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.

Lane Closures Announced For Georgia Avenue

Talley Construction resumed EPB vault work at 818 Georgia Ave. on Tuesday. All work will take place in the southbound lanes of Georgia Avenue and traffic will be detoured west on E. 7th Street and east on McCallie Avenue and E. 8th Street, as was done in phase one of the project. The project is scheduled for six weeks. In order to view a map of all closures, visit:  ... (click for more)

UDC Jefferson Davis Chapter Hosts 120th Tennessee Division Convention At Read House

The Historic Read House was the site of the 120th Tennessee Division United Daughters of the Confederacy 2016 Convention.  The convention was sponsored by the Jefferson Davis Chapter 900 of Cleveland.   The chapter tried unsuccessfully to locate a place to hold the Convention in Cleveland, but could not find a place with enough space to hold such a convention. ... (click for more)

In Surprise Vote, Chattanooga City Council Turns Down Short Term Vacation Rentals

In a surprise vote, the City Council on Tuesday night turned down allowing a process to legalize short term vacation rentals in Chattanooga. Only Chip Henderson and Jerry Mitchell voted in favor. Opposed were Carol Berz, Yusuf Hakeem, Larry Grohn, Moses Freeman, Ken Smith and Russell Gilbert. Chris Anderson was absent. Afterward, Councilman Smith said, in light of the vote, ... (click for more)

Cold Case Unit Makes Arrest In Murders Of Brothers In Brainerd Almost 20 Years Ago; Detectives Say Brainerd Jeweler Rick Davis Tied To Incident

The Cold Case Unit set up by District Attorney Neal Pinkston has made an arrest in the murders of two brothers in Brainerd almost 20 years ago. The Hamilton County Grand Jury on Monday indicted 52-year-old Christopher Jeffre Johnson on two counts of first-degree murder in the January 1997 deaths of Sean and Donny Goetcheus. The 25-year-old Sean Goetcheus and his ... (click for more)

October Is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Picture a sold-out baseball game at Wrigley Field or Nationals Park packed with 40,000 fans. That image represents roughly the same number of women and men who die from breast cancer each year.  In Tennessee alone, an estimated 900 women will die from the disease in 2016. It is a sad statistic, but there is some good news: thanks to early detection and improved treatments, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Saving A Life & More

About 40 years ago I was at an afternoon football practice when one of those who was also watching from the fence was bitten by a bumble bee or yellow jacket or whatever it was and almost died from anaphylactic shock. Luckily an athletic trainer had an EpiPen, jammed it into the man’s thigh and it is believed to have saved the victim’s life. For years I kept an EpiPen on the top ... (click for more)