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Today's News

  • Mistrial declared in Rocky Houston case

    A mistrial was declared Wednesday morning in Rocky Houston’s federal firearms case.

    Thirteen jurors — eight women and five men — were seated to hear the case on Tuesday. They were sent home early because of bad weather.

    On Wednesday defense attorney Michael McGovern informed the court that a juror whom Houston wanted challenged during jury selection was inadvertently not challenged and seated on the jury.

    After some discussion, the parties came to an agreement, and the court declared the mistrial.

  • Mr. & Mrs. Kinser 70th

    Glen and Nadine Kinser will celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary during a reception hosted by Jack and Diane Woolum.

    The reception will be at 4 p.m. Feb. 2 in Pentecostal Lighthouse Church, Harriman.

    All relatives and friends are invited. The couple requests no gifts.

    The Kinsers were married on Feb. 3, 1944, in Harlan, Ky. He is now 90, and she is 89.

  • Knights of Pythias marking 150th anniversary next month

    Rockwood’s Oak Leaf Lodge 49 Knights of Pythias will join the national Order of Knights of Pythias in celebrating the national organization’s 150th anniversary in February.

    Oak Leaf Lodge will have a commemoration dinner and program on Feb. 15 in the lodge hall. All members, guests and prospective candidates for membership are welcome to attend.

  • THP to conduct roadside checks in Roane County

    The Tennessee Highway Patrol will conduct driver license and safety belt roadside checkpoints next month in Roane County.

    Three driver license checkpoints are planned. The first will be from 7 to 8 p.m. Feb. 7 at Eagle Furnace and Winton Chapel roads.

    Another will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 14 at Pumphouse Road and Arp Drive.

    The final driver license checkpoint in Roane County will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Feb. 21 on Post Oak Valley Road at Daniels Trucking.

  • On vacation with the Roane County News ... at Universal Studios

    The Roane County News had a blast when it went to Universal Studios in Orlando, Fla., with Clay Sexton, Kelly Wright and Tanner Jones on an excursion during winter break.

    Planning a vacation? Take your Roane County News along and pose with it to be included in an upcoming issue.

    Be sure to tell us where you — and the News — traveled for a break and photo.

    You may drop off photos at the newspaper office at 204 Franklin St., Kingston, or email to newsroom@roanecounty.com.

    Happy travels!

  • Taxpayers should receive W-2 forms no later than Feb. 14

    It helps to get all tax documents together before starting on the 2013 tax return.

    Taxpayers will need a Form W-2, Wage and Tax Statement, which employers should send by the end of January.

    Give it a couple of weeks to arrive by mail, said Dan Boone, IRS spokesman.

    Those who haven’t received a W-2 by Feb. 14 should follow these steps:

    • Contact employer first and request a W-2 if it hasn’t already been sent. Make sure the employer has the correct address.

  • Secret City Fest applications available

    Preparations for the 12th annual Secret City Festival are well underway, and applications are now available online for vendors and exhibitors.

    Visit www.SecretCityFestival.com and download an application to become involved in this year’s event, which will take place June 13-14 at AK Bissell Park.

    Artists, crafters, exhibitors and food vendors from around the area are encouraged to apply.

  • Look Back: A Little Something From Our Files From the Week of Jan. 29

    25 Years Ago

  • The Garden Gate: Ferns make their mark on history and today

    Ferns are very ancient plants.

    They made their earliest appearance about 400 million years ago, with the club mosses and scouring rushes. Both were ancestors of the true ferns still with us today, virtually unchanged from their ancient forms.

    By the end of the 19th century, many great houses in Boston, Philadelphia, Charleston and other cities had greenhouses where ferns and palms were much-favored plants.

    Ferns comprise the highest division of the so-called flowerless plants. They are extensively used as food in some parts of the world.

  • 2013 Assessor of the Year Award