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Today's Features

  • Lynn Fielding, a co-founder of the National Children’s Reading Foundation, will be Kingston Rotary Club’s guest speaker on Jan. 25.  

    Fielding served for 20 years as a director of Kennewick, Wash., schools. He was director of the Washington State School Directors Association the Northwest Evaluation Association.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Beech Park Baptist Church, Oliver Springs, will have a special service with Evangelist Ken Freeman on Jan. 23.

    The service will begin at 11 a.m. in the church at 1085 E. Tri County Blvd.

    Freeman will also lead a youth event at 6:30 p.m.

    With an ability to connect to people of any age group, culture or background, Freeman has a passion to bring people to know Christ and to make a deeper, more intimate, commitment to Him.

  • Roane Medical Center, Harriman, will seek the direction of spiritual care leaders of Roane County during a spiritual care forum on Feb. 5.

    “We are always looking for ways to better meet the spiritual needs of our patients and staff, as this is an important component to the patient care provided at the hospital,” said Jim Gann, president and chief administrative officer of Roane Medical Center.

  • 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.

  • 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.”