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Today's News

  • Little strip, big headache for Harriman

    Harriman officials are looking for legal help to deal with a new lawsuit dealing with annexation proceedings from more than a half century ago.

    Retired attorney Gerald Largen rattled the city’s cages when he filed litigation last month to declare 1950s annexations as null and void.

    “We do need legal representation on this,” confirmed Mayor Chris Mason last week.

    “I initially contacted Sandy McPherson on this because he does know municipal law,” the mayor said of the longtime Kingston city attorney.

  • 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.

  • 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.