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Today's News

  • 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
  • A View From Lick Skillet: Is there a Trump-Pompeo-Bolton War?

    Gentle Reader: This is the time of year when several of the Protestant churches have their annual conferences, including the so-called Evangelical denominations. As we understand from some of the reports coming out of these meetings, most of the Evangelical denominations, including the Southern Baptists, are no longer growing, but are, in fact, losing membership to a greater or lesser degree.

  • Going With the Flo: Patriotism is standing up for what is right

    By Flo Charles

    What an electrifying, patriotic and unifying two hours Tuesday night as we listened to President Trump launch his 2020 reelection campaign for President of the United States! That center was explosive!

    Ten thousand to 20,000 were lined up outside the Amway Center in Orlando, with seating capacity of 20,000, waiting for over 45-plus hours in the rain — camping out to assure a seat.

    It was the most powerful speech I’ve ever heard and many said the same thing. In fact, the people didn’t want to leave.

  • Johnson to speak at Democratic Women’s Club

    State Rep. Gloria Johnson, a Democrat representing Knoxville’s District 13, will be the guest speaker at the Monday, June 24, meeting of the Anderson County Democratic Women’s Club.

    The group will meet at 6 p.m. at The Other One, a deli at 178 Randolph Road in Grove Center, Oak Ridge.

    Johnson, who served previously in the state legislature from Jan. 2013 to Jan. 2015, won a hotly contested race against incumbent state Rep. Eddie Smith last November and took her seat in January.

  • 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.

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