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Rockwood man hits trouble on water

The rain-swollen Emory River was a dangerous place to be over the weekend.

A Rockwood man reportedly was transported to Roane Medical Center Sunday while swimming near Oakdale in Morgan County.

Carl D. Ooten, 53, was swimming with several others at the Big Burton Hole, around 5 p.m. when the incident occurred.

Witnesses said he “had jumped in, came up to take a breath, went back under, and they could see him swimming,” according to the Morgan County Sheriff’s Office report.

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