• ‘Sunflower’ still blooms in hearts of one couple

    Charles Miller was a sunflower, an angel on this earth.
    Doug and I visit two nursing homes each Monday. One is Renaissance Terrace in Harriman, and the other is The Bridge at Rockwood.
    I met Charles Miller in Renaissance Terrace about two years ago.
    I met a man with cerebral palsy and other major health problems. He was a joy to meet!
    He always smiled whenever I came into his room. Because of his disability, at first I couldn’t always understand him, but later I could hear what he was saying.

  • A little more communication would be great

    We have been in Roane County a little less than a year and have already had the unfortunate misfortune of having to use the medical services here.
    I have found all of the physicians to be very attentive, concerned, professional and more than competent.
    The problem comes in getting to see them. My family has three primary care doctors, two in the same practice and one in a completely different office. 
    I think the staff in both offices trained together because the attitude is the same — indifference.

  • Humane Society event will have you howling

    The Roane County Animal Shelter and Humane Society of Roane County Rescue Team are hosting a Hoot-n-Howl Festival Fundraiser at the Kingston City Park, Oct. 23, 1-6 p.m.
    There will be fun for all. For $5 you can get an Indian taco or hot dog and chili, drink and dessert included. 
    For an entry fee of $2 you can enter the pet costume contest or the pet/owner look-alike contest.
    Lots of pumpkins will be available for painting, and there will be a silent auction, raffle and helium balloons. 

  • Civic-minded young volunteers key at events

    I would like to thank two special groups of young people who were a big help at our Kingston Country Fair.
    The Roane State Community College girls softball team, the Lady Raiders, stepped up to the plate and ran and oversaw the children’s activities.
    They also purchased supplies to offer face painting for the children.

  • Appraisal up, but at least land worth more now

    According to the 2010 tax reappraisal, our 1-acre lakefront lot is valued at $200,000, twice its value five years ago; our house is valued at $100,000 more.
    To understand the method used for evaluating lakefront land, we had a helpful and informative meeting with our tax assessor, Teresa Kirkham.
    Here are some comments that may help others regarding their lakefront reappraisal values.
    She gave us a list of 58 lakefront property sales in 2008 and 2009. One hundred qualified-sale (no duress) properties were used in the appraisals, but usually 200 are used.

  • Was pleasantly surprised by courthouse help

    My husband and I recently went to the Roane County Courthouse with our concerns about our property taxes.
    First we were directed by Officer Stooksbury to the Property Assessor’s Office.
    Ms. Teresa Kirkham was there helping another lady. We waited and when she was finished with her, she asked if she could help us, and we spoke with her about our issue.
    We were pleasantly surprised with how helpful everyone was. Ms. Kirkham informed us of some things we were unaware of.

  • Social programs help her keep the lights on

    Thank God for programs like Mid-East. I used to have to decide betweendoing without electricity or medicine.
    With help from programs like LIHEAP, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, I don’t have to choose.
    Another program helps me with a voucher for the nutrient drink, Ensure.
    My thanks to Tonya, Kay, Diane and Kay.
    Ruby Davidson

  • School test scores reveal a trend of deceit

    Quite some time ago, on Sept. 21, Tennessean parents and students received the latest TCAP test results.
    Many of our state’s media published local reactions ranging from frustration to outright anger about the often severe drops in the reported student-achievement results.
    So why haven’t Roane County’s citizens heard or read anything about the reactions from our students, parents, teachers and school administrators?

  • Whoops! Man’s property value dropped after all

    In a previous letter, I attempted to alert the public about the possible results of an audit before our Tax Equalization Board.
    Due to the difference in the arrival of the notice of an increase of appraisal, a lag in the printing of my letter, and my learning the total effect of the Board’s decision, a person reading that letter is left with a false impression of the facts.
    As a result, I’m now left with some “crow to eat.”

  • Property values raised after man appeals to board

    In view of the apparent public interest in property appraisals, I thought it prudent to report my experience in this fiasco.

    Like so many others in the county, I had serious doubts about the exorbitant increase in my appraisal.

    As a result, I chose to appeal to the Equalization Board. Twenty-nine days later I received, from the Appraiser’s Office, a second notice of reappraisal, increasing my appraised value by $4,800.