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Today's News

  • Officials awaiting report on darter in Cumberland

    In compliance with federal environmental laws and regulations, the U.S. Corps of Engineers Nashville District is actively consulting with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service regarding the discovery of new populations of an existing endangered species in Lake Cumberland, Ky.

    Until this consultation is completed, the Corps will target a maximum pool elevation of 705 feet, the same as the 2013 recreation season’s elevation.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Some memories of the sixties and seventies
  • Wamp says race won’t be 2012 repeat

    Earlier this month, Weston Wamp announced that he will again take on Chuck Fleischmann in the Republican primary for Tennessee’s 3rd Congressional District.

    So what has changed since voters handed Wamp his hat two years ago?
    For one thing, this time it’s a head-to-head race — not the three-man field that included Scottie Mayfield in 2012.

    For another, the newly married Wamp will be 27 when election time rolls around this year. He said he has matured a lot since he faced voters two years ago.

  • No school in Roane County on Friday, Jan. 31
  • 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.