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Today's News

  • School supplies, clothes tax free this weekend

    Tennesseans have been enjoying $8 million to $10 million in tax savings annually since the state implemented its annual Sales Tax Holidays in 2006.

    The next Sales Tax Holiday will be from 12:01 a.m. Aug. 2 through 11:59 p.m. Aug. 4.

    During this time, Tennesseans can enjoy tax-free purchases on certain clothing, school and art supplies and computers.

    Tax-free items include clothing with a price of $100 or less per item, school and school art supplies with a price of $100 or less per item and computers with a price of $1,500 or less.

  • The Garden Gate: The tiger in your garden casts a blaze of splendor

    Flowers are just like people.

    They come in different sizes, colors, proportions, habitats, preferences and histories, and they have a venerable past. Of all the different lilies there are, the ones we call tiger lilies are demanding our attention.

    Have you realized that so-called tiger lilies have spots, not stripes?

    They are the subject for nearly as much poetry and fantasy as Madonna lilies. We notice such quotations as “When lilies turned to tigers, blaze.”

  • Rockwood’s Willard grand chancellor of Tennessee Knights of Pythias lodge

    Gerald Willard of Knights of Pythias Oak Leaf Lodge 49, Rockwood, was elected grand chancellor of the Tennessee Grand Lodge Knights of Pythias for 2013.

    Willard and Bobby Crowe, also of the Rockwood lodge, are among the officers serving on the state level for the year.

    Crowe, a past supreme chancellor for the Knights of Pythias, is the grand secretary.

    The two took office during the Tennessee Grand Lodge’s 141st annual convention in Gatlinburg.

  • GUEST OPINION: Fear after violent incidents imperils our core liberties

    By GENE POLICINSKI
    First Amendment Center
    At various times, every American likely has wished for less of some things that the First Amendment protects.

    Less hateful speech. One less noisy protest group. Or maybe even the swift departure of a media outlet or personality whose stance or voice is just grating on a personal level.

    But for the most part, those wishes come and go – or the targets do, as media fortunes or political trends wax and wane.

  • Temperance gets state boost

    Harriman’s most iconic symbol received another helping hand with its ongoing rehabilitation.

    Gov. Bill Haslam just announced another $40,355 in Historic Preservation Fund grants for ongoing repairs.

  • First day in pads
  • Tigers fall in Dixie Youth World Series

    After suffering a 23-0 setback against Pineview, S.C. on Saturday, the Rockwood AA All-Stars would see their Dixie Youth Region I World Series run come to an end Sunday afternoon following a 23-8 loss against Dinwiddie National.

  • TVA lawsuit claims racism, more

    A Knoxville man claims he was subjected to racial bullying and sexual harassment while working as a laborer at TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant. Corey Hedrick’s allegations are recited in a federal lawsuit, which accuses TVA of violating the Civil Rights Act and the Tennessee Human Rights Act.  

  • Schools have requested tax increases prior

    One of the talking points during the debate about Roane County Schools request for a 14-cent increase in the property tax rate focused on the last time the schools requested an increase.

    “I believe it is evident by our clean audits and not asking for a tax increase since the 1980s that this school board and system have been excellent stewards of the funding received,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said in a letter to the editor.

  • Titans player saves family from car fire

    The 340 mile marker on Interstate 40 in Roane County was the site of a vehicle fire where a Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker reportedly helped save a woman, her children and their dog.

    “We were going up a hill and the car in front of me started smoking,” Jonathan Willard told ESPN. “Probably about 30 seconds after that, I saw two big flames come from the car.”

    The incident happened last Tuesday. Willard said he and another good Samaritan got the driver, identified as Cheri Hubbard of South Daytona, Fla., to pull over.