• Lets put aside our political differences, work for good of all

    “What will history say about us? “OPINION” Feb. 20, 2019. Page 4.

    In the days of George Washington most nations had a king. Washington made clear that he was not to be regarded as a king.

    The Declaration of Independence declared, “All Men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness ... ”

  • Consolidation supporters need a plan B for schools

    The School Board must come up with a Plan B on school consolidation.

    The Roane County Commission has spoken loud and clear on the School Board’s Plan of Consolidation with a “NO.”

    What does the School Board not understand on that?

    Maintenance on the schools needs to start now.

    Roane County High School in Kingston was build in 1949. If they need a new school so be it, build Kingston a new school.

    Rockwood, Harriman and Midway schools are good. Wake up School Board.

    Sam Doughty


  • Former Rockwood native praises Roane County News, shares fun-filled life

    Please find enclosed a check for renewing my subscription to your outstanding newspaper.

    My sincere congratulation for providing the citizens of Roane County outstanding news of national, local, sports and history.

    It brings back many, many memories of my upbringing.

    I left Rockwood 70 years ago and I am probably the last athlete still alive to wear the black and orange and the green and white uniforms, play in the old gym with concrete walls as out of bounds and open the new gym the next year under coach Derryberry.

  • Operation REACH says thank you to community helpers

    On behalf of the Operation Reach Committee, I’m expressing our appreciation and thanks to the many people of Roane County who came through and helped us make our 43rd year of Operation REACH a success.

    First, and foremost, we want to thank everyone for their monetary contributions. If you are a deputy, policeman or fireman under the leadership of the sheriff or city police chiefs who took up money at roadblocks for our program, we are grateful. 

  • Columnist twists the words of former President Barack Obama in latest column

    A columnist claimed in a column on Jan. 25 that, “On June 28, 2006, Barack Obama declared: ‘The United States is no longer a Christian nation.’” 

    That is NOT what former President Obama said.

  • Redmond not impressed after watching debate over high school consolidation

    As I arrived at the courthouse for the January meeting I think the County Commission’s theme song came on: Pink Floyd’s The Wall “We don’t need no education.”

    It is just funny to me how things just seem to work. On the plus side of the meeting some on the commission have improved how they dress, not a big issue. But when they have people telling you to show the proper respect they should make an effort also.

    Another big plus, I did not see anyone spitting into a soda bottle for the first time. I hope this trend continues.

  • Financial setbacks a given, financial discipline a must

    Everyday the news includes a story of the struggles of a furloughed federal worker to pay their mortgage or bills or tuition, or choose between food and medication.

    All of this after missing one paycheck.

    This should make every person stop and consider how they would deal with an income interruption.

    More to the point, consider how to prepare for that inevitable event.

  • South Gate Lodge thanks community for supporting breakfast fundraiser

    As this year comes to a close we at South  Gate Lodge in Harriman, would like to once again thank our community for all the support for our lodge breakfast.

    This event sponsors scholarships for area young people. We have had great success and look forward to the new  year. It will continue every third Saturday each month.

    Terry R. Ward


  • Resolve to cut meat out of diet this New Year

    With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption.

    One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of animal foods.

    Hundreds of school, college, hospital and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday. Even fast-food chains Chipotle, Denny’s, Panera, Subway, Taco Bell White Castle are rolling out plant-based options.

  • Roane County lost treasure with death of Mee

    Roane County and Harriman has lost a true treasure and I a friend. Frank Mee was many things — a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a friend to anyone that met him. A proud alumni of his beloved Harriman High School. He was also a veteran.  

    I want to personally thank Frank’s family for sharing him with the rest of Roane County and Harriman.

    Frank selflessly served as a state employee for over 37 years and several years on the Harriman City and Roane County school boards.