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Today's News

  • 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.

  • Lady Wave stay unbeaten, Tigers drop Midway Middle

    Monday night, the Tigers of Rockwood took the road to travel to Midway to battle the Green Wave.

    Each team was able to pick up a victory on the evening.

    The Lady Wave grabbed a 47-26 victory while the Tigers took home a 46-15 win.

    Midway was undefeated coming into the game, and were able to leave the gym that way.

    8th grader Karlee Bowling, tossed up 24 of her Lady Tiger’s 26 on the night.

  • Lady Cats defense holds Harriman to single digits

    It wasn’t a high-scoring affair, but that didn’t matter for Oliver Springs Middle School Monday night.

    After getting out to an early 6-0 lead, the Lady Cats defeated Harriman Middle 21-6.

    “We struggled to score, it was a defensive battle,” Oliver Springs head coach Tonya Snyder said. “We like to push tempo and we did a good job of that.

    “That’s been our story this year, we’ve struggled to score, but I like their hustle and their heart and their effort.”

  • Bobcats escape triple-overtime against Blue Devils for victory

    It took nearly six full quarters to determine a winner between Harriman and Oliver Springs Middle, but at the end of the third overtime the Bobcats took home a 41-37 win.

    “It might have been a heck of a game for fans, but it wasn’t a heck of a game for us,” Oliver Springs head coach Lance Jones said. “We played hard and that’s all I can ask from them. We didn’t play smart, but in the end we got the win. I’m proud of them.”