• Knight’s death part of growing mental health problem

    The recent cold weather took a toll on many things but the saddest of all might have been the freezing death of Ray Knight of Rockwood. 

    Since the presidency of Ronald Reagan, when mental facilities were closed and inmates or patients who were deemed to pose no immediate threat to themselves or others were put on the streets or sent back to relatives to fend for themselves, the problem has been growing. 

  • Shame on us all for freezing death of local veteran

    I am writing about something  that bothers me to the core.

    How did we let this hero, Ray Knight, who served in the Korean War, slip through the cracks?

    I’ll tell you how. In 2005, I deployed with the 4th Infantry.  

    Being a veteran of the Operation Iraqi Freedom, I know from experience that the Veterans Administration is disorganized.

    And, quite frankly, what happened a reflection of today’s society. All people are concerned about is “American Idol” and their silly Facebook pages.

  • Editor cruel for negative part in McClure story

    Every parent’s worst nightmare is to lose and have to bury a child. There are no words to describe the depth of the pain and how totally encompassing the grief feels.

    The feelings possess your very soul when you lose your child (no matter the age).

    I know this because my only child, Kevin McClure, died on Dec. 22.

  • Roane County towns should pull together for us all

    In regard to the recent article about the reopening of the local steel mill, it has never been the Harriman steel mill.

    Originally it was Tennessee Forging Steel, and after that Bayou Steel out of Louisiana.

    It is located within the city limits of Rockwood, not Harriman.

    We are happy that the steel mill will reopen; it will benefit all of Roane County.

    We welcome the new owners to our area, whatever name they call it.

    This is like Roane State Community College, known as the Roane County campus in Harriman.

  • After seven years of neighborhood care, Babe is gone

    This letter is to show my gratitude, thanks and respect for the people in my South of the River neighborhood.

    I want to thank you for the care, concern and affection you all shared with me for a wonderful, gentle soul who I had the pleasure and joy to know and, ultimately help care for for the past seven years.

    Her story is a homage to both your wonderful generosity and her courage and spirit.

    Babe, a Labrador retriever mix, was 23 years old when she left this world and crossed over the Rainbow Bridge on Jan. 7.

  • Oncology waiting room — where hope drips slowly

    The last day of the year found me in an impromptu meeting of a strange organization; one that requires no regular meetings or any other standards that identify such public bodies.

    I found myself in the midst of a Waiting Room Society.

    There was no formal structure except, perhaps, for the glass window prominently positioned in the center of the large waiting room.

  • REACH met goals thanks to efforts of many who helped

    On behalf of the Operation REACH Board of Directors, I want to express our appreciation and thanks to the thousands of people throughout Roane County who helped make our 38th year a success.

    If you are a county deputy, policeman, or fireman under the leadership of the sheriff, police chiefs or fire chiefs, both city and county, who took up money at roadblocks for our program, we are grateful.

    For those businesses and individuals who mailed money in to us, we are grateful.

  • Policinski right on, but freedom’s cost can be expensive

    Gene Policinski’s “basic course on the First Amendment” in last Friday’s edition is right on. There are, or could be, consequences associated with trying to exercise any of your constitutional rights. The Second
    Amendment says you have the right to bear arms.

    But first you have to complete a firearms safety course and pay the state a license fee to exercise your constitutional right. If you don’t pay that fee, your right is gone and you could be put in prison.

  • REU needs to show where ‘gift’ is spent

    I always check my wattage when I get my electric bill, and I have no problem with this.

    But I need Rockwood Electric Utility’s accountability for the $1 charge for “Helping Others.”

    I have no problem with giving $1 to help others with their electric bill.

    But I need more information about where my dollar goes, and I’m sure that other REU users want this information as well.

    Please give all your customers a spread sheet to show where our dollars go.  Thank you!

    Jayne R. Jackson

  • Thanks for unexpected gift at restaurant

    My wife, Eileen, and I went to the Cancun Restaurant Dec. 24 for lunch.

    We selected a table not far from a woman who was finishing her meal.

    When we finished, our payment was refused.

    We were told, “That woman paid your bill.”

    What an unexpected, pleasant gift!  

    It lifted our spirits.  

    Our thanks to her and to all who do such things.

    Eileen and Dave Manzano