• Avery Trace Daughters of the American Revolution thank event supporters

    The Avery Trace Chapter, National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, would like to thank the following businesses for their generous contributions to the Avery Trace Dessert and Art Fest: Bettye Rose Bakery, Kingston; Buddy’s Barbecue, Kingston; Cracker Barrel, Harriman; Food City, Kingston and Harriman; Los Primos, Harriman; Old Capital Public House, Kingston; Chapter member Regina Headden; Roane Street Grill, Harriman; Rosemary’s Florist and Cupcake Haven, Kingston; Ruby Tuesday, Harriman; Shoney’s, Harriman; and Yum Yum, Harriman.

  • Banker and his daughter right on political climate

    Mark Banker and his daughter comments about the current political climate are “spot” on. I couldn’t agree with them more.

    Virginia Eyman

    Oak Ridge

  • HFD a big help after flooding damages shop

    We would like to give a special thank you to Harriman Fire Chief Brad Daniels and his firefighters.

    Our beauty shop has flooded three times since 2017 and each time the Harriman Fire Department has come and assisted with the cleanup by washing the mud and silt out of the building.

    We also appreciate our customers that had appointments scheduled and were willing to reschedule at a later date. To all persons impacted by these incidents, thank you for your patience.

  • It’s time for people to get over their irrational anger

    All of us have known people that have an irrational anger at other people, groups, or organizations.

    We all hear the main ones you see them on the news — SPLC, NRA, AARP — the list is long.

  • Show farm animals compassion this Mother’s Day

    Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 12, celebrates the cherished bond between mother and child. But often mother cows, very icons of motherhood, never get to see their own babies.

    Newborn calves are torn from their mothers at birth and turned into veal cutlets, so we can drink the milk that was meant for them. The grief-stricken mother cows bellow for days, calling in vain for their return.

    In some cases, dairy cows spend their lives chained on concrete floors, with no access to the outdoors.

  • Sick and tired of reading Largen’s disrespect of Trump

    I am so tired of reading Gerald Largen’s column that consistently spews sarcasm, hate, lies and disrespect for our President Donald Trump.

    He starts his column “Gentle Reader” which is self-serving and his constant use of the word curmudgeon is boring.

    He shows no respect for our President, elected by the people of the United States, President Donald Trump, but refers to him by his first and middle name.

  • Redmond responds: his take on lawyers and their moral failings

    I’m sorry Mr. Evil but you are wrong again. Yes I’m a member of the Chamber of Commerce, American Legion Post 50, and the Roane County Republican Party.

    When I speak for these groups I let people I’m speaking to know that I’m representing that group. In addition to being a member of these groups I’m also a private citizen so at times I just represent myself and my views.

    That is why my letters are only signed with my name and not as a member of any group.

  • Largen’s kind words for Douglas a comfort to family

    I wanted to personally thank Gerald Largen, or “The Large One,” as Dad and others referred to him, for his very kind words about my father, Bill Douglas.

    I have known Gerald my entire life and have heard many tales. Dad enjoyed sparring with him and writing his little pieces for The Standard.

    Dad was one of Roane County’s great storytellers and will be sorely missed.

    I was fortunate to have inherited his wry sense of humor, as did my brother, Billy, and my sister, Darlene.

  • County has good financial leaders. Do the schools?

    Last Friday’s Roane County News published a story by Damon Lawrence regarding Roane County’s financial and economical status. 

    This report, created by Standard & Poor’s, indicates our county finances are being well-managed, despite limited revenues and a stagnant jobs market. Kudos to County Executive Ron Woody and our County Commission for these positive ratings.

    Now if only the same could be said about our Board of Education. 

  • Celebrate Earth Day by giving up all animal products

    April 22 marks a half-century of celebrating Earth Day, but do we observe it?

    Beyond Earth Day there is a growing national debate over the Green New Deal. We can each do our part by reducing our driving, use of electricity and consumption of animals.

    Why the attack on meat and dairy? A recent article in Nature argues that animal agriculture is a major driver of climate change, air and water pollution, and depletion of soil and freshwater resources.