Former Roane Medical Center Building slated to be sold to Ghost Hunters Organization

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As the future of the former Roane Medical Center in downtown Harriman may be only a few weeks away. During Tuesday’s Harriman city council meeting council member Kenyon Mee brought up to the council that he received word that the former Hospital may sell for $25,000 to the paranormal group out of South Pittsburg Tn. who wants it for ghost-hunting tours. After discussing this further it was determined that the city council has no say into who buys the building as it is now owned by the Harriman Industrial Development board, and they have sole rights on selling the property to whom they feel like is a good deal. Council member Mee wanted to make it clear that most citizens did not know this measure was in place and that some may have thought the city still had the say as to who buys it. Harriman Mayor Wayne Best weighed in saying that he found out the Harriman industrial board took sole possession several years ago under the previous administration and he found out more as the city was determining whether to tear down the old building, however the cost was to exceed $1.6 million dollars.

The Industrial Development board for Harriman will meet next week TUESDAY FEB 22ND at 6pm at City Hall with the group from South Pittsburg Tennessee to finalize the deal for $5,000 a year for five years. Apparently, all parties involved think it is best to use the building rather than tear it down or let it sit dormant. The Industrial Development board for Harriman is an all-volunteer board and they do not receive pay from the city. Their meetings are supposed to be open to the public, but they do not post their meetings in the newspaper, and we here at TV 12 do not receive a notice either. That may change as City Manager Scott Mason did address this at Tuesday’s meeting saying he would make sure members of the council and the public know when they meet since they have such a vital interest in what comes in and goes out in the city as far as structures downtown.

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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5 comments

  1. I heard it was to be veterans hospital!!!! Why did it not come to pass, for the veterans needs a closer place to get health care!!!!!

    • It was offered to the VA, but they declined it. Not sure why, or what the problem was, but if I’m not mistaken, it was offered to them at $1. Kind of sad that they (VA) turned it down.

  2. You guys can make money with that building. There is people out here that would pay to go in a real haunted house . And take a tour in it.

  3. Julia Picard Anderson

    Please. No. Just say no.

    • I would normally say that you need to contact the Harriman City Council, but they said they had no say over it because the building had been handed over to the industrial development board. You may want to contact that entity to voice your displeasure.

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