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  • Taxpayers should receive W-2 forms no later than Feb. 14

    It helps to get all tax documents together before starting on the 2013 tax return.

    Taxpayers will need a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers should send by the end of January.

    Give it a couple of weeks to arrive by mail, said Dan Boone, IRS spokesman.

    Those who haven’t received a W-2 by Feb. 14 should follow these steps:

    • Contact employer first and request a W-2 if it hasn’t already been sent. Make sure the employer has the correct address.

  • Secret City Fest applications available

    Preparations for the 12th annual Secret City Festival are well underway, and applications are now available online for vendors and exhibitors.

    Visit www.SecretCityFestival.com and download an application to become involved in this year’s event, which will take place June 13-14 at AK Bissell Park.

    Artists, crafters, exhibitors and food vendors from around the area are encouraged to apply.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 29

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Ferns make their mark on history and today

    Ferns are very ancient plants.

    They made their earliest appearance about 400 million years ago, with the club mosses and scouring rushes. Both were ancestors of the true ferns still with us today, virtually unchanged from their ancient forms.

    By the end of the 19th century, many great houses in Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston and other cities had greenhouses where ferns and palms were much-favored plants.

    Ferns comprise the highest division of the so-called flowerless plants. They are extensively used as food in some parts of the world.

  • How VEC kept power on

    The new year got off to a frigid start as the Tennessee Valley was hit by the lowest temperatures recorded in 20 years Jan. 7-8. The frigid conditions also prompted a new record for electricity consumption across Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s 17-county service area, which includes parts of Roane County.

  • Hotel company gives to Roane Heritage

     

    Roane County Heritage Commission recently received a $2,500 donation from Ryman Hospitality Properties of Nashville. State Sen. Ken Yager, center left, representing Ryman, presents the donation to Charlotte Branson, center right, Roane County Heritage Commission president, with board members, from left, Janice Black, Stephanie Wright, Bill Milburn, Darleen Trent, Robert Bailey and Junior Hendrickson. Yager told the group Ryman Hospitality Properties plans to make it a recurring donation.

  • Harriman Happenings

     Last week I misprinted how many people were present at the Christmas gathering given by Roland and Rosette Harkness. 

    Instead of five family and friends present, there were 50 or more. 

    Please accept my apologies. 

    Last Friday my son Marvin Ray and my daughter-in-law Anna Anderson from Knoxville spent the day with me.

    It’s a joy having your children to spend time with their parents.

  • CASA benefits from auction proceeds

     

    State Sen. Ken Yager presents a check to Becky Ruppe, board chairwoman of CASA of the Ninth Judicial District. With his check and the proceeds of a silent auction at his annual chili supper, Yager raised $3000 for CASA’s work of advocacy for abused and neglected children. On hand for the presentation are CASA volunteers and staff, from left, Sandra Weaver, Wendy Lanning, Joel Pearman, Brent Sigmon, Dane Griffith, Holley Lopater, Nancy Maynard, Jackie Rylander and Nancy Steele. Call 717-4186 for more about CASA.

  • New health care law to be discussed in Oak Ridge open house on Jan. 25

    As a part of service to the community, Oak Ridge’s Kern Memorial United Methodist Church will have an open house to provide the latest information about the new health care law.

    The open house will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Jan. 25. The church is at 451 E. Tennessee Ave.

    Anyone interested in learning about the new reforms, especially those who need to get health insurance in the new Marketplace, is encouraged to attend.

  • Tax-Aide to offer free tax help in Kingston

    AARP Tax-Aide is offering free income-tax assistance and preparation from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. each Tuesday from Feb. 4-April 8 in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

    Seven IRS-trained tax counselors will be available on site to offer assistance this tax season.

    AARP Tax-Aide, one of the nation’s largest free volunteer-run tax assistance and preparation services available to taxpayers with low- and middle-income, has been available in Roane County for more than 20 years.

    Special attention is given to those age 60 and older.