Today's News

  • 100,000 tax-return preparers failed to follow guidelines

    As part of its new oversight program of the nation’s tax-return preparation industry, the Internal Revenue Service is sending letters to an estimated 100,000 who prepared returns in 2011 but failed to follow new requirements.
    All paid tax-return preparers must obtain a Preparer Tax Identification Number and, when required to do so, sign their names and include their PTINs on returns and refund claims they prepare for compensation.

  • Turpin heads up Chamber board

    Danice Turpin, director of Tennessee Technology Center at Harriman, is the new chairwoman of the Roane County Chamber of Commerce board of directors.

    Turpin took over July 1 from outgoing board Chairwoman Diana Knobloch, director of the Roane County United Way.

    The new Chamber chairwoman for 2011-12 holds an undergraduate degree in engineering, a master’s degree in adult education, and an educational doctorate degree in instructional leadership.

  • DOE razing east wing of K-25 building

    The U.S. Department of Energy’s demolition of Building K-25’s east wing began last month.
    The former uranium enrichment facility at East Tennessee Technology Park was once the world’s largest building under one roof, covering more than 44 acres.
    The project is one of DOE’s highest environmental management priorities in Oak Ridge and an integral component to completing cleanup of the technology park.

  • General Sessions Court

    Editor’s Note: Readers are cautioned that some names may be the same as, or similar to, other members of the community.


    Brian K. Walker, theft up to $500. Dismissed.

    Michael E. Wampler, reckless driving. Dismissed. Driving while license revoked and financial responsibility law. Guilty.

     Brandon D. Sherlin, public intoxication amended to public indecency, first, second offense. Guilty.

    Terry L. Voyles, public intoxication. Guilty.

  • Math camps give kids a jump start to ease transition

    The transition from middle to high school math might not be as daunting for Alexis Tuttle.
    Last month she and dozens of other local students took part in some interactive math programs offered for rising freshmen and rising sixth-graders.
    “I really want to pass my freshman year, so I wanted to get help with my math and stuff,” said Tuttle, who will be attending Midway High School. “Hopefully, it won’t be as hard because I’ll already know some of it.”

  • Subway aims for Midtown to 'eat fresh'


    Travis Christopher and other members of his crew work on the interior of the new Subway with drive-through in Midtown. Reports are that the new restaurant, which is moving into the former Starbucks location near Pinnacle Pointe shopping center, will be open today, Monday. Subway also has standalone restaurants in Harriman, Kingston, Oliver Springs and Rockwood. There are also franchises in Walmart Supercenter, Rockwood, and Pilot Food Mart on Lawnville Road, Kingston.

  • Bowers opening may be delayed


  • One Man Army


  • OS judge to delve into Rockwood complaints

    Rockwood City Attorney Elmer Rich has bowed out of serving as the ethics officer looking into complaints filed against Vice Mayor Peggy Evans.
    Rockwood City Council approved hiring Oliver Springs City Judge Joe Van Hook to conduct the investigation of charges brought against Evans by Rockwood City Recorder Jim Hines in the wake of questions about the insurance bidding process.
    Rich believes it’s improper for him to serve as the ethics officer because of his role as legal representative to the council.

  • TVA to talk about land-use plans Tuesday

    TVA and Roane County officials will present plans on Tuesday for some of the property TVA purchased in the wake of the 2008 ash spill at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant.
    The meeting will begin with an open house at 5 p.m. in Kingston First Baptist Church’s family life center at 215 N. Kentucky St.
    Staff from TVA’s Kingston Ash Recovery Project will give a formal presentation at 5:30, followed by an informal question-and-answer session.
    Officials also plan to discuss restoration of the shorelines and embayments.