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  • Haslam may seek gasoline tax hike

    With gasoline prices the lowest they’ve been in years, some politicians see this as the opportune time to look at increasing gasoline taxes.

    “Well, that’s what the governor says,” state Rep. Kent Calfee said Monday. “Of course, we don’t know how long gas prices well stay down like this.”

    The average price for a regular gallon of gasoline in Tennessee was $1.95 on Tuesday, according to AAA.

    A year ago, the price was $3.11.

  • York subject of state history talk

    He was a reluctant warrior who was denied conscientious objector status and agreed to combat duty only after a commander convinced him that doing so wouldn’t conflict with his religious beliefs.

    He later helped lead one of the key offensives during World War I, earning a Medal of Valor and numerous other commendations for his efforts.

    Alvin C. York is one of Tennessee’s most celebrated war heroes — and he’ll be one of the main subjects of the next workshop sponsored by the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

  • Woman found dead at scene of Harriman house fire

    Authorities are withholding the name of a woman who was found dead at the scene of Harriman house fire Monday afternoon.

    The home was at 505 Margrave Drive. Authorities at the scene said they believe the fire started in a bedroom.

    “As of right now, it apparently seems to be an accidental fire, but we won't know until we get more into the case,” Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle said.

    Police investigators and the state fire marshals will be investigating, Heidle said.

  • 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.