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  • 'Rocks From Space' lecture Saturday

    Roane State Community College’s Tamke-Allan Observatory will host a public lecture, “Rocks From Space,” at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 21.

    Fritz Kleinhans of Indianapolis University will present the program on his interest in meteorites.

    The program will be directed to grades 5 and older. The regular stargazing will follow.

  • Marches, show tunes on tap Sunday

    Babahatchie Community Band will showcase show tunes and marches during its free concert at 3 p.m. Jan. 22 in Harriman High School’s James Williamson auditorium.

    Band member Alison Westrich said the concert will start with a march: “The Steel King” by F.J. St. Clair.

    “St. Clair was the director of the  Edgar Thompson Steel Works Band and dedicated this march to Charles M. Schwab who founded the band and was also the general manager of Edgar Thompson Steel Works,” she said.

  • Time to sign up for 2 farm programs

    USDA Roane/Loudon Farm Service Agency reminds producers that enrollment for Average Crop Revenue Election Program or the traditional Direct and Counter-cyclical Program  begins Jan. 23 and runs through June 1.

    “Farmers in Roane or Loudon County who are interested in enrolling in these programs need to add this important deadline to their list of ‘must-do’ jobs,” said Jane Rhinehart of the Roane/Loudon FSA. “Producers should contact the local county office to set up appointments.”

  • State offering parks, recreation grant funds

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation is accepting applications for Local Parks and Recreation Fund grants to help communities create and expand parks and recreation services.

    The department is contacting local communities about the grant availability and will host a series of workshops throughout the state on Feb. 13 to help communities understand the application process.  

    The application deadline is June 29.

  • Taxpayers have until April 17 to file this year

    Taxpayers have until April 17 to file their tax returns this year.

    The IRS has made a number of improvements to help make this tax season easy for taxpayers. This includes new navigation features and helpful information on IRS.gov and a new pilot to allow taxpayers to use interactive video to get help with tax issues.

  • Yager proposal aimed at corruption

    State Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman and state Rep. Ryan Haynes of Knoxville  announced Thursday that they have filed legislation to disqualify elected or appointed officials from receiving judicial diversion for crimes committed during their term of office.

    Judicial diversion is the process in criminal law when a person pleads guilty to a crime and can later have the charge removed (or expunged) from their record following a period of probation.  It is granted by the judge, hence its name “judicial.”

  • Free tax help offered in Kingston starting Feb. 7

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 7-April 10 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season, the 21st year AARP Tax-Aide will serve Roane County.

    AARP Tax-Aide is one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation service available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.

  • Rockwood queen invited to Liberty Bowl

    Savannah Grant, 2011 Rockwood High School homecoming queen, was among the homecoming queens around the nation invited to the 53rd AutoZone Liberty Bowl in Memphis.

    Grant was among the Tennessee representatives participating asked to go to Memphis to partici-
    pate in the pre-game and half time show with headliners KC & the Sunshine Band.

    The Cincinnati Bearcats are this year’s AutoZone Liberty Bowl champions after toppling the Van-
    derbilt Commodores 31-24.

  • The Garden Gate: Parsley’s more than a garnish

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    Parsley is a small green plant native to Southern Europe. There are more than 30 varieties of it.

    We usually think of it as merely a garnish for other foods, but there is much more to it than you might think.

    The parsley family is a large one. It includes many herbs, some spices and common vegetables, such as carrots and celery.

    Some of its relatives are anise, dill, angelica, chervil, coriander and caraway, cumin, fennel, lovage, and sweet cicely.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 18

    25 Years Ago
    Noncarbon, a high tech plant in the Roane County Industrial Park, announced plans to reduce inventory and stop total production. Product sales were to continue, but an estimated 25 employees were to be laid off. Officials would not comment on whether this was temporary or permanent situation.

    10 Years Ago