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  • New congressman meets with Y-12 officials
  • Tax preparers urged to register now

    The Internal Revenue Service is contacting nearly 23,000 Tennessee tax return preparers this week to remind them to renew their preparer tax identification number to qualify to prepare federal tax returns in 2011.
    “New regulations require all paid preparers to apply or reapply for a PTIN before preparing federal tax returns in 2011,” said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.
    This week, the IRS is sending renewal reminder notices to 22,723 tax professionals in Tennessee who currently have PTINs.

  • Recovery Road opens its doors in Kingston
  • Volunteers play a major role at Roane Medical

    Roane Medical Center appreciates and values the assistance of community volunteers to help provide a comfortable, welcoming atmosphere for patients and visitors.


    The Harriman-based hospital seeks interested candidates 18 years and older to help in volunteer services.


    “Volunteers play a significant part in our patients’ experiences at the medical center. They can be the first face a person will see upon arrival,” said Tricia Aycock, volunteer coordinator of Roane Medical Center.

  • US Bank continues Dunn Center support

    For the third year in a row, US Bank has awarded Michael Dunn Center a $2,000 grant to help fund services to people with disabilities.


    “Michael Dunn Center cherishes our relationship with US Bank in Kingston,” said Mike McElhinney, president and chief executive officer of Michael Dunn Center.


    “Their continued belief in our mission to serve people living in and around Roane County with special needs is an important piece of our funding.”

  • Draft W-2 Form for ’11 issued

    The IRS recently issued a draft Form W-2 for 2011.
    Employers use the form to report wages and employee tax withholding.
    The IRS also plans to defer the new requirement for employers to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan, making that reporting by employers optional in 2011.
    The draft Form W-2 includes codes employers may use to report the cost of coverage under an employer-sponsored group health plan. 

  • Out to Lunch: Corner Café builds a mighty good sandwich

    By Bethel Poston

  • Roane boasts fifth-lowest jobless rate in Tennessee

    Roane County’s unemployment rate took a 0.4 percent plunge in September and maintained its standing with the state’s fifth-lowest jobless rate, according to statistics released late last month by the Tennessee Department of Labor and Workforce Development.
    The county’s 7.4 percent September rate is dramatically improved over a year ago. Roane County had a 9.1 unemployment rate in September 2009, the state’s figures show.
    Statistics show 26,200 workers in the county’s 28,300 labor force were employed in September.

  • Nevels heads up new Roane State training center

    Nolan Nevels has been named director of Roane State Community College’s Advanced Materials Training and Education Center in Oak Ridge.
    Roane State received a $2.86 million federal grant to launch the center, which will train individuals for entry-level materials technician jobs in the high-growth carbon-fiber and solar-energy industries.
    Roane State was one of 41 community colleges and organizations nationally — and the only one in Tennessee — to receive a Community-Based Job Training Grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

  • Crete open house shows off terminal