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Today's News

  • 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.

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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.