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Today's News

  • A family affair

     

    KATIE HOGIN/Roane Newspapers
    Kingston Police Chief Jim Washam and his son, Chris, who was home for nearly two weeks from Fort Stewart, Ga., ring the Salvation Army bells at Food City with the rest of Washam’s family, including daughters Savannah, Tara and Maleah and wife, Lisa.

  • Yager bills take aim at prescription abuse

    State Sen. Ken Yager has announced that he will sponsor prescription drug abuse legislation in the 2012 legislative session to require doctors, pharmacists or their designees to check the state’s Controlled Substance Monitoring Database before prescribing or filling prescriptions for scheduled drugs.  

    In addition, a separate bill being drafted by Yager would require that anyone who picks up a prescription for a scheduled drug must show photo identification.

  • Tax-exempt entities may have more time to file

    Tax-exempt organizations with January and February filing due dates will have until March 30, 2012, to file their annual returns, the Internal Revenue Service announced.

    In Tennessee, approximately 1,400 organizations can take advantage of the extended filing deadline.

    The IRS is granting this extension of time to file because the part of the e-file system that processes electronically filed returns of tax-exempt organizations will be off-line during January and February.

  • Miller, Romero named TSWA Class AA All-State

    The Tennessee Sports Writers Association (TSWA) Class AA All-State Football Team was recently announced, and it came as no surprise that the Oliver Springs senior duo of Garrett Miller and Jordan Romero were named to the squad.

  • Coast Guard urges safety

    As wintertime ushers in freezing temperatures and icy waters, it also introduces an increased risk of boating fatalities in the event of an accident, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Although many of these fatalities cannot be attributed to one specific cause of death, cold water conditions, such as hypothermia and cold water immersion, do set the stage for many dangers not as present in the warmer months. 

  • Senior Bowlers of the Month
  • Rockwood pair top volunteers

    Roane County’s two 2011 Volunteer Stars were awarded last month.

    Michael Ann Begley and Joey Goss, both of Rockwood, were recognized for their services contributed to the community through the past year.

    Goss, a student at Rockwood High School, was the youth recipient. He has been volunteering at The Bridge at Rockwood, spending five hours there on school days and between seven and nine on the weekends.

    “I love doing it,” he said. “It’s my favorite thing.”

  • Charge up with Cracker Barrel’s Blink

    Harriman’s Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is among 24 in Tennessee offering an electric vehicle charging station with its Blink DC Fast Charging station.

    Cracker Barrel installed electric vehicle chargers as a pilot project at select locations in “The Tennessee Triangle,” the 425-mile stretch of interstate highway connecting Nashville, Knoxville and Chattanooga.

    The Blink EV Level 2 chargers such as the one in Harriman will “top off their tanks” while drivers order, eat a meal and browse in the retail shop.

  • Injuries don’t keep salon owner down

    The road to recovery has taken April Scandlyn to a familiar place – J. Lynn’s Salon in Kingston. Scandlyn, the salon owner, was run over by an unlicensed teenage driver in the Food City parking lot on Nov. 28.

    “It was a scary ordeal,” she said.

    Scary and painful. Scandlyn said she suffered multiple injuries, which included a broken shoulder, torn ACL, fractured leg and concussion.

    The injuries caused her to miss work. That was painful as well.

  • Out to Lunch: Hang out at Sami's, a friendly Knox corner café

    By Bethel Poston
    “Sami’s Café is just like a small-town corner café where you visit with friends and enjoy good food,” Dean Carroll told me when I visited his table during this “Out to Lunch” adventure.

    Dean owns Coachman Clothiers in Knoxville’s Franklin Square, just a few doors away from Sami’s. He tried to convince me the sandwich he was enjoying was called the “Coachman Club.”