Doyle Smith was unwittingly about to give Richard Greene his favorite tie, but the two came to an accord. Photo by BEN KATZ

The April 19 edition of the Cherokee Scout is out now ... Doyle's gone but not forgotten and other headlines

    Murphy – It’s hard to move on from 40 years of history after just three months, but Doyle Smith is giving it his best shot.
    “For a while there, I did not know what to do with myself, but I’m getting back on track,” said Smith, owner of the former Doyle’s Cedar Hill Restaurant, which tragically burned in a Jan. 3 fire. “I love cooking. I loved getting up every morning and coming to work for the last 15 years.”
    The restaurant’s long history on Cedar Hill off Andrews Road, which began with the Oak Barrel in 1977, officially ended Saturday, when the Smith family gave away all kinds of items from the property on their final day there so it did not go to waste.
    “We gave a lot away to folks who needed some of this stuff,” said Doyle’s son, general manager Jeremiah Smith said. “We told folks if they find something they need they can take it, but also take something you don’t need.”
    The fire that burned the restaurant likely was caused by electrical problems in the building. Jeremiah said he believes there were lingering issues in the nearly 80-year-old building from the 2012 tornado that hit Cherokee County.
    Other headlines in the Cherokee Scout this week:
    * Senate bill threatens property tax system
    * Local woman turned dancing dreams into reality
    * Braves’ Inciarte collects plenty of firsts at new ballpark opener
    * Murphy girls soccer gets even with Tri-County Community College
    For this week’s e-edition, click here.