Today's 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
  • Roane loses prominent trial lawyer

    Renowned Rockwood attorney J. Polk Cooley passed away on Wednesday. He was 93.

    Those who knew Cooley used many kind words to described him, including gifted, outstanding lawyer, hard worker and wonderful father.

    “The Good Lord sends special people to us from time to time that are just gifted in particular ways,” Chancellor Frank V. Williams III said. “Mr. Cooley was a gifted, gifted trial lawyer.”

  • TCAT locked down due to shooting threat

    By Richard Evans

    The Harriman Police Department responded Thursday afternoon to the potential threat of a shooting at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology at Harriman campus.

    The school was closed and locked down, according to Harriman Lt. Darrell Owenby.

    He said officers were in the process of evacuating the building and had no idea how long that process would take.

    A large police presence surrounded the facility as a heavily armed officer directed would-be visitors away from the area.