• Community response helps make trucker’s troubles bearable

    Recently an over the road truck operator, after completing his weekly shopping for groceries at the Walmart in Rockwood, became ill and needed permission to park his truck while awaiting transportation to Roane Medical Center.

    Upon learning of the issue, the management at Walmart quickly granted the request. Upon arrival at Roane Medical Center, all necessary levels of health professionals instantly performed their job descriptions.

  • Special Olympics grateful Trump did not cut budget

    For 50 years Special Olympics has been a leader in supporting policies and legislation that guarantee the rights, full participation, and integration of people with intellectual disabilities.

    As reported in the media, the President’s 2020 budget proposed eliminating funding for Special Olympics’ Unified Champion Schools work: a nationwide initiative that creates more inclusive and safe schools for all students, both with and without intellectual disabilities.

    This would have affected approximately 272,000 athletes.

  • HPD’s Foley deserves recognition for going above and beyond

    This is a letter of appreciation for Harriman Police Officer Mario Foley.

    I work at the Harriman laundry mat, and Mario is always there when he’s on duty early in the mornings to check on me and make sure that I am out of harm’s way.

    He goes above and beyond his duties for the community and I feel that he should be recognized by the city of Harriman and surrounding areas. He is most definitely an asset to the HPD.

    Carmen Nichols


  • Loudon Veteran’s Fair organizers thanks those who helped get it going

    On March 16, the first Loudon County Veteran Resources and Job Fair (LCVRJF) was held at The War Memorial Building, 103 B Street, Lenoir City.

    This was possibly the first time that five area veteran’s groups came together to hold a event for veterans here in East Tennessee. VFW Post 12135 and VFW Post 5150 along with American Legion Posts 70, 120, and 256 from Loudon County joined together to serve their fellow veterans. The effort was a collaboration of veteran’s service organizations as well as community service facilities joining for a common goal.

  • What better time to give up meat and eat healthier this Spring?

    With crippling storms hitting our country in past months, we look forward to the first day of spring, balmy weather, and a superb second chance to actualize those New Year’s resolutions favoring more exercise and healthy eating.

    The shift toward healthy foods is everywhere. Popular fast-food chains like  Chipotle, Starbucks, Subway, Taco Bell and Wendy’s all offer plant-based  meal options. Food websites tout vegan recipes. Global Meat News reports that nearly half of consumers are reducing meat intake.

  • Kingston Rotary breakfast success because of help

    The Rotary Club of Kingston hosted our 39th annual pancake breakfast and silent auction on Feb. 9.

    Approximately 200 people came by for breakfast, and had a great time enjoying the wonderful food and visiting with their friends and neighbors in what has become an annual tradition for many.

    Funds raised at the pancake breakfast are used to support our club’s many service projects aimed at improving the quality of life for the young people in Roane County.

  • Does Jago have data to support school position?

    Roane County School Board member Rob Jago, in a recent edition of the Roane County News indicated that he believed that a high school student body of 800 to 1,000 is a more appropriate number for a high school body rather than the 1,800 for the proposed consolidated high school.

    Is there data supporting Mr. Jago’s position? It would be of interest, I believe.

    James M. Leitnaker


  • Why are Roane students on spring break so early?

    Happy Spring?

    According to my calendar, it is still Winter so why are our Roane County students on spring break?

    I understand they are trying to keep the students on a certain program of grading periods every eight weeks instead of the six weeks most of us used, but why are they starting classes in the hottest month of the year? 

    What is the big rush to even start school before Labor Day (which is called the last holiday of the summer)?  

    Then they have a Winter break when it is still Autumn. 

  • Save lives by giving up meat during this Lenten season before Easter

    March 6 marked the beginning of Lent, the period before Easter, when devout Christians abstain from animal foods in remembrance of Jesus’ 40 days of fasting in the wilderness.

    The call to abstain from eating animals is as traditional as Genesis 1:29, yet as current as the teaching of evangelical leader Franklin Graham. 

    Methodist founder John Wesley, Salvation Army pioneers William and Catherine Booth, and Seventh-day Adventist Church founder Ellen White, all followed the divine call.

  • County schools should look to the future when deciding what is needed

    As I continue to read about Roane County and the controversy over its educational plans for the future I admit that I am not qualified to make the decision.

    I have not studied into all that is involved.

    Most of us Americans look back on our life and desire that the future give us the same security as the past holds, but that is not how life works.

    After two years in the Army, 1945 and 1946, I returned home to Battle Creek, Mich. but the past I left two years before was not there.