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Today's Features

  • Located in the Bear Creek Valley of East Tennessee, the Y-­12 National Security Complex had its beginnings in the earliest days of the Manhattan Project.

    Just over Pine Ridge from Oak Ridge, a city built during the project by the Army Corps of Engineers to house thousands of workers, Y-12 would eventually come out from under its secret cloak to become known worldwide for its role in creating the world’s first atomic bomb used in warfare.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.”

  • 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 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.

  • Marriage licenses granted at the Roane County Courthouse from Dec. 5-Jan. 9:

    Brandon James Heichelbech to Rachel Elizabeth Wyatt

    Stanley George Allbaugh to Donna Jean Chitwood Meredith

    James Douglas Veysey to Debra Ann Wilson Ellis

    Franklin Scott Harrison to Emelia Pearl Jones Harness

    Tyler Uriah Simpson to Jessica Kyle Grosheider

    Zachary Seth Gronda to Kaylah Ann Powell

    Randy Lee Haese to Judy Elaine Haney Haese

  • Divorces granted Sept. 7-Nov. 15 at the Roane County Courthouse:

    Brenda Kay Wyatt Campbell v. Robert Andrew Campbell

    Sue Ann Jones-Taylor v. John Barton Taylor II

    Jason Neil Wolfenbarger v. Lori Ann Wolfenbarger

    Kimberly K. Hutchison-Blalock v. David Junior Blalock

    Kim A. Kennedy v. Larry B. Kennedy

    Stephanie (Kelly) Ferguson v. Michael (Brandon) Ferguson

    David Lee Linney v. Chrystal Lea Linney

    Whitney Suzanne Davis v. Travis Ray Davis

  • 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.”

  • 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.