• Weeds choking out one of Roane’s biggest assets

    One can easily make the argument that Watts Bar Lake is the most valuable non-human asset Roane County enjoys.

    With the many wonderful water activities, beautiful vistas, waterfront property tax revenue and tourism, Watts Bar Lake is a precious asset.

    However, the lake is broken and needs to be fixed. The hydrilla, milfoil and spiny-leaf naiad are diminishing the value of that asset in every respect.

  • Each and every letter read by Santa personally

    To all the children of Roane County:

    Thank you for all your letters to Santa. Some of the letters were sent directly to the North Pole and did not appear in the Roane County News. Mrs. Claus and I wanted you to know that we received them and enjoyed reading them.

    It turns out that all the children in Roane County were on The Nice List.

    Thank you to all of those who left milk and cookies out for me on Christmas Eve. I was very hungry.

    My reindeer also ate some of the cookies.

    See you next Christmas!


  • Good fishing from lake weeds only temporary

    I moved from Southern California to Kingston a little over four years ago.

    The Imperial Valley has the largest open canal irrigation system that I know of. The aquatic weeds invaded the canals, the lakes and waterways there, and almost took over, meaning it hindered fishing, boating and the vital water delivery to farmers in the Imperial Valley.

    To think it is a good addition to Watts Bar Lake and should not be addressed is to not understand the extent of the destruction that that weed can and will cause.

  • One citizen, one vote a fair and equal system

    Every news story and opinion discussing the merits or faults of the Electoral College reflexively references the need to protect the interests of the people of the smaller states.

    But while such interests may have existed in the 1700s, when each state was founded by a distinct sect, nationality or ethnicity, such distinctions by state no longer exist.

    There is no longer a peculiarly distinct interest of the people of Tennessee any more than there is of the people of New York, Virginia or California.

  • 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.