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Today's News

  • IRS offers help with payroll tax laws

    The Internal Revenue Service has released instructions to help employers implement the 2011 cut in payroll taxes, along with new income-tax withholding tables that employers will use during 2011.

    Millions of workers will see their take-home pay rise during 2011 because the Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Reauthorization, and Job Creation Act of 2010 provides a 2-percentage point payroll tax cut for employees, reducing their Social Security tax withholding rate from 6.2 percent to 4.2 percent of wages paid.

  • Y-12 earns 'Excellent' '10 rating

    B&W Y-12 earned an “Excellent” rating of 94 out of a possible 100 from the National Nuclear Security Administration for its 2010 performance, resulting in a fee award of $45.2 million for the management and operation of the Y-12 National Security Complex.

  • Out to Lunch: Luck o' the Irish will be with you at Irish Times

    By Bethel Poston
    Several years ago my wife, Carol, and I qualified for a free trip to England and Ireland by buying a large quantity of appliances to sell at our Poston Furniture & Appliance stores.

    I like to say we won the trip, but my dad said, “You paid for it in the cost of washers, ranges and refrigerators.”

    (We decided to lower our selling prices in order to sell enough to qualify.)

    In our travels, after seeing many recognized attractions, we always left the tourist crowd and mixed with the locals.

  • Why banning bulls-eye would be wrong

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    A Pennsylvania congressman is targeting bull’s-eyes.
    In the wake of the attempted assassination of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, D-Ariz., and the murder of federal Judge John Roll, Rep. Robert Brady, D-Pa., told The New York Times that he plans legislation that would ban language or symbols that could be perceived as threatening federal officials and members of Congress.

  • A view from Lick Skillet by Gerald Largen

    The history of human communication is replete with divers methods and methodology.

  • Former county exec candidate tussles with police

    Miles Ledbetter Jr. might have done better in the election had he fought as hard as officers alleged he did on Jan. 6.
    Officers with the Roane County Sheriff’s Office went to his home to arrest him on two outstanding warrants for harassment.
    Ledbetter, who ran for Roane County executive last year, did not go quietly. The arrest report said he broke away from one officer and then punched another in the nose.

  • Woman cooks up each of 12 Days of Christmas

    For many, Christmas has been long over.
    The gifts have been unwrapped; the tree has been taken down; the new year has already been celebrated — but really, the traditional Christmas season only recently ended Jan. 6.
    In the kitchen at Luminary United Methodist Church in Ten Mile, Lynnea McHenry cooked for the church’s 12-course meal celebrating the famed 12 days of Christmas, which ended with Epiphany. The meal is a fundraiser for the church.

  • Pelfrey finishes welding certification in Crossville

    Thomas Pelfrey of Rockwood was among the 15 students who graduated from Tennessee Technology Center at Crossville last month.

    Pelfrey was enrolled in the center’s welding program.

    About 200 students graduate each year from the center’s full-time programs.  

    Not all graduates choose to participate in one of the three graduation ceremonies at the end of each term.

  • Property Transfers

    Property deed transfers in Roane County from Oct. 8-14:

    From Deutsche Bank National Trust Co. and Mark Wickenhauser by warranty deed, Dist. 5, Docks at Caney Creek, Lot 7, Phase 2B, $21,900.

    From Ricky L. Russell, Lisa A. Russell, Ethel Virgie Russell and Ethel V. Russell to Calvary Baptist Church by warranty deed, Dist. 3, 2 parcels Sturgess Avenue, $75,000.

  • Roane County students eligible for scholarships

    East Tennessee Foundation has four scholarships available for Roane County students for the 2011-12 school year.

    Roane County students are eligible for the B&W Y-12 Scholarship, the Ruby A. Brown Memorial Scholarship, the Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship and the Gail Clay Scholarship.

    Applications and guidelines are available at www.easttennesseefoundation.org.   

    B&W Y-12 Scholarship