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Suspect in custody for Harriman cemetary vandalism

Investigators believe they know the man responsible for vandalizing a Roane County cemetary.

Last week, someone knocked over several tombstones, stole dozens of vases, and a few benches from the Swan Pond Baptist Church Cemetary in Harriman. They also drove through the grounds and over some graves.

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Vandals damage graves, steal cemetery vases in Harriman

(WBIR) An East Tennessee community is trying to figure out who vandalized a local cemetery.

It happened at The Swan Pond Baptist Church Cemetery in Harriman.

Firefighters can't determine what sparked massive Harriman fire

Firefighters can't determine what sparked a massive fire that ripped through a historic building in downtown Harriman last month.

For more than a week after a fire burned the Miller and Brewer Building to the ground, firefighters dug through the rubble, searching for evidence as to what started the massive fire on Jan. 8.

Harriman Fire Chief Brad Goss said the fire was so hot, it destroyed any clues that firefighters could use to figure out what happened.

Harriman police identify two witnesses in building fire

Update: On Friday, Harriman Police reported that they had identified the two possible witnesses to the massive fire at the Miller and Brewer Building. They have not released any further information at this time.

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(WBIR - Harriman) The Harriman Police Department is asking for the public's assistance in finding two people who may have witnessed the cause of a fire that destroyed a historic building earlier this month.

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Roane County Schools facing $3.5 million shortfall

(WBIR) Roane County's Board of Education held its first budget meeting Wednesday night as it prepares to deal with a massive money shortfall.

The school system has a $3.5 million deficit. The district's fund balance that it has used in previous years has run out, so it either has to increase revenue or cut programs.

Roane County's Director of Schools said for a system that size, a cut that big has a huge impact.

Contractor hired to root out, put out Harriman fire source

HARRIMAN - A contractor will start removing debris to reach and finally douse the fire that's been burning five days and destroyed a historic downtown Harriman commercial building.

City officials agreed to spend up to $240,000 if necessary and will hire Ace Inc. to address the lingering fire that broke out Thursday afternoon in the old Miller & Brewer Building, once one of Harriman's largest buildings. It served for many decades as a department store and then later was used for apartments.