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  • Time to get serious about filing income taxes for '10

    With April arriving this week, the Internal Revenue Service reminds taxpayers that the filing deadline for 2010 tax returns is April 18, not April 15.

    Emancipation Day is observed April 15 in Washington, D.C., so most federal offices there will be closed.

    By law, the tax filing deadline for the nation is moved to the next business day, Monday, April 18.

    IRS spokesman Dan Boone offers some tips for those who haven't filed yet:

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of March 30

    25 Years Ago
    Jesse Porter of Midtown was the grand prize winner in the Bubblicious Instant Winner Game. By sending his name and address in on a 3-by-5 card, the Midtown Elementary School third-grader won an all-expense-paid summer vacation for four to Walt Disney World and a $1,000 check. Jesse’s mom, Betty Hamby, said she had a hard time believing it.

    10 Years Ago

  • ‘The Diviners’ opens April 7 at Roane State

    The Roane State Playmakers will perform “The Diviners” beginning April 7 in the O’Brien Theatre on Roane State Community College’s Roane County campus.

    Performances will begin at 7 p.m. April 7-9 and April 14-16. Matinees will be performed at 2 p.m. April 10 and April 17.

    Written by Jim Leonard Jr., “The Diviners” tells the story of a small farm community during the Depression where water and faith are in short supply.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Alexander K. Turner

    U.S. Air Force Airman Alexander K. Turner recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

    Son of Jim and Donna Turner of Harriman, he is a 2009 graduate of Harriman High School.

    The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills.

  • MILITARY MATTERS: Jesse D. Isham

    U.S. Army Spec. Jesse D. Isham was recently recognized for his efforts at the Ammunition Supply Point as well as his position at the Camp Cole Entry Control Point.

    Isham, a transportation specialist with two years of military service, is assigned to Task Force Destiny, 101st Combat Aviation Brigade at Kandahar Air Field, Afghanistan.  

    Isham is the son of Danny W. Isham of Rockwood and Loretta Isham of Westel.

    The specialist graduated in 2006 from Rockwood High School.

  • The Garden Gate: It's beginning to look and smell like spring

    By Ellen Probert Williamson

  • The Village People, Ricky Skaggs on tap for ’11 Secret City Festival

    The well-known 1970s party band The Village People and country/Bluegrass artist Ricky Skaggs will perform in Oak Ridge this summer as part of the Secret City Festival.

    The Village People will perform hits such as “YMCA” and “In the Navy” during their June 17 concert. Skaggs will perform on June 18.

    “Offering musicians in different genres helps the festival attract more people,” said Joye Montgomery, entertainment coordinator and head of the Arts Council of Oak Ridge.

  • AMSE sets summer science camp dates

    Parents can get summer fun down to a science for rising fifth (10 years old), sixth and seventh graders, when they register their child for the American Museum of Science and Energy's Science Explorer Camp June 6-10 and June 13-17 at the historic Freels Bend Cabin site in Oak Ridge.

  • Civil War plate sales to help preserve Tennessee battlefields

    The official Tennessee Civil War 150th Anniversary license plate is now available for car owners in the state.

    Sponsored by the non-profit partnering organization, Tennessee Civil War Preservation Association, proceeds from the plate will help preserve Tennessee Civil War battlefields.

    A portion of the funds will go to the home county of each participant to support the Tennessee Civil War Trails program, helping communities fund Civil War Trail signs and provide for their ongoing maintenance.    

  • Hit the road for Thunder Road fun in Rockwood

    Classic car shows, entertainment and pageants are among the attractions for the annual Thunder Road Festival in downtown Rockwood.

    The all-day event will start at 10 a.m. April 2 and include exhibits and crafters.

    Amy Duggar of the hit TV show “19 Kids and Counting” will return to Rockwood as the head-
    line musical entertainment.

    Duggar filmed some of her first music video, “Crazy in Love,” in downtown Rockwood. The song has just been released to mainstream country.