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Today's News

  • 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. 3-April 7 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.

  • GUEST OPINION: Je suis Charlie, it’s another way to say freedom

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    Cowards!

    There’s no other word for the armed gunmen who killed 12 people in the attack last week on the Parisian offices of the satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo.

    Once again, terrorists ignore the lessons of history: individuals may be silenced by violence from time to time, but ideas live on and ultimately will find their way to the world.

    Once again, innocent lives are lost in the futile attempt to force one point of view onto others, or to prevent other points of view from being heard.

  • The Balancing act of governing

    By RON WOODY
    Roane County Executive
    As citizens, we often ask — and even demand — certain services of our government and then are reluctant when it comes to paying for them.

    Your local government is the government closest to the people, and this government, whether it be a county or a city, often struggles with balancing the funding requirements of one group of citizens’ needs or desires with other groups’ needs and desires. All this pushing and pulling could be called lobbying.

  • York subject of state history talk

    He was a reluctant warrior who was denied conscientious objector status and agreed to combat duty only after a commander convinced him that doing so wouldn’t conflict with his religious beliefs.

    He later helped lead one of the key offensives during World War I, earning a Medal of Valor and numerous other commendations for his efforts.

    Alvin C. York is one of Tennessee’s most celebrated war heroes — and he’ll be one of the main subjects of the next workshop sponsored by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

  • Bertram hits milestone, Midway girls drop Harriman

    The Harriman Blue Devils and the Midway Green Waves met for the second time this season last Friday night at Midway.

    Earlier this season the Lady Devils routed the Lady Waves at Harriman by 35 points, but Midway turned the tables on Harriman this time gutting out a 57-54 win.

    The loss gave Harriman their first district defeat of the season and they now stand at 14-4 overall and 6-1 in district 3A.

    Midway possibly got a monkey off their back with the win. They won their second district contest and are 2-5 in district 3A and are 13-6 overall.

  • Oliver Springs splits Coalfield

    Over the past four years, “Twinning” has become a trend for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats basketball and, once again, the Griffith twins, Emily and Rachel, helped guide the Lady ‘Cats to a 56-47 win against the Coalfield Lady Jackets.

    The Lady ‘Cats started on a 12-4 tear before closing out the opening period up 14-7.

    Emily Griffith (8 points) led Oliver Springs in early scoring while Natalie Layne (3 points) led the Lady Jackets.

  • Lady Green Wave winless two years ago, now 12-0

    With the chorus of Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us Back” blasting through the gym speakers at Midway Middle School, 19 girls ran onto the court for basketball practice on Wednesday afternoon.

    Some dribbling a basketball like there’s nothing to it, and some like it was their first time, but all 19 of them have one thing in common, victory.

    So far this season, the Midway Middle School Lady Green Wave have yet to lose a game, currently sitting at 12-0.

  • Threat of building collapse closes road

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    Miller & Brewer loomed large over Harriman, a once pristine building left to decay long after it once housed the popular department store where residents shopped for clothes.

    On Thursday, the building was busy once again, but this time for all the wrong reasons.

    A fire engulfing the building had emergency responders from about 16 different agencies from all over the county helping Harriman Fire Department to contain the blaze.

  • East Roane Dollar General on agenda today

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    The Dollar General Store in Kingston is about a 15-minute drive from where Hwy. 70 intersects with Country Lane in East Roane County.

    Ray Cantrell said he’d like to see one closer to his rural community — and that could happen.

    Dollar General wants to locate a store where the highway intersects with Country Lane, but a zoning change from developing agriculture to rural business needs to first happen.

  • Appraisal appeals filed by Kirkham, Duncan settled

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said appeals filed by developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan are no longer pending.

    “We have settled all the Steve Kirkham/Jerry Duncan appeals,” Morgan said.

    Kirkham was once married to former property assessor Teresa Kirkham. He and Duncan appealed appraised values on their properties following the 2010 reappraisal.