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  • 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.

  • Kingston sizes up ‘image-repair’ funds

    Kingston city officials soberly deliberated last week how to spend the last of TVA’s reparations.

    What’s left is $375,000 designated by TVA for image repair from damage from the 2008 TVA Kingston Fossil Plant ash spill.

    The environmental disaster, proclaimed in news reports worldwide as the largest of its kind, left a lasting stain on the city’s name ― and a big job ahead for the city council.

    “Pretty much everything is open for discussion,” Mayor Tim Neal said at the start of the special-called meeting Friday.

  • Life lost in Harriman fire

    A disabled woman was found dead in a house that burned at 505 Margrave St. in Harriman Monday.

    Francis Ann Snow was 65.

    “We believe the fire may have started in the bedroom. It apparently seems to be the hottest part of the fire (from talking to the fire chief),” said Harriman Police Chief Randy Heidle.

    The bedroom where the fire is believed to have started is downstairs in the two-story house.

  • Assessor rallies hired help

    Less than a month after he told the state his office was “very capable” of completing the reappraisal, Roane County Property Assessor David Morgan hired Patriot Properties Inc. for help.

    “My job as property assessor is to use all available resources to get the job done, and Patriot is a valuable resource,” Morgan said.

  • 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.

  • AGILE ANIMALS
  • 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

    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    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.