Local News

  • Threat of building collapse closes road



    Miller & Brewer loomed large over Harriman, a once pristine building left to decay long after it once housed the popular department store where residents shopped for clothes.

    On Thursday, the building was busy once again, but this time for all the wrong reasons.

    A fire engulfing the building had emergency responders from about 16 different agencies from all over the county helping Harriman Fire Department to contain the blaze.


    Miller & Brewer a shopping tradition


    A relic of Harriman’s once-bustling downtown is now gone.

    The old Miller & Brewer building, as it was called because it once housed a department store of that name, was destroyed by fire Thursday, its walls bulging and then crumbling.

    “It was a happening place back in the ’70s,” said Donnie Hall, a former Harriman resident who was one of many sharing recollections of the store during its glory years.

  • East Roane Dollar General on agenda today



    The Dollar General Store in Kingston is about a 15-minute drive from where Hwy. 70 intersects with Country Lane in East Roane County.

    Ray Cantrell said he’d like to see one closer to his rural community — and that could happen.

    Dollar General wants to locate a store where the highway intersects with Country Lane, but a zoning change from developing agriculture to rural business needs to first happen.

  • Appraisal appeals filed by Kirkham, Duncan settled



    Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan said appeals filed by developers Steve Kirkham and Jerry Duncan are no longer pending.

    “We have settled all the Steve Kirkham/Jerry Duncan appeals,” Morgan said.

    Kirkham was once married to former property assessor Teresa Kirkham. He and Duncan appealed appraised values on their properties following the 2010 reappraisal.

  • Contractor arrested on theft warrant

    Kingston police took out a theft warrant for a contractor in October after he allegedly stiffed a woman who hired him to do some work.

    Joshua Lee Miles, 41, was arrested on the warrant last week.

    According to police, Dianne Eddie paid Miles $600 on June 14 to do some work on her house.

    “On Sept. 18, 2014, Ms. Eddie reported to the Kingston Police Department that Mr. Miles had not completed the work agreed upon,” the warrant states.

    That day, an officer found Miles at a home on Greenwood Street.

  • Obama visit, but no Fleischmann

    U.S. Congressman Chuck Fleischmann is not expected to be among the officials in attendance for President Barack Obama’s visit to East Tennessee today — Friday.

    “He is currently scheduled to be in D.C. voting during that time,” Fleischmann spokesman Tyler Threadgill said.

    Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Dr. Jill Biden are scheduled to make stops at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville and the Techmer PM in Clinton.

  • State extends landfill comment period

    The Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation has decided to extend the public comment period on TVA’s application for a permit modification of its Class II landfill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

    The landfill has already been built and is currently being used to store gypsum. The modification to the permit would allow TVA to also store dry fly ash there.

    The public comment period has been extended to Feb. 9.

  • Governor convenes two-hour special health-care session

    Gov. Bill Haslam is convening an “extraordinary session” of the 109th General Assembly to consider “Insure Tennessee,” a two-year pilot program to provide health care coverage to Tennesseans who do not currently have access to health insurance or have limited options.

    The program is designed to reward healthy behaviors, promote personal responsibility and incentivize preventative care and healthy choices.

  • OUR OPINION: Kirby Delauter won’t go nameless in this newspaper

    I’m not the resolution kind of gal, but I made one this year:

    I’m going to write more newspaper columns.

    That’s good or bad, depending on your stance. Heck, it’s good or bad depending on my stance, because sometimes life gets in the way of sitting down to a blank page and knocking out prose that you hope will give someone pause or a smile.

    I’d been toying with a column idea for a few days. It’s a lament I share with friends every year, but I haven’t ever put it into the written word.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Ringing out the old, ringing in the new

    After our holiday hiatus, we begin our new series of weekly columns with a bit of looking back at the year past, mixed with a bit of looking forward to the year present and coming on.

    First, on a purely personal note, despite some setbacks and less than perfect developments, 2014 has on the whole been for us a splendid year.