Local News

  • No go on adding teachers

    The Roane County Board of Education’s proposal to add 20 teachers for the upcoming school year went nowhere with the County Commission’s Budget Committee.

    The board voted last month to make the request as part of an initiative to balance the curriculum in its high school.

    Interim Director of Schools Gary Aytes and school system business manager Eric Harbin took the request before the Budget Committee last week.


    This year’s Smokin’ the Water in Kingston features a full day of food, fun and music followed by one of the biggest Fourth of July fireworks displays in East Tennessee.

    The Independence Day celebration is the biggest event of the year in Roane County, drawing as many as 20,000 visitors to the Kingston shoreline by nightfall.

    The activities start at 9 a.m., with registration for the car show. Classic cars will be lined up along the dike.

  • No bill in SUV assault

    No indictments were handed down in a case involving a man who was run over by an SUV in March.

    “The grand jury chose to take no action,” an addendum to last week’s Roane County grand jury report said.

    The incident happened in a parking lot at Victorian Square Assisted Living in Rockwood.

    According to a police report, Charles Goldberg and Edward Baxter told police that Colby Sandifer ran Donald Goldberg over with a 2006 Dodge Durango and fled the scene.

  • Leahey to headline Smokin’ the Water

    Andrew Leahey and his band Homestead will be headlining this year’s “Smokin’ The Water” event in Kingston.

    Leahey isn’t a stranger to Roane County.

    The Richmond, Va.-born guitarist, singer and songwriter has played the Muir Festival and one or two other local events before.

    He also passes through Kingston on his frequent trips between his home in Nashville and Knoxville, where his wife is attending school.

  • Lively jailed for sales tax evasion

    A local man is accused of running afoul of state tax laws.

    Travis Lynn Lively of TNT Pumping Service was indicted last week on four counts of sales tax evasion.

    According to the indictment, Lively failed to pay the state of Tennessee $5,321.05 in sales taxes between Jan. 16, 2014 and June 2, 2016.

    The case was investigated by the Special Investigations Section of the Tennessee Department of Revenue.

    The department is responsible for carrying out the state’s tax laws.

  • Cooley memorial set for Monday

    From staff reports

    The celebration of life for prominent Rockwood attorney J. Polk Cooley will be held today – Monday – at 6 p.m. at First Christian Church in Rockwood. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

    Cooley passed away on June 19. He was 93.

    Cooley passed the bar exam at 21 and practiced law for seven decades.

    According to his obituary, he held the oldest active Tennessee Bar number at the time of his death.

  • Fired up for fireworks
  • TVA takes over maintenance at Swan Pond Complex

    TVA is taking over maintenance of the Swan Pond Sports Complex.

    “The complex is currently not being maintained, and is reaching a state where it will become increasingly difficult to return the complex to its original condition without significant time and expense,” the agency said in a statement Wednesday. “This is especially true for the turf on the athletic fields.”

    Roane County operates the sports complex on TVA land. It was one of the areas restored following the fly ash spill at the Kingston Fossil Plant.

  • Watch the birdie