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Today's News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • 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.