• Rockwood’s animal control officer goes beyond the job

    His business card says City of Rockwood Animal Control and Codes Officer. To me, Mark Neeley is so much more.

    In his more than two years at Rockwood’s tiny animal shelter, he has dealt with almost 1,600 animals.

    Of those, 320 were taken to the Roane County Animal Shelter, 122 were returned to their owners, and homes were found for 944.

    While the typical euthanasia rate at an animal shelter is 70 percent, Mark’s is about 3 percent. In my opinion, this is because of his hard work and determination that no adoptable dog is put down.

  • We are the April Fools if we buy into meat marketing

    With April Fools’ Day here, it appears that the meat, egg, and dairy industries have been playing us for fools all year-round.

    Their more remarkable hoaxes include “California’s happy cows,” “free-range chickens,” “humane slaughter.”

    All lies.

  • Student has choice words for schools director

    I have been an outspoken critic of our school superintendent for a while now, but as I face graduation in the next few weeks, I have come to the realization that, while Mr. Gary Aytes has had his gaffes (both in public venues and in private meetings), he really means well.

    Until last year, I had no intentions of coming at odds with Mr. Aytes, nor had I really developed an opinion of him.

  • ‘Lions Serve,’ — that includes pancakes

    The Kingston Lions Club held its annual pancake breakfast on Saturday, March 28 .

    It was a great success, with over 200 persons being served.

    Even the weatherman provided a beautiful day.

    The Lions have a great number of businesses and individuals to thank for their help.

  • OUR TAKE: Time for our own municipal broadband

    Last month’s announcement that high-tech firm CVMR is moving its international headquarters to Roane County is a real opportunity for growth.

    Not only has the company promised hundreds of high-paying jobs, but it also will impact other sectors, both economic and involving quality of life.

    It is up to our community leaders to capitalize on the opportunities CVMR and those who are sure to follow are laying at our feet.

  • Clothes Closet closing doors, last day will be April 30

    After 14 years of helping Roane County’s needy people with free clothing, furniture, household goods and food, The Clothes Closet in Rockwood is closing its door due to the poor health of the owners and lack of funding.

    We sincerely thank each one who donated either items or money to keep the charity open.

    We still have some items to donate to anyone from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., should you come by and pick them up.

    Our final day will be April 30 or sooner when everything is gone.

  • Volunteer docs allow Free Medical Clinic to help

    While March 30 is the national day set aside to celebrate the contribution of physicians across the country, the Free Medical Clinic appreciates every day of the contributions made by our doctors who volunteer their time at the clinic.

    Simply put, FMC could not exist without them

    The volunteer physicians contribute significantly to the good health of the residents of Anderson, Morgan and Roane counties who can’t afford to pay for health care and have no other access to the medical services they need.

  • Cruz much like Jerry Falwell and not good for GOP

    Ted Cruz has announced his run for the White House at Liberty University Christian college, the former stronghold of the Rev. Jerry Falwell.

    I don’t wish to speak ill of the dead, but Falwell was much like Ted Cruz in that he always seemed to be absolutely positive and without doubt about any political position he took.

    What better place for Sen. Cruz to make his announcement than where the crowd is assured and captive.

    First to announce, he captured all the oxygen in the room and garnered much free media attention.

  • Largen is on the path to fire and destruction

    A big card advertisement I received from those against Insure Tennessee said: “We can’t afford it.”

    They were right! We cannot afford any more socialism or communism.”

    Those of us in small business thought columnist Gerald Largen was talking about us when he said “let them sufer, let them die” like Obama is trying to do to us with “Obamacare’s” forced insurance and penalties, which are all unconstitutional. Socialists and commies are not Christians, because what they believe goes against the Bible.

  • Maybe experience was better choice in assessor race

    It was just a couple years ago the voters gave the “heave, ho” to Roane County tax assessor Teresa Kirkham.

    The complaint was that she was too efficient, which resulted in increased appraisals.  

    She was replaced with David Morgan who had little training for the job. 

    This lack of understanding has resulted in the county being in noncompliance with the state of Tennessee.  

    This is sort of being “tossed out of the frying pan into the fire.”