• Well-placed angels gave help in hour of need

    One of the lyrics in a song by the group Alabama is written with the following words: “They come to us in the darkest hour.”

    Recently, while serving as a physical education assistant to Ryan Townsend at Ridge View Elementary, I suddenly became disoriented and slowly wandered over to a chair.

  • Chili supper boost big support for anti-drug group

    The Roane County Anti-Drug Coalition was honored to be chosen by state Sen. Ken Yager as the charity of choice for his 23rd annual chili supper.

    Our coalition was overwhelmed by the number of businesses and community members who donated items to be sold in the silent auction.

    In addition to the wonderful volunteers who made the event possible, the Coalition would like to thank the following businesses and individuals for their donations:

  • Ridge View goes all to welcome Roane veterans

    Harriman Care and Rehabilitation residents were invited to Ridge View Elementary for Veteran’s Day on Nov. 11.

    I want to sincerely let the people of Roane County know our experience on that special day to thank our servicemen and women.

    When our residents arrived the staff met us at our facility van to see if we needed help.

    As we walked to the entry door the children thanked our servicemen and women.

  • Veterans Service Office here to help

    At the Veterans Service Office our purpose is to provide eligible veterans and their families with financial assistance. This includes tax-free income for eligible veterans, their widows and/or family members.

    Two different types of financial assistance are available. Eligible Veterans injured on active duty are potentially eligible for disability income or for those that are within a low income situation and served during a declared war period are potentially eligible for pension income.

  • Dear editor: Keep up the good work

    This message is for Editor Hugh G. Willett. I would like to tell you that I really enjoy your articles.

    There are a few that I keep reflecting on. The article on Jim Henry was a well-deserved article. A hometown boy who really went a long way and made something out of himself. His work for the disabled and the children of this state is remarkable and unimaginable. He was a spokesperson for “All of Tennessee Children.”

  • Time of despair in backdrop of blessed season

    I woke up this morning to read the news of the tragic bus crash in Chattanooga. As a parent to young children, the horror of this accident was something I could barely read.

    Then I read about hospitals being bombed in Aleppo, Syria. One of the hospitals was a children’s hospital. This is just the most recent destruction from this bitter war that continues to rage.

  • Thanks for taking time to vote in Kingston race

    I would like to take this opportunity to thank all the people that voted in the recent City Council race. It was a record turnout for a City Council race.

    In saying that, I realize the voters did not turn out for the local race, but for the election that was primarily of national concern.

    In this ballot, the City Council was of secondary importance, but benefitted from the voter turnout.

    I am sure, that the winners for Council seats, Ms. [Tara] Stockton, Ms. [Stephanie] Wright and the returning Mr. [Tony] Brown, are competent individuals.

  • Neighbors of gated areas left out is not acceptable

    I agree with Lesi Clough Gibson’s Nov. 16 letter in being very happy that residents living South of the River will now have access to high-speed internet service. It is progress.

    I also live near several gated communities, from Caney Creek Road to New Hope Road, which leads to Grande Vista Bay. We can get satellite services for internet and TV. The cost is rather outrageous, and the service not so good.

    Internet bogs down ... bad weather knocks out TV, as well as internet.

  • Bravo to Largen for ‘above the noise’ election views

    Being one of many “gentle readers” of Mr. Largens opinion in the Friday, Nov. 18, edition, I would like to applaud his perspective.

    Those who know me know that I am a life-long Republican and a conservative (not necessarily the same thing these days).

    While we often differ, like Mr. Largen, I, too, felt we had two of the poorest candidates in my lifetime. During the primaries, Mr. Trump was not my first choice. However, unlike Mr. Largen, when I walked into that voting booth, I had no problem spinning the wheel down to Donald Trump’s name.

  • Good to have Lemond as our neighbor

    The LeMond Composites announcement carried in a recent edition was welcome news to Roane County and the region.

    Oak Ridge National Laboratory has become a primary driver of economic development activity in Roane County. The location of Lemond Composites in our community demonstrates the successes that the lab’s technology transfer efforts have generated.