baseball field). And we have an active Facebook page for the county Democrats where you can read articles and exchange ideas.

  • Hear how lake weeds impact our river on May 21

    Invasive aquatic plants are now expanding rapidly on Watts Bar Lake.

    If left alone, these plants will have a devastating impact on everything good about the lake. Yet there remains opposing points-of-view, especially regarding fishing, including tournament fishing.

  • Some big-fish athletes, coaches likely to flounder in consolidated school

    I would like to continue my letter concerning the mega school. Has anyone on the school board or County Commission drove from the farthest reaches of Roane County to the proposed site of mega school?

    Not everyone in Roane County lives in the city limits. What about the children who live in Eagle Furnace, the furthest reaches of Lawnville Road, and the split from Harriman to Oliver Springs? Some think that it’s just going be an extra six-minute drive, which is entirely false.

  • Roane children do deserve better, but this school plan not feasible

    My thoughts on the “mega school”: People are typing like crazy about how big schools add to more businesses in Roane County.

    Well, that’s not entirely true. To gain more businesses you need better infrastructure, and the leadership to bring those businesses to Roane County.

    Take a look at Putnam County. Putnam is growing rapidly, and at the same time they have Cookeville High, Monterey High, Upperman High, and the Adult Education Center. Hmm ... that sounds like it goes against the narrative.

  • Building program kind of bold action Roane needs

    The Greenwood School Education Foundation heartily endorses the Roane County Board of Education’s High School Building Program.

    Our Foundation exists for the purpose of filling gaps in education and training opportunities throughout Roane County. As such, we gain a “street level” view of current and emerging trends in our community, and we have developed an understanding of the conditions and past decisions that have brought us to this point in the first place.