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Today's Opinions

  • 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.

    It has become increasingly difficult for authorities to intervene on behalf of these Americans.

  • Grunwell’s impact on community hard to overstate

    Roane County has lost a good resident and friend due to another retirement. Barbara Grunwell, aka That Yankee Lady, is a feisty, determined lady of Scottish descent, mother, school teacher, real estate salesperson, business woman and transplant from Michigan.

    Around here, she is best known as founder and director of Planned Pet- Hood. Approximately mid-2013, she decided to hand the reins over to other very capable hands and, once again, retire so she could be near her children and grandchildren.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Curmudgeonly comments on current events

    This week’s contribution is an admixture of miscellaneous comments, mainly on recent events.

    First there is the contretemps in which Gov. Chris Christie finds himself, and his reaction to it.

  • 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.