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Today's News

  • Taxpayers have until April 17 to file this year

    Taxpayers have until April 17 to file their tax returns this year.

    The IRS has made a number of improvements to help make this tax season easy for taxpayers. This includes new navigation features and helpful information on IRS.gov and a new pilot to allow taxpayers to use interactive video to get help with tax issues.

  • OUR OPINION: Kingston right to go for grant for sidewalks

    Good for Kingston.

    City officials there are pursuing a grant for sidewalks in an area that desperately needs them.

    Many of the residents of Kingwood Street, which would get the sidewalks if the grant is approved, are lower-income families.

    They often walk to nearby Kentucky Street, Kingston’s busiest a busy thoroughfare, to take advantage of stores, restaurants and other businesses.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Maybe we should ‘occupy’ justices’ lawns!

    Gentle Reader, have you been puzzled, as we have, at some of the remarks the presidential candidates, their adherents, and cohorts on the other side have uttered?

    For instance they seem always to try to work in how they are “hell for leather” to regain our “LOST FREEDOMS.”

    Maybe they have each defined just exactly what these Lost Freedoms are, but, if so, we missed it.

  • Harriman man held on murder charge

    A Harriman man has been indicted in Sevier County for first-degree murder, according to The Mountain Press.  

    Anthony Travis Richards is charged in the death of Derek Ogle, who was found stabbed at Gatlinburg Town Square in May of last year.

    Ogle was taken to LeConte Medical Center in Sevierville, where he was pronounced dead.

    Police said Richards was taken into custody at the scene.

    The Mountain Press said the Sevier County grand jury returned the first-degree murder indictment against Richards last week.

  • Yager proposal aimed at corruption

    State Sen. Ken Yager of Harriman and state Rep. Ryan Haynes of Knoxville  announced Thursday that they have filed legislation to disqualify elected or appointed officials from receiving judicial diversion for crimes committed during their term of office.

    Judicial diversion is the process in criminal law when a person pleads guilty to a crime and can later have the charge removed (or expunged) from their record following a period of probation.  It is granted by the judge, hence its name “judicial.”

  • Traffic pattern changes at Rockwood's cloverleaf intersection

     

    Drivers navigate the rerouted traffic pattern around Rockwood’s cloverleaf at the junction of Hwys. 70 and 27 Wednesday afternoon. Motorists should use caution as people get used to the change, made in conjunction with the ongoing widening project of Hwy. 70 toward Midtown.

  • Rockwood not over the Hill

    Sherry Hill was 27 when she served as the first president of the civic improvement group Rockwood 2000 in 1991.

    Hill, who was honored at a surprise reception Saturday, is still a force in improving all things Rockwood.

    “This has been a great surprise” said Hill said, who owns Live and Let Live Drug Store. “I really appreciate it.”

    The current board of directors, Mayor James Watts and Hill’s parents were all in attendance at what she just thought would be a meeting.

    Longtime friend Maurice Greif had kept everything under wraps since planning for the event began in October.

  • Lady 'Cats avenge only district loss, 47-35

    The Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats picked up a huge District 4-A win Tuesday night with a 47-35 victory at Oakdale.

  • Lady Waves hold off Grace Christian, 56-55

    Tuesday night at Midway High School was a great night for high school hoops as Midway and Grace Christian Academy locked horns in a pair of close games.

    The first game of the evening was a true nail-biter as the Lady Waves knocked off the Lady Rams, 56-55. 

  • Lady Jackets stun Alcoa, 44-37

    The race for the District 4-AA regular season title was pretty clear Tuesday evening with Alcoa taking their undefeated district mark on the road to Kingston.