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  • Workshop to help with starting up new business

    Roane State Community College’s Tennessee Small Business Development Center and the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce will offer a free workshop for small business owners and entrepreneurs who want a better understanding of starting a new business.

    The workshop will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Jan. 30 in the Oak Ridge Chamber of Commerce offices at 1400 Oak Ridge Turnpike.

    Registation is required to attend the workshop.

    For details or to register, visit www.roanestate.edu/tsbdc.

    Contact Jutta Bangs at 865-483-2668 or jbangs@tsbdc.org.

  • Tensions rise at assessor’s

    Charles Laxton doesn’t care for how property assessor David Morgan is doing his job.

    Laxton let him know it on Wednesday.

    Laxton could be heard slamming the door and giving Morgan a piece of his mind throughout the courthouse.

    As a result, he was escorted out by the sheriff’s office.

    Here’s how Morgan described the incident:

  • LET ’EM ROLL

    The need for cooperation between fire departments was made clear recently by two major Harriman fires — one massive, the other fatal.

    Many area fire departments rolled out to help with the Jan. 8 inferno that razed the downtown Miller & Brewer building, and then again at Monday’s Margrave Street fire that killed a 65-year-old woman.

    That kind of mutual aid between departments is common at larger, more complicated fires.

    A closer working relationship may soon emerge between Kingston and Harriman fire departments, however.

  • Meadows quits Plateau board

    After three months on the Roane County Commission, Darryl Meadows decided he doesn’t have time to continue serving on the Plateau Partnership Park Industrial Development Board.

    He resigned from the board last month.

    “I talked to (Roane County Executive) Ron (Woody) and said, ‘Hey, it may be best if I just step aside and let someone do it that has the time,’” Meadows said.

    Meadows, a former Rockwood city councilman, was elected to a District 1 commission seat last August. His four-year term began Sept. 1.

  • Downtown fire finally out, cleanup brings new problems

    The long-burning fire that destroyed the old Miller & Brewer building is out.

    “We actually just got the rest of the fire out yesterday,” said Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss on Thursday.

    The fallen building smoldered for days after a fire gutted it on Jan. 8, and water could not reach the burning debris under the rubble.

    On Tuesday, Harriman City Council hired local company Ace Inc. to clear out the bricks so firefighters could extinguish the fire completely.

  • Commander speaks
  • Family remembers woman who died in fire

    Frances Ann Powell Snow’s family are mourning a willful but loving mother, grandmother and sister.

    “We love her very much and miss her,” said daughter B.J. Allison, of Snow, who died in a Harriman house fire Monday.

    “She was a wonderful mother,” added daughter Shannon Allison. “She was always there when she was needed.”

    The 65-year-old disabled woman was the only one at home when fire broke out at 505 Margrave St. Other family members were at work.

  • GUEST OPINION: Question begged — Just how Je Suis Charlie to be?

    By GENE POLICINSKI

    First Amendment Center

    After one week, a tough question already is being asked: Just how “Je Suis Charlie” (I am Charlie) should we be?

    At the outset, First Amendment advocates need to recognize the many layers of such a question — which originates not in reconsideration of recognition of those killed Jan. 7, but in the subsequent worldwide examination of the content of Charlie Hebdo magazine and other publications like it.

  • A VIEW from LICK SKILLET: Please, it was the Denny Building that burned

    Gentle Reader, we continue looking at the year to come.

    In the fourth quarter of 2015, we will have attained that milestone age whereby we will become an Octogenarian, a status of which we intend to take full advantage. However, the attainment of this venerable age serves to remind that unless we were to share the long-living tendency of our late friend Walter Pulliam, who died this past year at more than one hundred years of age, we have a limited time to get done the things we have intended or promised to do.

  • Gooch retires, but will keep on laughing

    Sears staff and customers will miss the warmth of the Harriman’s store’s oldest employee.

    June Gooch retired last week after 33 years at the store — and a previous five years at Sears when it was across from the Princess Theatre in downtown Harriman.  

    “Eighty-two years old, and she’s still a firecracker,” said Charlie Jones, who owns the Sears store today.

    It’s her spirit that keeps her going.