• Financial setbacks a given, financial discipline a must

    Everyday the news includes a story of the struggles of a furloughed federal worker to pay their mortgage or bills or tuition, or choose between food and medication.

    All of this after missing one paycheck.

    This should make every person stop and consider how they would deal with an income interruption.

    More to the point, consider how to prepare for that inevitable event.

  • South Gate Lodge thanks community for supporting breakfast fundraiser

    As this year comes to a close we at South  Gate Lodge in Harriman, would like to once again thank our community for all the support for our lodge breakfast.

    This event sponsors scholarships for area young people. We have had great success and look forward to the new  year. It will continue every third Saturday each month.

    Terry R. Ward


  • Resolve to cut meat out of diet this New Year

    With the glow of Christmas barely behind us, we look forward to the new year and the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and, this year, reduce animal food consumption.

    One third of consumers already report reducing their consumption of animal foods.

    Hundreds of school, college, hospital and corporate cafeterias have embraced Meatless Monday. Even fast-food chains Chipotle, Denny’s, Panera, Subway, Taco Bell White Castle are rolling out plant-based options.

  • Roane County lost treasure with death of Mee

    Roane County and Harriman has lost a true treasure and I a friend. Frank Mee was many things — a devoted husband, father and grandfather and a friend to anyone that met him. A proud alumni of his beloved Harriman High School. He was also a veteran.  

    I want to personally thank Frank’s family for sharing him with the rest of Roane County and Harriman.

    Frank selflessly served as a state employee for over 37 years and several years on the Harriman City and Roane County school boards. 

  • County should not be pursuing legal action against TVA

    I was extremely disappointed in the Roane County Commission when reading the article by Damon Lawrence, “Roane moves toward possible TVA lawsuit.”

    A lawsuit against TVA, or any other entity, will do nothing other than spend our taxpayer dollars needlessly and waste effort that could otherwise benefit Roane County.

    Trying to equate the health of ash spill workers with those of us who reside in the county is like comparing apples and oranges.

  • Couple express gratitude for Rockwood Fire Department’s help

    The Rockwood Fire Department has helped me in so many ways.

    My husband Steve Radford is confined to a wheelchair. Sometimes he falls or is unable to get back into the bed.

    I have called Rockwood Fire Department and they usually arrive in five or 10 minutes. They go out of their way to help me.

    I wanted everyone to know how helpful they are.

    Sharon Radford


  • Maintenance workers earned their salaries

    I would like to address an article that was in the Roane County News concerning the maintenance staff at Roane County Schools. We have 17 school facilities in our system plus the Central Office, Transportation and Maintenance facilities.

    The wages for our maintenance staff range from $31,284 to our two most experienced workers, who make $57,794.

    These two have over 30 years experience and are highly skilled.

    They could have left our system and made much higher salaries but have dedicated their careers to our county.

  • Small schools are best according to several studies

    Those who say small schools are not efficient, or ineffective, or that they cost more should provide real evidence, not just rhetoric or politically correct studies.

    There is increasing evidence and studies that smaller schools provide a better quality education than large ones.

    “A higher percentage of students, across all socioeconomic levels, are successful when they are part of smaller, more intimate learning communities,” says a recent U.S. Department of Education study.

  • A big thanks to Harback for part in Thanksgiving meal

    The volunteers of the Harriman Love Kitchen, who meet at the First Presbyterian Church on Clinton Street, want to thank Rodney Harback for the turkey, dressing, gravy and more for the past several Thanksgiving meals.

    He has gone above and beyond in helping serve the needy in our community, and we want people to know how much we appreciate what he has done.

    We also want to thank those who donated $349.52 during the Community Thanksgiving service. As we begin the Advent season, let’s follow Rodney’s example and help those in need.

  • Current system for health insurance unfair for uninsured

    We need insurance equality.

    People with employer backed insurance apparently have the right to tax free subsidies from the consumers, for employers do pass the cost of those subsidies on to  those consumers, who may or may not have insurance of their own.

    Government workers apparently have the right to insurance subsidies from the taxpayers, whether those taxpayers have their own insurance or not.

    The uninsured only have the right to be silent and keep subsidizing the total bigots who call them freeloaders.

    Thomas Hensley