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  • Post-proposal: How to merge your finances

    Valentine’s Day is the biggest day of the year for proposals, and while all engaged couples dream of marital bliss, money is often the number one topic of conflict in marriage and a leading cause for divorce.

    The nonprofit agency CredAbility recommends that as couples mull over which china to select, where to honeymoon or even where to live, they also talk about their current financial situation, future financial goals, and attitudes toward spending and saving.

  • Harriman man’s custom car goes from movie to museum

    A Harriman man’s 1953 Cadillac convertible used in The Last Ride, the movie about the final trip of famed country singer Hank Williams Sr., may recently have seen its own last ride.

    The vehicle has gone to a museum in Gatlinburg that showcases famous cars.

    The pale blue Cadillac, which looks identical to the late singer’s prized vehicle, was customized by Rex Walls. It is now at the Hollywood Star Cars Museum.

    It shares company with  vehicles used in movies such as Batman, Back to the Future and the television show The Munsters.

  • Soccer scam warning by FBI

    Scammers have been trying to take advantage of people interested in an alleged new soccer club, according to the Knoxville office of the FBI.

    The scam is designed to persuade consumers to divulge personal information such as credit card account numbers, Social Security numbers, mother’s maiden name and more, by falsely claiming to enroll students in the Robert English Soccer Academy, the FBI said in a news release. The email contains links that redirect victims to a fraudulent website that allows the scammer to steal the personal information from the victim.  

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  • Rockwood finances appear shaky

    Rockwood officials are dealing with financial uncertainty over the latest balance sheet.
    The financial statement received on Jan. 18 showed a general fund balance of only $94,941.55 and an unreserved fund balance was in the negative by $1.6 million.
    It also showed that the city had spent more than $800,000 than revenue taken in.
    Mayor James Watts said the negative reserve fund balance isn’t the actual figure.

  • County delays Rose vote

    Howie Rose won’t be wearing the title of Roane County fire chief just yet.
    An item under special orders confirming his appointment to the position was unanimously postponed for 60 days by the Roane County Commission Monday night.  
    “We want to make sure that we give everybody an opportunity to voice their concern,” Commissioner Ron Berry said.
    The commission voted to establish the county fire department on June 9, 2008.

  • Kingston seeks to revise travel policy

    By MIKE GIBSON
    newsroom@roanecounty.com
    Kingston City Council members are frugal fellows and a conscientious lot, to boot.
    They’ve often paid their own way, sucked up the cost of some extra gas or a business lunch, despite the low monthly reimbursement given them as members of council.

  • Kingston Fossil Plant to test sirens Thursday

    TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant will conduct a brief test of emergency sirens at the plant on Thursday afternoon at 12:30.
    The sirens may be loud enough to be heard outside the plant boundaries.
    The sirens are used to notify plant personnel in the event of a chemical release at the plant.
    TVA routinely conducts training and drills at Kingston and other fossil plants where chemicals are stored, to ensure proper procedures are followed if a spill or release of the materials were to occur onsite.

  • Vigilence needed in defending freedom

    Most weeks, you’ll find me esconced in my office in Kingston.
    Last week was not not one of those weeks.
    Instead, I spent several days in Nashville involved in training and other events at Tennessee Press Association’s Winter Convention.
    We had a lot of work to do.
    State legislators have put forth a wide array of proposed legislation that could limit openness in government — the very foundation of democracy.