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  • Working families urged to claim tax credit

    This tax season, the Tennessee Department of Human Services is again calling on eligible working individuals and families across the state to take advantage of a federal tax credit that can put earned income back into their pockets.

    The Earned Income Tax Credit, launched in the mid-1970s, is considered to be one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the country.

  • 'Big losers' to share weight-loss secrets

    Jeanne Jones and Frank Smith greet each other the same way every Wednesday in the parking lot of Kingston Community Center.

    “Hey looooser!” Jones calls to Smith as he gets out of his car.

    “Loser Lady!” Smith calls back, and they smile and walk in together.

    The two, members of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly chapter, have given the slip to more than 100 pounds.

    Their chapter, Kingston TOPS 567, meets at noon each Wednesday in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

  • Roane, cities eligible for Three-Star incentives

    Phil Bredesen’s last weeks in office included a pat on the back for Roane County, which again earned its continuing designation as a Three-Star Community by the state.

    This the 22nd year the county has been honored as a “forward-thinking” community through this program.

    The state’s Three-Star program judges communities based on a blueprint of what needs to be in place in order to be successful in economic and community development.

  • Electric bill too high? Here's why

    Customer service representatives at area utility companies are frequently hearing an all-too-common question these days:

    Why is my electric bill so high?

    While no two electricity consumers are exactly the same, Volunteer Energy Cooperative offers some common factors that are driving electric bills up this winter.

    Record cold temperatures

    According to the National Weather Service, Chattanooga experienced the sixth coldest December on record with a monthly average temperature of 35.9 degrees.

  • Free tax help offered in Kingston starting Feb. 1

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 1-April 12 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    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.

  • Take your sweetheart for a ride on the rails this Valentine’s Day

    The Secret City Scenic Excursion Train’s traditional Valentine's dinner train ride offers a romantic setting for couples.

    Sweethearts are welcome to take in the beauty of East Tennessee with fine dining in the style established by the great passenger railroads of the 1930s-40s.

    The annual Valentine trips have become so popular that Southern Appalachia Railway Museum, which operates the Secret City Scenic Excursion Train, has scheduled four Valentine dinner trains on the weekend leading into Valentine's Day.

  • Hurley appointed to Transportation, Government Operations committees

    State Rep. Julia Hurley, R-Lenoir City, has been named to the powerful House Transportation and the Government Operations Committee for the 107th General Assembly.

    Both committees will play a key role in the upcoming session.

    “Ensuring Tennessee’s infrastructure is safe and state of the art will assist our state in drawing new business here and creating jobs,” Hurley said.

    “I am honored to have been named to this committee and I look forward to our work.”

  • Yager chairing Senate’s State, Local Government Committee

    State Sen. Ken Yager, R-Harriman, has been appointed chairman of the Senate State and Local Government Committee, a key legislative appointment.

    Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey made the appointment late last week as the State Senate wound up a week of organizational tasks.

    “Sen. Yager has vast experience in state and local government matters,” said Ramsey of the senator, who served for 24 years as Roane County executive and mayor from 1982-2006.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 19

    25 Years Ago
    “Sins,” a seven-hour miniseries based on a novel co-written by a Harriman High School alumnus aired on CBS. Rhea Gallaher Jr. and Nick Bienes of Austria penned the book under the pseudonym of Judith Gould. Gallaher, a 1964 graduate of Harriman High School, played clarinet player in the school band. “Sins” was on the New York Times bestseller book list for two months. The movie starred Joan Collins and Timothy Dalton.

    10 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: As in the past, spice traders are still carving out history

    By Ellen Probert Williamson
    In every country and all the religions of the world, scent has played a large part for many centuries.

    People everywhere respond to scent, and more of history than we may realize has been dependent upon spices, herbs and plants.

    From the days of the earliest civilizations, mankind has known and prized the benefits of those seeds, barks, buds, roots and berries we call spices.

    But until more recent times, there was great difficulty to obtain them because of their exotic sources.