Today's News

  • 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.

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  • 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.

  • Don’t try to pass this gun toting scooter rider

    A man on a scooter reportedly pulled a firearm on a motorist last week.

    The alleged perpetrator, identified as 66-year-old Ronald Gerald Reese, is charged with aggravated assault.

    According to the report, Roane County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Daniel Jeffries was dispatched to 104 Indian Shadows Drive on a report of man blocking the roadway with his scooter.

    Jeffries spoke with Lendon Hart when he arrived.

    “Mr. Hart stated that he was dropping off a piece of equipment at a job site,” the report said.

  • 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.

  • Dixie Youth action continues despite weather
  • Morgan recalls Rockwood 1947

    By Hugh Willett


    Kendall Morgan can’t remember the score of the 1947 Lions Bowl in Athens, but he can remember who won and what happened after the game.

    The Rockwood native quarterbacked the 1947 Rockwood High School football team under then Coach B.R. Derryberry.

    “We played the number three team in the state, Clarksville,” Morgan recalled.