Today's News

  • IRS reminds tax preparers to renew their ID numbers

    The Internal Revenue Services has begun notifying about 1 million tax return preparers to remind them that they must renew their preparer tax identification numbers if they are still paid preparers.
    Use of the numbers will be required on all federal returns prepared by paid tax return preparers starting Jan. 1, 2011.
     Tax return preparers can register immediately using a new sign-up system available through www.IRS.gov/taxpros.
    Preparers will need to create an account, complete the PTIN application and pay a $64.25 fee before receiving their ID numbers.

  • Expo Center may close in July

    Roane State Community College President Gary Goff said he doesn’t want to see the school’s Henry/Stafford Exposition Center closed.

    However, Goff vows that’s exactly what will happen if he doesn’t receive any financial help.

    “I will close the Expo Center come July 1 if I don’t have any support to cover the gap of about $75,000 to $100,000,” Goff said.

  • Some Harriman leaders want another go at negotiations over Pinnacle Pointe

    Negotiations failed the first time around between developers and Harriman over who owes whom in a disagreement over a project involving public and private work.

    Two Harriman City Council members, however, were ready last week to give it another go.

    Harriman Councilman J.D. Sampson’s motion to have himself, Councilman Kenyon Mee and City Attorney Harold Balcom meet with the opposing was quickly voted down.

    Sampson said he had been contacted by Steve Kirkham about reopening negotiations.

  • Rockwood OKs settlement; King out

    The controversial twists surrounding three of Rockwood’s public utilities took an Election Day turn that had nothing to do with what was happening at the polls.

    But even this turn — the settlement of a lawsuit that included releasing Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas General Manager Rod King from his contract of employment — wasn’t without its bumps.

  • Utilities controversy holding on

    Rockwood officials may have thought the tumult in recent months over ongoing changes at the Rockwood Water, Sewer and Natural Gas Board were over now that former manager Rod King has vacated his position.

    They thought wrong.

    Since then there has been a police report filed naming a number of utility employees, and it appears not everyone is happy assistant manager Willard Mead was named interim manager.

  • Jackets end season at CAK

    Much like their first encounter, the Kingston Yellow Jackets hung tough with the Christian Academy of Knoxville Warriors, but the Warriors pulled away in the second half to score a 34-6 win, ending the Yellow Jackets season. 

  • Raiders set for season

    Roane State Community College men’s basketball coach Randy Nesbit has high expectations for his 2010-11 team. 

    “We want to be in the hunt for the league title, which we were last year,” said Nesbit, whose team finished 17-10 last season.

  • Turnovers lead to Harriman's demise

    The Harriman Blue Devils had their opportunities Friday night to upset No. 6 ranked Copper Basin in the first round of the TSSAA Class A playoffs, but a pair of red zone fumbles that turned into long TD returns for the Cougars led to the Blue Devils season coming to an end following a 32-13 loss.

    Harriman would hold a 7-0 lead after one period of play.

  • Oliver Springs downs Rockwood in playoff opener, 26-14

    Playoff football is usually about running the football and playing solid defense.

    Oliver Springs (7-4) excelled in both of those areas Friday night and the result was a 26-14 victory at Rockwood (7-4) in the first round of the TSSAA Class AA playoffs.

    “We told our team all week this game would be won by the did that had the most yards rushing,” Oliver Springs head coach Wiley Brackett said. “Our offensive linemen showed up with a chip on their shoulder and we challenged our linemen and backs to run hard between the tackles.”

  • YOU are a winner if you went to the polls and voted

    Did you vote?
    Kudos if you did.
    Whether your candidates were successful or every one of them was beat, you deserve credit for participating in the Democratic process.
    A democracy will quickly unravel if its citizens give  up their freedoms — and their obligations to participate in the selection of their government.
    Voters are the biggest freedom fighters of all.