• Sheriff Stockton a helpful angel in time of need

    Last Thursday I was taking a quadriplegic to a medical appointment. The van we were driving broke down at the health department.

    It soon began to get very hot in the van. Because the engine would not run the wheel chair ramp would not work. My friend in the wheelchair was getting overheated.

    A man approached us in the parking lot and asked if he could help. He was able to get the wheelchair ramp lowered. He then pushed the wheelchair into the building.

  • Help at breakfast helps Harriman Lions help others

    Many Roane Countians again enjoyed food and fellowship when the Harriman Lions Club hosted the “World’s Greatest Pancake Breakfast.” The breakfast was at Roane Street Grill on May 6 and proved to be a successful fundraiser.

    Money raised from this event goes back into the community as we provide photo eye screening each year for over 400 Roane County children. We pay for eye examinations and/or glasses for 30-40 people yearly. We also contribute to area charities as the need arises.

  • Overstreet offers best opinion on school plan

    Tyler Overstreet’s guest column in Wednesday's Roane County News was the best opinion I have read of the school consolidation.

    All taxpayers should read it — and also all Board of Education members, County Commissioners and County Executive.

    Thanks, Mr. Overstreet, for your input.

    Sam Doughty


  • Merging schools would impact our communities

    Roane County is not homogeneous, but is instead comprised of distinct communities, each having its own heritage and culture. A balanced school consolidation and siting approach would most certainly consider the impacts to the communities involved.

    Kingston is, by far, the oldest city in Roane County, formed at the edge of the frontier in 1799. It remained the only incorporated town in present Roane County until the incorporation of Rockwood in 1890.

  • Educational opportunities needed; what happened to all the TVA money?

    As Hugh Willett’s article explained, by voting against the wheel tax all that citizens will be able to eliminate is a chance that a wheel tax will be used to pay for school improvements.

    Historically, whenever a wheel tax is initiated for whatever reason, it stays in place to be used for other purposes.

  • Industry hit by lack of CTE, number of schools

    In a day and age where most students are pressured to pursue a college degree regardless of their desire for higher education, it is important to educate students, along with the rest of the community, about other options, such as “skilled trade” paths.

  • Why are leaders ignoring those with different opinions?

    Who is a bigot?

    You do not have to be a racist to be a bigot.

    Webster’s define “bigot” as a prejudiced person. It also goes on to define “bigotry” as someone stubborn and complete intolerance of any creed, belief or opinion that differ from one’s own.

    Does this sound familiar? Does in my opinion.

    Do we have some bigots on the County Commission? Why are they ignoring the people of Roane County whose opinion differs from their own as Commissioners?

  • Commission should put school plan to voters if it’s within their power

    Roane County has examined and rejected the idea of a mega high school in the past, and I don’t think the people have changed their minds on the matter.

    I don’t know for sure whether it is a good idea or not, but county officials should be sure they are not pushing this through against the wishes of the people.

    Roane County has, in the past, chosen their local schools over mega schools.

    The County Commission is not required by law to put the question to a vote, but they have the power to do it, and they should do it.

  • Commission and school board serve We The People

    The school board has made a mess of our school system.

    We must fight to vote them out and replaced with qualified people. The present school board is just not able to handle a $68 million project.

    Same with some of the County Commissioners. Why they are ignoring the people who elected them is a serious unanswered question.

    Always remember: “We The People.”

    Sam Doughty


  • We can’t afford to miss opportunity for our children

    I am a lifelong resident of Roane County and have been a taxpayer and property owner in this county for more than 30 years. I have been employed by the Roane County School System for almost 30 years and have been in education all of my adult life.

    Talk of consolidation and restructuring of the high schools in Roane County was occurring when I was in high school at Harriman High School and has continued off and on since that time.