WECO News: Thursday, April 12th, 2012

The tax deadline is just around the corner.  All taxes must be filed by Tuesday of next week, unless an extension is granted.   Some tips are posted on the IRS’s website, IRS.gov.  These include, file on time even if you can’t pay.  The website says, pay what you can.  The IRS will then send you a bill, and a payment plan can be set up on the website.  The IRS advises against asking for an extension, because you will still have to pay interest and penalties on what you did not pay.  However, if you need an extension, you can obtain a form at irs.gov or by calling 800-TAX-FORM.  More tips are available by visiting the website

A Kingston man has died after being shot in the chest with a handgun last Wednesday, according to a police report.  Officers were called to 814 Rosedale Avenue in Kingston around 12:57 am.  Here they found an occupant of the home with a gunshot wound to the chest.  The man, James R. Cobb, age 63, was still conscious when officers asked him what had happened.  He replied that another occupant of the home, Tammy Rosado, age 43, had shot him.  The woman stated that the man had shot himself.  Cobb was flown out to UT Medical Center, where he died Saturday.  Charges are pending, as officers are preparing a case for the grand jury on June 18th.  Charges will be announced later.

We’ve been talking about a concert this Friday at the American Legion Hall.  The concert features a meal from Earl’s Barbecue and local band the Fairview Union.  A local group, called the Iron Butterflies, is working to raise money for a cause that will take place this October.

“It’s October 12th through the 14th, and we will be walking 20 miles each day for the three days to support the cause of breast cancer,” one member said.

Tickets are on sale now at Morgan Pro Hardware in Wartburg.  Currently, there’s another way you can help support the group.

“We actually have several extra shirts if (listeners) want to contact one of us at the middle school, we would be glad to get them a t-shirt,” one member said.  “They’re the Wartburg blue with white writing.”

To purchase a shirt call Central Middle School at 346-2800.

This Saturday, there will be a Cruisin in Harriman event on Roane Street. This free event will feature inflatables, food, music, and games between 2:30 and 5:30. Call Doc Mullins at 865-717-2818 for more information.

The Blue Springs Boat Company will have its annual open house this Saturday as well, from 10am to 4pm. This will feature a bounce house for kids, food, drinks, and corn hole. Call 865-376-1472 for more information.

Monday, Morgan County will have several meetings.  First the Back Tax Committee will meet at 5:30pm in the county executive’s office.  Then at 6, the Morgan County Budget Committee will meet in the 3rd floor conference room.  And at 7, the County Commission will have its monthly meeting.  The public is encouraged to attend these meetings.

And finally, most people assume the person in charge can do anything.  Not in this case.  The police chief of a North Carolina town has been prohibited from carrying a badge and gun because he can’t shoot straight. Thomas Bennett was suspended as a law enforcement officer after failing his recent annual firearms qualification exam. He has been police chief in Richlands since 1999 and plans to retire in July. Bennett’s suspended certification also means he cannot turn on the blue lights on a police cruiser or make a traffic stop.



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