2.1 Million Tennesseans Can File Free Online Starting Friday

Friday, January 17, 2014

The tax filing season opens Jan. 31, but the Internal Revenue Service on Friday announced the immediate availability of Free File brand-name software -- only at IRS.gov/freefile.

"About 2.1 million Tennessee filers qualify to do their taxes free online using IRS Free File's brand-name tax software," said IRS spokesman Dan Boone.

Taxpayers whose 2013 income was $58,000 or less are eligible to use Free File's tax software at IRS.gov. Others can use the Free File Fillable Forms option at no cost.

Fourteen commercial software companies that provide their Free File tax prep products at no cost began offering their products today. The companies will hold tax returns filed now until Jan. 31 when the IRS begins accepting returns.

Nationwide, nearly 40 million taxpayers have used Free File since it debuted in 2003. These taxpayers have saved more than an estimated $1.2 billion by using Free File.

Scenic City Lawn Mower Racing Association To Host 5th Annual “Get The Mowdown: Lawnmower Race For Autism”

On Saturday, May 3 at 2 p.m., racers at Savannah Valley Speedway, 10516 Hwy 58, Ooltewah at Goodner’s Equipment, will mount their specially modified mowers and race each other at speeds up to 60 MPH. The SCLMRA hosts several races at the Savannah Valley Speedway throughout the year. Barry Goodner, race coordinator, said “Lawnmower racing is a fun event on so many levels. ... (click for more)

Rep. Kevin Brooks Endorses Eric Watson For Bradley County Sheriff

Rep. Kevin Brooks has endorsed Eric Watson for Bradley County sheriff.  He released the following letter Tuesday. "As a member of The Tennessee General Assembly, I am proud to have served the citizens of Bradley County with my colleague and friend, Chairman Eric Watson, a man whom I proudly endorse in the upcoming sheriff’s election in Bradley County. "Eric Watson has ... (click for more)

Strong Winds, Freezing Temperatures In Chattanooga Forecast; Growers Advised To Take Precautions With Young Crops

A cold front with strong winds was moving into the Chattanooga area today and was set to bring freezing temperatures overnight. Area growers were advised to take precautions with their young crops. Temperatures were expected to drop into the 20s. Here is the freeze warning: ...WIND ADVISORY IN EFFECT FROM 8 AM EDT /7 AM CDT/ THIS MORNING TO 8 PM EDT /7 PM CDT/ THIS EVENING... ... (click for more)

Zachary Bryant Was 6-Year-Old Killed Monday At Chattanooga Valley Elementary

Zachary Bryant has been identified as the 6-year-old boy who was killed after being run over by a school bus on Monday at Chattanooga Valley Elementary School. Authorities said the kindergarten student had just gotten off the bus when it moved forward and struck him. Walker County coroner Dewayne Wilson said he was killed immediately in the 7 a.m. incident. Funeral ... (click for more)

What's Wrong With The City Recycle Program? - And Response (2)

Being new to recycling, I have lots to learn.  I rely on 311 and the attendants at the neighborhood collection centers to assist in building my knowledge.   Recently, I had an experience that makes me reconsidered my recycling efforts.  I loaded up my car, called 311 to verify what I could take, only to be blocked by the attendant at my neighborhood collection ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: That Billboard & Much More

Now that early voting has started and our strawberries have hopefully survived this last blush of winter, allow me to catch up on some things but, first, here’s a letter from a concerned reader I feel compelled to share: “There is something I have noticed throughout Brainerd, East Brainerd, Dayton, etc. A billboard has been put up, I believe by the Health Department of Hamilton ... (click for more)