• David Doonan a treasure for News, photo essays fantastic

    David Doonan is a real treasure!

    I really enjoy his photo essays.


    Celia Simon


  • Merit recognition reward makes America great

    I am tired of smug, off-hand Trump bashing by people in the public eye who should be more objective.

  • An elected director of schools would listen to the people

    Whenever and whoever the school board hires for Director Of Schools will have to pass a Litmus test.

    This person must agree with everything the school board proposes, or that director is out. Number one being in favor of the mega school.

    It would be so much better if we elected our director of schools. That way, they would listen more to the people.

    But to elect them the law would have to be changed by the state legislature in Nashville.

    Sam Doughty


  • Kingston officials serve all citizens in city, not just one

    I am writing this letter in regard to a citizen complaint about the location the Kingston City Council had selected for the Fort Paws Dog Park location.

    While I don’t share the same concerns that this individual expressed and would like to ask the Council to continue with their prior decision to keep the dog park at the highly under-utilized location that’s part of the current Kingston City Park behind Byrd Field, I realize that some of the Council members have a private interest in keeping a single individual happy.

  • Congratulations to all the newly elected officials

    The Roane County Democratic Party congratulates our newly elected county officials.

    We look forward to continued growth and progress in Roane County with your leadership.

    We would like to invite you to stop by the annual East Tennessee Labor Day Picnic at Roane County Park Monday, Sept. 3 at noon to meet and greet your constituents and neighbors.

    It will be a great opportunity for all to become better acquainted.

    Again, congratulations.

    Jack McNew


    Roane Democratic Party


  • Hypothetical loan question could be not so hypothetical

    Question: I know this is a hypothetical question, but a possibility.

    What happens if the school board purchases the property across from Roane County Park, and the County Commission doesn’t approve their loan for the mega school?

    Sam Doughty


  • Thanks for support of South Gate Lodge breakfasts

    Just another note of thanks for continuing support of our monthly breakfast at South Gate Masonic Lodge in Harriman.

    It really shows our communities’ interest in our futures as this supports our scholarship funds to area schools.

    Thank you to everyone who stopped by.

    Terry Ray Ward


  • Founders made Declaration of our Creator, God

    The Roane County News seems to have become the preferred place for ultraliberal, self-proclaimed intellectuals to bloviate (i.e. talk at length, especially in an inflated or empty way.)

    Reading one of their editorials recently, I found several paragraphs lamenting the lack of a definition of “LEA” in a new Tennessee General Assembly law regarding the posting of “In God We Trust” in public schools.

    A 10-second Google search found this logically and authoritatively defined as a Local Educational Agency.

  • Plant-based diet helps the body and the Earth

    With scorching heat and raging wildfires in the West and torrential downpours and massive flooding in the East, global warming is not just about a gentle sea rise any more.

    These tragic consequences of dumping greenhouse gases into our atmosphere call for drastic remedies.

    For starters, we should rejoin the Paris Climate Accords and actually become a world leader in reducing greenhouse gas emissions. One of the most effective ways is by changing our diet.

  • Pay attention to candidates who want to care for us

    Fifty-three years ago, President Lyndon Baines Johnson established Medicare and Medicaid, a boon to those most in need and to seniors.

    Since then, most of us in Roane County have used these programs to take care of our basic medical needs.

    BUT many today, throughout our great nation, feel unprotected and vulnerable because of lack of coverage. These are the people we hear about who decide to buy food for their family rather than renew a much-needed prescription, a very hard choice to make.