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Today's News

  • IRS tips save on charity travel

    The IRS has five tax tips  for those who travel while serving a charity.
    Individuals  must volunteer to work for a qualified organization. Ask the charity about its tax-exempt status or visit IRS.gov and use the Select Check tool to see if the group is qualified.
    Volunteers may be able to deduct unreimbursed travel expenses paid while serving as a volunteer. They can’t deduct the value of your time or services.

  • VEC helps Midway Quarterback Club

    Volunteer Energy Cooperative’s VECustomers Share program awarded a $2,750 in grants to Roane County organizations in June. The program, founded in October of 2001, has donated more than $4.5 million to various community-service organizations.
    Local groups collecting grants in June include the Midway Middle School Beta Club which was awarded a $1,000 grant; the Midway Quarterback Club received $1,000 grant; and the Midway Youth Cheerleading Organization collected a $750 grant.

  • OSHA warns of heat related ills in the workplace

    Tennessee OSHA wants Tennessee workers and employers to be aware of the symptoms of heat illness and heat stroke as temperatures start to rise this summer. Every year, thousands of workers are affected by exposure to heat.
    Workers exposed to hot and humid conditions are at risk of heat illness, especially those doing heavy work tasks or using bulky protective clothing and equipment. Some workers might be at greater risk than others if they have not built up a tolerance to hot conditions.

  • Rockwood gears up for World Series

    Play Ball.

  • Cardinals win championship
  • $585 ‘mailbags’ for school system?

    Roane County Schools submitted a requisition to the county earlier this month to order two leather briefcases from a website called Forzieri, which touts itself as having “the world’s most-coveted luxury  accessories.”

    The Brunelleschi Italian leather briefcases by Pratesi cost $585 each.    
    “They’ve done the research and this is a 20-year warranty on this thing,” Director of Schools Gary Aytes said. “It comes out to $29 a year.”

  • Meth lab found in Ten Mile

    Authorities found a meth lab Wednesday evening on Harrison Lane in Ten Mile.

    “It’s a one-pot,” Roane County Sheriff’s Deputy John Mayes said of the type of lab found. “That’s kind of pretty much been the takeover here recently.”
    Kristi Lane Price and John Lindsey Hughes were arrested.
    Price is charged with aggravated child abuse and manufacturing a controlled substance. Hughes is charged with failure to appear in court.
    Mayes said it didn’t appear that Hughes had anything to do with the lab.

  • Bowers has new leader in Arwood

    Bowers Elementary School has a hometown principal now at the helm. Bowers Elementary School has a hometown principal now at the helm.

    Brenda Arwood is a lifelong resident of South Harriman who has worked at Bowers Elementary the last seven years.
    She served first as an intervention teacher and, most recently, as a fourth-grade mathematics teacher.
    She hopes that her connection to the community will help her do well in her new role.
    “I think adminstrators need to fit in with the school and the community,” Arwood said.

  • Dyllis Springs kids help kids in afterschool recycling program

    Dyllis Springs Elementary and Oliver Springs Middle School students collected 110 pounds of aluminum tabs during the 2012-13 school year as part of an afterschool recycling program that went to help Knoxville’s Ronald McDonald House.

    The collection was part of a challenge between the two schools.

    Stephanie Ford’s kindergarten class at Dyllis Springs was the top collectors with 20 pounds of tabs.

  • Ouachita Baptist University dean's list: spring 2013

    Harriman’s Lily Taylor is among the 334 Ouachita Baptist University students named to the dean’s list for spring semester.

    Taylor will receive a certificate of recognition from Ouachita. Her name will also be included in the “National Dean’s List” for 2012-13.

    To be named to the dean’s list, a student must compile at least a 3.5 grade-point average and be classified as a full-time student, with a minimum of 12 academic hours.