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Today's News

  • Three years for One Faith

    Pastor Shawn Hatfield and his wife, Heather, will help One Faith Community Church, Rockwood, commemorate its third anniversary with a special celebration during the 11 a.m. worship service April 1 in Roane County Skating Center on North Gateway Avenue.

    The celebration will also commemorate Hatfield’s fifth year in the ministry.

  • Palm Sunday program to be at West Hills

    The Harriman Music Club’s annual community Palm Sunday program will be presented at 2:30 p.m. April 1 in West Hills Presbyterian Church at 506 West Hills Drive, Harriman.

    Vocal and instrumental soloists, ensembles and choirs from the community will provide musical selections in remembrance of this day.

    The Harriman Music Club presents the program as its annual gift to the Roane County community.

  • Kingston mistake meant lower tax bills

    A clerical error has cost the city of Kingston about $70,000 in revenue — and resulted in one employee being placed on administrative leave.
    Taxpayers, however, got a break in the mistake — one they will have make up for next year.
    When Kingston adopted its current budget, city council members approved a $1.0834 property tax rate per $100 assessed valuation. However, the rate that was sent to the state, as required, was $1.034, and that’s the rate that went out on property tax bills.

  • Auditors clarify Rockwood irregularities

    It wasn’t just a couple of mistakes that led to IRS penalties and interest for the city of Rockwood.
    Instead, the city had multiple penalties and interest, possibly 10 or more over the two-year period of 2009-2010.
    That led to almost $50,000 in fines, according to Suzie Jones Clay, vice-president at Daniels, Uselton & Clay, P.C., which did the city’s fiscal year 2009-2010 audit.
    One required report was filed more than a year late, Clay said.

  • Looseleaf Laureate: Here’s some gold many of us could do without

    The menace has arrived.
    I first noticed the dusting of yellow powder on my dark red car Monday around lunch time.
    Pollen.
    Evil pollen.
    None of us should be surprised by the early emergence of the hay fever season, particularly with the nearly nonexistent winter we just closed the books on.
    Daffodils began blooming in January and flowering trees that usually flower first and then get leaves are flowering and leafing simultaneously this year.
    Hay fever sufferers are doing just that — suffering. You’ve seen them.

  • Hands of Mercy food drive set

    The need is year-round for the Hands of Mercy food pantry in Kingston. Unfortunately, giving tends to fall off after the holidays, director Sharon Pinner said. 
    “It’s not really something people do deliberately,” she said. “They just don’t think about it so much during the other times of the year.”

  • Schools needs may require tax hike, officials warn

    Sending a budget to Roane County Commission that doesn’t require a tax increase is a source of pride for Board of Education members.
    That may not happen this year.
    “I’ve looked at various options, redone estimates,” Roane County Schools business manager Eric Harbin said. “I’m not sure we’ll be able to continue the programming we have without asking for a tax increase.”
    Board members were advised about the financial outlook on the 2012-13 budget during a meeting earlier this month.

  • Help sought for Willard Park Cemetery upkeep

    Well-kept cemetery plots mean something to Franklin and Willie Goddard of Harriman.
    That was as clear as the pain in their voices Wednesday as they lovingly tended the Willard Park plots of their daughter, Debbie Garrett, who died last August, and her husband, who died about two years before.
    Franklin hauled large bags of fresh, black topsoil to cover the graves, and Willie carefully raked it out.
    They spoke of their daughter’s last days, and of her schoolteacher colleagues who had made a Christmas trek to the grave to decorate it and sing to her.

  • Journalists’ work as watchdogs unquestionable

    By KEN PAULSON
    First Amendment Center
    There’s a running joke among journalists that they went into the news business because they didn’t do well in math.
    As a longtime journalist who struggled with freshman algebra, I can relate.
    Still, even those of us with anxiety about numbers have come to embrace the investigative value of data.
    Number-crunching and access to public records drive some of the news media’s most powerful and important reporting, including these examples from the past year:

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET by Gerald Largen: Even in 1800, some wanted fair treatment for workers

    We have been reading a 1965 biography of Henry Addington by Philip Ziegler, which has rested on our shelves for several years.
    Addington, a contemporary of the Younger Pitt, Canning, Castlereagh, Liverpool, and other leading lights of the first years of the Nineteenth Century, was for years Speaker of the House of Commons, then for 3 or 4 years King George III’s Prime Minister, and from 1812 to 1821 was Home Secretary.