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Today's News

  • Rose, Stout raises OK'd

    Howie Rose and Scott Stout will be a little fatter in the wallet.

    Roane County Commission voted 10-5 last week to return the two Office of Emergency Services employees to their previous pay grades.

    Back in October, the commission voted 8-7 to cut their salaries 9 percent.   

    “I didn’t vote for it to
    begin with, but I will vote to put it back in,” Com-missioner Fred Tedder said.

  • IRS almost finished with tax law tweaks

    The Internal Revenue Service plans a Feb. 14 start date for processing tax returns delayed by last month’s tax law changes.

    The IRS reminds taxpayers affected by the delay they can begin preparing their tax returns immediately because many software providers are ready now to accept these returns.

    Beginning Feb. 14, the IRS will start processing both paper and e-filed returns claiming itemized deductions on Schedule A, the higher education tuition and fees deduction on Form 8917 and the educator expenses deduction.

  • Harriman orders more road salt

    With winter hardly over, Harriman officials have a feeling there’s more to come, and the city’s salt supply is dwindling.

    That’s why Harriman City Council authorized ordering an additional 75 tons of salt last week to replenish the supply that’s basically on empty.

    “That is contingent on if you can find it at all,” Councilman Ken Mynatt said.

    Harriman Treasurer Charles Kerley and other officials said they were not sure when the supply would actually come in.

  • Lower rating aim of chief

    Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss is taking a proactive approach toward lowering the city’s ISO rating.

    He wants to form a committee to look at and address problems and issues facing the department and the community if a lower rating is to be possible.

    The city has a ISO rating of 4 but is looking to improve.

    “If we could drop to a 3, that would be great,” Goss said.

  • Working families urged to claim tax credit

    This tax season, the Tennessee Department of Human Services is again calling on eligible working individuals and families across the state to take advantage of a federal tax credit that can put earned income back into their pockets.

    The Earned Income Tax Credit, launched in the mid-1970s, is considered to be one of the most effective anti-poverty programs in the country.

  • 'Big losers' to share weight-loss secrets

    Jeanne Jones and Frank Smith greet each other the same way every Wednesday in the parking lot of Kingston Community Center.

    “Hey looooser!” Jones calls to Smith as he gets out of his car.

    “Loser Lady!” Smith calls back, and they smile and walk in together.

    The two, members of the Take Off Pounds Sensibly chapter, have given the slip to more than 100 pounds.

    Their chapter, Kingston TOPS 567, meets at noon each Wednesday in Kingston Community Center at 201 Patton Ferry Road.

  • Out to Lunch: Good Eats' creamed corn is just like Grandma's

    By Bethel Poston

  • Roane, cities eligible for Three-Star incentives

    Phil Bredesen’s last weeks in office included a pat on the back for Roane County, which again earned its continuing designation as a Three-Star Community by the state.

    This the 22nd year the county has been honored as a “forward-thinking” community through this program.

    The state’s Three-Star program judges communities based on a blueprint of what needs to be in place in order to be successful in economic and community development.

  • Back to the books for Roane State
  • Area 4 AA Middle School Tournament Brackets