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Today's News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Bertram hits milestone, Midway girls drop Harriman

    The Harriman Blue Devils and the Midway Green Waves met for the second time this season last Friday night at Midway.

    Earlier this season the Lady Devils routed the Lady Waves at Harriman by 35 points, but Midway turned the tables on Harriman this time gutting out a 57-54 win.

    The loss gave Harriman their first district defeat of the season and they now stand at 14-4 overall and 6-1 in district 3A.

    Midway possibly got a monkey off their back with the win. They won their second district contest and are 2-5 in district 3A and are 13-6 overall.

  • Oliver Springs splits Coalfield

    Over the past four years, “Twinning” has become a trend for the Oliver Springs Lady Bobcats basketball and, once again, the Griffith twins, Emily and Rachel, helped guide the Lady ‘Cats to a 56-47 win against the Coalfield Lady Jackets.

    The Lady ‘Cats started on a 12-4 tear before closing out the opening period up 14-7.

    Emily Griffith (8 points) led Oliver Springs in early scoring while Natalie Layne (3 points) led the Lady Jackets.

  • Lady Green Wave winless two years ago, now 12-0

    With the chorus of Macklemore’s “Can’t Hold Us Back” blasting through the gym speakers at Midway Middle School, 19 girls ran onto the court for basketball practice on Wednesday afternoon.

    Some dribbling a basketball like there’s nothing to it, and some like it was their first time, but all 19 of them have one thing in common, victory.

    So far this season, the Midway Middle School Lady Green Wave have yet to lose a game, currently sitting at 12-0.

  • 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.

  • MEMORIES UP IN SMOKE

    Miller & Brewer a shopping tradition
    By CINDY SIMPSON

    csimpson@roanecounty.com

    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

    By DAMON LAWRENCE

    dlawrence@roanecounty.com

    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.