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Letters

  • 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.

  • Bravo to Kingston Water, Fire personnel for making ‘light work’ of main break

    This is a thank-you letter to the Kingston Water and Fire departments. On April 17 a water main broke on Windswept Lane up the hill from our home. Being about 900 feet downhill from that location, we had a lot of gravel and red mud deposited on the parking area outside our home.

    Two members of Kingston Water Department arrived at about 8:20 a.m. on April 18. Additionally, six members of the Kingston Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter to help with the clean-up.

  • Don’t always agree with Largen, but he has a knack for stating obvious

    It’s been awhile since I last wrote to this paper, but as a former son of Harriman and dedicated Tennessean, I try to keep up on what is going on.

    I have mentioned in the past Mr. Largen and I have different points of view, but I have to admit his column on guns and coward cops of March 16 caught my attention. He is dead on (no pun intended) about the need and reasons for guns in this county, and the history lesson he gives should be required reading in senior-year history class. (Yeah, I’m dreaming.)

  • School issue needs to be put to vote on ballot

    Read with interest Mark Banker’s column in the April 11 edition.

    I read all of his articles, and I think I can safely say Mark is a typical old die-hard leftist Democrat.

  • Thanks for helping honor Roane’s Teachers of Year

    On behalf of the Roane County Schools Education Foundation, I would like to take the opportunity to say “thank you” to our most generous sponsors for assisting in the success of our first Teacher of the Year Banquet for Roane County Schools.

    We were able to honor and recognize 15 teachers of the year, chosen and selected by their peers from their respective schools.

  • Math is clear, money not there for new school

    Many good letters have been published by the Roane County News regarding the new school initiative.

    I will not go over their points that have already been well described.

    The matter is much simpler than we have been told.

    The question of building a new school system is academic. We simply do not have the money.

    Local entities are unlikely to gift us the funding, after TVA saw what we did with their ash spill grant.

    Roane County is not wealthy, nor is it likely to become so.