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Today's News

  • Works sought for Arts in the Airport exhibit

    The Arts & Culture Alliance of Greater Knoxville and the Metropolitan Knoxville Airport Authority (McGhee Tyson Airport) are calling for entries for the next “Arts in the Airport,” a juried exhibition developed to allow regional artists to compete and display work in one of East Tennessee’s most-visited sites.

    An estimated 40-45 fine art works encompassing all styles and genres from both emerging and established artists will comprise the exhibition in the secured area behind McGhee Tyson Airport’s security gate checkpoint from April 16-Oct. 7.

  • Roane Open Art Show set to start Jan. 19 at RSCC

    The Arts Council of Roane County’s 2015 Roane Open Art Show will have its official opening at 6:30 p.m. Jan. 19 in the O’Brien Art Gallery on the main campus of Roane State Community College in Roane County.

    The event is open to the public.

    Many of the artists with works on display will be on hand for the event, and awards will be presented to the best works in several categories as judged by Roane State Art Department Associate Professor Stacy Jacobs.

  • 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.

  • Gooch retires, but will keep on laughing

    Sears staff and customers will miss the warmth of the Harriman’s store’s oldest employee.

    June Gooch retired last week after 33 years at the store — and a previous five years at Sears when it was across from the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.  

    “Eighty-two years old, and she’s still a firecracker,” said Charlie Jones, who owns the Sears store today.

    It’s her spirit that keeps her going.

  • Kingston sizes up ‘image-repair’ funds

    Kingston city officials soberly deliberated last week how to spend the last of TVA’s reparations.

    What’s left is $375,000 designated by TVA for image repair from damage from the 2008 TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

    The environmental disaster, proclaimed in news reports worldwide as the largest of its kind, left a lasting stain on the city’s name ― and a big job ahead for the city council.

    “Pretty much everything is open for discussion,” Mayor Tim Neal said at the start of the special-called meeting Friday.

  • Life lost in Harriman fire

    A disabled woman was found dead in a house that burned at 505 Margrave St. in Harriman Monday.

    Francis Ann Snow was 65.

    “We believe the fire may have started in the bedroom. It apparently seems to be the hottest part of the fire (from talking to the fire chief),” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The bedroom where the fire is believed to have started is downstairs in the two-story house.

  • Assessor rallies hired help

    Less than a month after he told the state his office was “very capable” of completing the reappraisal, Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan hired Patriot Properties Inc. for help.

    “My job as property assessor is to use all available resources to get the job done, and Patriot is a valuable resource,” Morgan said.

  • Haslam may seek gasoline tax hike

    With gasoline prices the lowest they’ve been in years, some politicians see this as the opportune time to look at increasing gasoline taxes.

    “Well, that’s what the governor says,” state Rep. Kent Calfee said Monday. “Of course, we don’t know how long gas prices well stay down like this.”

    The average price for a regular gallon of gasoline in Tennessee was $1.95 on Tuesday, according to AAA.

    A year ago, the price was $3.11.