WANT TO AVOID TAXING TIME? APP-LY THESE TOOLS

More than 43.6 million Americans prepared and e-filed their own income tax returns in 2013, up 4 percent from the previous year, according to the IRS. However, complicated forms, looming deadlines and stacks of paperwork can discourage some from tackling their own taxes and getting their refund fast.

KNOXVILLE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA ANNOUNCES 2014-2015 POPS SEASON

The Knoxville Symphony Orchestra announces the 2014-2015 season of the Knoxville News Sentinel Pops Series. Subscriptions are on sale now starting at $105 and current subscribers have first chance to renew their subscriptions and retain their seats. Single tickets will go on sale in August 2014.

ROBOTS TO ROLL INTO THE KNOXVILLE CONVENTION CENTER

High school robotics teams have been working for weeks to create robots that can work as a team to throw and pass balls and block goals in hopes of a first place finish at Tennessee’s largest robotics competition, the US FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountains Regional.

SHOALS AMBULANCE PARAMEDIC HONORED WITH STAR OF LIFE AWARD

Shoals Ambulance paramedic Lee Ann Wiggington recently received the Star of Life Award from the American Lee Ann WiggingtonLee Ann Wiggington 2Ambulance AssociatLee Ann Wiggingtonion, a high honor given annually to outstanding EMS professionals from across the country who provide lifesaving care on the front lines.

KNOXVILLE FAMILY REUNITED WITH DOG MISSING FOR FIVE YEARS

When Maisy the beagle showed up as a stray at Young-Williams Animal Center, the staff knew there was something special about her. As part of the intake process, animals at Young-Williams Animal Center are scanned for a microchip. Fortunately, Maisy had one and her family had kept their contact information updated. After missing Maisy for more than five years, Chad and April Helland were reunited with her on Tuesday, March 18.